I am screaming 1000 screams over Blanche and the Duke of Kent bonding over their shared enjoyment of shirtless teenage boys beating the crap out of each other. THERE SHOULD JUST BE AN ENTIRE EPISODE OF BLANCHE AND THE DUKE OF KENT HANGING OUT TOGETHER, OK. Blanche would teach Kent about Egyptian myth while Kent flirted with random socialites and all of this would definitely take place in a speakeasy gay bar. ;___; And then they’d plot to fix Agnes and Hallam’s marriage (because Blanche is a good person and Kent wants to be the filling in an Agnes/Hallam sandwich) and Kent would help Blanche teach Hallam about feminism AND THEN I WOULD DIIIIEEE.
WHERE IS THE FANDOM FOR THIS SHOW? LOOK AT THIS SHIT MAN. I mean, seriously, we have the dukes PERFECTLY FORMED HAIR, combined with his amazing dress sense, and Blanche’s fucking panama hat, whilst they discuss what they prefer to see done to strapping young muscular men (blanche prefers them to box. the duke prefers them full stop.). MEANWHILE PERCY STRUTS AROUND BEING A BRILLIANT CHARACTER and sir hallam continues to be fucking stupid. Also, OF COURSE its one of the Dukes friends who tried to hit on johnny. the duke is the best. I love the Duke. I may have mentioned this before. A million likes for the speakeasy gay bar idea.
also, Spargo came off as being kinda likeable in this episode? WTF? also, the writers appear to have eradicated his fascism from the plotline. hopefully this is meant to signify that the character has realised that it is dumb as fuck. maybe he gave it up last season and I forgot.
There does at least seem to be SOME fandom, unlike last season…? As far as Tumblr goes, everyone seems to be utterly obsessed with a) Blanche, and b) Blanche/Portia, which I can only agree with because I cannot think of a SINGLE other TV show where the OTP is two women, aside from explicitly queer-themed shows like Tipping The Velvet. So I’m psyched that the Tumblr fandom appears to be centred around Blanche (presumably because of all the Alex Kingston fans/River Song fans via Doctor Who…?) but yes, I would love there to be more stuff about the Duke of Kent because CLEARLY HE IS THE BEST. Duke of Kent/Lord & Lady Hallam OT3.
Regarding Spargo’s (former?) fascism, I find this point very irritating. In the case of at least half of the characters, the writers have more or less ignored the two-year gap between seasons one and two. Episode one was a mess, continuity-wise, and it’s completely unclear whether we’re supposed to forget that Spargo is/was a fascist or whether it’s just going to be tackled in later episodes. Until I know one way or another, I find it impossible to like him because either he is still a fascist (albeit one who is now exhibiting some humanising personality traits), or the writers have decided that they want to ignore the issue completely. SORT IT OUT, GUYS. Maybe in the next episode? The trailer had something about him wanting to flit off to Europe, and maybe he meant that because he doesn’t fancy fighting the Nazis…? Although he seemed all over the idea of fighting for King & Country, so IDK.
P.S. With “the Duke’s friend hitting on Johnny” I sort of thought this was some sort of botched plan of the Duke’s? It was hard to tell, because originally the Duke was only hanging out with Blanche because Hallam wanted him to try and get rid of him somehow, but it wasn’t really clear how the hell that would relate to the Duke a) inviting Johnny & Spargo to participate in his “patriotic” display of shirtless men beating each other up while he and Blanche watched and smirked, and b) him getting one of his friends to creep on Johnny. So maybe the Duke really did just decide to be friends with Blanche because he recognised that she was the only person abovestairs in Sir Hallam’s household who had any sense…?