A group of ladies at my church had a marathon of Downton Abbey and this was the first I’d heard of it. I looked it up online and it sounded interesting. Since we had some guests in town that weekend, I wasn’t able to go to the viewing party. I decided to check out the show when I got the chance.
Flash forward a couple months and my sweet hubbykins gave me a new MacBook Air for my birthday. Don’t tell him I said this, but this lighter-than-air laptop may just be the love of my life. So with this beautiful piece of technology I can now stream TV and movies online via Amazon Prime. I started poking around on there and found Downton Abbey. I thought, “Why not?
”Aaaand…the rest is a blur of late nights, plot twists, and British accents.
If you haven’t delved into the deliciously addicting world of Downton Abbey, let me give you some of the reasons I loved it and CAN. NOT. WAIT for Season 3 to come out in January of next year.
1. Character development. How much you may hate certain characters may just change in a couple episodes. I was determined not to like Lady Mary and later she became one of my favorite characters. Everyone loves to hate O’Brien and Thomas but you are gently and continually prodded into finding a reason not to hate them. When Matthew first appears on the scene we may discount him, but just wait.
2. Lady Cora Grantham. The way that woman looks up through her eyes with her head tilted slightly to the side is amazing. She says so much with just a look. Any woman who has ever lived with a man who sometimes exasperates her or has moments in which you can’t laugh out loud can understand the subtleties of her facial expressions.
3. Mr. Bates and Anna. The. End.
4. The cleanliness of the story. There are illicit relationships. There is a homosexual. But these are not gratuitous elements of the show. They are part of a culture and are treated as part, not the focus, of the story. This era of history was a socially dynamic time. Women were fighting for the vote. The lower classes were fighting for the opportunity to make something of themselves, even if they didn’t have noble blood. These elements are treated with accuracy and respect.
5. The music. What a beautiful soundtrack.
6. The relationships between the domestic help and the family. I love the devotion of the servants to their employers and the loyalty they have to the family and the house. I love how involved they all are with one another. Even O’Brien, whom we all love to dislike, shows such complicated emotions for her Lady it is heart-wrenching.
I loved this show. I watched both seasons in a matter of four days. There is so much more I love about it than what I listed above but that’s a good start. I think you’ll love it if you like Jane Austen novels – just about every plotline that Austen ever wrote is somehow in Downton Abbey. If you like Thomas Hardy, you’ll get your fill of intrigue and the, er…grittier aspects of the life of the aristocracy and domestic help.
If you need a great series to get into check it out. You won’t be disappointed.