Page 17 of 30 FirstFirst ... 7151617181927 ... LastLast
Results 321 to 340 of 599
  1. #321
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    3,378
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    I was fine with them killing off Matthew. While it would have been fine to recast, it can be jarring to do such a transition (I despised "new Becky" in Roseanne). Recasting Sybil IMO would have been easier.

    Mrs. Hughes was all kinds of awesome as usual. Loved seeing Carson with the baby! Loved his "I'm not old!"

    It's a credit to the world they've created that I was holding my breath when Jimmy sat in the chair and put his feet up. It was a perfectly shocking moment that in any other context would not rate a mention. Personally if I were a housemaid, I'd have a hard time not taking a little snooze on one of the large beds.

    Very little Daisy in this episode - except to show that the passage of time has brought her and Ivy together.

    Tom Branson - dog walker Isis is looking like she's gained a few pounds. But with grounds so vast, all you really have to do is throw a stick and let her run after it. Great canine workout.

  2. #322
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Age
    34
    Posts
    7,487
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Dan Stevens made the decision to leave in February last year, before they even started filming season 3. It's not like he sprung it on them between filming the last two episodes. They could've had him go off to Canada in search of the money sunk into the railroad or write in something more plausible. I bet after a while, they could've persuaded Stevens to return for one guest star episode.

    Just ridiculous. And cheap.

  3. #323

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    10,726
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    34438
    Quote Originally Posted by vesperholly View Post
    Dan Stevens made the decision to leave in February last year, before they even started filming season 3. It's not like he sprung it on them between filming the last two episodes. They could've had him go off to Canada in search of the money sunk into the railroad or write in something more plausible. I bet after a while, they could've persuaded Stevens to return for one guest star episode.

    Just ridiculous. And cheap.
    The "off in the wilds of Canada -- or posted to India -- don't really strike me as being more "plausible." From the way he sounded in the interview from last summer, I don't think they could have persuaded Stevens to make any guest appearances. Although, now that his play on Broadway has closed, as of last week, I wonder if he has any regrets about his decision to leave the show. I suppose time will tell. He should have a bit more time to pursue his writing aspirations.
    Lady 2: there isn't anything about me on goooogle, I mean, I must take it off if there is.....
    Lady 3: The google is a terrible thing, I mean I don't want anything on there! (Overheard by millyskate on a London train.)

  4. #324
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
    Posts
    4,808
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Bostonfan View Post
    Very little Daisy in this episode - except to show that the passage of time has brought her and Ivy together.
    I was glad to see that. Aside from the fact that Daisy needs a friend closer to her own age, she's much more attractive when she isn't sulky & surly. (But then, aren't we all!)

    Forgot to say this in relation to last week, though -- when Ethel left Isobel's employ, did anyone else think it would make sense for Daisy to become Isobel's new cook? She's been in training under Mrs Patmore for a long time, it would have been a good way for her to move up in her career but still stay in the show.

  5. #325
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    1,125
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    That's a good idea.

  6. #326
    aspiring tri-national
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    in flight
    Posts
    20,551
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    39757
    Did anyone else feel sorry for Dr. Clarkson?

    I think Isabel is about the most sexless woman on TV, but obviously he disagreed.
    "Youth and vigor is no match for age and deceit." -- Prancer

  7. #327
    Cruder than you thought
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    All choked up
    Posts
    19,302
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    40036
    Daisy is like a fine wine, improving with age.
    Disclaimer: The post contained herein represents the opinions of a fan and may or may not bear any relation to reality.

  8. #328
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
    Posts
    4,808
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by PRlady View Post
    Did anyone else feel sorry for Dr. Clarkson?
    Yes. Not just about his failed courtship attempt, but about almost everything they've done with his character over the course of the show. Country doctors just can't get any respect!

    I think Isabel is about the most sexless woman on TV, but obviously he disagreed.
    No sex please, we're English.

    Tho maybe that's the problem, as Clarkson is Scottish ...

  9. #329
    snarking for AZE
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    katbert greenhouse
    Posts
    30,172
    vCash
    2068
    Rep Power
    50062
    that stalkery maid should have stalked dr clarkson

    i'm glad isabel said no. poor dr clarkson may be lonely but i assume he isnt irritated in his own home.
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

  10. #330
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Age
    34
    Posts
    7,487
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan5 View Post
    The "off in the wilds of Canada -- or posted to India -- don't really strike me as being more "plausible."
    It's not plausible to me either, but that's why the writers are paid the big bucks surely they could've come up with something, ANYTHING other than killing him off.

  11. #331

    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    4,733
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    14921
    Quote Originally Posted by AYS View Post
    Daisy is like a fine wine, improving with age.
    To me, of all the characters, Daisy really has 'grown up' before our eyes over the 3 seasons. Nice to see the evolution - it has seemed natural.
    I did enjoy Carson with baby Sybil - nice continuity as he does seem to care for Mary, and the other daughters too, as an uncle type role. I like when shows have this kind of continuity.

    What castle was used for the one in Scotland?

  12. #332

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    11,442
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    4484
    Quote Originally Posted by vesperholly View Post
    It's not plausible to me either, but that's why the writers are paid the big bucks surely they could've come up with something, ANYTHING other than killing him off.

    ITA. Since they all knew he was going to leave long before the series was filmed, they could have had him never marry Mary and go off and do something else. The show went downhill when they got those two together - they just suddenly had nothing to write about.

    Sadly, like too many shows, I think those behind it got greedy and put their money making venture ahead of good storytelling. The best shows are the ones that leave us wanting more, not the ones we wish had ended series earlier with some integrity.
    One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.

  13. #333
    Port de bras!!!
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Ravenclaw
    Posts
    30,125
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    34921
    Quote Originally Posted by PRlady View Post
    Did anyone else feel sorry for Dr. Clarkson?

    I think Isabel is about the most sexless woman on TV, but obviously he disagreed.
    I did but also thought it was a blessing in disguise which he shortly realized.

    I have to say that while I think the timing of this could have been more considerate, Christmas and all, the way they wrote Matthew out was very well done.

    A car accident is always plausible. Given he was giddy with joy of being a new father and thus driving recklessly made it all believable and poignant. But they shouldn't have done it on Christmas.

    They had this nice scene where the Earl finally acknowledges Matthew and how much he did for the estate (saved it in more ways than one) and how great it is to have 2 healthy heirs and there's Mary glowing and happy with the new baby--all this happiness vs. sudden tragedy is too much for Christmas IMO. Otherwise, well done.

    It's kind of like when a soldier starts dreaming of coming home, setting up, marrying and having kids, you know there is an incoming with his name on it.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

    from Speedy Death

  14. #334
    Corgi Wrangler
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Not Wearing Enough Sparkles
    Posts
    6,456
    vCash
    510
    Rep Power
    5546
    Well, since for us it wasn't Christmas, so not so bad here in that respect.

    I felt so bad for Dr. Clarkson. The man cannot win. We'll see what happens, though, now that Isobel's lost her only child.

    I liked that they had Robert acknowledge how lucky he really was, especially with the estate, though the whole thing with "Shrimpy" having lost his money and not being able to save it and being stuck in an unhappy marriage that DOESN'T get resolved seemed horribly contrived to force that conversation.

  15. #335
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
    Posts
    4,808
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by smurfy View Post
    What castle was used for the one in Scotland?
    Inveraray Castle

    I've been there! And picked daphodils in that very field! (I was 10 at the time.)

  16. #336

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    10,726
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    34438
    Quote Originally Posted by *Jen* View Post
    ITA. Since they all knew he was going to leave long before the series was filmed, they could have had him never marry Mary and go off and do something else.
    Well, then there might be constant talking about how/when they would all have to leave Downton Abbey once Sir Robert died ... if his demise was some time in the future, that would lead to lots of anxiety amd angst for all the characters (with the downstairs staff worrying about losing their jobs and Mary and Edith both in search of a rich husband to offset the drop in their fortunes) -- and much nasty snarking towards Isobel. I don't really see that as a very good storyline, unless they wanted to make season 3 and/or 4, a prelude to "Leaving Downton Abbey."
    Lady 2: there isn't anything about me on goooogle, I mean, I must take it off if there is.....
    Lady 3: The google is a terrible thing, I mean I don't want anything on there! (Overheard by millyskate on a London train.)

  17. #337
    aspiring tri-national
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    in flight
    Posts
    20,551
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    39757
    There had to be a baby boy to save us all the awfulness if going thru the entail again. Besides, Mary is to me the most interesting character and now she has terrible adversity, much worse than the Turk. Tell the truth, is there any chance you won't tune in next season?
    "Youth and vigor is no match for age and deceit." -- Prancer

  18. #338
    Cruder than you thought
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    All choked up
    Posts
    19,302
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    40036
    Quote Originally Posted by PRlady View Post
    There had to be a baby boy to save us all the awfulness if going thru the entail again. Besides, Mary is to me the most interesting character and now she has terrible adversity, much worse than the Turk. Tell the truth, is there any chance you won't tune in next season?
    I admit that I'm very curious to see if Mary deals with it by retreating into even greater coldness and snobbery than ever, or if his death and the birth of the baby somehow opens up her emotions to the wider world, or even if she'll truly struggle visibly with sadness. For instance, will her son be that much more precious because he is what she has left of Matthew, or will she be a cold mother, satisfied only that she's produced the heir.
    Disclaimer: The post contained herein represents the opinions of a fan and may or may not bear any relation to reality.

  19. #339
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    835
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Killing Matthew was the cincher for me that I'm done. I loved Season 1; since then the writing (dialogue) and storytelling have gone pretty badly down hill, to the point of absurdity. Now it feels like the story has been told, played out. Matthew wasn't my favorite character, but he was somehow integral to the whole story. I think he feels like the glue that held together the disparate factions: aristocracy, middle class, and downstairs, and was also the transition between the old ways and the new world. I'm just not interested now.

  20. #340

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    11,442
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    4484
    Quote Originally Posted by PRlady View Post
    There had to be a baby boy to save us all the awfulness if going thru the entail again. Besides, Mary is to me the most interesting character and now she has terrible adversity, much worse than the Turk. Tell the truth, is there any chance you won't tune in next season?
    Yes. Every chance. I barely enjoyed any of season 3, and this sealed it for me. Season one was fantastic, 2 enjoyable enough but a bit meh, 3 completely meh, and 4...just not worth watching for me.
    One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.

Page 17 of 30 FirstFirst ... 7151617181927 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •