The second part to Julian Fellowes’s Titanic miniseries is full of surprises...or, to be honest, just one. But it’s a doozy. It opens up in Belfast rather than Southampton and the ship is still moored at the dock. As political tensions rise, a group of protesters assemble to shout atrocities at men walking into the Harland and Wolff shipyards to work on the Titanic. The year is still 1912, but the ship is in the final hours of construction. And, unlike the first installment, the second part is more anticipation, less yawning. Why? Well, because viewers finally get to see something that James Cameron’s version never showed—the actual planning and shortcuts that were implemented!
One of the more exciting aspects of Titanic Part 2 is that Fellowes’s storytelling finally begins making sense. Viewers finally get to learn more about two of the upper servers and some of the other passengers, not just the upper crust. The first part was quick and uneventful (even with the bloody ship going down less than three quarters of the way), but the second episode highlights the aspects that make Downton Abbey so delicious—all the social mores and class struggles often associated with that time period. And brazen American actresses and “new money ladies” aside, the redheaded Irish Catholic families are the ones lugging around some heavy baggage in episode two!