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.


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