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This series was always going to get a drubbing,
This review is from: Downton Abbey - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
It was extremely predictable really given the enormous success of the first series of 'Downton Abbey'. It won plaudits, loads of awards and was universally praised. So it comes as no surprise at all that many critics and reviewers have ripped into series two.
Was it as good as the first series? No, not if I'm honest. Does it leave itself open to parody? Of course it does and I still remember Stanley Baxter's merciless mickey take of 'Upstairs Downstairs' which was hilarious but didn't do that legendary series any harm. I mean, Matthew crippled for life and then walking again, the relationship between the Earl and Bates, the pantomime villainy of Thomas, the fact that Cora still sounds a bit like the chef from the Muppets. All of these are ripe for future TV comedy sketch shows and poor old Downton will just have to grin and bear it. Some of the dialogue can seem unintentionally funny and many scenes are predictable.
So far then, it seems that I am also jumping on the bandwagon and ripping this second series to pieces. Not a bit of it! I found it addictive, very well filmed and generally very well acted. I read one critic who said that Downton has become a posh soap opera with far too much going on and not enough time for stories to develop. What a shock, a TV drama where there is plenty happening and that always has a cliff hanger. Julian Fellowes has also had a drubbing which is ridiculous, let most of us try and write a drama like this and see where we get, not very far I guess and nowhere near the quality of his writing.
The acting from Dame Maggie Smith was fantastic as usual and even though she could play this type of role in her sleep it doesn't make her performnce any less terrific. I have always thought that Joanne Froggatt was a smashing actress but I hope that she now gets the chance to show just how good she can be given the situation with her husband Mister Bates at the very end of the series. There is to be a Christmas special and that is good news as many of us know that it will be a quality one off with still many twists and turns.
So yes, while it isn't quite on a par with series one, I still give this five stars for the reason that there was something to enjoy in every episode and we did genuinely look forward to how things would progress. It is top drawer television and it was always going to fall into second series syndrome and by that I mean it was built up only to be predictably knocked down. It is far fetched yes, but it is a lot better than many other programmes that are raved about. I would add though, that series three will have to tread carefully just in case it gets a little too daft as at the moment Downton is getting away with a few things that other series might not do. It's still a cracking series and I don't think that Julian Fellowes will let things get too out of hand.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2011 13:56:55 GMT
Well done and well written- just my point of view!!!!
regards from an england-crazy, period-drama and Upstairs-Downstairs-loving German!!!
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