Excessively Diverted Episode 27 – Austentatious


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A slightly intoxicated Sammi and Beau are joined by returning guest Karolinn and first-time guest Brian to discuss the 2015 Straight outta Salt Lake City series Austentatious, which asks “what would happen if the Dashwood sisters, Emma Woodhouse, and Elizabeth Bennet were all single career gals who lived on a series of sound stages? There is little here to recommend the series, from creepy, miscast, and poorly adapted characters to cheap sets and some rampant misogyny. If you were considering watching this, our advice would be “don’t.”

Warning to listeners, this might be our most profanity-riddled episode yet.

The Good: 

The purple couch was nice. The conceit behind the premise is a lot of fun, at least.

The Bad: 

All of it. Darcy is a sexist asshole, Marianne Dashwood is five-alarm angry all the time and is prepared to let her sister be homeless because she hates those leopard-print pillows THAT MUCH. Emma and Knightley the only tolerable characters (just barely), Elizabeth Bennet is…completely unrecognizable in terms of her personality, her values, and her goals. The less said about Edward Ferrars, IRS, the better.

The Ugly: 

Horrible mischaracterization, rampant misogyny, more Collins grossness that once again makes light of making a woman feel unsafe.


The last time we review anything made in Utah. 

Beau grew up in South Carolina but now calls Portland home. She can get by pretty much anywhere as long as she has her books, iPhone and Netflix.

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