Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/10/06

“Review: Downton Abbey” by Rick Sanders

 

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Downton Abbey has been a staple in many a household. I myself enjoy the period rooms, costumes, and mannerisms of the early twentieth century. This high-class drama shows how good writing can embrace modern topics in a form that is not tawdry and demeaning.

Evidently, not all modern drama follows this recipe. Subtlety has been lost in our dramas in favor of pushing the limits in any way possible. Blood is drenching, sex is graphic, and action is explosively destructive. Yet, to make the point, none of this is necessary.

To get an Emmy (Downton Abbey has three I believe), character development is vital so the content does not come across as vapid. The dry wit sprinkled throughout Downton Abbey accents a melodic and harmonic structure.

It is too bad there are not more Downton Abbeys to relish. We like to eat at a fine restaurant, but what we mostly get is fast food.

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