Monday, January 7, 2013

Downton Abbey: Spring 1920

My favorite thing to do while watching Downton Abbey is to drink a cup of tea.  It truly makes watching the British drama delightful.  Season Three starts with the preparation for Lady Mary's wedding. The abbey is a buzz with planning and preparing for the occasion.

Robert traveled to London who received horrible news that he's lost a significant investment that would ruin Downton Abbey.  All while he needs to put on an extravagant wedding.  He also needs to accept Lady Sybil's husband, Tom, whose arrival has certainly shaken up both the staff and family. This is because Tom is not the same class as Lady Sybil, and he used to be the chauffeur.  Lady Sybil looks incredibly happy with her new way of life in Dublin where classes are not as apparent.

Bates is still incarcerated with Anna's undying support.  Their love story is so cute, but how supportive can a person be? I truly hope her hard work pays off, and he'll be back at Downtown Abbey if it is still there.

Matthew Crawley is full of surprises at dinner, where an old suitor of Sybil's poisons Tom's drink.  It results in Tom appearing drunker than he should and shouting about Irish politics.  Matthew requests Tom to be his best man after the sabotage is revealed.  Matthew also has a decision to make in regards to his inheritance from his engagement with Lavinia.  This inheritance would save Downton Abbey, and Mary's way of life.  He is steadfast in his decision not to keep the inheritance, and this upsets Mary.   After arguing and much contemplation, he convinces Mary to marry him regardless of their differences in opinion.  Matthew has always been the savior of Downton Abbey, and it looks like he may be able to come through again.  If he is not stubborn in his righteousness for his deception of Lavinia.

The wedding is a beautiful occasion, and I love the special relationship Mary has with Mr. Carson. Mary and Matthew return happily from their honeymoon in a convertible.  Matthew does love his convertible.

Upon their return, Mary makes it her mission to save Downton, even if it means asking her rich American Grandmother for help.  Mrs. Levinson is spunky in her old age, a revolutionary, and very disapproving of their way of life.  She is the epitome of the newness that is America.  Mrs. Levinson saves the dinner that Mary plans when the oven is broken leaving no courses for the staff to serve.  Instead, it becomes an indoor picnic much to the horror of the staff and old fashioned members of the family.

Even though this show is especially soap opera-y,  I still like the characters and their struggles through the changing world of 1920. The year and the times was mentioned many times throughout the two hour episode, and it will be interesting to see how else it manifests itself in the series.

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