‘The Luminaries’ Episode 5 recap: What happened in ‘Paradox’?

The BBC’s new period drama The Luminaries continued in the UK tonight.

The epic 19th century adventure mystery series has been adapted by novelist Eleanor Catton from her award-winning novel.

The Luminaries is set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush.

The cast includes Eva Green (Penny Dreadful), Eve Hewson (Robin HoodBridge of Spies), Marton Csokas (Lord of the Rings), Himesh Patel (EastEnders), Benedict Hardie (Hacksaw Ridge), Yoson An (Mulan), and Ewen Leslie (Top of the Lake).

Watch a clip from Episode 5:


Here’s a plot recap for the fifth episode of The Luminaries, which aired on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 12th July 2020:

Anna (Eve Hewson) is uninjured. She can’t explain why.

Offshore the Godspeed, captained by Francis Carver (Marton Csokas), is returning to Hokitika.

Walter Moody (Michael Sheasby), one of the ship’s passengers, discovers Emery (Himesh Patel) trapped in a crate below-decks and is terrified when he witnesses Emery suddenly, inexplicably, receiving a bullet to the chest.

Meanwhile, the men of Hokitika are beginning to circle and piece together what happened on the night Crosbie Wells died.

Emery and Anna reconcile and, at their first kiss, a cosmic transference occurred: they trade souls.

That night, they are visited by the ghost of Crosbie Wells (Ewen Leslie).

The Godspeed is wrecked, and on his return to shore, Carver (Marton Csokas) is accosted once again by Sook Yongsheng (Yoson An), who is determined to avenge the deaths of his family.

Emery washes up on the beach.

To satisfy the opium addiction that has transferred to him from Anna, he goes to Chinatown, but when he lights the pipe, Anna receives the hit.

She is arrested and taken to jail to await trial.

Eleanor Catton’s original novel is available on Amazon.