Sunday, February 24, 2013
Actually, the scheduling of this series is rather strange. The DVDs of Season 4 were being hawked on PBS before PBS showed a single one of the Season 4 episodes. And reports were coming from England, where it is seen many months ahead of here, discussing some of the main plot points.
I have always wondered about the attitude that if you know the ending to a play or movie it's "ruined" for you. I have encountered it a lot, and it makes it seem as if every play, movie or opera is a "who done it." Perhaps, because I am in the theater/opera profession, I know that there is so much more going on in a production than just the outcome, the final scene. So, after all the complaints that my friend had ruined the latest series of Downton, I added this comment:
"Am I to take it that there is no value to seeing a dramatic presentation if one knows the ending in advance? The characterizations by the cast; the beauty, appropriateness and skill of the designs; the quality of the writing; the social relevance or political comment in the theme -- none of these is worth seeing and enjoying if you know that "he or she dies in the end?"
"OMG, I guess I just ruined a lot of Shakespeare, most of the Greeks, and the entirety of 19th century opera for you all!"
I am applauding the first part of your post in true theatrical style - with shouts of bravo! bravo!
I couldn't agree more and I find this whole carry-on about such things to be somewhat petulant. Mind you I think that often such people belong to the group who speak about characters in such shows as if they are truly alive.
It would be like saying that you can't read a history of say, World War II because you know who won.
Bye for now
I am impressed with Fritz'z tomato growing skills and I hope they come to 'fruition'.
Hope you made it to "Owen Wingrave"
In much else - Shakespeare, tragedy, drama - it does seem that the journey is still worth taking (and the Downton car crash was spilled all over the British tabloids the next morning). In that case, since I saw one episode and was pretty appalled, you're granted fine acting and attention to period detail, but not fine writing...Can't quite understand what all the fuss is about.
What disturbed me about the ending of season 3 was the gratuitous violence. My theory is the Fellows (who has said he's tired to the series) it killing off his most sympathetic characters to kill off his audience so he'll be free.
I used to start my toms in February, and get them out in the ground by early april, using water cones. It was always a 'race' to see how could get the first toms - sometimes as early as mid-June!
Sounds to me like Fritz played with their sexual organs, instead of fertilizing them! LOL
I love those cartoons! Oh, and the gorgeous snow. It's truly beautiful when I'm not there and don't have to travel in it!