19 thoughts on “Outsourced Sanditon (2019) Recaps – Episode 2

  1. Wanted you ladies to know that I mentioned FF on a Fb group I’m on about British TV. They were talking about Sanditon and I noted the inappropriate long hair. One of the posters said the she knows nothing about the period but turned to her husband while they were watching and noted that it look right. Yay! People care about this stuff!

  2. I’m still avoiding it like the plague. The more photos from the show that show up on Pinterest, Twitter and FF, are making my choice seem right. I still think Charlotte with her non-Bobby pinned hair, needs taking in hand by a group of Austen women consisting of Mrs Elizabeth Darcy, Lady Caroline de Burgh, Mrs Jane Bingley and Miss Bingley.

    With regard to Young Stringer, I think he should marry Miss Lambe. Then she can use her fortune to fight slavery, build his architect career and thumb her nose at the mrhandsomebutslimey and his sister.

    As yo the plot devices re blatant sexual conduct, I agree they are neither Jane Austen nor enjoyable. Someone needs to put the scriptwriter, director and producers in a locked room letting them be instructed by MeToo advocates and not let out till they learn.

    But I still might watch the DVD.

  3. Let me see… Lady Denham wants rich Miss Lambe to marry her nephew, so of course she insults and belittles her? What?
    Miss Lambe is a rich heiress of color. Her money and family balance her color. Nasty commoners might jeer at her but gentry are likely to be uncertain and awkward, unable to process her mixed status. This may well be why the Miss Lambe of the fragment is so reclusive. She’s as uncomfortable with white people trying to be friendly as she is with white people being mean. The Parkers are genuinely kind people, even the officious Miss Diana, and welcome her presence. It is likely that Miss Lambe would have gradually become more outgoing as she learned to trust her new acquaintances. But of course that’s much too subtle and understated for this production.

    Fascinating that Charlotte wears any old thing for Church but dresses up nicely for a construction site.

  4. Yes. And full frontal nudity, however delightful to the eye, did nothing to further the plot.

    1. Mhh. It wasn’t full frontal – in the US it wasn’t even full posterior…

      And actually, I would argue that it did indeed further the plot or at least it had something to say about the perception of male as opposed to female bodies, their freedom or the lack of it:

      Men going full FKK (FREIE-körperkultur – german for nudist or naturist, though the translation is literally lacking in freedom) while the women are hauled to sea in bathing carriages or bathing sloops while having to put on – here – rather off period but full on Handmaid’s-Tale-RED and otherwise likely lead lined bathing costumes fit for drowning,

      It also served quite nicely to further the characterization of Sidney Parker: Outwardly confident, free with his body, but also selfloathing & self-less to the point of… well, you probably know the series’ end by now. If not, maybe see you back under the episode 8 comments.

      1. You’ve got a point there about the contrast between the casual nudity of men and the elaborate precautions of women. Sydney is cute but I wish to God he’d shave.

  5. Would watch Northanger Abbey on endless looping before watching more of this one and I hate NH. I do like Regency so gave it a try. But Charlotte’s wild boho manic pixie free-flying birds-nest of hair overcame me and off went my TV.

  6. Totally disagree with all the negative comments! I loved Sanditon, the acting was top notch. #sanditonseason2

    1. NOT Austen. Other than that there’s nothing much wrong with it I admit. But Charlotte’s Wild Child hair makes me crazy.

  7. The way the hem of Charlotte’s orangey spencer in th e second pic pull upwards and out is the absolute classic sign that its maker didn’t know how to resize the pattern for the Regency diamond back.

    Miss Lambe’s weird halo-brim reminds me of a type of folk headgear worn by women in several parts of Switzerland: http://folkcostume.blogspot.com/2013/12/overview-of-swiss-costume.html.

    The pineapple-party was in every way absurd. Yes, pineapples were an insane luxury, but for the poor relation to have to ask what it was, when it had been one of the most popular decorative motifs of the previous centuries, on wallpaper, textiles, on gateposts, in porcelain, even on outbuildings! (see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunmore_Pineapple). was dumb. A Lady Wossname’s open baiting of Miss Lambe, as well as being breathtakingly ill-bred was also daft, as you say, given that she was trying to inveigle her into marrying into her family. And Miss Lambe’s repeatedly saying ‘Dat ain’t no Antigua Black!’ (a particularly esteemed variety of pineapple) was also stupid, given that nobody had been suggesting that it was. Nor did any guest in Regency society, even the worst possible glutton, ever simply stand up, grab the insanely-expensive centre-piece of the meal away from his hostess who happened to be the richest, most powerful person in the district, and slash it open with the intention of stuffing his face. It wouldn’t pass even in a farce.

    1. Lady Denham is a Bad Person and so she must be racist since that’s the worst modern sin. The fact that she wants her nephew to marry this black woman can’t interfere with her labelling.
      Now Lady D saying all the wrong things while trying to ingratiate herself with Miss Lambe would not only be much funnier but make more sense.
      The writer of Sanditon seems to have no grasp of early nineteenth century manners. Later he will have Charlotte-Sue calling on a young working man all alone like it was routine.

  8. That is actually a very Austenish sentiment. But Charlotte is such a 21st c. character in bad 19th c. dress that I’m not surprised Yosa questions it.

  9. Really enjoyed Sanditon, didn’t miss an episode. Didn’t like the ending at all. I agree Charlotte’s hair always seemed to be a mess. Hope they make a season 2. I enjoy the period dramas very much.

  10. “Without love and affection, marriage can become a kind of slavery” would be appropriate for the period if the female characters had been reading Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792). However, the book was considered so scandalous that I’m sure they hadn’t been exposed to it. By the way, in the fragment of Sanditon written by Jane Austen, Miss Lambe (whose name “Georgiana” in the TV series is clearly another reference to Pride and Prejudice) is only seen from afar and never speaks at all.

    I agree with the reviewer in rooting for Young Stringer rather than Mr. Hero and in being irritated by the fact that Charlotte doesn’t put her hair up.

    have the same criticism of the new film of Little Women–if Meg is old enough to go to a ball, she would certainly have her hair up. My son, who is in graphic design, says having her hair down makes her more noticeable since it contrasts her to the other girls. But it’s historically totally incorrect, and I’m a historian!

  11. This review was hilarious, I snorted out loud several times, so thank you for this — it is much needed levity.

    TOTALLY agree about those ridiculous bonnets which should be burnt. Reminds me of the insane headwear from the 1940 P&P starring Greer Garson, the bonnets look like satellite dishes.

    And the pineapple bit is IDIOTIC. And I’m pretty sure maggots don’t infest pineapples, they’re too acidic. I’d rather not say why I know this.

  12. Also was this the episode where Miss Lambe shows off her locket with a photo of Otis? I had to go back and freeze-frame, it’s definitely supposed to be a black and white photo, not a painted miniature. PHOTOS DID NOT EXIST IN THE REGENCY ERA. The first photo of a person wasn’t taken until 1838, and the first portrait wasn’t until 1839.

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