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Pride and Prejudice Episode V: Fast Five

10 May

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This episode starts with the meeting of Lizzy and Georgiana Darcy.  Mr. Darcy’s feelings come out through this meeting as Georgiana is unaware of any of the arguing or awkwardness between them.  She only knows of Lizzy what her brother has told her and it is clear he speaks of her in nothing but the highest regards.  Lizzy adores Georgiana and once again gets a view of the life she could have had with Darcy if she had married him.  A weird thing during both meetings between Lizzy and Georgiana is that they are basically wearing the same outfit both times.  I don’t know if this is on purpose or if there just wasn’t that many options back in the day.

Part 5 - Same Dress Collage

During their second meeting after Lizzy leaves Miss Bingley starts talking mad shit about Lizzy and tries to get Mr. Darcy to join in.  Mr. Darcy has none of this and says that Lizzy is one of the most handsome women he’s ever set his eyes on.

Part 5 - Miss Bingley's Resting Bitch Face Skitch

Lizzy then gets a letter that Lydia has took off with Mr. Wickham and set to scandalize the entire family.  Mr. Darcy happens to come by right after she hears the news which Lizzy tells him and is very distressed.  Darcy assumedly goes off to go find him and see if he can help but Lizzy takes this to mean he is disgusted with her and her entire family and that her chances with Darcy are now completely over.

Lizzy goes back home and suggests to Jane that Lydia’s behavior isn’t only going to hurt them going forward but was the cause of her relationship with Mr. Bingley drying up.  Mr. Bennet later comes home after trying to find Lydia in London with no luck.  What they know now is that she is with Wickham and the two are unmarried and presumably have no real plans to actually marry.

Mr. Collins comes to the house after hearing the news.  When Kitty sees him she takes off wanting nothing to do with him and later on is watching from the window which was hilarious.  This Mr. Collins scene could very well be the greatest moment in the entire series.  He manages to insult them to such a level that at one point I started to think it was art.

Part 5 - Photobomb Kitty Skitch

Lizzy finally suggest that since they are so ruined and terrible that Mr. Collins should probably leave as to not tarnish his own reputation.  He agrees and is thankful for her concern of his reputation and takes off.  Next we get a letter from Lizzy’s aunt and uncle that Mr. Wickham will marry Lydia for a portion of her inheritance when he dies and a small yearly sum.  Mr. Bennet knows that his brother must have paid a lot of money to make such terms possible.  We know who the real savior was but we don’t find out until part 6.

Thoughts

In the book and other versions so far Mr. Bennet has been a real bitch.  He still doesn’t know what to do and often uses humor to defuse serious situations.  In this adaptation however we got to see a side of him I had never seen before.  Once he gets home without Lydia he is determined to do better and prevent his other daughters from making the same mistake.  He apologizes to Lizzy for not listening to her and he accepts responsibility of letting Lydia go while knowing how uncontrollable she is.  I thought this was cool and it was good to see a version of Mr. Bennet that actually learns something.

Since her engagement confrontation with Darcy Lizzy is now fully aware of what others think of her family and is trying to stop them from destroying them selves.  Her awareness though could cause a lot of strife between Jane and her sisters if she’s too caviler about this.  When Jane comes to talk to her about what she meant when she said that Lydia’s behavior is causing much more damage than she is seeing she quickly covers up and deflects the question.  I think this was good of her and that Jane knowing that her chance with Mr. Bingley was ruined by her sister would only cause Jane more pain and anger.

Lydia, Lydia, Lydia.  Lizzy is only a few years older than Lydia but there is an ocean of common sense that separates the two.  Lydia naivety that Mr. Wickham’s intentions are pure is amazing.  She doesn’t even consider that something could be wrong or that the effect of her actions could have on her other sisters.  She just wants to go out and about with her shiny new beau and doesn’t once stop to think that it is odd that he won’t let her go out side or stand too close to the windows.

Drinking Game

Part 5 - Ghost Darcy 2 Skitch

  • When Miss Bingley is a bitch
  • Mention of nerves
  • When Lizzy say’s “I shall never see him again”
  • When Mr. Darcy has none of Miss Bingley’s shit and walks out
  • Ghost Darcy
  • Lady Catherine is mentioned
  • When Mrs. Bennet hits her Smelling Salts
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Pride and Prejudice 1995 Episode II: The Two Towers

23 Apr

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The Quest Continues

We pick up after the business with Jane with the Bennett’s at the dinner table explaining the entail and stating that their cousin Mr. Collins is coming to visit. This was a little weird that the girls seemed unaware of Mr. Collins or the entail seeing as it will be a pretty big deal if their father were to die. And we are talking about the 1800’s so pretty much any illness or infection was all most certain death. This version of Mr. Collins was a lot creepier and terri-awesome than the 2005 film version. Mr. Collins and all his awkwardness is one of my favorite parts and this miniseries has not disappointed. Mr. Bennett also showcases his wit as he is constantly making snarky remarks to Mr. Collins who is completely unaware.

Wickem enters the picture in this part and you get a lot more sense of the flirting / liking relationship that Lizzie and Wickem had in the book in this version. It was nice to see their relationship since it is cut so short in the 2005 film version. I thought it was funny that Jane picked up that Wickem and Darcy hate each other during their first meeting. It was such a subtle glance that indicated their hate that it was kind of ridiculous she would pick it up. Jane also warns Lizzie that Wickem is probably just spitting game in order to get in her pants and she should watch out. He also pretends not to know Georgiana and indicates that she’s kind of a bitch. Wickem also sort of seems to like his lady folk young in this version. He seems way more interested in Lizzie’s sister once he learns she 15 and not 16.

The next big scene is at the ball at Netherfield in which the entire Bennett family manages to make a complete ass of themselves. I think they did a great job with this scene more so than the 2005 film version did. In the book the rudeness and unruliness of the Bennett’s one of the deciding factors for Darcy to convince Bingley not to get with Jane. In the 2005 film the Bennett’s are a little unruly but never really all that much more than the rest of the people at the party. In this version though you can see just how unruly they all are throughout the entire ball. Not only is Lydia throwing it at any boy she sees but Mary is completely unaware at how awful she sings and Mrs. Bennett gets sloshy drunk. Not only does it make the Bennett’s look bad but you really see how little Mr. Bennett has over is family. It was something that comes up in the book a lot, especially in the later areas but Mr. Bennett’s ineffectiveness to handle his shit is a big theme in this book. Having him just sit back and be unable to stop his family from embarrassing themselves illustrates this quiet well. There is a wonderful scene of Mr. Collins introducing himself to Mr. Darcy who wants none of his bullshit.

Mr. Collins proposal is still as awkward and awesome as ever. I like the character of Charlotte Lucas more and more in this version as she is the voice of reason.

I still don’t see how we have 3 more parts left of this series, we are at roughly the half way point of the 2005 movie and still have 3/5 of film to see.

Drinking Game

  • Every time Mary plays the piano, double drinks when Mary starts singing
  • Whenever Mr. Collins mentions Roseings or Lady Catherine De Bourgh
  • Whenever the word Pride or Prejudice is mentioned
  • Whenever there is dancing or Lydia mentions dancing
  • Specifically when Mr. Collins mentions the Chimney that costs 8k take a shot
  • Take a Drink every time that Mrs. Bennett takes a drink during the ball
  • Pour one out when you see Charlotte leave with Mr. Collins

Pride and Prejudice 1995 Episode I: The Phantom Menace

21 Jul

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Here we go…

This begins my five part series on the Pride and Prejudice mini-series from 1995 starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. This is generally considered the pen ultimate version of Pride and Prejudice with the Colin Firth being the best version of Mr. Darcy

My first impression is that it did not need to be so long. I am only on the first episode which ends with Elizabeth and Jane leaving Netherfield after Jane has recovered from her cold. So that means we have had introductions and the first two dances and then the extended stay of Jane at Netherfield. It felt a decent pace so far but I can’t imagine how they stretch the entire story over four more hours.

As the general consensus of the people being that Colin Firth is the ultimate Mr. Darcy I am leaning to agree. He does a good job of not showing too much expression during his scenes but also to have that look that he is constantly absorbing and deconstructing everything around him. I don’t quite like Jane in this version as much as I do Keria Knightly in the 2005 film version. I initially didn’t like the actress who plays Elizabeth but she’s growing on me as I was watching, however she doesn’t quite hold up to Keria Knightly. The Bennet sisters did a great job and the actress who plays Mrs. Bennet also did a great job. In this version you get a better sense of how odd and improper the entire family is. Mrs. Bennet immediately starts hating on Mr. Darcy and has a pretty awesome passive aggressive bitch out moment at Netherfield that is awkward for everyone. Lydia and Kitty are even more boy crazy in this version to the point of being obnoxious, especially at the party hosted by the Lucas’s. Mary was really well cast in this version and there is a particularly good interpretation of the piano scene with her in it. Rather than her playing at the Netherfield ball she is playing at the Lucas party and it’s her own sisters who insult her and ask her to play something else. Mrs. Bennet even joins in and it looks like Mary is about to cry before Mr. Lucas has to step in to defuse the situation. It’s a good example of how Mary is proper and boring but also how improper the rest of the family is especially in front of other people.

I really liked Charlotte Lucas in this version as well. She warns Lizzie early on that if Jane wants to get with Bingley she’s got to act even more interested than she actually is or he’s not going to know. Knowing how things end up later on if she had taken Charlotte’s advice it would have meant a lot less heart ache later on.

The portrayal of Mrs. Bennet is very interesting in this version as well. She acts a lot more improper and offensive which is more in line with how the book describes her. She not only makes an ass of herself at the Lucas party but also really lays it in deep on Darcy when she comes by to visit Jane. She knows that He’s slighted Lizzie at this point but goes much further than a little sarcasm and straight insults him. It’s a lot easier to see in this version why Darcy had thought so low of the Bennet family initially the way they are acting now. Mrs. Bennet also straight tells Jane that she wants her to take horse back so she will get sick due to the rain. That was a strange choice of her to actually tell Jane of this rather than it be part of her “master plan”. Another strange choice was that during the scene in which Miss Bingley and Jane are walking around the drawing room while Darcy is reading. Instead of him giving both explanations on why he would rather sit and let them walk around (so they can talk amongst themselves and so he can stare at that ass) he only mentions the staring at that ass portion. For such a long miniseries it seems odd to cut that part, which now just makes Darcy look like a creeper.

A minor thing that I liked was they mentioned at the Lucas’s party why the troops were there. I don’t remember them mentioning that in any other version, and it playing such a big role later on, it was nice to have at least some explanation.

Overall some of the attention to detail you get in a 5 hour miniseries is nice but it feels entirely too slow. We have so far only gotten up to Jane’s stay at Netherfield in an hour and there is just so much more to cover. The book isn’t entirely that long and doesn’t need this Lord of the Rings style over kill version.

Drinking Game Rules

  • Every time Mrs. Bennet talks about her “poor nerves”
  • Every time there is a direct quote from the book that isn’t dialogue
  • Whenever Mr. Bennet makes a sassy remark about how dumb his daughters/wife is and how smart Lizzie is
  • Whenever Lydia/Kitty mention officers, dancing, or attending a ball
  • Whenever Miss. Bingley makes a snide remark about how awful the Bennet’s are
  • Every time Darcy says something nice about Lizzie
  • Take a shot when Lizzie jumps in the mud