The Downton Abbey season 4 finale was an absurd spectacle, filled with gorgeous costumes, over the top romantic plots, rich people problems and a ridiculous caper. It was probably my favorite episode in a long time. The fourth season of the show felt darker than previous ones, and had some of the most compelling stories […]
When an actor leaves a long-running TV series before its natural conclusion, it’s generally not a good thing. Sure, there are some series so long-lived that turnover is not only inevitable but necessary (while it’s key that Grey’s Anatomy has held on to McDreamy, where would we be if George never left and Jackson never […]
Downton this week was fine. It wasn’t fantastic, but it wasn’t terrible. It fell somewhere squarely in the middle. After weeks of stepping outside of its comfort zone, Downton retreated back to the familiar. There was nothing wrong with it, but it didn’t shine like it did in the past few weeks. Thomas is back […]
Sunday night’s Downton Abbey was the most enjoyable episode the show has had for a long time. It wasn’t perfect, but it broke the stagnant streak the show has been having, and it was the first time in a while I finished an episode feeling satisfied. First and most importantly- Edna is gone, hopefully for […]
Downton Abbey this week started out feeling like a rehash of earlier seasons, but towards the end of the episode, took a dark turn that felt grim and unexpected for the period drama. The majority of the episode centered around the Granthams throwing a house party. It involved inviting a lot of rich people and […]
Downton Abbey’s season premiere had a lot of things going on, but the problem was, I only cared about half of them. The show has always had the challenge of balancing its large ensemble cast. That challenge was obvious in the season premiere, where there was the usual cast, a few new faces, and several […]
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Downton Abbey’s dramatic third season finale was full of progress and change. The changes were subtle at first, before reaching an ending that changed the course of the show. At first, I was frustrated with this episode. Like the show’s patriarch, Robert, it seemed Downton was digging its heels at anything that strayed from a […]
Downton Abbey can be a wildly inconsistent show. When it’s good, it’s an award winning period drama with plots that focus on historical and class issues. When it’s bad, it’s a melodrama with pretty costumes and plots worthy of the most ridiculous soap operas. It still wins awards, but you catch my drift. This week, […]
Change is knocking on Downton’s door, and not a moment too soon. Downton Abbey starts its Season 3 by mixing things up, and so far, it seems to be for the best. At the center of Downton Abbey is the relationship between Mary and Matthew. It’s been a will they, won’t they, yes they will, […]
Downton Abbey has become a bit of a phenomenon among a certain brand of television fanatic. Paced like a soap opera, with enough drama to spare, Downton Abbey combines a heaping of envy-fueled lifestyle porn with gripping human drama, all set in a distant enough past to make the often uncomfortable political and social allegories […]