4/10 - swoo
After three episodes, not sure why to continue watching. It feels like someone wanted to drop the main character from the movie Edge of Seventeen into 1800's. This has been kinda done with Another Period. Good performances and only intermittently funny, the anachronisms add nothing, feels hamstrung by need to be historically accurate about Emily and not enough humor or drama, though it has more literature jokes for English majors than most TV. The shifts in tone are extreme from drama to fantasy to suggested rape to child abuse to comedy - it would be hard to pull this off successfully. Contrast with show like Gentleman Jack about a female writer in the 1800's where the series is loosely based on her journals/historical accounts and is interesting just for her story told in a straightforward manner. Found two episodes mostly funny out of ten in first season, primarily because of supporting characters.
review updated: November 15, 2019