Netflix’s ‘Persuasion’ is a baffling, halfway-modernized adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel that often feels like it was copy-pasted from Twitter and other times comes across like ‘Fleabag’ without the wit.
“It’s Not Illegal,” the Gentleman Jack Season 2 Finale, is a meteor of an episode, giving us what Lister and Walker were denied in their lifetimes: the sincere wish that they could have been happy together.
Gentleman Jack remembers Ann Walker’s bravery and reminds us that true lesbian acceptance comes from our courageous love for each other.
Lister and Walker’s love for each other is a radical promise of lesbian faith that is wholly untethered from the law.
‘Gentleman Jack’ 2.5 paints a contradictory portrait of a lesbian pioneer whose freedom to love is sustained by her ruthlessness in business.
Lister’s affair with Mariana is the inevitable culmination of a love persistently destroyed by forces beyond their control.
Tripe All Over the Place, Presumably: Anne Lister’s residual feelings for Mariana Lawton threatens to overflow and strain her marriage with Ann Walker.
Two Jacks Don’t Suit: Anne Lister struggles to tell her wife that lesbianism isn’t her first rodeo.
Faith is All: Gentleman Jack’s second season handles Lister and Walker’s domestic partnership with a miraculously tender grace.