Downton Abbey, Season 5, Ep. 5: “Sweating Like A Beast”

The title of this post is brought to you by Sweet Baxter, who, in one of her many compassionate moments on the servants' staircase with Skulking Thomas, gently asked if he was okay. When he snarled at her in reply, she pushed her point further. "Are you alright?" she asked, "You are sweating like a beast!" Indeed. … Continue reading Downton Abbey, Season 5, Ep. 5: “Sweating Like A Beast”

Downton Abbey, Season 4, Ep. 8: Skullduggery! Gumption! The Beach!

The last episode of Season 4 was extra long and extra beautiful, with scene after scene taking place in grand settings and everyone looking even more amazing than they usually look. After taking its sweet time with multiple, lengthy settee-based conversations and convoluted subplots involving pieces of paper, the show comes to a close with … Continue reading Downton Abbey, Season 4, Ep. 8: Skullduggery! Gumption! The Beach!

Downton Abbey: Season 4, Ep. 7: A Good Man is Hard to Find

Episode 7 was a veritable Valentine's Day Whitman's Sampler of Delights. Where to start: Rose's shenanigans? Bates-es field trip to "York"? Mary's move from mauve to champagne-colored dresses? The fact that all those costly-looking dresses are shaped like grain sacks? Or that we finally, after weeks and weeks, caught a brief, enticing glimpse of Nanny? … Continue reading Downton Abbey: Season 4, Ep. 7: A Good Man is Hard to Find

Downton Abbey: Breaking it Down, Season 4, Ep. 5

Downton Abbey consists of regular plot points revisited over and over, ebbing and flowing, but always, like the tide, returning. Plot points such as the Dowager Countess and Isobel's sparring, Tom's confusion over where he fits in, Mary's confusion over whether she wants to have emotions, Thomas-es scheming to no avail and no clear purpose, … Continue reading Downton Abbey: Breaking it Down, Season 4, Ep. 5