1) We've already met Knightley!
It took, what, 60 episodes for Darcy to appear in Lizzie's videos? I understood why, but it's so exciting seeing the love interest right away. And it's not awkward with the set-up of Emma Approved. If Emma Approved was more like LBD, then it would seem forced. But it's perfect here.
2) The portrayal of Emma
We're not entirely meant to like Emma. She's selfish, and immature, and condescending, and pushy, but despite all of this, she is well-meaning. That is all coming across very well so far in Emma Approved.
3) Harriet Smith
We just met Harriet in today's episode, and I don't know why, but I adore her. She's so sweet and cute and so eager-to-please. I think it's going to be fun seeing her get used to Emma's crazy personality (we already saw that with the whole latte thing at the end).
4) It's a retelling of Jane Austen, for goodness' sake.
It was an excellent idea for them to start with Pride and Prejudice, since it's more popular and well-known. Emma is an excellent choice for the second series. Her story translates well into 21st century America. It's going to be fun to see where the story progresses.
5) Pre-Emma setting.
For those of you who have read the novel, Emma starts right after Mr. Weston and Miss Taylor's wedding. To see everyone before the wedding is creating some interesting tension. I'm curious to see where this will go. I hope Ryan and Annie will still end up together!
And now for your enjoyment, the first Emma Approved video if you haven't seen it already.
New Emma Approved videos go up every Monday and Thursday, I believe. :)