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Old January 8 2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey 2x01

ITV's breakout hit Downton Abbey returns to PBS tonight with the first episode of the second season:
Fall 1916 — Spring 1917

In the throes of the Great War, uncertainty and worry have taken up residence in the great house of Downton Abbey. Some newcomers arrive, met with varying degrees of welcome; some young men are absent, desperately clinging to survival in the trenches of France; and some men remain at Downton, their discontent festering.

Robert, ever the honorable patriarch, struggles with the uneasiness of a diminished house and the suspicion that the uniform he wears is empty. The Crawley women, too, attempt to find their place in the new climate, as Isobel helps chart a new course for one sister and Branson exerts his influence over yet another. Among the servants, love is in the air — O'Brien being, as always, the exception — until Bates makes a decision that crushes the hearts of the two people who love him most.

News about Matthew stuns the house, and Mary has a revelation of her own. Downton Abbey itself is to be made useful, transformed into a convalescent home for wounded officers. In wartime, not even the seemingly immutable Dowager Countess, Violet, remains entirely unchanged!
The first season was delightful, if somewhat cheesy, fun -- and it also boasted a very attractive cast, including Michelle Dockery.

Will Bates and Anna get together? Will Miss O'Brien's evilness be revealed? Will Carson lose a little more of his sanity in trying to wrangle the serving staff? Will the Dowager Countess sniff derisively at Cousin Isobel? Will Lady Edith ever find love? Will Lady Sybil become a bomb-throwing anarchist? Will cousins Matthew and Mary admit their feelings for one another? Will Matthew survive the carnage of the Western Front? Most importantly, will there be endless discussions about the entail and the inheritance problems?

Anyone else looking forward to this tonight?
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Old January 8 2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Re: Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey 2x01

Must warn you, the writing is not has good as series one.
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Old January 9 2012, 04:14 PM   #3
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I liked it okay, but it did not seem to have the feel of one. In season one I felt some suspense, but in this series I have not gotten that vibe.

I felt sorry for the blinded Lt. that killed himself.

Mary should just throw herself at Matthew's feet already.

Thomas' cutting remarks and attitude were grating in one and he did not endear himself this time round either. He did show some humanity with the Lt. but that was fleeting.

Matthew's fiance was mousey and how many times can Isobel have shocking hospital plans?
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Old January 24 2012, 01:01 AM   #4
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I thought the first two episodes of S2 were just as good as S1. I like the politicing, I like the tension, and I still want to nail Michelle Dockery. And the best part is, my wife is more than willing to join me. ;-)
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Old January 24 2012, 01:06 AM   #5
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I've been watching this with my parents on Sunday nights. It has been airing here in Canada on Knowledge Network. I quite enjoy it. One of the few shows that I have actually watched with my parents that we all mutually enjoy.
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Old January 25 2012, 03:22 AM   #6
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I've been watching this new season and I am enjoying it very much. Maybe a tad less of what I saw of Season One, but still good.

I hope Matthew and Mary are able to get together, but its not looking too good for them right now. I keep thinking something will happen with Matthew's fiance and they will break up...giving Mary another chance to speak up about her feelings.

Glad the situation with Bates and Anna are working out a bit. His conniving wife needs a good boot.
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Old January 25 2012, 05:00 AM   #7
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I believe that's why Bates walks funny -- he has only one good boot.
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Old January 25 2012, 05:15 PM   #8
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great quote from patton oswalt, who has been livetweeting during the episodes.

'My hobbies are croquet, pressing flowers, and failing to say what I mean' - Mary Crawley
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Old January 25 2012, 05:17 PM   #9
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gotta admit, I cant take anna seriously after watching the recent robin hood series. anna takes over as robins love interest after maid marion bites it at the end of season 2.

and talk about not taking seriously...shawns mom, and the PM from doctor who is Matthews mom, goodness.
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Old January 25 2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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Quite simply, this is one of the best shows on TV now. I turned to my husband after last week's episode and said, "Why can't all TV be like this?"

Less Snooki and Kim, more quality TV.
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Old January 26 2012, 12:55 AM   #11
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I believe that's why Bates walks funny -- he has only one good boot.
That explains it now! LOL.
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Old January 26 2012, 04:22 AM   #12
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I watched season 1 on DVD over Christmas and now I am watching it every Sunday. I just love it. I had heard a lot of positive buzz about it but it is much better than I had anticipated.

Maggie Smith is a delight and steals the show.

I will be adding this to my dvd collection.
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Old January 26 2012, 04:50 AM   #13
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Cora is clueless. When's she going to get wise about O'Brien?
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Old January 26 2012, 05:07 AM   #14
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Cora is clueless. When's she going to get wise about O'Brien?
Omg, yes! So easily manipulated, yet thinking she's just so smart.

I like how the Earl is acting re: Bates. He'll accept that there IS something scandalous in his family and won't let Bates take the fall.
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Old January 26 2012, 05:55 AM   #15
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Quite simply, this is one of the best shows on TV now. I turned to my husband after last week's episode and said, "Why can't all TV be like this?"

Less Snooki and Kim, more quality TV.
Yes! This is the one show I really look forward to each week and never feel disappointed.
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