January 3, 2014 12:06 PM

Fourth season of ‘Downton Abbey’ is a real downer

Those bound and determined to tune in to the Crawley family’s 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 didn’t give his beloved characters something worthwhile to do instead.

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