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2013-01-07 12:13:50 PM
There is no such thing, subs.
 
2013-01-07 12:21:18 PM
I'm sure it's a good show and all, and I'll eventually get around to watching it, but I'm almost certain this has reached the IT Crowd or Firefly level of "Internet Good", where you watch it, and it's good, but you kind of feel guilty for not enjoying it at the level where you have to go make a Twitter or Facebook post about it.

/Not trolling Firefly fans, admit it, it's only "that good" because you can't have more
 
2013-01-07 12:27:12 PM
Now having RTFA it just sounds like some guy who was forced to watch it with his girlfriend so he just day dreams about OZ and counting wrinkles on Maggie Smith.
 
2013-01-07 12:30:44 PM
FTA: 1) Each time the scene shifts to Bates in prison, you hope for an Oz-style riot.
2) Whenever Matthew protests he can't inherit money from his ex-fiancee's father because it would be "wrong," you imagine Lady Mary braining him with a vase.


Yes. Both of these. Goddamn it, Matthew. You'd live with Mary hating you for not saving her family rather than take an inheritance that was given to you? (Though, shiat, they had a perfectly good other mansion.)

And, I hope Bates gets killed in prison so we can just be done with his sorry story. I used to want Anna and him to have a happy ending, but the misery has just dragged on too long.
 
2013-01-07 12:34:11 PM
That list was stupid, although Matthew is more stupid to consider turning down a fortune and turning his new bride into a bigger ice princess.

The Dowager gets great lines though, even more this season than last, so I have no idea what the article is talking about being bored of Maggie Smith.
 
2013-01-07 12:34:26 PM
I clearly haven't watch enough.

What's Downton Abbey?
 
2013-01-07 12:37:13 PM

Gig103: The Dowager gets great lines though, even more this season than last, so I have no idea what the article is talking about being bored of Maggie Smith.


That's because they had Shirley McClain on opposite. It was her time to shine.
 
2013-01-07 12:43:19 PM
As god as my witness, I always thought it was Downtown Abby.

/Never actually read the name!
 
2013-01-07 12:44:41 PM

jayhawk88: I'm sure it's a good show and all, and I'll eventually get around to watching it, but I'm almost certain this has reached the IT Crowd or Firefly level of "Internet Good", where you watch it, and it's good, but you kind of feel guilty for not enjoying it at the level where you have to go make a Twitter or Facebook post about it.

/Not trolling Firefly fans, admit it, it's only "that good" because you can't have more


I'd thought Firefly was 'that good', which actually kind of surprised me. I was halfway expecting what you were talking about.
 
2013-01-07 12:50:05 PM
I was disappointed with Shirley, thought she played it too broadly. That scene when she was slopping food into her pie-hole was beyond overdone. Also, her face is so wrecked that Maggie Smith looks like a dewy-faced ingenue in comparison.
 
2013-01-07 12:59:15 PM
Matthew dies and Mary has a baby boy.
 
2013-01-07 01:01:32 PM

duckpoopy: Matthew dies and Mary has a baby boy.


Fathered by the Turk?
 
2013-01-07 01:02:47 PM
Whenever Matthew protests he can't inherit money from his ex-fiancee's father because it would be "wrong," you imagine Lady Mary braining him with a vase.

Am I the only one that thinks that Mary is a gold digging biatch? I would kick her ass to the curb if she started that, "Why won't you do something you feel is morally wrong so that my rich family can live in a gigantic mansion instead of merely living in a large mansion like the commoners" bullshiat with me.
 
2013-01-07 01:08:12 PM
I confess that I watched the entire first season before I noticed that it was "Downton" and not "Downtown." Well, that explains why they don't live in the middle of town!

/Don't have PBS, so maybe I'll get to see the third season someday.
 
2013-01-07 01:11:21 PM

cryinoutloud: /Don't have PBS, so maybe I'll get to see the third season someday.


How does someone simply "not get" PBS. Isn't the point of PBS that everyone gets it?
 
2013-01-07 01:15:06 PM

KatjaMouse: cryinoutloud: /Don't have PBS, so maybe I'll get to see the third season someday.

How does someone simply "not get" PBS. Isn't the point of PBS that everyone gets it?


Maybe she means that she doesn't understand PBS

/sometimes I don't either
 
2013-01-07 01:15:27 PM
#11. You start fantasizing about Lady Edith?

/not me, of course.
 
2013-01-07 01:17:10 PM
After watching "Gosford Park" I wanted to murder most of the characters (mainly the upstairs ones of course)... why would I watch a whole ongoing series in the same vein? Also, was that "Titanic" thing a reference to Upstairs, Downstairs or what?
 
2013-01-07 01:17:26 PM

KatjaMouse: cryinoutloud: /Don't have PBS, so maybe I'll get to see the third season someday.

How does someone simply "not get" PBS. Isn't the point of PBS that everyone gets it?


If you live in the middle of nowhere so you can't get it via OTA any don't have internet so you can't stream off pbs.org? But since he is posting online I think he just doesn't care that much.
 
2013-01-07 01:23:00 PM
Wow, that was lame. You don't like the show, we get it. Do be a bit more clever next time.

Also, 3rd season spoiler guy is soooo neato....jackass
 
2013-01-07 01:23:03 PM

cryinoutloud: I confess that I watched the entire first season before I noticed that it was "Downton" and not "Downtown." Well, that explains why they don't live in the middle of town!

/Don't have PBS, so maybe I'll get to see the third season someday.


You do realize that PBS puts the show up, for free, to watch the same day they air it, right? Seriously, PBS is awesome like that.


But yes, I kind of want to tie Matthew and Mary together... and toss them off a bridge into the river to watch them drown. Seriously, I'm so sick of their damn drama.
 
2013-01-07 01:23:06 PM

No Such Agency: After watching "Gosford Park" I wanted to murder most of the characters (mainly the upstairs ones of course)... why would I watch a whole ongoing series in the same vein? Also, was that "Titanic" thing a reference to Upstairs, Downstairs or what?




No, the Titanic reference was because the series kicked off when the original heir to Downton died on the ship and they had to find a way to keep it in the family.
 
2013-01-07 01:25:07 PM
RogermcAllen:
Am I the only one that thinks that Mary is a gold digging biatch? I would kick her ass to the curb if she started that, "Why won't you do something you feel is morally wrong so that my rich family can live in a gigantic mansion instead of merely living in a large mansion like the commoners" bullshiat with me.

Things were a lot different for such people in that time, and the show can't ignore that. You couldn't simply kick a spouse or even a fiancee "to the curb" for any reason, let alone one involving money, which the wealthy were always pursuing to maintain their ridiculous lifestyles. The weight of social opprobrium for breaking major social conventions (such a breaking off an engagement or somehow managing to get divorced) was extreme, to the point that if you were too gauche you would simply "disappear from society" - invitations to any social events of your class would vanish and even speaking to you would become socially toxic for your friends.
 
2013-01-07 01:26:08 PM
catmandu:
No, the Titanic reference was because the series kicked off when the original heir to Downton died on the ship and they had to find a way to keep it in the family.

Ah thanks... Nice touch, I'll admit.
 
2013-01-07 01:30:00 PM
I watch the urban remake "Downtown Abbey" on BET.
 
2013-01-07 01:32:42 PM

JustHereForThePics: duckpoopy: Matthew dies and Mary has a baby boy.

Fathered by the Turk?


I still blame him for giving Constantinople the works. (Not that it's any of my business, or anyone else's for that matter.)
 
2013-01-07 01:32:52 PM

KatjaMouse: cryinoutloud: /Don't have PBS, so maybe I'll get to see the third season someday.
How does someone simply "not get" PBS. Isn't the point of PBS that everyone gets it?


Not since the digital switch. They just went away. I don't watch anything on my computer--TV shows barely keep my attention when they're on my TV, let alone trying to watch something on my laptop.

it's funny how my rather impoverished town wasn't able to keep the channel after the switch, but the two more affluent towns on both sides of us got the whole upgrade, and now have the 3 or 4 PBS stations that were promised to everyone when they were telling us how great the digital changeover would be.

/I know, nobody cares. You all have 700 channels and never see any commercials.
 
2013-01-07 01:35:27 PM

electronsexparty: FTA: 1) Each time the scene shifts to Bates in prison, you hope for an Oz-style riot.
2) Whenever Matthew protests he can't inherit money from his ex-fiancee's father because it would be "wrong," you imagine Lady Mary braining him with a vase.

Yes. Both of these. Goddamn it, Matthew. You'd live with Mary hating you for not saving her family rather than take an inheritance that was given to you? (Though, shiat, they had a perfectly good other mansion.)

And, I hope Bates gets killed in prison so we can just be done with his sorry story. I used to want Anna and him to have a happy ending, but the misery has just dragged on too long.


Dude, spoilers! Or, I can just catch up. I just got past the farked up episode where Miss O'Brien kills the baby with soap and England goes to war with Germany. I'm glad I'm staying with this series.
 
2013-01-07 01:42:00 PM

JustHereForThePics: duckpoopy: Matthew dies and Mary has a baby boy.

Fathered by the Turk?


By the story timeline, she banged that dude like 6 years ago.
 
2013-01-07 01:50:33 PM

jayhawk88: I'm sure it's a good show and all, and I'll eventually get around to watching it, but I'm almost certain this has reached the IT Crowd or Firefly level of "Internet Good", where you watch it, and it's good, but you kind of feel guilty for not enjoying it at the level where you have to go make a Twitter or Facebook post about it.

/Not trolling Firefly fans, admit it, it's only "that good" because you can't have more


Firefly never got a chance to be good.  IT Crowd had one good first series and a smattering of half-way decent episodes after ("The Speech" being the best of the lot) but the rest was complete shiat.  Once they took them outside the realm of "IT" - it just wasn't that good.

Downton Abbey remained consistently good for the most part but it jumped the shark this season.
 
2013-01-07 02:32:19 PM
Also, 3rd season spoiler guy is soooo neato....jackass

SNAPE KILLS MATTHEW

I read the reviews in the Brit papers when it broadcasted there, so I couldn't help myself from reading ahead. But they didn't reveal *everything*, like what happens to the head maid with breast cancer, and a few other things.

I did enjoy the ex-chaffuer Tom, going off at dinner. I would have so picked up one of those silver soup thingys and bonked-bonked him on the head. As an Irish-American, I know he had a point, but jeez, at the dinner table? Really? Such things are to be addressed in the drawing room, over cigars and Port, best not to upset the ladies, really....
 
2013-01-07 02:35:50 PM

duckpoopy: Matthew dies and Mary has a baby boy.


Spoiler: In Season 5, Lady Mary begins working as a governess.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-07 02:39:44 PM

Meethos: As god as my witness, I always thought it was Downtown Abby.

/Never actually read the name!


I thought the same thing until my wife corrected me yesterday. She's been watching Season 1 on Netflix the last few days, so I decided to give it a shot. Maybe it's just one of those things you have to start watching from the first episode, because I was bored out of my mind!
 
2013-01-07 02:48:26 PM

cryinoutloud: it's funny how my rather impoverished town wasn't able to keep the channel after the switch, but the two more affluent towns on both sides of us got the whole upgrade, and now have the 3 or 4 PBS stations that were promised to everyone when they were telling us how great the digital changeover would be.


PBS always struck me as being geared towards rich people on the Left....

/ If I 'm going to watch a period piece with British accents, I'll rather watch "Rome" again...
 
2013-01-07 03:00:40 PM

Meethos: As god as my witness, I always thought it was Downtown Abby.

/Never actually read the name!


Good to know I am not the only one who thought it was called Downtown Abbey.....dyslexia sucks

Actually have seen a couple of episodes...and Downton Abbey is an interesting show
 
2013-01-07 03:01:47 PM
WHEN DOSE MARY HAVE BABBY
 
2013-01-07 03:07:51 PM

wildstarr: I clearly haven't watch enough.

What's Downton Abbey?


It's a show where people never use more than one "w" in a word.
 
2013-01-07 03:12:00 PM

theurge14: WHEN DOSE MARY HAVE BABBY


Around the time of Matthew's death.  Mum and baby live.  Sybil's death in childbirth is wrenching and will probably be cut for US consumption,  but they'll have the fights about how Tom is going to raise her.  And later on they all visit someone in Scotland who went through the same bad investments as Robert but lost it all.  And Edith gets radicalized, becomes a suffragette and writer and falls for her publisher but he can't get a divorce because his wife is in the asylum.  And Anna and John get back together at the end.  The Xmas special at the end of Series 3 (Season 3 in the US) is even more fun.
 
2013-01-07 03:18:56 PM

Meethos: As god as my witness, I always thought it was Downtown Abby.

/Never actually read the name!


yianniscove.com

"Let's show this prehistoric biatch how we do things downton!"
 
2013-01-07 03:30:20 PM
If you can picture all of this in your head then here's TRULY how you know you've watched too much Downton Abbey:

(intro with important sounding period theme music)

(scene of 1920s vehicle pulling up in gravel driveway to Downton Abbey)

(footman help Dowager into the house)

Dowager: Oh there's so much to talk about, let's have luncheon later today.
Earl Grantham: I cannot make promises, there is so much walking around I must do today.
Dowager: (insert clever quip about walking here)

(switch scene to downstairs)

Random new footman: Wanna play doctor?
Daisy: WOT?
Mrs Patmore: Get to work, you!
Daisy: WOT WOT?

(switch scene to Crawley's house)

Mrs Crawley: I hope to change everything in this town!
Matthew: Mother I don't care.
(knock on door)
Dowager: Shall we do luncheon?
Mrs Crawley: Oh shiznit here we go!
Dowager: (insert clever quip about shiznit)

(switch scene back to downstairs)

Mr. Carson: There will be a big luncheon today, so everyone start acting professional!
Thomas: Blah blah blah
Bates: I'll beat you up, sir.
Anna: No don't you'll get put in gaol (Mrs. Hughes: Nobody is going anywhere, now let's get to work.
Ethel: HI EVERYONE I HAD A BABBY CAN I HAVE JOB PLEZ
(everyone gasps)

(switch scene to sitting room)

Lady Grantham: Dear what are we to do about our daughters:?
Lord Grantham: Do what?
Lady Grantham: Mary doesn't have babby yet
Lord Grantham: Matthew's winky doesn't work, so the doctor tells me.
Lady Grantham: Oh. Well, anyway Edith has a job in London now.
Lord Grantham: WOT WOT?

(scene at dinner)

Edith: I've got a job in London.
Dowager: (insert clever quip about women having jobs but with a longing look that suggests women should have jobs)
Branson: In Ireland nobody has jobs because the English won't let us have one.
Mary: (glares)
Matthew: Let's go have a drink ol' chap.
(new footman drops fork)
Everyone: WOT WOT?

(scene downstairs)

O'Brien: You caused the new footman to drop the fork!
Thomas: Prove it.
O'Brien: I'll kill you in your sleep.
Thomas: Nuh uh!
Anna: I thought you two were thick as thieves?
Bates: I'll kill you Thomas.
Anna: NO THEY WOULD PUT U IN GAOL AGAIN.

(scene in saloon)
Lord Grantham: I'll have to sack everyone to pay the bills.
Matthew: No sir I have a solution!
Lord Grantham: Nonsense!
Branson: Just listen to him please sir!
Lord Grantham: (stomps off)

(scene in bedroom)
Lady Grantham: I must have luncheon tomorrow.
Lord Grantham: Matthew saved us again but I acted quite badly to him.
Lady Grantham: Mary will handle it.
Lord Grantham: Oh good. Goodnight.
(Dowager bursts in the door)
Dowager: (insert clever quip about vaginas solving everything)

End Credits
 
2013-01-07 03:33:00 PM
Have you done something jolly with your hair?

*snort*
 
2013-01-07 03:38:55 PM
www.icebergtees.com

/Not mine, apparently it's now a thing.
 
2013-01-07 03:45:20 PM

teto85: theurge14: WHEN DOSE MARY HAVE BABBY

...SPOILERS

...

Fark. You.
 
2013-01-07 03:50:22 PM

teto85: theurge14: WHEN DOSE MARY HAVE BABBY

Around the time of Matthew's death.  Mum and baby live.  Sybil's death in childbirth is wrenching and will probably be cut for US consumption,  but they'll have the fights about how Tom is going to raise her.  And later on they all visit someone in Scotland who went through the same bad investments as Robert but lost it all.  And Edith gets radicalized, becomes a suffragette and writer and falls for her publisher but he can't get a divorce because his wife is in the asylum.  And Anna and John get back together at the end.  The Xmas special at the end of Series 3 (Season 3 in the US) is even more fun.


Welp, I can see I'm done with the show now.
 
2013-01-07 03:59:34 PM

theurge14: End Credits


You are a genius. +1
 
2013-01-07 04:16:07 PM

DoblerMeyer: I decided to give it a shot. Maybe it's just one of those things you have to start watching from the first episode, because I was bored out of my mind!


There's your problem right there. My wife tries to bore me with it occasionally, but I'm not falling for it anymore.
 
2013-01-07 04:21:39 PM

Crewmannumber6: KatjaMouse: cryinoutloud: /Don't have PBS, so maybe I'll get to see the third season someday.

How does someone simply "not get" PBS. Isn't the point of PBS that everyone gets it?

Maybe she means that she doesn't understand PBS

/sometimes I don't either


It's good for once to turn on PBS and see an uninterrupted show, as opposed to seeing the local station manager droning on endlessly about how everyone should send them money because they have such great shows.

//pretty much gave up on PBS due to the endless begging/droning
/DA was my first time watching PBS in years, except for the Woody Allen bio.
 
2013-01-07 04:24:42 PM
So, it's cool to post spoilers in all the entertainment threads now? Say, if one happens to know one of the key plot twists to the next Star Trek movie, for example? People would be cool with somebody just up and blowing that load when that thread comes around?

No? Then shut the f*ck up.

/lol she mad
 
2013-01-07 04:33:10 PM

theurge14: If you can picture all of this in your head then here's TRULY how you know you've watched too much Downton Abbey:

[highly accurate compression of 20 hours of TV]


Dammit, I had to go close my door while I was reading this so folks around here wouldn't think there was something wrong with me.

//Just watched first 2 seasons in 8 days, followed up with the open to season 3
/You nailed it
 
2013-01-07 04:50:01 PM

someonelse: So, it's cool to post spoilers in all the entertainment threads now? Say, if one happens to know one of the key plot twists to the next Star Trek movie, for example? People would be cool with somebody just up and blowing that load when that thread comes around?

No? Then shut the f*ck up.

/lol she mad


If Star Trek were released in America 5 months before the UK I don't think it would be problem talking about it a few months after the premier.
 
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