I mean, really, a Major, and Sergeant and TWO MEN? Talk about all bloody chiefs and no Indians.
9:45 "Bird in the hand, Sir?" says Hagman. Lass is clinging onto Sharpe and he looks terrified lol.
11:30 Sean is looking particularly fine here. I think this is the episode with the bagpipes, and there's a scene where he for some reason just looks perfect.
25:50 "When I come back," Sharpe says to Lass, "I want you in my bed. Um, not like that." OMG it hurts to laugh out loud silently.
27:55 Colonel Berkeley is a complete waste of space.
33:55 That is the weirdest cover-up of his Blades tattoo I've ever seen. No effort to make it look like a wound which is what they normally do. It just looks like a covered up tattoo. Really though, why cast a man with a tattoo you don't want to show, and then have him take his shirt off every ten seconds.
35:10 Another example of Tom Clegg's world-building style of direction, which I really like. The column comes to a halt and Sharpe is down the road in the distance somewhere. Then he's actually obscured by Colonel Berkeley and Jack while they're talking, and he just kind of wanders up and joins the group, all in one take. Which is much more realistic, but a lot of directors always have The Star stuck in the centre of the frame rather than seeing their world as it is. It makes sense
in this context for Sharpe to be excluded in the background somewhere, because he's junior to Berkeley rank-wise and to Jack socially.
36:50 Simmerson makes it plain he's not impressed to see Sharpe, and Harper automatically and without fanfare steps up to stand at Sharpe's shoulder.
37:35 OMG the social freedom you have when you're a Lord, to be fucking rude to everyone even though you're only a captain.
39:20 See, I don't think people take much notice of what Sean's doing in this part, because they only see the action, the running about being a hero, but he's fully immersed in the part at every second. At this moment he's showing sadness, shock and anger at Leroux killing Berkeley's aide and I'd swear there's a hint of anger that they didn't listen to him when he's said all along he didn't trust Leroux.
Rompe su libertad condicional - breaks his parole.
47:50 Sharpe looks really upset by that song Father Curtis just sang. "Made me think of my wife." Again with the full-on acting in every tiny moment. Sean works so hard in this show, the camera is on him nearly all the time.
48:50 COME BACK HERE ON 2ND WATCHING.
49:20 Night attack on the fort - is this where Sharpe gets his serious injuries?
55:55 So Daragh actually is big enough and strong enough to put Sean over his shoulder and carry him. I can't remember the exact words Linda Blandford used to describe him, but it was along the lines of "brick shithouse" whereas she called Sean skinny.
57:15 It's a bit stupid the way they're bigging up how Lass can look after him better than Harper. All she's doing is stroking his face, while Harper would be doing something useful like getting him cleaned up.
1:03:15 In this scene with Simmerson, Lass actually doesn't look completely gormless. She looks intelligent and angry.
1:14:20 Aw, the look on his face when he handles the new sword Harper has made for him. Wonderment. And the affectionate smile on his face when he says "You're a lying bastard, Harper."
1:16:05 Jack has brought Munro and the cannon, but he can see immediately that Sharpe knows. I've known since before I started watching this (because I saw the next scene in a clip) that Jack was a spy for the French, so it's not clear how obvious it would be to an unspoilt viewer what just happened.
1:21:40 I like that Sharpe knows exactly what an officer should do with Jack, and he also knows - despite not being a gentleman - exactly what a gentleman would do with him, but still takes it for granted he will make his own decision on what to do. He doesn't know yet what that will be, but it's intrinsic in him that he will make the choice for himself, not just follow tradition or precedent. Such a strong and stubbornly independent character.
1:22:10 "I'm sending in the South Essex [to the fort] before sunset". In other words, with the demise of Colonel Berkeley he has taken on total command of the South Essex, not just the tiny remains of his riflemen. But we haven't been shown that at all. We haven't seen him talking to them, we haven't even bloody seen
them. One of the ways in which lack of budget compromises the story, but I'd still rather that than having the whole thing Hollywood-ised. I think the fact that it is so very British is one of the things I like about it. It does get tedious having to put up with American accents and ways of doing things all the time and British actors always being the villain because they're Other.
1:24:10 He's suddenly gone all RP when he tells Sergeant Harper to form the line. Maybe that's part of his idea of how to be A Proper Officer
1:25:45 This thing with sending Jack off all alone is ridiculous. Surely if the idea is to put steel up the men it would work better if they all charged after him? Harper doesn't look impressed. This is painful to watch and again, fucking ridiculous. I don't believe any officer would send a captain off on his horse ALL ALONE like that. At least have him heading a Forlorn Hope or something.
1:27:25 "I want that flag". The one you HAD until two minutes ago, when you sent Jack off alone with it? That
flag? "Who's with me?" Are you asking them or giving them a fucking order? This whole scene is just stupid. The basic idea, of sending Jack in first, is a good one, but it's very poorly executed here. By Sharpe, I mean, not the director. So that's the screenwriter then.
1:31:25 So Sharpe and Harper are standing right in front of the line when he orders them to fire. In the books he and Harper fall to the ground as he gives the order.
1:35:40 Interesting how he looks so much younger, weaker and less robust/formidable as soon as he takes the jacket off.
1:36:35 This fight scene is unusual in that it clearly shows them both in pain and exhausted, rather than being superheroes. Sharpe is favouring the abdominal wound. I guess we have to assume the ball was spent and didn't actually rupture his intestines else he'd definitely be dead. And when he's won he drops to his knees like the strings were cut, rather than strutting around triumphantly.
1:38:10 Father Curtis is an interesting character and well played by *looks it up* John Kavanagh.
1:38:45 Such tenderness in his face there.
1:40:05 That's unusual - we just saw the look-back from in front of Sharpe so he's turning away from us not towards us. I don't like it.