Normally these Downton Abbey recaps are peppered with jokes and a generous helping of wry asides about the Dowager Countess’s wry asides. Under other circumstances, this week’s would be, too. If things had turned out differently, this installment would be dominated by a dissertation on the latest developments in the unceasingly dull Mr. Bates Murder Mystery (update: the pie did it!); lots of wink-wink, nudge-nudge banter about how Thomas’s relationship with Hot Jimmy the Footman has made “winding the clocks” my new favorite sexual euphemism; an analysis of Edith’s new role as the founder of the 1920s-British-high-society-old-media version of Jezebel; Headline resplit by staff.
I knew all this cuz I read English newspapers. So, I too won´t leak more cuz there is much more heartbreak to come. I just love the show. Just love the Crawleys, the clothes and of course, the real star - magnificent Downton Abbey itself.
I posted a story link on The Connection yesterday from the other side of the pond...gotta read Brit papers is right. And yes there are more heartbreaking episodes ahead for those that follow this wonderful series. Season 4 is filming in just a few weeks, but the UK gets all their seasons before we do...so wait we will. Oh, and there´s a Downton Abbey cookbook out now, too.
This morning on my Facebook newsfeed all my conservative friends were devastated by the episode last night. All the [restricted acquaintance] leftwingers are saying it was a really dull (!) episode and that they don´t think they´ll watch much any more. These "highly educated" leftwingers are usually the first to repeat dim talking points and are truly the lowest information voters I know.
Personally, I think they´re reeling us in and setting us up and that they will come down hard on the left side of things.
I experienced last night´s episode from a heartbreaking experience of my own. I was that young man watching a convulsive moment of eclampsia during the birth of my first child. So many years ago and last night I was there again.
It is my understanding that the writer Julian Fellows is a conservative. I think it is interesting how each character is made to suffer the consequences of their decision making-some small and some catastrophic. And even when the characters make stupid decisions they are nevertheless likeable as the writers have prepped you for the stupidity by letting you in on each of their upbringings or life experiences. The character development is one thing that truly makes for a fine piece of work.
Romney did not attack PBS -he attacked the subsidies.Big bird should have paid for it and so should bill Moyers. Also, the lefties on Newshour ar nothing but DNC talking points. We don´t need to subsidize the DNC.
...watched the first two seasons on DVD and loved it, but it´s starting to drag on a bit. The Bates story is slow, and I already think Mary´s old flame Sir Richard is responsible as Mrs. Bates was about to ruin his hold on Mary.
Does this maroon know it´s not real? I entirely fail to care about Downton Abbey. How much of a life do you have to lack to watch this stuff? Of course, the big question is, how are they going to write scumbama into it?
Having viewed the entire third season, it´s worth every delicious morsel. This is not your average soap opera. It´s a beautiful production that draws the viewer into the story making you feel you´re part of the scene. I loved watching it.
What a touching story line last night! Dame Maggie broke my heart when she spoke with Carson and entered the drawing room. I just wanted to punch Robert in the face, repeatedly; he showed how incompetent he truly is.
Downton Abbey is a soap opera of course but it is well done - no one is forcing anyone to watch it.
You knew something bad was going to happen with all the forshadowing. I got very frustrted with the OB, as Sybil was showing classic symptoms of pre-eclampsia, something that was known at the time. I was hoping that she would be OK after the delivery, since that is what ultimtely cures it, but she was obviously too toxemic. Maggie Smith was wonderful in that last scene where she´s bent with grief, sobs once, then straightens her back and walks into the room where everyone else is.
I am glad for the spoiler; I will have to brace myself to watch this heartbreaker! It´s a wonderful show and has my husband and I chatting about the characters as if they were family. Yes, we have lives. And yes, they need to lighten up the Mr. Bates´ story!
In ´31 Sir Noel Coward wrote a 3 Act play, ´Cavalcade´, chronicling the impact of the Boer War, Victoria´s death, the loss of the Titanic, culminating with the ´29 crash; on an upper class English Family. The pivotal event in his play was the annihilating impact of the Great War on the British Empire, in the mud of Flanders. The movie version of his play was some 140 min. Downtown Abbey is pure soap opera, suited to the modern audience devoid of any historical perspective and in thrall to gossip, hearsay, rumor and innuendo. Mercifully Coward is not around to whiteness this endless pastiche to low brow melodrama.
I guess it´s a bit harder for modern Americans to fully grasp what was the way of life of the early 20th century. Without an understanding of the continuity of history and the male inheritance factor as evinced in these old stately homes of Britain, some viewers are tempted into putting contemporary assessments on what they are seeing. In this period piece, one´s place in life was understood if not totally accepted. There was change in the wind, as was true of the whole of the 20th century; the downstairs personnel were at first slow to pick it up as it would challenge the relative safe life of service - where food and a roof overhead were assured. And similarly too the change in the upstairs people was hardest on the older members raised as they were on a tightly proscribed set of societal rules. Their fashions and manners were forced to change forever by World War 1. The stately homes offered security for those within. Outside, the struggles for justice and decent jurisprudence played out, the Dickensian legacy of the inner city miseries of long work hours and poor wages and overindulgence in cheap liquor still prevailed. With this backdrop, Julian Fellowes crafted a fine entertainment. Downton Abbey became a huge hit in it´s initial series, as audiences shared all these experiences and got to know and love/hate the characters and realize how few secrets could remain secret. Don´t try and predict what will happen, let it unfold in front of you. Let Fellowes be the story teller.
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