After Soames forced his way into her bed, Irene packs her bags and has moved into a small hotel. She refuses to move in with Philip Bosinney fearing that it would ruin his career. When he ... See full summary »



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Christopher Hodge ...
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After Soames forced his way into her bed, Irene packs her bags and has moved into a small hotel. She refuses to move in with Philip Bosinney fearing that it would ruin his career. When he learns what Soames did to her the previous night, Philip goes out in a rage but fails to return as promised. The following day is the scheduled court case between Soames and Philip but the architect fails to appear and loses the case. His disappearance is soon explained when the police inform the family that he was run over by a carriage in the heavy fog. With no place to go, Irene returns home but informs Soames that it is to be for one night only and promptly the next day, leaves his house forever. Written by garykmcd

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16 November 1969 (USA)  »

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Into the Fog
17 October 2015 | by (Cieszyn, Poland) – See all my reviews

For a number of intentional reasons, this episode titled "Into the Dark" referring to Galsworthy's "Voyage INTO the Inferno" and Jo's words that "whatever emotion boils inside a Forsyte, he will keep it as DARK and secret as a grave," opens with heavy fog in London. The gloom of the day and the coldness of autumn's beginning seems to inflict the family affairs. However, "whatever the weather, the Forsyte must attend to their business..." Most of the characters appear to head out into the fog, the thematic concern and the backdrop to the intense emotionality of its mystery - fog hits the right note for things about to take place.

As long as Soames' conscience is being questioned, he soon appears to assert his rights and behave like a man (at least publicly). The centerpiece occurs to be their marriage considerably disintegrating. Irene leaves her husband and the Forsyte against Bossiney case in the court is opened... the trial that even Jo and June enter after the encouragement from Old Jolyon. Here, unlike the author of the book, Constance Cox shows Soames winning the trial having already discovered that Irene had left him for good. There is no room for hope but greater room for legal satisfaction, something that perfectly suits his character. Sir Mervyn Waterbuck (prolific supporting performance by Charles West), called by James Forsyte a 'mountebank' delivers some splendid moments reassuring Galsworthy's ever present legal background and supplying it with inevitable thrill. The courtroom scenes (there will be more to come as the series proceeds) are worth attention. But whatever the verdict, there are constantly people bursting with curiosity. Bucaneer does not appear at the trial... We need some time, though, to find out...

From the unforgettable moment when Soames discovers that Irene has left him, there is a slight fog of uncertainty that directly refers to the question of the previous episode: 'How is it all going to end?' We are sure that, at least in some part, something must come to an end in that plot. Where does it lie? The elderly ladies share another fine and witty moment at Timothy's where the judgment already appears: "Bossiney has nothing except for charm and talent."

Irene and June, the two women whose object of love, the Bucaneer, has been for some time, share the most emotionally powerful scene of the episode. Already suspecting that something goes wrong, Irene says to June: "Women don't have friends, they have lovers." This begins a temporary conflict between both women though, as we will discover in time, they have a lot in common. Meanwhile, we see Soames with his parents, Emily and James, telling the whole truth about his being deserted. A slight, memorable detail grasps old James (played by John Welsh) wave his arms in indirect reference to his conversation, almost lecture he gave to Irene on a cab in episode 6. It's a terrific depiction of a big boy complaining to his parents and displaying immature nature of an unprepared psyche for marriage. Nevertheless, we sort of pity him too and deservedly so. That is good, this ambiguity, sophistication of the characters and the situations. This moment of family idyll is interrupted by Old Jolyon coming to inform them of his plan...

Plan of retreat where the elderly Forsyte will experience his Indian Summer...Old Jolyon, having changed his will, wants to buy a house at Robin Hill. A peaceful retirement? Or a reclusive plan to break with his materialistic family? Not yet do they all know the news brought by his son Jo - the architect, the unwelcome 'Bucaneer' is dead...

As gloomy as the beginning of the episode was, its ending appears to be twice as much. After the positive identification at the mortuary, a 'foggy' question arises: 'Was it a suicide?' Actually, 'he had everything to live for...' Questions, dilemmas, they go into the dark!

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