Down with Downton: Part V, Season Three Recap

It’s the Spring of 1920, and Mary and Matthew are busy with wedding preparations. Everyone is excited about the wedding except Sybil and Branson, who can’t attend because they can’t afford the trip from Ireland. And except for Mr. Bates, who is still rotting in prison, accused of murdering his late wife. Oh, and except … Continue reading

Down with Downton: Part IV

When last we left Downton Abbey, Mary and Matthew were on the outs, Edith was a conniving spinster, Mr. Bates refused to be with Anna because he’s technically married, and the whole world was about to enter a Great War with Germany. So much unresolved angst! Let’s get right back into it. 1916: The war … Continue reading

Down with Downton: Part III

Alright, you’ve done the homework and memorized the org chart, now it’s time to reap the rewards! Sit back in your swivel chair, and get lost in the soapy splendor that is Downton Abbey. April, 1912: The Titanic has sunk, and the heir to the Crawley fortune went with it. Mary was also engaged to him, but she … Continue reading

Down with Downton: Part II

And we’re  back! Now that we’re all acquainted with the Crawley family, let’s meet the people who actually do the work around here. DOWNSTAIRS Mr. Carson: The old butler, oversees pretty much everything, with special authority over the footmen. He is compulsive about maintaining propriety and the reputation of Downton Abbey, and has a special … Continue reading