Monday, May 20, 2024

“Downton” Death Watch for Isis the Dog Accidentally Timed to Obama Declaration


SPOILERS Just as President Obama is asking Congress for permission to declare war on ISIS, another Isis is about to buy the farm. The charming golden Labrador retriever that appears beside Lord Grantham in the opening shot of “Downton Abbey” does seem to be preparing to meet her maker. Poor Isis. Robert is so clueless that Isis is not being rushed straight to a veterinarian.

Shades of Sybil and her death in childbirth because the Crawleys are so removed from reality. Isis is lying on the floor in the main parlor, listless, and someone suggests she might be pregnant. Even Robert is smart enough to know this isn’t possible. Isis is about to join Sybil and Matthew in Julian Fellows’ heaven, perhaps this evening between 9 and 10pm.

SPOILER It will be revealed that Isis indeed has cancer. Eventually Robert takes her to the vet but they decide against treatment. Isis will expire in the main bed chambers.

And Isis, the terrorist group? If only Fellows could dispatch of them so easily. But I do say, having just caught up with last week’s episode on the PBS app, “Downton” is the best written show (besides acting, directing, cinematography, production) anywhere. Laura Carmichael doesn’t get as much press as Michelle Dockery. But Lady Edith’s grief and her story arc about the baby are extraordinary. Joanne Froggatt just won a Golden Globe, I think for her work last week when she realizes Bates is innocent. And I really love Mr. Moseley– Kevin Doyle. On to tonight and putting on– or down– the dog.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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