Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Forget it, Julian Fellowes!

After last night's episode of Downton Abbey, I don't want to work at your show anymore! 

Oh all right, I'll come back. 

Spoiler Alert: If you haven't watched S3:E5, you should probably stop reading this. 

Just when I was about to give up on this show and its easily-solved problems (Robert lost all the money! Matthew inherits money unexpectedly! etc.), something like this happens. It was fascinating how there was so much going on--the dynamics between husband and wife, between high class (Sir Phillip Tapsel) and low (Doctor Carlson), between men and women.  

Look at Cora's helplessness in this episode. She had no say in how her daughter was treated. And Robert acted like an ass (and a snob of the worst kind) and trusted Sir Phillip instead of Doctor Carlson. Even though Dr. Carlson misdiagnosed Matthew (because he didn't want to give them false hope) and also Lavinia (but the flu changed in an instant, as Cora said). 

Someone else pointed out in a blog post (Tom and Lorenzo) that it was interesting how the only people who were outwardly distraught were the two "foreigners" -- the Irishman and the American. The rest of the British were either turning their backs to avoid the sight or were pressed against the wall. 

In the other story line, I was impressed with Isobel. She hired Ethel and didn't flinch when Mrs. Bird resigned in a huff. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Why Julian Fellowes Should Totally Hire Me As A Writer

Downton Abbey, Season 3. The first two seasons were great. I had some concerns that S3 might not be able to sustain the same momentum. Unfortunately I was right. (But it's only been three episodes so far--maybe it will get better!) 
Don't look so frightened, Matthew, it's only Episode 3!

However, I had a brilliant idea for how the show's plot should turn. I'm going to share it with you now. 

SPOILER ALERT: There are no spoilers because everything I'm writing about here never actually happened on the show. But it's better than what actually did happen, which is why Julian Fellowes should totally hire me. 

So we all know (because it was in the previews) that Lord Grantham lost all the money (sorry, lost all Cora's money) by investing in Canadian railroads. (Really, Robert?) Matthew is about to inherit a shitload of money from Lavinia's family. (Remember Lavinia? His fiancee? She conveniently died from the flu after realizing that Matthew never truly loved her.) Anyway, Lady Mary wants her new hubby to use that money to save Downton, but Matthew is too darn noble and boring and thinks everyone should actually get a job and put on their own tuxedoes. 

Here is my idea. Edith finally marries her suitor, Sir Anthony Strallen. But then he up and dies on her right after the honeymoon, leaving her a very rich widow. Thus Edith decides to use Sir Anthony's money to save Downton, but on one condition. She gets to be the Countess of Grantham, not Mary. As Edith sees it, Mary doesn't deserve to become Countess because her husband was too stingy with his own inherited money (despite the fact that he is the named heir). Thus Edith saves the day and Downton! No one has to move to a crummy cottage, all the servants keep their jobs, and Edith finally FINALLY gets to reign over Mary. 

Yes, I think Edith likes that idea very much! 

Of course this opens the door to all sorts of plot twists, such as how Mary schemes to push Edith out of the way and get back the title of Countess for herself. 

I'm not sure what happens with Bates, but puh-leeze, I can come up with something that's better than this. Maybe Matthew uses his money to buy Bates' freedom? Bribe a judge? Matthew is a lawyer (or is it solicitor?) after all. 

Julian, call me maybe?