What promises to be fairly depressing (in a good way) is the new production of Dickens' Bleak House on Masterpiece Theatre. I watched the first episode last night, and so far it's the creepiest vision of Dickens I've ever seen. Dickens could be a very creepy writer at times, which doesn't always come through in filmed versions of his work, but, if the next five episodes maintain the tone set in the first, this Bleak House may actually exaggerate the creepy elements in this sinister story. That's certainly better than downplaying them, as most television and movie productions of Dickens have done in the past. The tale presents a very dark vision of Victorian England, and the one thing I found annoying was that it is filmed very dark, literally. Many of the scenes featured such moody lighting that they were invisible on my television. Still, it's watchable, and even in the darkest scenes, one can at least hear the scenery being chewed. I usually don't bother with Masterpiece Theatre and its often pretentious and boring costume dramas, but Bleak House is an exception, and I'm looking forward to the remaining episodes.
The next few days look to be much like today, and then there will be more rain. I'm looking forward to that, too. So far, this is being a decent winter. Maybe that's why it feels as though it's passing so quickly. A full month of it is gone already, and I'm astonished when I realize that only days more than five weeks remain until March arrives.