I have a TV question. We used to have Downton Abbey threads around here but that seems to have tapered off–why? This is for those of you who give a shit about the show, and I’ll bury it because of possible spoilers.
My take is that Downton jumped the shark about the time it put Sybil in the ground. I have a lot of respect for any show that kills off a key, interesting major character, but when you do that, you need to introduce another key, interesting major character. For anyone whose interest in Downton went beyond sniffing the panties of the nobility and/or looking at period costumes, the show was interesting because Sybil and Tom were intelligent, lively challengers of the ri-fucking-diculous notions of the crew of tedious, arrogant toffs who populate that estate. When Sybil died, Tom was neutered by grief and accommodation for his daughter, so a lot of the interesting tension went out of the show, to be replaced by much less interesting and compelling story lines.
A key example of that is the duller than Daisy’s dishwater question of who Mary will marry. Right now there are two inbreed douches vying for that dubious honor. Mary is probably a fair representation of the combination of dullness and amoral optimization that characterized the minor nobility of Edwardian England, but it’s pretty hard to hang hours of TV on that slender peg. Her sister, Edith, is even duller, despite desperate attempts to build a storyline with her illegitimate kid.
As for the rest — Lord Grantham is about as smart as his dog Isis, and much less accommodating. Lady Rose has mainly become a stereotype of silly youth. Isobel seems to have been a bit de-natured of late. Perhaps if Bates would kill someone else, things would get interesting downstairs, but there’s not much there other than the tedious bitchiness and redemption cycle of Thomas. Carson’s harrumphing is starting to sound like Sam the Eagle on the Muppets.
Obviously, I still watch the show, but it isn’t a must-see for me anymore. Is this the general opinion?