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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2012, 02:38:05 PM »
Come on people, get started watching season 2 already!   The Blu-Ray set is a steal at $25 for close to 10 hours of HD goodness...  I think the DVD set is under $20.

I started watching season two and wrote a fairly extensive post about it. Did Marty care? Marty don't care. Marty just smacks the shit outta my season two post.

Well, get a move on, finish it already!  Smack Smack....

I was reading a very negative review of season 2 yesterday and was wondering if that is where you heard that season 2 was worse than 1, but I didn't save the link to post here...  The reviewer had a pretty strong hatred of Bates for some reason.   Even the first half of season 2 is better than 1, and it kills in the second half.


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2012, 02:39:41 PM »
Times Literary Supplement?

EDIT: Sorry, New York Review of Books?  We take both, as well as a few others, and they sort of blend together in recollection after a while.

In fact Ann is reading that exact article in this picture:


So that should have been easy to recall.
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2012, 03:34:03 PM »
Nope, that's not the review I read, that seems to be mostly negative about season 1.  The one I read yesterday was bashing season 2 but liked season 1.


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2012, 05:02:23 PM »
Those bad reviews can go to hell. I'm halfway through season two, and it's better than season one in every respect.


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2012, 05:12:37 PM »
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #35 on: February 20, 2012, 05:52:25 PM »
Those bad reviews can go to hell. I'm halfway through season two, and it's better than season one in every respect.

That's for sure.  The few I've read seem to be very nitpicky, sever cases of not seeing the forest...


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2012, 12:15:24 PM »
‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Draws 5.4 Million

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The second season finale of pop culture phenom Downton Abbey averaged 5.4 million viewers on Sunday, PBS’ largest audience since the premiere of Ken Burns’ documentary National Parks in September 2009. Vs. its first season, Downton was up 25%, doubling pubcaster’s primetime average. The growth was most dramatic in young demos, 251% among women 18-34, 145% among women 35-49, 111% among men 18-34 and 84% among men 35-49 vs. the Masterpiece 2010-11 season average.”Downton Abbey has become a cultural phenomenon,” Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said. “It is so gratifying to see our beloved Masterpiece, after more than 40 years on PBS, attracting a whole new audience.”

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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #37 on: February 25, 2012, 08:14:02 PM »

Looks like I'll have to re-spoiler Imrahil's spoiler.
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #38 on: February 25, 2012, 08:55:09 PM »
Re: Bates: Heh-heh. :)

Finished the series.  I'm honestly not sure what they'll do next.
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2012, 06:22:23 AM »
My mom watches this (including the finale last night). I watched a few episodes, but I kept falling asleep during it, and could therefore never figure out what was going on.


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #40 on: February 26, 2012, 07:49:49 AM »
The most encouraging thing about this show's mainstream popularity in America is that it proves that Americans are smarter and more cultured than most people give us credit for. 

And yet I still have no trouble believing that some American studio will decide to do a dumbed-down American remake of it.  Just wait.  It'll happen.
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #41 on: February 26, 2012, 07:52:21 AM »
The most encouraging thing about this show's mainstream popularity in America is that it proves that Americans are smarter and more cultured than most people give us credit for. 
Not sure about that, it's really not an example of any sort of high culture or deep intellectualism. It's a nice Edwardianesque confection, nothing more. There's nothing wrong with that but don't build it up to be more than what it is.


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #42 on: February 26, 2012, 08:35:00 AM »
I mean The Tudors and The Borgias have a modicum of historical information to them, but their appeal is all about bonking and interpersonal conflict (Ann so wants somebody to do a series called The Committee in the same style)

I said this somewhere else, the appeal of Downton Abbey is not unlike the appeal of a specific sub-genre of Victorian pornography, only DA has less shagging.

And with that in mind, Vivid really should really try to make some adaptations of A Weekend Visit or Clara Birch or similar, to cash in on the current appeal of the Big Country House type setting.


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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #43 on: February 26, 2012, 08:40:29 AM »
The most encouraging thing about this show's mainstream popularity in America is that it proves that Americans are smarter and more cultured than most people give us credit for. 
Not sure about that, it's really not an example of any sort of high culture or deep intellectualism. It's a nice Edwardianesque confection, nothing more. There's nothing wrong with that but don't build it up to be more than what it is.

Okay, so it's not exactly Sherlock, but it is much more subtle than most American shows.  If this show were produced in America, Matthew and Mary probably would have been sleeping together by the end of the second episode.
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Re: Downton Abbey
« Reply #44 on: February 26, 2012, 08:42:14 AM »
And in reality too, given the proclivities of my class and higher..... ;)