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Death Comes to Pemberley

As a Jane Austen fan who has read almost all of her books, I should have been looking forward to this more. I should also have read the book by P.D. James, but...yeah, it was never something I cared much about. There are so many Jane Austen what-ifs, prequels, and sequels floating around, and most of them don't end up on my radar. Also, a lot of them are porny. Not that I'm complaining.

I'm willing to give this two-parter a chance, even though episode one left me with a feeling of nothingness. So here are its downfalls so far:

(1) Good actors who are miscast. Darcy lacks pretty much everything Colin Firth's Darcy had. For shame! And I like Anna Maxwell Martin, but I don't think she's a Lizzie Bennett.

(2) Too dark. Humor and wit, asap!

(3) Maybe Matthew Goode should have been Darcy, hmm? At least he's more interesting.

(4) How can they kill Denny?! He was one of the nicest characters. :'(

(5) They'd better feature the rest of the Bennett sisters, o…

Inspector Lewis Season 7 Episode 2: The Lions of Nemea

Time to catch up on my PBS shows! I liked this episode more than the last one. It feels like we're getting back to normal, rather than the weird vibes I was getting last time. Everyone is settled into their roles once again.

This is one of those episodes where it's hard to tell who the killer is. So many dead people, so many motives. Good motives at that. The reveal wasn't a huge surprise in the end, but it rarely is, right? They also threw in some mandatory tension between Hathaway and a random female character, which amounted to...nothing. How shocking!

My grade: B+

As You Turn to Go and He Didn't by The 6ths

Recently, I've been in the mood to go through my CD collection (yes, I still have one, a big one!) and listen to some of my old favorites and even songs/albums I'd forgotten about. I have two albums by The 6ths, which, as far as I can tell, is still a rather obscure band. Worth checking out!

Gone Girl

*Possible Spoilers*

At this point, I'm pretty sure most people have read or seen Gone Girl, but it's one of those things you don't want to spoil for others. Since I hadn't read the book, my main interest in seeing the movie was finding out what the big twist is. Did it surprise me? Not at all. I think a lot of people must have seen it coming, at least in the movie. Despite that, it's a good "surprise", and it shakes things up nicely and makes this more than just a murder mystery.

Ben Affleck, soon-to-be-known only as Batfleck, is effective as the suspicious husband whose pretty wife goes missing under mysterious circumstances. And he looks guilty, very guilty. Batfleck is good at playing someone who can't act, and I do mean that as a compliment. He doesn't appear as crushed as a distraught husband should, and he has things to hide. Naturally he becomes not only the prime suspect, but the only suspect.

Rosamund Pike is excellent in her role. I don&…

Inspector Lewis Season 7: Entry Wounds

*Possible Spoilers*

Inspector Lewis is back! I almost forgot it existed. Also, doesn't it feel like it's season 20? As excited as I was/am for this new season, this season opener didn't exactly set me on fire (there's a pun in there). The dynamics have changed, and perhaps that has something to do with it. As you might recall (took me a good minute to remember), Lewis retired last season and finally shacked up with Laura. Fast forward to now, and he's bored at home, attempting to make a canoe.

Hathaway took a gap year and apparently spent it walking to some cathedral in Spain, since they're incapable of going one episode without reminding us of his religious background and the dilemma he always seems to be facing. He is now a detective inspector, and he's just acquired his first murder case. He's not entirely sure how to handle it, either, so of course Lewis ends up getting back in the game and offering his help. Hathaway also has a new partner (she'…