Rawdon is exiled, Becky dashes to the Continent, Dobbin and Jos return, two boys come into their inheritances, and Amelia finally gets it together Continue reading Vanity Fair Episode 7 Recap: Endings and Beginnings
Becky reaches beyond even her own ambitions, receiving an invitation to meet the king, but then crashes spectacularly. Amelia makes a difficult decision. Continue reading Vanity Fair Episode 6 Recap: What Goes Up Must Come Down
The men march off to war, and one doesn’t come back. Two children are born, one elderly aunt dies, and new chapters begin for everybody. Continue reading Vanity Fair Episode 5 Recap: Battles Won and Lost
Becky et al head off to war, which seems like a big party, for a while. George drools over her, Amelia gets sad, and Rawdon gets promoted Continue reading Vanity Fair Episode 4 Recap: Oh, What a Lovely War!
Becky and Rawdon make it official, which upsets everyone with money; George finds his honourable side just in time; and Dobbin once again gets the shaft Continue reading Vanity Fair Episode 3: Unequal Marriage
Becky sets out to charm the Crawley family, in particular dashing second son Rawdon and his very rich aunt, Miss Crawley. Continue reading Vanity Fair Episode 2: Charmed, I’m Sure
Becky Sharp begins her distinguished career as a gold-digger, first by targeting her friend’s awkward brother, and then taking notice of her employer’s son Continue reading Vanity Fair, Episode 1: Husband Hunting
Time for our first costume drama of 2016, and the BBC has gone with a work that practically defines epic: War and Peace. This is the second time the BBC has shown Tolstoy’s masterpiece some adaptation love (the first time was in the early 70’s, with Anthony Hopkins playing Pierre). The first outing ran 17 hours and was a pretty slavish adaptation, from what I understand. This is a much leaner version that will undoubtedly trim quite a few minor characters and subplots. Let’s just see how it goes.
It’s 1805 and Napoleon has invaded Austria. Russia’s thrown in with Austria, which means war for Russia as well.
We open on a massive army encampment overlooked by, presumably, Napoleon himself before moving to St Petersburg, which looks really lovely.
Time for a ball! Drink! An awkward young man, Pierre, arrives and grabs a drink while the hostess, Anna Pavlovna (played by Gillian Anderson, whom the BBC just adores) chats about this impending war with another guest, Prince Vassily Kuragin, who reassures her their glorious emperor has things well in hand. Anna notices Pierre and we learn that Pierre’s the illegitimate son of a wealthy count who is also a kinsman of Kuragin’s. Pierre is staying in Kuragin’s home. We get a brief glimpse of Vassily’s two children, Helene and Anatol, who are clearly too cool for school here. Also, Helene’s costuming is so anachronistic it’s kind of distracting. She looks like she was dressed by a fashion designer from the 30’s who was taking some cues from the early 19th century but essentially hewing to art deco ideals.
Previously on Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: The Gentleman took a fancy to Belle and tricked Jonathan into thinking she was dead so the Gentleman could keep her in Lost Hope as a dance partner for all eternity. Jonathan, naturally, didn’t take his beloved wife’s death well and set out to resurrect her, even at the cost of his own sanity. He also wrote a book, which Norrell was not at all ok with.
‘There are some that say the Raven King is not a man but an idea, and not one magician but several.’
‘I want you to bring my wife back from the dead. Please.’
Jonathan is now a wanted man. There’s a reward and everything. Also, his book has been published, which surprises me because I thought the government was quashing that. I guess that’s the sort of thing that’s really hard to justify.
Previously on Death Comes to Pemberley: Wickham was brought before an inquest, which declared him a murderer, so now he gets a full-blown trial. He’s also apparently been a busy boy, having fathered a child with Louisa Bidwell under a fake name. Georgiana’s decided she’s being forced to marry Col Fitz, so Henry’s heart is broken and things are super tense between Lizzy and Darcy.
Wickham, less smug now, tries to settle in his jail cell, but it’s no good. He flashes back on time spent with Louisa, walking through the woods and probably carving that heart in the tree. He seems sad.