In 1965 south arabia was whatever it was believed to be. Sure there were a few incontrovertible facts locatied in present day yemen it boasted the thired busiest port in the world as well as important oil refineries and oloo ready beaches. But everthing else was in contention. To the british empire it was hailed as a perfet example of colonial rule. To members of the miliatary stationed there the port city of aden so far from eden was a dangerous but controllable outpost. To the soliders wives it was lonely very obviously a war zone. To the local populace it was home and they wanted it back.
Two year later south arabia would declare independence from the british empire save for a terrorist freedom fighter named kadir hakim aymen handouchi no one in the last post an amazon series originally broadcast on BBC one can envision such an imminent redrewing of the map. Centered on the varying strugges of three military officers and their wives the six part debut season would benefit from a greater context of the regions distinct history. But perhaps the immediacy of the drama concerns reflects the myopia of the primary charcters. Most of them dont seem to realize the ground underneath their feet has already shifted. A shocking pair of kidnappings recorients them soon enough.
Despite taking place on the other side of the globe and shot in spiffy sand and cool truquoise locales reminiscent of vintage postcards the last post strongly recalls mad men early years. The men are men and the women are slowly suffocating in glamorous gowns. Pickling in gin and boredom is alison the exceptional jessica raine an elizabeth taylor lookalike cheating on her husbaned ed stephen campbell moore with hs supervising officer joseph kennedy but still legitimately aggrieved that the former was passed over for a promotion.
Alison takes under her wing the just arrived honor jessie buckley a naive newlywed accompanying the declicate looking but surprisingly stern joe jeremy neumark jones. A distillation of the social stratification and emotional repression that has the base in an unforgiving grip high ranking joe forbids his lonely young bride from becoming friends with the wife of a soldier of lower rank. That insistence on propriety of course doesnt stop him from nursing a fixation on a female journalist determined to expose british oppression in the region the babadook essie davis seemingly trying out each and every accent between texas and georgia in her portrayal of a brassy american broad.
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