Lady Sybil continues her experimentation with feminism with the aid and inspiration of the new chauffeur. The next day, the group reunites at the bridge where they died and form a circle. Brilliantly written and set in lush, vibrant surroundings with detailed costuming, this drama series should set the bar for others. Molesley is offered an employment below his previous station, but he can't refuse the opportunity. Downstairs there is also unrest as Thomas is passed over for promotion to valet in favour of Robert's batman from the Boer War, John Bates, who now limps due to a war wound. Edith finds an admirer in Sir Anthony Strallan. The episode ends with Edith writing a letter to the Turkish ambassador.
I rather hope its success doesn't signal a return to the 1970s fashion for comforting series set in the last days of Empire where pater has apoplexy every time he reads the newspaper and the aristos and staff represent a microcosm of English society. It is a costume drama but 1912 after all was just as real as 2010 and it is, quite separate from costumes, about people, several different people, house workers and owners, their motives, their histories, pain, relationships, scheming allegiances, awkwardness or ease, old ways and the coming of those things we now call modern… electric lights, the middle class…Enjoyable so far. Maggie Smith has a presences all her own, making each of her projects shine. Poor Ethel must decide what is best for little Charlie as she tries to make vital decisions regarding his future. All the actors are excellent but special mention must be made of Maggie Smith who is gifted some marvellous lines, delivered as ever, with perfect timing and characterisation. And with plenty more storylines hanging in the balance, writer Julian Fellowes is set to wrap up the popular drama in a glorious fashion.
It was witty in a subtle way, is often funny and could be heart warming and poignant too, the best coming from Violet and Mrs Hughes I felt. Seeing the vision of Lilith validated the murder of Roman and their hungers. What each argument does, regardless of historical time period, is posit the lower classes as dependent on power without questioning how and why this power is structured, created and propagated in the first place. I hope 'Downton Abbey' has a similar decency about it. Eric Alexander Skarsgard tried to covertly convince Bill that Lilith was an illusion brought forth by the fact that they were unbelievably high. Robert's mother, the dowager, and Cora decide that the next best candidate is Matthew Crawley, a distant cousin, but Cora knows that the spirited Mary will not be happy with their choice.
Gwen secures a position as a secretary and Thomas hands in his notice. Probably not a series I will continue watching further. By the last episode, even the lethargic, bland yellow lab got under my skin when it appeared, as if all its scenes had been shot in the same 10 minutes. I am completely fascinated by the events and reactions and what would appear to be almost puppet-like behavior on occasion. Daisy is finding it increasingly difficult to keep quiet about her part in the affair, and after some cajoling from Miss O'Brien, she tells her story to Lady Edith.
Claude got mad at her for imprinting on a murderous vampire. There is no dull moment, due to a skillful editing of scenes that are almost put together like in an elegant dance sequence. Wonderful all the way around. The conventions, the rigid rules, the traditions, all changing just in a ten year period and being uprooted and twisted by the new winds of war. Sam got her back to her place where they had a heart to heart and apologized for butting heads all long. And yet, not so static after all.
Hint: The reference is not to Upstairs Downstairs but a much earlier film. There is something for everybody here. She envisioned Claudine, her fairy godmother, warding off the vampire and she just barely caught a muffled name. A splendid rendering of magnificence and descending glory. It's not hard to do. Does it cloud the at many moments wonderful acting? No busy dialog or wasted scenes, just good, solid craftsmanship in every episode of this poignant family story. Somebody needs to eat these people, pronto! There was no need for it, it certainly did not add anything of value.
Though this series is a work of fiction, I would therefore consider that the estate was once a Benedictine Friary and hence the origin of the estate's name Downton Abbey. Most of them seem so consumed with self - interest that I found it hard to care. Is there something in the wind which might make for a brighter future? The gateway to the estate would have been the only remaining structure that was part of the original Friary. Hugh Bonneville was dashing, and I cannot get over how beautiful Michelle Dockery was here. We picked up right away on the insinuation of a relationship between the two men, there was no need to add such an offensive scene. Maggie Smith is excellent as the snooty Dowageress, Brendan Cole does Mr Bates very well - and Joanne Froggat who I only manage to catch on tele occasionally sadly who was equally lovely. When the guv'nor goes what will happen to them all? Mary hasn't decided between Blake and Gillingham, but she does decide to ditch the compromising train ticket found in Mr.
The Crawleys have a chance to reconnect with some old friends and acquaintances. The kitchen is in uproar, serving hands are missing, the masters are nervous, and everything seems to be doomed from the beginning, but then, somehow, everything comes together beautifully, like by magic. A minor fight broke out, but Martha Dale Dickey showed up to break it up. Admittedly it isn't hard core drama - but it was lovely, it made me feel warm, it let me get all cross and annoyed in a nice way , it got me exited - and soothed. It's a very classically conservative notion of history in actuality, servants couldn't look at, let alone speak to their masters , a proudly hierarchical world in which all social conflicts and tensions are resolved without any restructuring of class relations. As Elizabeth McGovern and I are equal in age, and I have grown up watching her on the silver screen, hers was a warming and dignified touchstone for me personally.
Fellowes is doing the same. As we approach the centenary year, there will surely be other dramatic renderings. They are benign despots, all-powerful, their authority final, but more sage and caring than any elected politician could ever be. It's fluff at best, with some entertaining bits and pieces. Downton Abbey is filmed well with good costumes and scenery but overall the episodes are rather dull, moving slowly with little suspense.