Posts by: Barbara Hinske

‘The Halcyon’ recap: Joe has a decision to make in Episode 4

It’s now August of 1940 and Americans are leaving London—and the Halcyon—in droves. German propaganda leaflets are being dropped along the coast and dogfights are taking place in the air above the hotel. Rather than run for cover, the intrepid Brits stand in the street and applaud RAF victories. Joe O’Hara’s boss has been offered...

‘The Halcyon’ recap: D’Abberville begins a flirtation in Episode 3

­­ It’s now June, 1940, and the war is progressing from bad to worse. France has asked for an armistice and wealthy French aristocrats are leaving in droves, seeking refuge in the hotel. One particular French Count proves to be a particularly odious guest. The Count stirs up the kitchen staff, scares Billy (and us)...

‘The Halcyon’ Episode 2 recap: Conflict is brewing in ITV’s new hotel drama

It’s May of 1940 and the skies above London are full of RAF planes as ITV’s new hotel drama The Halcyon continues. The “phony war” rapidly becomes real when the Dutch surrender and German tanks cross the Maginot Line. Conflict is brewing within The Halcyon and battle lines are drawn. Lady Hamilton observes Richard Garland...

‘Home Fires’ Season 2 Episode 6 recap: The women are in full swing

Soldiers search the farm for the deserter. Steph discovers that Sarah is harboring him at the vicarage. Sarah tells her that she’s been guided by what Adam would do. “Give the boy time to rest, come to his senses, and then hand himself in.” Steph doesn’t agree and turns the boy in. Sarah’s actions cause...

‘Home Fires’ Season 2 Episode 5 recap: Watch out, Frances

It’s now late August, 1940, and bombs light up the night sky on the horizon. Steph and Little Stan are struggling to bring in the harvest. The hired laborers desert in the middle of the night, leaving Steph, Stan, and the blind Isobel to accomplish the insurmountable task on their own. Steph finally collapses under...

‘Home Fires’ Season 2 Episode 4 review: Love weaves a convoluted course

Teresa Fenchurch’s innocent dance with the Wing Commander is taking her in an unexpected direction. He’s smitten with her and has invited her to an outing in the country. Teresa is weary of her secret life and is trying, with Alison’s encouragement, to force herself into this relationship. She’s doing this in spite of the...

‘Home Fires’ Season 2 Episode 3 review: The Battle of Britain begins

This week we find ourselves in Great Paxford as the Battle of Britain begins. Stanley Farrow teaches his son how to run a bayonet through a German soldier. Steph isn’t pleased and is even more upset by her son’s profiteering in black market butter. The trouble-making Jenny eavesdrops on a conversation where Joyce Cameron urges...

‘Home Fires’ Season 2 Episode 2 review

As June wears on, we learn that both Peter Barden and his accountant Helen were killed in the car crash. The war casts a pall on Helen’s burial, as an air raid sends everyone to the shelter in the Bardens’ basement. Everyone except Frances, who can’t bear to go into the shelter and Sarah, who...