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Friday, November 15, 2013

My Take: Downton Abbey, S4, E8 (No Spoilers!)

The last episode for the season (the Christmas episode doesn’t count) was not a let down, it did tie up some loose ends and left just enough hanging that you want to watch more.  There are a few things though that bothered me with this season.  1) too many new characters.  A couple would have been sufficient to tell most of the story line, but Julian Fellowes introduced character upon character.  To the point that 2)character development/continuation of several interesting and key characters from previous seasons was pretty much non-existent.  I hope that the next season will bring back these older character storylines.  I was happy to see an increase in the appearances of both Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Moseley, they are two characters that previously were “wallpaper” who emerged as interesting characters as the story progressed.  Keeping my fingers crossed that next season doesn’t end up with them relegated to the background again (as happened this season with several of the major players from prior seasons).  The one thing I was very happy to see was the development of Lady Mary now that she is facing life without Matthew.  She has suitors, but she's not quick to make any decisions, becoming a bit of an independent woman.  I picture my grandmother (who would have been about the same age as Lady Mary) and her unconventional choices for the era--I'm hopeful that they won't relinquish Mary's newfound confidence/independence just to have a big wedding episode in the next season. 

I’ve also come to the conclusion that Julian Fellowes was a huge fan of the popular American prime-time soap operas that were popular during the 1980’s—Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest and Knots Landing all seem to be “represented”.  I thought it would be fun to share some of the characters of those shows and their Downton “counterpart”:

1)      Dowager Countess:  Angela Channing (Falcon Crest)

2)      Rose MacClare:  Lucy Ewing (Dallas)

3)      Lady Mary:  Pamela Barnes Ewing (Dallas)

4)      Thomas Barrow:  Steven Carrington (Dynasty)

5)      Isobel Crawley:  Miss Ellie Ewing (Dallas)

6)      Tom Branson:  Michael Culhan (Dynasty)

7)      Sybil Crawley Branson:  Fallon Carrington (Dynasty)

8)      Matthew Crawley:  Chase Gioberty (Falcon Crest)

9)      Edith Crawley:  Julia Cumson (Falcon Crest)

10)   Lord Robert:  Bobby Ewing (Dallas)

We’ve even had a “whodunit” a’la “Who Shot JR”.  All that’s missing are shoulder pads and a good catfight!!! 

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