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One of the best quotes of the night!

Good episode, bit too much cheese. But the ending!

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The ouija board scenes are way too cheesy I am afraid
but glad about the ending
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Love it, I'm sure the Turkish guy scandal and the fenian grandchild will be used to shake up season 3.
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I'm hoping they give Cora more to do in the 3rd series. Elizabeth McGovern was wonderfully utilized in the opening series, but I feel like she was just a background character in the second. Of course with as many characters as they've shown, not all can have a leading part in every episode, but Cora was just filler for the entire second series.

Hopefully the grandchild brings some intrigue to the third series, along with the potential of the Robert/Maid make out coming out at some point. I just feel they've made Robert too right, and too much a rational voice of reason,I hated the storyline with Jane. Even though I wish it hadn't happened,and feel it out of character, I do hope it comes back.

I wonder if Thomas turns a new leaf after the scare with the dog. O'Brien has seemed to turn a new leaf after her remorse from Cora's miscarriage, so I wonder how they'll turn Thomas around.

I also thought the Ouija board scenes were nonsense, but if it can get take out the Daisy's guilt storyline out of there, I'm happy. I couldn't have her and Mrs. Patmore play out the same scene interaction one more time. Although their relationship has been one of my favorites to watch.

I'm also over the Anna and Bates storyline. I wish the struggle could've been contained to one series, I don't think I can watch another one with him in prison. It's just boring me, the two most likable characters having the most hurdles to jump?

While I'm happy for Matthew and Mary getting together, and everything being out in the open, I just feel like too much was resolved in the special. It felt more like a Series Finale, and not just a special. I'm sure they'll be hurdles in their way, but I wish it wasn't wrapped so nicely.
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It's not very authentic and a bit soapy, but better than most of the 'celebrity' crap on TV these days!
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I'm hoping they give Cora more to do in the 3rd series. Elizabeth McGovern was wonderfully utilized in the opening series, but I feel like she was just a background character in the second. Of course with as many characters as they've shown, not all can have a leading part in every episode, but Cora was just filler for the entire second series.

Hopefully the grandchild brings some intrigue to the third series, along with the potential of the Robert/Maid make out coming out at some point. I just feel they've made Robert too right, and too much a rational voice of reason,I hated the storyline with Jane. Even though I wish it hadn't happened,and feel it out of character, I do hope it comes back.

I wonder if Thomas turns a new leaf after the scare with the dog. O'Brien has seemed to turn a new leaf after her remorse from Cora's miscarriage, so I wonder how they'll turn Thomas around.

I also thought the Ouija board scenes were nonsense, but if it can get take out the Daisy's guilt storyline out of there, I'm happy. I couldn't have her and Mrs. Patmore play out the same scene interaction one more time. Although their relationship has been one of my favorites to watch.

I'm also over the Anna and Bates storyline. I wish the struggle could've been contained to one series, I don't think I can watch another one with him in prison. It's just boring me, the two most likable characters having the most hurdles to jump?

While I'm happy for Matthew and Mary getting together, and everything being out in the open, I just feel like too much was resolved in the special. It felt more like a Series Finale, and not just a special. I'm sure they'll be hurdles in their way, but I wish it wasn't wrapped so nicely.
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Oh why did I read this?

I still haven't seen the Second series!
Oy ! I'm sorry! Although, I think I left everything vague enough you'll still enjoy the second series.
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Happy birthday Dame Maggie
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Bump. Did anyone catch the first episode on TV?
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I watched the first season since I love British TV in general and Maggie Smith in particular, but despite some witty dialogues and overall good acting I didn't like the series - it's too soap-opera-ish with ridiculous plot twists, most characters are too black and white, and the worst of all, there's too much cheese and melodrama for my taste. I love British TV precisely because, unlike American, it allows true anti-heroes and doesn't obnoxiously preach about moral and family values and whatnot. But I find quite a lot of it in Downton Abbey.

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I watched the first season since I love British TV in general and Maggie Smith in particular, but despite some witty dialogues and overall good acting I didn't like the series - it's too soap-opera-ish with ridiculous plot twists, most characters are too black and white, and the worst of all, there's too much cheese and melodrama for my taste. I love British TV precisely because, unlike American, it allows true anti-heroes and doesn't obnoxiously preach about moral and family values and whatnot. But I find quite a lot of it in Downton Abbey.
I actually like it for those reasons you hate it I like the camp soap opera element, there hasn't been a British show with those camp elements since Footballers' Wives.
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Maggie Smith is so ridiculously impressive, that you do kind of feel everyone else suffers as a result
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I actually like it for those reasons you hate it I like the camp soap opera element, there hasn't been a British show with those camp elements since Footballers' Wives.
I dunno, it's not that I don't like me a bit of hammed up melodrama now and then, it's just that I didn't expect to find it in this particular series. I enjoyed it in BBC's Bleak House some years ago, but it was to be expected since it was... Bleak House.
I didn't mean to act highbrow or anything, it's just that DA disappointed me in a way I didn't expect. Oh, I'm hard to please...
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There were some other people in it?

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I dunno, it's not that I don't like me a bit of hammed up melodrama now and then, it's just that I didn't expect to find it in this particular series. I enjoyed it in BBC's Bleak House some years ago, but it was to be expected since it was... Bleak House.
I didn't mean to act highbrow or anything, it's just that DA disappointed me in a way I didn't expect. Oh, I'm hard to please...
OTOH, BBC's Sherlock, now that's a series I liked.
It's a Julian Fellowes production, he's all about the soapy element and a bit of cheekiness. The character development he's been able to put through with this many different people in the show is sort of amazing.

The second series,well at least the start takes some of the soapiness out of it, but there's always going to be elements of it.
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