Happy Holidays, Happy Federal Day Off, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, and Gelukkig Niew Jaar to all my readers. Don’t forget, my friends in the U.S., to tune in to PBS MASTERPIECE for the 6th and final season of Downton Abbey. You’ve asked for it, so I’ve dusted off my PBS press pass and I’ll be writing my tongue in cheek recaps and reviews of the goings on at the Abbey once again.
My dear U.K. viewers – please, no spoilers. You may comment and review, but DO NOT reveal vital plot information until the Episode has been shown in the States. I will watch the comment section like a hawk.
Our two favorite downstairs friends will have an hilarious conversation in the first episode. Do tune in to view this masterful bit of writing and acting. How will we ever live without our downstairs friends after this season?
As usual, Lady Mary remains as cool as a cucumber when things get hot under the collar. Will her reputation suffer this time? Watch Michelle Dockery at her finest, snobbiest, upper crust self – you can just hear the ice crackling in her veins. Knowing of her personal tragedy, I can only guess how bittersweet this final year of filming must have been for her.
Will Lady Edith finally find the happiness she deserves? Some of my friends think she’s cattier than Lady Mary and dislike her ‘woe is me’ attitude. I, frankly, am on Lady Edith’s team, although one can’t help but admire Lady Mary’s talent for needling her sister at every opportunity. Edith does get in some zingers, but she’s largely on the defensive, since Lady Mary excels at creating a stir and bullying.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – she of the verbal ripostes and deadpan delivery, and absolute certainty that in all things she is always RIGHT, has her sights set on maintaining the status quo. In my opinion, Downton Abbey would never have experienced its phenomenal world wide success without Dame Maggie Smith. Just saying.
With the exception of Mr. Carson, the gents seem to be in a supportive position for now. I also placed no image of Cora, Countess of Grantham – whose presence is notably slight in this episode – on this post. Let’s hope her story will develop in the future and that she’ll get a major plot line of her own. After all, why should her daughters get so much of the drama when their mama is still such a hot chick?
Well, there you have it. It’s count down time until January 3 in the U.S. Tune in to your PBS station and watch the final Downton Abbey season on MASTERPIECE. Here is the schedule as listed on MASTERPIECE’s site:
“Episode 1” premieres January 3, 2016
“Episode 2” premieres January 10, 2016
“Episode 3” premieres January 17, 2016
“Episode 4” premieres January 24, 2016
“Episode 5” premieres January 31, 2016
“Episode 6” premieres February 7, 2016
“Episode 7” premieres February 14, 2016
“Episode 8” premieres February 21, 2016
“Episode 9” premieres March 6, 2016
I will place my recaps/reviews on this blog at 11 PM (after the show airs EST and my bedtime.)