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So it turns out I am going to talk about this today. Because Nothing Much To Do (modernized Much Ado About Nothing webseries set in a New Zealand high school - yeah, that exists) posed the new episode earlier today. And obviously I watched it immediately.

So, I feel there are essentially five key scenes you need to nail in that play. And three are particularly important. They are, in no particular order 1. the eavesdropping scenes (and associated soliloquys), 2. the scene where Beatrice and Benedick meet again/snark at each other (seriously, it sets the tone for how the adaptation is going to deal with the relationship) and 3. the immediate aftermath of Claudio's accusations (the actual accusations need to be done well, obviously, but it's the immediate aftermath that's the heart of the play). I mostly love it beyond all reason. But I feel like I have an issue with how they’re dealing with the immediate aftermath of Claudio’s accusations.

The other two key scenes are the ending/proposal (obviously) and the snarky scenes at the masked ball/party. They're important, but less so. All the other stuff is important plot-wise, and a lot of the other scenes can be very charming, but I've always felt the above is the heart of the play.

SO, this brings me to Nothing Much to Do. How are they doing so far? The scenes where the Bea/Ben relationship is introduced and established have been well done. They haven't had the same weight as the one single scene in the play, because I feel like elements of that scene have been iterspersed in the adaptation. Still, it works. They have more room to work with in the video-diary format, and it is trickier to film Bea and Ben in scenes together sometimes, so the way they do it works. The tone of the relationship is really well established, and they manage to do something really clever to compensate for potential issues with the webseries format. The eavesdropping scenes have been amazing. Easily the best part of the adaptation (if you like the play at all, they're worth watching). And lastly, where we got to today... the aftermath of Claudio's accusations.

And here I'm less happy. Because:
1. They let too much time pass in-universe between the videos and Beatrice’s reaction is too subdued (though I have hopes for the next video).

2. (and the major issue) I’m not sure how they chose to deal with Leo (a.k.a. Leonato’s) reaction to the accusations doesn’t entirely work in a modernization. [Spoiler (click to open)]I just can’t believe that a doting big brother wouldn’t question that type of accusation against his younger sister, who up until this point has been practically perfect. It’s not like he and Claudio are even best buddies in this. It just felt off.

Kinda wish they’d dropped Leo’s reaction, tbh. It’s not crucial to the plot. They could have gotten away with it. Especially if they had instead just had him go right to defensive (as I feel most big brother's would have). Because this is just weird.


Still really want to see the next episode. Now.

Yeah, this is becoming a problem

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beth_shulman
Aug. 28th, 2014 04:14 am (UTC)
SO FUNNY THAT YOU'RE POSTING THIS.

I found this webseries the night before you posted this entry; I found it in the comments of the final Emma Approved episode (about which I am very lukewarm) - I don't know what to think about it. I don't much love the idea of Much Ado about teenagers, nor do I think everyone is well cast, but in my skipping around I did see Claudio yelling and I thought that, at least, was really well done.

I also found a webseries called Classic Alice. I have no idea what I think about it so far, except that I find it intriguing and will keep watching.
h_loquacious
Aug. 30th, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
Well, I absoluely adore Nothing Much To Do. I know that Much Ado about teenagers isn't exactly ideal, but they're making it work. And the eavesdropping scenes are so ridiculously charming. Also the scenes of the first party. It did take me a while to warm up to Ben, but now I find him adorable. But I have a massive soft spot for anything Much Ado-related. It is essentially my favourite trope ever. And I enjoy how they're dealing with the webseries medium, SO.

I am very much torn on whether to watch Emma Approved. On the one hand, I do think Emma might lend itself to webseries format better than some novels, on the other hand, I was burned pretty hard by the end of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

I did decide to watch Classic Alice tonight though. I think I really like it. Although, Pritchard is a bit of a jerk. And I'm not sure abou how they're dealing with the idea of what is cool/socially acceptable. But I think I'm going to keep watching.
katayla
Sep. 2nd, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
Ooh, this sounds like something I could be into!
h_loquacious
Sep. 15th, 2014 04:26 am (UTC)
Forgot to reply to this, but you should totally watch this. It is fun times!
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