downton abbey 5.01: okay so since this is my favourite show I think I have some things to say.
I am not completely displeased with how the current storylines for this seasons were introduced, nor I was with the episode overall. But it’s far from a good season premiére, if I may say so myself - of course it was edited in the way for us, the audience, to think so because it is. At least on the paper.
So I might get on with the good things on this episode. Of course, this is my personal, slightly analytical view, but it’s no more than an opinion. I’d very much like to discuss it further if you, the eventual reader of this post, may. I must remind you that I am not an historian nor I know a whole lot about the 20s in England, but I know one thing or two.
- Baxter. So, I might have had my… well, reluctances towards her position in her own storyline. For most of the episode, I found it so… unappealing to have again other woman with a wrong in the past, but for some reason I couldn’t help but to love how it developed (i.e. when she confessed to Cora). The relationship with Molesley is a very sweet thing, very much like Anna and Bates, but minus the constant drama.
- Tom’s lady friend WHO I DON’T REMEMBER THE NAME SORRY. Okay, she might be just a pretext to give emphasis to Tom’s more political side, but in a show (and I remind you) that’s about society more than family drama, she’s very refreshing. As refreshing as Isobel, of whom I’ve already talked a lot in the past.
- Mary. Perhaps it’d be easier to hate how things are developing. I know it would be, but that’s the fun in Mary’s personal storyline now. There’s a little bit of coming-of-age drama & insecurities towards age and figure that I’m sensing, a very good taste of what it’d be like to be a fairly more forward widow in the 20s.
- Carson. Much more than Mrs. Hughes. Oh, but so much more. See, Carson is the kind of character that’s almost on every scene but we know little about his true convictions. We know a little bit of his mind but we do not know a lot. He’s a bit too much altruist, but that’s what made me like him more than how Mrs. Hughes was introduced. He made certain that the family he served was above his own goals, which I might add, might only be related with the family.
- Thomas. If I have to name a reason to someone who hasn’t watched the show is to actually see what a ruthless man who has everything in the world against him trying to live. Even though he’s not exactly a good man, he’s very… neutral evil.
- Daisy. If you’ve watched the episode, let me hear a “FINALLY”. You know what I’m talking about.
- The quality of the filming improved quite a bit, or is it just me? The show always had a superb quality on the shots and music. Even though I found the music to be a little… well, not so good, the colours and the shadows of some of the shots were simply brilliant. Again, this isn’t a show aiming to be artistic in terms of cinematography, but on how everything is put together.
I have no opinion towards Robert, Cora and most of the staff. I didn’t expect much, and I wasn’t given much. Now onto the bad things.
- Am I allowed to get mad at how they’re writing Violet and Isobel, or will I have a ton of hate for it? Well, I certainly didn’t care in the past. No. First of all, Violet being all matchmaker is completely out of character at best, if not completely horrendous. It’s not a fun thing to watch, it ruins how Isobel’s more private side will be developed, and it ruins Violet’s position on “I don’t care, I do what I want, I’m better than you all” topic. Again, Fellowes doesn’t know how to write Isobel, it seems. And he had to put Clarkson there just for the fun of it. Again, Isobel had a brilliant remark about sex, only if it was a nod. That was a very good thing for her character. But being torn between men? Forcing her character to actually have a love interest? Let me bold “forcing”. I hope this changes, because if Isobel is to have a love interest (which I’m totally on board, and everyone knows that I am on the Isobel/Clarkson ship) I think it would be far better if it was a natural proccess. I’d rather have none than have it forced. It’s not fun.
- And the repetition of traits in Elsie’s character is horrendous as well. Not that I don’t like that she’s basically the one who sees, hears and knows-it-all about pretty much everyone with a more darker story (minus Baxter, I think), but it gets repetitive. But I did like how she stood for Daisy. But, once she gets a proper drive into some storyline (and I might be surprised if she actually gets a storyline of her own) we might see something more than the usual. Also good way to hide any signs of romantic aspects on the Carson/Hughes duo. It’s bound to happen, that I’m sure.
- AND WHY MUST BATES BE ALWAYS THE MAIN DOWNSTAIRS STORYLINE I SWEAR TO GOD I’M GETTING BORED BY IT
- The fire was such a gimmick, goddamn. It wasn’t even that interesting. I thought it would be more dramatic. And of course it would have to be related to Edith. Of course.
Will this be a good season? I don’t know. The episode wasn’t boring, it was mediocre at best, but it is what you’d normaly expect from a Downton Abbey episode. I very much hope to see more of Mary, Edith, Tom, Carson & Elsie, Isobel and Baxter. I’m not displeased. I’m just a bit… concerned about how this show is taking itself.
With that, I end my rant. I will not put this under a read more, and I might move it to a da meta based blog that I might eventually do. The reason for this is that I want discussions to be made, to stirr up the fandom for a change.
Until next time.