I have to start by saying I have a few bones to pick with this show, especially last week’s season premiere, but, I will be picking with my pinky firmly up in the air, because that’s more fancy.
If you don’t watch read.
If you do watch but aren’t caught up yet, don’t read.
If you really don’t give a crap about this show, then by all means, read.
If you are dying to watch, but haven’t had a chance, then don’t read.
Oh who am I kidding, you know I want EVERYBODY to read, so just consider this first paragraph your complimentary
Okay, Downton Abbey is a series that airs on PBS and it follows the Crawley Family. Who lives at Downton Abbey, the TV alter ego of the real life Highclere Castle. The Crawley family appears to be ultra rich and posh, and dandy and all that jolly old English stuff.
I am new to this series, but in two weekends of living with a good old American virus, I found myself in bed and on the couch a lot more than usual. I took advantage of all of this Downtime Apathy to get caught up on Downton Abbey.
I watched the first season, (the Brits call it a series, very confusing) two weekends ago, and the second season last weekend.
After the two seasons that span the years from 1912 to 1920, I was chomping at the bit to see the highly anticipated 3rd season premiere.
I was daunted by the fact that my beloved DVR said the show was 2 hours long. And that’s with no commercials. Them fine folks across that big pond sure know how to make them thar TV shows, don’t they? ? But I pressed on. I was dying to see it.
I sat in front of the TV, waiting to be awed and overwhelmed. I was just super excited to see the wedding of Mary Crawley and her cousin Matthew Crawley. Yep, there’s inbred hillbillies in Jolly Old England, even in them big fancy castles.
Now they are all in love and stuff, but it didn’t start that way. Lord Crawley not only has to marry an American heiress to keep from being homeless, but then he invests almost all of her money in railroad futures that don’t pay off, so now they are broke again. WTF? Sorry, I know it’s going to move the story along, but jeez? How much are we supposed to believe here? Now Mary is begging her new husband AND her American Granny Shirley MacLaine for more money. This is the most elegant family of beggars and freeloaders that I’ve ever seen on my tv.
I guess the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Now the low-budget wedding and wearing the same dresses for all those years kinda makes more sense, doesn’t it?
I felt bad for the millions of viewers who had waited so many months for this premiere. I felt let down and cheated, and I only had to wait a few hours for the premiere after watching season two. I wondered how many long time viewers were a little disappointed.
In reality, other than the lavish sets and costumes, (even though we see the same ones too often) I find the stories of the household servants to be much more interesting and entertaining. But like my husband says, it’s a symbiotic relationship. The Crawley’s and the servants depend upon each other for survival, like the Jedi and The Force.
I’ll keep watching the Crawleys as they do their best to keep a stiff upper lip and claw their way back from poverty. All with pinkys up I’m sure.
What’s your take on this show? Like? Hate? Lemme know!