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Anyone else Downton Abbey fans? I love historical fiction and British history so this show is right up my alley. I kind of cheated and watched the whole season already when it first leaked on the internet, so I'll try not to give any spoilers before the episodes have aired on tv..... 

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Hey I love that show. Some of the story lines are so ridiculous!  Also love the Dowager countess and her disapproving sniffs.  I've watched half of season 3 (episode 4 or 5?) you know the one with Sybil and haven't had the courage to watch the next episode. Maybe tonight is the night

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Also a big fan.  Yes, some plot lines are far-fetched.... but they make up for it with the interesting characters and great writing.  I find the "downstairs" stories a bit more interesting the the "upstairs" stories.  

 

But why did Lady Mary become so boring the minute she got married????   She was such a spit-fire when single - never doing what was expected and holding out for true love.  Now she just seems all about the estate.

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Does anyone else find the disparity between the seriousness of the upstairs/downstairs problems a little troubling at times? "oh, no, I took a lover an now everyone will know" vs "I've been wrongly imprisoned for my wife's murder." Or, " oh no, we have to sell our giant castle and move into our smaller castle" vs " I had to become a prostitute to care for born out of wedlock son, and I still had give him away"

You know, that sort of thing.
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But why did Lady Mary become so boring the minute she got married????   She was such a spit-fire when single - never doing what was expected and holding out for true love.  Now she just seems all about the estate.

I agree with this a bit. I mean - she had a gentleman basically, ahem, die in her bedroom under less than forthright circumstances.. and then - married, happily ever after. And if I'm not mistaken, Matthew doesn't even know about that! Though I think Lady Mary does still have her share of intrigue - this plot line with her potential fertility issues is shrouded in mystery. What's going on there?

 

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Does anyone else find the disparity between the seriousness of the upstairs/downstairs problems a little troubling at times? "oh, no, I took a lover an now everyone will know" vs "I've been wrongly imprisoned for my wife's murder." Or, " oh no, we have to sell our giant castle and move into our smaller castle" vs " I had to become a prostitute to care for born out of wedlock son, and I still had give him away"

You know, that sort of thing.

 

Sure, a little bit. It would be quite ridiculous if we were talking about a real life situation, of course. But as a vintage soap opera (which is basically what Downton is, if we're honest with ourselves and allow the indulgence) it's completely engaging and forgivable. :-)

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Sure, a little bit. It would be quite ridiculous if we were talking about a real life situation, of course. But as a vintage soap opera (which is basically what Downton is, if we're honest with ourselves and allow the indulgence) it's completely engaging and forgivable. :-)

XD totally
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I know not season 3, but I haven't watched any of it, but would like to start (from the beginning, preferably). Does anyone know where to find the first 2 seasons to watch online for free?

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This show make me grateful for modern medicine.

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I got caught up on PBS online.  All while BF which made me look forward to it even more because I could sit down and watch a good chunk of TV uninterrupted. 

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I know not season 3, but I haven't watched any of it, but would like to start (from the beginning, preferably). Does anyone know where to find the first 2 seasons to watch online for free?

 

Google Project Free TV - you should be able to see all of the seasons there. 

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I agree with this a bit. I mean - she had a gentleman basically, ahem, die in her bedroom under less than forthright circumstances.. and then - married, happily ever after. And if I'm not mistaken, Matthew doesn't even know about that! 

 

I am pretty sure he knows about that, because he was upset when she first told him, and then she was going to go away when the story broke, but then he asked her to marry him.

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It was on the Christmas Special, I do believe.  Let me tell you all, when I got my grubby little hands into Season 1 on Netflix, housework was left undone for that show.  My poor husband noticed and was fairly amazed, I think, because of the fact that I rarely watch so much television, or care about what I do watch all that much, and also because he actually went hungry because of it. 

Season 3...  oh sweet mercy, season, 3, who on earth is chopping so many onions in my living room?

 

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Yeah, after watching season three, I may need to revise my disparity statement. Oy!
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I am pretty sure he knows about that, because he was upset when she first told him, and then she was going to go away when the story broke, but then he asked her to marry him.

 

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It was on the Christmas Special, I do believe.  Let me tell you all, when I got my grubby little hands into Season 1 on Netflix, housework was left undone for that show.  My poor husband noticed and was fairly amazed, I think, because of the fact that I rarely watch so much television, or care about what I do watch all that much, and also because he actually went hungry because of it. 

Season 3...  oh sweet mercy, season, 3, who on earth is chopping so many onions in my living room?

 

bawling.gif
 

 

Oh dang, you guys are right. I'd completely forgotten about that. 

post #15 of 51

Does anyone else find that the "big"stories are less interesting than the small ones? I really enjoy stories like the stolen snuff box, or the footmen competing or the arguments over the christening.  I think they show more character development than the huge stories.  Like the Matthew is paralyzed but suddenly walking???? I started laughing when he got up! Or Mary and the Turkish gentleman? Also hilarious.

post #16 of 51

Here's a fun quiz for you to play at.

 

http://www.weta.org/tv/picks/downtonabbey/quiz/sybil

post #17 of 51
Nice. I am Sybil.
post #18 of 51
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Here's the link to actually take the quiz - http://www.weta.org/tv/picks/downtonabbey/quiz.

 

Apparently I'm the Dowager Countess - kind of accurate, really... oh dear. 

post #19 of 51

I am Anna Smith (now Bates)

post #20 of 51

Aha, thank you kitchensqueen! 

I"m jealous of Viola, I wanted to be Anna, but alas, I am not. 
 

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