I've caught up to the premiere of the new season (or series, lol) but here were my thoughts after the first five episodes:reposted from my tumblr
"And also recently realized that it’s not spelled Downtown Abbey. Silly me.
My thoughts on the first 5 episodes because I don’t know anyone who watches this show and need to get my opinions out.
I’m pretty sure that Lady Mary is a fairly popular or one of the most popular characters on the show. Surely the plot revolves around her and the matter of her inheritance and marital prospects. Even the servants “downstairs” are gossiping about her chances at marriage. While I find her interesting and complex, I also get really annoyed with her.
Lady Edith may be annoying when she is petty towards her elder sister but it’s understandable considering Mary is consistently sending insults Edith’s way and acts so darn superior (and not just to Edith). She really thinks she can catch any guy she wants. Frankly, she’s a conceited and spoiled brat (however, I can learn to like her as flawed characters are more interesting). She complains about how her life sucks because all she is expected to do is bide her time working on charities and picking clothes until she settles down and gets married for eternity. Yeah, I can agree that’s a pretty sucky life.
Honestly, though, during that time she would definitely not be the only young woman in that situation. I bet her truly superior sister, Lady Sybil, doesn’t want that life as she is a strong advocator for women’s rights, but we don’t see her whining. Instead, she’s kind to absolutely everyone and tries to help improve the lives of others. I can’t wait ‘till she and Branson get together (they will, right?). Obviously a show like this needs to have a servant/family relationship and while one with Sybil isn’t as interesting (as she is the kindest and most open-minded), these two seem pretty cute.
She’s probably my favourite character along with Anna (and maybe Matthew). Anna is pretty awesome and while it’s surprising that I like the two “nice” girls, I can’t deny that they aren’t also really smart and interesting. I’m the most invested in Anna and Bates, couple-wise.
Matthew’s great but he, along with William (and even that Evelyn guy), seem to be chasing girls who are rejecting them. That knocks him down a peg. Why is he so insistent on drooling over Mary? And why is William obsessed with Daisy? I thought I’d like her but she hasn’t changed from the pilot. Aside from looking really young (why was the Thomas/Daisy thing even happening?), she acts like a kid.
Speaking of, Thomas and O’Brien are the show’s evil duo who really do encourage household scandal. I hate O’Brien: she is pure evil. Thomas is also exceptionally awful but I find him more interesting (still pretty evil). Also, how come the servants have such effective gaydars? Bates just got there and he already figured out that Thomas is gay? According to Daisy and Mrs. Patmore’s conversation, the head cook also knows. Wouldn’t that be really, really secret at that time?