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Downton Abbey, Season 2, Finale

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What a season!  Hate that it’s came to an end already.

First, let’s see…Thomas has mooched his way back into D.A. And not only that, maybe took over Bates’ old spot as valet to Lord Grantham.  How’d he managed that, you ask?  How ‘bout he stole L.G.’s dog (Isis) and was going to pretend to find her so L.G. would appreciate him so much that he would just have to change his mind about him.

Only, Thomas couldn’t get to the dog in time and unbeknownst to him some village child brought the dog back first.  L.G. notices Thomas on his way back to the house early the next morning. Thomas had gone out looking for Isis, but after he notices someone had released her, he falls trying to get back before he was missed.  Now, he’s dirty and has a ripped coat and all.  So when Isis comes running up to a stunned Thomas and L.G. ask him where had he been, he answers that he was out looking for the dog and fell.  Well, L.G. is impressed and says so.  Later, L.G. tells Carson that he’ll try Thomas out temporarily as valet.  Oh snap!

Sybil has written that she is pregnant.  Countess of Grantham (Cora) finally tells hubby that the only right thing to do is to invite them both back so they can all be together.  L.G. begrudgingly agrees.

And poor Carlisle, he just can’t make Mary fall in love with him. He and Matthew even pass blows!  L.G. steps in and it’s quickly over. Carlisle concedes; he recognizes that he’s lost.  Of course this means he will expose Mary and Bates to the world.  Fortunately, Mary had talked it over and confessed all to her father but this was only after Cora softened the blow by telling him first.

L.G. tells Mary that better to be exposed than marry a man she can’t love or respect.  He encourages her to go to America and live with her grandmother until the storm is over.  Funny thing though, I don’t think Carlisle will go through with his threat.  He actually loves her.  And plus Mary did apologize to him before he left.  That’s next season, of course.

Bates is found guilty but is given a life sentence.  That means that there is hope for an appeal.  Anna will stay on at D.A.  If he had gotten the death sentence, she was prepared to go to America with Mary.

Finally Mary and Mathew get together!!  Although I still don’t like her, I do like him.  So I want his character to be happy.  Is that weird?

Yeah, I know!  See ya!

Downton Abbey, Season 2, Episode 4

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Quick update, gang.

Vera Bates’ initials aren’t V.B. for nothing.  She is very bad, very bold and very bitter.  She comes back to D.A. to wreck havoc on her estranged hubby and any who stands in her way, namely Anna.

That plan is stalled when Mary makes a deal with the devil in the form of Sir Richard Carlisle.  She promises to marry him if he finds a way to squash the story that Vera is set on divulging which would expose the Crawleys to the world.  Vera’s tricked into signing a gag order but still pledges revenge on Bates.  A woman scorned…

Things wouldn’t have gotten so bad if O’Brien would not have written to Vera informing her of Bates’ whereabouts.  She and Thomas don’t like Bates.  In the end when Vera’s actions threaten her own livelihood, she realizes her foolishness.

Poor William has died but not before marrying Daisy.  He thinks of her even on his deathbed – he wants her to have his pension to fall back on.  Daisy is racked with guilt.

Matthew is now paralyzed.  Like his injuries, his feelings are raw; he is overcome with self-pity and sadness.  He releases Lavinia from their marriage proposal, especially since he can neither walk or have children.  He feels he would be useless and a burden.

Branson seems to be making headway with Sybil.  They have a near-kiss at one point.  Will she run away with him?  My opinion – love alone ain’t always the answer.  It’s gonna take a whole lot more to make that thang work!  Anywho…that’s it, gang.  Those are the highlights.

Great stuff!

See ya next week!

Downton Abbey: Season 2, Episode 1

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Wow, Downton Abbey!  If you don’t know already, this series is part of PBS/Masterpiece Theatre‘s classic genre about the goings on in the household of Sir Robert Crawley’s home around WWI.  Let’s jump right on in, why don’t we?

John Bates, Robert Crawley’s valet, was blindsided when his estranged wife insists that he comes back to her.  She knows he’s the knight in shining armor type so she doesn’t directly threaten him but instead she threatens his beloved friend, Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham.  Just when Bates had proposed to Anna, the head housemaid, made plans and laid out their lives too!  Did you see how happy Anna was??  Sigh. I just knew it wouldn’t last.

Carson, the butler, works himself up into a tizzy – literally.  He has to be put to bed.  He feels that standards should be kept the same even if they are shorthanded due to the war.  So we see the staff change a bit – William, the second footman, enlists; Carson’s down sick; and Bates leaves with his wife.

O’Brien, Cora Crawley’s maid, is up to her old tricks.  I can’t stand her.  She even plays a part in getting Thomas, the former first footman who went off to war, moved back toward home.  Thomas deliberately gets wounded to work his way back to the hospital set up near Downton Abbey.  Interestingly, the audience gets to see his softer side.  He’s really this tortured soul that just wants to belong.  I got the sense that the staff at D.A. was the only ‘family’ he had.  I still don’t like him.  Humph!

And poor Cora Crawley, the mistress of the house.  She’s like putty in O’Brien’s hands.  One day I hope she realizes who O’Brien truly is.

But, oh my! Lady Edith, the middle child of the Crawleys, has shot off as they say.  She is so desperate for a man that she falls for not only a farmer (shocking for her time) but a married one at that!  His wifey sends her packing though.  You could have bought Lady Edith for a nickel when her father read the wife’s letter.

Branson, the chauffeur, has got it bad for Lady Cybil, the third Crawley sib.  He actually proposed!  Lady Cybil is a little more pulled together than her sister mentioned earlier so she promptly turns him down.  She reveals that she’s not a total class snob though by promising not to reveal his proposal as this would be reason for dismissal for him.  Question is:  Why doesn’t she tell?  Are there other reasons than just feeling sorry for him?

Finally, Lady Mary, the eldest of the Crawley children, has been truly humbled.  Yes!  She puts on a good show but her armor has been cracked.  She and Matthew Crawley, a third cousin, once removed, play the emotional cat and mouse game (y’all know how these rich people do!).

Let’s all watch next Sunday to find out more – check your local listing for correct times.  If you’ve missed this episode, click here.

I’m still in love with Downton Abbey.  Great job Masterpiece Theatre/PBS!

 

Great TV – South Riding Part III

For those of you that missed it, last night was the final part of the PBS mini-series, South Riding.  Can I just say – loved it! 

You know how some productions leave you hanging or get in its own way by trying to be too artsy?  Well, not South Riding.   It folds out with a conclusion that satisfies the audience while at the same time, gives room for additional installments.  How? 

Well, Lydia Holly, the poor student who lost her mother, not only goes back to school but excels and (what seemed to me) to go on to higher success as a professor.  Her father initially seemed to be busy trying to recapture his lost life instead of helping his daughter find hers.  Careful prodding by Sarah Burton took care of that.  Would Lydia come back to thank her teacher?  What would her experience be for a poor country girl at the university?

Midge Carne, Robert Carne’s daughter, grows up to be a stable and lovely young lady under the tutelage of her grandfather.  What’s the in-between story?  You see her grandfather motion for her to hold her head up in one scene.  Is that a loving reminder or overbearing meddling?  Midge was originally left in the care of Mrs. Beddows – a pillar of the community who has a heart (of which she admits) that’s smitten with Robert Carne.  How did this fact make her act or react in other situations?  Did her husband know?  She hinted that it did indeed affect her marriage.

Alfred Huggins, a member of the city council, got what he deserved – nothing.  No money, no profit and no prominence.  One thing that drove this into being was Robert Carne.  He exposed Huggins and Anthony Staith’s (another member of city council) sneaky and corrupt ways.  Staith is probably the only character that didn’t completely get what he deserved but here again allows for another opportunity to continue the story.

Lastly, Robert Crane, Sarah Burton’s main love interest and member of the city council, did tragically die, and not by his own hand either.  I so hate that he died!  Just when happiness entered his life too!  This, of course, devastated Sarah.  So much so that when she overheard her neighbors low-rating Robert, she came to his defense vehemently.  She lets it slip in a moment of rage that she knew him ‘very well.’  Embarrassed, she hops on a train to London.  But before departing, quick-thinking Mrs. Beddows convinces her to stay. Why was she going to London of all places?  Was it because Joe Astell – her second love interest – was there and had practically proposed to her?  Although Sarah stays in South Riding and seemed very happy with this decision, you wonder whether she will ever find true love and keep true love.  Astell had pointed out how both of the men she loved previously had died tragically and that she needed to do herself and favor and move passed the pain to start living.  Will she learn to start living or was her life complete as it was?

This story has so much potential for a follow-up.  We’ll have to stay tuned on a future Masterpiece Theatre Classic season and see.

Great TV – PBS South Riding

I love, love Masterpiece Theatre on PBS.  It’s divided up into three sections – classic, mystery and contemporary drama.  Sunday night at eight o’clock is one of my favorite times for this very reason.  If perchance I missed the episode as it originally airs, I watch it online as soon as I can.

This past Sunday a new episode of the classic genre aired – a mini-series called South Riding.  So-named after the small town where an intense drama unfolds.  I love the fact that this story has a bold, outgoing and smart heroine – Sarah Burton.  Even at the start of the story when being interviewed for the job of headmistress, she talks as if the job is already hers and resolutely reveals her plans to inspire every girl and make change for the better.  Make change?  In a small Yorkshire town right after the depression?  When food, jobs and hope is scarce no less?  Yes.   Even Sarah’s bright, red dress against everything and everyone else’s drab gray exterior makes her pop. 

And, of course, there’s the sensual tension building between her and the angry, landowner Robert Crane.  Or is there a flicker of passion between her and the soft-spoken war veteran, Joe Astell.  I love this stuff! 

This series continues till May 15th.  Do yourself a favor and don’t miss it!