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VICTORIA: “The Engine Of Change” is Disconcerting {Recap}

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Victoria is on the bring of many changes, neither of which appeal to the Queen at all.

Victoria (Jenna Coleman) is pregnant, which is frustrating for her – fearing that she will be like Princess Charlotte and die giving birth – but that means that she needs Parliament to approve of Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) as her regent in case she dies and the child survives.

Albert, to his credit, is taking an active role in trying to understand what Victoria does, while also trying to know about his new home (he spends much time memorizing the trades and important facts of each county).

Victoria
On MASTERPIECE on PBS
*SPECIAL TWO-HOUR PREMIERE*
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017 AT 9PM ET
Continues Sundays, January 22 – February 19, 2017 at 9pm ET
Season Finale on Sunday, March 5 at 9pm ET
Episode Six – “The Engine of Change”
Sunday, February 19 at 9pm ET
With a child on the way, Victoria must choose a regent in case she dies during
childbirth. The Tory party disputes her choice, but she and Albert turn the tables with the aid of the latest in 19th century technology.
Shown from left to right: Jenna Coleman as Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert
(C) ITV Plc

However, neither of those changes are welcome by everyone. Victoria spends much of the episode frustrated by Albert wanting to be active in the live of the country, especially with Albert’s interest in the railroad. She is equally frustrated and fearful of the pregnancy.

To try and ease the role of Albert, though, Victoria goes on a trip into Tory counties to meet some of the landed gentry, as an attempt to get Albert more support.

The trip, though, doesn’t go as planned. Albert’s interest in the railroads is too much for Victoria until she finally rides a small locomotive on Sir Robert Peele’s land, but Albert and Peele sharing that interest gets Albert the Regency.

Victoria
On MASTERPIECE on PBS
*SPECIAL TWO-HOUR PREMIERE*
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017 AT 9PM ET
Continues Sundays, January 22 – February 19, 2017 at 9pm ET
Season Finale on Sunday, March 5 at 9pm ET
Episode Six – “The Engine of Change”
Sunday, February 19 at 9pm ET
With a child on the way, Victoria must choose a regent in case she dies during
childbirth. The Tory party disputes her choice, but she and Albert turn the tables with the aid of the latest in 19th century technology.
Shown: Tom Hughes as Prince Albert
(C) ITV Plc

Albert’s style of shooting is also at odds with some of the gentry, and while that could be used to push him away from the Regency, it doesn’t.

Victoria‘s season finale airs in two weeks on March 5th on PBS.

Roz lives in the Los Angeles area, and has been a long time California girl. Despite her better judgment, she enjoys shows about the shallow sides of her home city, but will also find time to watch iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Arrow and much more. With a love of history, she also watches anything that is grounded in real life, including Downton Abbey and Manhattan. Having worked with children, she also follows shows she knows they watch (reminding her of those days of yore for her in the process). Contact her at roz@nicegirlstv.com.