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Monday, October 02, 2006

Screencaps from Episode Two

While I was not impressed with the first episode, this time I'm delighted. They changed far less than I thought they would, and this time around the additions were very good. There was about 3 minutes of stupidity, but the rest more than made up for it. I actually find it to be more faithful to the novel than most. I think the powers of the novel are evoked nicely, and much more of the events and characterisation are more 'canonical.' Lady Ingram reminds me strangely of Miss Rigby, who hated the novel for its revolutionary ideas concerning class (Jane was nominated a 'moral Jacobin'). Charlotte wrote a snarky rebuke which her pubishers eventually persuaded her not to include as the preface to her next book. Oh, Charlotte... Anyway, it was very well done.


15 comments:

mysticgypsy said...

Yes! I liked it very much too! I have reviewed it
here
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Brontëana said...

One thing which I did notice was the continuity problem with Bessy. They cut too deeply from the childhood section so when Bessy turns up the audience will have no idea who she is- and probably think it is a mistake because Jane is not supposed to have any friends...

Anonymous said...

Can someone tell me about the screencap with the white horse? Is that Rochester and Jane?

starboarder said...

While I am still having trouble getting over what they did to the gypsy scene (how COULD they?) I'm definitely on a post-episode 2 high. Ahh, it was so good!

I also particularly enjoyed the tribute to the 1944 Welles/Fontaine version during the fire scene, when Jane gets up to watch Rochester's candle passing from window to window in the tower. *cue scary music of doom*

Anonymous said...

I got the screencap to enlarge, so now I see that it is Miss Ingram on the white horse. My bad...

Laura said...

I found it very entertaining. :)

I also thought the chap who played Mr Eshton was rather dishy... Stand aside Toby!

ChrisV said...

Ah yes, much more satisfaction came from this episode. The dialogue did stick a little more closely to the book and I didn't feel that it was missing as much as the first ep. Toby had a number of "Hugh Grant moments" (as my husband called them) as Rochester tries to weasel his way out of trouble for the gypsy debacle. That was the only part that I thought was really awkward.... Gypsy: "OK, I'm done, now what???..."

The cash exchange was well done - very playful. I didn't even mind the additional dialogue..."don't leave me, Jane..." Sighhhhhhh.........

ChrisV said...

I agree with your comment about Bessie. It was a little out of place.

Anonymous said...

I loved this more and more, each time I watched it. Rochester certainly followed her around a bit more than I remember, but that made it more enjoyable to watch. I liked the "take your wages" scene, especially when Mr. R. gets it into his head that Jane will get a new job provided by her family and he calls her an ungrateful girl, but not in an insulting way. It's almost said with a bit of panic in his tone I think. And when he follows her out the door and tells her not to go..."Sigh".

Anonymous said...

Was it me, or was anyone else teased at the end? After the "Don't go" moment, when Jane is leaving in the carriage, she looks out the window and sees him on his horse. Jane and I must have been thinking the exact same thoughts, because I smiled and my heart skipped a moment, as I thought he might gesture a goodbye. But what does he do? He rips our hearts out by riding off with Blondie. Damn that devilish man! Still love him though...

Brontëana said...

to starboarder:

I haven't made up my mind about the gypsy scene either. It definately looses the gendered aspect... but it adds something more disturbing in how he is constantly paying women to entertain him! :-\

Brontëana said...

to laura:

The botanist and the scientist! *shakes head*

Brontëana said...

to chrisv:

I agree. Those scenes worked extremely well. There were only a few rough spots this time around (I must say how much I hated the return of those stupid childhood scenes ugh!).

Brontëana said...

to anonymous:

I agree. I liked more of the additions this time, including the bit when he thinks she's going to get a new job. It's in character and it's playing off of what's in the book and works very well (I see it as his plan of unsettling Jane in front of Blanche backfiring).

Brontëana said...

to anonymous:

Actually my first reaction was 'how did he get out there so fast?' ;)