holly and i are usually not the type to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to popular tv shows, but so many of our friends talk about the pbs series downton abbey that we were finally like ok let’s see what this whole thing’s about.
holly, of course, took the reigns and was like, babe, the new season’s starting, let’s get on this so we can watch season 3. so we started a trial of netflix and finished season 1 over the weekend. then we started season 2 last night (via a free trial of hulu–gotta love the free trials!). here are some thoughts so far:
on the cast & characters:
thomas is a little prick. i could kick his ass. why did they have to make him gay? not good for the cause. they should have fired him before he left. but i guess they need a villian for the storyline. i can’t even look at him. he disgusts me.
his friend, that lady who works for “her ladyship,” (the american lady that was in the 80s movie “she’s having a baby”)? she’s a bitch, too. mrs. whatever-her-face. (o’brian, mrs. o’brian, holly’s telling me now) i could elbow her in the mouth, i can’t even look at her face either. she needs to be fired, too. also: her and thomas smoke entirely too much.
mr. bates is my favorite. so is that girl, the one he proposed to? they’re both our favorites.
the youngest sister is the hottest. i know she’s probably young, but don’t hold it against me. she’s a dead ringer for a brunette scarlett johansson. she even looks good in the old-school nurses uniform.
edith, the blond sister: also a bitch. way to go spreading sh*t about your own sister! she’s the jan brady. everyone knows she’s an idiot. at least she can drive.
mary, the oldest: marsha brady, obviously. popular one. did you see how fabulous her hair is when it’s down? she’s ok. i mean, so far. there’s still plenty of time for me to hate her, too. we’re only on season 2, episode 3. plenty of time.
granny, i know she’s a really famous actress, don’t know her name. started out hating her, now i’m kind of liking her. she’s funny. wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley, though. she was great in “the best exotic marigold hotel.” did you see that movie? FABULOUS MOVIE. see it if you haven’t already! i know it’s a weird name for a movie but trust me, it’s good. you know i wouldn’t lead you astray.
matthew, the cousin. i don’t think cousins should marry, even if they’re distant cousins. you gotta mix up the gene pool, people! he has nice eyes, though. despite the whole cousin thing, i want him and mary together. so wrong it’s actually right.
the turkish guy that died. he totally had a moment with evil thomas. even though i can’t stand him, i don’t blame thomas for putting the moves on him. also: he was hot even when he was dead. that’s true hotness.
daisy: stop picking on daisy! she’s a nice girl! geesh.
i have more commentary on more characters but i have a headache so i’ll stop now.
watching the show, episode after episode, really gets me in the mood to talk like british people. i suddenly have the urge to say words like “lovely” and “quite.”
i get confused easily as we watch. i mean, first of all, they’re accents are so thick i need subtitles. also, there are so many names to remember. and secret alliances and plots. i’m not cut out for this type of show. i’m better with friends reruns, jersey shore and hbo’s “girls” (OMG WE LOVE THAT SHOW). far too intellectual and historical for me. but i’m trying. i do see what all the fuss is about. it’s a good show. gotta hand it to them, pbs really knocked one out of the park with this one.
lastly, for the longest time i thought it was downtown abbey. don’t even tell me you didn’t think so, too. glad to have that cleared up before i embarrass myself at a dinner party.
p.s. please no spoilers! pretty please!
Doug always refers to it as ‘Downtown Abbey’ – he knows it’s ‘Downton’ but I guess likes to call it that anyway …??! I have a love-hate relationship with that show. The next-to-last episode of Season 2 perfectly sums up why this is (maybe you’ll agree when you see it?) It is a ridiculous soap opera but because it’s set in Britain with pretty costumes it’s somehow a huge hit?! Yet, I cannot NOT watch it! Mostly because of Lord Grantham’s yellow lab. Have you seen the yellow lab? Worth the agony of some of the over-the-top bits. 🙂 I like a few of the characters, Maggie Smith is particularly brilliant, and there are some good plot points, but I find myself irritated with a lot of them too (sorry – Bates drives me nuts sometimes, and Lady Grantham … don’t even get me started) and wondering why I just spent 2 hours of my life watching what is basically posh nonsense. Love the food scenes, though. And the doggie. (No … I guess I don’t really have any opinions about this …)
Also: “he was hot even when he was dead. that’s true hotness.” Too good.
She is SO the Jan Brady!!!
I watch most British television with subtitles on. And then I start talking like them because I LOVE ACCENTS! It’s cute when I watch British tv; offensive after I watch some Chinese movie. I need to be careful about that.
Ha! You’re very funny! Just came across your blog after watching Downton and Googling ‘ Lord Grantham is an idiot’.