Mar 022015
 

Downton Abbey Christmas Special: Matthew Goode and Michelle Dockery

The presence of strangers is our only guarantee of good behavior.

Downton Abbey episdoe 5.09 is the two-hour Christmas Special, and since we get the season late in the U.S., we had the odd experience of watching the heartfelt singing of Silent Night in March. Something is definitely lost in translation. Like Jewtticus, I always just try to follow along on these Christmas things.

Is it fair to say I was genuinely moved by Things That Happened this episode? I was! I choked up! There were tears! And I felt kind of foolish about the whole thing, seeing as I’ve been bitching and moaning all season, but when Fellowes decides to tie a ribbon around things, he does a damn fine job.

This episode’s theme, such as it is, is embodied in the quote above; it’s all about how we behave in front of others. There were numerous scenes contrasting behavior for appearances with actual behavior and feelings, and how we can be saved from ourselves by the act of putting on appearances. I’m not sure I actually believe any of that, but there you are. Continue reading »

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Feb 232015
 

Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 8, Lady Mary and Lady Edith

Love may not conquer all, but it can conquer quite a lot.

Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 8, the official season finale—although the “Christmas Special” will serve as the season finale in the U.S.—did the usual combination of wit, and stupid, and fun, and dull. It’s the must-watch TV that we wonder why we watch. But I cannot escape the knowledge of one thing: The entire plot surrounding the death of Isis the Big Dog was a machination to introduce Lord Grantham to the stone carver, so that he could suddenly be inspired to help Mrs. Patmore.

Really? We killed a dog for this? Continue reading »

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Downton Abbey: Season 5, Episode 7: A lack of compassion and an excess of tears

Downton Abbey: Season 5, Episode 7: A lack of compassion and an excess of tears

Feb 16, 2015

A lack of compassion can be as much a curse as an excess of tears. Despite quite a lot of running around, a fake kiss, a real proposal, and a diagnosis of cancer for poor Isis, it seemed like not a lot happened in Downton Abbey episode 5.07. I mean, this season has been a […]

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Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 6: Born This Way

Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 6: Born This Way

Feb 10, 2015

Since you are indifferent to my opinions Mr Bates, it is only fitting that I am indifferent to yours. In watching the latest Downton Abbey, I can’t help feeling that Julian Fellowes wants a pat on the head for being so forward-thinking about The Gay. But it feels glaringly anachronistic to have both Baxter and […]

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Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 5: Crazed Romantic Longings and Quiet Bitchiness

Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 5: Crazed Romantic Longings and Quiet Bitchiness

Feb 3, 2015

Lady Rosamund: So, we have a situation of infinite danger to your reputation, with no emotional reward to compensate. Downton Abbey Season 5 is just killing me with the fun. I am captivated when I watch. I think the show started, in Season 1, as a gorgeous social commentary, and then lost its way with […]

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Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 4: The Gay Conversion Marriage Proposal Fashion Show Extravaganza!

Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 4: The Gay Conversion Marriage Proposal Fashion Show Extravaganza!

Jan 28, 2015

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 […]

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Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 3: The No Parsnips Episode

Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 3: The No Parsnips Episode

Jan 21, 2015

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 […]

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Fan Art Thursday: Downton Abbey

Fan Art Thursday: Downton Abbey

Jan 15, 2015

Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley: A wonderfully romantic piece by justelanore.

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Downton Abbey: Season 5 Episode 2: The Condom Episode

Downton Abbey: Season 5 Episode 2: The Condom Episode

Jan 13, 2015

There is something so “aren’t we sophisticated” about Lady Mary having the dirty with Tony. Like she’s decided that having actual sex makes her sophisticated and modern and smart, so she’ll do that. There’s no sense of actual desire in it, just smugness. Downton Abbey this season is full of smugness about modernity. I’m all […]

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Blog Note: Downton Abbey

Jan 12, 2015

Hey Basketcases! Our beloved Marly is not available for Downton Abbey recaps this season because of a brain-consuming project. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn about this until after I watched the Season 5 premiere and deleted it from my DVR. But as of episode 2, I’ll take over Downton recap duties. I am probably not as […]

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Friday Light Nights Bingewatch: Mad Men has ruined everything

Friday Light Nights Bingewatch: Mad Men has ruined everything

Dec 10, 2014

This will be quite a TV mash-up. I watch remarkably few television shows. I’m so ADD, it’s hard for me to devote myself to really watching something. I keep the TV on a lot, and half fluff-watch HGTV and (here come da judgey) QVC and Buffy repeats and (forgive me because of how very bad […]

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Emmy Award Nominations Announced!

Emmy Award Nominations Announced!

Jul 10, 2014

The list of nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards was released this morning, and our shows represent (shows we actively blog in bold below)! The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on August 25th. Read the full list below! Be outraged! Sound off! Outstanding Drama Series “Breaking Bad” (AMC) “Downton Abbey” (PBS) “Game of […]

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Fan Art Thursday: Downton Abbey Jewelry

Fan Art Thursday: Downton Abbey Jewelry

Mar 20, 2014

Strangely beautiful, or kitsch, depending on your tastes.

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