It’s Friday again so that means that here on whYAnot it’s time for another watch and review for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!
This week I’m discussion episodes 21 though 30 with some additions. There’s another Q&A as well as the first three Lydia Bennet video diaries.
NOTE: The links below in the episode titles will take you to the video for the episode on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries website so you can watch and join the fun.
The Semester is Over and Lizzie and Charlotte can have some time off studying to have some fun! In the first episode we get to see Lizzie and Charlotte exchange some BFF banter and ponder the big issues: The similarities between job interviews and dating; and the question of money vs. morals.
Lydia’s interfering results in Bing Lee holding a party at his place – complete with actual printed invitations on paper – in The Unavoidable Invitation. Lizzie wonders if maybe, just perhaps, she’s slightly over involved in Jane’s love life.
Lizzie Answers Questions has Lizzie answering questions (big shock, huh?). Ever wondered how Lizzie puts up with crazy Bennet women? Or her feelings on zombies? Are you dying to know the big book on the edge of the shelf on Lizzie’s bookshelves are? All these questions and more answered in this video.
In One Sister Behind we see that Bing can be used as a verb. It’s the aftermath to Bing’s big party (complete with Swan Ice Sculptures!). Also Charlotte and Lizzie show off their re-enacting skills when they show viewers an interaction between Bing and Jane which didn’t have any witnesses…. estimated to be approximately 90% accurate… or perhaps that’s closer to 50%.
Oh… Jane is Back and Mom isn’t happy. It isn’t that Jane stayed out all night that has her upset but rather that she returned home before eloping. Lizzie and Charlotte talk about their expectations of the upcoming VidCon (a convention for web videos).
For the first time since The Lizzie Bennet Diaries started all those episodes ago, we get to see her outside of her bedroom! Vidcon Interruption also marks the milestone of the first male to appear in an episode of TBD – Ricky aka. Mr Collins.
Whilst Mrs Bennet may be out of sight – she’s never got matchmaking off her mind. Mom’s Convoluted Plan, admittedly not quite as far-fetched as the green bean gelatine plan, consists of some home renovations causing the Bennet house to be unlivable. This results, conveniently enough, with Bing Lee opening up his home for Jane and Lizzie to inhabit whilst their own house is being remodelled.
Episode 27 Welcomes Everybody to Netherfield! With the vlog entries no longer being taped in Lizzie’s bedroom, Jane takes over for Charlotte as Lizzie’s camera person and sounding board. There are pros and cons of living in Bing’s mansion. And we get to see the oft mentioned but as far unseen Caroline Lee! Lizzie has to face reality when she starts to realize the ramifications if Bing or Darcy ever stumble upon her humble little video blog.
This episode is probably one of the most anticipated to date – the first on-screen appearance of [Meeting] Bing Lee! Bing and Jane are every bit as cute and adorable and dorky as Lizzie described.
With Lydia being shipped off to live with Cousin Mary for the duration of Mrs Bennet’s home remodel, to keep from dying from Boredom, Lydia decides to chronicle her days using her phone in the first episode of Lydia’s vlog.
Back to Netherfield Lizzie faces an ethical dilemma after posting the video of Bing to be seen by the world without his knowledge (Episode 29: Ethics of Seeing Bing). Caroline weights in. Lizzie overreacts.
Meanwhile Lydia is thinking About a Boy. Mary seems to be as far from Lydia as a person could get.
Lizzie may have been overjoyed not to have to spend the past few weeks with Lydia and Mrs B but her time as Netherfield isn’t a picnic either – thanks to Darcy. Ticking Clock has Lizzie waiting by the phone for her mother to call informing her the remodel is finally finished! I learned another new word in this episode: Darcy plus Scrutiny equals Darceny. Lizzie shows off her game show hosting skills with help from her new pal, Caroline.
Lydia shows off her ingenuity in Lydia Bennet: Ep 3 – The Lodger. Mary is worried that someone has broken into their house. True be told, Lydia has rented out the attic to a stranger named John in return for some money for the mall!
I think what I like most about this series is how creative the team are. The plot of the classic novel has managed to be reinterpreted in this modern setting. There are a lot of nods to the past whilst embracing the current technology and vibe.
They are really starting to gear up with a Bing sighting or two, Caroline’s inside knowledge of the Lizzie Diaries and Lydia starting up her own vlog to share the adorbs with the world.
That’s all for this week’s LBD rundown. Check back in next Friday for my thoughts, feelings and all these screen caps that I feel proud to have mastered for episodes 31 though 40.