Downtown Abbey is back on PBS. Season four. (Spoilers.) The house feels a bit empty with Lady Sybil, Matthew Crawley and--who saw this coming?--Mrs. O'Brien gone. There are new directions for the characters, even new characters, but the same basic plot: what's be done with the Abbey.
It's now 1922, the Jazz Age, 10 years since the show started. At first, the show at first was about changing times--how to run a big house when you could still think it's the 1800s, but the Titanic is sinking (with heirs aboard) and WWI is just around the corner. We've been through that and so much more, yet it seems as if the show is now simply repeating itself. Constant change regarding the same situation isn't that much different from stasis.