September 21, 2014 at 2:37 am #333888
Downton Abbey Season 5 kicks off tonight, Sunday September 21, in the U.K. at 9 p.m.September 21, 2014 at 10:55 am #333890
Cannot wait! Finally come to the realization that i am crazy addicted to Abbey. Hopefully this season will repair the damage the lazy Season 4 did.
Bring it on.September 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm #333891
I’m glad it’s back. I’m addicted.September 21, 2014 at 10:26 pm #333892
Maggie Smith is back with a BANG yall! To think an episode that was supposed to be dreary, turned out to be hilarious in every sense of the word.
The one-liners floored me…just floored me. “I’m going upstairs to take off my hat’. LMAO. And that conversation between naughty little Violet and Isobel at the beginning about “what all men want” .Maggie Smith is just EVERYTHING.
Great season opener. An ensemble perfomance from the cast if ever there was one.
Bring on episode 2, because Abbey is back on track!September 21, 2014 at 11:08 pm #333893
This was better than all of last season, although I did laugh inappropriately at the fire. Perhaps this will be Hugh Bonneville’s tape.
What always bothers me about this show is that the episodes seem to take place right after one another, when it has really been almost two years in the show timeline since Bates maybe killed the rapist. So, has Thomas been pestering Baxter every day since?
I forgot how haphazardly the show moves from one scene to the next. What does Julian Fellowes have against kids having two parents?September 22, 2014 at 1:49 am #333894
My only qualm is with the direction of Catherine Morshead. The scenes just don’t flow under her direction. It all feels “copy-and-paste’ like.Like she is in a hurry to get it all together in one episode.
With so many sub-plots and with such a large ensemble at play, she needs to let the episode BREATHE and FLOW. It’s like she is trying to jam all these scenes together to make up for the running time. That is one of the problems I (and a few critics) have with some episodes of Modern Family as well. What the Editors can’t solve, the director just runs away with.
They need to bring back Brian Percival. His eye, his gentle and simmering technique in shooting episodes is what brought him acclaim and awards for Downton Abbey. He knows how to incorporate all aspects of the show, all the scenes and still make it feel great.
Or Brain Kelly or James Strong should take the helm.September 22, 2014 at 12:48 pm #333895
Clearly I’ll be the negative one but once again every moment of the show was forced and the whole situtation was surprisingly in the way that a show this soapy had not done that yet. I didn’t find the episode funny at all and the Robert character just is draining to listen to each week and sadly Bonneville is going to get nominated again even how old the character is. This was not a good episode at all and for sure too long which is a main complaint I have with every episode of this show.September 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm #333896
Oh, wow, my post in this thread didn’t go through last night.
I also laughed at the fire, and the premiere did nothing to convince me the show was reversing its downward trajectory.September 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm #333897
Season 5 Episode Two
Air date: Sept 28th, 2014 (ITV)
Another stellar episode. This season is really starting to take shape,
Lady Mary and Lord Gillingham’s dirty
little weekend (coupled with poor Anna
having to get judged for picking up naughty Mary’s contraceptives) made
for an interesting plot. Joanne Froggatt’s portrayal of Anna at the pharmacy was fabulously done , just sublime. I had so much empathy for Anna, and i believe this is yet another nomination worthy perfomance for Froggatt. It was also great to see Lady
Mary’s character grow out of grief.
This episode belonged to Hugh
Bonneville, through and through. This will be his submission
tape come the Emmys. Him huffing, him puffin. Great performance.
I can also see them submitting this episode for Writing. Seeing as this episode
dealt with so many contemporary issues befalling the 1928’s and how it affected the people those years.(The wireless
radio, Lady Mary’s school-girl antics and weekend sex-capades, etc)
September 28, 2014 at 11:39 pm #333898
It turns out that any scene between Robert and Carson has me laughing and not in a way that the show intends.
I love that they are not letting the Bates-as-criminal plot go.
I wonder if Jimmy will be like Alfred last year and still manage to be in the entire season.
Cora never gets anything to do.September 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm #333899
I have to say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Bonneville’s performance in this episode seeing as I have only once before been impressed by him. However, Dockery and Frogatt were the standouts here for me.In my opinion, the episode as a whole was one of the best for a while. The stories moved quickly and I actually found the show exciting again which I haven’t found since probably Sybil’s death (even though I did still very much enjoy Season 4).September 29, 2014 at 1:36 am #333900
Drama drama! More drama! I loved the first two episodes and agree with those who say these two are marked rise in the quality of the show compared to last season. Also I am hoping Cora has an affair with that guy in the next episode, poor McGovern needs her own plot for a change. Also, looking forward to seeing Maggie’s Smith new plot they promised . Overall this season is hitting all the right spots so far.October 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm #333901
The fifth season of Downton Abbey
premiered a couple of Sundays ago on ITV in the United Kingdom and will begin broadcasting
stateside January 4 on PBS. It is
tempting to size up its Emmy chances, but that may be a fool’s errand, as
pundits have an abysmal track record when it comes to the show.
The first season competed in the miniseries categories in 2011 and was
expected to lose the top races to Mildred
Pierce, but it swept up six Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries. When the second season shifted to drama
in 2012, it exceeded the wildest expectations when it expanded from
twelve nominations to sixteen despite steeper competition. When Downton
Abbey lost Outstanding Drama Series to Homeland,
which had only nine nominations, conventional wisdom formed that Downton Abbey had peaked at the Emmys
and had been a flash in the pan.
Lead and supporting actors Hugh Bonneville and Jim Carter were not
expected to score consecutive nominations in 2013, but
they overcame their odds. This year at
the Emmys with the fourth season, Gold Derby predicted an even
steeper decline, again predicting snubs for Bonneville and Carter, as well as
lead actress Michelle Dockery and even the show itself in best drama. The show instead reaffirmed its resilience,
as it, Carter and Dockery were nominated again.
Bonneville was not, but Downton
Abbey was net neutral with last year, as it added supporting
actress Joanne Froggatt.
Sizing up Emmy chances now is further foolish because the season has
mostly not aired and the next Emmys are almost a year away. It may just be wise to keep in mind while
watching the season how this period piece has fared at past ceremonies. The Emmys have regularly recognized Downton Abbey in the Program categories
(won 2011, nominated 2012–2014) and for Writing (won 2011, nominated 2012–2013)
and Directing (won 2011, nominated 2012–2014). Noted performances have been given by lead actor Hugh Bonneville
(nominated 2012–2013), lead actresses Michelle Dockery (nominated 2012–2014)
and Elizabeth McGovern (nominated 2011), supporting actors Jim Carter
(nominated 2012–2014) and Brendan Coyle (nominated 2012), supporting actresses Joanne
Froggatt (nominated 2012/2014) and Maggie Smith (won 2011–2012, nominated
2013–2014) and guest actor Paul Giamatti (nominated 2014).
Technically, the Emmys have celebrated the Art Direction (nominated 2011–2014), Casting (nominated 2011–2013),
Cinematography (won 2011), Costumes (won 2011, nominated 2012–2014),
Hairstyling (won 2012/2014, nominated 2013), Music Composition (won 2012–2013,
nominated 2014), Picture Editing (nominated 2011–2012), Sound Editing
(nominated 2011) and Sound Mixing (nominated 2012/2014).October 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm #333902
I do not see any returning nominees beating Maggie Smith if she submits that.
Robert is the worst and Cora deserves better. Miss Bunting is also the worst and Spratt needs acting lessons.
“I learned a great deal that I never knew before” and the subsequent eye roll is a series highlight for Dockery.
Last week, we learned in dialogue between other characters that Gillingham is dumb. This week, it is that he is not that compatible with Mary. It would be nice if we actually saw any of this.October 6, 2014 at 11:38 pm #333903
I don’t think Smith is as strong as you do, but it’s probably her best tape for Downton. But we cannot count on her to submit it — I could see her submitting another Christmas special that she does nothing in just out of apathy for the Emmy process.
Maggie Smith’s storyline is really the only thing keeping me into this season…