We watched the second episode of Emma tonight, and, believe it or not, we liked it so much that we are presently watching it the second time! :-) This episode was even better than the last episode. Mr. Elton continues to double me over laughing. He is SUCH a dope! His attentions to Emma and his proposal are hilarious!! The riddle was great too!
In this episode we are introduced to Frank Churchill. He is played by the actor of Frederick Hale from North & South, and I like him so much better than either of the other Frank Churchills. We also meet Jane Fairfax in this episode. She doesn't have the deep voice of the others, has a much nicer singing voice, and is sweet and pretty. I can't wait to get to know her better. (I like how it gives her more background so she doesn't show up all of a sudden and make you wonder, "Who is this girl and where did she come from?")
Right now we are rewatching the moment when Emma comes to explain to Harriet about Mr. Elton. It is such a sweet moment as it shows Harriet's sweet, humble, and giving heart.
My only "dislike" about this version, I believe, is Miss Bates. She is not as breathlessly talkative and terribly cheerful as the others-- she has an element of the tragic in her. Perhaps I don't dislike it, but it is rather different. There is a most hilarious line, though, when she is talking about Mr. Elton being engaged, and about the pork that the Woodhouses sent the Bates. "Mother especially liked the hind quarter of the pork. Her name is Augusta Hawkins, and she is worth 20,000 pounds!" We girls just doubled over laughing and almost couldn't stop. It was hilarious!
And what more can I say about Mr. Knightly? *sighs* Oh!!! He is the absolute most wonderful Mr. Knightly! I adore him. He's handsome, he's kind and thoughtful and good... Every time he steps onto the scene it's like, "Woohoo!!! It's Mr. Knightly!" He might be my favorite Jane Austen hero now. :-P I like this portrayal of him even better than Jeremy Northam's, believe it or not! :-D
Costumes are nice too! Lots of jumpers and high necklines. I like that.
Well, without any further ado, here's the link to Episode 2, or if you can figure out the BBC iplayer, good for you!