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What’s Up with Downton Abbey – take 2

In the past five days I’ve downed nearly two seasons of Downton Abbey. It’s been a bit of a binge, really. Sort of glutenous of me to see in short order what millions of television viewers have watched over two years.

And as if eating a whole pie in one sitting, I began to feel ill.

Season 1 set up all the characters, showed us the good guys, the evil and dark souls, revealed the rivalries, the love interests. It was filled with intrigue, twists, a bit of frivolity. Maggie Smith’s character, the Dowager, kept a very tight line between her class and the servants. It was fascinating to see the story unfold.

Season 2 centered around World War 1 and while we were spared the level of

Too much tragedy in Downton Abbey S2 left me with a bit of a tummy ache. Do you think it's because I've taken in eight episodes in 3 days?

Too much tragedy in Downton Abbey S2 hurt my head. Possibly because I’ve taken in eight episodes in 3 days?

detail of a Leaving Private Ryan, we learned very well the pain of war. Loved ones died in France, fiancés came back broken, William returned only to soon die but after marrying his beloved Daisy.  Downton was turned into a convalescent home. A major hooked up with a housemaid and left her with a child, Patrick or Peter returned disfigured. There was so much more. Almost too much to digest in three hours last evening. But I kept going.

Lady Clare nearly died and it so pained her maid O’Brien to watch because of the later’s unspoken crime against her mistress. Lord Grantham – how could you? – kissed one of the maids (yes, I can see why you were disheartened with your wife’s negativity but you seemed above such indiscretions). Sir Richard not only Continue reading

What’s up with Downton Abbey?

While I’m not immune to advertisements, I can say I’ve never been a slave to fashion. Have eschewed trends rather than chase them. So it stands to reason I’m a late comer to Downton Abbey.

I can hear the Dowager Countess now.

“Oh, I see you’ve only just arrived. How dreadfully painful this must be for you.”

I know Maggie Smith’s voice because I managed to see all the Harry Potter movies (although I did not go to midnight first showings nor have I adopted a character’s garb for Halloween. Not that trendy, this one.)

Don't tell me when or how Matthew and Lady Mary wed, I want to find out for myself!

Don’t tell me when or how Matthew and Lady Mary wed, I want to find out for myself!

My recent and late interest in the PBS Masterpiece Classics series began over the holidays when the local PBS channel began promoting the Downton Abbey catch-up marathons.

How quaint. A chance for the uneducated among us to catch up with those in the know. I had little interest in the spots but they were not to be ignored. “Catching up on seasons 1 and 2” began to work on me. I must have missed out on something.

Then there was a blurb in the news about Arby’s commercial for Downtown Abbey. Cute. I like cute, and tho’ still in the dark the media were coaxing me out my dull little world into the life of lords and ladies and footmen. Oh my.

Over Christmas the local PBS guide for January arrived with “Season 3: Intrigue, Crisis, Romance, and Change – Downton Abbey, Masterpiece, Sun Jan 6 8 PM” tastefully printed under a photo of an aristocratic woman. “Who IS that? I know this face.”

“This face” belonged to Shirley Maclain. Now I’m really curious. Tension is building.

This past Sunday, Parade Magazine’s cover touted the “Sunday Night Obsession.” Lester Holt on NBC’s nightly news told me that night, viewers Continue reading