Thumbs-Upton, Thumbs-Downton

Downton Abbey is back and I couldn’t be happier, though by the looks of it, some of the characters could afford to be. Here’s my rundown of the good, the bad and the people who could use some help:

Thumbs-Up

  • Matthew Crawley – Kudos to him for moving on with his life and finding a new love. Sure, Miss Swire isn’t quite the bee’s knees, but she was enough to take the wind out of Lady Mary, and that is always a good thing. Kudos also to Matthew for managing to survive the war in one piece so far and seemingly without those pesky PTSD symptoms that are dogging his compatriots.
  • John Bates – For finally manning up and admitting his feelings for Anna; for THE KISS (!!!!!) and for making her so happy.
  • Branson – For finally admitting his feelings for Lady Sybil. I hope she doesn’t decide to reciprocate just in time for him to get involved in the unrest in Ireland.
  • Nurse Crawley – For shedding her privilege and sharing her skills with those who truly need it.
  • Thomas – I never thought I’d say this, but I have to commend Thomas on recognizing symptoms of depression in his patient. I know that at that time, depression and its related conditions were not taken very seriously by the medical establishment in peacetime, let alone in wartime. (Further reading: “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.)
  • Ethel – Her complaining is tiresome, but finally, someone who can give it right back to O’Brien (even if she is being hazed)!

Thumbs-Down

  • Carson – Overworking oneself is never good, and I thought for sure he was a goner. Keeping up standards may help Carson to deal with his inability to help in the war effort and keep his mind off of the family’s troubles, but you can’t take care of other people until you take care of yourself.
  • Vera Bates – Have you ever hoped for a fictional stray bullet so much in your entire life??
  • John Bates – Ok, so he makes both lists because his sense of honor is ruining everything!
  • Molesley – You’re barking up the wrong tree, Mosley. And dodging the war effort. Not good!

Poor Souls

  • Lang – Here’s hoping O’Brien uses her powers of persuasion to let Lady Grantham know that Lang isn’t ignorant or irreponsible, he’s got PTSD.
  • Daisy – By wanting to do a nice thing, she’s done a horrible one. I hope William wises up soon.
  • Mrs. Patmore – It’s a difficult secret she’s got to keep, the poor bird.

I’d love to hear who made your lists!

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