The second episode was great. My husband, who is the hardest man to please in the history of hard men to please, sat through the entire thing, made sympathetic faces at the appropriate places, laughed a considerable amount (not sarcastically) and, at the end, declared, 'That was a lot better than last week's,' which, trust me, means he thought it was great.
I, a woman, thought it was fantastic. And, yes, I'm almost loathe to say it, but the clarity of sequencing was so much smoother without the need to adapt a dense book into a 90 minute television drama. No problems at all this week. Good story, plot well-driven, interesting characters, and some great acting, particularly from Siobhan Redmond, whom I have long admired, Millie Innes and ... yup, Jason Whatsisface. God, he just makes Jackson so friggin' human and so damn empathetic I want to jump into the screen and give him ... whatever (normally a hug, I hasten to add ... but not always ...) He is just so, so, so ... LOVELY.
And ... (drumroll, please) ... there was a Shirtless Moment. Huzzah!
All too brief.
But plenty of time for screen caps.
If last week's episode was about lost daughters, this one was about lost mothers. We discover more about Jackson's mother. There were some beautiful scenes with Marlee which really made me (as a parent of a daughter of very similar age) question my attitude and changing role as she grows older and, essentially, it was all very watchable and thought-provoking and beautifully executed all-round. And the music was great. Nice touch with some Taylor Swift which Marlee listens to - the next generation of country singers.
Bravo, Jason et al - great stuff.