Downton Abbey 3×3

This episode seemed really choppy and not as well written.  The problems were pretty much all based on a lack of proper communication skills, which I have very little patience for.

 

SPOILERS

 

Well, at least we got through the wedding without Anthony dying.  It felt really abrupt, though.  Obviously the full jilted-at-altar affect was achieved for those in the series, but for me it would’ve felt more weighty if they’d let the wedding continue for a few more words.  It amused me how Sibyl and Branson were there with no fuss and suddenly people remembered Sibyl’s pregnant.  Edith’s wedding dress beat Mary’s hollow and at least we did get to see her ceremony, unsuccessful as it was.  Unfortunately, it’s painfully obvious these people have no idea how to deal with these things.  You send up alcohol and chocolate, not sandwiches.  Luckily, Edith’s a trooper and managed not to Miss Haversham herself without these basic provisions.

 

The lobster candelabra dish amused me.  I wish we’d seen someone get to enjoy that cake after it looked so lovely.

 

The Bates storyline straggles along incredibly slowly.  That mysterious paper roll better be awesome.  I think it’d have been better to drop him for a bit and actually give us a decent bit of information when he comes up-we learned nothing here, really.  If I’m going to care about these events I need more than that at a time.  Otherwise the mystery will fade no matter how good the explanation is.

 

Carson is the worst stealth-detective ever, but is very sweet about things.  O’Brien was much slower on the uptake of the next move in the servant wars than I expect of her.  Daisy’s coping with a more feminist approach to life is wonderful and much more real to me than Sibyl’s.  I do really like Alfred now, I realized.  Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore continue their good work.

 

Matthew has yet to realize how marriage works.  It may have been necessary to make pronouncements with his mom, but when the woman’s your wife, you need to discuss things and listen to feelings and agree to at least talk about things.  Mary at least is trying to discuss things.

 

So, what we’ve learned is: no one here knows how to just enjoy a wedding celebration and all the menfolk are absurdly attached to delays, stubbornness in order to get a false sense of control, and guilt trips.  Interminable guilt trips.  Hopefully things will improve now the money issue is officially eased.

 

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