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Downton Abbey: A Terribly Written Show

Seems that most critics, actors, etc., all agree that the show is shit when it comes to its writing, but they still enjoy watching it. Is it crap in your opinion? For starters, it is a complete rip-off.

by Anonymousreply 5401/24/2013

Sorry, OP, I adore it. Critics say it's soapy, no one calls it crap.

And let's face it, it's a world-wide phenomenon at the moment. Does that bother you? Is that why you started this thread?

by Anonymousreply 101/20/2013

And let's face it, the show it's supposedly ripping off had its own chance at an update, and failed.

by Anonymousreply 201/20/2013

It is a soap but I still love it. I love period dramas.

by Anonymousreply 301/20/2013

It IS terribly written, but I still enjoy it. It's a guilty pleasure. Yes, it's a soap opera, but that doesn't mean it can't be quality -- the problem here is the ham-handed plotting. I enjoy it for period eye candy and the acting.

by Anonymousreply 401/20/2013

Only on DL could we start tearing Downton Abbey apart. I sometimes wonder what of any value the tearers have contributed to the world. DA is perfection in every department, including the writing. Move on.

by Anonymousreply 501/20/2013

We get it, OP. You hate the show. You've been in all the DA threads bitching about it. Why don't you find another show to target your OCD hate?

by Anonymousreply 601/20/2013

It's great. I can get lost in its world for an hour and enjoy it immensely. It is well acted, even if some of the story lines get a bit boring. I also loved its true predecessor Gosford Park. Just watched it again last week.

by Anonymousreply 701/20/2013

[quote]Only on DL could we start tearing Downton Abbey apart.


[quote]We get it, OP. You hate the show. You've been in all the DA threads bitching about it.


by Anonymousreply 801/20/2013

Explain, in detail, why it is terribly written, OP, and give examples. Then post your own manuscript rejection letters online so that we can paste them to a wall.

by Anonymousreply 901/20/2013

r9, it's not my opinion, but the general consensus. As for your last bit, grow the fuck up.

Actor David Mitchell made me laugh saying how horrible the show actually is, but he'd still love to be on it.

by Anonymousreply 1001/20/2013

I don't care. I still want Tom in me quite s deeply.

by Anonymousreply 1101/20/2013

This thread isn't going exactly the way you wanted it to, is it, OP?

by Anonymousreply 1201/20/2013

You think you hate it now, wait til my 3-episode guest appearance as Cora's musically gifted niece in Season 4!

by Anonymousreply 1301/20/2013

What does that mean R5. We post about things we hate all the time. Why would a tv show be off limits. I tried watching it but I don't care for it. I don't care if you and others love it, so why care if some don't? It's just not something I can't get into.

by Anonymousreply 1401/20/2013

I think the first season and this third season, at least so far, are very well written. The second season wasn't so interesting until the Christmas special, which was so great it almost made up for the whole lack-luster season.

by Anonymousreply 1501/20/2013

Then why Di you troll threads about it, r14?

by Anonymousreply 1601/20/2013

[quote]DA is perfection in every department, including the writing.


by Anonymousreply 1701/20/2013

Is it just snobbery that causes some to trash popular successes like Downton Abbey?

by Anonymousreply 1801/20/2013

R18, it's a particular strain of stubborn eldergays.

They berate the most buzzy, popular things of the moment and rush to proclaim them "ovah."

It's truly tiresome.

by Anonymousreply 1901/20/2013

It's not the elder gays that do that, r19, it's the vacuous gaylings.. The eldergays are swooning over the period fashions, the occasional hunk, and every word out of Dame Maggie Smith's mouth.

by Anonymousreply 2001/20/2013

R19 is absolutely correct. This guy is trash.

by Anonymousreply 2101/20/2013

I personally think DA is dire, lowbrow, badly-written and only watchable for its unintentional comic moments. I'm with OP on this one (and so is The Guardian).

by Anonymousreply 2201/21/2013

Snobs, all of you.

by Anonymousreply 2301/21/2013

I think we're hypercritical of the show because we love it and just want it to be better and it began with such promise.

It's distressing to see how it's deteriorated so quickly.

by Anonymousreply 2401/21/2013

It IS terribly written but it's not about the writing. It's about the sets, the costumes, the estate, and the times. The writing is no better or worse than any day time soap. The production values are fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 2501/21/2013

I think the first season was very well written. The second season, however, took a huge nosedive; it was totally soapy and awful. Season 3 is better, so far.

by Anonymousreply 2601/21/2013

DA is not that bad. If you want to see B-A-D from the same writer, watch the Titanic mini-series that came out last year. Awful.

by Anonymousreply 2701/21/2013

R16, I have never trolled threads about DA. The show is not my cup of tea. That shouldn't piss you off. It's just a tv show. Some like it and some don't. No big deal.

by Anonymousreply 2801/21/2013

I love it!

It's so much fucking better than most of the US soap operas.

by Anonymousreply 2901/21/2013

So tired of the UK drawing room dramas. Like watching paint dry.

by Anonymousreply 3001/21/2013

It's pure camp. There's nothing realistic about it.

Elizabeth McGovern doesn't get many lines anymore, does she? I'm always surprised when Edith call her Mama because I forget she is supposed to be her daughter. Cora ignores poor Edith terribly. Not one of the pretty ones.

I think the show has a killer opening. It's one of the best opening credit songs in years -- probably since The Sopranos. The piano is urgent and tremulous, strong but hesitant. It's genius music. Genius show opening visuals as well. It's not only what draws you into the show, it also draws you into the show's spoofs as well.

If you continue beyond the opening credits, you have to look at it as camp. It's filled with anachchronistic attitudes and behavior (loved Uptown Downstairs Abbey's version of Sybil --"Really cool to meet you," was perfect for her character's anachronistic chatter).

I don't see any reason why people can't watch it and make fun of it as well. You don't have to worship a television show. Where would we be without tv shows that give us drinking games? We'd be sober and that would be no good at all.

by Anonymousreply 3101/21/2013

[quote]Actor David Mitchell made me laugh saying how horrible the show actually is, but he'd still love to be on it.

I had to Google this. I thought he had something to do with the show. He doesn't. He's just a two bit actor/writer with a resume full of crap, as he is. Doesn't take much to make you laugh R10, or were you high?

by Anonymousreply 3201/21/2013

R32 is off her meds again.

by Anonymousreply 3301/21/2013

It's terrific. What does the OP feel is so much better on television?

by Anonymousreply 3401/21/2013

How is it that the state of audiences is at the ebb where posters and say they "love period dramas" and excuse this contrived, confused, chaotic, poorly developed and intolerably unrealistic privy of crap because - why? their nethers get tingly and they fantasize swirling in the costumes (that are not cut to swirl)?

Every episode the leaden and unintelligent characters (Smith alone achieving redemption over the idiocy because Fellowes' loves her and writes carefully for her) traipse through ridiculous plot twists and get precisely nowhere. Cardboard dress dolls. No smart dialogue, no revelatory moments of change, no practical reflections on how the noble and servant relationships actually played out - yes, well into the 1930s. The mouthy liberties, incompetence and petty cruelties are outrageous.

"Well, I love it and that's that." Yes, dears, you love it. But that fact indicates how low your brows go. One assumes you need toothpicks propped strategically on your faces just to keep your eyes focused on the screen.

And just wait until Missy dies in childbirth and her IRA widower nabs the baby and open a pub nearby TO SPITE the family, as Cora blames her husband for the death, and the motor car finishes off the prig, and Thomas feels up the new boy but they become friends when Thomas saves him in a fight. Jesus Christ.

by Anonymousreply 3501/21/2013

The problem with the show is that there is no consistency with the characters (Bates goes from being a socialist to a raging capitalist without any thought) and they're too one dimensional. And the plots are far too contrived to be even remotely believable.

by Anonymousreply 3601/21/2013

R35 you over-analyze things. Some people like the show and that's okay. If you don't, then that's okay too. No one is holding a gun to your head and forcing it on you.

I generally avoid threads with subject matters I don't care for such as Broadway theater.

by Anonymousreply 3701/21/2013

R37 is just the type of "everything's equal" twat that neither respects or expects artistic integrity nor comprehends the utility of social criticism.

Quit bleating at me and go eat some grass, R37.

For anyone else, "Dallas," "Everybody Loves Raymond," and even "NCIS" have more integrity than "Downton Abbey." If you enjoy it, fine. But at least try to see what that tells you about yourself so you can withhold nattering about how it makes you feel pretty and how you avoid discussing things that either appall or challenge you.

by Anonymousreply 3801/21/2013

I like it. But liking it has come to meant settling for archly delivered lines and high-camp Drama Moments -- in the absence of a more realistic development of character and plot. The show does contain holes in which life with the Crawley family departs from anything remotely resembling actual British gentry life in 1920. The holes are big enough to drive a period piece motorcar through them -- and they are growing even larger in Season 3.

So I accept that and I keep watching, because the archly delivered lines and the high-camp Drama Moments are quite good. But the show could have been much less ridiculous, and much more solid, than it is.

by Anonymousreply 3901/21/2013

R35, it clearly pisses you off that millions of people don't agree with you.

Did you get turned down by Julian Fellowes for a part in something?

You've expressed your opinion, dear, and that' fine. You must admit, it's a minority opinion.

by Anonymousreply 4001/21/2013

The American soaps that eldergay DL-ers worship - Dynasty, Knot's Landing, Falcon Crest - were all critically reviled in the day. It didn't matter, they ran for over a decade.

by Anonymousreply 4101/21/2013

I noticed they misspelled honor as honour and organization as organisation in the scripts. They also mispronounce herb all the time. Don't anyone catch those mistakes?

The script is so bad I can barely bring myself to match it week after week.

Give me Judge Judy and Cops anyday.

by Anonymousreply 4201/21/2013

R35/38 you have way too much invested in disliking DA.

by Anonymousreply 4301/21/2013

Not at all, pretentious and presumptuous R43. It's just sad it's a lost opportunity for real quality, given the budgets and talent they have at their disposal.

But I do enjoy nitwits such as you snarking their opinions. Which are, of course, off-track and miss the entire point.


by Anonymousreply 4401/21/2013

Give me a good episode of House Hunters any day. Now that's writing - awesome scripts week after week.

by Anonymousreply 4501/21/2013

R35/38/44 you are the one throwing unnecessary insults around and acting childish. As I said no one is forcing you to watch it.

by Anonymousreply 4601/21/2013

[quote]It's just sad it's a lost opportunity for real quality, given the budgets and talent they have at their disposal.

Sweetie, once again, it's not Masterpiece Theater, it's Masterpiece Classic. It is not a documentary. It is and has always been a big old fashioned soap opera. It's Knot's Landing in a mansion. It IS quality and it is fabulous. Unclench, relax and enjoy or move on. Simple as that.

by Anonymousreply 4701/21/2013

But it could be so much better.

That's what frustrating.

I wonder how many writers are on staff. Or does Julian write all of it? If so, he's quite overwhelmed.

by Anonymousreply 4801/21/2013

R37 apparently did not read the title of the thread.

by Anonymousreply 4901/21/2013

Gosh, Jean Marsh is really working overtime on this thread.

by Anonymousreply 5001/21/2013

What a silly thing to say, R50.

by Anonymousreply 5101/21/2013

[quote] I had to Google this. I thought he had something to do with the show. He doesn't. He's just a two bit actor/writer with a resume full of crap, as he is

David Mitchell is a comedy writer and a comic actor. They're also called "comedians." Some of us laugh at those people. Other people need to relax their sphicters. DA is only a tv show.

by Anonymousreply 5201/21/2013

If the quality of the writing is any indicator I predict the series will be a flop!

by Anonymousreply 5301/22/2013

[quote]How is it that the state of audiences is at the ebb where posters and say they "love period dramas" and excuse this contrived, confused, chaotic, poorly developed and intolerably unrealistic privy of crap because - why?


I think your statement is more contrived, confused, and chaotic than your subject matter.

by Anonymousreply 5401/24/2013
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