Series 4, Episode 4 | Original air date (U.S.): Jan. 26, 2014
- Tonight’s episode was a mixed bag as most of this season has been and in light of the assertions of Alan Sepinwall and Andy Greenwald, that thereis almost too much good TV on nowadays, it is perhaps instructive to evaluate how Downton Abbey matches up.
- On the down side, the sexual assault storyline was uninspired by definition as anything is from later seasons of The OC and Bates looking to get revenge, a plot point that Anna helpfully points out the very night of the assault, is uninspired and telegraphed and better done by Charles Bronson in however many Death Wish movies there were.
- On the plus side, the constant asides from classical literature or Greek mythology (tonight an accusation of Robert’s frugalness or high morals lead him to protest that he was not Simon the Great) are much preferred, to say, The Hard Times of RJ Berger referencing the latest gross sexual lingo the writers pulled off of Urban Dictionary that week.
- It also helps that the show is English in appealing to an American audience; Molesly’s failure to pull the trigger on a lower job than he way used to because he wanted to think it over resulted in the job no longer being available…that would be depressing in the U.S. job market of today but set in 1950 England, Molesly’s typical bad luck feels British in the same way the weather is always perfectly dreadful or that of course your soccer team screwed up on the weekend and is definitely getting relegated this year.
- Tom is sadly talking about going to America now and the Daisy-Alfred cooking flirtations were too lean for me (No Reservations and its French equivalent did this but I am not tired on those storylines yet)…but I hope to see more and Downton Abbey does enough things that I enjoy and are nowhere else on TV that I am staying with it.