Downton Abbey

I don’t believe that you should like everything. It’s not possible.  Yes, I’m sure lots of people like a lot of things, but some people just don’t like some things. For example, I don’t like listening to music when I write. It’s distracting.  Some people love it.  When you like something, or don’t like something, it’s important that you push other people to like it or dislike too.  It validates your preference and re-enforces it.  This matters when it comes to products.  If you like a product, it is in your best interest to get other people to like the product, too. The more people who like your product, the more the product will be updated and the more the product will be re-created.  Proselytizing about your particular materialistic love is a form of self-preservation.

So, now, I have to tell you why you should watch “Downton Abbey” and why it’s an amazing show.

I’m as surprised as you are. There’s absolutely no Black people in this show. As a matter of fact, there might be an anti-color here, where the lack of colored people is beyond the pale (ha!).

It’s also, from a sheer frontal view, a show about rich English aristocracy going through the tragic hardships of not having great help. Downton is bigger than any house I’ll ever set foot in and the issues that the rich people are dealing with on a daily basis make me want to lead a new revolution.

But, look past all that and you get to what the show is truly about: The workers.  This show is about the people who run the house, the Head butler, the maid, the lady’s maid, the cooks, the footmen, the valet, the driver, all of them. These are people who work impossibly long hours, who are pseudo-slaves, who are subjected to insults and put-downs, forced to “know their place” and “stay in their station.”  The workers, people in service, are the real characters in the story. They are the ones who are truly interesting, and what makes the show so gravitating.  We’ve all been slaves at one time or another. We don’t call it slavery. We call it a job. But the act of moving from a job you hate to a job you love, from a job that’s humiliating to a job that’s gratifying, that act is often times impossible and Herculean in scope. That makes the show even more interesting. These workers are suffering and suffering is always interesting.

Of course, there is drama.  Will Mary get with Matthew?  Will people find out about how she kissed the Duke ( or more than just kissed?). Will Mr. Bates finally be free of his ex-wife and get with Anna? Who will die in the Great War? You can’t have a house full of people without the people making their lives harder.  Add a few proper villains (Thomas and O’Brien) and the technology of the 20th Century and you’ve got a television show that hits all the buttons, even for a person who doesn’t really know where to put the salad fork or why you have a separate fork for salad.

It’s human nature to reject what people find popular. I do it all the time. However, eventually you need to come to the realization that you were wrong and were a fool. Calling yourself a fool is hard to do. You’re insulting yourself.  I will gladly say that I was a fool for not watching “Downton Abbey” years ago.  If I hadn’t of promised to watch Season 2 with a friend, I would be on the couch right now, annoyed with Edith and wondering if Bronsan will ever marry the lovely Sybil.


2 thoughts on “Downton Abbey

  1. Hi, Jarvis. I’ve admired the structure of your site for sometime. Just recently I tried to adapt Autofocus, but I can’t get it to do many of the things you here–like browsing arrows and spread the word at the bottom of the page, let alone the sidebar widgets you have down the right in your about page. How did you do all that?

    • It’s sort of technical. Send me an email at Jayslacks(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll give you the 411, G.

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