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Post  Genevieve on Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:19 pm

Because The Dowager Duchess should be everyone's spirit animal.
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Post  Kiran on Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:22 pm

I still love Branson. I mean I don't know if the whole internet is hating on him or just ONTD but I don't think << hes being that OTT or crazy. I think its been presented that Sybil does love him but she is too scared to act on it and he recognizes that. >>

I love Matthew/Mary and I think Matthew is going to be << walking by the Christmas special >>
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Post  Genevieve on Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:26 pm

Oh I love Branson too.
It's good to know that there is someone else who ships Matthew/Mary.
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Post  Kiran on Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:28 pm

There are people WHO DON'T?

They can go sit over by the Branson haters.

I do wish there was a way to keep Richard on. Hes fantastic.
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Post  Genevieve on Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:32 pm

The show makes me feel like I am watching a panto at times. The baddies are so bad and I expect someone to twirl their mustache.
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Post  Kiran on Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:33 pm

Ha ha, agreed. I love it so.

Did you see the preview for the next episode?
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Post  Genevieve on Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:39 pm

OMG YES!!!! I swear to God I shouted, "WTFWTF OMG" then I fell off of the sofa.
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Post  Kiran on Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:08 pm

It was the one thing they could have done that shocked me.
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Post  caerbannog on Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:43 am

I liked Branson more last season. It's not that I dislike him and Sybil together, I want to ship them, but >>they've had the same conversation for the past five episodes now. I think they do care for each other, but each repetition makes it seem less convincing. More covert courting, less talk, please.

Even though I knew that William was going to be toast, I was still surprised by how sad it was.

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Post  Kiran on Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:03 am

I agree. Also << Daisy is possibly my least favorite character >>.
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Post  Queen Esther on Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:05 pm

Daisy has apparently never looked in that shiny, shiny silver, and doesn't know she was aiming way out of her league.

I will always love Branson and Sybil, both individually and together, BUT I NEED THEM TO MAKE OUT ALREADY, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. The writers are so very, very cruel.

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Post  harvey the penguin on Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:01 am

This has gotten so ridiculously soapy, I LOVE IT. I mean,
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he had amnesia! In Canada! Then became an unrecognizable burn victim!
I love it!

I think by next season we'll see Carson's evil twin or something. He'll have a goatee, natch.
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Post  Morning Angel on Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:25 am

Yes, the problem with Sybil/Branson is that they've been having the same conversation over and over again and it's been 4 years (!?!) if you follow the timeline of the series (where time fliiiieees by). That does stretch the imagination a bit.

I'm concerned about Robert though.
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I don't want him cheating on Cora with the maid! Robert/Cora was the one solid, fairly happy couple in the show.

I can't wait for the Matthew scenes next week. The previews did look exciting!

This show is ridiculous at times but oh so delicious.
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Post  caerbannog on Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:04 am

I cannot believe that next week is already the finale. Where will I get my costume drama fix after it's gone? SO.MANY.EMOTIONS.
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Poor Carson. That look on his face when Mary was being bitter at him was so sad.

Poor Thomas too. He's still kind of a prick, but I felt really bad for him.

I'm still not convinced Sybil is all that in love with Branson as a person, especially when she flat out says that he's her ticket out of her boring life. That is not romantic, it is a giant warning sign, Branson! At least, their relationship looks more promising in the previews for next week.

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Post  Morning Angel on Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:12 am

The scene with Matthew
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miraculously able to stand up (yes, no muscle atrophy or weakness!)
made me cringe so much, but I still enjoyed the episode. I still wish it was a tad more grounded like season 1 was.


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Post  Genevieve on Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:30 pm

It was another episode where I find myself shouting at the television, "WHAT IN GOD'S NAME IS GOING ON" and "OMGWTFWASTHAT"
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Post  Morning Angel on Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:55 am

Matthew Crawley, you are such a drama llama. That was some serious emo grandstanding, though of course, he was allowed to be devastated. Just a tad over the top.
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Mary being resigned to marry Richard was so sad. Mary is too awesome for him. Nevertheless, the dancing and the kiss were lovely.

Robert was just killing me. I liked that character so much last year, but
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the whole storyline with the maid made me annoyed with him. I just wish they hadn't gone there. Though it may be what allowed him to come through for Sybil and Branson so that may have worked.
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Post  Kiran on Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:57 am

I keep telling myself THERE IS A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. ALL IS NOT LOST. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL.
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Post  Morning Angel on Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:03 am

I will be holding on to that thought as well.

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I still have a feeling that Mary/Matthew are not going to get together until the end of the series or close to it.
I think it'll keep being dangled in front of us.
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Post  Kiran on Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:06 am

I do too. Fucking Fellows.
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Post  epudom on Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:01 pm

My work colleague and I were talking about the 2nd season today, and our general consensus was that overall it has been a letdown. The main issue has been timeline related - 6 years have passed since the first episode. This Mary/Matthew and Anna/Bates dramas have been going on for over half a decade each! Why does Daisy still look (and act) like a naive teenager? Why is Thomas still around? I mean yes, keep the character around as he's good to hate, but in the real world, surely he would've moved on to bigger and better things?

We were joking that the Christmas special will probably cover all of the 1920s, and the end of season 3 will be in the middle of the Depression. And Mary and Matthew will still be drama llamas.
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Post  Morning Angel on Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:01 am

The timeline bugs me too. It just seems so drawn out. Though, as my mom was pointing out, the war did put things off kilter for many years. People were putting off changes until the end of the war. Fair enough, but I do wish they had started the first season closer to the beginning of the war.
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Post  Genevieve on Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:01 pm

Less than fifty days until I am sitting in front of the tv, having a stroke. Serious Matthew Crawley. SERIOUSLY.
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Post  Morning Angel on Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:16 pm

I started following Dan Stevens on Twitter, and he posts random pictures. They got cupcakes with the faces of all the characters on it. It led to this picture with the caption: Whose face should I eat?


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Post  QueenSix on Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:07 pm

Well now, I thought my Momo was prone to the aul dramatics but it seems young Matthew Crawley got the same memo about being over the top at funerals! "She died of a broken heart!" She did in her arse, you muppet!
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She died of the Spanish influenza and was resigned to giving you up because she knew that you and Mary are an OTP and also knew that she'd get a better end scene if she died looking pale and wan amongst white sheets than if she just packed her bags and left.
And I'm sorry but Dr Clarkson does not come off as competent.
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"I thought you'd never walk again so I never mentioned that the other doctor said you might because it disagreed with my diagnosis". "I know I said she wasn't too badly sick but that pesky flu got one over on me. It waited for me to say that she'd be okay to make me look like a twit. It's been doing it all day. I expect to go home and find that it's filled in the newspaper crossword on me next!"

The drama was off the charts -
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Robert kissing the maid?
I nearly had the vapours! Plot points dealt with by having someone come in and say "Oh Carson, wasn't it awful the way such and such ended up". The Dowager getting all the best lines - well, that one is justified, it's Maggie Smith and she rocks. I mean, if this was set in Albert Square or on Coronation Street, I'd be watching something else. But put them in period costumes and let me cheer and hiss at the screen as applicable and I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!!!


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