The Essex Serpent, which premieres in England in 1922, looks like a show made for me. It follows an untold widow as she discovers the world to hunt a mythic sea beast in the countryside. Tom Hiddleston, a hot, nerdy local pastor, and Frank Dillane, a handsome young doctor, is among the shows to watch. The Essex Serpent, which is based in 1922, should theoretically be my next favorite show.
Unfortunately, the greatest part of this series is Jane Petries'' fantastic costume design. The Essex Serpent revels in its slow-paced, tortured narrative. Obviously, the petries garments in The Essex Serpent are in a class by itself and might actually cost the admission fee.
The Essex Serpent is based on a fictional mythical monster known as the Essex Serpent, which supposedly haunts a fishing community. (Think the Great Loch Monster, but a big giant snake and in England.) When a local girl goes missing, rumors have uncovered the serpent as a source of natural history. Cora finds herself in contact with the local skeptic and a hot married preacher named Will Ransome while there.
Cora is a survivor of domestic abuse, a curious thinker, and an intrepid lady in a time when ladies were expected to sit in parlors with needlepoint or whatever. Actually, I found Cora to be kind of depressing. She is seemingly unaware of the fact that everyone, including her maid, wants to bone her, and keeps despising social statements left and right.The most interesting thing about Claire Daness Cora is her wardrobe.
Cora is dressed in opulent jewel-toned gowns in London and in earthy knit and wools in Essex. Through it all, the silhouette puffed sleeves with a narrow waist and full skirt remains the same. I am not entirely sure whether or not it was historically correct, but I do know that it is divine. Elsewhere, costume designer Jane Petrie carries Tom Hiddleston''s low-key Preacher in separates that might have originated from a contemporary Barbour catalog.
The last time I was seeing myself weaving in a streaming show was right back when Narcos gifted Pablo Escobar a set of nautical sweaters that screamed yacht rock. I think the pieces in The Essex Serpent are far more aspirational. I think that my heels, on the other hand, would be rocked with a full-length balloon-shouldered sweater coat. Hiddlestons outfits, on the other hand, are excellent wish material.
The Essex Serpent is a rather dismal period drama, but its costumes are a success. Someone gives Jane Petrie all of the awards stat.