Season 4 Episode 4 Review

We open up the show sitting around in the kitchen. It’s quite clear that people know that Anna has had some sort of accident and they don’t necessarily believe her. It’s not surprising that people don’t believe her because her body language tells another story. She is quick to make an excuse which is another behavioral tactic to lying, especially about something grave and serious. You can see her hold herself just a little as to give away insecurity. This is done to indicate that she is wavering and that there is something being hidden.

We can see in the panning of the camera that Mary has taken a fancy to Gillingam. It’s indicative of a glance back to the Gillingam in the car that makes us believe that she is finally starting to warm up to him… but time will tell.


We move to a grave site where another important clue can be found. Why is this an important place for the two to meet? What is this place telling us about the two or something about one of them? Something to think about.

In the looming background, the threats of pregnancy has scared Tom. He is mixed and unable to take real responsibility for his actions. On the side, Anna feels soiled in her torment.

A lot of emotion is flying around. Tom, Anna, and Mr. Bates are unable to look at there issues straight in the face. We will continue to see this road being driven on, how far will it go before they are able to look at it straight in the face?

We are now introduced to a new face, Russ. This becomes a very important part in the show as the first black character is introduced. How will he be looked at amongst the others? It’s very clear that he is frowned upon, why this hasn’t made more of a reaction is a shock to me. What will his role be? It seems like he has made some sort of impact.

Towards the end of the episode we come to understand that Sarah is intentionally lying to Tome about the potentiality of having a baby, she is confronted about it and placed in a very particular place. Gillingam pleads with Mary for her love, but the wounds are still too deep and she doesn’t want to let go of Matthew. It seems that as they part, Mary looks off in the distance, something has made her flare. The writers and the cameras make it hard to determine if she regrets the choice and if she will be able to live with it. Something tells me that it’s not over and the by the end of the season, we should find out if they get back together because I feel that she loves him but is just scared to let go of Matthew.

The Earl speaks with Mr. Bates. It seems that he is blaming himself for mistakes that he hasn’t made. I think by the next episode, the true nature of what is going on will come out in full force and he without a doubt will continue to love her.

 Is the issue with Tom resolved? Really?

How will Mary deal with her new found feelings about Gillingam?

What happened to the head cook? Why haven’t they brought her up?

What does the Earl of Grantham give up when speaking with Mr. Bates?

How do you feel Mr. Bates will react to what Anna tells him?

Episode 503 Review

Lord Gillingam is making quite the entrance. Although Mary is still keeping her distance. I will say that Lady Mary, to me is a bitch. She comes off very harsh and Gillingam takes it like he owns it. The show is turning into almost uncertainty as Lady Mary desperately asks others to go on a ride with Gillingam, but none are willing to her avail. She is still very raw from the death of Matthew and anything is setting her off. Lord Gillingam is taking it very well though and he isn’t someone that will go easily.
This show sometimes is like watching paint dry as daily life becomes the best television show. It seems that Earl is keeping himself from whats going on by keeping himself at work. I don’t know what to think about it, but looking at the small little cues of avoidance gives us some sort of idea. Look at those cues for the answers.


As the episode continues, we see Violet Crawley call Mary on her avoidance or hesitance towards Gillingam. It’s clear at this point that Mary is keeping her distance and the tension arises between the two of them.

This episode is divided into the somber and the wicked. It seems that the family is falling apart one person at a time. Tom whines about everything while Isobel falls apart as Gillingam and Mary are spending more time together… after her sons death. One of the cooks has a heart attack as the stresses of running the kitchen has consumed her. Everyone in this episode has brought about a negative effect.

The only character as of now that I understand is Violet. She tells everything as it is and doesn’t take anything seriously. It is her that is the matriarch of the household and is the foundation. In the midst of the most horrible things happening at downton, the sadness and dysfunction, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

When you think there is hope, Anna has been raped. She is unable to look at Mr. Bates because of the disgust and dirtiness she feels about herself. She feels like she brought it upon herself and thus isn’t able to get close to Mr. Bates at the end. Mr. Bates as shown is confused and will scare him.

Thoughts that one should be pondering:

How does Mr. Bates feel for the change in Anna’s behavior?

How will this affect the entire house?

Why is it brought up that there is a cheat in the card room?

What does that foreshadow for later down the road?

What is going on in Anna’s head?

The past episodes have been something to think about. When a television show is about drama, dramatic things happen. As the years pass, we push the boundaries on what is shown on television more and more. Why is this done? Why did the writers at Downton Abbey push the way they did? We see this with revolutionary television shows trying to push boundaries.

Downton Abbey wanted to make a statement. The writers wanted something that would get people talking. The more controversy, the more people are talking, the more thought goes into the importance of the characters and the scenes. Rape is a very important issue around the world. It seems that we hide from it, scared of it. The message that seems to be shown on television is that these things happen, but what we do next that defines us.

Anna as most of us know, was raped two episodes ago outside by Mr. Green. No one saw what had occurred and the next episode showed Anna standing there among everyone else. The importance of this scene is to indicate the pain and anger in Anna and the repercussions she wants for Mr. Green. But also her vulnerability. She feels like she is infected with an incurable disease and that anyone who touches her is prone to the disease. At the moment, her anger has consumed her and thought process isn’t clear.

The writers want to show people after seeing very dramatic, the ways in which someone that has been abused can arise or fall from tough situations. Will Anna prevail, will she empower herself, or will she fall and do something unbelievable?

This is the real question that society should be asking themselves. If we keep it hidden in life, the only way to answer it is in a hypothetical scenario played out in a drama series!

Episode 405 Recap

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The television program took a massive leap in showing the rape. There has been a lot of debate about the viewing of it. I think it was a bold move. But what is worse was tonight’s episode 5 as Anna and Green come face to face after what had happened and how it is dealt with. No one really knows what took place the night before so you have these individuals in a room that are repulsed but nothing can be said.



Viewers will see that Anna will never be the same and there will always be this deep anger within her. Her fears of not being good enough for Bates have only amplified. She also pointed out the viewers what would happen if Bates sought out, in a rage, Green and murder him.

Downton Abbey doesn’t usually play out this ambiguous scenes, rather they come to light. It’s only a matter of time before Bates finds out and is able to get his hands on Green. It will be something to watch as Downton Abbey continues throughout the whole season.

Questions?

What was the purpose to even bringing up a rape scene? What were the writers trying to get at? This website like others doesn’t just give you a story of what happened prior, rather, asks you questions that you should ask yourself as you watch each episode and the importance of what the writers are trying to convey.

 

British viewers turn on Downton Storyline!

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For those of you in the UK that have been following Downton Abbey verses those of you trying to learn more about what is going on with Downton Abbey, it seems that the storyline and the twists that go with it are setting peoples hearts on fire (and not in a good way).

Julian Fellowes, the creator to Downton Abbey has defended his stances in a very heated development. Recently, after Sundays episodes, 60 complaints were received by the network shocked over the apparent rape of Anna May Bates (Joanne Froggatt) on the show.

There was outrage over the thought that something exciting or shock worthy would effect the show that much. What people don’t realize is that real life situations do occur and things don’t work out merry for people. People cannot hide behind a veil in a world where things like this don’t happen.

Although as I have stated on this blog that I am not a watcher of this show. This has intrigued me and set a fire burning within my chest to start watching this show. I don’t care if I piss people off. As a mini psychologist or at least like to call myself one. It’s important to travel down the roads that most people never want to travel. It’s important to learn and experience the emotional feeling about situations that do occur in real life. So I commend the creator in this respect for taking a chance.

People should look at this shoe with respect and the intentions behind “why” the showing of the rape is important. There is nothing good about a rape unless the assailant is stabbed profusely during it and the victim is victorious in getting her revenge. But we can’t hide behind curtains. So I think people, especially the older viewers should look at this as a learning experience.

Downton Abbey In Session School Course

Since season 4 of Downton Abbey premiered in the UK, merchandise of all sorts have been trafficked around the world. Wine vineyards specific to the time period of the 1920s have been inspired by the show and are sealed with the Downton Abbey logo. So it’s only fitting to report that Downton Abbey is spreading into the classrooms. Camden County College has created a 5 session course reviewing ““Downton Abbey: Life in a Country House,” that tackles such topics as “The Inheritance Problem: Marriage, Women and Property,” “Servants and Solicitors,” and “Technology Intrudes: Lights, Phones and Cars.”
 
This hasn’t been the first account. At Oakland University, a teacher pitched the idea for a Downton Abbey course after being inspired after the show, which he sat town with his wife to see. They meet in a garage of Meadow Brook Hall, a country-style home built by automotive pioneer John F. Dodge’s ex-wife Matilda Dodge Wilson in 1928 (which is fitting for the 20s-set series) in Rochester Hills.
 
The class was entailed, “The World of Downton Abbey: Revolution, Rebellion and Re-Creation.”
 
They even dish out scones and teas. The only way to get the right dose of Downton Abbey at a school should be an exchange program to the UK… Anyways, I digress.