“ The setting is lush and evocative.
“ The storyline is so slow and the camera seems to linger for so long on facial shots that I am losing the will to live (or see it out to the end).
“ But I'm sure you have far better things to do with your time than watch this pointless drivel.
“ We have come to expect more from Masterpiece Theater, but this is so shocking dull I can't believe it was even encouraged.
“ I've just finished watching the first series on PBS and thoroughly enjoyed it even though it frustrated me no end and made me embarrassed to be British (I'm married to an Indian man so I think that adds to it as well).
“ This is different, it's a classier production, obviously there are inaccuracies and mistakes, and that's a shame, but the historical aspects are intriguing and the acting is a cut above anything else on TV today.
“ The seasoned actors do their best with a script that's appalling at times, and at others just plain silly and predictable.
“ The plot is riveting, inter-laced with the politics of the time, (with dark resonances for us today).
“ What a long slow yawn .
“ While it's not to the level of Jewel in the Crown or Passage to India, This little production is entertaining in it's own way.
“ BUT the story is compelling, the characters and their mistakes and their pathways hold one to the screen until the episode ends and a wail goes up - not the end!!!
“ For example, Ralph Whelan is a charming sociopath, but there is nuance and intrigue in his character that makes him compelling throughout.
“ If you're looking for something engaging, look elsewhere.
“ I may try to find some books or other materials about this historical period, however, because it's fascinating and as an American it's not something I've really learned much about.
“ The story, although gripping, is a little slow paced for a 10-part series.
“ A beautiful colour palette with some stunning camera work makes this an absolute pleasure to watch.
“ Monumental times for the Indian sub continent and breathtakingly riveting & fearful for the countless millions involved.
“ The social circumstances with all the prejudices and fears that existed at the time set against a riveting story line was most entertaining.
“ Give this pretentious drama soap opera like Masterpiece classic a try, I swear it will be worth your time!
“ As the characters develop, you can feel their confusion with the change in order, which apart from other things involves involving Indians into the administrative ranks (of their own country!
“ Surprisingly Stunning, Absolutely Worth the Watch!!!.
“ There's a reason this show was so gorgeously shot: It was to make up for such an ugly and utterly dull story.
“ It is stunning.
“The acting is amazing, there are so many strong performances that it's impossible to pick out just one; the storyline riveting, the costumes are pitch-perfect, and there's more than a little sex, drinking, and romance.
“ However the plot was a little confusing and I didn't always know what was going on, even though I was trying to concentrate hard.
“ It's supposed to be about the heated up politics in the Raj before the Brits finally pulled out (or got kicked out) but my goodness, who the heck cares about dull old politics anyway?
“ It's not really that difficult, unless you just don't give a damn which I feel was how the creators of this series felt :)Facts aside, if you still want to watch an entertaining drama set in India and the complex relationships between the British and Indians in pre-Indepndence India, this one is a must watch.
“ The story-line for Indian Summers is compelling and the characters are definitely fascinating to follow.
“ It sure was no Jewel in the Crown which, even though that was made more than thirty years ago, depicted the politics of India pretty well and was even entertaining.
“ It seems as though every character has a 'back story' which must be woven into the plot, which together with the interminable slowness of the storyline makes for a long and winding road with no end in sight.
“ It was all I could do to stay awake because I was expecting some sense of what I was watching that never came.