Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Downton Abbey

I just want to say a few quick things about this show, which I love. 

I've just started the sixth and final season. And as previously mentioned, I love it, which surprises me because I tend to struggle with shows heavy on British accents. I remember once, when we were in high school, being a real pill one night when we all got together and rented and watched A Room With a View. I really tried to ruin the experience for everyone. I threw a tantrum in the video store because I wanted to instead rent some sports thing, and I tried to make it all about you guys not being masculine enough. The real problem was that I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up, but I felt stupid to admit that. That actually wouldn't've been stupid; what was stupid was how I acted. Sorry. 

Also, I'm the only person our age who never got into the Monty Python stuff. Same issue--I never really know or understand what they're saying.

But, again, I love Downton Abbey, and I'm sorry to see that I'm coming to the end of the series. I know about the movies--I'm glad there's a 2019 thing to watch when I'm done with the TV show, and I'm glad they're coming out with Downton Abbey 2 next March, and I hope they make 50 more after this one. But I prefer TV to movies, and, so, what I really want is about 100 more seasons of the TV series.

What I also want, and here's what I really wanted to say this morning, is for sweet Mrs. Patmore and sweet Mr. Mason to fall in love and have a beautiful and fun marriage growing old together right there at Downton and for Daisy to care for them and for everyone to end up superhappy.

I accept that the smart people who make TV shows have to inject conflict and problems into a series to keep viewers like me interested over the long haul, and I respect that a person who goes to the unimaginably massive effort of writing something as huge and great as Downton Abbey (5 stars, highly recommended) is going to want to get into the pulpit and make whatever statements (however hard) about the human condition and our relationship to God that he or she feels called to make.

But I also think it is not too much to ask, after investing in the lives of these fake people and falling in love with them over however many hours, that I get to see them all get to be happy in the end. I've always appreciated the people who made Friends for giving our friends happy endings, and I'm very much hoping for the same payoff with all of the people on Downton

Because I really do love them all. Even mean, ol' Thomas.

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