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Death Comes To Pemberley: Part 3

This is the third and final installment of my reviews of the mini-series Death Comes To Pemberley.  You can click here and here to catch up on episodes one and two respectively or you can take a scroll down the blog to read them.  Episode three concludes this mini-series adaptation of the P.D. James novel of the same title.

In episode three:

The murder trial begins and concludes with an unfavorable and tragic outcome for Wickham.  Georgiana is pressured to rebuff her one true love in favor of the "better match" (yeah, right) with her cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam, who pretty much has everyone snowed regarding his true nature.  Elizabeth resolves to do right by Louisa Bidwell and her bastard baby upon learning of the child's true paternity.  And little by little Elizabeth also discovers that the colonel is involved in the Bidwell/Wickham mess up to his neck, but though Elizabeth tries to warn her husband of this, Darcy allows family loyalties to blind him to the truth of the situation and his cousin's true nature.

My thoughts on the episode:

Praise Jesus that all the questions I had from the previous episodes are indeed addressed and answered during the course of this episode.

It seems the "madwoman," Captain Denny, and Colonel Fitzwilliam along with George Wickham were all in cahoots to trick Louisa into giving up her baby for temporary safekeeping to the madwoman, who no doubt would disappear with the poor bambino never to be seen nor heard from again.  I was very relieved that at the last minute Louisa trusts her instincts and changes her mind about entrusting her kid to the madwoman.  Also I knew this was connected to the murder, people.  I KNEW IT.

At one point Wickham tells Darcy that he wants to go to America when this all blows over (as if it's just some minor scandal and not A MURDER TRIAL).  Please God if he doesn't hang, let him go to America and make him take Lydia and Mrs. Bennet with him too.  I think being saddled with those two women for the rest of his days would be a just punishment for all the trouble that man has caused.

Meanwhile, the colonel intends to move forward in his courtship and betrothal of Georgiana now with Darcy's full blessing (!!!).  And Colonel Fitzwilliam is pretty much blind (and stupid) to the fact that Georgiana doesn't love him and that she is heartbroken about any potential future marriage to him.  But he proposes and it's the most romantic proposal ever because he tells her he doesn't love her that way yet but he will after they're married.  Please let them straighten this out before Georgiana is permanently tied in marriage to this darn fool.

The magistrate continues his investigation by roaming the woods and interviewing witnesses.  Of course now he's all, well, maybe there is more to this murder than a quarrel over an uninvited appearance at a ball.  Man, where were you in episode two?

The "madwoman" a.k.a. Elinor is a.k.a. Mrs. Young, the woman who aided and abetted Wickham's plan to elope with Georgiana all those years ago!

Wickham must have a charmed life because at the very last second before he hangs, Elizabeth saves his hide by riding into town with a signed confession from the real murderer.  But there are still tragic consequences to Wickham's conviction and not everyone escapes unscathed.

To sum up: pretty much what happens is George Wickham gets into trouble (again) and his scandal threatens to forever taint the Bennet and Darcy families (again) and to make them outcasts in society (again), but once again fortune smiles upon this wanton, undeserving scoundrel and he comes up smelling roses (again).  I should just be thankful that the esteemed name of the Darcys survives intact thanks to Wickham's exoneration.  And that the Darcy marriage is mended and back on track again.

A question I have:

Why does Elizabeth Darcy, a very wealthy woman, wear the same dress day after day throughout the mini-series?

Final thought on the entire mini-series as a whole:

I will probably watch it again sometime.  I highly recommend this mini-series to anyone who enjoys a good British period drama and/or Jane Austen adaption.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie

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