Downton Abbey: The Best of Times, and the Worst of Times

As I was on my This Is A New Year Get Off The Couch run this morning, in the beautiful 63 degree sunshine of Houston after that ice storm, I was thinking that if the writers of Downton Abbey couldn’t address the Anna/Bates problem, I would just indulge my guilty pleasure of pop music and forget Downton Abbey and watch The Grammies.

But then Daft Punk accepted their award in space masks.  And Katy Perry showed up in a Vampirella costume for some sort of Halloween dance to a song that didn’t seem evil or anything, but it sure was boring.



And then they started some kind of TRIBUTE to Chicago, the band, like they are old or something, and it took me a minute but then I realized Mr. Blurred Lines was singing a TRIBUTE, to, well, anyone, and so I decided maybe I wasn’t the target audience for the Grammy Awards anymore, and so forget them!  PBS is cool.  So.  There. Continue reading

Keep Calm and Carry On; Or, Downton Abbey Returns

When men watch sports it is so funny:  they don’t mind when the announcers talk the whole time during the game giving their little opinions, but they get all irritated when I start talking.  Usually I am just asking an innocent question, like, “Why is a field goal only three points?”  Then I get “the look.”

Well, forget them.  They usually say really brilliant things, like, “We need some defense.”  Well, duh.

So I am going to redirect my talking to people who care, and I am going to do a little play by play of tonight’s first episode of Season 4 of Downton Abbey:

Hey, a baby is crying.  You have DOZENS of servants–someone get that baby!

A servant left.  Well, you should have paid her more.  Duh.  But she was mean.  Yay, she’s gone.  Good riddance!  Does that sound British?

Edith is helping.  She is going to place an ad.  Good for you Edith.

Lady Crawley looks awful.  I would too if that MATTHEW character person left because his contract ran out.  Is there no loyalty anymore?  His departure totally ruined my sticking with this program so these two could finally get married.  Thanks for nothing, Matthew person.

Oooooh!  Someone just told Maggie Smith that it is “a changing world.”  Brave guy! Continue reading

“Downton Abbey”: The Delicious Addiction

81934241bAdmitting the problem is the first step. Except here is the thing:  I don’t want to get over this.  I just want the PBS miniseries “Downton Abbey” to go on and on forever.  I don’t want to recover.  I don’t want them to stop writing scripts.  Prequel, sequel, I don’t care.  Please: don’t let it stop. Sunday from 8-10, I am not available.  No. Matter. What.

Does it make it better if it is Masterpiece Theater on PBS?  If not, I don’t care.  I would watch it even if it was on that channel that has all those Housewives shows.  Once you see an episode, not much else matters. Sad. I don’t want an intervention.  I won’t cooperate.  I have lots of rationalizations at the ready.  Here are some of them: Continue reading