Posted Jan 30, 2013 @ 9:37 AM
Posted Jan 30, 2013 @ 2:54 PM
In order to be emasculated, you have to let yourself be emasculated. I'm not saying Mary is behaving pleasantly, but Matthew needs to step up and do what he thinks needs to be done and not worry so much about "noses out of joint."
I do a fair amount of research on generational theory, and Matthew is officially part of the "Lost Generation." In him, we could see a demonstration of the independence, pragmatism, and desire to set society right that often characterizes generations in that particular part of the historical cycle. Instead we get whatever Matthew is; for me, he is a real missed opportunity at the moment.
Posted Feb 13, 2013 @ 2:45 AM
Posted Feb 17, 2013 @ 10:42 PM
Edited by Caroma, Feb 17, 2013 @ 11:04 PM.
Posted Feb 24, 2013 @ 11:00 AM
I don't begrudge Dan Stevens his career aspirations and do hope we see more of him in suitable roles in the future. The actor probably figured there wouldn't be anywhere to go with his character and it would be best to get out while his character was relevant. It did appear that the Matthew character was being reduced to just heaping adoration on Mary (did she ever even once say she loved him - I don't think so). Downton Abbey will go on, and this plot development will surely invite many interesting story lines.
Posted Feb 24, 2013 @ 11:44 AM
I wish Dan the best. He's not my cup of tea physically, but I can see what other women see in him and boy are his eyes pretty. Too bad the last shot of them we saw was a dead open stare.
Posted Feb 24, 2013 @ 1:30 PM
Posted Feb 24, 2013 @ 5:32 PM
Sybil was the one who looked very modern to me. Far more of a sensual modern type, with those big eyes and pouty lips.
Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:48 PM
Posted Feb 28, 2013 @ 12:47 AM
They had him dye his naturally darker hair for some reason. I think he looked better and more "period" with his real color.....
I know one reason--the cast lacks diversity! Of course, it was utterly period correct that everybody be white. (I hear rumors of a jazz musician next series.) But that sort of casting leads to a surplus of youngish, nice-looking guys with neatly cut dark brown hair & light skin--who can be hard to tell apart. And they're all wearing uniforms or suits that vary only in detail, even between the upstairs & downstairs folks; the women at least have more dress & grooming options. Racial & ethnic variety in a cast is necessary where appropriate--& much less boring!
Perhaps DS's "highlights" were meant to identify him as The Romantic Hero. But they didn't look all that natural. Too bad he didn't use Benedict Cumberbatch's colorist....
Posted Mar 22, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
I don't know, but something about DS/Matthew just doesn't seem right. I think he just doesn't look "period" - his hair is way too blond (IMHO) and he seems more mid-century or later American beach movie idol than early 20th century lawyer. Am I crazy?
Actually, Matthew's blond hair and general look always made me think of the Arrow Collar Man, that idealized heroic figure from 1910s and 20s advertisements created by illustrator J.C. Leyendecker. In particular when he was in evening clothes with his hair combed back. I wonder if that's what Julian Fellowes had in mind, in addition to making him stand out from the other men on the show and have some resemblance to Isobel.
Posted Mar 22, 2013 @ 8:01 PM
But I do think he looked like Isobel.