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Deena’s Sexuality

Sorry I’ve been so absent lately. Personal stuff. You know how it is. I have been watching lots of good stuff though. I’m gearing up for the start of Fall TV. Last night was the premier of Parenthood. So that means tonight I can catch up with it on Hulu. Yay!

Since I have on occasion discussed my terrible taste in a certain reality TV show, you know I’ve been watching the Jersey Shore. And you know I couldn’t wait to see those “Macaroni Bastards” screw things up in Italy. I love Italy. I was there a looong time ago and I would love to see it again. As angry as it makes me to see these jerks not take advantage of this awesome opportunity and squander their time doing the exact same crap they do at the smelly Jersey Shore, I can’t help but still be fascinated by how these people can still live their lives in a perpetual state of frat/sorority-hood.MTV seems to be one of those stations that delays adding their shows to Hulu (because they want to increase piracy? Just like Fox. Apparently they didn’t get the memo that piracy rises when you delay your shows on Hulu.) So I’m a few weeks behind when it comes to knowing the goings on of The Sitch, Ron-Ron, Snooks, J-Woww and the rest of the gang. Over the weekend I saw the episode where Deena pulled a robbery. She didn’t pull a robbery on one of the girls though. She pulled a robbery on Mike. I’m cool with that though. That boy deserves whatever karmic shit he has coming to him. He is filled with nothing but spite.

Yep, Deena hooks up with a girl. A twin at that! It’s not the first time it’s happened on the show that Deena has made out with another chick. Look, I don’t want to make suppositions about anyone’s sexuality especially when maybe they haven’t figured it out themselves. But despite Deena making noises about finding a nice (skinny?) Italian guy, I get the feeling she’s more into the ladies. So far we’ve seen her go further with a chick than we have with a dude this season. Of course the last guy (who she just wanted to cuddle with anyway) got scared off by her New Jersey screaming match with Pauly D and Vinny and ran away in the middle of the night while everyone was sleeping/passed out drunk.

If Deena does discover she’d rather have a hot Italian ragazza rather than ragazzo well then that’s cool. You know the producers will pour themselves a glass of Ron-Ron juice and cry “plot twist!” And we, the audience, will eat that up. I just hope I can avoid spoilers. It just sucks that channels like MTV and Fox are putting their shows up late because now I have to be extra careful not to ruin my favorite shows simply by looking at the Internet.

Upstairs Downstairs vs. Downton Abbey

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Upstairs Downstairs vs. Downton AbbeyJust to be clear I am referring to the newly revived Upstairs Downstairs that aired in England in December 2010. Both shows are Masterpiece Classic shows on PBS. Upstairs Downstairs aired on BBC and Downton Abbey aired on ITV. They also both happen to deal with a well to do titled family residing in the “upstairs” and the people that wait on them living in the “downstairs.” I really enjoyed both shows and am excited to see each one continue on.

Upstairs Downstairs

This show has a long history to draw from, and it’s a history that I really can’t draw from as I’ve never seen the show before. I recognize that anyone who watched the former incarnation of the show will feel nostalgia for 165 Eaton Place and for the former parlour maid Rose Buck. I don’t, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited to see the currently in ruins home turned into something fabulous.

Set in 1936, there are definite world issues concerning just about everyone in the show. Royalty plays a large issue in this series. We become familiar with Ms. Simpson and the Duke of Kent (played by Blake Ritson who I recognized from the recent TV remake of Emma). After having seen “The King’s Speech”I was really rather annoyed at the inaccuracies surrounding the Duke. He didn’t even stutter once. But I guess you couldn’t really have such a young (inaccuracy #1) and good looking actor like that slow down the plot like that. The show wasn’t about him.
The show was about the upstairs family and the downstairs family. Each had their own dramas. For only three episodes I would say a lot was crammed in. At times it felt like a lot. I’m glad the next season will give the writers time to stretch things out a bit so that we, as an audience, can catch our breaths. With so much material to work with I think the cast handled the material very well. The acting is pretty good and I don’t have any complaints.
Again, the only thing I can say is that there is too much packed into three episodes. The final episode feels like overload as well. Everything is resolved as well as throwing us a few revelations about the Hollands. The final Christmas scene is a bit sappy as well. Again, it’s meant to invoke a nostalgia I just don’t feel.

Downton Abbey

One of the key differences between this show and Upstairs Downstairs is that Downton Abbey focuses more on the drama within the family – which extends to the staff. Sure there are world events that effect the family, but it ends up being more atmospheric. Like U/D we see how “modern” conveniences influence the people of the day. Electricity is the big one in this series. I really enjoy the set of Downton Abbey a lot more than I do U/D. Highclere Castle served as the location for the household so, to me, it felt much more real. Production value felt much higher on this series.

Character back stories of the staff play a large role of the season. I think the writers do an excellent job in taking care of each of their characters. The rest of the time concerns itself with what Lady Mary calls “the Great Matter” aka. the Endowment. After Earl Grantham’s heirs perished in the sinking of the Titanic, his title and endowment is determined that it will go to a distant relative. Because of the workings of his father, the dowry of Cora, the Earl’s wife, is wrapped up so tightly in the endowment that it cannot be broken and passed on to their daughter. And because she is also a woman, neither can the title. Stupid laws.

I love the plot lines in this series. No episode is boring to me. The acting is really top-notch. Yes, it has Dame Maggie Smith as a draw, but even if it didn’t it would still be able to stand on its own.

If you must pick one of these shows, pick Downton Abbey. But, really, they’re both great if you’re into turn of the century peerage and the people in service.

Downton Abbey is available as a watch instantly on Netflix (but it looks soooo awesome on Blu ray as well).

FTW Friday

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While you’re killing time figuring what to watch on a lazy Friday afternoon/evening….give this a watch (so NSFW)