Lord, how this show has disintegrated. I can’t believe I cut away from one of the best Super Bowls in recent years to tune in. Well, that’s it. At some point you either have to quit complaining or quit watching, and I’m leaning strongly to option B. I can only guess that the writers are still off celebrating the success of Season 1. They’re still pounding mai-tais in Aruba while the custodial staff turns out scripts in addition to its other duties. Somebody should get them on the phone.
At least Vera’s dead. At least for now. But that’s a mixed blessing for Bates since he’s now the prime suspect in her murder. Of course he is. Again, absolutely predictable melodrama without an ounce of subtlety.
And for God’s sake, can Thomas actually do something besides sit around smirking and smoking? Or at least get some audible lines? His character, a reasonably complex villain in the first season, has been wasted in this one. Like the unpleasant O’Brien, he has become aimless.
I have a few more complaints, but you get the idea. World War I lasted four and a half episodes and Downton Abbey is beginning to seem like a show in its twelfth season, not its second. Next thing you know, we’ll have Harry Connick Jr. dropping by. Or an extended dream sequence. It’s time to stage an intervention with the writers and get this show back on the rails.
By the way, who won the Super Bowl?
I know! Good grief! Also, how about PBS throwing everything but the royal kitchen sink at the viewing audience several hours before and after Downton Abby? It seems like having a hit show caused them to lose their minds.
Dave Knadler says
Or at least lose their focus. It almost seems as though nobody expected the show to enter another season.
We lucked out .. down here our PBS station repeated Downton Abbey at 10, meaning I could watch the very bizarre final minutes and THEN get Downton Abbey. Yeah, the resurrected heir who had amnesia is a bit much. Tho’, presuming he actually is and if you buy the premise, the Earl is being really, really cold.
Dave Knadler says
Amnesia as a plot device is just amateurish. So is resurrecting any character thought dead. I fully understand why the Earl would be skeptical, even in the days before soap operas.