A ridiculously shallow analytical report from your two favorite O'Brien-types. Ain't no shame, rock those crazy curls, girl.
We were recently asked, by a non-viewer, whether we thought Downton was more Masterpiece Theater or Revenge? After closely watching season two's seven (nine in the U.K.) episodes, we think Revenge -- but there's nothing wrong with that. Masterpiece Theater might be quality entertainment, but that doesn't always mean it's watchable. Revenge may be the fluffernutter sandwich of television, but guess who keeps wolfing it down? THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.
When it debuted last year, Downton Abbey had it all: Simmering plots, withering glances, gorgeous sets, (mostly) stellar acting by a fantastic cast -- it was a classic British drama, quiet and slow with sudden explosions!, everyone micro-acting until it was time for Big Feelings. Plus, Maggie Smith reprising her Gosford Park role as the queen of all titled bitches -- what could be better? We ate it up with a spoon. It was delightful, and even though the episodes were approximately 70 million hours long, we still wanted more!
This season, though, things got a little strange. [We're going to discuss the plots of season 2, here, so consider this a catchall spoiler alert.]More »