Yay! Nautical mini-series ahoy! PBS has graced us with a 3-part series based on a trilogy by William Golding. And, an added bonus: a Scottish actor I've come to admire from his appearance as the son of the main character in "On A Clear Day" - Jamie Sives. YAY!!! He plays one of the few admirable characters on board this ship of fools, Lieutenant Sommers.
Lieutenant Sommers, who rose from the ranks, is a bit like Lieutenant Pullings, with a greater somberness due to having to deal with a captain and a ship who are not up to par. Interestingly enough, the main character, a young member of the aristocracy who learns a great deal about himself, and others, looks rather a lot like Pullings, while Sommers has more of the look of an athlete, but with big soft eyes in his strong face. His accent is minimized here (sadly). To be honest, I kept thinking he might be Sean Connery's son. I think I've seen Sean Connery's son in another movie Billy Boyd was in, "Urban Ghost Story"; I'll have to check out a photo. [ETA: actually, he looks more like Adrian Paul - *G*]
Some bits that ring true based on my experience with O'Brien: the holiness of the quarterdeck, the celebration of the passage of the line, the constant drinking together, the incredible desirability of an unattached woman on board and the lack of places to enjoy privacy. On the other hand, the filthy state of the ship is disgusting and would never be tolerated, the dining of the gunroom with the passengers seems odd, the captain's "garden" is beyond odd, and there seems to be all too much headroom under the deck. And I don't think I can count the number of open flames (candles) I've seen below deck!!! Where are the lanterns? BTW, I just may have missed more of the beginning than I realized. The review I read of this talked about the constant seasickness, and how it made quite an impression on the reviewer, but I haven't seen anything about it.
Whoa... this "courtroom" scene for the inquest is... well, let's just say that the "buggery" bit was... unexpected. WTF is going on? This is the whitewash, apparently. Poor parson. I'm still wondering exactly what happened during the "ceremony". It's a bit confusing; perhaps I should read the book.