Sarah: Like many fellow bloggers, I am eagerly awaiting the Season 2 premire of Downton Abbey Season 2. Because we love the show so much, Melanie from Melanie's Musings and I have decided to co-host episode recaps. I've been good and kept away from spoilers about Season 2, so it will be fun to watch and discuss each episode. Being able to talk about the show adds to the fun, so we hope bloggers will join in our discussions.
Melanie: Unlike Sarah, I haven't been quite as good on keeping away from spoilers. Thankfully, I haven't come across anything too serious, but I may know about one twist. I can't wait to see it happen, especially since I have no idea where it occurs.
But before we discuss Season 2, we have to talk about Season 1: (SPOILERS AHEAD!!)
Sarah-I LOVE this show. I was telling a friend of mine that for some reason watching soapy drama with a historical setting feels more sophisticated. You can't deny that there is plenty of soapy drama in DA, but it's just sooo good!
Sarah-I think I would hate it if Violet was my grandmother. But boy is she fun to watch! She gets all the best lines and I kind of want to be her when I grow up. I can't wait for her snark to return!
Sarah-Matthew is a great TV Crush. I'm a bit torn on if I want the Matthew/Mary hookup to happen. She was so mean and horrid to him and I don't know that she's gained any redeeming qualities. I kind of want Matthew to go off and find some other girl who is awesome, but considering Season 2 takes place during World War 1, I don't know that he'll have much time for love. Maybe Mary will get better in Season 2? Somehow I doubt it.
Sarah-Season 1 has been a lot about Lady Mary and I'm hoping Lady Sybil and Lady Edith get some good storylines in Season 2. I want something new to create drama. I really don't know if I like Lady Edith either-so this will be her chance to win me over. Really, I think with all the bickering and backstabbing between Lady Mary and Lady Edith, I'll end up annoyed and disliking both of them. Lady Sybil is my favorite. I'm also hoping for a secret upstairs/downstairs romance with her and Branson! Anyone else with me??
Melanie: I actually kind of like Mary, or at least I find her the most interesting. I think interesting things could happen between the family's chauffeur and Sybil this season, though. (From Sarah-we will both be rooting for this-I'm not alone!:) They went through some pretty bonding stuff in Season 1.
Sarah-O'Brien and Thomas-the evil villians. They're so bad it's good. You can't help but hate them, yet you also want to watch them to see what they'll think of next. It really is bad guys done right-they're so dasterdly and it's fun to get mad at them. Anyone else cringe when Cora slipped on the soap and killed her baby? O'Brien is so terrible and petty, yet it makes a brilliant storyline!
Melanie: I love watching O'Brien and Thomas, the main villians, because while I agree they're mostly evil, every once in a while they'll have a very human moment that gives me hope.
Sarah: Agreed. I think that's what makes them so great. You're so right about them having a moment where they are very human and almost show compassion. I think that's what makes them so interesting.
I also wish Daisy wouldn't be so starryeyed over Thomas. She really annoys me and I don't know if she'll get less annoying in Season 2. One can hope...
Melanie: Daisy irritates me too. I hate it when girls fall for the wrong guy. The other man (I can't remember his name) is always so nice to her and she brushes him off!
Sarah: Me too! She needs to stop being so in love with Thomas and see what's in front of her.
Sarah-Bates and Anna! Love them, they're adorable, yet I know there's not going to be a nice happy ending. These two are going to have to face a lot of drama. I spent most of Season 1 wanting to scream at them "can't you see you like each other!!" I hope we see more from Bates and Anna and I hope their relationship develops.
I also think the show is very lush and gorgeous and makes me want to go back in time (well sort of, only if I could be a Lady with amazing clothes, I think.) And the costumes-they're amazing, right??
Melanie: I definitely agree that I would only want to time travel if I could be a part of the aristocracy. I've never been very good at peeling potatoes.
Sarah: Yeah, I'd be a terrible maid. I can't even keep my own house clean, let alone a mansion like Downton Abbey!
What do you love about Downton Abbey?