Series finale: Lost in Austen 1×4

Lost in Austen

Not so much a review proper, as a few random thoughts about the series as a whole. Join me after the jump to avoid spoiling those who haven’t watched it yet (although the pic’s a bit of a spoiler and a half, I grant you, but I couldn’t resist).

Not bad was it, once it settled down towards the end? The first episode was slightly all over the place, but hugely enjoyable all the same. Episode two started off dreadfully, but righted itself for the second half. Episode three was actually very interesting, since they started changing the book properly and injected a bit of backbone into the proceedings. Episode four was exciting, unbelievably enough.

Series highlights?

  • Jemima Rooper, who was very good throughout
  • Catching up with Lizzie in the future
  • Darcy’s post-modern moment
  • Amanda’s lack of maidenhood preventing her from marrying Darcy
  • The revelation that our first impressions (Ho, ho. A great big shout out to the Austen lovers out there) of Wickham from the book were in error and that he could be quite a decent bloke
  • Catherine Bingley’s Sapphic secret
  • The near-restoration of the book’s pairings and destinies, but altered by 2008’s more liberal tendencies
  • The fact that Lizzie isn’t shown as a second class citizen in comparison to our new heroine and that she and Darcy could have made a go of it, if only she’d been the one caught up in the plot instead of Amanda
  • The enbravening of Mrs Bennet and Jane Bennet

On the whole, rather a lovely, smart rom-com with additional period flourishes. The ending was slightly less than satisfying and Darcy really was a twonk and a half, but it feels like they’ve left it open for a sequel. Fingers crossed hey?

Author

  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.