The Downton Abbey Movie Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for next autumn’s Downton Abbey movie dropped yesterday.  Let’s take a look, shall we? There is not much there.  Lovely shots of Totleigh Towers… err, I mean, Downton Abbey there.  Lots of shadow, lots of light.  Shots that could have been stock footage from the original television series.  Some crane pans (or … Continue reading The Downton Abbey Movie Teaser Trailer

Downton Abbey: A Long-Expected Throwdown

Golly gumdrops! It took six years, the moment has been long prepared for, and at last, it arrived. Edith unloaded on Mary. "A nasty, jealous, scheming bitch." "Don't demean yourself by trying to justify your venom." Wow. #DowntonAbbey #teamedith — Allyn Gibson (@allyngibson) February 22, 2016 The backstory. Last week, Bertie Pelham, a penniless land … Continue reading Downton Abbey: A Long-Expected Throwdown

Downton Abbey: The Shallowness of Robert Crawley

I have been stymied in my efforts to write any sort of interesting piece on Sunday’s episode of Downton Abbey, the penultimate episode of the sixth season (but the antepenultimate episode of the series as a whole). Things happened, but nothing really grabbed me, at least not in any positive ways. The most notable feature … Continue reading Downton Abbey: The Shallowness of Robert Crawley

Downton Abbey: Explosively Meh

The trouble with Sunday night’s Downton Abbey is that virtually nothing happened — until a scene that one will never forget. Downton is like that. I couldn’t tell you anything else about the episode were Sybil dies. Or the episode where Lavinia Swire dies. Or the episode where Matthew dies. Of course, those were years … Continue reading Downton Abbey: Explosively Meh

Downton Abbey: Enter, Ozymandias!

In Zack Snyder’s 2009 film Watchmen, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Matthew Goode played Adrian Veidt, the world’s smartest man, someone who had honed his mind and body through sheer willpower and discipline to absolute perfection and operated, for a time, as the super-hero Ozymandias. I bring this up, … Continue reading Downton Abbey: Enter, Ozymandias!

Downton Abbey: The Comeuppance of Mary Crawley

It’s taken five years, but someone is finally calling Lady Mary out on her shit. Yes! Mary is called out by her mother for being a bully! #DowntonAbbey — Allyn Gibson (@allyngibson) January 18, 2016 The proximate cause? The wedding of Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes. Last week’s drama revolved, in part, over where their … Continue reading Downton Abbey: The Comeuppance of Mary Crawley

Downton Abbey: The Politics of Pig Farming

Downton Abbey vacillates between two extremes — measured costume drama and out-and-out soap opera. Last night’s episode, the second of the sixth and final season, was the latter, not the former. The episode’s main plot — an autumn farm festival — was the springboard for a number of smaller plots, but then there were other … Continue reading Downton Abbey: The Politics of Pig Farming

Downton Abbey: An Auspicious Beginning to the Final Season

Downton Abbey was returning. It was impossible to avoid on PBS in recent weeks. There were ad spots between shows. “The Final Season,” we were reminded again and again. PBS’s biggest show ever, winner of Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy Awards. It all got to be a bit too much. Friday night, following the Sherlock … Continue reading Downton Abbey: An Auspicious Beginning to the Final Season

Downton Abbey: The Bad Decisions of Robert Crawley

Throughout the day, I tried to think of something to say about last night’s Downton Abbey. I really can’t. Stuff happened. I watched it. None of it really stands out in my mind. Let me think… Robert is a blundering and incompetant dolt. There’s an offer for a business deal which he rejects out of … Continue reading Downton Abbey: The Bad Decisions of Robert Crawley

Downton Abbey, Season Five: Thoughts

Last Sunday, Downton Abbey returned to PBS for its fifth season on Masterpiece Theater. I feel that, at this point, I’m watching the series to snark at it. Withnail is on #DowntonAbbey tonight! I demand some booze! I want the finest wines known to man! We've gone on holiday by mistake! — Allyn Gibson (@allyngibson) … Continue reading Downton Abbey, Season Five: Thoughts