I did get tired of the story shuffling pretty quickly. Just when Edith found a true love, some thing happens, and she has to move on. The kitchen girl floats from guy to guy, a revolving door of extraneous cast members, does Sybil have a crush on Mathew, does she love Branson? and so on.
It got to be so much that I couldn't help but think that the producers really don't know how to deal with this huge "thing" that the show has become. Add in the departure of two primary characters and I think we can expect an entirely different flavor for S4.
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Downton is getting a bit silly; but like others have said it's a soap opera. Thomas' storyline .... okay maybe I could buy that in the end he was treated kindly by the people he has worked with for 10 years, and I really loved the scene between him and Mrs. Hughes. BUT, what I found obnoxious was Lord G's obsession with cricket in this episode. There's a huge flaming homosexual scandal brewing in his house, but Thomas is a good cricket player so let's just keep him on??????? I hate my son in law, Branson, but if he'll help us play cricket and beat the Townies then he's my new best friend????? Cricket solves everything!
Mina, I think that's ALL Lord G has thought about for years, which led to the financial decline of Downton Abbey. He was so focused on cricket that he COULDN'T think of anything else. The man has never been known for keeping his priorities straight.
True. Whether or not Julian Fellowes intended it, he has ultimately portrayed Robert as an aristocratic Homer Simpson. He's kind of a hapless boob most of the time, but by the end of most episodes he comes around like Homer does.
I adore the entire cast.
If I had to pick, my favorite characters would be Edith and Thomas - underdogs who can never get ahead - and now Branson for getting over himself and taking care of business (I hope). And they can give me Maggie Smith as much as they want. She has the best lines of the show.
Edith's romantic relationships have been wonderful to watch (and far too short), and I was disappointed when she and the older man didn't wed. Thomas is a damaged soul and can't help himself. At least not now. I hope he gets it together.
As to the treatment of gays during that time period - and in that lifestyle, I have no clue. I'm sure there is research on the subject somewhere ... I'd be curious to learn more. The thing is, I can see that kind of household accepting a gay servant. Not openly, but quietly...an unspoken arrangement..
I liked Mary's and Mathew's story early on and the two characters - but I don't like seeing Mary turn vile on Mathew. That relationship should be one of true love - not money and pettiness and "operations".
I don't recall Sibyl ever having a crush on Matthew?
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I can't recall the episode or season for that matter, but it was around the time Branson came on the scene. Mary told Mathew, in fact, that Sybil had a crush on him. It didn't last long, and Branson became a bigger piece of the story line quickly.
It was toward the end of season 1. Matthew helped rescue Sybil when she was injured at the election riot, and when Mary was sitting with him afterward, she mentioned (teased?) that he shouldn't lead Sybil on because she might be crushing on him. That was when we got Matthew & Mary's first kiss.