I was confused last week when I saw a commercial for the season finale of Bomb Girls. Season finale? Didn’t it just start? And then I realized it was a six part mini series. I had pvred a few episodes, but never got around to watching them. And when I had decided to watch, I realized that I had somehow neglected to pvr the pilot episode. No point in watching a 6 part mini series out of order. But as luck would have it, I found the episodes on the Global TV app on my iPad. And I watched all 6 of them.
Bomb Girls focuses on the lives of women working in a munitions factory making bombs during World War II. From that description, it may sound like a rather boring drama. But it’s not. It’s actually entertaining. The series takes a look at the personal lives and problems that each of the women face as they do their part in the war effort.
Jodi Balfour plays Gladys Witham, a rich girl who is engaged to be married and whose family is adamant on maintaining their reputation and status in society. She goes to work in the office of the factory doing paperwork, but wanting to do more, gets herself reassigning to the floor with the rest of the girls. She wants to be seen as one of them, and wants to do her equal part to help. In doing so she must lie to her controlling parents who would never allow her such a menial job.
Charlotte Hegele plays Kate Andrews who is also new at the factory, having run away and assumed a new identity to escape from her abusive father who is a preacher. She is befriended by Betty McRae, played by Ali Liebert, the hardest worker in the factory, who helps her and looks out for her.
Meg Tilly plays Lorna Corbett who is the shift matron at the munitions factory who struggles with her personal life. Her two sons are in the war, and her husband is a crippled war veteran who feels as though his efforts were all in vain. She struggles with her mistrust of certain factory workers as well as trying to stand up for those who she cares about.
After watching the first episode, I was intrigued and also angry. I was angry and Gladys’ father for being so controlling and unreasonable, and angry with her fiance for being such an ass, and angry with her mother for only caring about social status and nothing more. I was angry at the munitions factory boss for being so arrogant and not valuing the girls’ efforts. I was angry at Kate’s awful abusive preacher father for what he put her through. I was angry at what happened to Vera after an accident at the factory. And I wanted to continue watching to see if anything would happen to make my anger subside.
As I watched the next few, complications and relationships between the characters furthered as secrets, passions, and lies were concealed and revealed. The relationship between Gladys and James does not start out honest, as they both have things which they keep from each other which may threaten their lives together if discovered. Kate remains fearful of her father finding her, and Betty struggles with her feelings of affection. Lorna is suspicious of an Italian worker in the factory who she doesn’t think should be there, and then deals with the passion that develops that she is not getting from her husband.
In the commercial for the season finale, they said something like “prepare to be shocked”, as they often do when leading up to the end of a season. The final episode did have a few surprises and things that I wasn’t expecting to happen. I thought it was really well done. I suppose it made sense to make this a mini series, just to try it out. But 6 episodes is not enough to resolve issues that have only just begun, and it has been renewed for a second season. I love it when Canadian shows do well. I look forward to watching this and I’m glad the series succeeded and didn’t bomb.