After tonight, I care not a bit for the younger Denhams. Here's hoping the matriarch is faking her illness, and will "bequeath" all three of them a schedule for stagecoaches out of Sanditon after they've all self-destructed.
There's quite a bit of unnecessary things happening on the Parker side of the story, mainly with the return of Sidney's Old Flame. There's a love triangle set up already, with Young Stringer - why set up another angle with Mrs. Golde-Dyger?
I watch the "more about the making of Sanditon" bits after the show because 1)more Theo James is good, and 2)watching the writers and producers struggle to justify their twists on the story with "subtext!" is amusing and maddening at the same time. Yes, there were some shadiness between the lines of Austen's works (Mansfield Park immediately comes to mind), but the beauty of the shadiness is that it stayed in the damned shade.
I'll keep watching, because I'm not a quitter, but mostly I'm staying in the habit of flipping to PBS on Sundays so I don't miss the premiere of Call the Midwife. (And, also, because I like picking at things until they're sore and scabby.)