I stayed awake for this episode, mostly because Cora did a lot more talking than usual and Edith finally fired her editor (either that or he quit -- I couldn't quite tell) and as a result she, too, did a lot more talking. It perked me up, to see both of those ladies expressing an … Continue reading Downton Abbey, Season 6, Episode 3: Tom is Back Plus a Wedding
The Beginning of the End Who among you didn't get a little lump in your throat at the opening credits, knowing that this is the last first time you'll watch a brand-new Downton Abbey in a brand-new year? For the last six years we've anticipated this show every January; it gave us something to look … Continue reading Downton Abbey, Season 6, Episode 1: The Birds & the Bees & Mrs. Hughes
Well, we made it, folks. The season is over and we say farewell to the House of Grantham until the Year of our Lord 2016, just ten short months away. I've had a week to recover from the prospect, and think I'm ready to review what happened in the season finale. That is, if I can remember it. … Continue reading Downton Abbey: Season 5, The Finale: Mary Sings Like a Bird
In other news from the realm of Romantic Love, Igor Ivanovitch propositions Granny, who stares at him, her eyes welling with tears from the shock of having to utter so many ridiculous lines at her age.
I watched this episode in the middle of a round of insomnia, sometime after midnight and before dawn, so my recollection of it might be mixed in with some thoughts I had while nodding off. If so, I apologize. One of my potentially imaginary impressions is that this episode was visually more interesting than most. It was … Continue reading Downton Abbey, Season 5, Ep. 7: In Which Another Dinner Party is Ruined
Let's get the miserable stuff out of the way first. Things came to a head with Poor Edith, baby Marigold and the Pigman family. Maybe it's because I'm exceptionally emotionally unstable this winter, cooped up as I am inside the house with snow drifts blocking the exits, but I thought I was going to choke on … Continue reading Downton Abbey, Season 5, Ep. 6: This One Hurt