Gentleman Jack Episode 7 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* Episode 7 – titled “Why’ve you brought that?” – has a different flavor than the first six episodes. Whereas those episodes focused on the budding romance between Anne and Ann, this episode focuses on what happens after one of Anne’s passionate romances cools. It’s about Anne’s tenacity, her “dust-yourself-off-and-carry-on” mentality. The series has […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 6 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* This episode, titled “Do Ladies Do That?” is a paradigm shift for our heroines and – possibly – the series itself. But first – a question: What the heck happened with Miss Lister’s groom – the one shot out of a tree? Is that based on some true event in the biographical Anne […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 5 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* 9/10. Tremendous episode. I’m truly impressed with the thematic elements and how they brought all this human drama together to craft a powerful, affecting episode. Gentleman Jack Episode 5 not only has a long name (“Let’s Have Another Look at Your Past Perfect”), it also packs a punch – metaphorical AND literal. As in Episode […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 4 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* Gentleman Jack Episode 4, “Most Women are Dull and Stupid,” is a decidedly darker affair than the preceding three episodes. Ann and Anne’s budding relationship faces its greatest test yet. We begin, however, in York, where Anne has taken Miss Walker to see a doctor she trusts, Dr. Belcombe (Michael Xavier), who also […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 3 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* Episode 3 could have been titled “Hot & Heavy.” Anne and Ann really take their relationship to the next level in every sense during this episode, which is chock full of “rising action.” They are spending more and more time together. Petting has turned into kissing, and kissing into … well … suffice […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 2 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* So far, Gentleman Jack has focused on two narrative threads: Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) the romantic, and Anne Lister the businesswoman. As to the first thread, we spend a great deal of time observing the budding friendship between Miss Lister and the naive, cloistered Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle). Ann is obviously smitten with […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 1 (2019)

Gentleman Jack is a new period drama from HBO, a modern riff on the venerable “novel of manners” adaptations (like Vanity Fair and Sense and Sensibility) that are the bread and butter of the costumed drama world. That means a return to the bucolic countryside of mid-nineteenth century England. This time, it’s 1832, and we’re […]