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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

First Impressions: Downton Abbey

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So this might come as a surprise to many of you...but I hadn't bought into the Downton Abbey hysteria, and had not seen an episode...until this past Friday.  Then within a 24 hour period I inhaled the entire 1st season!

While I plan on doing a review at a later date, I wanted to give some of my first impressions now:

  • Whenever I see Hugh Bonneville as the Earl of Grantham all I can see is Victor Garber as Thomas Andrews in the movie, Titanic.  The similarity is striking enough - same time period, similar looks!
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Left: Victor Garber    Right: Hugh Bonneville


  • Everything looks absolutely brilliant and beautiful - the colors are bright, everything just pops on screen.  And the land/property is absolutely gorgeous.  Watching the scene where they went out on the hunt and all the horses and dogs are running across an open field - just gorgeous.

This isn't the exact scene - but it was the best I could find.

  • LOVE the relationship between the sisters, Mary, Edith, and Sybil.  I can honestly say that I can't stand Edith and Mary has become my favorite, although she infuriates me sometimes too.
  • Maggie Smith steals every scene she is in!
  • I can't STAND Miss. O'Brien - she is SUCH a trouble maker.
  • I will inhale the rest of the episodes - but will never catch a current episode as it airs at the same times as other shows I am watching.


So what do you think about Downton Abbey?  Are you new to the show or been watching since the first day? 


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