Downton Abbey’s Disturbing Episode, Downton at Golden Globes 2014

14 Jan
Downton Abbey Season 4


Last night I was going back and forth on my television between the 2014 Golden Globe Awards and Season 4/Episode 2 of Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey is my favorite series on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater so I had to ditch the glamour and fun skits that is typical of the awards ceremony for a little upstairs and downstairs drama. So yeah, Awards ceremony first, Downton Abbey and then back to the Awards show. Phew!

Anyway, here are some thoughts on this episode’s Downton Abbey:


Anna Bates


Oh the horror!
Anna: OMG, I was so outraged at what Gillingham’s valet Green did to you! I hope either you or Bates can avenge the wrong done to you sooner rather than later without bringing the authorities into this and keeping Bates out of jail.

Aren’t a lot of movies made like that where the guy at fault murders someone but no one ever finds out or they’re just lucky to get away with it? Where’s the accountability? I’m thinking of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers‘ character in Matchpoint in which he kills his brother’s girlfriend and no one suspects him. He’s just lucky and gets away with it. Why can’t the righteous ones be the ones to get away with things like that? It’s always the dodgy characters that get away with stuff. That’s not right. Not that someone was killed per se in this particular episode but the way injustice was done towards Anna’s character was just wrong. It’s still very disturbing quite honestly. What was Downton creator Julian Fellows thinking when he included a violence against women’s scene on PBS? I understand the need to shake things up plot-wise but that was not the proper way to do it. I just hope that in future episodes not only does the plot have more appropriateness for a PBS series but that justice is served and Anna gets revenge on Green for what he did to her.

For full details check out the UK audience’s reaction back in October after they watched this episode. For insight on why Downton is horrible to it’s female characters check out Slate’s article.

Downton Abbey Laura Carmichael Michelle Dockery

Image: Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael Michelle Dockery.

On a Lighter Note
Lady Mary: Things are turning up as a new possible suitor comes along to help mend your broken heart. BTW Michelle Dockery: You looked stunning at the awards ceremony! Loved the Oscar de la Renta number.

Lady Edith: Things are looking good between you and your boyfriend. If you had doubts that your father would not warm up to your beau, rest assured! Your man was able to win back winnings from a poker cheat and your father Lord Grantham said he (boyfriend) “behaved in a way that was gentlemanly” so, yay brownie points! BTW Laura Carmichael: You also looked great on the red carpet too – hardly recognized you in Viktor & Rolf!

Dowager Countess: Favorite one-liner from Maggie Smith‘s character: If I were to search for logic, I would not look for it in the English upper class.

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