Monthly Archives: January 2014

Out of the Vortex into the Snow

Just as we were getting out of the Arctic deep freeze we got pelted by more snow.   My theory, Viking Kittehs are preparing to take over the world. I for one welcome our new floofy overlords.

Viking Kittehs

Viking Kittehs

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Physics Lol for Tuesday

Tangled up and without a clue

string Theory

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Stale Tea, Downton Abbey, Season 4, Episode 1

The first episode of the new season of Downton Abbey was like my New Year’s resolutions, same resolutions, different year.  After the untimely exits of Matthew and Sybil in season 3, the show runners seem to have run out of ideas.  The first episode focuses on the characters most affected by Matthew’s death, his widow Mary, mother Isobel and  butler Molesley are coping with the loss six months after his accidental death. Instead of moving ahead, the characters seem to be in some kind of a loop, where they keep repeating what they have already done before.

The estate is again in financial difficulties, this time it is because of death duties. Lord Grantham is both pompous and clueless while earlier he was just clueless. Everybody is worried about Mary, this time its because she is mopey. Meanwhile the chopped liver middle child, Edith fancies another unsuitable potential suitor. This one is married and supposedly has a crazy wife who he wants to get rid off by becoming a German citizen so that he can get a divorce.  Yes, that will end well.   Cora’s lady’s maid, the evil O’Brien has ditched her and gone to India but don’t worry before the episode is over Lady Gullible hires herself another conniving she-monster, Edna. If you remember Edna was last seen flirting with the chauffer turned son-in-law, Branson which led to her being fired by Mrs. Hughes.  Branson plays the voice of modernity and reason since both Matthew and Sybil are now dead. Bates and Anna have gone back to being a boring perfect couple. I am sure that’s not going to last long.  We also get some laughs at poor hapless Molesley’s expense, like we did in the past two seasons.  Isobel, Matthew’s mother also manages to find herself another rescue human, courtesy Mrs. Hughes.  Rescue human, is Carson’s old friend and recent blackmailer.  We have a new character, an evil nanny who gets herself fired through the machinations of evil Thomas who everyone now calls Mr. Barrow. There is tedious quadrangle between Daisy, Ivy and the two footmen.  Somewhere in there was Rose, Lord Grantham’s niece, being an infernal busybody in a sack-like outfit.

The highlights of the show remain Maggie Smith and the gorgeous production values. I have to say that I am not loving the sack-like 20’s fashions much either.  I will probably still end up watching it though, because bad as it is compared to the earlier seasons, it is still better than most of what passes for entertainment on TV, plus Maggie Smith!

Grade: C

ETA: Betty Cracker over at Balloon Juice has some excellent suggestions for Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey.

@schrodinger’s cat: I would have left a comment to your Downton review at your blog, but I can’t because FYWP. Here’s what I would have said:

Maggie Smith could carry that damn castle on her back. Here’s a possible plot twist: The Dowager Countess is secretly a witch — Professor Minerva McGonagall of Hogwarts, in fact, who is only imitating a Muggle whilst hiding out during a faculty row at the school. Disgusted with the wretched behavior and whinging she constantly hears all around her, she resorts to transfiguration, turning Thomas into a ferret, Lady Mary into a stoat, Lady Rose into a stinkbug and His Lordship into a slug, which is promptly swallowed by Isis, the adorable Labrador retriever and most admirable cast member. Hilarity ensues!

I don’t know about you,  but I would definitely watch that show!

A Serious Question

If the newly elected NY mayor DeBlasio can be described by the New York Times  as a tax-the-rich liberal why haven’t I ever describe seen any Republican say someone like Paul Ryan described as screw-the-poor conservative? Because that’s exactly what his budgets amount to.

From this morning’s New York Times;

The elevation of an assertive, tax-the-rich liberal to the nation’s most prominent municipal office has fanned hopes that hot-button causes like universal prekindergarten and low-wage worker benefits — versions of which have been passed in smaller cities — could be aided by the imprimatur of being proved workable in New York.

Disappointed Cat is disappointed

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Happy New Year

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Boss Cat and Zen Cat wish you a Very Happy New Year. May your 2014 be as bright as their laser eyes!