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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RECAP 6

Now, the last episode I’m not a big fan of, mostly because of the ending. It ends after we discover that Lydia and Wickham are marrying, and after we already know that Darcy has saved Lydia’s ungrateful behind. So we know he still loves Elizabeth. And we know Elizabeth loves him. Where’s the suspense?

Longbourn. Mrs Bennet is very pleased that Lydia will be married. So pleased she’s forgotten how displeased she was just a few minutes ago. She doesn’t like the idea of Lydia being married in “Cheapside,” and oh, for heaven’s sake. Elizabeth declares it impossible, adding, “You must see that.” “I do not see that!” Mrs Bennet exclaims. “Why should I see that? Why should that be?” And you can get that on a t-shirt! Elizabeth explains the pre-marital sex would be a barrier. Mrs Bennet concedes, and continues to complain about Mr Gardiner, etc. The girls try to make her see that Mr Gardiner probably had to pay Wickham a lot of money, but she remains obtuse. Remember what I said about most Jane Austen characters not learning from their mistakes?

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RECAP 5.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RECAP 5.

We open on the Face Rock. This would be the same rock that Elizabeth was climbing earlier. I’m not two sentences into this recap and I have to link. Grr.

On a tiny but toothsome set meant to represent Lambton, Elizabeth returns from yet another walk. Sigh. Hannah calls to her from an upper window, explaining that some people have dropped by; when Elizabeth looks bothered, she adds, “One of the gentlemen is Mr Darcy.” Elizabeth brightens. I wonder if Hannah knows about Darcy’s torrid love affair? She could’ve gotten it from her youngest brother, the Pemberley undergardener. Maybe the servants chase away the doldrums by repeating the wild escapades of their masters to each other. Or maybe not. Maybe Hannah is caught between the charms of a poor, disreputable, but dashing shepherd, and a more respectable but absolutely evil shopkeeper, and has no time for triviality.Collapse )
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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RECAP 4

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RECAP 4.

Previously on “Pride and Prejudice”: Wickham told Elizabeth that Darcy had treated him very cruelly. Darcy proposed to Elizabeth, and got shot down. Elizabeth said that he was the last man on earth she could ever marry. We know what that means, don’t we, kiddies?

Credits. Cheerful theme music. Oh, boy, this one’s a dozy. Remember when I last said that? Well, this really is a dozy. Episode 4 is arguably the best of the miniseries. All the episodes have really great scenes–the first had Darcy nude, the second had Darcy dancing, the third had Darcy making violent love to Elizabeth--but this episode has all good scenes and no bad ones. Plus Darcy entering a wet-shirt contest. Who can argue with that?Collapse )
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Pride and Prejudice Episode 3

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RECAP 3:
Miniseries in 6 eps, 1 hour each.

Episode 3

After the opening credits, Lydia and Kitty run up Longbourn Lane into the house, as the Music of Great Agitation plays. The music turns very Gone With the Wind as the girls tell Elizabeth and Jane that Charlotte Lucas has agreed to marry Mr. Collins. “Charlotte!” Elizabeth exclaims. “Engaged to Mr Collins! Impossible.” She will eat her words later. Eat them, I say!

Lucas Lodge. While Mr Collins chats with his future father-in-law, Charlotte and Elizabeth have tea. “But why should you be surprised, my dear Lizzy?” Charlotte says passive-aggressively. “Do you think it incredible that Mr Collins should be able to procure any woman’s good opinion, because he was not so happy as to succeed with you?” Elizabeth tries to turn her remark into something other than the disapproval that it is, but Charlotte knows what she’s thinking. “I’m not romantic, you know,” she says, in the understatement of the year. “I ask only for a comfortable home. And, considering Mr Collins’s character and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state.” And that chance, by her own estimate, isn’t great. Mr Collins says something stupid.

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Pride and Prejudice Episode 2

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RECAP 2.
Mini-series in 6 parts.

Episode 2:

Opening credits, with the “dum-da-da-da-da-da-dum” piano. Actor Crispin Bonham-Carter has a wonderful name. He’s distantly related to Anna Chancellor, who plays Miss Bingley. And Anna Chancellor is very distantly related to Jane Austen.

Countryside. Elizabeth is doing her walking thing. It must be fall, because the geese are flying south (though it’s possible they are fleeing the shotgun-related activities initiated by Darcy and Bingley).

Longbourn Dining. Mr Bennet announces that they will have a guest over for dinner. Mrs Bennet jumps to the conclusion that it will be Bingley, has a joyful conniption fit, and tells Lydia to ring the bell for Hill. Before Hill can appear and earn her salary for this episode, Mr Bennet shuts them down by informing them that the guest will be someone who Mr Bennet has never met! Oh, who could it be? Collapse )
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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RECAP:
Miniseries in 6 eps, 1 hour each.

(Note: I wrote this recap in May 2005, so some of the references are dated [ie, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]. I'm not going to correct it, since that defeats the purpose of a recap, which is to recreate someone's personal experience of watching a bit of cinema.)

Episode 1:

Credits. They appear over a very pretty cream-colored montage of fabrics, by the way.

For our first scene of P&P, we get not Elizabeth doing some domestic duty, but shots of horses galloping through the countryside, accompanied by regal sounding French horn on the soundtrack. Because P&P is action-packed! And fast-paced! And masculine! Or not. Actually, I enjoyed the masculine screenplay by Andrew Black, and his policy of adding gratuitous action shots to spice it up. More on that later. The horses are being ridden by Bingley and Darcy, or their stunt doubles, who stop at a vista of Netherfield Park and admire it.Collapse )
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