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.

 

Downton Abbey 3×2

The season proceeds apace!

 

Spoilers:

1. I’m not sure about this whole Edith/Anthony thing.  I think it’s clear Edith would be happy with anything that got her attention, her own house, validity.  Does Anthony still really like her now that she’s being all brazen and managing with him instead of listening and letting her teach her stuff?  I suppose there’ s no real reason why not, but it’d have been good to.. ya know, actually see something else they get from each other.  Also, I’m worried about Anthony’s survival.  He’s always saying things about his age and survival and it feels jinxing.

-On a side note, what the hell with Crawley?  His daughter’s about to be poor and turned out of her house, he has no business turning away any suitors, let alone well off ones with titles.  It’s just silly.  Let Mrs. Bennet at him!

 

2. The Valet Wars commence!  The move with the evening shirts stepped over a line as it got the upstairs folk involved, though.  Less fun that way.

 

3. I love the hair plumes and trinkets this episode!

 

4. I love Mrs. Hughes’ views on life and stiff upper lip.  I salute her.

 

5. Bates ALWAYS chooses the worst possible, least logical times to get aggressive.  You have to live with this person, you have to fall asleep, there’s no real reason to bother in his business…just stop it.  It shows very clearly his trend of being noble when it just causes trouble and hostile when it’ll be most disastrous.  I’m kindof done with his character.  I still do approve of Anna, though.

 

6. I dearly want Carson to get accidentally picked up by the Doctor or something and find himself in Ancient Rome.  Everyone’s lounging on couches!  Punch!  Augh!  If he survives the culture shock of the first few weeks he’d fit right in and doubtless wind up in politics via attaching himself to political people.  Someone needs to write this fanfic.  Pretty please?? With an orgy on the side?

 

7.  Maggie Smith is hilarious when she’s trying to be diplomatic.

 

8. There should always be insults about clothing that affect both downstairs and upstairs!  It’s been a trend so far this season, and I’d like to see all the reasons they could come up with to continue.  Perhaps someone will attend Edith’s wedding looking as if they’re at a funeral?  Or a woman’s stocking will wind up showing inappropriately, to bring them in on this?  Ruined plumes?

Downton Abbey 3×1

Thoughts (and spoilers) in reaction to yon episode:

 

-When is this wedding we’ve heard so much about??  They keep talking about it and not mentioning how far into the future it is, leaving me in doubt of whether to expect it in this episode, for at least two thirds of this!  I was sitting there asking, “Tomorrow?” like three times before they actually admitted the big day was “tomorrow.”

-Why is Sybil not being more diplomatic?  As the sweet one constantly trying to reconcile her sisters, one would think she’d be more proactive in the Bronson-Downton drama.

-Edith’s obvious go-getter attitude is kindof adorable now.  Or maybe I choose to find it so as otherwise it’d be hard to take.  Her kiss was brazen!  Especially in front of her dad.

-I love the ‘too tall’ ribbing!  As the usual recipient of ‘short person’ jokes, I find it highly refreshing!

-Since when does Daisy talk like that?  I feel like she’s been using word of the day toilet paper since last season.

-Why are we right back to where we started with Matthew and Mosely?

-Way to support your man when he’s down, Cora.  ‘Wasn’t that foolish?”  Of course it was, but that’s hardly the way to go about things now.

-Bates, you have to share a room with this guy-now is when you decide to go all macho and dark?

-“I don’t approve of these costumes”?  Hush up, Branson.  It’s a wedding party-you WILL be wearing clothes chosen by others that you are not comfortable with.  Talk about wedding traditions, that certainly trumps “unlucky for the groom to see the bride.”  Plus, the costumes here are laudable, as ever.

-Maggie Smith, well played.  As always.

-Matthew, you decided to marry Mary in spite of the Lavinia affair.  This whole drama crisis is supposed to be over.  Man up and acknowledge that no matter what you’re in charge of things here and need to distribute money wisely for everyone, not just your little guilt trip.  Perhaps Daisy can remind you of all the jobs and people counting on Downton or something?  It’d be fun to see you interact with Daisy.

-Now that Robert has declared himself so happy his heart may burst through his chest, I officially call that he’ll die of a heart attack by the end of the season.

-Cora’s mom is late to the debate about Matthew inheriting Downton.  Give it a rest or be more obvious that you know it’s inevitable and just like to snark anyway.

-I feel let down by O’Brien’s simple request of Tom.  It’s the Valet Wars, here, people!  Did you just forget that?  Unworthy of you.

-Seriously, Anna, a month’s not that long and it’s not like you’re missing out on that many benefits of marriage, anyhow.  France will make for good discussion.  Besides, it’s Downton Abbey!  I have no doubt that you’ll happen to run into someone in France who can help shed light on Vera and Bates.  Or at least stand up for Bates.