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Peculiar Occurrences

Netflix original sci-fi thriller drama Stranger Things won best episodic TV drama PGA and ensemble SAG awards last week.

Stranger Things season 2 is currently in production.

Rottentomatoes: 95%

Metacritic: 76

IMDb: 9.0

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Elevated Fortress

Amazon Studios’ dystopian drama The Man in the High Castle premieres its second season this Friday.

The Man in the High Castle is based on the novel by Philip K. Dick that depicts an alternate 1962 in which the Axis powers had prevailed in World War II.

Rottentomatoes: 79%

Metacritic: 77

IMDb: 8.1

Emmys: 2 wins

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Venerable Combatants

The History Channel‘s war-torn period drama #Vikings premieres the second-half of its fourth-season on Wednesday.

#Vikings season 5 has been confirmed.

Rottentomatoes: 93%

Metacritic: 71

IMDb: 8.6

Emmys: 8 nominations

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Ragnar Lothbrok, The History Channel, Vikings

Ragnar Lothbrok

Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his brother Rollo grow tired of the same old summer raids to the east, of Baltic tribesmen in Russia and Finland.

Ragnar happens upon a sunboard and sunstone, and him and his crew end up pillaging a small village off the coast of Great Britain in the kingdom of Northumbria, to the west.  These exploits would become known as the Lindisfarne raids of 793.

Ragnar’s lord Earl Haraldson intercepts the load but lets Ragnar’s crew keep one item each.  He chooses a captive priest, Ethelstan.

Ethelstan informs Ragnar of many more potential plunders to be had in similarly effortless fashions and he acquires the green-light to go back on this highly cost-effective and lucrative excursion.

Rag has some disagreements with the Earl and is forced to flee from his home, wounded.  He holes up at a Floki residence nearby and licks his wounds, and then challenges the Earl in singular hand-to-hand combat and prevails, usurping his title, as is the custom.

Ragnar is pitted against his brother Rollo via a villain Jarl Borg.  This conflict resolves and a trifecta (Lothbrok, Borg, Horik) of Swedish / DanishScandinavian noblemen collude on raiding the shores of Great Britain for more easy plunders.

#Vikings, The History Channel

#Vikings, The History Channel

Rag’s paramour Princess Aslaug whom he impregnated sojourns to his native Kattegat and blows up his spot, as a result Lagertha leaves.

Borg is disincluded in the raids and leaves, resentful.  As a result he assails Kattegat.  In dire straits, Rag is bailed out militarily by Lagertha and his son Björn.

Horik’s forces are thinned by those of a British King Ecbert in Wessex, whom they now seek revenge upon.  They reassimilate with Jarl Borg, as they need his ships, and head back west as the original trifecta.

They clash forces with Ecbert, sustain heavy losses and a defeat, and return home.  King Horik antagonizes Ragnar and is slain as a result, making Ragnar King of Denmark.

King Ragnar strikes a seemingly symbiotic agreement with King Ecbert, of Wessex that involves colonization and fighting as mercenaries for the kingdom of Mercia.

Ragnar and his Vassals contend for the restoration of the throne of Mercia for princess Kwenthrith, and lose many men, but their British settlement is destroyed anyway.

A reformed contingent attempts to invade Paris unsuccessfully.  They stick around however, and persevere, breaching the cities gates.  The pagans negotiate a large monetary settlement.

Ragnar has himself baptized by a French priest so he can hope to join his perished friend Ethelstan in the afterlife.  This causes brief dissension among the Norsemen ranks.

Ragnar takes to opium via his oriental paramour, whom he slays, and his second attempt to invade Paris is unsuccessful, he subsequently abandons his people in disarray.

Six years later he returns to Kattegat, jeers a crowd, and challenges some locals to his Danish crown, the old-fashioned way, in personal hand-to-hand combat.


Ragnar Lothbrok, The History Channel, Vikings

Ragnar Lothbrok, The History Channel, Vikings

Ragnar Lothbrok, The History Channel, Vikings

Ragnar Lothbrok, The History Channel, Vikings

“Thank you, brother.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Watch.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I’m taking Bjorn to the thing tomorrow.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“He’s twelve years old.  He’ll need a silk ribbon, Lagertha.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“You’re a handsome boy.  Funny ears, though.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I can do without it for a few days.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I always dream of you.  Last night, I dreamt you were feeding me blood pudding.  It means your giving me your heart.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Get your dog, boy.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“The Earl will deal with some criminal offences and then, we’ll discuss the summer raids.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1The Earl decides.  He owns the ships.  He’ll send us to the east, as always, to the Baltic lands.  But I want to know what is to the West – what cities and Gods are over there.  See, I’m not satisfied… with this.  Odin gave his eye to acquire knowledge, but I would give far more.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I went to confess my love to her but I was set upon by a bear and an enormous hound who guarded her home.  I killed the bear with my spear and I managed to strange the hound with my bare hands.  And that is how I gained her hand in marriage.  Did she tell you the same story?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Are you ready to receive your arm right and become a man?  And what does a man do?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“That’s right.  Could you look after our family?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Say I wasn’t there.  I have a big decision to make.  It may change many things.  Now, go to sleep.  You have a big day tomorrow.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Why don’t you go lie down, hmm?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Now, this candle is the sun.  Every day… the sun rises up into the sky until noon.  See how the shadow shortens.  At noon, it is at its shortest.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Didn’t I just tell you to listen!?  The day before sailing you mark a circle around the pointer where the shadow is at its shortest at noon.  The next day at sea you place the board back into water around noon and watch the shadow if the shadow only touches the circle…” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Yes.  and if it passes outside the circle, like this…” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Yes.  And what if it never reaches the circle?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“That’s it!  Keep the noon shadow on the circle and your course will be true, west.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Using this.  Follow me outside.  They call it a sunstone.  Oh!  You see?  There is the sun.  Now we go west.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“You have to.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“He wants to die well, without fear, to atone for his sins.  You must watch, for his sake.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“He should not have done that.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“You hear that, boy?  This is how things are done around here.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“My lord.  We all want to feast, but we also want to know where we will be raiding this summer.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Every year we go to the same places!  But there is an alternative… if you choose.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Let me see.  It’s a fine ring.  Stay with your uncle.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Yes, lord.  Lord- I can’t be sure.  But I believe that- I understand.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“To talk to the Gods.  It’s what we do.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1I want to know what the Gods have in store.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I’m more interested in myself.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“To have this great future, must I challenge the law?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“So I should take the laws of men into my own hands?  Answer me.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“You haven’t helped me at all, ancient one.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“We have someone special to visit.  His name is Floki.  Yes, only different.  He’s not a god.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Because he’s shy.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Floki is a boat-builder… among other things.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“So, what about our boat?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“The hull is deeper.  How will my men set their oars?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“And you think it could handle long sea voyages?  But will it be strong enough?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“For the anchor.  It’s all I have left from last summer’s raids.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I missed you.  Did anything happen while we were away?  Did you miss me?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Is that what you want?  Hmm?  You want me to make you laugh?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Let him stay awhile.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Good night, my children.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“It’s nearly ready.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1We are brothers.  You and I will always be equal.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I must go piss.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I saw something.  A sign.  It made me certain we’re doing the right thing.  Good night, brother.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Set the sail.  Floki!  The sail!  No she bloody won’t!” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1I’ll set the sail.  Shut up, man.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“You have done well, my friend.  Although I knew I could trust you.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“You are here, firstly, because you have nothing better to do.  See, all you lot live idle and wasted lives.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“We have built a new boat.  And with this boat, for the first time, we can go west.  Across the great sea, to a place called England, where countless riches await us.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1We have discovered a way.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1Just stories.  All things begin and end as stories.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“The Earl knows nothing about our new boat.  He knows nothing about the new way of navigating.  This is why he refuses to let us go west.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1We can offer you a chance to shine in battle and impress the Gods, and to bring back such plunder that you have never seen before.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Have you got the balls to join us?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Prepare to leave in the next few weeks, and tell no one who doesn’t need to know.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I already told you.  I don’t want you to come.  I need to leave the children and the farm in the hands of someone I trust.  What if the Earl finds out we have gone without his permission?  He might try and claim our family home.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“What if there is no west?  This is the most dangerous and stupid voyage ever.  What if we both die, hmm?  Then who would take care of the children – Rollo?!?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“All right, all right.  You go.  You go and I shall stay here and look after the children.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1My love.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“How could I forget?  You keep reminding me.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“We were just having an argument.  Back to bed!” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1It’s a fine thing, when a little pig teaches the boar a lesson.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Where is my anchor?  It was promised for today.  Maybe your blacksmith is a liar.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I still don’t see Knut.  That troubles me.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Storms coming.  Should we let down the sail?  Floki, should we let down the sail?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“If anyone is mad, it is you.  Sit down.  And shut up.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“If the birds do not return, there is land.  But if they do… ” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1They know we’re here.  No one throw their lives away unnecessarily.  Even to impress the Gods.  Stay close.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Perhaps they think their God protects them.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Of all the treasures I see in this place.  You chose to save this.  Why?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I forbid it.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1My lord, we were more fortunate than others.  We had Thor on our side.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“My lord, me and Floki paid for the boat.  Surely we’re entitled to… some reward, and my crew…” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I will take the priest for my slave.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1He was looking for an excuse to kill us.  Why would we go to Valhalla after such miserable and pointless deaths?  Brother, believe me, this is not the end, it’s just the beginning.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1We don’t like those in our house to go hungry or thirsty.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I am very curious about England.  Does it have one King who rules over the whole country?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Then why is his kingdom so full of treasure?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I want to learn some of your language.  Will you teach me, priest?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1I find him very useful, as you will discover.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1I want to sail west again.  I have spoken at great lengths with my christian slave.  He is not a stupid person, however stupid his God is.  He has traveled a great deal, and he has told me that there are many countries to the west.  He has also told me about his England, about his kings and his customs.  He has informed me of a large village near to the temple that we raided before.  And in this town there are other temples, and surely other riches.  You see.  This town is clearly worth a visit.  Give us back our boat.  Let us go there and find out.  What do you have to lose?  Any plunder we take will be yours to do with as you please.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Yes, you could, my lord.  But why put yourself in danger?  Why not leave it to someone who has more… experience of this journey, and someone who is more expendable?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“You will not regret this.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I have the Earl’s permission to sail back to England.  I want to leave as soon as possible.  Tomorrow.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I don’t regard him as a slave.  He’s a responsible person.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1We are northmen.  Yes, traders, yes.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“We will come with you.  Don’t worry.  He doesn’t trust you.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1No.  We attack tomorrow.  It is a large town.  We have only a few men.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Then we attack tomorrow.  You will understand tomorrow.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Take care today.  Don’t take any foolish risks and don’t get separated from the others.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1Shield wall!Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Yes, he is happier than even we are, with our boat and… these goods.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“One day, he will.  If the Gods will it.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Sometimes your God sounds a lot like one of ours.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Why did the Gods keep me alive?  That is the question I keep asking myself.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I can do nothing until I am well.  Where is the boat?  Floki can always build us another one.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1Our fates are already decided.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1He was also a great man and a warrior.  He earned his renown in this life, and now, in death, he deserves such a funeral.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1We can’t afford to lose half our men by being stupid and attacking.  We wait until the odds are in our favor.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Is this what you really want, brother?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“No man can walk through life without things happening to him, Lagertha.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1I am weary and I am blood-sickened, and that is the truth.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“We should not crash our dirty clothes in front of others.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“It’s not so easy, with your mother.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1As you all know it has taken a long time to prepare ourselves: to build our ships, and to replace the young men that we lost to the plague.  But now, now we are ready, and this summer we shall finally go west again.  We will return to England, for that land was so generous to us the last time.  But this time, we shall not go alone.  For King Horik and Jarl Borg have agreed to join us.  And perhaps we will not have to return so quickly, but stay in their land for awhile, explore it, maybe even winter there.  Who knows?  But, I tell you, these are interesting times.  The world is changing and we must change with it.  We must act together, for everyone’s sake.  And now that I have put your minds to rest, who is hungry?Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“You chose to fight against me.  Tell me, why should I ever trust you again?  Shouldn’t you be asking for forgiveness after everything you have done?” — Ragnar Lothbrok

“You have suffered.  But many people suffered more because of what you did.  Let me think on it.  And I’ll give you my decision.  You broke my heart.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1You did not hesitate today.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1I am a farmer and the son of a farmer.  This is what I understand.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“The Gods are having a good time with me, today.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1We live to fight another day.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1Power is always dangerous.  It attracts the worst.  And corrupts the best.  I never asked for power.  Power is only given to those who are prepared to lower themselves to pick it up.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“We are all fated to die on a certain day, yes?  But it is our own choice to do as we please until that day comes.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1We fight.  That is how we win.  And that is how we die.  Do you understand?Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“Forgive me, my friend, not for what I have done.  But for what I am about to do.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1There will come a time when you will be responsible for our people. For now.  But when your time comes,  you must lead with your head, not with your heart.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1In my world, I am constantly torn between killing myself, or everyone around me.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“I am King.  Anything is possible.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1One of us will die today.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

“It appears my return is not welcome.  You’ve obviously all made your mind up about me.  I cannot blame you for that.  Well, boys, who is going to do it, then?  Who’s going to kill me?  Well, I don’t mind.  Go ahead.  Please.” — Ragnar Lothbrok

Quote1I dare you.  Put me out of my misery.Quote2 — Ragnar Lothbrok

Visceral, impulsive, grounded, Ragnar Lothbrok is an Artisan.

 

Lagertha Ingstad, The History Channel, Vikings

Lagertha Ingstad

Lagertha Ingstad is the first wife of Ragnar Lothbrok.  She is a weathered warrior and capable shield-maiden.

Lagertha slays her husband and becomes Earl of Ingstad.


Lagertha Ingstad, The History Channel, Vikings“Here’s one.  Come on.  Let’s go home.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“What are you two doing?” — Lagertha Ingstad

“Not yet.  He’s not old enough.  Take him next year.  Next year is soon enough.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“Don’t sleep with lots of women in Kattegat.” — Lagertha Ingstad

Quote1Is that another way of saying you love me?Quote2 — Lagertha Ingstad

“What does that mean?” — Lagertha Ingstad

“Good.  Like this, nice and tight… and on three.  One, two, three.  Very good, Gyda.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“Gyda, feed the goats.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“What do you want?  If you’re thirsty, I will give you a drink.  If you’re hungry, I will feed you.  Otherwise, you must go.” — Lagertha Ingstad

Quote1You couldn’t kill me if you tried for a hundred years.Quote2 — Lagertha Ingstad

“I ached with love longing.  My belly was empty of laughter.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“I don’t want to laugh now.  I want to ride you like a bull.  Like a wild bull.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“Was?  Come on, children.  To bed.  Let’s leave the men.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“To bed!  Say good night.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“Don’t talk like that.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“That’s too bad.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“No.  I would never insult you.  You’re too great a warrior… but perhaps not so great a man.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“So when do we sail?” — Lagertha Ingstad

“This was going to be the most exciting voyage of our lives.  To go west!  I dreamed of it many times, and in my dreams we are always together.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“You have no right to say that!” — Lagertha Ingstad

“Never mind that.  Defend yourself.  How dare you?  Am I not good enough for you?  Am I not strong enough for you?  Don’t you remember?  I saved your life.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“I’m so mad at you right now!” — Lagertha Ingstad

“The great sea is held in place by Jomungand, the serpent, whose giant body encircles it and who keeps his tail in his mouth to complete the circle and stop the waves breaking loose.  But one day, the god Thor, son of Earth, was fishing in the sea for the serpent, using a bull’s head for bait.  Jormungand reared up and the waves pummeled the shore as he twisted and writhed in a fury.  They were well matched, serpent and god, in that furious fight.  The seas boiled around them, but then the hook became dislodged, and the serpent slithered free, and sank again, so quickly, beneath the waves.  And soon, the sea was calm, once more, as if nothing had disturbed it.” — Lagertha Ingstad

Quote1We all wish you success.  We will sacrifice to Odin.Quote2 — Lagertha Ingstad

Quote1But the farm, the children.Quote2 — Lagertha Ingstad

“I was just going to say the same thing to you, my love.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“Well, what are you waiting for?” — Lagertha Ingstad

“I killed him.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“They also slaughtered our livestock.  We have nothing left.” — Lagertha Ingstad

Quote1We also need to eat.  And we are already eating some of your winter supplies, Floki.  And I am ashamed.Quote2 — Lagertha Ingstad

“Never see her again.  Never again.” — Lagertha Ingstad

Quote1You insult and humiliate me I have no choice but to leave you.Quote2 — Lagertha Ingstad

Quote1Hello, Ragnar.  I have heard of your troubles.  I have brought these warriors to help you.Quote2 — Lagertha Ingstad

Quote1Then we too, thank the Gods.Quote2 — Lagertha Ingstad

“And sacrifice to Freyr to ensure its success.” — Lagertha Ingstad

“What am I supposed to do with that knowledge?” — Lagertha Ingstad

Quote1You’re a man now Björn, act like one.Quote2 — Lagertha Ingstad

Fierce, resilient, compassionate, and nurturing Lagertha Inglestad is an Idealist.


Rollo Lothbrok, The History Channel, Vikings

Rollo Lothrbrok

Rollo Lothbrok takes up in Paris after the invasion with a nobleman’s title, estates, and a princess bride.

His naval and military intelligence serve as paramount in quelling Ragnar’s second invasion of the city.


Rollo Lothbrok, The History Channel, Vikings

“So, here you are, brother.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“By frey and all the Gods how you’ve grown.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“Are you here for the thing?  You’re a real man now.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“Come, let’s get a drink.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“Looking a little pale, Bjorn.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“So where do you think the Earl is going to send us this year?  Those bastards to the east are as poor as we are.” — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1Your course remains true?Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

“Then you have drifted and you must steer further south.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“Then you are too far south and must steer more to the north.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“But what if there is no sun, hmm?  How can the board help you then?  How could you find your way?” — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1It’s his only hope of reaching Valhalla.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

“Someone told me he wanted that land for himself.  And he knew Trygvasson had the best claim to it, but refused to sell it.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“No.  Tell us.  We want to know.  We have a right to know.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“Hello, young Bjorn.  Where are your parents?” — Rollo Lothbrok

“So, Gyda, is your mother teaching you how to use a shield?  Your mother was a famous shield-maiden.  Is a famous shield-maiden.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“Tell me your news.  What about the boat?” — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1I won’t go under your command.  I won’t go unless we’re all equal.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1Then we must find a crew.  Not many men will go against the wishes of Haraldson.  Many will be afraid, some may even go to him and betray us.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

“What did you see?” — Rollo Lothbrok

“Listen to him.” — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1Yes, we do.  And I have Ragnar’s word that we will all be equal and share equally the spoils of our raid.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1May the Gods bless us with powerful winds and calm seas.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

“Arne, get to work.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“How can you forbid it, little brother.  We are equals, and I say he dies.  This is what we care for your God.” — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1Why did you give away everything so easily?  We wasted our time.  I never should have believed in you.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

“Well… at least we didn’t give everything away so easily.” — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1You have your Odin and I have mine.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1Answer me this, Knut.  Are you really with us?  Understand this!  A war band lives… and dies together.  If you cannot trust the men to either side of you, or in front of you, you are already a dead man.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1It’s a trap.  Don’t listen.  They’ll kill us.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

“They’re preparing some kind of ambush.  Let’s kill them and be done with it.” — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1Then surprise is our biggest advantage.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1Don’t grieve him.  Don’t pity him.  Guess where he is now?  The Valkyries are taking him home to Valhalla.  Right at this moment he is…  he is drinking ale with the Gods.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1Nevertheless, I will swear, brother.  I swear to be true to you, your wife and your family… as long as your good fortune holds.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

“How will we ever be equal now, my brother?” — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1I ask only for the opportunity to regain your respect, to fight beside you again in battle.  I have nothing.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1Tell him I shall answer him in blood.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1Carrying around my heavy heart, cursing the Gods, cursing myself, and then drinking ale until I almost forgot everything.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

“I accept your judgement.” — Rollo Lothbrok

“Be strong.  Be a man.  Coax her back from Valhalla.  But make it worth her while, for she is already at the gates.” — Rollo Lothbrok

Quote1The Gods are mistaken.Quote2 — Rollo Lothbrok

Undaunted, durable, vigorous, and bullheaded Rollo Lothbrok is a Guardian.


Flóke Vilgerðarson, The History Channel, VikingsFlóke Vilgerðarson

Flóke Vilgerðarson is a shipwright of great skill, who designs and builds the longship that carries the vikings across the North Sea to Great Britain.

Flóke slays Ethelstan and is arrested for his murder.  He is released after Ragnar has a vision of Ethelstan pleading for mercy.

Flóke Vilgerðarson, The History Channel, Vikings

“Hello.  How are you?” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“Let me see.  Ah!  You have your father’s eyes… unfortunately.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“It means he will be like you.  And therefore he will want to do better than you, and you will hate him for it.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“Oh, it’s the same with trees.  I can tell which trees make the best planks just by looking at them.  I can look inside the tree.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“This is one.  Inside this tree are two almost perfect planks.  They will bend, then curve, like a woman’s body from the thighs to the back.  When I split this tree I will find them.  Do you think I’m joking?  I joke about many things, son of Ragnar, but never about ship-building.  Do you imagine ships are just dead things?” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“It will be lighter, and carry a bigger sail.  The construction is different.  It’s built with a strong central plank.  The two strales above it are nailed directly onto the knees of the frame.  But the ones below- Look! -are cleated and lashed onto the frames, not nailed, so they can move in relation to each other.  This means the boat won’t butt against the waves like a goat, but move over them like a ripple.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“I will cut them into the sheerstrakes, and the ports can be closed when the boat is at sea.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1That’s why I’m building it.Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1We won’t know until we try.Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1Don’t worry.  We’ll soon be as rich as dwarves!Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1She’ll sink.  I shouldn’t have pretended to build such a boat.   It’s beyond my humble capabilities.Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1I’m sorry Ragnar.  I’ve wasted all your money.  It was all a joke.Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“Now it runs on its cool keel.  Oh, it’s beautiful.  Why didn’t you believe me?  I told you I could do it.  Now it’s all up to you, Ragnar Lothbrok.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“I don’t think so.  This hair is from his daughter’s head.  I promised him that if he went to Earl Haraldson I would find a way to kill her.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“Well, that’s because he isn’t here.  He hasn’t sent word either.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1We live in a sea of troubles.  But look, some are ended.Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“Here, this is yours.  And this is mine.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“Yes, we have to take the sail down, and then we must row.  If we are not moving forward, then we will be soaked by the waves and sink.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1You are alive.  Ragnar is alive.  Your children are alive.  You have everything left.Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“The Gods will provide.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“Just eat your soup, priest.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1Well, I’ve been busy like a dwarf, building your new boats Ragnar Lothbrok, even in the ice and the snow.  The boats are nearly finished.  I think we all want to know where we’ll be raiding this summer.Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1They worship a false God.  They’re fleas and vermin.Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“The Gods made everyone swear an oath that he would be safe.  Nothing could injure Odin’s favourite son.  Everyone rejoiced that it was impossible to harm Balder.  All except Loki.  The sly one watched with distaste and impatience.  And it sickened him to see how Balder was immune from all sorts of attacks.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1I came to talk to the Gods.  They are angry, Rollo.  And I’m so afraid that we must one day choose between them and your brother.Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Quote1The Gods are never mistaken.Quote2 — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“Who asked you, priest?” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

“Are you joking?  The lure of an imaginary land.  Traveling somewhere that doesn’t exist.  Of course I’m coming.” — Flóke Vilgerðarson

Inventive, engineering, interested chiefly in sciences and technology Flóke Vilgerðarson is a Rational.


Bjorn Ironside, The History Channel, VikingsBjörn Ironside

Björn Ironside is Ragnar’s first born son, he takes a trip out into the wilderness to see if he can hack it and become a man.

While on this journey of self-discovery he is braced by a would-be-assassin, sent by parties attempting to claim vengeance for King Horik.  Björn literally guts him.

Björn and family friend Floki head for the Mediterranean Sea.


“What will happen at the thing?” — Björn Ironside

“And will Earl Haraldson let you?” — Björn Ironside

“Yes.  He fights.  He looks after his family.” — Björn Ironside

“What do you mean?  You look after us.” — Björn Ironside

“Hello, Rollo.” — Björn Ironside

“Why did he do that?” — Björn Ironside

“Yes, lord.  Yes, lord.  Yes, lord.” — Björn Ironside

“Where are we going now?  I’m so tired.” — Björn Ironside

“Floki?  Like Loki the God?” — Björn Ironside

“Well.  Thank you, sir.” — Björn Ironside

“How can you tell that by just looking at my face?” — Björn Ironside

“They are having sex.” — Björn Ironside

“But I’m a man, I have a ring.” — Björn Ironside

“Stop!  Are you mad?  You could have killed each other!   Is that what you want?  Well, never argue like that again.” — Björn Ironside

“But who is to be in charge?  Father!  You cannot place a slave above me, your natural son.” — Björn Ironside

“You need a drink, priest.” — Björn Ironside

“We call her the angel of death.” — Björn Ironside

“Don’t argue, you two.” — Björn Ironside

“I choose my father.” — Björn Ironside

“You and I, father, are bound both by ties of memory and blood.” — Björn Ironside

“I think what happened in Paris finally broke him.  You can all say whatever you want but he was a human.  People started to talk as if he was a God.  He was not a god, he was a man!  A man with many dreams and many failings.  I’ve learned that in the years since he went away.  If I was him, I wouldn’t come back.  Despite all his failings, he’s still the greatest man in the world to me.” — Björn Ironside

“I learned from my father.  The only way to tell if something is real… … is to sail there.  I hope you’ll come with me Floki.” — Björn Ironside


Cattleman’s Cosmos

HBO sci-fi thriller series #Westworld premieres its eighth-episode tonight.

Westworld season 2 has been confirmed.

Rottentomatoes: 89%

Metacritic: 74

IMDb: 9.1

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Adamantine Enclosure

Netflix/Marvel superhero drama Luke Cage dropped its first season, the third piece of larger puzzle The Defenders.

The Defenders assembled for the first time last week at NYCC 2016.

Rottentomatoes: 96%

Metacritic: 79

IMDb: 8.2

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Rural Estate

PBS Masterpiece‘s British hierarchy period drama Downton Abbey is done and dusted, but Julian Fellowes evidently is penning a script for a film.

Downton is available in its entirety on Amazon Prime, or youtube.

Rottentomatoes: 86%

Metacritic: 91

IMDb: 8.7

Emmys: 15 wins 69 nominations

***SPOILERS AHEAD***



Robert Crawley, Downton Abbey, PBS Masterpiece

Robert Crawley

Robert Crawley is the 7th Earl of Grantham and the Viscount Downton; simply addressed as Lord Grantham.

He and his wife Cora have birthed three daughters: Mary, Edith and Sybil.

The sinking of the RMS Titanic tragically decease two of Robert’s heirs, and the inheritors of his title and estate.  Robert’s father drafted his will according to the laws of primogeniture, so all three of Robert’s daughters will have no claim to his wealth.

The new heir is Robert’s third cousin once removed, a lawyer living in Manchester named Matthew Crawley.

This discrepancy in nobility and class causes dissension among the family.

In the meantime, Robert and his dear wife Cora re-purpose Downton into a convalescent hospital for soldiers recovering from the brutal trench warfare of WWI.

The heir, Captain Crawley, is wounded in battle and temporary loses the use of his legs.

Robert’s youngest daughter Sybil falls for the family chauffeur Irish national Tom Branson.  They elope to Ireland.

Matthew recovers from his battle wounds and coincidentally marries and impregnates Robert’s eldest daughter Mary.

Robert makes a bad investment in the Canadian Grand Trunk line railway company, which goes belly-up, and squanders the lion’s share of the families remaining fortune along with it.  

Matthew is able to refinance the estate due to another inheritance he receives from his deceased lover’s father one Reggie Swire.

They become co-owners of the house and estate.  After popping the hood, Matthew feels that Downton is being mismanaged, and is hemorrhaging capital.   

Robert conforms his traditionalist views and implements several logistical reforms in the running of Downton.

Tragically soon after birthing his son George, Matthew dies in a car crash.  He leaves his stake in Downton to his dear wife, Mary.

Robert’s youngest daughter Sybil dies of eclampsia after giving birth to a baby daughter.

Branson succeeds Jarvis as manager of the estate.

Robert takes ill and vomits a stomach full of blood onto the table during dinner.  He receives a gastrectomy, recovers, and makes a commitment to take better care of his health.


Robert Crawley, Downton Abbey, PBS Masterpiece

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

2 nominations: 2013, 2012

Quote1There is no such thing as a marriage between two intelligent people that does not sometimes have to negotiate thin ice.  I know.  Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1Some people are unforgiving.  Others are insensitive.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1Sometimes I feel like a creature in the wild whose natural habitat is gradually being destroyed.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1We’ve dreamed a dream, my dear, but now it is over.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1If I were to tell you she’d made me very happy, would that stretch belief?Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1If you must know, when I think of my motives for pursuing Cora, I am ashamed.  There is no need to remind me of them.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1What do you think?  I’ve given my life to Downton.  I was born here and I hope to die here.  I claim no career beyond the nurture of this house and the estate.  It is my third parent and my fourth child.  Do I care about it?  Yes, I do care!Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1Your grandmother merely wishes to do the right thing.  And so do I.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1All our loves are lived around our children.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1Certainly I did.  To welcome you into this house as my son.  I can’t tell you how glad it makes me.Quote2—Robert Crawley

“The world was in a dream before the war, but now it’s woken up and said goodbye to it.  And so must we.”—Robert Crawley

Quote1I don’t suppose your ancient father’s opinion on these matters carries much weight?Quote2—Robert Crawley

“This is Carson, we’d all be lost without him.”—Robert Crawley

Quote1Why should you?  Downton is in my blood and in my bones.  It’s not in yours.  And I can no more be the cause of its destruction than I could betray my country.Quote2—Robert Crawley

“My goodness that was strong talk for an Englishman.”—Robert Crawley

“And the price of great love is great misery when one of you dies.”—Robert Crawley

“I won’t give in, Murray.  I’ve sacrificed too much to Downton to give in now.  I refuse to be the failure, the earl who dropped the torch and let the flame go out.”—Robert Crawley

Quote1I apologize if my bad manners have brought this on.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1Let’s give it a go and see what the future brings.Quote2—Robert Crawley

“I couldn’t do that.  I have a duty beyond saving my own skin.  The estate must be a major employer, and support the house or there’s not point to it.  To any of it.”—Robert Crawley

Quote1No man is an island, Carson.  Not even Thomas Barrow.Quote2—Robert Crawley

“Sometimes, Cora, you can be curiously unfeeling.”—Robert Crawley

Quote1Have you been happy?  Really, have I made you happy?Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1I must do what my conscience tells me.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1The damage cannot be irreparable when a man and a woman love each other as much as you do.Quote2—Robert Crawley

“This is a folly.  A ridiculous, juvenile madness.”—Robert Crawley

Quote1I suppose so.  We’re going to need all the solidarity we can muster.Quote2—Robert Crawley

“I confess I was amused at the idea of an Irish radical for a chauffeur, but I see now I have been naive.”—Robert Crawley

“No one’s sensible at her age.  Nor should they be.  That’s our role.”—Robert Crawley

“Well, that’s all right.  They don’t have much fun.  You should join them.”—Robert Crawley

“I just worry about you.  I’m your father.  It’s allowed.”—Robert Crawley

“I won’t allow it.  I won’t allow my daughter to throw away her life.”—Robert Crawley

“There hasn’t been a Catholic Crawley since the reformation.”—Robert Crawley

“You’ll have a months wages too, that I insist on.”—Robert Crawley

“It’s a bloody business Bates, but I can’t see any way around it.”—Robert Crawley

“I mean to help until you find something.”—Robert Crawley

“Cora, don’t let Mary make a fool of herself.”—Robert Crawley

“I don’t care what Carson thinks.”—Robert Crawley

“Oh, Carson, I hope you weren’t embarrassed this afternoon.  I can assure you the Duke very much appreciated his welcome.”—Robert Crawley

“God help the poor devils below decks.  On their way to a better life.  What a tragedy.”—Robert Crawley

“All the people want is a happy marriage at the palace is it so much to ask?”—Robert Crawley

“Why are all your causes so steeped in gloom?”—Robert Crawley

Quote1Welcome to Downton.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1You are my darling daughter and I love you, hard as it is for an Englishman to say the words.Quote2—Robert Crawley

“If I had made my own fortune and bought Downton for myself, it should be yours without question, but I did not.  My fortune is the work of others who labored to build a great dynasty.  Do I have the right to destroy their work?  Or impoverish that dynasty?  I am a custodian my dear, not an owner.  I must strive to be worthy of the task I have been set.”—Robert Crawley

“Whatever she says, my mother is as strong as an ox and it’s high time she let go of her scheme for upsetting everyone.  Time we all did.”—Robert Crawley

“Get back inside, and we’ll say no more about it.”—Robert Crawley

“Don’t let the footmen be too coarse in front of them.  Thomas likes to show off, but we must have a care for feminine sensibilities.  They are finer and more fragile than our own.”—Robert Crawley

Quote1It wasn’t right, Carson.  I just didn’t think it was right.Quote2—Robert Crawley

“Don’t worry Carson, I know all about hard decisions when it comes to the honor of Downton.”—Robert Crawley

“So now we must do our best for his child, for his sake as well as yours.”—Robert Crawley

Quote1Every mountain is unclimbable until someone climbs it.  So every ship is unsinkable until it sinks.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1If we don’t respect the past, we’ll find it harder to build a future.Quote2—Robert Crawley

“Bates!  My dear fellow!  I do apologize.  I should have realized you’d all be at luncheon.”—Robert Crawley

“Please sit, sit everyone.  I just want to say a quick hello to my old comrade-in-arms.”—Robert Crawley

“Bates, my dear man.  Welcome to Downton.”—Robert Crawley

“I’m so sorry to have disturbed you all.  Please forgive me.”—Robert Crawley

“Is that quite fair?  To deprive a man of his livelihood when he’s done nothing wrong?”—Robert Crawley

“A strange business, Carson.”—Robert Crawley

“We all have different parts to play, Matthew.  And we must all be allowed to play them.”—Robert Crawley

“My dear fellow I brought you here to interfere.  In fact, why don’t you stay for dinner and we’ll talk about it?”—Robert Crawley

“It is settled, my dearest one, whether you like it or not.”—Robert Crawley

“You do know I should be very proud to have you as my son-in-law, whatever your prospects.”—Robert Crawley

“We’d be delighted.”—Robert Crawley

“I see my life’s work.”—Robert Crawley

“My dear fellow, we all have chapters we would rather keep unpublished.”—Robert Crawley

“Cheer up, Carson.  There are worse things happening in the world.”—Robert Crawley

Quote1I’m not asking you to abandon your beliefs, Alfred.  Just introduce a little kindness into the equation.Quote2—Robert Crawley

“She’s always making trouble.”—Robert Crawley

Quote1I’m glad I was jealous of Shrimpie.  It’s made me realize what a fool I’ve been.  Downton will survive because of Matthew’s vision.  You always knew how lucky we are in Matthew, and now I give thanks for him.  As I give thanks for my home and my family.  And most of all, I give thanks for my wife.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Quote1I just want to give him a chance.Quote2—Robert Crawley

Extremely hospitable, genuinely kindhearted, stubbornly traditional, but above all a compassionate human being Robert Crawley is an Idealist.


Mary Crawley, PBS Masterpiece, Downton Abbey

Mary Crawley

Mary loses her virginity to a Turkish diplomat visiting Downton one Kemal Pamuk.  Pamuk tragically passes during the sexual encounter and Mary is left with a corpse in her bedroom.

Mary engages with her sister Edith in several malicious machinations mostly just perturbing potential suitors.

Mary takes an interest in the new heir, her distant cousin Matthew Crawley.

Over time, however, the pair grow closer and a romance develops.

Matthew proposes, to which Mary refuses to give him an answer.  Matthew withdraws his proposal and decides to leave Downton but war breaks out and he joins the British Army.

Mary has a brief unsuccessful romance with a new money capitalist Sir Richard Carlisle.  Carlisle possesses leverage over Mary due to her transgressions with Mr. Pamuk.  Despite this, she decides to break it off as she cannot bear his presence.

Matthew comes back from the war crippled but has a miraculous recovery.  Tragically his love interest passes of Spanish flu.  He proposes to Mary and marries her.  They have a son George.  Tragically he passes in a car crash.

Mary becomes agent of the estate after inheriting her late husbands share and after Branson leaves for Boston, Massachussets.

She mourns Matthew for about 6 months and then shacks up with an eligible bachelor Lord Anthony Gillingham.

Ultimately Mary lacks butterflies with Tony, and decides to discontinue the relationship.  Soon after she meets Branson’s friend Henry Talbot a mechanic and race car driver.

Mary blows up Edith’s engagement to a Marquess one Herbert Pelham by divulging the existence of Edith’s illegitimate daughter Marigold.

In August 1925, she and Henry Talbot marry at the St. Michael and All Angels Church.


Mary Crawley, PBS Masterpiece, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

3 nominations: 2014, 2013, 2012

Quote1Obviously, it’s very shocking to someone of your generation.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Quote1I’ve decided to live in the present and not spend my life regretting the past or dreading the future.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Quote1I’m glad to hear it.  I should hate to be predictable.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Quote1How very disappointed you must be.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Quote1I don’t care a fig about rules.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Quote1Haven’t you heard?  I don’t have a heart.  Everyone knows that.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Quote1I wasn’t seduced, granny.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“But not only Downton.  Us.  We must never take us for granted.  Who knows what’s coming?” — Mary Crawley

“Naturally, I’m not going to answer any of your questions, but I am impressed you should ask them.  Well done.” — Mary Crawley

“I’ll do it.  I don’t mind lying.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1Don’t think I’m amused.  I really dislike my hand being forced.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“Nor me.  The truth is, I asked Barrow to get Stowell in trouble and I’m terribly afraid he overdid it.” — Mary Crawley

“Matthew, it’s torture for all of us.  And if I ever look as if I’m finding it easy to lose my home, then I am putting on an act.” — Mary Crawley

“Are we talking about sex, or love?” — Mary Crawley

Quote1It was lust, Matthew.  Or a need for excitement or something in him that I… Oh, God, what difference does it make?Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“Please stop treading on egg shells.  I’ve other fish to fry.” — Mary Crawley

“I have fallen.  I am impure.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1That’s why we must never take anything for granted.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Quote1When I’m at Downton, I feel so weighed down, as if I were stuck at school for the rest of my life.  But tonight, you’ve made me play truant.  And I like it.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“So I must brave the storm?” — Mary Crawley

“I’m trying.  Really, I am.  But I can’t pretend I’m doing very well. — Mary Crawley

“Oh, Matthew, what am I always telling you?  You must pay no attention to the things I say.” — Mary Crawley

“We must all join in.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1Spoilsport.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“If you don’t, we will figure in a scandal of such magnitude it will never be forgotten until long after we’re both dead.  I’ll be ruined, Mama.  Ruined and notorious, a laughingstock, a social pariah.  Is that what you want for your eldest daughter?  Is it what you want for the family?” — Mary Crawley

“He was so beautiful.” — Mary Crawley

“The awful truth is he’s starting to get on my nerves.” — Mary Crawley

“It’s easy to be generous when you have nothing to lose.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1Of course.  You know me, Carson.  I’m never down for long.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“What shall we do?  What would you like to do?” — Mary Crawley

“What’s it been like?  Have you missed us?” — Mary Crawley

“Anna, if you’re in difficulties I wish you’d tell me.” — Mary Crawley

“On the contrary.  I’m glad.  Glad to see you happy.” — Mary Crawley

“I suppose you’re more interested in books than country sports.” — Mary Crawley

“Not unhealthy.  Just unusual.  Among our kind of people.” — Mary Crawley

“It seems a bit odd, but why not?” — Mary Crawley

“I’ve been studying the story of Andromeda.  Do you know it?  Her father was King Cepheus, whose country was being ravaged by storms and, in the end, he decided the only way to appease the gods was to sacrifice his eldest daughter to a hideous sea monster.  So they chained her, naked to a rock.” — Mary Crawley

“But there’s nothing wrong in it.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1Who wants an old sea monster when they can have Perseus?Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Quote1Well, it’s nothing to me.  I’ve bigger fish to fry.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“What, marry a sea monster?” — Mary Crawley

Quote1You know my character, father.  I’d never marry any man that I was told to.  I’m stubborn.  I wish I wasn’t, but I am.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“So I am just to find a husband and get out of the way?” — Mary Crawley

“Do you realize this is the first time we’ve ever been alone?” — Mary Crawley

“I’m afraid I’ve worn you out.  Tomorrow we can just…” — Mary Crawley

“Oh, dear, if I answer truthfully, you’ll think me rather forward.” — Mary Crawley

“I don’t think we should pry.  It feels rather… disrespectful.” — Mary Crawley

“Papa prefers the servants to read the Bible and letters from home.” — Mary Crawley

“Your lot buys it.  My lot inherits it.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1At least I’m not fishing with no bait.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“I always apologize when I’m in the wrong.  It’s a habit of mine.” — Mary Crawley

“Stuff and nonsense.  We Crawley’s stick together.” — Mary Crawley

“Of course.  But then I like a good argument.  Papa does not.” — Mary Crawley

“She’s nice enough but he’s… very full of himself.  Just an impression.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1He wasn’t really a fiance.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Quote1I was only going to marry him if nothing better turned up.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“You’re a darling.” — Mary Crawley

“We’ve danced all night.” — Mary Crawley

“It’s a terrific idea.  If anyone can keep me out of trouble, it’s you.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1I’m too busy living a life.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“We were just looking around.” — Mary Crawley

“A year ago I thought I’d be alone forever.  That I would mourn Matthew to the end of my days.  Now I know that isn’t true, that there will be a new life for me one day.  And even if I can’t decide yet what life that should be, isn’t it something for us to celebrate?” — Mary Crawley

“That sounds rather ominous.” — Mary Crawley

“You don’t think you’re being a bit obvious?” — Mary Crawley

“He isn’t one of us.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1The odd thing is I feel, for the first time, really… I understand what it is to be happy.  It’s just I know that I won’t be.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“I hope the day is living up to your expectations.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1Oh, I was never much one for going round by the road.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“We all need crossing sweepers and draymen, too.  It doesn’t mean we have to dine with them.” — Mary Crawley

“Mama, the world is changing.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1Maybe no one.  I’d rather be alone than with the wrong man.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Quote1I know you mean to help.  I know you love me.  But I also know what I’m capable of, and 40 years of boredom and duty just isn’t possible for me.  I’m sorry.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“Not the first time you’ve got the wrong end of the stick.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1I’m a lost cause, Mama.  Leave me to manage my own affairs.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“You know what all work and no play did for Jack.” — Mary Crawley

“I’ll admit that if I ever wanted to attract a man I’d steer clear of those clothes and that hat.” — Mary Crawley

“Mama, not again.  How many times am I to be ordered to marry the man sitting next to me at dinner?” — Mary Crawley

“Edith, I know we haven’t always got along and I doubt things change much in the future, but today I wish you all the luck in the world.” — Mary Crawley

“Life can be terribly unfair, can’t it.” — Mary Crawley

“Mr. Richard you flatter yourself.  It takes a great deal more than that to shock me.” — Mary Crawley

“Have you ever felt your life was somehow… slipping away?  And there was nothing you could do to stop it?” — Mary Crawley

“Because when it came to it he wasn’t right.  At least not for me.” — Mary Crawley

“I’m impressed.  My darling papa transformed into a Machiavelli at a touch.  Will wonders never cease?” — Mary Crawley

Quote1Everything seems so golden one minute, then turns to ashes the next.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

“You should learn to forget what I say.  I know I do.” — Mary Crawley

“Women like me don’t have a life.  We choose clothes and pay calls and work for charity and do the Season.  But really, we’re stuck in a waiting room until we marry.” — Mary Crawley

“My life makes me angry.  Not you.” — Mary Crawley

“I don’t believe a woman can be forced to give away all her money to a distant cousin of her husband’s.  Not in the 20th century.  It’s too ludicrous for words.” — Mary Crawley

“You can’t be serious.  I don’t have to think about it.  Marry a man who can barely hold his knife like a gentleman?” — Mary Crawley

“You’re American.  You don’t understand these things.” — Mary Crawley

“You’ll soon get used to the way things are done here.” — Mary Crawley

“But we’re not, don’t you see that?  We’re not in control of anything at all.” — Mary Crawley

“But you see, I’m not as sad as I should be.  And that’s what makes me sad.” — Mary Crawley

Quote1Well, I’m glad you’re fighting.  I’m glad somebody’s putting up a fight.Quote2 — Mary Crawley

Audacious, adaptable, impetuous, a fervent and active realist Mary Crawley is an Artisan.


Charles Carson, PBS Masterpiece, Downton Abbey

Charles Carson

Charles Ernest Carson began working at Downton Abbey as a Second Footman at the age of 19.  He lived at the estate to witness the birth of Robert and Cora’s three daughters: Mary, Edith and Sybil.  Soon after Carson is promoted to butler and holds tenure over the position for the better part of half a century.

Carson treats the staff to a day out at the beach.

Carson is asked to be the Chairman of the War Memorial in Downton Village.

Despite the committee’s insistence, Carson insists His Lordship be made Patron.

In May 1925 Carson marries his long time co-worker Elsie Hughes, the head housekeeper at Downton.

Seven months later he hands in his resignation after suffering from palsy.  

Underbutler Thomas Barrow replaces him as head butler.


Charles Carson, PBS Masterpiece, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

4 nominations: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Quote1I am the butler at Downton.  My name is Carson.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1You say ‘kinder’ I say weaker and less disciplined.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1It’s a hard decision, Your Lordship, a very hard decision, but the honor of Downton is at stake.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1Nothing.  Except at times I wonder if I’m just a sad old fool.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1Then I will consider the case and give you my decision when I have discussed it with His Lordship.  Until then, I hope you will remain in your post.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1It’s very hard to hear the names of people you love dragged in the mud.  You feel so powerless.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1Keeping up standards is the only way to show the Germans that they will not beat us in the end.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1I thought caution was a virtue.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1I like to see things done properly, Mrs. Hughes, and I won’t apologize for that.  Now, if you’ll excuse me.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1Monarchy is the lifeblood of Europe.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1But I couldn’t work for a man that I don’t respect.  And I certainly couldn’t have left Downton for him.Quote2

Quote1You’re trespassing on our generosity.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1You’d say if anything was wrong, wouldn’t you?  I know I’ve been a bit crabby, but I am on your side.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1We shout and scream and wail and cry, but in the end we must all die.Quote2 — Charles Carson

“Is there some crisis of which I am unaware?” — Charles Carson

“I cannot think of another reason why you should congregate here.” — Charles Carson

Quote1I always think there’s something rather foreign about high spirits at breakfast.Quote2 — Charles Carson

“What is going on here?  At a time like this, of sober dignity!  Have you lost all sense of shame and propriety, sir?  What makes you think you’re the stuff of a first footman?  It’s Alfred who looks like a first footman to me.  Take a leaf from his book and learn to conduct yourself with discretion!” — Charles Carson

Quote1The nature of life is not permanence, but flux.Quote2 — Charles Carson

“Miss O’brien, we are about to host a society wedding.  I have no time for training young hobbledehoys.” — Charles Carson

“I do not forbid it because I have no right to do so.  But I do object, with every fiber of my being.” — Charles Carson

Quote1What a topsy-turvy world we’ve come to.Quote2 — Charles Carson

“Is he, m’lady?  Might I point out that we’re all busy but we still find time to support the honor of the house.” — Charles Carson

“She’s the widow of a murderer.  She’ll have to get used to a degree of notoriety, I’m afraid.  And so will we, as the house that shelters her.” — Charles Carson

“Quite m’lord.” — Charles Carson

“It won’t be the first time I’ve gone without sleep.” — Charles Carson

Quote1Human nature’s a funny business, isn’t it?Quote2 — Charles Carson

“It’d be a huge wrench for me to leave Downton.” — Charles Carson

“I dare say.  Not while we’re entertaining, but otherwise.” — Charles Carson

Quote1Nothing ‘goes on’ in any house where I’m in authority.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1Have you lost your mind?  You’re a footman, not a traveling salesman.  Please keep your opinions on the catering to yourself!Quote2 — Charles Carson

“Well if I did, I learned from it.  And that’s all I’m asking from him.” — Charles Carson

“If you ask me, we are staring into the chaos of Gomorrah.” — Charles Carson

“Alfred has embarrassed the family.  He forced Mr. Matthew to appear downstairs improperly dressed.” — Charles Carson

Quote1I will not tolerate vulgarity, thank you, Miss O’Brien.Quote2— Charles Carson

Quote1Are you quite well, m’lady?Quote2 — Charles Carson

“I await Lady Mary’s instruction.” — Charles Carson

“The plain fact is Mr. Bates, through no fault of his own, is not able to fulfill the extra duties expected of him.  He can’t lift, he can’t serve at table, he’s dropping things all over the place.” — Charles Carson

“On a night like tonight, he should act as a third footman.  As it is, m’lord, we may have to have a maid in the dining room.” — Charles Carson

“Even a butler has his favorites, m’lady. — Charles Carson

Quote1We’re all behind you, m’lady.  The staff.  We’re all on your side.Quote2 — Charles Carson

“No, I’m not comfortable with this, my lady.  I’m not comfortable at all.” — Charles Carson

“Certainly not.  I shall look after His Grace myself.” — Charles Carson

“Mr. Bates is leaving without a stain on his character.  I hope you all observe that in the manner of your parting.” — Charles Carson

“I knew he would bring shame on this house.” — Charles Carson

“There is no obligation for the whole staff to be present.” — Charles Carson

“It will be.  If there’s any justice in the world.” — Charles Carson

“Well, it’s certainly a great day for Downton, to welcome a duke under our roof.” — Charles Carson

“Dinner is served, m’lady.” — Charles Carson

“Oh, I do take it personally, Mrs. Hughes.  I can’t stand by and watch our family threatened with the loss of all they hold dear.” — Charles Carson

“Well, I reckon you work hard and you deserve to succeed.  You just have to stick at it, and you will.” — Charles Carson

Quote1The world can be a shocking place, Alfred, but you are a man now and you must learn to take it on the chin.Quote2 — Charles Carson

“I hope you don’t judge me too harshly.” — Charles Carson

Quote1Well, they’re all the family I’ve got.Quote2 — Charles Carson

“Not at all, m’lord.  Thomas will take care of you, while you’re here.” — Charles Carson

“Good morning, Mr. Bates.  Welcome.  I hope your journey was satisfactory?” — Charles Carson

“Do the Times first.  He only reads that at breakfast.  And the Sketch for Her Ladyship.  You can manage the others later if need be.” — Charles Carson

“Not worse than a maid serving a duke.” — Charles Carson

“I would rather be put to death, m’lord.” — Charles Carson

“What ‘old lady’ are you referring to, Thomas?  You cannot mean her ladyship the Dowager Countess.  Not if you wish to remain in this house.” — Charles Carson

Quote1Downton is a great house Mr. Bates, and the Crawleys are a great family.  We live by certain standards, and those standards can at first seem daunting.Quote2 — Charles Carson

“William?  Are you aware the seam at your shoulder is coming apart?  You will mend it now.  And you will never gain appear in public in a similar state of undress.” — Charles Carson

“If you find yourself tongue-tied in the presence of His Lordship, I can only assure you that his manners and grace will soon help you to perform your duties to the best of your ability.” — Charles Carson

Quote1I’m not entirely sure that he will prove equal to the task but Your Lordship will be the judge of that.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Quote1To progress in your chosen career, William, you must remember that a good servant at all times retains a sense of pride and dignity that reflects the pride and dignity of the family he serves.  And never make me remind you of it again.Quote2 — Charles Carson

Stalwart, virtuous, tireless, and professional at all times Charles Carson is a Guardian.


Violet Crawley, Downton Abbey, Masterpiece PBS

Violet Crawley

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham is the matriarch of the Crawley Family by her marriage to the late Earl of Grantham.

She is the mother of Robert Crawley, the 7th Earl of Grantham, and of Lady Rosamund Painswick (née Crawley), and the grandmother of Robert and his wife Cora’s three daughters: Mary, Edith, and Sybil. Through her granddaughters she has three great-grandchildren: Mary’s son George, Sybil’s daughter Sybbie, and Edith’s daughter Marigold.

Violet locks horns with the heir’s mother, Isobel Crawley.

The Countess ultimately embraces all of her new family and does her best to usher everyone in.

She works to minimize any scandal brought down on the family, and puts her efforts mainly into maintaining healthy minds within it.

Violet Crawley, Downton Abbey, Masterpiece PBS

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

3 wins: 20162012, 2011

Quote1If I were to search for logic, I should not look for it among the English upper class.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Lawyers are always confident before the verdict.  It’s only afterwards they share their doubts.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Alas, I am beyond impropriety.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Men notice nothing.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1I don’t need you to tell me the world is falling about our ears.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1The aristocracy has not survived by its intransigence.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1It’s the job of grandmothers to interfere.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Oh, well, that is an easy caveat to accept because I’m never wrong.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1‘Lie’… is so unmusical a word.  I want you to review the evidence honestly and without bias.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1My dearest boy.  There is no test on earth greater than the one you have been put to.  I do not speak much of the heart, since it’s seldom helpful to do so, but I know well enough the pain when it is broken.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Peace.  A woman of my age can face reality far better than most men.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Well I’ve been reminded recently that one is not given many chances in life, and if you miss them, they may not necessarily be repeated.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

“Don’t let us hide behind the changing times, my dear.” — Violet Crawley

Quote1So what?  I have plenty of friends I don’t like.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Any port in a storm.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1I have lived through great wars and my share of grief.  I think I can manage an impertinent question from a doctor.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

“We all pander to Spratt in this house, Denker.  He rules us with a rod of iron.” — Violet Crawley

“Perhaps Sir Richard had a hand in it.  And while we’re on the subject of unsuitable spouses…” — Violet Crawley

“My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.” — Violet Crawley

“I do not criticize your motives but did you really consider?” — Violet Crawley

Quote1Sometimes it’s good to rule by fear.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

“Grief makes one so terribly tired.” — Violet Crawley

“On the contrary, it’s the most honest thing she’s ever said to me.” — Violet Crawley

“Well, what would you prefer?  That I invite the local criminals to drop in and strip the house bare?” — Violet Crawley

Quote1My dear, when tragedies strike, we try to find someone to blame, and in the absence of a suitable candidate we usually blame ourselves.  You are not to blame.  No one is to blame.  Our darling Sybil has died during child birth like too many women before her.  And all we can do now is cherish her memory and her child.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Oh, don’t be, don’t be.  It was a wedding present from a frightful aunt.  I have hated it for half a century.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Nothing succeeds like excess.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1He looks as if he’s waiting for a beating from the headmaster.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Edith dear, you are a woman with a brain and reasonable ability.  Stop whining and find something to do!Quote2 — Violet Crawley

“How?  He’s done it before, he must be in possession of all the facts.” — Violet Crawley

“Now if you can all put your swords away perhaps we can finish our dinner in a civilized manner.” — Violet Crawley

“Principles are like prayers.  Noble, of course, but awkward at a party.” — Violet Crawley

“He’s hardly the consummation devoutly to be wished.” — Violet Crawley

“No doubt to lead you down the primrose path of dalliance.” — Violet Crawley

“Since we have a country solicitor and a car mechanic, it’s only a matter of time.” — Violet Crawley

“He’s a fortune hunter, my dear.  A pleasant one, I admit, but a fortune hunter.” — Violet Crawley

Quote1My dear, a lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

“Oh, don’t say that.  It’s our job to provide employment.  An aristocrat with no servants is as much use to the county as a glass hammer.” — Violet Crawley

“I think she was very foolish not to take him when she could.  I told her so.” — Violet Crawley

“My only fear is that you admire her money more.” — Violet Crawley

“No guest should ever be admitted without the date of their departure settled.” — Violet Crawley

“You’ve been reading those Communist newspapers again.” — Violet Crawley

“We must work with what we’ve got, to minimize the scandal.” — Violet Crawley

“I’m not being ridiculous.  No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house.  Especially someone they didn’t even know.” — Violet Crawley

“Well, I hope we’re in control of something, if only ourselves.” — Violet Crawley

“Never mistake a wish for a certainty.” — Violet Crawley

“God moves in a mysterious way.  His wonders to perform.” — Violet Crawley

“In this case, Mary has the trump card.  Mary is family.” — Violet Crawley

“No family is ever what it seems from the outside.” — Violet Crawley

Quote1She reads too many novels.  I mean, one way or another, everyone goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1Well, if she doesn’t, we’ll just have to take her abroad.  In these moments, you can normally find an Italian who isn’t too picky.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

Quote1I always thought this family might be approaching dissolution.  I didn’t know dissolution was already upon us.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

“I am a woman of many parts.” — Violet Crawley

“You’ll find we Crawley’s stick together.” — Violet Crawley

“So now I’m an outsider who need not be consulted?” — Violet Crawley

“Sir Richard, life is a game in which the player must appear ridiculous.” — Violet Crawley

Quote1It’s bad enough parenting a child when you like each other.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

“Yes, I have been very fortunate in that regard.” — Violet Crawley

“Why?  She didn’t know him.  One can’t go to pieces at the death of every foreigner.  We’d all be in a state of collapse whenever we opened a newspaper.” — Violet Crawley

“Ah, just the ticket.  Nanny always said sweet tea was the thing for frayed nerves.  Though why it has to be sweet I couldn’t tell you.” — Violet Crawley

“Of course I’ve heard, why else would I be here?” — Violet Crawley

“Why does every day involve a fight with an American?” — Violet Crawley

“Why do you always have to pretend to be nicer than the rest of us.” — Violet Crawley

“He flatters me.  I’m tougher than I look.” — Violet Crawley

“The one thing we don’t want is a poet in the family.” — Violet Crawley

“Then pity your wife, whose fortune must go to this odd young man, who talks about ‘weekends’ and ‘jobs.'” — Violet Crawley

Quote1You were quite right.  When something bad happens, there’s no point in wishing it had not happened.  The only option is to minimize the damage.Quote2 — Violet Crawley

“Well I doubt I’d expect to curtsey to Their Majesties in June, when I’d been arrested at a riot in May, but then I’m old.  Things may be different now.” — Violet Crawley

“My imagination is running riot.” — Violet Crawley

“Not if it isn’t in their best interests.” — Violet Crawley

“Please don’t think we’re grateful for your enthusiasm Mrs. Crawley, but there comes a time when things are best left to the proffessionals.” — Violet Crawley

“Put an end to her meddling.” — Violet Crawley

“No one can foresee the future, Doctor.  Not you, not I, and certainly not Mrs. Crawley.” — Violet Crawley

“Robert dear, I don’t mean to sound harsh — 24 years ago you married Cora, against my wishes, for her money.  Give it away now, what was the point of your peculiar marriage in the first place?” — Violet Crawley

“No.  I couldn’t have electricity in the house.  I wouldn’t sleep a wink.  All those vapors seeping about.” — Violet Crawley

“He’s Robert’s third cousin once removed.  I have never, to my knowledge, set eyes on him.” — Violet Crawley

“My dear, I didn’t come here to fight.  Lord Grantham wanted to protect the estate.  It never occurred to him that you wouldn’t have a son.” — Violet Crawley

“Is that what they call discussion in New York?” — Violet Crawley

“We are allies, my dear, which can be a good deal more effective.” — Violet Crawley

“I didn’t run Downton for 30 years to see it go, lock, stock and barrel, to a stranger from God knows where.” — Violet Crawley

“The queen of Naples was a stalwart figure.  I take it as a compliment.” — Violet Crawley

“I never cared for James.  He was too like his mother, and a nastier woman never drew breath.” — Violet Crawley

Logical, linguistical, intellectual, and sometimes a bit shrewd Violet Crawley is a Rational.


Merciless Statecraft

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Netflix white house drama House of Cards bagged 13 Emmy nominations this year and is available here.

Fight Club director David Fincher will be looking for his second golden winged lady holding an atom.

Cards enjoyed five Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress noms this year alone.

Rottentomatoes: 84%

Metacritic: 76

IMDb: 9.0

Emmys: 6 wins 46 nominations

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Duplicitous Patriotism

FX Networks‘ cold-war espionage period drama The Americans bagged it’s first Outstanding Drama Series nomination this year and is available on Amazon Prime here.

The Americans is all set for a 13-episode Season 5 to air in 2017 and a 10-episode sixth and final season to air in 2018.


Rottentomatoes: 96%

Metacritic: 78

IMDb: 8.3

Emmys: 2 wins 10 nominations

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