Yes, yes, I know there's already a thread going, but I'm very much afraid of spoilers from our friends in the UK or those folks on this side of the pond who used other means to watch earlier. So if you'll indulge me ... can we have a separate thread here for those of us watching on the North American/PBS schedule?
I did enjoy the season opener, especially of course the much-anticpated arrival of Shirley Maclaine. I did expect more verbal jousting between her and Maggie Smith, but that's okay -- they each shone in their own rights. (And Maggie yet again got off the best line of the night: "Can I trouble you for a drink? Oh, I do beg your pardon, I mistook you for a waiter! )
The show morphed from "drama" to "soap" after season 1, but I don't think it slipped any further here. At least not yet.
Anna continues to be absolutely adorable, even if almost too good to be true. I am very worried, though, that she'll find the evidence she needs to overturn John's conviction ... only to have him get into some very bad trouble while in prison.
I didn't quite understand Robert's objections to Sir Anthony. Was it really just an age thing? For someone so steeped in tradition that seems odd -- there's plenty of "tradition" re: older men and younger women in wealthy and titled families. I'm glad it resolved itself, I don't think I could bear for Edith to have yet another romantic let-down.
Roll on the rest of the season, and the development / resolution of Mrs Hughes' breast cancer scare and the looming financial ruin of the estate. (Re: Robert's failed investment: Blame Canada! At least one good thing should come from that, he'll probably be less likely to jump into such investments again come 1929!)