The Last Post (2017), Season One – Military Period Drama Finds Chaos and Romance on Remote Post

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Last Post (2017), Season One

Though it's currently the “it” thing for networks or services to do, I’m always a little wary of streaming originals. Particularly because streaming services don’t have the same restrictions networks now do. But when a new period drama crops up, I do sit up and take notice.

Today’s review takes on a little Storytime format as I attempt to share my thoughts on The Last Post.

An Amazon Prime original (at least for the stateside rights), The Last Post looked to be on the verge of “depressing,” but also boasted too many temptations for me not to eventually watch. Armed with the mental preparedness of its mature themes and emotional toll, I settled in to watch episode one. By the end I’d discovered I liked the show, but also held lukewarm feelings on the pilot. The acting was superb, but the pace wasn’t to my liking.

Weeks pass, and I don’t watch the rest of the episodes. Finally, I had to finish the series to complete a review, so I played episode two and the rest, as they say, is history. That’s all it took to convince me this was a series I really (really) wanted to continue to watch unfold.

Inside this world is one of intrigue, romance and a great deal of emotional turmoil. Whether it be the death of fellow soldiers, a difficult birth or the ill choices of an emotional alcoholic, the good storytelling stacks up. Not only is the script fantastic, the acting is beyond brilliant. The cast includes new and familiar faces. 

Among the newcomers is Jeremy Neumark Jones, Tom Glynn-Carney, and Louis Greatorex plus Jessie Buckley who turned in a brilliant performance in the recent A&E series War & Peace. Here her character arc is different, but shows similarities, and she plays Honor with class and genuine emotion. Veteran stars include Ben Miles (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Crown), Stephen Campbell-Moore (Our Zoo), Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), and Jessica Raine who many will remember as fan favorite Jenny Lee in Call the Midwife.

Though everyone is brilliant, it’s really Jessica’s performance that takes her character up one more peg on the messy character scale. Her performance of an embittered woman without friends or happiness is among the best of Britain performances. Beyond the acting, everything else is also quality filmmaking. The sets, scripts and costumes are gorgeous even in the harsh realities of military living.

Last week I review this series on Silver Petticoat. As always, if you want to read my “official review,” you can follow the links down below. It’s certainly one I believe deserves a second season.

(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. See the disclosure page for details.) You can purchase Thor: Ragnarok on DVD or watch digitally on Amazon (with Prime) Video.

Have you seen this 6-part series? What were your impressions? Share all the comments down below.

One of the newer streaming series to release under the “Amazon Originals” banner, the 60s era drama The Last Postentices period drama aficionados with its superb cast. Produced by BBC, the series isn’t the usual “pretty picture” production that put stars in our eyes. That said, the series is interesting and emotional, all in the best of ways. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat →

(Content: there is adult content in this TVMA rated series. 2-3 sex scenes [episode one being the most prolonged], and in an emotionally charged scene, a woman prepares for a self-inflicted abortion [non graphic]. She also questions a doctor about abortion. There is talk of an extra marital affair. About 5 f-words are used along with some other commonplace profanity.)

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