Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Downton Abbey Season 2: Episode Five

The end of the Great War at Downton Abbey
Well, I am just gobsmacked after tonight's episode. The war is over, Patrick is back (or is he?), Matthew is feeling a stirring in his loins, and what the heck happened between Bates and Vera? He's got a cut on his face and she's dead? Oh, I guess I should have issued a major spoiler alert before that paragraph!

Lord Grantham and the new maid Jane enjoying some "dessert"
Lord Grantham seems to be finding something to interest him below stairs in the form of widowed maid Jane, now that Cora seems to be too busy for him these days. Good thing, for His Lordship was getting a bit boring lately. A bit of action in the butler's pantry may liven things up with his storyline!

Carson the butler of Downton Abbey- will he jump ship?
Lady Mary is in quite a pickle now isn't she? She has finally been perfectly open with Matthew about her feelings, and he is still pushing her away (reluctantly...). And what is with the creepy Sir Richard Carlisle? Bleuch! Threatening your fiancée is a great way to get her all romantic! Shudder!

And does Lady Mary think that taking Carson with her to her new home is going to make it all better? I suppose she needs one friend in that big cold new house they are looking at.

More drama in the Downton servants' hall
What will Ethel do now that Major Mustachio is KIA? Will poor Daisy ever forgive herself, or Mrs. Patmore? And what on earth is the attraction between Lady Sybil and the Irish chauffeur? Will cousin Isobel find satisfaction helping the refugees? And will Isis the yellow Labrador retriever find puppy love?

All this and more, next week on...Downton Abbey!!!!


  1. Can this show get any more turgid? Why didn't Cora and Violet simply tell Isobel that Downton Abbey would resume being a private home, without all of this passive aggressive manipulations? Matthew's little problem is about to be miraculous cured . . . in such a ridiculous short space of time. Carson is becoming increasingly irritating and reactionary. And why end the Patrick/Peter Crawley/Gordon mystery so soon? Fellowes could have stretched it out in a few episodes. Why was Vera Bates so determined to ruin Bates' chances for a new life? Why did she hate him so much? I guess we'll never know, now that she's dead. Mary and Matthew's relationship has become cliched romance novel, with Sir Richard as some one-dimensional mustache-twirling villain. And Fellowes still refuse to give Lavinia some kind of character, in his never-ending effort to compare her unfavorably to Mary.

    My God, this series has hit the skids! Is the U.S. media still trying to pretend that it's the best thing on television?

  2. Hi Juanita, you are obviously frustrated with DA but I am still having fun with it. Is it high art? Absolutely not! But I think the soap opera quality it has takes me back to my high school days watching "The Young and the Restless!" Except with much better acting and locations and costumes to die for!

    I'll be glued to the screen next week for the two hour finale and then the week after for the Christmas special. I just can't help myself. If you need some truly well written Julian Fellowes, you may have to watch Gosford Park again. THAT is high art! Cheers!

  3. One thing I can't get my head around is the Patrick storyline? Is he a fraud or not? You re right Jenny, Downton Abbey isn't high art and I admit that sometimes the story lines are silly and predictable but I still thoroughly enjoy it!

    (Leeds) x




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