Downton Abbey

After hearing so much about this show, I looked it up on Netflix streaming and watched the first episode.

I was amazed by how quickly I was sucked into the show. The stories are so interesting and there are tons of characters who each have their own needs and desires. Even my boyfriend couldn’t resist the¬†intrigue.

One of the characters is the new valet for the lord of the estate and he walks with a cane.

The character was excellently done. His name is Bates and from the moment he arrives, nearly everyone is wondering whether he can really do this job or not. He tries to assure people he can, but there continues to be uncertainty about his abilities.

A few episodes in he tries to get a brace that is supposed to correct his limp, but it digs screws into his flesh and is extremely painful. When the head housekeeper discovers what he’s doing she makes him get rid of it and to promise never to try to cure himself again. “We all have our scars,” she says.

Love this show and I’m impressed with how they are handling disability.




  1. Jane Wheeler
    Jul 26, 2012

    Yes, but have you seen Downton Sixbey?

    • RuthMadison
      Jul 26, 2012

      Oh my gosh! That is hilarious. I had not seen that ūüôā

    • Chie Alem√°n
      Jul 27, 2012

      LOL. No I had not seen this!

      “Oh, it’s just my iron foot. It’s rather heavy.”
      “You know I’ve offered to buy you a much lighter, wooden one.”
      “And lose my limp?!”

  2. Chie Alem√°n
    Jul 27, 2012

    I’m surprised you hadn’t seen it before! I watched the full first season last year on Netflix and loved it. I adored Bates’ character immensely, and the series as a whole.

    The second season (which isn’t on Netflix but is available on DVD or digital purchase) was disappointing, I felt. It felt like they were trying to cover too much too quickly and you didn’t get the depth you had in the first season.

    There is a para in the second season, though – don’t want to say too much about it, but you may end up disappointed.

    • RuthMadison
      Jul 27, 2012

      Since it’s WWI now, I was thinking there might be more injuries. Even the first season spans several years! It’s weird. I’ve just watched the first episode of season two and I am worried that it’s going to lose the magical quality that I loved in the first season.

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