Who Cares if There’s a Writer’s Strike When One Has Jane Austen
I spent a lot of high school and college watching Masterpiece Theatre or the X-Files. PBS managed to merge to the two yesterday, by launching three mini-seasons, Masterpiece Classic, Masterpiece Mystery, and Masterpiece Contemporary, with a separate host for each. Of all people, Agent Scully is hosting Masterpiece Classic, which is anchored this season by weeks and weeks and weeks of The Complete Jane Austen.
I had no choice, but to watch the first installment of the series yesterday, Austen’s Persuasion. It paled in comparison to the excellent version I watched as a teenager, but I remained rapt. The thoughts that flooded my mind throughout the telecast were: (1) Why are they making Anne Elliot run around so much? I haven’t seen a character run this much since Tom Cruise starred in The Firm; and (2) I know that Anne Elliot is supposed to be a dowdy spinster, but must they always cast an unattractive actress to play her? I’m not asking for Keira Knightly, but surely, a less fiery version of Rachel Weisz would do.