Jan 282015
 

Downton Abbey: Thomas looking peaked

All I could think of during the fashion show that Lady Mary attended with Aunt Rosamunde in Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 4, was, “Well, they sure know their audience.” We all watch for the fashion anyway, AMIRITE? It’s the clothed version of fan service.

The Dowager Countess: Hope is a tease designed to prevent us from accepting reality.
Isobel Crawley: Oh you only say that to sound clever.
T.D.C.: I know, you should try it.

I suppose this is thematic, and the episode is about hope and hopelessness. Thomas’s hopes for “normality,” Edith’s hopes for Marigold, and everyone’s hopes for love. I find that there isn’t a whole lot of oomph in discerning an episode’s themes. It’s a soap opera, and things unfold. Things! Unfold!

Thomas is doing some horrifying 1920s version of gay conversion therapy. Baxter wants to gently let him know he was born this way. Thomas somehow thinks that people don’t like him because he’s queer. Thomas, honey, people don’t like you because you’re mean. It’s amazing to me that the script wants us to suddenly have sympathy for someone who has gone out of his way to destroy as many lives as possible. Because FUN! Baxter has sympathy because of her total loveliness. She is the Patron Saint of Jewel Thieves Who Get Jilted. And also, she knows his family. But the rest of us recall that Thomas is a loathsome troll and even tragic dark circles under his eyes and a tragic syringe don’t make that go away. Continue reading »

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Jan 212015
 

Downton Abbey, the Dowager Countess meets her Russian Prince

Sympathy butters no parsnips.
–Mrs. Patmore

Action packed, my Basketcases, action packed! Every transition was practically racing from upstairs to downstairs and back again. Everyone had PLOT! Everyone had SNAPPY BANTER! Everyone had COSTUMES!

I can’t bear vulgar jokes.
–Lady Mary

…and not for nothing, but Lord Grantham remains an ass. What a snotty little temper tantrum he displayed! It’s not clear to me if Cora is simply unaware of how much Bricker is attracted to her, or if she finds it fundamentally innocent since she knows herself and knows she will do nothing more than walk and talk. I think the latter. Cora is clearly enjoying herself, and reminiscing about being beautiful and having a full dance card indicates her pleasure in the chase. But she is a grandmother and a loyal wife and she is most assuredly not doing the fucking around that the generations on either side of her indulge in. Because there’s not-vulgar Mary in her undies, and there’s the Dowager Countess, denuded in front of the entire family by a sexy encounter with a sexy Russian Prince and his sexy, sexy fan. Continue reading »

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