Mary's situation has changed. As the beginning of season 1, Robert's priority was securing a male heir who wouldn't throw his wife & daughters out when he died. Now, Mary is Matthew's legal heir and she also acts on behalf of her son, who will inherit the entail. She, and her family, are more independent than they were, although there are still big bills to pay with an estate the size of DA. You may not think Blake provides the social standing. But, remember, when it came time to chose a wife, Robert did the practical thing & married Cora, an American "outsider" who came with a large dowry to shore up the estate. He didn't stay in the peerage. The Crawleys are not as tied to social standing as you describe. They do what they have to to keep their holdings. Blake may not be a peer. But, he has something more important - knowledge about how to make large estates turn a profit. Mary, God love her, has a head for business and an appreciation for someone willing to get their hands dirty. Lord Gillingham, as pretty as he is, just seems good at spending money...a lot of it.
The Olympics run for most of February. Live sports cause many series to go on hiatus. AoS could have done what ONCE UPON A TIME did, and just stop for 3 months, not returning until mid-March. But, because it's a new series, I suppose ABC didn't want the "out of sight, out of mind" syndrome to befall AoS.
I'm the kind of viewer who tends to give new shows an entire season to prove themselves. So, you won't find me here nitpicking on AoS. But, the Clairvoyant is quickly sounding like Red John from THE MENTALIST. He has his fingers in every pie, and every villain is connected to him. It took us 8 seasons to get rid of the "mastermind villain" on that show. PLEASE have AoS finds their Big Bad sooner than that because even the patience of die-hard MENTALIST fans was stretched thin at the end. Now, who is Deathlok?...
YEAH! More John Noble next season. I really enjoyed this finale because of the two big reveals...1) Henry is Jeremy, and 2) the Second Horseman's Coming already occurred, was the event that Abbie & Jenny witnessed, and he's been waiting for all of them this entire time. Way to have your backsides handed to you! OUCH! Enjoyed the funnies, like Crane buying into the "I need a better phone" hook, his stumbling on to a Revolutionary War reenactment, and buying newer period garb. That coat should really have disintegrated by now, considering Ichabod came out of the ground minus a coffin. But, this show isn't about reality, is it? Victor Garber's Purgatory appearance was enjoyable, if knowingly brief. However, I do have nitpicks. Like, why does Henry now have normal human hands when the ones shown rising from the dirt are clawed, elongated and demon-like? I can understand Henry's anger at Katrina, who left him behind. But, why is Henry so ticked off at Ichabod who died before he even knew he existed? He should blame Horseman #1 who killed his father and essentially orphaned him.
You're not the only one who thought, "Huh?" about the seals. I think I will have to go back and rewatch the entire season because there were probably a lot of details I ignored or didn't understand that make perfect sense now in hindsight.
I disagree w/Tricia about the "truth" of how characters are written. Has Anna ever been raped before? No. We have no idea how she would react under such violent circumstances. Remember, this is NOT 2014. Anna is a woman, a servant, and this is the 1920's. Rape was still considered a "he said, she said" crime, with the benefit of the doubt being given to men and anyone in a higher station. Many women & girls in the same position react the same way even today, by pushing away people they love & internalizing their pain, especially when they've been violated by an acquaintance or someone who knows their family. Many times that makes it even harder for them to report the crime. Also, where did you get the idea that the crime of rape is overly dramatic like a "soap opera?" IMO, it's more fictional and contrived that rape would *never* occur in a locale like DA, an estate the size of which would require at least 80 servants living & working completely separate from the family, and many of those not even seeing the main family. If you were to do some research about what life was like for many of the servants in this decade, you'd know it's a lot more accurate than the rosy fairytale you apparently wish to see. Rape, unfortunately, became more common in this time after WWI due to social reasons. Won't bore you with all the details. Suffice it to say that assimilating back into normal life was difficult for many men who had been soldiers, and there was a lot of resentment toward middle & lower-class women who were working at more jobs & not staying home "where they belonged." Violence toward women was not just in large cities. There was plenty of it at grand estates, too. And, don't tell me it would have been better to show a character being raped who "deserves" it. That was EXACTLY the point. If you felt it was excessively brutal, uncalled for, and horrible - GOOD - because that's what the crime of rape is.
I'm behind in my 5-0 viewing. But, I just had to add that this is why I keep H50 in my rotation of must-watch crime shows - because they alone consistently address certain cultural aspects of American history like no one else. They aren't afraid to do it, and IMO they get better at it every time. LOVED this episode.
OTOH, if the rumors about an AGENT CARTER series are true, they could be going another way. Those 2 references to the CAPTAIN AMERICA-branch of Marvel (Bucky Barnes, Hydra) might be a way for them to interweave some things we'll see this coming April. It's always cool when they connect stories to the past & futur e simultaneously.
Because that's life. Women get raped for no reason at all. Married women. Single women. Young, old, rich, poor...that's the point. There is NO logical reason for rape. It's violent. It's a crime. It's a brutal invasion of a woman's safety and security. Yet it happens for NO GOOD REASON. I think people are upset because mentally they still equate happy endings w/"goodness" and unhappy developments w/"badness." Life isn't that black & white, cut and dry. Bad things happen to good people, and DA has shown that in all its 4 seasons.
Edna Braithwaite is the ONLY part of this season I don't like. Tom is letting his loneliness get to him. I think Sybil's family has done all they can to make him feel welcome and involved in the estate. He needs to stop making so many comparisons, and get a sense of humor about all the silly rules & customs.
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