The second episode of this show covers territory more well-known and it ends up being the weakest episode of the show. It’s important that the second Mrs. De Winter be seen as out of her element and awkward; Joan Fontaine does a great job in the Hitchcock film. But Joanna David here is essentially just child-like in a way that’s more irritating than anything else. She’s forever chewing her nails or dashing off after the dog and wearing coats about three sizes too big. I mean, it’s a take on the character; they’re doing it on purpose, but it just didn’t work for me. Jeremy Brett really is a treasure; a far better Max than Olivier in every way. The episode has one great scene when the second Mrs. De Winter explores Rebecca’s old bedroom and Mrs. Danvers enters and delivers a fantastic monologue about Rebecca. Other than that one scene, this episode is bland and, occasionally, annoying. 2 stars.
tl;dr – an annoying take on the lead character really starts to grate when the show isn’t doing anything interesting; this episode is a perfect example of that. 2 stars.