Mar 072016
 

Downton Abbey: Edith's wedding day

At some point during the Downton Abbey series finale/Christmas special, I realized that absolutely every beat would be an expected beat, and I had to just decide to lay back and let it wash over me. There was a point, indeed, where I admired Fellowes’s restraint in refraining from having absolutely everybody get down on one knee and propose to everyone else. Moseley and Baxter. Daisy and Andrew. Tom and Editor Person. Mason and Mrs. Patmore. Barrow and Young Master George. (Too far?)

Because everyone that the audience longed to see happy together ended up happy together. There was so much love we didn’t even have time for Dick and Isobel’s wedding to be on-screen, although doubtless it was a tastefully practical affair. Continue reading »

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Feb 222016
 

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Don’t demean yourself by trying to justify your venom.

Downton Abbey Season 6, Episode 8 was an incredibly juicy episode. Now, as the series comes to a close, creator Julian Fellowes is truly embracing the soapiness of it all, with tears, and shouting matches, and flat-out bitchiness, and name-calling, and a near-death. ALL THE THINGS. An episode of melodrama through-and-through, including the season’s second wedding (not, I predict, its last).

I said last season that Fellowes excels in these wrap-ups; now that we’re practically done, he’s pulling out all stops, and even the restrained British upper classes are letting loose! This episode was the official finale, but, as with last season, the real finale, and the real last episode ever of Downton Abbey, will be the Christmas Special, which airs in two weeks.  Continue reading »

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