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3.0 out of 5 stars Despite its shortcomings still worth watching, February 27, 2012
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This review is from: Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 2 (Original U.K. Edition) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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.
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Initial post: May 23, 2012, 12:30:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 23, 2012, 12:42:33 AM PDT
Skeeter says:
I feel so sorry for K Simms and all others who can not be entertained without casting a clinical eye on a screen production, to see if the Roman Soldier is wearing a watch as was once relayed to me from a friend, it is just great to be a part of "that" era, do you look at the glorious Abbey Original Art on the walls, the Silverware, the furniture, the Abbey it's self with the beautiful grounds, ? add to that the cast, could you imagine anyone else playing the Dowager as Maggie Smith does, I could just go on and on, whether it was Series 1 or 2 I found it a feast, I really do hope that K. Simms enjoys the Series 3, I know I will, how ever the writers unfold the plot.

Skeeter. Australia.

Posted on May 23, 2012, 12:30:58 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2012, 3:04:06 PM PDT
Me too! I was not disappointed with the second season and felt the way the characters "grew"to be entirely convincing given the changes that war and political upheaval have on young people.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 6:34:42 AM PST
Shadeslove says:
I agree, this program is some of the best television I have seen in awhile. I thought it was brilliantly written and acted. I feel the people playing each role, had been superbly cast. I am patiently waiting for season three. I am extremely happy, I am able to receive the BBC programming, it gives me something to watch that has depth.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013, 10:26:14 PM PDT
Gemologist says:
Great post. Thank you!

Posted on Jul 2, 2013, 3:23:50 AM PDT
Menkaure says:
K. Simms has it right. Season 2 does not live up to the standards set by season 1, and at times descends to the typical over-the-top antics of daytime soap opera. A few instances of groan-worthy plotlines: Mathew gets leave from the frontlines and visits Downton, by my count, four times! In the middle of a world war, he always finds the time to come home at just the right moments. Yeah, okay. Isobel goes from being somewhat sympathetic to Downton's aristocratic traditions in series 1 to completely wanting to undermine them in season 2, always pushing to convert the great house into a public home or some such, even when the war ends. The transition in her attitude, which is extremely unrealistic to begin with, is never given an explanation---it just serves the current plot. The entire Patrick Gordon subplot was pure Days of Our Lives atrocious. "Oh, look I didn't drown on the Titanic after all, I just had amnesia for the last 6 years. It's a shame my face is so disfigured nobody recognizes me!" And he just happens to make his appearance when Mathew is down and out, of course. It wouldn't happen any other way. So stupid, I think I actually did groan.
Season 2 is still entertaining, but the sloppy, lowbrow script made me stop believing in the characters.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014, 11:01:16 PM PDT
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