Downton Low Down


Let's talk about Downton Abbey. Did you watch the two hour opening?
I must confess…I was bored. I have a simple brain. There's a reason I read People magazine and not the Wall Street Journal. There are too many dang storylines and people in Downton.  It probably didn't help that I watched it on my bedroom TV, which is roughly the size of your palm, which hangs from my ceiling on the opposite side of the room, and as usual, I refused to put on my spectacles. So every male under the age of 4o started looking like Matthew. (Why's he working in the kitchen now?)  But even with 20/20 vision, I'd still think there are TOO MANY PLAYERS ON STAGE!!!

Side note: Elizabeth McGovern has been living in England for the last 20 years. She says it's because she got married. I say that's where folks go to escape the sorrows of not being 80s cool. Madonna Louise Cicconi, I'm talking to you.

There will be at least a Downton Abbey part 3, right? So I'm forecasting here, and I'm saying that either/both Matthew or Mary will marry. Then whenever this thing is truly wrapped up, they will be reunited. Right now they have no chemistry, and that worries me. They had Season One chemistry. Maybe they don't have any Season Two Tinglies because they are too busy following the cast flow chart. It's hard to give sizzling looks when you're constantly playing Six Degrees of Mr. Banks.

I do appreciate how they've upped the dry witted lines of Dame Maggie Smith. She is a little less serious and sour this season, and now is more the comic relief in the guise of being a curmudgeon. It's a break from the true DA1 character, but it's so freakin' good, I don't care. I pretty much live for anything she says. Plus when I see her, I know she's definitely not Matthew.
That's granny.

And letting Thomas back in the house again? To OVERSEE it? Do they not have their glasses on either? Are they nuts?

If Cook doesn't keep pushing Daisy into deceptively being engaged with William, I think Cook should have to marry him herself.  William and Cook. Lovely couple.

I'm not a fan of Mr. Banks being for real married. I seem to have missed out on that fact in Season One. Or was that an end of season reveal?
In last Sunday's episode he told Anna that he had proof his wife was cheating on him. He reported this information while in a clandestine meeting with the woman he's pledged his love to. Cheeky, Mr. Bates. Cheeky.

I still love Downton. Really digging Sybil. She has moxie. And glad Edith got some atta girls Sunday night. She normally gets treated like she was found on the doorstep with a note that said, “Please care for her. Signed, Jeffrey Dahmer.”

What do you think of Downton? What's your favorite?

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Liz Johnson - January 17, 2012

Ha! I love your assessment of the whole Downton world, Jenny! I think you’re right that there’s a little less zing this season than last. Some of the chemistry isn’t quite there. But I’m quite hopeful that it will zip back into place shortly. We’re still near the beginning of the season. 🙂 I do love Sybil and hope that she and Branson will soon find their way. If they don’t, well, then … I’ll … umm … be very unhappy as I continue to watch.

Of course, Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess is the very best character in the whole show. She makes me smile endlessly.

If you haven’t seen this British Downton Abbey spoof, check it out. Quite funny!

Samantha - January 17, 2012

I’ll be honest, I don’t mind all the different stories going on. They all conect in one way or another and I think it brings everyone forward.
As for my favorites I’d have to say that William and Sybil are the best hands down. They’re the only two who haven’t made me scream at the tv “WHY THE HECK DID YOU DO THAT, YOU TERRIBLE PERSON!?” Although Granny, while a little terrible, I’ll give credit to considering she brings so many laughs. I’m just glad that she doesn’t know what’s going on with the staff or that would be too much. Like William and Daisy, that broke my heart how she doesn’t care about him. If the war doesn’t kill the kid, finding that out when it’s over will. Imagine if Granny had her nose in that!

Shauna - January 17, 2012

I loved it! The biggest shock was Edith kissing the married farmer from the first season who Matthew’s pushy mother (who has been on Doctor Who, by the way) saved. I don’t think Matthew and Lavinia have any spark whatsoever and like the longing looks he still keeps exchanging with Mary. I predict William will be seriously injured (in the noble way, not the deceitful way Thomas was), and Daisy will not have the heart to turn him down. Bates’ wife could have a Wicked Witch contest with O’Brien, though O’B may have a heart after all.

Did anyone ever watch the PBS history reality show Manor House? Daisy has a much better life at Downton than the scullery maid in that show did.

Jenny B Jones - January 17, 2012

Very cute spoof, Liz.
Samantha, I think it’s a little odd that Daisy doesn’t like Will since she was all aflutter over him in season one.

Shauna, O’Brien plus Mrs. Bates would be a great cage match. I didn’t see Manor House. I heard it was good.

Erin McFarland - January 18, 2012

I’m way late to the party with Downton!! Just started Season 1 on Netflix. I watch it with peripheral vision while working on the computer, so I have a feeling I’m going to get lost at some point.

Kristin - January 18, 2012

I’m loving Downton Abbey. I love the huge amount of characters and plots going on- it reminds me of the BBC Dickens mini series (what’s the plural for mini series?), like Bleak House or Little Dorrit. =)

I’m glad that all of the sisters are actually likable this season (as opposed to just Sybil in season 1). And I actually liked Edith in the second episode, which is the first time I have been able to say that.

I love Violet. Maggie Smith is awesome. =)


Brittaney - January 18, 2012

I absolutely live for Maggie Smith on this show. She definitely “makes” it for me. The thing that I find hard to swallow is how different Mary is this season. I’m supposed to believe that all of a sudden she’s selfless and thoughtful, when last season she was the complete opposite. That she is going to sit back, let Matthew go and then befriend and defend the girl who has stolen him from her? I don’t believe it and find it irritating. Thomas drives me crazy! I think he’s the spawn of Satan.

Lana - January 19, 2012

It was because of your blog that I started watching Downton Abbey! It must have been the day after the second season premeire aired that you posted maybe two sentences about it. I had to look it up.

Naturally, I watched all four season one episodes and the season two premeire in two days. Yup, I’m hooked. Love it!

I also LOVE that there are no commericals when it shows on PBS. Hallelujah!

I did NOT like Mary at all in Season One. Now, I am totally rooting for her and Matthew. Edith is starting to grow on me, especially after the last episdoe. Sybil is a favorite. But I must say that I really just love Anna. Something about her sweet nature and her likeable character makes me happy. I hope she ends up with Mr. Bates.

Anywho, glad to have joined the conversation. Thank you for the recommendation of this great show!

Happy Friday-eve!

Ruth - January 20, 2012

LOVING Downton Abbey. Yes it is packed to the gills with crazy storylines but I love it — and think it is better than 99% of anything else out there. 😉

I love the softer, kinder Mary, Sybil’s moxie, Branson’s brooding, and Edith — yes even Edith! — being kind to the wounded soldiers. This show really is television crack. 😛

Mary R Snyder - January 20, 2012

Dang! Now I’m going to have to match it just to be in the KNOW! I thought I’d avoided it, but NO! Along you come with your post and now I MUST watch…..

Off to find it on Netflix

sarah - January 26, 2012

(sadly) i didnt watch last seasons amercan idol, but now that its over i learned about scotty mccreery and listened to his songs, i love him, and so im watching this seasons.

Rissi - January 26, 2012

Totally agree with, Ruth – loved “Downton Abbey” this season (same as last!).It is a beautiful addition to a beautiful series and surprisingly, I didn’t have trouble following everything – most of the time I am NOT a fan of multi-arc stories. Great direction, great acting and great writing. Not to mention, great costuming. Cannot wait for S3 – which will air in the U.K. this fall.

I hope you stick with it, Jenny – I think you might find the end result worth it. =)


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