Episode 402

It’s been not too long since episode 2 has passed. My email has been receiving a lot of negative feedback as a result of that episode. For those of you who haven’t watched the 2nd episode, Anna is brutally raped. What would be the point of this occurring, the gain? Well outrage over the show would spike the ratings for a little bit, but that couldn’t be the reason as PBS and ITV would certainly know that viewers would cease to watch the show.

I do wonder though, what would happen if the situation was reversed? Instead of Anna getting raped, what if one of the male characters suffered a dramatic rape? You might not think it happens often, but does in the department of corrections quite often and elsewhere. Rape has become a increasing problem in the world. I do believe that Downton Abbey writers didn’t need to put that into the script, but again, the world doesn’t work the way the viewers want it to. If this were the case, shows would become simple, stupid, and predictable.

Where does rock bottom stop? Sometimes someone or a group of people hit what is called, “quicksand.” This term has been used everywhere. Quicksand is used to refer to a downward spiral when something that was going good goes bad. And when you try to fight it or think the worst is over, you get sucked in. You mentally set a course of self-destruction or you fall into a downward spiral to which you are unable to get yourself out.

This season has played in this “quicksand” effect. Where things were going fine, then one massively bad thing occurs (Matthew’s death), and from than on, no one can really pull themselves out of it. Because everyone in the show is so closely net, anything horrible that arises affects everyone.

Life doesn’t go as we want it, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. I’m glad everyone is shocked and appalled over the past timeline because it shows me that people never anticipated and they are deeply involved.

Don’t give up on the show. Don’t perpetuate the quicksand!

Episode 1 Review

First of all, downton abbey season 4 premiere in the United States had a record setting 10.2 million viewers. The largest viewership in PBS history and something said about the drama series. This has been all over the internet and for those of you who haven’t heard yet, now you know.

Downton Abbey Season 4 Episode 1 has received a lot of flack in the past few days. I haven’t written a review because I wanted to see what emails flowed in. It’s quite important to hear the viewers and I want the readers to see that I read every single piece of mail. It helps inspire the writers, as well as helps recognize flaws or possible mistakes in filmatography, emotion, acting, etcetera!


“It was too dark, people were too conniving, just plain depressing.  I think you are going down with this series.  The writer sure mess up this great one!” ~ Sue


“Last night I watched the first episode of Downton Abbey Season 4 and was sorely disappointed. There was so much drama in it, it was hard to keep track of it all. It seemed more like crazy-making than the acting out of a cohesive storyline.” ~ Kate


“Well, I was all “wound up” last night for Season 4, it was good, but it is lacking some spark !” ~ Jyl


Time has passed since Matthews passing and we enter scene of a family completely disconnected from the issues at hand. Life has to move on and I think people criticizing about Mary’s state of mind at the moment is a little premature. In this episode, we do come to understand that Thomas gets an unpopular nanny removed from the Abbey using his uncanny ways, while Mrs Hughes saves a friend from doing some hard earned work. Nothing really gets too crazy and most of the arguments we have seen come from the acting itself.

Anna and Mr. Bates have seemed to be at the center of the what goes on downstairs in the past episodes. They seemed to be pretty tame, but something in this episode told me something was to come. There love will be tested in this season and this has been noticed throughout the past episode.