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Amph "What is a weekend?" The Downton Abbey Adoration Thread (unhighlighted spoilers after UK eps. air)

Discussion in 'Community' started by Everton, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0c/Downton_Abbey.jpg]

    Violet, Robert, Cora (oh, Cora [face_love]), Isobel, Matthew, Lady Mary, Lady Edith, Lady Sybil...

    Carson, Mrs Hughes, Mrs Patmore, O'Brien, Bates, Thomas, William, Anna, Branson, Daisy...

    The first series was a revelation, the second will be exceed even that. To be broadcast on ITV1 weekly from 18th September... I for one am counting the days.

    [link=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8670941/Downton-Abbey-second-series-first-review.html]Really positive early vibes, too.[/link]

    Gratuitous picture of Cora:

    [image=http://www.modachicago.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/925790796.jpg]

    I trust the rest of you are as excited as I am?

    Jello edit - Thread spoiler house rules: unhighlighted spoilers are permitted after the UK airing of episodes. Currently season 3 is airing.
     
  2. AaylaSecurOWNED

    AaylaSecurOWNED Jedi Master star 6

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    SIBYL
    CRAWLEY


    WOMAN OF MY HEART
     
  3. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    I still haven't seen the last two episodes (sshhh!).

    But Lady Sybil is my favorite too.

    edit: well, excluding Lord Grantham and the dowager countess of course. They're all my favorites.
     
  4. Mar17swgirl

    Mar17swgirl Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    Only 17 days to go? Sweet! :D I can't wait.

    Lady Sibyl is indeed awesome, but I have a huge soft spot for Lady Mary, because Michelle Dockery is such a fantastic actress. :) I had been screaming for her to get together with Matthew since the beginning, because they make such a sweet couple.

    And the Dowager Countess of Grantham is simply badass. Dame Maggie Smith just steals every scene she's in (the verbal fight between Professor McGonagall and Harriet Jones is still the best thing on the show :p).

    From downstairs, my favourite character is Mr. Carson. So proper and respectable and strict, but with a big heart, too. The scene in which (hl just in case) [hl=black]he comforts Lady Mary and tells her (I'm paraphrasing here) that "even butlers have their favourites"[/hl] was very touching and sweet.
     
  5. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    QMAOFT. I almost worry that they'll give her too much screentime in this series simply because she's so awesome. She works in short bursts, does Violet. :p

    Although the prospective romance between Lady Mary and Matthew is good to watch and a lovely slow burner, for me the most interesting dynamic of that sort is between Bates and Anna. Sometimes I want to SCREAM at Bates and really hope Anna makes inroads this series.
     
  6. Idrelle_Miocovani

    Idrelle_Miocovani Jedi Master star 6

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    Mar sent me a copy of this show as a Christmas present (it was the Christmas gift one, right? I can't remember, you've sent me too much awesome British TV shows :p ). Like the other shows she's introduced me to, I have enjoyed it immensely.

    It's been a while, I should re-watch it.

    And now I want period costuming. WANT. NOA.

    :D
     
  7. Mar17swgirl

    Mar17swgirl Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    OMG, how could I have forgotten Bates and Anna! :oops: Another reason why I need to re-watch the first series before the second series starts. Sometimes I love them even more than Mary/Matthew. So subtle and tender and sweet.
     
  8. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    Dame Maggie Smith is teh awesome, without her the show wouldn't work as it does.

    But all the cast are good, I look forward to the upcoming new series.
     
  9. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    How can you take it? How can you have two episodes to watch and not want to devour them immediately? :confused:
     
  10. Mar17swgirl

    Mar17swgirl Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    It's certainly the best ensemble cast since "State Of Play".
     
  11. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Simple. It's like a fine brandy--meant to be sipped. I only watch the episodes ten minutes at a time, because each and every minute is so delightful and must be savored. So I stop myself (I started the penultimate episode after posting in this thread, and am--mirabile dictu--ten minutes in) from going too quickly, lest the season be finished and I have none left to look forward to.

    edit: also, I had no access to Netflix while in England, so that slowed me down quite a bit. I apparently saw episode 5 on 6/30 :p
     
  12. Mar17swgirl

    Mar17swgirl Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    I admire your self-discipline when it comes to television, Jay... :p
     
  13. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    I may well be walking right into an lol @ Everton here... but nevertheless... seriously? The episodes are meant to be watched through. The drama maintained - one scene gracefully moving into the next. I'd rather watch an episode through and then immediately watch it again.


    EDIT: Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
     
  14. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Opportunity cost. I lose the chance to appreciate each episode as a complete dramatic unit, but I gain in terms of long term value. I think it's a worthy trade.
     
  15. Handmaiden Yané

    Handmaiden Yané Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Ahh, I love Downton Abbey and I love that it's SO SOON.
     
  16. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    One episode left. Are you happy Everton?? :p
     
  17. Obi Anne

    Obi Anne FF manager Celebrations star 8 Manager

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    Can't wait, eventhough in my case I think I'll have to wait until winter to see it.
     
  18. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    Delighted! :p

    Now get to that finale!
     
  19. OBIWAN-JR

    OBIWAN-JR Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Dear Jay,

    You must be exceptionally frustrating to have sex with.

    Lots of Man Love,
    Jay-Jay


    -JR :)
     
  20. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Okay, I finished the show. I watched the finale in one go. Arrrrgh, I want the new season to start. I have no idea when it's going to arrive in the States, though!

    JR: Why would I be operating under the assumption that there's any ending?
     
  21. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    The show will arrive across the world within minutes of it's UK broadcast. ;)
     
  22. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    True enough, but that's not the point. :p

    I loved the dowager countess fussing about electricity and phones. It's wonderful. And I'm not sure who I hate more: Edith, Thomas, or O'Brien.
     
  23. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    O'Brien can be redeemed! She has it in her.
     
  24. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Yes, it's nice that she had a glimmer of humanity. I think Thomas was a bad influence on her (and is beyond redemption). But it's all ruined now.
     
  25. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    Nobody is beyond redemption, but I think Fellowes is playing the long game with Thomas. Banking on the show having a long run to get an arc for him.