The Gilded Age S01E03 is the third episode of a historical drama television series created by Julian Fellowes for HBO that is set in the United States during the Gilded Age, the boom years of 1880s New York City. Fellowes is, of course, best known for creating critically acclaimed and popular period dramas like the Gosford Park film and Downtown Abbey TV series.
Entitled “Face the Music”, The Gilded Age S01E03 takes a dark turn as our main characters face obstacles in their individual quests to better themselves. For George Russell, his grand plans for a new railway station in New York City hit the rails (so to speak) as he is betrayed by the city aldermen. For Peggy Scott, her dream of becoming a published writer is dashed by racism. For Marian Brook, her independence comes under continual threat from Aunt Agnes’ severe smothering.
Clearly, The Gilded Age S01E03 finds the series slowly but surely stepping into its stride as decisive actions are taken in self-interest that make have serious consequences down the line. No doubt George Russell and his family will face even more resistance from the old monied families who resent his wealth, which will also continue to escalate with the attendant loss and damage that be the result.
One has to admire the various sub-plots and story threads that have been set in motion amongst the ensemble cast of characters. Not quite sure how long this old vs new money prejudice that can be sustained but the family feuds will no doubt get worse especially after the events that unfolded in this instalment. Presumably, the Russells would need to gain allies if this war is to be balanced out in this series.
The Gilded Age S01E03 is building up nicely but perhaps more drama needs to be on the agenda as the series progresses.
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