I should’ve known. Resisting the allure of Downton Abbey was doomed from the start. After all, it pulled in my mom, my niece, my cousins and multiple friends.
You would think that I would have been a fan of Downton Abbey when it first aired. First reason: I love period dramas, especially anything involving the Brontë family, Jane Austen characters or people running around moors.
Second reason: England and its architecture. Highclere Castle….Ahhhh. Who wouldn’t want to watch a show with a marvelous building like that?
Third reason: the actors. It’s cast with talented people like Elizabeth McGovern, Dan Stevens, Brendan Coyle and Maggie Smith. Heck, I’d watch it just for Lady Violet and her barbed one-liners.
Fourth reason: I’m told the sinking of the Titanic gets things going. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know how I feel about the Titanic.
Somehow, I managed to evade the lure despite Downton Abbey appearing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. But Downton Abbey exerted its charms and I’m powerless to resist its well-written scripts.
Okay, okay. Seriously, I caught the tail end of one episode (WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!) where Matthew Crawley doesn’t make it home from the hospital and the first episode of Season 4. That first episode got me intrigued but I’m coming into the middle of the story. Now I want to find out…
- What will happen with Mr. Bates and Mrs. Bates?
- What’s going on with bandleader Jack Ross and the Downton Abbey people? (I respect a man who jumps in and saves a woman who’s about to get publicly embarrassed.)
- What’s happening with O’Brien and Barrow belowstairs?
I’ll guess I’ll have to borrow somebody’s season collection and park myself in front of the TV to get it all. That’s a lot of episodes to get through, but I’d really like to see Shirley MacLaine’s Martha Levinson go up against Lady Violet. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be epic.
Now where’d I put that British breakfast tea and McVitie’s chocolate-coated digestive biscuits? (For the uninitiated, digestive biscuits are similar to graham crackers.) I know they’re around here someplace…… (*scampers off for a Downton Abbey marathon*)
And then there’s those custard creams. I have to track down a U.S. source for those cookies (er, pardon me, biscuits). Ever since I read about them on Elinor and Gwen’s amazing blog “Life, the Universe and would you pass the custard creams?,” I’ve been longing to try them. (Foodies and art lovers, this blog is well worth your time. Don’t make me come over to your blog and chase you there.)
Readers: What got you started watching Downton Abbey?