George is exonerated, Bertha is humbled, Peggy’s story is revealed, and the servants are all stalkers and sneaks Continue reading The Gilded Age Episode 8: Tucked Up in Newport
Mr Edison switches on the lights and everyone talks about how amazing that is Continue reading The Gilded Age Episode 7: Irresistable Change
Bertha gets kind of horrifying as George searches for answers in the aftermath of the train crash, Peggy’s rocking it, and Gladys gets out Continue reading The Gilded Age Episode 6: Heads Have Rolled for Less
Raikes levels up in creepiness, Marian continues to annoy, Peggy continues to be mysterious, and Bertha torpedoes a romance and uses the Red Cross to buy her way into Society Continue reading The Gilded Age Episode 5: Charity Has Two Functions
Turner gets sloppy, Peggy’s career gets a boost, Bertha takes a step towards the 400, and Marion is THE WORST Continue reading The Gilded Age Episode 4: A Long Ladder
Marion gets a proposal, Peggy gets an offer, and George and the aldermen play very dirty (which works out very, very badly for one of them). Continue reading The Gilded Age Episode 3: Face the Music
Marion lands right in the middle of an old-money-vs-new-money tussle in late-19th century New York City. Continue reading The Gilded Age: Never the New
Ok, I’m just going to come out and say it: Julian Fellowes has to stop bragging about his own projects. Now, don’t get me wrong—I like him (or, rather, I’ve liked some of his work) but I think he’s getting a little high on himself post-Downton Abbey, and now he keeps talking about how his next project is going to be awesomer than anything that ever came before, and then it really doesn’t deliver. Case in point: I seem to recall reading about how Vera Bates was going to be this fascinating, complex character. Nothing could have been further from the truth. She was such a cartoon I’m surprised she didn’t start twirling a moustache. With his latest project, Titanic, he kept bragging about how this was going to be soooo much better than anything that came before. Certainly much better than the Cameron film (which, to be fair, is pretty to look at but awful to listen to) or a Night to Remember (which I took umbrage at, because that’s still my favorite Titanic film). Oh, no, these would pale in comparison with his work, which would be the only one to show all the different people on board. First: no it’s not. Not by a long shot. Second: it’s not good. At least, the bits I’ve seen aren’t. The characters are poorly drawn and even more poorly developed, and the storytelling technique—moving back and forth to tell the story from different people’s perspectives—is a bit confusing at times, unnecessarily repetitive, and makes certain characters just seem completely insane.
But don’t take my word for it. Let’s look at it together.
In case you’ve missed the massive amount of pimping out this has received, it’s the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster this weekend.. Nobody’s missing a chance to cash in on this horrible tragedy, and that includes Julian Fellowes. His four-part Titanic-set miniseries, which has been airing in Britain for the past couple of weeks, finally debuts on ABC tonight, and from what I’ve seen, … Continue reading Titanic Drinking Game
Some time ago, I reported a rumor that Julian Fellowes was writing a miniseries based on the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage. Turns out it was more than just a rumor: It’s been written, cast, and started shooting in Hungary. I was once on the fence about this miniseries, but I’m getting excited now. Once upon a time, I was a huge Titanic nerd. I knew … Continue reading Titanic: The Miniseries