Upstairs, Downstairs Open Thread

April 17, 2011 @ 9:41 pm | Filed under:

Episode two. Let’s discuss!

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  1. maria says:

    Where are all of the replies? Perhaps everyone else was slow to watch due to being busy or out of town as we were. I watched the second episode online. I liked it much better than the first episode. It just seemed more flowing. Which brings me to a question….is “Upstairs, Downstairs” on PBS cut or the original version? Wondering if it is shortened at all to fit the Masterpiece Theatre time frame. (the first episode seemed choppy to me)

    I was very moved by episode 2, but really could do w/out the death of the lovely Rachel Perlmutter. I hoped to see her life played out more. What a sad tragic end. She and Mr. Amanjit’s friendship was lovely, making her death all the more heart wrenching, esp. for her young daughter.

    I now can not stand to even look at the Chauffeur. And though Lady Agnes’ selfish reaction to her husband’s desire to take care of Rachel’s little girl is not surprising, it is no less disappointing. Lady Agnes’ is definately appreciating prams and whatever else is her personal interests at the moment. Climbing the social ladder being cheif among her interests.

    Enjoying the series. 🙂

  2. maria says:

    Oh bother…please excuse the misspelled words and such in my first reply. I’m not a morning person and up due to being unable to sleep. LOL

    Also, to clarify (if I dare type something else in my sleepy yet unable to sleep state) when I said “She and Mr. Amanjit’s friendship was lovely, making her death all the more heart wrenching, esp. for her young daughter.” I did not mean to sound as if their friendship made things worse for the little girl, on the contrary, thank goodness Mr. Amanjit knew of the little girl! I meant their friendship as well as that Rachel had a little girl made her death all the more heart wrenching for the me as a viewer.

    Okay, off to see if I can get a nap before the day begins. 🙂

  3. Melissa Wiley says:

    Argh, I never got back over here to comment!

    I too was really sad to see Rachel go. She was far too excellent a character to come and go so quickly. I felt like her presence added such an interesting thread to the storyline—really her story was more interesting to me than some of the others—and then what? Gone? No. 🙁

    The Percy/chauffeur storyline is so similar to the younger daughter/chauffeur storyline in Upstairs Downstairs!

  4. Lesley Austin says:

    I felt just the same about Rachel, Lissa. Soon after she appeared I turned to my husband and said “Now it is satisfying.” So I was very disappointed to see her go. And, yes, too many similarities to Downton Abbey….the chauffeur/daughter, the interesting old lady/not-so-likable main young woman, the most appealing servants pulled towards each other yet kept apart….but when this episode ended I was sorry to realize it!

  5. Laurie M says:

    I finally got to watch today.
    I wish Harry, even though he is cute, were gone instead of Rachel. And Persie needed more than a hand wound. I disliked them even more at the end when poor Rachel had to die.
    I didn’t get the marbles.
    I’m thinking Lottie is in the place of Hallam’s sister Pam and the marbles are from their childhood together.
    I was so relieved to see Lottie in the kitchen scene, relieved that Mr. Amanjit found her and took care of her. I knew then that she would be staying.

    I agree, the show seems so choppy, I think things are being left out. And I can’t believe there are only 3 episodes! 🙁

  6. MelanieB says:

    I agree that it feels choppy. I couldn’t believe they killed Rachel off. I can’t help but feeling that Downton Abbey pulled off the chauffer/daughter storyline in a more interesting way. At least there the younger daughter doesn’t feel as flat as Lady Persie. She seems to know more about politics and is less annoyingly strident.

  7. MelanieB says:

    Oh and how sweet was it when Ivy sings Lotte to sleep? I did love that touch, the orphan becoming a mother figure to the newly motherless girl.

  8. Melissa Wiley says:

    Persie! I keep spelling it wrong.

    I too loved that Ivy/Lotte scene. Ivy was beginning to show some real depth at last—and then whisk, show’s over. :::grumble:::

  9. MelanieB says:

    I keep wanting to spell it “Percy” too. That’s how I hear it when they call her “Lady Persie”. Such a funny diminutive of Persephone.

  10. monica says:

    The marbles were thrown by the children at the protest against the facists to keep the facists’ horses from walking. It spooked the horses and stopped the march. I think they are a symbol of the diplomatic negotiations the English are doing to keep WWII at bay. Thats why they keep coming up.

    I too am sad for just 3 episodes. I guess I really have to see the Kings Speech now, as that is the king who suceeds Edward.

  11. Lisa says:

    I think hubby is using marbles to cause Lady A to fall own the stairs and miscarry, even die. He has lost by respect he had for his wife because of the way he treated Lottie (and so have I!)

  12. LisaB says:

    I think Hallam will leave the marbles on the steps in hopes that Lady Agnes will slip, fall down the stairs, and break her horrid neck. As to the baby, why would Hallam want an heir that carries the genes of Awful Agnes?