Feb 082016
 

Downton Abbey, Season 6, Episode 6, Edith leading the house tour

He was more of a philosopher than a thief.

Somewhere in the course of watching Downton Abbey Season 6, Episode 6, I was asking myself what was the point of it all. Lady Mary romance, Daisy bitch, Anna pregnant, blah blah blah, it seemed, in some sense, to be playing by numbers, hitting each point in an almost perfunctory manner. Setting aside, of course, Maggie Smith’s magnificent meltdown, which played in no way how I expected it to play. Hang on, I’ll get back to that. What I really want to say is that I slept on it, and woke up this morning realizing that this episode of Downton Abbey was as virulent an indictment of the upper classes as Julian Fellowes has ever indulged in. It was vicious.  Continue reading »

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Feb 012016
 

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When we unleash the dogs of war, we must go where they take us.

Race tracks, spewing blood, pigs, and illiteracy. What fun! I think we all agreed that Sir Robert’s ongoing gastric complaints would somehow interconnect with the Downton Abbey war over control over the local hospital, probably with a medical emergency that depends upon either modernization (most likely) or the local touch. (Although, come to think of it, why don’t they ever bring Sybil’s death up in this regard?) However, I don’t think any of us expected him to spew blood like John Hurt in Alien, with internal bits of Earl landing all over Neville Chamberlain. Bravo for bringing the unexpected! Also, ew.

Obviously, we need a picture of the bloodbath, but for those of delicate sensibility, I’m putting it below the fold, so read on. Continue reading »

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Jon Hamm presenting, not winning

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