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Downton Abbey's Bransons and Crawleys in mourning at a christening

We know we're still not over the loss of Downton Abbey's "sweetest spirit." But how long will the Crawleys officially wear black? And just what is “half-mourning”? Tara Austen Weaver explains the traditions of mourning:

Downton is a dark place these days—tempers fraying, stiff upper lips (I’m looking at you, Carson), and lots and lots of black. The house is in mourning, upstairs and down.

Stand Back and Enjoy His Fall

Thomas, Downton Abbey season 3, episode 6

From our 21st century perspective, we have found it hard to sympathize with Thomas—but season three has changed all that. Tara Austen Weaver reports on a crucial plot element that comes to a turning point for Thomas in episode six.
 
Did you ever think you’d feel sorry for Thomas? Thomas—the guy who shot his hand through to leave the war, who sabotaged Bates at every turn. Snide, supercilious Thomas! Oh, how the mighty have fallen. O’Brien says, “Stand back and enjoy his fall,” but really, it’s hard to.
 

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 6: Let’s see what the future brings

Another cheerful dinner at Downton Abbey in season 3.

Amie Simon writes: This week brings us a two-hour episode filled with major changes for Downton, some excellent rapid-fired quip battles between Isobel and Violet, and perhaps the most scandalous moment ever to take place inside Downton’s walls!

Reel NW and Indie Seattle

Reel NW: Bone Wind Fire

Reel NW and Indie Seattle
By Robert Horton

This week's Reel NW title is Bone Wind Fire, Canadian filmmaker Jill Sharpe's examination of three artists and their habitats: Georgia O'Keefe and the American Southwest; Frido Kahlo and Mexico; and, closest to home, Emily Carr and the green density of British Columbia.

Frolicking with Prostitutes! or, a Charlotte Russe pudding recipe inspired by Ethel

Basket-of-Berries Charlotte by distopiandreamgirl on Flickr

Surely if Ethel can manage an edible Charlotte Russe, we can too – never mind that before today, we thought “isinglass” was a lyric from a Beatles song. Happily, Tara Austen Weaver has located a proper recipe, and so we shall not go without our pudding… 

Photo source: distopiandreamgirl on Flickr

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 5: Bright Young Thing

Mrs. Patmore and Daisy downstairs at Downton Abbey, stealing the show

How do we talk about the pall over Downton, when not even Robert and Cora are speaking? This week’s recap highlights a heaping helping of Dowager Countess zingers and some good news from downstairs… And now, our recap by Amie Simon.

Reel NW films selected for the 2013 PBS Online Film Festival



PBS ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL 2013


The Pacific Northwest will be represented at the second annual PBS Online Film Festival. Three short films from KCTS 9’s Reel NW series are among the 25 short films that are featuring in the 2013 festival.

Next on Reel NW and the upcoming MOHAI film competition

Reel NW - Cue The Muse

Next on Reel NW and the upcoming MOHAI film competition
By Robert Horton

Our guest blogger Robert Horton comments on 'Cue The Muse' on Reel NW and MOHAI's upcoming film competition.

Once the Seizures Have Started…

Sybil, Branson and the baby - Downton Abbey 3, episode 4

What is toxemia or eclampsia? Could what happened in Downton Abbey be realistic? What about today? Tara Austen Weaver has researched and reports.

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 4: Carry on, as we all should

Mary and Edith, momentarily united in joy.

This week's post needs little introduction... Amie Simon guides us through Downton Abbey's season 3, episode 4, in which more than one thing happened... but does anything else matter?

Over the seasons, Downton has brought us many tears, but never as many as this episode. I hope everyone had a box of tissues and a shoulder to lean on while watching.

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