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Aaron has reviewed 'Downton Abbey: Season 4.' Check it out!

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I had zero interest in this and my wife started to watch it and I got hooked on the damn thing. We binged watched it for 2 weeks.
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I had zero interest in this and my wife started to watch it and I got hooked on the damn thing. We binged watched it for 2 weeks.
I watched a season and loathed it, but my wife loved it. I couldn't get hooked. Too much soap opera business for me. Several episodes into Season 4, she realized that it was getting too negative and depressing, so she threw in the towel!
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Good review Aaron, but one question/fact: Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) unexpectedly chose to leave the show during the filming of season 3 so the creators had to hastily come up with some way to write him out of the show as a result. It seems unfair to level an unexpected behind-the-scenes change-up as a legitimate criticism towards the show itself. Were you aware of this behind-the-scenes cause?
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Good review Aaron, but one question/fact: Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) unexpectedly chose to leave the show during the filming of season 3 so the creators had to hastily come up with some way to write him out of the show as a result. It seems unfair to level an unexpected behind-the-scenes change-up as a legitimate criticism towards the show itself. Were you aware of this behind-the-scenes cause?
I was unaware of his decision to do that, but I'd argue that a show and its behind-the-scenes turmoil should be completely seperate. While watching a show I'm not thinking of it in context of the real-life production. Basically, beyond a real-life untimely death of an actor playing a major role in a show/movie, it's entirely fair to critique a show on what they're putting on screen regardless of what's going on behind it.

One of 'Downton's biggest drawbacks as a story has been the way it swiftly deals with seemingly HUGE conflicts. It brushes aside new conflicts faster than you can keep track of them. Life-altering storylines are dealt with by large spans of time between episodes, and then rarely mentioned again. This was a problem before Matthew's death, and continues to be a thorn in the side of the show.

Thanks for your kind words though. Very appreciated.
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I was unaware of his decision to do that, but I'd argue that a show and its behind-the-scenes turmoil should be completely seperate. While watching a show I'm not thinking of it in context of the real-life production. Basically, beyond a real-life untimely death of an actor playing a major role in a show/movie, it's entirely fair to critique a show on what they're putting on screen regardless of what's going on behind it.

One of 'Downton's biggest drawbacks as a story has been the way it swiftly deals with seemingly HUGE conflicts. It brushes aside new conflicts faster than you can keep track of them. Life-altering storylines are dealt with by large spans of time between episodes, and then rarely mentioned again. This was a problem before Matthew's death, and continues to be a thorn in the side of the show.

Thanks for your kind words though. Very appreciated.
I was about to state the same. What goes on behind the scenes is not relevant to the work. It's the same thing with any literature: Judge the work, not the author himself.
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