Posted by: rearadmiral | April 19, 2011

Upstairs Downstairs Ep 2 review

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  1. It’s still sitting on my DVR … it was all about Game of Thrones that night! LOL Will be watching it shortly and reading this.

  2. Finally watched it! A big problem for me is that the costumes and sets are gorgeous but none of the characters is compelling. The show lacks the sense of camaraderie and family that the original series had, especially downstairs. The new butler lacks the conviction and authority of Hudson, and the new cook is not a maternal character like Mrs. Bridges; I think it’s right not to make the new characters copies of the originals, but these new ones lack personality. Upstairs, Persey is a brat, Maud’s nutty, and Hallam and Agnes are not much besides social climbers. And I agree with the commenter who said the previous incarnation of Rose wouldn’t have gone along with the crowd and given in to the chaffeur — she always stood up for what she believed in.

    Marianne, you might be thinking of Elizabeth Bellamy and Rose Buck getting arrested in the suffragette episode, and Rose being forced into a hunger strike in prison. That episode was far better done. And Rachel’s secret of having a child seemed borrowed from “Berkeley Square,” but Rachel’s story was more complex, too much so for her short lifespan on the show.


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