So it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these but I’m looking for people who blog 2 or more of these things. (Sorry not just one, it must be at least 2).
Please reblog if you do blog:
-Once Upon A Time
-Game of Thrones
-MCU or anything Marvel in general works too
-Orange is the new Black
-Parks and Rec
All ships are welcome too! Particularly I’m looking for Arrow and Game of thrones (since I recently just finished those) but anything above is welcome!
I hope to be on tumblr three or so times a week, as real life permits. Expect fan mixes, reblogging, text posts, and the occasional head canon from me. I read a lot, I love poetry and nature,and my fandoms include Tom Hiddleston, Harry Potter, Merlin, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Graceling, The Selection, OUAT, LOTR, Sifki, the Avengers, Marvel in general, a little star trek, and much more. My favorite ships/OTPs are rumbelle (is that even a thing anymore? I’m like a season and a half behind on OUAT?), Romione, Tedromeda, Drastoria, Sifki, and Sherlolly, and of course the tragically beautiful Matthew x Mary and Sybil x Tom:)
My most heartfelt apologies, gentle readers, for this brief
hiatus in my rewatch. Craziness at work
and home is the ultimate reason, and even though I have had some down time, the
only Downton time I could work in was a rewatch of the S5CS that my youngest
hadn’t seen yet. There are few things in
life quite like watching a 13 year-old boy squeal like a fangirl. But that’s a few months down the road on our
official rewatch schedule …
This episode is, of course, on the more frequent rewatch
list for most Banna fans, at least for a couple of scenes. Oddly enough, I found myself drawn to other
points this time around. I present them
for your pondering pleasure, in no particular order or attempt at forcing a
thematic resonance (unless you want to pull out Robert’s “the world was in a
dream before the war …” line at the end, but that’s too pat even for me,
though it does work, especially with Lang’s nightmare bit). There’s lots of really interesting stuff
going on, however (whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, whyever – just a
silly Banna-esque nod to my high school journalism teacher).
Cora’s almost opening line about “Where are we to sit?”
always cracks me up for some reason. Of
course, it’s meant to, but even at this late date in the war, with a daughter of
the house already serving, the fact that this is her first reaction to just the
beachhead of beds and equipment is telling.
Even though they’ve agreed to this convalescent hospital idea, Cora
feels out of her depth at first. She
certainly recovers quickly though, especially when Isobel starts feeling her
oats. Her pointed looks as she maneuvers
to get Thomas installed and Isobel corralled almost make me squeal. I truly like Isobel as a character (though I
like her more later on), but I do love to see her put in her place.
This is also a great Edith episode, and was the beginning of
her being almost likeable. She’s growing
up from her simpering days in the first series and finding her feet. Of course,
she still needs a boot in the backside to get her moving, which Sybil
cheerfully provides, but she does get moving.
I find it interesting that Edith never comments on any young men she
knew who have died, when she obviously gets on so well with the wounded. But then she was a simpering foil for Mary
before the war, and even Sybil, who is the nicest character on the show except
for Anna, later comments that she’s much nicer than she was before the war.
I found myself wondering about several backstories during
this rewatch as well. For example, I
noticed that, in this episode and others, Carson always hovers near the Dowager
when she is present. How long has he
been the butler? Was he employed in the
house before he was the butler in another capacity? Did he serve the previous earl in some
fashion? Is he possibly more loyal to
the elder generation than the current? Which
led me to closely watch his interactions with Robert in this episode. There does seem to be a touch of assumption
in his dealings with Robert. There isn’t
a great age difference between them, but perhaps just enough that Carson began
his tenure under Robert’s father and so has that “experienced sergeant-major”
condescension to the young master. His
use of the pronoun “we” when asking Robert to find a way to keep William safe
is particularly telling.
Lots of good Anna and Mary scenes in this one, too. I always like seeing them together. Anna’s fondness for Mary is so clear when she’s
working with the curling iron, as is Mary’s when she clearly rushed to find
Anna after Sir Richard called. Ethel
seems quite taken aback at Mary’s forcefulness in telling her to leave so she
can tell Anna the news.
O’Brien and Lang: I really need to do a fanfic search for
this. I just love the potentiality of
this relationship. She stays in his room
after most of the others have left after
being awakened by his night terrors. I
only noticed tonight that she also comforts him when he breaks down outside the
house as the general is leaving. I hadn’t
really caught that before.
And then there are the Carson and Branson exchanges. The entirety of their mutual respect and
disgust are on display. Branson pushes
the envelope eating with the staff and Carson comments on it. Branson offers to help and refers to “the
honor of Downton” and Carson gushes at him.
Branson almost douses the general in oil and Carson frog marches him out
the door. This storyline also struck me
when Anna found Branson’s note to Sybil and she rushes through the house in
absolute silence despite knowing how grave the situation likely is. Today, someone would have been shouting at
the top of their lungs if they found evidence that someone was being targeted. Both Anna and Mrs. Hughes stand quietly at
Carson’s side, out of breath, as he contemplates how to stop Branson in the
And a few one-off observations:
Lavinia’s storyline is almost as tedious as Ethel’s. The most interesting thing she does is die.
Speaking of Ethel, Major Bryant looks phenomenally fit for
someone at a convalescent hospital.
I love that Sybil is pushing the boundaries about the
divisions between officers and enlisted men.
It makes sense that Thomas’ old room is still available
since there haven’t been any new footmen, but did they put Lang in Bates’ old
I love the last few minutes before the wounded arrive, as
Robert and Cora are looking around, taking in the changes that are and are to
come. And then as they and Edith and
Sybil stride purposefully to the door – very “Right Stuff” sort of look.
The scene with Robert, Isis, and the ping pong ball is one
of my favorites in the entire show.
Just how foolish is Mr. Swire, if he could get in enough
debt to bankrupt him and that amount is also enough to completely change the
course of Downton’s fortunes? Losing it
in a bad investment a la Robert sort of makes sense, but just how did old
Reggie rack up that much debt to Richard Carlisle?
I love that only Mary even notices that anything odd is
going on when Carson marches Branson out of the dining room.
Okay, to me, Bates and Anna are the living, breathing, beating
heart of this show, so I can’t just let their scenes go unmentioned. Even though these scenes have been worked
over pretty well in numerous fanfics, I still come back to them with questions
and wonderings. Anna wasted zero time in
getting to see Bates once she knew where he was. We know she was still deeply committed
to him, despite being so hurt, but did she walk into that pub with the
intention of forgiving him or having it out with him? She caves pretty quickly once he starts
talking. Her “that’s not very fair to
women” line seems a last ditch attempt to hold onto some sort of moral high
ground. Which takes me to my ongoing “did
they or didn’t they?” debate. Anna’s “we
can’t criticize her for that” comment about Vera’s infidelity is in direct
contrast to Bates’ “that is not the right path for you” response to Anna’s
offer to become his mistress. I know
many have firm opinions about whether they did or didn’t do this, that, or the
other prior to April 1919, but I keep coming right back to where I started,
which is: I don’t know.
But I do know that I have got way off-schedule if I am going
to cover the whole show prior to series 6 starting in mid-September. I am now about four episodes behind my
original master plan. I have a planned
week off for Scout camp in mid-June, but will see where and when I can work in
an extra review here and there to meet my goal for this rewatch. It’s fun to do and seems to be fun for others
to follow as well.