Having finished all the seasons of Breaking Bad recently (I tend to watch nothing for months, then when I have an essay due or work to be done or a kid to be boobed, I boot up the laptop and sit glued to it, watching three episodes in one day, devouring seasons like reheated dinners), I asked around for recommendations of what to watch next. Because I have little idea of what goes on in good TV land, I turn to my trusted friends and cousin Kukuś for worthy telly viewing. Juliette this time suggested I get into Downton Abbey. And I did. Wholeheartedly. Apart from being good viewing it got me thinking about the aristocracy and their purpose and my public law lecturer, Drew Fraser, whom I loved dearly for his conservative and yet very convincing views in a totally lefty public law student world. Okay, he did have a tendency to shock his listeners who repeated the minorities mantra ad nauseam, with his viewpoints that were probably last publicly voiced in the 70s without reprimand. Yet the whole picture that he provided us with, my gut totally agreed with him.
As a third year uni student you tended to stand firmly by the idea that the aristocracy was bad, bad, bad. A wasteland of idle pleasures and lack of hard work. Yet Drew reminded us all that when you are deeply rooted into a local community and your wealth is inherited relying upon that community, you have a duty and a responsibility to the past, to the present and to the future, as the aristocrats did (and unlike short term investors do today). A duty to the past, the present and the future. The idea had a huge impact on me then (even only if in abstract terms), probably tied in to the fact that my family was uprooted thereby shedding all duty to the past (like the aging grandparents we left behind).
Anyway, Lord Grantham totally embodies this ideology and I love him for it. He is the type of aristocrat that I always associated with Drew’s concept. The perfect master whose duty to his subordinates, is just as important as to his family, to his village and to his land and title and to what he passes on to his heir.
Now that season two is finished, anyone got any ideas of what I should watch next?
And yes, I think Mischa should do a guest post. In fact Lady Cora looks like an older version of Mischa. In my book that is enough reason why Misch should write a post.