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My proposal for Downton Abbey Season 4

Downton Abbey was a big deal in my house. Was. The death of Matthew put an end to all of the excitement and turned ‘must see TV’ into ‘we’re never watching that show again.’ In a desperate attempt to save Dr. Girlfriend’s favorite show, I started writing something that I hoped I could convince the folks over at Carnival Films and Masterpiece to put into production for Season 4, but it was not to be. Still, I did write the thing up, so I thought I’d share with you my opening scene for the first episode of Season 4 that would begin the process of undoing the horrors of Season 3 and the Christmas special.

EXT: DOWNTON ABBEY, MAIN LAWN, DAY

MARY is wandering about the grass, no destination in mind. The tragedies she’s seen in the last few years are seen in fast clips – the death of the KEMAL, her mother’s injury and miscarriage, Downton as a nursing home during the war, MATTHEW’S injury, WILLIAM’S death, her sister SYBIL’S death and MATTHEW’S death. She stops walking, overwhelmed, and covers her face with her hands as she begins to cry.


There is a bright flash of light and the booming of modern technology. MARY stares in shock at the likes of which she’s never seen before – a shiny, steel automobile of a design that is unrecognizable to her has appeared and the grinding sound of brakes on metal is heard as it skids to a halt just abreast of her.


The door to the car opens and DR. EMMETT BROWN hopes out, slightly unsteady, followed by his dog, EINSTEIN.

EINSTEIN

Woof woof!

runs off

BROWN runs over to MARY and grabs her by the shoulders.

DOC BROWN

Thank God you’re here, just like you’re supposed to be! Let’s go!

BROWN pulls MARY toward the car.

MARY

struggles to speak

Wh.. wh.. who ar- ar…?

DOC BROWN
Dr. Emmett Brown. I’m a scientist. But we’ve got to go! Something’s got to be done about the past to save the future!

MARY

Go? Where?

DOC BROWN

To the past! We’ve got to save them!

looks past Mary

Good boy, Einstein! I see your mission was a success.

EINSTEIN is trailed by ISIS – they both hop into the Delorean.

MARY

The past? How? Save who?

DOC BROWN

Everyone! Your husband, your sister, William… all of them! Oh, and we can’t let Thomas evade the court martial he should have faced for that incident with the lighter during the war! The consequences are disastrous!

MARY

But… what does Isis have to do with this?

DOC BROWN

Oh, Isis? Well, to be honest, you people are idiots – we’re just adopting her so she doesn’t get locked in a shed again or something. Now let’s go!

DOC shoves MARY into the Delorean.


MARY
I don’t understand! This is madness! One can’t drive to the past!

DOC BROWN

Of course you can! But I’d rather fly.

MARY’s eyes open wide with shock as the car begins to lift off the ground. She holds on for dear life.


MARY

It’s true then… are we really going back to the past? Can we really save my Matthew?

DOC BROWN

It’s true – and we will save them. The future depends on it. And besides, things are entirely too gloomy around Downton –

DOC breaks the fourth wall and looks into the camera

Who’d want to see that?

The car banks around 180 degrees and flies toward Downton, accelerating steadily to 88 miles per hour. Mary covers her eyes and we see the car steadily ascending and accelerating until it disappears into flaming tire tracks.

AND THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES…

Can you believe no one wanted to film this?!?

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on May 30, 2014, in tv review and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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