Dear Downton Abbey, we love you.
If hindsight is 20/20, then I need some new glasses and a swift kick in the pants.
Way back in August, the amazing and awesome Amber West blogged about a new show on PBS ~ Downton Abbey. I read her post, did a half-hearted search on my DVR and, not finding anything listed, promptly forgot about her recommendation.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago and there she was again, that Amber, recommending the show on her blog. Ugh! Give it a rest will you, Amber!?!? I couldn’t find the damn thing, stop torturing me. But thanks for the pic of Nathan Fillion on your blog, that was a nice consolation prize.
I left a comment saying pretty much the same thing and do you know what that lovely lady told me? If you search for Downton Abbey, you don’t find anything listed because this is a Masterpiece Theater show. Do a keyword search for ‘Masterpiece Theater Downton’ and you should find it. Also, you can get the first season on Netflix streaming. What? Shut the front door! I don’t have to remember to put it in my queue, I can just stream it? And if I missed one, I can watch it on PBS online?
So you know what I did? Yep, completely forgot about it again. Stupid lame memory.
Enter into the picture the gorgeous and talented Jennifer Tanner. Over on her blog she wrote about this amazing new show everyone is watching and why am I such a do-do for not watching it ~ Downton Abbey.
Paper cuts with lemon juice. Ouch. Or, was this a sign from the gods that I need to be listening to these women and watch the darn show already!
Last week I had to get a root canal, which really isn’t as fun as the brochure made it out to be. There I was, looped up on pain meds and unable to write or read with any sort of coherency (I’d like to take a moment here to apologize to anyone whose blog I left a rambling comment on, or a comment filled with typos. I blame the drugs. Really.)
What’s a girl to do when she can’t really do anything? Grab your husband (he needed to man the remote. Seriously, I was that out of it), and watch this fab new series everyone is talking about.
We’re in love. Both of us! We started with the first season and after the first episode we were hooked. We wanted to know more about the snarky servants and pampered people they took care of. The only thing that perplexed us after that first episode was who do we like?
We have to like a few characters to keep us interested and all of the characters seemed bitchy and snobby in that first hour. So we gave it another episode and the lines were clearly drawn: O’Brien and Thomas are evil. Anna is good and we adore Bates, please don’t sack him! (I won’t give away the spoiler, but let’s just say there is a Bates-Anna storyline coming up. Should we call them Banana? Annabate? Baann?) We have characters to cheer on and some we wish horrible things upon. Like, really really bad things need to happen to O’Brien and Thomas. Jus sayin. And perhaps Mary. Ugh!
We’re up to episode five of the first season and have the second season set up to record on the DVR. To say we’re in love might be a bit of an understatement. Two days in a row I’ve woken up my husband to ask him something about the plot. Poor dear, he isn’t even awake and I’m saying, ‘Wasn’t that hilarious when the cook said that about Thomas?’. I call that a bit of obsession.
Downton Abbey is decadent fun. The dynamics between upstairs and downstairs is fascinating and all of the characters, even the servants, are well-drawn out, which is what gives the show its charm. This isn’t a typical show that stereotypes the haves and have nots. While clearly some of the servants are happy in their job and take the term service with pride, there are others who hate their lot in life and infect their venom on others. There is a subtle parallel between the upper class family and the servants who wait on them. I’ve kept myself from reading anything about the future shows because I want to relish in the story as it unfolds, not with any sort of expectation, but with breathless anticipation.
If you haven’t seen this show yet, as Amber says, WATCH IT NOW!
Are you watching Downton Abbey? What do you think of it? What’s on your ‘must watch’ list? Share with us, you know we’re dying to find some new obsession!