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 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
A better episode, but the series will never be back to form. And I must accept this and move on with my life. Which includes the show, because I'll keep watching until the last husband dies, the last engagement is broken and we figure out what is going on with Thomas and the new lady's … Continue reading Downton Abbey: When Bates Cried, We All Cried
We all know a good thing when we see it. And we all know there can be too much of a good thing. Season 3 of Downton Abbey combines both axioms into a single sad thought: we knew Downton Abbey was a good thing when we saw it, and now there's too much of it. … Continue reading Wretched Excess: Downton Abbey