Posts by: Barbara Hinske

‘The Halcyon’ Episode 8 recap: Tensions run deep in this week’s finale

The season finale opens as the staff is happily decorating the hotel for its 50th anniversary celebration but tensions run deep beneath the festive facade. Toby can’t seem to memorize the confidential information that D’Abbeville is demanding. D’Abbeville pressures Toby to get it to him by the next day so he can make his escape....

‘The Halcyon’ recap: Our suspicions about D’Abbeville are confirmed in Episode 7

November of 1940 finds the Halcyon on the eve of its 50th anniversary celebration—and under the evil shadow of Lucian D’Abbeville. Our suspicions are confirmed—he’s selling information about transatlantic convoys and departure dates. As his contact observes, “You’re not a man complicated by ideology.” Richard Garland puts Emma in charge of the festivities to mark...

‘The Halcyon’ recap: Episode 6 boasts some brilliant performances

Brilliant writing, brought to life by fine acting, shines in the sixth episode of ITV’s new hotel drama. We’re now in October of 1940 and we’re focused on the nighttime exploits of the inhabitants of the Halcyon. Emma joins the Women’s Voluntary Services and provides tea to overworked firefighters and escorts the injured to medical...

‘The Halcyon’ recap: The show must go on in Episode 5

September 1940 finds the Halcyon catering to its well-healed guests as if the war wasn’t happening. As German bombers approach London, the kitchen staff is in full swing, preparing a wedding dinner and lamenting the lack of geese to use in the main course. Little do they know that the entre will soon be the...

‘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 offered him...

‘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...