20 thoughts on “Around the World in 80 Days (2022)

  1. So far, so good; Tennant has the ability to get the most out of whatever he plays. Passepartout is first-rate, although I have a particular liking for Jackie Chan’s version. The reference to the Paris Commune would suggest the writers have a better sense of history than some.

  2. Doesn’t that grey gown look awfully 18thc. w/ the exception of the cuffs on the sleeves?

    1. 1870s had a brief 18th century revival with low square neckline (in fact I think they used the same TV405 pattern).

  3. Yes but I too am not a fan of Abigail. Passepartout however us a bit thumbs up. I live his Frenchness and how he exaggerates the truth.

  4. The characterisation of Fogg as tortured and a bit unbalanced seems to owe a lot to an obscure Canadian tv series, The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0178161/?ref_=nm_knf_i2. Despite the title, Fogg, played by Michael Praed, is the central character, along with his cousin (and repressed love interest) and ass-kicking fellow spy, played by Francesca Hunt. It has a steampunk vibe and a very strong sense of history, taking the characters around various events and meeting various historical characters. It’s spoiled by some weak and ridiculous Dr Who type sci-fi plots, but the characters are fascinating. Passepartout is played by a French comic actor, and his performance is a bit of an acquired taste.

  5. Yeah, pretty good thus far. I like Fogg’s vulnerability and Passpartout’s snark; they work well together. Opening up the story to include French politics is also a plus. Too bad about Abigail’s wardrobe and dialog; with all due respect to male Frockers, most of the writers are guys (although one of the two women worked on “Harlots”): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9174578/fullcredits

  6. I’ve been underwhelmed. It’s better taken as “vaguely inspired by” than a real adaptation of the book. Seems like every episode is going to be a 50-minute Very Special Episode (Paris Commune! Train tracks collapse!), and they’ve had to shoehorn some new antagonists since they replaced Detective Fix with Discount Nellie Bly. That said, I like this version of Passepartout — very different from Cantinflas, but Ibrahim Koma is not too shabby!

    I hear it’s been renewed for another season, but, er, what are they going to do? Go around the world again?

    1. I like “Discount Nellie Bly.” I was just going to ask if that’s who Abigail Fix Fortescue was supposed to portray. She’s dressed wrong for it, of course.

      1. I do like her chatelain though. They’re kind of a thing with the history-bounding community right now so it’s nice to see one in a period piece.
        (The thing on her belt with the chains with things like a watch hanging off. Victorian pockets were enormous, but not always easy to get at, so you might keep things like a watch, scissors, keys and such on a chatelain.)

        1. I love chatelains. I’d give anything to find an excuse to wear one, especially when I’m wearing my Levis, which has horrendously small pockets.

  7. OK, I have to say it–doesn’t the darker, tortured Fogg just channel Tennant as The Doctor? There he is flying around the known universe with a dude and a sexy redhead. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  8. There’s been some objection to Abigail as a whitewash of Fogg’s book love interest an Indian lady. Did a black Passpartout somehow use up all the diversity credits?

    1. I think they were very, very wary of the book story in India. “White man jumps into flames to rescue young widow unwillingly about to be burnt to death by savages who don’t appreciate her”? I can see why they didn’t want that. Verne, of course, needed someone who could respectably travel with the hero, so the widow fitted his needs. But as a portrait of India it ranks with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – tacky at best, racist at worst.

      1. Suttee was real, and very terrible. Basically women’s position in old India was awful. I believe there are still some serious issues today.
        The thugee were real too though Indiana Jones’version was quite ridiculous and I believe the sect was history by the 1930s and had never been very numerous.
        But if the rescue the widow was considered too problematic why not turn her into a westernized Indian woman fighting for the rights of widows?

  9. I wonder if Abigail was meant to be a nod to Nellie Bly, IRL journalist from the period who did make it around the world in 80 days? I mean I wish she was a better homage to Bly than that but the female reporter thing is not a bad choice in and of itself. Just the clunky Anachronistic Feminism ™.

  10. I’m not an expert on 19th and early 20th century feminist dress but I don’t think very wide trousers like those were worn. Turkish trouser arrangements, knickerbockers and ankle length walking skits were as were men’s trousers.

  11. What I want to know is, what’s the deal with Lady Clemency’s makeup? That contouring and lipstick were hella distracting and horrifying.

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