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on February 18, 2017
Downton Abbey, Season 3 is a pale, pathetic shadow of the glorious first two seasons.
I knew we were in trouble very early in the first episode, with Mary's little tantrum the night before her wedding. The whole scene was so superficial and weakly written, and completely lacking the quality that made Downton so famous.
Even Robert goes downhill this season. His once brilliant dialogues are now just whiny bickering. The never ending Ivy/Alfred/Jimmy saga is pure torture to watch. The prison scenes are highly implausible, and I don't even want to think about the season ending. It was so flimsy and superficial, as if it was written at the very last moment.
The one highlight of this season is Tom Branson. Allen Leech was excellent in the first two seasons, but he truly shines in Season 3. His character saves the entire season with his outstanding performance.