Re: Downton Abbey Appreciation Thread (Christmas Special tonight on ITV)
I'm hoping they give Cora more to do in the 3rd series. Elizabeth McGovern was wonderfully utilized in the opening series, but I feel like she was just a background character in the second. Of course with as many characters as they've shown, not all can have a leading part in every episode, but Cora was just filler for the entire second series.
Hopefully the grandchild brings some intrigue to the third series, along with the potential of the Robert/Maid make out coming out at some point. I just feel they've made Robert too right, and too much a rational voice of reason,I hated the storyline with Jane. Even though I wish it hadn't happened,and feel it out of character, I do hope it comes back.
I wonder if Thomas turns a new leaf after the scare with the dog. O'Brien has seemed to turn a new leaf after her remorse from Cora's miscarriage, so I wonder how they'll turn Thomas around.
I also thought the Ouija board scenes were nonsense, but if it can get take out the Daisy's guilt storyline out of there, I'm happy. I couldn't have her and Mrs. Patmore play out the same scene interaction one more time. Although their relationship has been one of my favorites to watch.
I'm also over the Anna and Bates storyline. I wish the struggle could've been contained to one series, I don't think I can watch another one with him in prison. It's just boring me, the two most likable characters having the most hurdles to jump?
While I'm happy for Matthew and Mary getting together, and everything being out in the open, I just feel like too much was resolved in the special. It felt more like a Series Finale, and not just a special. I'm sure they'll be hurdles in their way, but I wish it wasn't wrapped so nicely.