After months of Twitter hype (during its U.S. debut), I finally did watch Masterpiece PBS’ Miss Scarlet and the Duke. The show has all of the right ingredients for ensuring that I’d love it, but as the title of this may suggest, I do have some or really one big issue with it. Today this inspires our reasons I do and don’t like Miss Scarlet and the Duke, a kind of series I rarely add to.FIVE REASONS WHY I DO (& DON’T) LIKE ‘MISS SCARLET & THE DUKE’ #MISSSCARLETPBS #MISSSCARLETANDTHEDUKE #PERIODDRAMA #TVSHOW #COSTUMEDRAMA #ROMANCE Click To Tweet
Okay, so here’s the 411 on this little (in part) complaint about this Victorian period drama. This will 100% be a kind of contradictory “why I don’t like” the show. This because the reason I’m going to cite is something I easily forgive in other movies or TV shows. So because of this fangirl hypercritical point of view, I’m going to try and find out what it is exactly that makes me feel this way.
The show follows a feisty female detective (Eliza Scarlet) who takes up her father’s business in the aftermath of his death. Her greatest foe (friendly though) is a Scotland Yard inspector (William) with whom she grew up with. Let’s get started on the good and bad, shall we?
WHY I DO AND DON’T LIKE MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE
1: THE COSTUMING
If there’s one think that’s above complaint in this masterpiece of a show, it’s the costumes! Eliza’s wardrobe is all kinds of stunning, classy and jaw-dropping. Of course, William also looks dashing here and there, particularly so in the two-part finale when he’s in his tux.
2: THE SASS
Eliza’s sass is so darn fun. I’m not a feminist, but I do love how she perseveres. I don’t feel like she (for the most part) plays the victim card and instead she tries to always find a way to accomplish whatever she wants to accomplish.
BONUS! A FATHER AND HIS DAUGHTER
I do think the scenes between Eliza and her father are touching and sweet. She finds him just when she needs him and it couldn’t be sweeter.
1: BROTHER & SISTER
For most of this series, the relationship between Eliza and William feels more like brother and sister than a slow-burn romance. (Which I don’t mind, but I do have stipulations on this, which is DON’T tease ANY romance if that’s not end goal.) With exception to one near kiss (which is pretty dang good). However logic (based on TV fangirl experience) suggests this will soon change, but given an interview title with the Express, I may end up being more right than wrong that perhaps these two won’t ever be a thing. Or is this just a clever rouse?
Gasp! I know.
Here’s where I’m being most silly and also hypercritical.
You see, William is a brooding hero whose dark looks tends to translate into his character. He doesn’t give Eliza the credit she deserves (and I have to excuse him because I always appreciate when characters are authentic to their era) and he tends to dismiss her too often. It wears a little thin after a while and isn’t a “cute” form of fighting. That said, like I say, I do appreciate when characters are authentic to their era, and I think we’ve seen William crack ever so slightly. He seems a bit softer, and I think some of this aptitude and frustration with Eliza comes from his knowing Eliza in childhood. Their relationship largely centers around this (and likely her annoying him as a child) and I think that’s where much of his patience (or lack thereof) is from.
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What are your thoughts? What makes your “why I do and don’t like Miss Scarlet and the Duke” lists? Do you think William is growing; and do you like character’s who are authentic to their era? Comment all of your thoughts below!
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