A very small crew of them came out for a Q&A event. I know Lady Edith was at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, but where is Mr. Bates? Whither Carson? Mrs. Crawley? Daisy? Mrs. Patmore? The Earl of Grantham? THE DOWAGER? Even that old prozzie-maid hybrid Ethel? Can’t Branson pack them all into a car and bring them hither? Surely he hasn’t forgotten how it’s done. But leave Cousin Rose at Downton, okay? She hasn’t earned it yet.
I have questions. First and foremost, why isn’t Michelle Dockery at the BAFTAs? We had hoped the answer was that she was following her Letterman appearance late last week with a bunch of Fashion shows, but alas, we’ve yet to see her in the front row anywhere. Second: Why isn’t Michelle Dockery in the front row anywhere? This girl is for real now. She is, as Victoria Beckham would say, major. She’s going to be all over the place soon enough, so designers should be tripping over themselves to get her in their camp. And third: How come these other ladies aren’t rocking something unusual and fabulous? It’s not that Anna and Cora look BAD, per se, but it’s a bit samey. And Sybil! SYBIL. YOU CANNOT. And whither Edith? Seriously, Downton Fever is a thing now. Several of the early shows we saw were very Lady Mary Crawley. And since nobody’s putting Mr. Bates in any froofy Oscar de la Renta, they’d better get on Mary and these other lasses. They can’t do it alone, and by “it” I will eventually mean “the Emmys,” or in breakout star Dockery’s case, I suspect, the Met Ball. Or possibly, because it would be incredibly entertaining, one of those fake awards shows on MTV. That’s a lot of outfits. Hop to it, clothiers.