That vicious little ninny Josie Pye is at it again, needling our Anne.
In AOGGMDAM, I literally said I wanted to “time/book” travel so I could flick her on her the forehead.
Josie, not Anne.
Although, I love the name Josie or Josephine, just not the Bully Girl.
Friends, Neighbors, Countrymen and Countrywomen of Anne Nation, we’ve come to the last review for this season of “Anne,” apparently to be known in the US as “Anne with an E.”
Not sure what the name change or the PREPOSTEROUS airbrushing of the Anne image will do to lure Americans viewers. I mean, what does it say about Netflix’s perception of their American viewers in general that “their” Anne has makeup and straight teeth? I could go on, but I won’t. Just do not get it, that’s all. I’m embarrassed for my friends here in this great country I have called home for almost 3o years!
Back to Josie Pye, gossiping with the girls over Matthew “not having a good head for money” and mortgaging Green Gables due to the fact that all of his crops sunk with a ship on their way to the mainland.
In point of fact, that did happen to PEI farmers!
Anne gets agitated at Josie’s words and stomps over to defend Matthew and Green Gables. “Oh, you didn’t know…?” Josie gloats. “Do you at least know if they are going to keep you?”
Classic mean girl stuff. They find your most tender vulnerability and wait for the perfect moment to throw a flaming torch at the exact spot. (FLICK! FLICK! FLICK!)
Wonderfully, Diana is deeply supportive, which makes all the difference for Anne.
Anne runs home to find out what is going on and overhears Marilla and Matthew arguing about his mortgaging the farm. Matthew, in a state of high stress, crumples, a victim of coronary thrombosis. (Cue up near heart failures for me and Natalie! Gasp! Surely they won’t KILL MATTHEW??? We engage in Lamaze breathing to cope. “It’s too soon…look, he’s alive!”
I kinda figured they were too smart to let go of RH Thompson so soon in the series. He is irreplaceable!
Anne bares her soul to Marilla. Are they keeping her? And the answer is an unwavering yes, no question. “You’re stuck with us now,” Marilla says. The emotion between them is exquisitely played.
But, to make a longish story short, Green Gables is up a creek without a paddle. Mortgaged to the hilt and now the “asset” is bedridden for months.
Adorable Jerry is let go as the farmhand (to which Natalie and I said “Nooooooooo!”). But luckily, there’s plenty more Jerry Baynard in this episode. He accompanies Anne to Charlottetown where Anne sells some Avonlea treasures to the pawn shop and Jerry sells the horse at auction, whereupon he is beaten by a couple of thugs in a back alley. Again, we are gulping in those deep breaths. (In for five, hold for two, release!)
Neither of us liked this scene or the one later which had Matthew contemplating suicide. OR the scene where the two thugs (quite creepy, I might add) spot the “room for rent” advertisement (said the Canadian way “ad-VERT-is-ment”) at Green Gables and quite like what they see. NOOOO! UGH!
I decide they are pedophiles, which scares me spitless….!
But maybe not. This series has a penchant for going dark and suddenly pulling back before things get TOO dark.
I liked many scenes, too. When Marilla touches her cheek in the place Anne had kissed her is right up there. She still can’t quite believe she is a mother and there is SUCH love.
When Aunt Josephine absolutely insists on helping out Green Gables (and rehires Jerry on her dime). Pride goeth before the fall, the Good Book tells us. And the Good Book is, as usual, unerringly right.
She cuts through the Cuthbert Pride and helps Anne convince Marilla that sometimes it is better to receive with an open heart of thanks than let pride shut the helpers down.
More to love:
* Gilbert and Anne’s super sweet, appropriately awkward interaction in Charlottetown (where they run into each other). The halting smiles and twinkling eyes say “I feel something for you but who knows what it is…Maybe someday we will know.” And of course, someday they will know. “Take care of yourself,” Anne says. “Come home someday.” Yes, Gilbert, do come home from the mountains and the prairies and all the places you want to explore. Send postcards!
* Matthew and Jeannie’s equally sweet interaction (you know, the Button Romance from a few episodes ago). Their connection over many decades is really quite marvelous to behold. And Jeannie is good for Matthew. She gently convinces him that suicide for a life insurance policy is the wrong way to care for his family, especially Anne. “She finally belongs somewhere,” Jeannie tells him, astutely.
* I was proud of the ladies for taking charge and taking action to save Green Gables. Anne calmly crunches the numbers. She accompanies Marilla to the bank (and the DREADFUL banker, a PYE, of course), and hustles to get cleaning work in Avonlea to help pay down the debt. Aunt Josephine insists on helping. Rachel Lynde takes up a collection. This is the show’s feminist underpinning at its finest.
But even with Aunt Josephine’s help, and Anne’s scrubbing floors, it’s not enough. They must take in boarders. Those creepy boarders, though they don’t know they are creepy–yet. The very last scene of the season shows Anne opening the door to the younger, sort of good looking guy who beat Jerry up in the alley. There is a frisson of…something. Is she attracted to him? Repelled? Does something about him twig her memory? He’s youngish and rakishly handsome, which, as we know, is Anne’s type. UGH!
And then it was over, for now. A peculiar and unsettling ending to a wild cinematic ride.
Natalie and I reflected on the way over to Juliana’s that the off-book “invention” comprised about 40%, with iconic stuff making up the majority of the storytelling. But Episode #7 was all off-book. 100%. So then we decided it was more 50/50.
In 11 days, you can all see for yourselves what I’ve been seeing for the last 7 weeks. It’s already super controversial, and it hasn’t even arrived in the USA yet. You know what they say: All publicity is good publicity, right? Who knows with this series!
I do know I’ve been hearing reports from all over of young girls in Canada watching “Anne” and then burning the midnight oil–with the BOOKS!
Remember, even if you violently disagree with some of the plot alterations, all kindred spirits should at least try and keep an open mind to the possibilities.
Can’t wait to hear YOUR thoughts!
Have any of you been able to watch?
What do YOU think about what me and other viewers have been saying?
Are you prepared to buy into some serious revisions here? Or would you prefer, as I do in my heart of hearts, that all of this phenomenal writing and acting and filmmaking would reflect Maud’s original story?
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