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#10. Downton Abbey (S2)

Apparently everything I've done these days is watching Downton and my challenge is not progressing that well. Season 2 has been over for more than a month now, I've already gotten my DVDs, rewatched scenes and episodes and I'm anxiously waiting for the Christmas special. So, what's more to say about it?

Season 2 wasn't as perfect as season 1. There have been quite some sophomore slumps. Storylines felt rushed at times (Fellowes has still problems with jealousy and time travelling, apparently), some characters seemed to have very little purpose and others seemed a bit wasted. On the other hand, he dragged things too much for the main couples on the show, specially Mary and Matthew and Sybil and Branson, even though I'm happy at least one of them got a closure in the finale. I think there were some wasted chances and so much potential that hasn't been explored yet, but I hope he'll do things better for the new season and less rushed. The fact S3 will cover just a couple of years is already a big consolation.

Nevertheless, I still love this show so very much and I think it still is superior to a lot of other things on TV at the moment. And, the most important thing, it still manages to make me feel excited, emotional, happy, even angry at times. So as long as it arises emotions in me, I think he can forgive Fellowes for his ridiculous fails. And because he still has quite some difficulties to admit secretly married couples are married. We all know whom I'm talking about.

That said, I'll let my weekly tamblings for each episode speak further about it.  

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folie_lex
Dec. 22nd, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
I think I've finally figured what bothered me with S2: more often than not, it felt much more like a soap opera (which was a feeling that was never present for me during S1).

ellie987
Dec. 22nd, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
Yes, I agree, specially when it comes to Mary/Matthew and that damn love quadrangle. However, I've always found them quite uninteresting so I'm not bothered much...or better, I'm bothered because they take up so much screentime, which could be used for other more interesting characters.
folie_lex
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
Belive it or not, the Mary/Mathew soapyness didn't bother me as much.
And it's not that I'm a die hard shipper (which actually I'm not. I like them - sure! - but that's about as far as it goes).
It proabably has a lot to do with the fact that from very early on in S1 they seemed to have taken up those roles of the doomed-will-they-won't-they lovers... you know... the drawn out looooong romance. So I guess I was expecting it on that front.

But it did bother me when all the soapyness started to seap into all the other storylines that didn't have to fall into that category.

ellie987
Dec. 24th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can understand that. Specially with Sybil/Branson at times. And even Anna/Bates had some soapy moments thanks to Vera.

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