So did anyone watch Downton Abby last night? What’d you think? I think I’m about done with this show. I won’t go into detail for those who haven’t seen it yet, but the new storyline with Anna and Bates is too bleak, too sad, and rather disturbing. Basically, more than I want to deal with at this time in my life.
It’s unfortunate, because I loved this show. Downton Abby, like it’s counterparts Larkrise to Candleford, and Cranford has always been delightful, witty, fun and uplifting, and while everyone has their problems, things usually work out without adding too much stress to my day.
Last night’s episode of DA was different. I feel vaguely sad and haunted by Anna’s fate, and I’m angry at the writers for dreaming up this situation in the first place. Now while I understand that the storyline is very realistic – things like this happened to servants in those days, especially to women, but it still seemed unnecessary. Kind of like the writer’s are grasping at straws to keep the ratings up, but at poor Anna’s expense.
I guess in a way my reaction is a compliment to the writing staff. The fact that I apparently care so much about these fictional characters must mean the show is well written and engaging. The problem is, I watch these shows to escape from the difficulties of the world. In the past I’ve always been entertained by Downton Abby, and looked forward each week to seeing what crazy thing happened next, but suddenly I find . . . I don’t want to know.
Too bad Julian Fellows. You just lost a viewer, and I suspect I’m not the only one.