I enjoyed this episode. But, I'm surprised by how little happened this season & how everyone is almost in the same place they were at the beginning of it. The Bates' are still dealing with the fallout of Mr. Green's death - which I hate. Give them a break already! Mary, Isobel & Tom are still single & in Ripon. Daisy's vocabulary has improved. The only things that changed were that a painting was sold, Rose got married, & Edith's child was brought home in secret. It feels like we're treading water until another major historic upheaval occurs - the Great Depression. Maybe I'm a sourpuss. But, I don't want Isobel or Violet to find late-in-life romance if it means one of them will move away & won't have scenes together. Also, I'm not impressed with Prince Kuragin as a potential companion for the Dowager Countess. He's poor, homeless, & has no marketable skills to support himself with. That isn't romance I smell coming from him; it's desperation. And, who knows what happened to his wife? He could have murdered her in the rush to escape the revolution for all we know. Violet needs to keep him in the past, where he belongs.
No. Isis was in the house when the series began 5 years ago, and the Titanic had just sunk. See the opening credits of her tail wagging? But, 12 years have passed at Downton Abbey, and the dog should realistically by ending its life now. If anything might be going on behind-the-scenes, it's that the dog might be getting older, and they wanted to acknowledge her as part of the cast by saying goodbye onscreen instead of doing another time jump & mentioning her death in passing. I think it's sweet the way they did it. BTW, you know that her name is a reference to the real owner of DA during the Edwardian era, & his role in the discovery of King Tut's tomb, right?
Wonderful! Our family really likes this show.
They haven't been going year-by-year. We're watching the 5th season of DA & 12 years have actually passed since the first episode. Theoretically, they could jump ahead again & age the kids accordingly. But, that would also mean the Dowager Countess & Isobel might not exist that far into the future, which would be met with a HUGE protest.
Oh, please. Mary is not a "bully." She's confident, abrupt, opinionated, no-nonsense & likes her privileges. She also doesn't suffer fools. Basically, Mary is a young Violet if you hadn't noticed. Mary doesn't have to be a bully to get her way because Edith folds like a napkin when her big sister enters a room before Mary even takes two steps. That's not Mary's fault. It's Edith's for not growing a backbone, and comparing everything in her life to what it has compared to Mary, or what it lacks compared to Mary. Even her latest quandry over how to raise Marigold had the requisite "I can't put up with how Mary may treat me" moment. Geez, you have a daughter now. Grow up! Quit the "Poor Me" pity party and own what you've done. That's what Sybil did and Mary respected her for it. Sybil never blamed others for her choices, or tried to pass the buck, which is what Edith does time and again. I know people who make snarky remarks like Mary (and Violet), and there are 3 choices one has in dealing with them...1) shake it off, 2) get a sense of humor (which Edith clearly doesn't have), or 3) learn to play verbal volleyball with them (as Isobel or Rosamund do).
I like how CASTLE and BONES have kept their respective series fresh after the lead characters became romantically involved, *and* married. I think it's a testament to the writers and supporting cast that there are other characters who hold the audience's interest that make both series about a community of people instead of just a duo. I also watch THE MENTALIST. While Simon Baker's portrayal will always be fascinating to watch, it's clear that Patrick Jane's journey was not mapped out past catching Red John. In some ways, it does feel real that the character is at a crossroads, not sure what the future holds. But, it also feels sad that Jane might just fade out of sight & say goodbye to just...do nothing. He deserves an upbeat ending with a little more promise & flourish after all he's gone thru; a complete 180 from where he started the series.
Good episode, even with some obvious plot holes. First, Dr. Nieman was never going to operate on *herself.* Come on! Even the best surgeon can't do precision work if her head is under local anesthesia. No, she was probably taking measurements so the work could be done by another doctor in a different country. Kate was just going to be killed to cause Castle to suffer. Second, I hope they got the girl out of the trunk & charged her. Third, I want to know what Castle promised the guy in prison. Did he actually promise to kill Jerry? Maybe it's just me. But, something felt like it wasn't finished yet. All those clippings about Castle's disappearance in the house made it feel like 3XK might have been behind it.
Just wanted to point out that Cora & Edith's plan will never work. If Master George grows up alongside little Marigold, thinking she's adopted, & ends up getting a crush on her, that would be a disaster. They're first cousins and need to know it!
Evil? Hardly. Rewatch Season 1. Who leaked to the PRESS that Mary entertained a male suitor who died in the act? Edith wasn't even thinking that Mary could end up being questioned by police. She was just spiteful that Mary was the "popular" one; like a more self-pitying Jan Brady with a poison pen. I like Mary. She does her thing & isn't overly concerned with others opinions. The moment when Mary realized Edith would be pleased to see harm befall her, to see her ruined in public, was when she went from tolerating her to actively disliking her. They've never come back from that. And, IIRC, Mary has never done anything to Edith that is as remotely as bad as what Edith did. She has never tried to ruin Edith's reputation, or done anything to see the family be immersed in scandal because of what Edith did. Edith had zero qualms about putting the family in a scandal just because of her own jealousy. I do feel bad for Edith sometimes. But, mainly because she's such a self-pitying, overly sensitive mess. She's such a pushover in a family of strong personalities.
Do what you want. But, you are comparing apples to oranges. Network television is fundamentally different than public tv or cable tv (BBC channel). The creators of TGW have NO control over when this show is aired. They don't control it's time slot, or even if it will return next year. All they do is structure & write one season's worth of good episodes, and hope the network will schedule them to air at optimal times. The network - CBS - signs commitments to air other programming (sports, special events, etc.) a year in advance. Sometimes 2 years. Since those events usually get higher ratings than regular programming, nothing will change. Viewers want to see the special events And, your criticism about actors staying with a British series for the duration is patently untrue. DOWNTON ABBEY (not a BBC series BTW) lost Dan Stevens & Jessica Findlay-Brown in the same situation that saw Josh Charles leave TGW. All of them chose not to renew their contracts. DR. WHO, probably the most popular BBC series currently airing in the U.S., is now on its 12th Doctor, and rotates its cast members every 3-4 years.
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