We're about two-thirds of the way through Season One and are enjoying it greatly, although the episode we watched last night -- featuring a scandalous
was so "soaped up" it was laughable. Literally, we were laughing out load at the outrageousness of the plot, which came out of nowhere and seemed more akin to, I dunno, "Dynasty" or one of those night-time soaps that were big in the 1980s. (Never watched 'em, so maybe my comparison is off-base, but this sort of plotting is what I always THOUGHT those shows trafficked in.)
Had the program not established its superior qualities ahead of that episode, I don't know that we would've continued with it. But we are continuing with it. We're planning to watch another episode tonight and finish up the final disc (of three) before Wednesday. Some of these characters -- not just the performers, who are great, but the characters -- are people I want to get to know. There's a dignity to them that -- well, let's just say that as much as I'm loving "Mad Men," I'm not sure a single character on that show is someone I'd want to know in real life. But "Downton Abbey"? Those are my peeps! Some of them, at least. I feel a kinship. I want to be their friend.
Is that sad? I didn't know I was going to write that until just now, as I typed it. But it's true. Don't mock me!
Also, am I to understand that this aired as part of "Masterpiece Theater"? We may have discussed this earlier here. Wasn't "Sherlock" also part of "Masterpiece Theater" last year? If so, it's no exaggeration to say that "MT" may have been the best thing last year on any television station, cable or over the air.