Jan 3, 2013

Happy 1913!

Well, I don't know how you all spent your New Year's eve, but I spent mine at Downton Abbey.
I'm only, like what, a decade or something late, right?
But whatever.
John had the boxed set from a friend, so I figured why not? It's cold outside anyway.

Somehow I'd never managed to see it, despite the countless commands of "you must!" from just about everyone I know.  
I'm a late adopter to everything....even life.
Again I digress.

Anyway, I sat still, for the most part entertained, for 6 hours or so....and then went to bed. 

A few unsolicited thoughts:

1. Why'd they have to make the gay one "evil" (or evil-ish)?
I mean really.
Not that I don't enjoy an evil gay, don't get me wrong.
It just strikes me the wrong way. Of course if they'd made him the chaste good boy, I'd be complaining here too, so I guess I'm a hypocrite.  Still.
     2. It's a bit Dynasty, isn't it?
         I mean, I don't mean that as a complaint...at all....but well....it just is.
3. the owner of the dvds posited the theory that DA and GWTW had more than a few parallels (Lady Mary being a sort of English Scarlett O'Hara). When I got to thinking about it, I think he might be onto something.  I mean that cook, Miss Patmore (?) seemed very Aunt Pittypat to me at least.

4. Charlie Cox! Oh dear. I had no idea he was in this.  I've had a crush on him since forever. I feel like I discovered him, even though I might be alone.  (Heck, I've been talking about him all the way back in 2007 and here again in 2009    and here again 
in 2010 )
Anyway, I was hooked as soon as I saw him in the first episode as the Duke of Earl or somewhatever. 
Then when he and gay Thomas went on into a bit of full on semi Mauriceing. Omg...that was almost as titillating for me as watching Dame Maggie deliver a withering glance. Hot.

(oh, and a quick googling turned up this...thanks to his post DA "fame". Praise Jesus for the internet)
5. Keeping with the theme of cute boys, the lovely Turkish gentleman looked more than a bit like a friend of mine.  (I know, right?!)

6. The Duke and the Dead Turk notwithstanding, I have to admit to hoping for a bit more eye candy, since the others leave me a bit cold. I don't know about y'all, but Thomas and Cousin Matthew are just not doing anything for me,sorry.
7. Yes, I'm just that shallow.


Ask the Cool Cookie said...

Blasphemer! Thou hast taken the name of Downton Abbey in vain!

That said, now that I know how series three ends, I will step away from my beloved show at a point and remember from it what I want. Childish, I know. Buts that is me?

MJ said...

Oh dear...I was one of those commanding "you must!"

To make up for it, here’s a few shirtless scenes of Rob James-Collier (Thomas) when he was a character in a British show I watch called “Coronation Street.”

Skip ahead to around 38 seconds into the clip and enjoy from there.

Anonymous said...

I was so, sad sad when the Handsome Turk croaked.

And I am so, so pi$$ed Shirley Mc. is invading D.A.

Otherwise, it's all good in da 'hood.

Raina Cox said...

All good things come with Cox.

mrpeenee said...

I'm one with you on all your points (GWTW especially. How insightful) but mostly with Margaret about the waste of bumping off the only cute guy in the cast.

Jon said...

If you enjoyed the original, you'll surely enjoy the Victoria Wood/Jen Saunders/Joanna Lumley piss-take for the telethon "Comic Relief"!

Part One

Part Two

[That's if the BBC will let you see these "in your country", of course!] Jx