July 3, 2020

Netflix’s BSC 1.1, Kristy’s Great Idea: I Hope Their Rates Have Risen Since 1986

Posted in TV tagged , , at 2:35 pm by Jenn

Claudia doesn’t quite pull off her outfits like she did in the books

I’m not going to recap each episode of Netflix’s adaptation of the Baby-Sitters Club, but I wanted to do some posts on the episodes and how they compare to the books.

The show is pretty faithful to the book series, even having been updated for the 2000s. The incident that leads to the club forming – Kristy’s mom is unable to find a sitter for David Michael – is the same. The girls’ characteristics and personalities are also all the same. They’re immediately recognizable. And all of them seem like their ages. No 16-year-olds playing middle-schoolers here.

As for the details…

  • Kristy’s hair is light-ish brown, almost blond in some lighting, but other than that, the actress playing her just…looks like Kristy. She’s more likable in this episode than in the books. She knows she’s bossy, but it’s more about her wanting to be able to control everything in her life. She’s also a feminist on the verge of being an activist.
  • Claudia’s still an artist who struggles in school and wears crazy outfits. (The highlight: sunglasses shaped like cherries, complete with the stems.) She’s making a statue about menstruation and taking a college-level nude-drawing class.
  • Mary Anne wears her pre-Richard’s-loosening-up clothes (lots of plaid skirts and jumpers), is shy, and always has her hair in braids. The only difference between book Mary Anne and Netflix Mary Anne: Netflix Mary Anne is biracial.
  • Stacey doesn’t get much development in the first episode. She’s a math whiz, but also a marketing expert.
  • Kristy’s mom feels more present in her kids’ lives here than in the books. She’s very attentive to Kristy’s issues and gives her good friendship advice. She’s played by Alicia Silverstone, and at one point Kristy says, “She wasn’t totally clueless.” Heh.
  • Watson (Mark Feuerstein) is a warm guy who tells dad jokes and rides a bike. He’s super-excited about the club and is a big part of why it becomes successful, as he recommends the girls to people he knows. I think I might love him.
  • Janine is more of a computer expert than a book nerd.

The big differences/changes:

  • There’s no explanation of Stacey’s eating habits. Kristy worries that she doesn’t eat candy because she has body-image issues, which would set a bad example for their sitting charges. At one point, Stacey says she’ll be in New York over the weekend, but Kristy sees her in town. In the book, she gets called out and comes clean about her diabetes. Here, Kristy keeps it a secret, which Stacey is grateful for.
  • Claudia buys the club’s “olden-times” landline phone from Etsy.
  • The girls order pizza and ice cream through Postmates.
  • Mary Anne does some of her secretarial duties in a Google Doc on her tablet. Part of Stacey’s job is social media management.
  • Logan’s already in town, though he and Mary Anne don’t really interact yet.
  • Kristy doesn’t sit for Karen and Andrew yet, the point in the book where she starts to soften towards Watson. That doesn’t come until the next episode.

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