Monday, July 2, 2012

Let's Talk About: Downton Abbey

We interrupt ourregularly scheduled writing post. Okay, so I finished the first season of Downton Abbey on Netflix and I have many FEELINGS about it.

First off, superb writing. Great settng, intriguing subplots, and wonderful acting. One thing i want to discuss is my immediate dislike of Mary Crawley. She got on my last nerve. It wasn't until the last couple episodes that I wanted to do something other than roll my eyes when she came on screen, which was a lot since she's a pretty major part of Downton Abbey.

Mary and Edith: someone please put these two in time-out, for realz. The whole time I watched them interact with one another I kept thinking "please, please, please don't let my daughters grow up to be like them!" I didn't feel bad for either  one  when they started messing with each other's lives. They deserved what they got.

Sybil: Now there's a girl I like. She is my favoritist. And I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that. She's sweet, kind, generous, and foward thinking. I can see a romance subplot invovling her and a certain chauffeur for next season. I hope I'm right.

Dowager Countess Violet Crawley: kicks ass. Makes me laugh. Perfection.

Isobel Crawley and the Dowager: I want more of them together. They are awesome . Their interactions were by far my favorite thing throughout the season.

Matthew Crawley: Too good for everyone except for Sybil, but I don't think that's going to happen. I'm glad he wasn't some guy who was going to stick around and get walked on the whole time, that would have been boring. I hope he does more of that in the next season.

Mary and Matthew: Please let them do something with Mary to redeem all of her awfulness in the first season. I'm sorry, i didn't root for these two at all. I kept wanting Matthew to slap her in her superior face.

Thomas: The character you love to hate. I didn't like that they made him mean for no apparent reason. I want back story! And I want to see that side of him that makes you kind of like him even though he's the bad guy.

William and Daisy: Daisy, Daisy, Daisy, you are cluless. But they would be so cute and perfect together. Make. It. Happen.

Mr. Bates and Anna: Poor Mr. Bates. I really felt for him. Out of everyone, I wanted him to get a happy ending. And I like him with Anna.

Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes: I liked that you got a little info these two, like the fact Mr. Carson and danced and sang for a living, or that Mrs. Hughes had a marriage proposal at one point. I enjoyed watching scenes that involved these two.

Ms. O'Brien: Another character you love to hate. I'm not so sure about her. What she did to Lady Grantham is pretty much inforgivable. Not sure what to expect from her next season.

One other thing that made me go 'huh?' is the Turk storyline. I'm not so sure about that one. I'm curious to see if it continues in season 2.

All in all I greatly enjoyed Downton Abbey and am pretty upset that Netflix doesn't have the second season available yet. I do like that the characters aren't so black and white, that there are gray areas with them. Hopefully that continues. And I'm hoping that at some point I start liking Mary.


  1. I have seen season 2 and I'm saying nothing only to say OMG DOWNTON ABBEY! It's so good!

  2. Yay! Sybil is my favoritest, too. :) You're going to love season 2!

  3. Everyone's raving about Downtown Abbey, I really need to start watching it!

  4. Sigh, Downton, I mean. Not downtown as in downtown Manhattan!

  5. I LOVE Downton Abbey! And I totally agree with everything you said and you're in for a TREAT when you watch the 2nd season. I can't wait till the 3rd but it's gonna be January I think for us. Ahhh!