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Pride and Prejudice Episode IV: Age of Extinction

3 May

Pride and Prejudice 1995

Episode four picks up right where episode three ends with the aftermath of the Darcy proposal to Elizabeth.  Mr. Darcy immediately writes Lizzy a letter to better explain the Mr. Wickham situation.  He gives her the real down low on what is going on and let’s her know that Mr. Wickham is really the turd and that he tried to sneak marry Mr. Darcy’s 15 year old younger sister.  Mr. Darcy acknowledges his role in preventing the marriage between Mr. Bingley and Jane and again says he does not feel sorry for doing so.  While reading the letter Lizzy takes a second and realizes that her family has in fact acted a real fool and though his flippant attitude toward preventing the engagement is shitty, it is justified.  Mr. Darcy does apologizes for one thing in this instance and that is preventing Mr. Bingley from knowing that Jane was in town when she was in London.  He realizes this was a dick move but what’s done is done.

After reading the letter Lizzie has a change of heart toward Mr. Darcy and starts to think maybe he wasn’t that bad after all.

The Bennet’s, still at Roesings, pack up and head back home.  There is a blonde girl that is with them that I didn’t recognize and have no idea who she is.  She is at lunch with Lizzie and her sisters after Lizzy gets back home and then never seen from again.  It was weird.

Episode 4 - Blonde Chick

Back home Lydia is super pissed about not getting to go to Bathing to see the officers.  Mr. Bennet shuts her down with a level of giving zero fucks that is truly epic.  However Lydia gets an invite from one of their family friends so she gets to go anyway.  Before she does Lizzy, with her new knowledge of how tacky their family looks, warns Mr. Bennet that Lydia needs to reign her shit in or she’s going to bring shame on the whole family.  Mr. Bennet agrees but lets Lydia go anyway without bringing it up to her.

Lizzie leaves again and goes with her Aunt and Uncle on a tour of the countryside and low and behold they happen to go right by Mr. Darcy’s home of Pemberly.  Lizzie gets a full tour of the house starts falling for Darcy and seeing what could have been hers in a life with Darcy.  Mr. Darcy is away and not expected to be home until the following day, but, comes home a day early!  Both him and Lizzy are surprised and have an awkward conversation but are generally quite nice to each other.  Lizzy’s Aunt and Uncle are impressed by how nice he is and Mr. Darcy convinces Lizzy to meet his little sister who will be in town the following day.

Thoughts

Lydia wants the D!  She is super boy crazy and there is a lot of foreshadowing of what is to come in the next episode between her and Wickham.  Lizzy has a conversation with Jane about Wickham’s true nature in which they decide not to tell anyone.  This along with the conversation she has with Mr. Bennet about reigning in her boy craziness are times when they could have warned Lydia but didn’t.

It kind of sucks that really when Lizzy falls in love with Darcy is when she visits his home and sees how rich he is.  I know she really does feel for him but it really makes it looks like money is the deciding factor.

Ghost Darcy.  It happens.  It is awesome.

Episode 4 - Ghost Darcy

Mr. Collins is as creepy and weird as ever.

Episode 4 - Hey Girl Hey

Lastly, I think it’s weird they get to just tour Mr. Darcy’s house while he is away.  Maybe that was a chill thing to do in the day but it seemed odd to me.

Drinking Game

  • Every time Mr. Collins is creepy
  • Every time Mr. Collins talking about how great Roseings is
  • When Ghost Darcy Appears
  • Every time Lydia says fawns over officers
  • When Mr. Darcy jumps in the water
  • When Pemberly’s Housekeeper compliments the Darcy’s
  • Every time Mr. Darcy asks about Lizzies Parents
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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