Friday, 21 April 2017

Reviewing: White Heat, Episode 6

Following my review of Episodes 4 and 5, which you can find here: http://vintagehew.blogspot.com.mt/2017/01/1974-white-heat-episode-4-bbc-two.html

A while back I was doing an episode by episode review of White Heat but then never had the time to sit down and write the review for the final episode. I apologise for keeping you all hanging on this one but it really has been crazy around here, as it always seems to be. However I did rewatch the episode some time ago in order to do this and so here it is, finally, my take on the ending of the BBC series about a bunch of average teens and who they turn out to be in the end:

The whole group of friends from White Heat, pic from http://enthrallingentertainment.blogspot.com.mt/2012/04/white-heat-s1-ep6-sea-of-trees.html
The whole of the series centred around the question of whose death it was that led all the others back to the 'scene of the crime' where they'd been through so much together, good and bad. At the start of this last episode we still do not know which character it is that the others are cleaning up after. I should have mentioned before but think I didn't, that in clearing up the deceased's house the former roommates found a safe which they could not open. This last chapter reveals who in fact is the first to go from this world from the seven friends once the sixth person turns up at the flat, whilst the safe holds the key to the resolution to the story, excuse the pun!

The episode starts in the present day then flashes back to 1990 and some pivotal scenes to the plot. The hostility in this particular instalment is very heavy and obvious and there seem to be multiple friendship splits happening. Jay is resentful of the rest of the group when after Jack and Orla tell the others of his condition, they all insist he do the right thing about it, even if it will ruin the career he loves so much. Meanwhile Lilly and Charlotte seem at odds ever since Charlotte revealed her secret, of which Lilly should be jealous but appears not to be, at least in front of her best friend. This is in fact the episode during which we find out what happened to sever the two friends so totally from each other. After all, certain emotions can't be kept in check forever and Lilly was bound to explode at some point. With Lilly's choice to spill on Charlotte came other complications, causing a rift in Victor and Charlotte's relationship as well as making Jack once again appear the fool of the party. Orla unfairly thinks that this time too, Jack is leaving the house simply to get away from the mess he's unknowingly created, rather than because, as he says, he needs to go check on his old father who is in bad shape. Even in all the turmoil surrounding relationships that comes with the scenes from 1990, I am still unsure of where exactly do Alan and Lilly stand in their own relationship. At one point after Lilly's cruel outburst in a crushing scene for Jack, Victor and Charlotte, it seems as though Charlotte is about to tell Alan Lilly's secret, in retaliation to having her own spat out. However she decides against it and it seems to me that Lilly's secret is kept safe to date, even as she and Alan, now both much older, help clear the house of their dead friend's belongings, amassed from years of friendship and really belonging to all of them after all.

Back to the safe, it is finally opened to reveal much more about the missing friend than the others ever knew about him/her. In it are clear indications as to why the particular person was who he/she was and why that person strove till the end to keep the 'family' of friends all together. Among other prized possessions is a DVD that the friends pop into the laptop to check out, and in it they find the reason behind their friend's very being and mission in life. In the end, this person had succeeded in his/her intent and left behind a group of people who were all better for having been involved in this family of sorts with the deceased. As happens with the loss of one, it brings the rest together in a way they would never have thought to dream, soothing over hurts of old and bringing hope and a renewed sense of belonging.

That's it from me about this rather difficult and rather distinctive series that is probably not everyone's cup of tea and yet, if it is yours, it will leave an imprint on your mind where all the good characters live on long after the end of any tale.



And for those who are interested, here's a good interview with Sam Claflin (Jack) and Claire Foy (Charlotte) about their characters and love story in the series: http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/interviews/a367745/white-heat-claire-foy-sam-claflin-qa-its-an-emotional-journey/

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