Blogging the Abbey, Episode 5

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Russell Saunders

Russell Saunders is the ridiculously flimsy pseudonym of a pediatrician in New England. He has a husband, three sons, daughter, cat and dog, though not in that order. He enjoys reading, running and cooking. He can be contacted at blindeddoc using his Gmail account. Twitter types can follow him @russellsaunder1.

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  1. Avatar daveNYC
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    I used to think that Mary had bad luck with men, now I see that Edith is the cursed one in the family. Had sex one night, got knocked up, and the man has dropped off the face of the Earth while in Munich (which I’m sure was lovely this time in history).

    I’m thinking that Thomas will find out about the rape and point Bates’ in the direction of someone that Thomas wants to get rid of. Which will make roughly zero sense from a story standpoint, but the writers will go with because of drama and tension.Report

  2. Avatar Barbara
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    You can tell Lady Mary’s going to get together with Blake; that kind of instantaneous hatred is always a buildup for “passionate romance” later. Classic, classic plot device.

    I, too, loved the three mourners sitting talking about their dead loves. That was one of the best, truest scenes in the whole series, I thought; it sort of bubbled up from nowhere, and I loved them glancing at each other to realize how much they actually had in common. Wonderful.Report

  3. Avatar Pierre Corneille
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    I also find it implausible that a woman as no-nonsense as Mrs. Hughes would have just gone along with Lady Rose saying everyone would love the surprise and not confirming it with anybody.

    Well, there’s no telling what she’d do, after falsely swearing on her mother’s grave.Report

  4. Avatar Kolohe
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    I can completely accept the various aristocrats totally accepting Jack Ross as a musician in their house – i.e. hired help. In fact, I’m surprised that they were surprised. If wikipedia is to be believed, blackface minstrel shows as popular in the UK than the US in the early 20th century, and so a (real) black jazz musician, I think, would fit in perfectly with their preconceptions and stereotypes – especially if he remains only a performer on a stage.

    Smooching on The VDC, is, of course, an entirely different matter.Report

    • Avatar zic in reply to Kolohe
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      I haven’t watched yet; which door did he use — the front door (as an honored guest?) or the servants door?Report

      • Avatar Kolohe in reply to zic
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        He (and his band) come in downstairs, (with an Eye Take reaction.) A bit later on, they lampshade the callback to the Melba of Toast Fame opera singer, but as the performance is a birthday present surprise created by The Vacuous Dancing Cousin, there are ostensibly valid reasons for the downstairs encampment prior to the performance.Report

      • Avatar zic in reply to zic
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        So the door has yet to be revealed.Report

      • Avatar Kolohe in reply to zic
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        He came in through the servant’s door. We have not, however, seen him leave yet.Report

      • Avatar zic in reply to zic
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        Thanks, Kolohe. There’s a snow storm moving in, and I’m having language problems again. I couldn’t translate, “come in downstairs” to the servants door.

        Sigh. This storm, too, shall pass. They trigger migraine, though not necessarily the headache variant, a relief when that stays at bay. But I have trouble with language and difficulty speaking when it happens.Report

  5. Avatar Kolohe
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    The more I think about it, the more I’m coming to the conclusion that they lack the tools and the talent to wrap up this Jack Ross storyline satisfactorily. The precedent set by Tom Branson is quite clear, and the sole difference is Ross’s race. Letting his storyline end in a display of naked racism certainly is ‘real’ enough, but completely discordant with the aesthetic sensibilities of the show. On the other hand, there’s really no other way out of this, unless they want to take the Sybil/Matthew route again – which would be totally shoddy and cheap.

    I dunno, maybe Fellowes will exceed my expectations. Though he’s been seriously underwhelming with his writing and plotting this season (as Russell and Rose have ably pointed out)Report

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