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Strike miniseries - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Strike miniseries
I bought the Strike tv show on YouTube and I've watched it. I like the cast, but boy, did they cut corners, both in time and in budget.

The most noticeable one was when they were going to a supposedly upscale boutique in "Cuckoo's Calling," where Robin tried on a dress that was insanely expensive. It's described as acid green and fitting her like a lizard skin, its stitching somehow magically enhancing her curves, turning her into a real knockout. It could have been imagined in a dozen ways. They could have sprung for a good designer costume, or raided JKR's closet, for that matter.

No, they gave us this:

An okay little prom dress thing. Not actively offensive, but it looks more like a good thrift-store buy than high end fashion. SUPER obvious budget-cutting.

Another prime example is the car accident that Robin steers them out of on a drive to Devon. In the book, it's a huge deal, with icy roads and a multi-car pile-up, and a barely missed truck that might have killed them. In the series? There's a car blocking the road, and Robin drives through a field to get around it. The reason it's funny is that Strike keeps his original reaction--he's so deeply impressed with her driving skill that it permanently overcomes his fear of being driven by her. She's taken a detour, and he treats it like she still saved their lives on an icy road, evading certain death.

I know, the big one would have been all but impossible to film on a standard TV budget, but it's still funny.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: November 4th, 2018 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had such a fit of mad giggles when reading the scene in the first book of the series where one of the asistants is said to have pink hair. I laughed and thought,'Tonks works at a muggle shop. Maybe she's on a mission.'
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 4th, 2018 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, my head went there, too!
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