With all due respect to Tim Tebow, I still think we made the right choice. I don’t care much about the Broncos or the Steelers so it wasn’t like I had a lot riding on the outcome. On the other hand, I do appreciate every one characters on Downton Abbey, and it was good to see their stories continue.
But because I love to criticize, a few quibbles (obligatory spoiler alert):
(a) How realistic is it that Matthew gets to come home from The Great War on the weekends? To me, this seriously trivializes the sense of cataclysm engulfing English society. Even the scheming Thomas gets a trip back when he arranges to take a bullet in the hand. Really? If it were that easy, I’d expect that by 1916 about 94 percent of those in the trenches would have done the same thing.
(2) I admire the steely integrity of Mr. Bates, but this business of falling on his sword to avoid scandal every couple of episodes is beginning to annoy me. I have a bit of a crush on Anna myself. And my advice to her at this point: Wake up and smell the coffee.
(3) Finally, is driving a tractor such an arcane skill that the tenant farmer and his hardy wife could not have mastered it in about 15 minutes? They already had access to the tractor. Did they really need the services of Lady Edith, who has only just learned to drive a car? I’ve driven a few tractors, so my gut feeling is no. The Lady Edith story line felt forced.But despite my obsessive nit-picking, this is still a wonderfully watchable show. I love the elegant, concise writing and direction, and I love the specific sense of time and place.
And I’ll have to agree with my mother-in-law that the clothing is almost as good as the characters. It feels sort of effeminate to say this. But I’d tune in for the lovely ladies and their gowns even if they were reciting scripts from Golden Girls. Comes to that, the men’s fashions are pretty awesome too. Got to get me one of those red dress uniforms.
I hear a third season has already been commissioned. Let’s just say that I expect to remain a fan. I liked Dallas too, so I’m not setting the bar real high here. Things would have to devolve pretty far to be worse than that.