I hate hate haaate to visit the graveyard of dashed period piece hopes. Sadly, it is full to the brim, if you can believe it. It's so disappointing! And it's not like I hated Small Island, but I certainly didn't like it. While this is most definitely a non-recommendation, I'd be interested to hear what some of you think of this one. Personally, I felt like sucker punching
I will say, the one character that had me intrigued was Benedict Cumberbatch's Bernard. But of course, I believe him to be the King Midas of any role he touches. He actually made me dislike in this miniseries! He's so powerful. His complex and conflicted performance, to me, was the most convincing. No surprise here, but he snagged a BAFTA nomination for best supporting actor for it. And even though Bernard and Queenie's "romance" is rather doomed from the start, I just had to share this scene where he confesses his love to her:
I NEVER CONSIDERED HEART-CLUTCHING OTHER PEOPLE BEFORE, BENEDICT! Ugh. They're terribly wrong for each other, and it's all a little awkward turtle has babies, but this did give a lot of FEELINGS. So to repeat your words back to you, Mr. Cumberbatch, "All I pray is that one day, should you ever... I'll wait for you, Bennie. However long it takes, I'll wait. *places hand on heart* It belongs to you now, Bennie. No one else."