some blockheaded bracegirdle from hardbottle (notemily) wrote,
some blockheaded bracegirdle from hardbottle
notemily

to say nothing of pocketing the spoons

DUDE. You know what I just realized about 2012?

IT'S A SUMMER OLYMPICS YEAR.

This is my most favoritest of things. Gymnastics! Diving! Swimming! More gymnastics! And this year, British things! Still hoping they can get that David Tennant thing sorted out.

Anyway, moving on--

I'm dog-sitting for my parents this weekend, which means I've actually been channel-surfing because they get ALL the channels and there's always something on. This led to me catching the repeat of the new-to-the-US airing of Downton Abbey S2E1 the other night, and OMG I forgot that this show makes me feel SO MANY FEELINGS. Even the characters I loathe are just so goddamn interesting and the relationships on the show are all so wonderful and well-written and I just want to step into the world of Downton and live there forever. (Not literally like as a human from the 1910s or whatever, more like an invisible fangirl ghost who spies on everybody all the time.)


I love that Lady Edith is getting in on the feminism thing (even if she doesn't think of it that way) by learning to drive and doing (gasp) actual work on an actual farm. I was a bit confused about that plotline though--is the farm dude married to the farm lady? Because I would think he would feel/act a bit more guilty about kissing Edith then--but if not, then why was farm lady so upset? What even happened there? I feel like I missed something. (Is this season airing with differences between the UK and US versions like last season?)

I kind of hate Thomas for deliberately getting himself shot in order to go home from the war. Like, serves you right if the wound gets infected and you die, you know? But on the other hand (lololol), I would NOT be able to deal with being on the front lines of a war. I might do anything to go home, too.

I hate Thomas so much but then the show goes and makes me sympathetic to his Tragically Gay plight. And then the dude that he liked killed himself and he cried and I was like AW THOMAS DON'T CRY EVEN THOUGH I HATE YOU.

I think that was the most important part of the episode for me, though, because of the scene with the guy who runs the hospital. You have a man explicitly dismissing depression as not being a real illness deserving of further treatment, and this directly leads to a suicide. Depression is real and it can kill you. I love Downton Abbey for saying that.

Bates and Anna make me cry all of the tears. I'm glad Mrs. Hughes was listening at the grate so now at least SOMEONE knows what's really going on, but it still breaks my heart that Anna doesn't know. She guessed enough, but I just want to give her all the hugs and find some way to get Mr. Bates free of his predicament.

On the other hand, Anna's heartbreak helps Mary realize that her feelings for Matthew are worth not marrying some random dude (who totally knows Lavinia and has some secret about her, what is that all about?). I don't agree with the "honesty is the best policy" thing here--if someone you love is getting married, you do not mess with that for your own selfish reasons--but I do love watching every scene with the two of them in it. ALL THE FEELINGS.

Carson sucks sometimes for insisting that women can't serve dinner and trying to keep Sybil from learning things, but he loves Mary so much that I can't hate him. Because I LOVE MARY TOO.

I also loved the scene between William, all fresh-faced and excited to go to war and Fight For His Country, and Lang, who has PTSD and knows that war isn't as glorious as the posters say. Just... yes.

I hated when O'Brien was sympathetic to Lang, though. Not the fact that she was nice to him--that's great. But the fact that she's so damn selective about who she can identify with and be nice to. Other people are going through awful shit as well! Stop being so judgmental and ruining all of their lives!


So after watching that, I was like MOAR, so I downloaded the entire season since it's already aired in the UK. But now I'm reluctant to watch it because if I finish the season then there will be no more Downton Abbey to watch and I will be sads. I want to savor it, like a box of really good chocolates. You don't just eat them all at once!

I started watching North & South on Netflix instead to get my period drama fix, and it's pretty awesome. Someone in a review described it as Pride & Prejudice meets Dickens, and so far that is completely accurate. The main actress reminds me SO MUCH of someone and I can't think who and it's driving me to distraction. Also it has Richard Dwarfitage in it so I'll be able to see what the fuss is about him before The Hobbit comes out.

(Also why did nobody tell me Anna Maxwell-Martin was in this? I adore her. And Bates from Downton Abbey plays her dad, so that's neat. He has such a cute teddy-bear face.)

All this period drama fangirling has led me to think I need to read more historical fiction. Anyone have recommendations? Preferably for a similar time period to Downton, but I'll take any recs you've got.
Tags: books, downton abbey, north & south, olympics, teevee
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I know that PBS has had to cut out some bits that aired in the UK to make Downton fit in the timeslot, but I'm not 100% sure which bits have beeb cut.

And yes. Farm dude is married to farm lady. Farm dude and his wife were actually in series 1. He was the farmer who was sick with dropsy when Isobel pushed Dr. Clarkson to try to new treatment and saved his life.

Carson sucks sometimes for insisting that women can't serve dinner and trying to keep Sybil from learning things, but he loves Mary so much that I can't hate him. Because I LOVE MARY TOO.
THIS IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL. Like, idk. I kind of find him amusing in his "stuck in the past" ways? And he's definitely there to represent the conservative old-school train of thought. But IDEC BECAUSE HE LOVES MARY AND I LOVE MARY AND EVERYONE SHOULD LOVE MARY.

All the Mary stuff in this episode was SO good. gaaaah. She is such a brilliant character. I loved that she put Matthew's happiness above her own and kept her feelings to herself because I think that shows a real maturity on her part. And idk. I just love that by the looks on her face you can see just how in love with Matthew she still is, but at the same time, like she tells Anna, she has to have a life. An unmarried woman in Mary's society just really did not have a place. Mary is pragmatic and she realizes that her prospects for marriage are limited and she has to get married soon, so she decides she's going to accept Carlisle, even though there's a part of her that wishes that she did have a real love story (which you can see when she tells Carlisle that tradition usually requires at least a little mention of love when he's proposing to her and making it sound like a business deal).

North & South is good! I haven't watched it in ages though, so I had no idea that Bates was in it! If you like Anna Maxwell-Martin, you might want to check out the adaptation of Bleak House that the BBC did a few years back. Aaaaalso, you should watch Daniel Deronda. FAVORITE PERIOD DRAMA EEVVERRRR. haha. I know you asked for historical fiction to read, but I don't really have anything to recommend on that front, so I just fangirled about period dramas instead.
Oh, I didn't even realize they were the couple from that episode! I only watched S1 once. It's weird to me though because he was so casual about kissing her and didn't seem too worried about his wife and then she was like ANGRYFACE. And Edith didn't seem to understand why they fired her? I just... don't get what's going on there.

I forgot my favorite Carson bit in the episode--when Mrs. Hughes tells him about listening at the grate and he's like "if I were a gentleman I wouldn't want to know," and she's like "but you're not," and he says "fortunately." Hee hee.

The only reason I want Carlisle to stay on the show is so we can find out what's up with him and Lavinia. I think he's so wrong for Mary. But you're right, she doesn't really have a lot of choices, and there's always the threat of the scandal coming back to hurt her prospects if she doesn't get married soon.

Bleak House is actually where I first discovered Anna Maxwell-Martin and now I'm appalled that she is not in ALL OF THE THINGS because she was brilliant.

Fangirling about period dramas is always acceptable. Adding Daniel Deronda to Netflix queue!
I don't think Edith knew that his wife had seen them kissing, so she was just disappointed that she didn't have a purpose once again.

AND YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY WATCH THE REST OF DOWNTON ABBEY. LIKE ASAP Because I have thoughts about things you said, but they'd all be spoilers.
The Olympics are great until they decide to hold soccer qualifying events literally 200 yards away. [sighs] (The rest will be ace except for everyone here complaining.)