I really want to spoil the fourth season of Downton Abbey.
By SARA SMITH
The Kansas City Star
I wont, because Im not one to deny cultural masochists their viewing pleasures. But I yearn to spill all its secrets and surprises such as they are so completely that youll delete the series from your DVR and pretend it died in that car crash with Matthew at the end of the 2012 Christmas episode.
Those determined to tune in to the Crawley familys drama for 1922-23 are in for detailed discussions of estate taxes, German divorce law and ruined scarves. Showrunner Julian Fellowes knew he had to spice things up, apparently, so he employed a lazy, shocking plot device that will leave fans sickened, indignant and wondering why Fellowes just didnt give his beloved characters something worthwhile to do instead.
That offensive event aside, this seasons repetitive tropes, recycled conflicts and predictable heartbreak are not worth the trouble this time around. I watched it, so you dont have to. To be fair, the lavish parties, lush countryside and audacious hats are more fabulous than ever.
Think youll stick with it? Check out what Season 4s major players would say if they could by clicking through the photos on the right.