Monday, January 7, 2013
Downton Abbey Season 3 Starts Off Strong
Downton Abbey started off strong in Season 3. I won't share spoilers in case you haven't had a chance to see it yet, but it's riveting. Familiar faces blend with new ones to create a thrilling season opener that captured 7.9 million viewers.
Here is a brief synopsis:
While the family plans for Lady Mary's upcoming nuptials to Matthew Crawley, Lord Grantham learns one of his investments has gone belly up, leaving the future of Downton Abbey uncertain. Lady Edith continues her pursuit of Sir Anthony Strallan, much to the disapproval of the Dowager Countess of Grantham. The arrival of Lady Grantham's mother, Martha Levinson, creates new drama for the entire house; as does the arrival of Lady Sybil and her husband, Branson, who is just as fired up as he was before they left for Ireland.
Downstairs, O'Brien convinces Lady and Lord Grantham to hire her nephew as a footman, angering Thomas, who is sure to cause trouble. Anna continues to exhaust all avenues in her efforts to clear Bates of Vera's murder. Mrs. Hughes receives some disturbing news, and Daisy stages a protest when she doesn't receive her promotion.
The acting and writing for Downton Abbey remain superb, though I truly wish they would give Lady Edith a storyline that didn't involve her acting like a selfish, spoiled rotten brat. I want to feel sympathetic toward her plight as the forgotten middle child who has watched while the family dotes on the beautiful, older Lady Mary and whose good behavior is downplayed against her younger sister Sybil's antics, but Edith is like pouring vinegar into baking soda, exploding everything. She creates her own issues with her sour attitude. It will be interesting to see how her relationship with Sir Anthony moves forward and if it changes her any.