Hello readers. I feel much better now thankfully. I was able to start walking again and though tired, I felt very good.
I was able to see the first episode of the current season of Downton Abbey, and what an episode they put together. However, I am here for the first season. For those who haven’t checked it out, I can completely understand. For many people, when things do not have a futuristic or contemporary setting they are put off almost immediately. On top of that, you have the fact that the show is a drama and the cast is British. So to say this show is out of most people’s comfort zones would be a vast exaggeration. But to the outgoing viewer, to people with open minds, we have been rewarded exponentially with wonderful acting, a compelling story and a surprisingly accurate backdrop. The show boils down to showing the daily lives of aristocrats and their servants in the early 20th century but there really is too much to give a narrow overview. The star, or highlight I should say, is Maggie Smith. If I could, I would hand her every single award for acting available. She is PHENOMENAL! I cannot emphasize that enough. Just check out a couple of episodes. I bet you will be hooked. The only real downside is the genre of the show, which at times can bare down a bit heavy. Still, A- for Downton Abbey.
The Guild is a tricky show. With the backdrop of online gaming and awkward geeks, nerds, shut-ins, and just oddballs you would think that this would be a no brainer for me. The issue is with the pacing. Please, do not get me wrong. I fully understand the cringe worthy dialogue and uncomfortable pauses. They make perfect sense. They just rub me the wrong way at times. I will admit that the seasons get better as they progress. This is by far the best season of the three. Still, I am really disappointed. I actually wanted to talk more about the show. The writing, the cameos, the jokes within jokes… Regardless of how charming a show is, when there is a lack of connection with its audience, there is not much left to do. And for me, there was a disjointed attempt at a connection in more than one episode and they were so bad that they became off-putting. The Guild season three gets a B. I wish I could give it higher but until it feels a bit more polished in pacing and assertive in its acting chops, it will be just good. Of course, this is not the last season. I will be watching further as I would like to be proven wrong.
I intended to write a few book reviews as well, but I feel as though these are maybe getting too long for people to enjoy. Though I partially do this for my own purposes, they are viewable for the entertainment of others. I want to try to keep each post under 600 words unless I get feedback suggesting other wise. So either I will shorten each review or change my entries for one item only. I am not sure. Maybe next week I will come up with a finalized decision. Until then, take care.