I’ve been watching since the first season aired, and, I’m still watching, but I sometimes wonder why. I won’t give any spoilers about season three, in case you’re not caught up, but I will say that it is getting soapier by the episode.
As if recovery from paralysis and imposters and blackmail were not soapy enough.
None of that keeps me watching; too much of it makes me want to stop. I continue because of a fascination of watching people navigate a rapidly changing world. (And the great costumes.) The way some people cling to what they’ve always known, as if tradition guarantees stability, despite societal shifts they cannot deny, while others adapt or even rush to embrace change, sometimes unwisely. How does a culture retain its identity and strength in times of rapid change? How do we let go of what does not matter, while retaining that which does? Can we change our standards without lowering them?
Culturally, we are facing those same questions, so watching Downton, even if the presentation is skewed, gives much to ponder.
Why do you watch?
Who is your favorite character this season? Or two, one from upstairs, one down. Or one of the older generation, and one the younger. Or whatever you like. (But don’t name Violet, because the Dowager Countess is everyone’s favorite. Name your next two favorites after her.)
I think mine are Mrs. Hughes and Daisy this season.
I have one burning question, not at all related to cultural shifts. If you know the answer, please share, because I’ve googled and not found anything.
What happened to Bates’ limp and war injury?