Poldark season 2 has left its fans in a whirlwind of action, suspense and recently rage. Criticism swamped the series after what seemed to be a rape scene in episode 8, some even opting for the installment’s cancellation.
The BBC series, based on a 12-part history novel by Winston Graham, has been received warmly by fans everywhere. Set during the American Revolutionary War, the story is a good combination of action, suspense, and romance. The 2015 adaptation set in Cornwall revolves mainly around the life of Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner. Poldark returns to his Cornish estate after three years serving in the army only to find disarray. His father, he soon finds out, has died and his girlfriend, Elizabeth, is engaged to another man.
As the series progresses, fans get to follow Poldark in his quest to redeem his father’s riches and restore it to its previous glory.
Poldark Season 2 Rape Scene
Episode 8 of Poldark season 2 came as a shock to everyone when Poldark forced himself on Elizabeth. In the scene, the young man carries his ex to bed despite her clearly saying no.
The episode did not show any of the bed scenes nor physical violence. It even portrayed a peaceful relationship between the two former lovers the next day. Poldark’s wife beats him down to ground on his return home. His wife is aware of his infidelity, it seems.
However, the novel reveals that the incident was rape, and for many, the scene still spells out rape. Despite scriptwriter Debbie Horsfield denying that the scene is considered rape and comparing it to a similar scene between Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, some are not convinced.
The Telegraph says “Even if all was shown to be okay between Ross and Elizabeth the following morning, that is simply far too late.”
The Guardian further comments that it was the perfect example of glamorizing rape. The publication writes that no means no and not the other way around.
BBC Cancels Poldark Season 2?
The outrage the scene caused is a reflection of the ever-growing awareness of society when it comes to rape. The subject, being a seriously important topic, affects a great number of women and men every year.
Concerned citizens everywhere spread awareness about what rape is and what people can do about it. Rape hotlines also encourage victims to stand up and share their stories.
With this, some are asking if BBC will take responsibility for the irresponsible content they have put out. Some fans outraged by the scene even demands the series to end.
However, even before season 2, BBC has announced that a third season has already been commissioned so it is unlikely that the series gets canceled. Nonetheless, it is a known fact that viewers, especially in the age of the internet, has power over decision making of companies.
Viewers can opt to circulate petitions for the show’s cancellation or pressure on BBC to follow through with appropriate responses. The audience boycotts the show will also force BBC to do something.
Hoping BBC changes things up in the next episode, fans can watch Poldark season 2 every Sunday on BBC One at 9PM.