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Despite its shortcomings still worth watching
on February 28, 2012
Season 2 of Downton Abbey is nowhere near the quality of season 1. The writing is very predictable, but the worst part is that several of the characters personalities have been altered illogically. Good characters are supposed to grow and change from one season to the next, but the changes should make sense based on their experiences and circumstances. There were countless missed opportunities, overly dramatized situations (the relationship of Anna and Bates becomes extremely uninteresting), and been there done that saw it last week on another channel situations. Just bad writing altogether.
Despite the shortcomings of season 2, I purchased it as soon as it was released and I watched with delight. Season three is already in production and I am concerned that like season 2, the speed at which season 3 was written and put into production indicated that the brilliance of season 1 will not return. However I will be watching.