Tonight, I'm going to be watching PBS. For an educated, white, middle-class Midwesterner, this should hardly be surprising. But, this is Downton Abbey on Masterpiece, so I'm recording it too.
I didn't think I would be sucked into an Edwardian soap opera, but here I am. Truthfully, I'm not as enraptured by Lady Mary as many commentators are. I'm a Lady Edith fan. While Edith's ruining of Mary's happiness was a result of something Mary did, Mary's turn on Edith was a fabrication. It sucks being the middle child. I relate. Stupid Lady Mary.
The issue I have with Masterpiece showing Downton Abbey is the timing. In the UK, this played months ago. When I engage with a show on this level, I want to research it, look up facts I may have forgotten on Wikipedia, or just talk about it on message boards. I can't do this without coming up against spoilers. I did what any reasonable person would do. I found the remaining episodes streaming online and watched the whole series in two nights. In light of the SOPA/PIPA/SIPAPOPA controversy, was this illegal? If I lived in the UK, I could have watched these for free online. If I could have bought these off Amazon or iTunes, I would have purchased them in order to watch them in better quality. If I would wait, then I could have watched them for free. I still will. So, why does PBS want to turn me into a potential criminal?