Help me prove a point
And if the sex with Mary was bad, Gilly will hang.
I’ve decided that Miss Bunting’s entire purpose is only to have a character draw attention to the idea that the Crawleys’ lavish life just may be ridiculous.
Because that hasn’t been done by any character other than Cora’s mother. Even the servants don’t see anything wrong with the way of life because it gives them employment. I’m sure she’s a nice person, but she really is abrasive. I may agree in some instances with her, but I don’t know how she can stand being so rude as a guest in another’s home. But loved the episode!! (via liesellisabeth)
What about Isobel? She did that from the very start, even Matthew very early in S1. Isobel always pointed out the decadence and the general uselessness of Upper Class life, usually ending in a spar with Violet. So it’s not really new or innovative of Fellowes to point out the ridiculous side of life at Downton five series in.
The problem is, and it may be the actress’ way of delivering all this, but I just don’t find Sarah Bunting in any way likable, which makes it difficult to sympathise with her or applaud her for pointing out the obvious.
I think lots of Downton character have been rude to each other or other people, but it never felt so like ‘I-hate-you-all-and-I-only-came-here-to-stir-shit-lol-bye’ which I’m sure a lot of viewers find fabulous and admirable etc, I don’t. It’s great being outspoken and political, but not to get personal and hurtful in the process.
1. There were really good bits (e.g. Isobel/Violet girl talk), I really liked the scenes in the school (not because of Bunting, mind you) as it finally showed another aspect of life back then, like the flower show in S1. I loved Robert’s anniversary speech, and the Robert-Tom dynamics are interesting (Team Fire Brigade!).And oh, Edith’s scenes with Marigold were heartbreaking (the photo of the baby! I don’t know what it is about old photographs…)
3. Again, entire lines were repeated: Some of Tony’s lines are almost copy/paste from M/M scenes, like the hunt, Tony stating he is bad at shooting and wanting a ‘simpler life’. Why these brick-sized parallels? It’s not poignant, just kind of awful as it makes it appear as if they are actually trying to sell Tony as Matthew 2.0, but why on earth would they want that? Honestly, it’s a shame for the character who ought to be given the chance to have his own lines and his own character, regardless of whether he ends up with Mary or not (or whether we want that or not) Is this for reasons of Fellowes being lazy as arse or thinking himself very clever here? Idk)
3. Caroline Bingley…from the 20s!
4. What’s with the new debate about ‘dumb’ and ‘intelligent’ people? Daisy being insecure about her brains, Sarah Bunting being an educational snob, Isobel saying something around the same lines like ‘finally an intelligent conversation at Downton’. And speaking of Bunting…
5. Sarah Bunting: while I do appreciate courageous, outspoken women who has politcal opinions, I simply don’t like it when people are being rude and hurtful for the sake of ‘making a point’ not to mention that the attitude that remembrance is useless strikes me as terribly ignorant (irony perhaps considering her words before). Sorry for everyone who likes her, especially for all of the above, but my opinion about her hasn’t changed.
6. Concerning ships: I smell Rose/Tom coming on, at least hypothetically. Not sure if I’m on, but still better than the alternative (honestly, I’d still back Mary/Tom, if it were to happen, but it definitely won’t). I still can’t ‘feel’ Mary’s self-proclaimed ‘love’ for Tony, which doesn’t mean I hate him. I like him a lot in comparison to Blake, but ugh, I don’t know…maybe it would be better to have Mary pick the one you neither love nor hate, in a very neutral sort of way. But the series just got started…
7. Who knows…George Clooney might be that ‘Cowboy from the Mid West’ who will pop up at Christmas to steal Mary’s heart after all…