The Scarlet Pimpernel - Series Review

The BBC has done it again


Series Length: 9 hours, 1.5 hour episodes.

Could I have watched this with my Dad? : Yes.

Could I have watched this with my Mom? : Possibly!

Language: Minimal. They usually talk pretty fancy, so it sounds nice anyway!

Sex/Romance: Yah, there's definitely some naked people and sexy stuff in this. A little romance here and there.

Violence/Gore: There is literally a guillotine on the cover, and while there are a ton of people cut in two the camera always cuts (heh) away right before the head gets chopped. There is other violence and gore shown, though. (I mean come on, that period was extremely violent. Mob rule and whatnot.)

Music: I honestly don't recall taking any especial note of the music except when it helped to heighten the tension.

Did I feel the need to leave the lights off and sit in silence afterwards? : Nope, these usually had happy/upbeat endings!

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this series! I loved the book, and count it as one of only two romance-centric novels that I enjoyed. I also love the musical written by Frank Wildhorn. A classic, witty protagonist and a clever, scheming antagonist always right on his heels is what I loved with the book, and that was mostly preserved in the series. Part of why I liked the series, though, was because it gave me more of the character I loved and didn't just play out the plot of the main book and move on. This also highlighted a fun fact I hadn't known before: The Scarlet Pimpernel is a book series! (I was shocked and immediately scrambled to find the other books. A couple are rare and difficult to get ahold of.) I was mainly frustrated by the fact that it seems like the series was guillotined. (Oh, and their pronunciation of "guillotine," but I got used to it.) But seriously, while it didn't leave me hanging with a cliffhanger or anything, it still felt like the series wasn't given the good conclusion that it deserved. But it did have this beautiful, crafty man!

His sense of fashion really was killer...

Was this a good use of several nights with the house to myself? : Yes, I had a lot of fun watching this series!

In the End: 4 out of 5 stars. Give me stronger female characters and a good conclusive ending and you'll get your fifth star!