disclaimer: I watched Downton Abbey before it was cool. just sayin'. in fact, the past year has been agony--since I was forced to wait so very long from the first season to the second. now that January and February have brought my happiness back to me, it's the week-to-week suspense that's killing me. and with a third season already planned for this fall, I'm dreading the summer wait already.
I always try to explain Downton Abbey to people--to convince them to watch it, of course--but it's absolutely impossible to summarize. Let it just be said that it is a plethora of intriguing subplots, historical background, drama and wit, and wonderful characters, not one of which is uninteresting.
It is set in the early 1900s--just before, during, and after World War I. Beautiful, beautiful time period. Beautiful costumes, beautiful lifestyle. Well, for the rich anyways. And the Crawleys certainly are that.
Hmm, how about I introduce you all? Because, you know, everybody in this show and I are such grand friends.
Mary would probably be considered the central character, though there's certainly enough going on in the sidewings that she isn't overwhelmingly so. She...bothered me, a lot, in the first season, but I'm getting over that now. And I like that she's not the perfect angel of a heroine. She's more real than that. But my oh my can she be stupid.
Dear sweet Sybil is the youngest sister, and just a doll. Well, you know what they say--third time's a charm. Branson can be a little pushy, but the way he looks and talks reminds me of Samwise Gamgee, and that's always a good thing.
Cora, their mother, is really sweet, though lately she's been a little preoccupied and obnoxious. And she's so naive when it comes to her evil maid Mrs. O'Brien totally manipulating her. I just love Lord Grantham. He's been making me nervous lately with some things, but he's such a great dad, if a little out of the loop at times.
Lord Grantham's mother and thus the three girls' grandmother is Lady Violet. Everything that comes out of her mouth is gold. So, so funny.
I feel like Carson is the backbone of Downton. He's in charge of all the other servants, and though he can get rather stuck in his ways, he really is a dear. He can't leave Downton! I don't care if he does like Mary best! And eww, that's Thomas lurking in the background. Creeper to the max.
Mr. Bates and Anna...have issues. Ha. They're great and all, but honestly I feel like their problematic romance (that is, Mrs. Bates won't divorce) has been dragging on too long. But, Mrs. Bates is gone now? What do you think this is?!
And then....and then....there's Matthew. Basically the whole reason I watch this show, let's face it. Kidding, kidding. ahem. He's just perfect. I mean, look at him in his soldier uniform, off fighting WWI. He looks quite dashing. And those eyes.
He and Mary are just meant to be, but right now she is engaged to the disgusting Sir Richard, and he is engaged-ish to Lavinia, who is really very sweet...but she needs to go away.
Matthew is one of those people I just want to hug. He's just so good. The end.
Okay, so any other Downton Abbey fans out there?
ps--I finally got myself a twitter! follow me?
okay, so after last night's episode, I decidedly lost respect for Lord Grantham. And Lavinia! I mean, I knew she had to leave eventually, but I was not expecting that. Plus, Matthew actually bothered me for the first time--why doesn't he just make up his mind already? but, sososo glad Branson + Sybil has worked out, and that Bates + Anna have finally settled their affairs. I have a growing suspicion that season 2 is going to leave us with a cliffhanger...