iMonrey March 22, 2022 Share March 22, 2022 Quote What's everyone's take on this thing? Where Fellowes just takes actual events from history and has them happen to characters on the show. I am unsure of whether I think it's clever or kind of half-assed. I think it's . . . weird. They borrow, liberally, from a real-life occurrence that happened with Alva Vanderbilt and Mrs. Astor, and transfer the story to the fictional Mrs. Russell. Yet, within this very same story, the Vanderbilts still exist and were name-checked early in the season as a comparison to one's entry into society. So . . . is the show saying this incident happened to Mrs. Russell instead of Alva Vanderbilt? Or did it happen twice? Why weren't the Vanderbilts invited to the ball? I think it would have made more sense to either a.) just make the Russells the Vanderbilts, or b.) drop the Astor angle and have Mrs. Russell focused on trying to win over the Van Rhijns. They could have subbed Marian into the Carrie Vanderbilt slot. Quote From the way he explained it (I think in the podcast), it allows TPTB more freedom with the characters. You know what would have given them even more freedom with the characters? An original story of their own rather than a mix of fact and fiction. Quote Ada seems to just let Agnes think she's the smart sister. She knows nothing about what's going on in her own house while Ada's seeing through every ruse there is. I will not be surprised if she winds up outing Oscar at this rate! I suspect Ada already knows about Oscar's orientation. Actually, I think down deep Agnes probably does too. Quote The rent-a-chef getting drunk seemed to be lifted straight out of Fawlty Towers. Samesies! Ha. This subplot felt very tacked-on, like they were checking off the "servant story" boxes and had one left to go. Quote Well, Mr. Bertha . . . Bwah! 3 8 Link to comment
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