Heya! It feels good to be back on this train. Our next stop is set in fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926. It depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy beginning with the sinking of the Titanic.
- Where would you rank it among your favorite shows?
2. From 1-10, how obsessed are you?
Considering that it is not fast-paced or over-dramatic, it is still an entertaining watch. I’ll rate myself at 7.
3. How did you discover the show?
I noticed that the show was a popular and often nominated show during awards so when I got the opportunity, I decided to try it and find out what was so great about it.
4. What was your initial thought of the show and did it change after watching it?
First of all, the British accent is enough to catch my attention. I liked the idea of an aristocratic life as contrasted with that of servants in the same household. I found the events downstairs of the Abbey (the servants’ quarters) more dramatic than upstairs but got even more interested when the lives of those and upstairs got intertwined.
Seeing the after-effects of the world war on society was interesting; considering how things have evolved up to now.
5. Why do you like the show?
I like the show because the plot was a breath of fresh air for me – being set in an era that I can only imagine.
6. Favorite episode?
I’ve enjoyed all the episodes but I particularly remember the first episode of season 1 when Sarah O’Brien tripped Mr. Bates just to make him seem unsuitable for his new job at the Abbey.
7. Favorite characters?
Violet Crawley is never a dull moment on-screen! She’s the epitome of petty, sarcastic and manipulative.
Mrs. Patmore made cooking and managing the kitchen interesting to watch.
Robert Crawley (Earl of Grantham) was such a gentleman; being liked and respected by everyone in his household.
Mr. Carson was so principled and sometimes petty in his own way. He kept the servants on their toes at all times.
Daisy, Mr. Molesley, Mary, Edith, Cora, Isobel, Anna, Mr. Bates were all interesting characters which added flavor to the story.
8. Favorite/worst villain?
Thomas Barrow – He just relished making the lives of others hell. When the tables turned, he was miserable when he had no friend to keep him company.
Sarah O’Brien – she was Thomas’ partner-in-crime; always scheming something. Felt sad when she left the show.
9. Who is your crush on the show?
Matthew was cute. Was disappointed that he was killed off the show.
10. If you were to be a character, who would you choose?
Lady Sybil. She was such a kind lady.
11. Which of the characters would you like to meet?
Violet Crawley, Mary Crawley
13. What lesson(s) have you learnt from the show?
No matter which social class you find yourself, we all need each other, whether above or beneath you. Life is full of changes so when it’s time to change into another form of new normal, don’t fight it. Rather embrace it. Be careful of how you treat people you consider beneath you. You don’t know what tomorrow holds. The tables could turn. Watch out for each other.