Yes, it’s true. The olympics are on, I’m teaching early morning seminary this week, and I still made time to watch Downton yesterday. Why? Because my wife adores the show, really. And she puts up with watching an awful lot of things I love, so I try to reciprocate now and then. And honestly, it’s not that it’s a dreadful experience (well, most of the episode, anyway)–there are still plots I’m genuinely enjoying. But when I have to get up at 5 am the next day, and I’m feeling under the weather, and there’s downhill skiing beckoning from another channel . . .
I still watched.
And what did I think this week? Allow me to give a rundown of my responses to the various plotlines:
- Abortion. Really? Abortion? We’re going there? A sign to me that the writers really are starting to grasp at flashy plotlines. Very glad Edith didn’t go through with it. The less said about this plot the better. I have no idea what the writers are up to with Edith. Her story is just sort of flailing around from week to week. Maybe it’ll all come clear in a future episode?
- Lord Gillingham–Back again? Ugh. Each time he opened his mouth I wanted to backhand the little simpering snot, and I was ticked off Mary didn’t oblige me by doing it. How big of an idiot does this guy have to prove himself to be? Lame with a capital L.
- Anna’s rapist returns–Not that you couldn’t see this coming from a mile away, but I finally understand how they’re going to justify Bates murdering this moron. Have him show up and start prancing around making jokes in front of Anna and Bates until the entire audience wants the guy dead. Very happy to see Mrs. Hughes give him a sound lecture, and looking forward to this year’s Christmas special, which will consist of 2 hours of Bates slowly beating the man senseless, as upstairs Violet and Isobel play a pinochle tournament.
- Violet–Nice to see Isobel and her making nice. Very pleased the murderous writers didn’t have Violet die.
- Rose–Never liked her. This plot is vapid and forced. Next.
- Mary and the pigs–This was kind of awesome. It felt in character for Mary, it introduced a new love interest in a way that wasn’t repugnant. Mary is a strong character–to have her even consider the offer of such a weak spined chucklehead as Gillingham is just yucky. To have her have an equally strong minded character to go up against . . . much better.
- Ivy/Daisy love triangle–Still diverting, if only for the laughs.
- Thomas off to America, leaving a spy behind–Intriguing enough, I suppose. Thomas is being underutilized these days. He’s just sort of delegated to the background, where he can rub his hands together wickedly every so often and cackle now and then. Lots of foreshadowing, but to what end?
There’s only 2 episodes left, so I guess it will all go somewhere soon? Or shall we have a big cliffhanger that will torture us all? I’ll keep watching, though judging from my page hits of this weekly column, a lot of viewers have long since given up on the show.
What did you think about this week? Are you back on the Downton wagon?