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While some storylines prove rather shallow, "Episode 2" is an endearing return to form, with well-written dialogue and an affecting descent into tragedy.
Downton Abbey hit its comic stride with the second instalment of its final series.
For an episode featuring a child kidnapping, not a whole lot actually happened this week. I was hopeful that having an endpoint to write towards would sharpen the storytelling, but so far that hope is not being borne out.
While series six has its share of narrative streams, they all seem to be feeding into a collective thematic watershed: the rising tide of Downton's women.
Sunday's annual Malton fat stock show took a dramatic turn.
These episodes feel more like visits with old friends I'm happy to see, even if I find their stories a little repetitive and boring.
The theme, all-around, was 'meddling.' Some of it for the good, some detrimental.
I almost want to sit the show down and say, "Come on, Downton. This isn't you. You know better than this."
So many "low stakes" plotlines are developing and this worries me. The burden on the actors to spin gold out of Malton Show manure is intolerable.
This episode is rife with the language of battle and bloodshed.
Kudos to Andrew Scarborough and Emma Lowndes, between them, for deepening the Downton register into tragedy.