Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thursdays With Helen: Downton Abbey Season 2

Look away now if for some reason you're not up to date with Downton Abbey.  For our non-Australian readers - please bear with me, as I realise the episode I'm about to discuss is one that you saw a million years ago.  

Last Sunday we saw Episode 7 of Season 2.  Which to my great dismay, I've just discovered is the second last episode of the season (although there is still the Christmas Special).  

Anyway.  The drama is escalating!  I was glad to have seen Thomas duped - although oddly, I felt a teensy bit sorry for him. But just a teeny tiny bit.

Sybil ... dear Sybil ... I know the guy is cute and all, and I suppose it had to happen ... but you know, if the guy isn't even trying to put your best interests first (like, calmly trying to discuss the situation with your parents, or maybe NOT risking giving up the life you've always lived), then it isn't going to end well.  Do I hear boo-ing?? Am I not romantic enough? Probably not! My life has taught me to be sensible :)

Should Matthew follow his heart? Would he be justified in ditching the nice-but-boring Lavinia?

I know Mary isn't the most likeable character at times, but I have to hand it to her.  My favourite line from the night was "Aren't all of us stuck with the choices we make?"  I think she is going to find she isn't as tough as she thinks she is.

My other favourite line from the episode, goes to Dowager Countess Violet: "All this unbridled joy has given me quite an appetite."

The most scandalous moment of the episode goes to the least scandalous person of the whole show.  Does anyone else have a huge problem believing that Lord Grantham would so easily kiss the house maid?  I know they've had a couple of nice chats ... and that Cora has been a little unavailable ... but is he likely to act so desperate already?  It doesn't seem in character.

All my misgivings aside, I've been enjoying this season immensely, and I'm going to be devastated when it's over for another year!

Have you been watching Downton Abbey? I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

Helen's favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element.  She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA.  She's not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.

Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.


  1. Yes, I've bought the 1st & 2nd seasons....UK edition and I agree with you. It is VERY charming overall (love most all of it)...even the housekeeper's life is interesting. And it seems every book/movie I've ever loved the bad people are very bad/evil and the good people keep on trying to keep their head above water...being good. But then, thats human nature I guess. I was shocked when Lord Grantham kissed the maid....but figured it to be a 'Hollywood' moment...political correct or some. And Thomas & his evil lady's maid friend, she's like the devil sitting on his shoulder. ANd that part where he shoots himself in the hand to get out of military....what a cad! And he got away with it ...and deceived Lord G. at the he's getting promoted! I certainly hope he gets 'found out' for all his deceitfulness.

    I am rewatching the dvd's now...and looking forward to January when they release the new season to us in the U.S. btw, loved reading your review. My friend is enjoying the series also so much...she introduced me to it.

    And I don't think Sybil would have been so quick to succomb to

    1. Maggie, I wish Thomas would disappear! I can't stand the guy ... and to think he's worming his way back into the Grantham household. I hope we get the third season in January too ... though I doubt we will :(

  2. I love the dowager countess! She really steals the show. :-) i admit, i started watching the series in the middle of season two, so i really haven't figured Lord Grantham out yet. And i felt so sorry for sybil and the man she wanted to chose. I'm anxious to find out what happens.

    1. Gwen ... The dowager countess is the BEST! Every episode she drops these one liners that I just love :)

  3. I love the Dowager Countess too Gwen. She's a crack up! I just want Mary and Matthew to figure it out and decide if they stay together or what!

    I'm also not too happy with Lord Grantham! :)