On Friday while visiting the wonderfully funny blog called, Blue Skies and Yellow Dogs I read that "The Zadge", writer and star of this blog had an addiction to this show and that she spent a whole snowy Denver weekend watching Season 1 which consists of 7 episodes. She spoke highly of the show and I thought, "Hmmmm, I'll have to see if I can watch a little of that this weekend."
Well folks, gotta tell ya, I spent the whole of my Saturday afternoon watching it and watched all of Season 1...7 episodes, staying up to 11:30 pm! I know, I know...that's just how I roll, wild and crazy on a Saturday night!
Actually, it was wonderful! I felt like I spent the weekend in the English Countryside at the beautiful Downton Estate. Being pampered and waited upon by lovely ladies maids and eating delicious food prepared fresh by a wonderful cook. What a spell-binding, dramatic and humorous show!
First you have the beautiful Lady Mary, who is the rightful heir of Downton but due to the fact that she was born with the wrong genitals she cannot inherit Downton as it must be inherited by a male heir and her mother and father only had three daughters. Therefore Mary must make a profitable marriage. But Mary is not a docile, submissive, little English flower...nope, she's intelligent, ambitious, seductive and unwilling to conform to convention! I love her spirit!
Oh...and the villains in this show...wow! You love to hate them. Especially the evil, arrogant yet totally gorgeous footman, Thomas! This guy is such a slimy weasel and yet so easy on the eyes. You just can't help but wonder why no one can see what an ambitious, vindictive, manipulative person he is. He just continues to get away with all kinds of craziness! I think he would make a great Twilight Vampire!
But the most intriguing and interesting character by far...the woman I want to grow up to be is the matriarch of the Crawley Family, the Dame Maggie Smith as Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. Well, actually, I don't want to grow up to be exactly like her because she is locked in the past and is not at all happy about new inventions and the world changing. She's also very much a snob. But she's ambitious and ready to do what she has to do to protect her family! She is also hilarious in a dry, droll way.
Today I was visiting Jo at A Majority of Two and trying to catch up on some of her past posts and wouldn't you know it, but Jo has Downton Abbey Fever too! If you get a chance, head over and read her take on the show. She shared a great video with the best one-liners by Lady Violet Crawley. I hope she doesn't mind that I borrowed it to share here on my blog too. Great show! Can't wait to watch more.