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Downton Abbey
« on: January 23, 2012, 11:56:18 AM »
Anyone here watch it?
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 12:03:39 PM »
Watched the first season and enjoyed the hell out of it. Haven't started on season two yet. I shall report back.
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012, 12:02:59 PM »
I got hooked a few weeks ago, watched all of season one on netflix in a few days...   Got the iTunes season pass for season 2 since the air times on PBS are not good for me.

Read about a holiday episode that I thought might have aired last year, made the mistake of reading the synopsis, now I know one spoiler for this season I wish I didn't. arrrggg....

Anyone know if PBS will show that special as the last episode of this season or will we have to wait until the fall?


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2012, 08:34:26 PM »
I dunno.  I do wonder what injury William could have sustained that would have taken that long to kill him.
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Re: Downton Abbey
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 08:52:46 PM »
I do wonder what injury William could have sustained that would have taken that long to kill him.

This is the main thing they mentioned:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulmonary_contusion

Remember the show was back during WWI, if you had trouble breathing you were done for, even something as simple as bottled oxygen wasn't widely available.  The iron lung wasn't put into wide use until the late 1920's.

I'll have to watch it again but I thought I heard them saying he had other organs that were damaged as well.  

This show does have a pretty broad artistic licence, if his lungs were damaged that bad his eardrums should have been as well.  Mathew should have also lost his hearing, at least for a week or so...


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2012, 08:57:06 PM »
That's the other thing, Matthew looked much worse than William, but Matthew survived.
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2012, 09:49:34 PM »
That's the other thing, Matthew looked much worse than William, but Matthew survived.

That's something that might make a good Mythbusters.  Can someone block a blast shockwave if they jump in front of you?  From what they were saying it sounded like Mathew got most of his injuries from being thrown into stuff, while William had internal injuries from the shockwave.

Mythbusters recently did the Lethal Weapon toilet scene, turns out you can survive C4 by diving into a tub, but that's way more protection than someone jumping in front of you.

It's not like this show is big on being historically or scientifically accurate, it's pretty much all about the drama...

Have to say the acting in this is incredible, especially the 3 daughters, how their personalities have changed since the first episode.


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2012, 05:27:57 AM »
Wasn't this mentioned on Chuck a few weeks ago? It was Casey and his daughter's movie night..




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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2012, 02:35:51 PM »
I have to say, this episode had me on the verge of tears a couple of times.  I still don't know if I should feel worse for William or Daisy.  Also, Thomas had an interesting turn this episode.  It's nice to see that he's not completely incapable of sympathy.  Maybe he felt guilty for always being such a jerk to William before.

Also, I think they should have Bates talk to Matthew.  If anyone could help Matthew realize that being crippled isn't the end of the road, and if anyone could understand what he's going through, it's Bates.
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2012, 03:19:31 PM »
Got the Blu-Ray for Season 2, wow does this look good in full HD.

Watched the rest of the season that hasn't aired yet on PBS last night, going to re-watch the last 3 hours (disc 3) again tonight because it's really amazing stuff.


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2012, 09:38:42 PM »
I'm about to dive into season two. I really enjoyed the first season. Unfortunately, I've heard season two isn't as strong, but I'll have to see for myself.

And I don't think there's much out there as compelling as Sherlock.
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2012, 11:41:52 PM »
I'm about to dive into season two. I really enjoyed the first season. Unfortunately, I've heard season two isn't as strong, but I'll have to see for myself.

I guess I like season 2 better, after watching season one I really didn't feel like going back and watching any of it right away, but the last 4 or 5 hours of season 2 I've already watched twice...

Michelle Dockery does an amazing job with that character, and she's not bad to look at.   I wish Hogfather was on Blu-Ray, love her in that.

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And I don't think there's much out there as compelling as Sherlock.

Really, it's kind of unfair to compare them.    I guess people do because they are both on PBS Masterpiece.


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2012, 12:02:06 AM »
It seems to have a lot of really shitty people in it that dampens my enjoyment of what's going on.

What do you mean?  Shitty actors or shitty characters?  Because I would disagree with you on both counts.
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2012, 06:04:11 AM »
It seems to have a lot of really shitty people in it that dampens my enjoyment of what's going on.

What do you mean?  Shitty actors or shitty characters?  Because I would disagree with you on both counts.

Shitty characters. And I mean shitty in the sense of, "You're an asshole," not in the sense of they're badly written.  O'Brien, the ex-valet, and the younger sister all could burst into flames and I'd smile.

There's no shortage of unappealing characters, that's for damn sure.
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