For the second time, I've had the chance to see the first hour of the new Downton Abbey season on the big screen and ahead of schedule! If you haven't caught up on seasons one through three, what are you waiting for? Go watch and come back later.
Now, I know that I could easily go online and watch these shows already broadcast in the UK, but part of the fun is to watch it (alone) 'with' the rest of the east coast (choose your time zone, North America...) There's something about sitting down with Masterpiece Theater and waiting with the rest of the DA fans! In less than one week, we'll be inside the new season.
Fans of Downton may have already seen that trailer and even if you haven't, it should be no surprise that much of the first hour walks us through our grieving process. (Please tell me this is a not a spoiler for you--Matthew is dead)
Random thoughts in no particular order:
Mrs. Hughes has a new hairstyle. If Mrs. Hughes ever leaves this show I will cry.
The Ivy/ Daisy/ Jimmy/ Alfred romance wheel is still spinning and I want to slap Jimmy across his cute little fair-faced cheek.
Robert seems to have settled into a new rut - all that talk of 'new world' has vanished out of his head. Ugh. Cora might have to go all 'American' on him again.
The Dowager's tongue is a tad less sharp - or maybe she's just mellowing out after so much heartbreak
The Dowager and Mrs. Patmore still have the best lines in the show
There's a change in lady's maids that promises lots of trouble. And we like trouble.
I only cried three times. Keep track and let me know how you do.
I absolutely loved the clothes!
You'll have at least one big surprise by the end of the first hour.
Thomas is back in true form. All is well in the world.
No doggie butt to start the show? will it return or is it a thing of the past?What about the DA theme that makes us start salivating like a Pavlovian dog?
An old character comes back. No it's not Patrick!
It's great to be back to Downton!
What do you look forward to the most?
If you had editorial override, what would you make sure happened by the end of Season Four?