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Since I`m home sick this week - thanks to co-workers who have been sneezing and coughing their viruses/bacteria all over me for weeks, I appreciate it, having a damaged lung and all since childhood, urgh - I decided to break in some new show and for whatever reason settled on Downton Abbey.

And um, not that it is bad or anything but so far it`s basically like a newer version of "Upstairs, Downstairs". I don`t know, maybe I expected something different? More? I like period pieces, especially in that time but somehow I`m missing a certain "oompf". Hm.

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legoline
Feb. 26th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
No, it bsically is like Upstairs Downstairs. Seeing that I have a total thing for that era I still quite enjoy it, but while I truly loved the first season it's been...getting worse since then. Season two was a desaster, season three was better but still very soap-ish. By now I mainly watch for Branson :-p
legoline
Feb. 26th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, and for the Dowager Countess, naturally :D
astri13
Feb. 27th, 2013 10:17 am (UTC)
Season two was a desaster, season three was better but still very soap-ish.

Ah, okay, thanks for the warning.

By now I mainly watch for Branson :-p

Three episodes in, I haven`t gotten the hang of all the characters yet. Is he a servant? Nobility? The name doesn`t ring a bell right now.
legoline
Feb. 27th, 2013 10:31 am (UTC)
Branson is the Irish chauffeur :)
embroiderama
Feb. 26th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy Downton but I do so with the understanding that it's basically a soap opera--or even a telenovela--just with better production values. So it's fun and dramatic and pretty, but I don't take it too seriously. Except for when it breaks my heart.
mareen
Feb. 27th, 2013 05:07 am (UTC)
This. That's my feeling about it, too.
It's not the great art people seem to make it out. It's a soap opera with good costumes.
astri13
Feb. 27th, 2013 10:23 am (UTC)
It's not the great art people seem to make it out.

Maybe that was the problem. From what I read about it, I expected something more.

Though the situation of the proper noblewoman being seduced by some young pretty boy turned on its head when the guy croaked in the middle of it was amusingly bizarre.

And while he is pretty nasty, I feel a bit bad for Thomas, the footman with the bad taste in guys.
astri13
Feb. 27th, 2013 10:19 am (UTC)
Yup, it strikes me as a period piece soap, too. Which is okay, I guess. Maybe I had expected something more.

Though the young Turkish dude dying after sex just seemed to come out of an average comedy movie. The whole situation was so grotesque, I giggled a bit.
leelust
Feb. 27th, 2013 06:22 am (UTC)
Get well soon!
I've heard the that first couple of seasons of that show are good but i don't know, had no intention to watch so far.
astri13
Feb. 27th, 2013 10:23 am (UTC)
I will finish the first Season since it only has 7 episodes but not sure I`ll watch more.
leelust
Feb. 27th, 2013 11:03 am (UTC)
Looks like your opinion did it to me - won't watch. Considering i'm not a fan of that kind of shows i don't think i'll like it.
katje0711
Feb. 27th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
So you're not feeling well. Hope you're better soon!
astri13
Feb. 27th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you, it`s nice getting to sleep in and getting some rest this week. It helps a great deal.
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