Downton Abbey + new ways to terrorize Guam

The drafts keep piling up, as every post I’ve written lately has tried to turn itself into a manifesto and I keep running out of time, patience, and/or energy.

To tide you over, I’ll actually finish the post about Downton Abbey.

I don’t get it. I absolutely do not get the appeal of this show. I’ve tried to get it. I’ve tried so hard I’ve seen the 1st season twice and I’m almost done with the 2nd season. I don’t fucking get it…BUT I CAN’T STOP WATCHING IT.

Perhaps the Dowager Countess really is a witch.

That would explain a lot of things.

I wasn’t sure where to take that joke, but then this Diagon Abbey twitter account came along and gave me the perfect thing to insert into this section. I guess that’s something watching Downton has going for it – if you haven’t watched it, the jokes won’t land and you’ll just be wasting your time reading those tweets.

Because if you get the jokes you aren’t wasting your time reading those tweets? Sure. That’s it.

Not to spoil it for you, but here’s the plot of pretty much every episode:
Someone: “The times are changing.”
Someone else: “Indeed they are, indeed they are.”
Someone: “Winter is coming.”

No, wait, that’s the plot of almost every episode of Game of Thrones.

Let’s try again.

Someone: “There was the incident with the gentleman from Turkey….”
Someone else: “Did he take my dragons? Do you know where my dragons are?”

That may not be right, either.

To be honest, I haven’t started watching season 3 yet, but my Tivo, Overlord II has been sucking them up for me. I already know what happens, because of course the show airs in the UK before it airs here and so there aren’t many surprises left by the time I get around to seeing it.

Why is a show about nobility and their servants so wildly popular in the United States? And why can’t I stop watching? Why? Why? Why?

As soon as we catch up on Homeland, Husband can start watching Downton. Yes. Yes he can. Maybe he can explain why I can’t stop watching while we wait for the next season of Homeland.

I guess an advantage to watching is that Sesame Street’s Upside Downton Abbey is much funnier if you know what they’re spoofing:

Why is a show that only began in 2010 a “Masterpiece Classic” on PBS?

Futilely pondering Downton‘s popularity is still less disturbing to think about than the fact that the U.S. Government is going to try to solve the Guam snake problem by airdropping dead poison-laced mice.

I can’t even begin to think about the intended consequences of dropping poisoned food into a rainforest.

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  • I tried to watch it, I really did. But after season 1, I just bailed out. I’ve never watched Homeland, either. Actually, the list of shows I’ve never bothered to watch is pretty long.

    • meanlouise

      I believe the answer to all of my questions is: Dowager Countess. also, H, I can’t believe the horrible (but now corrected) typo in the 1st sentence didn’t make your head explode. Still getting the hang of blogging on my ipad & battling the autocorrect.

  • “the impact on other species will be minimal, particularly since the snakes have themselves wiped out the birds that might have been most at risk.”

    That’s sadly true, so the rainforest has far less fauna than it once did. Even in 1969 when we lived there Dad was fighting those buggers as CO of the Public Works Center. They’d wrap themselves on power lines and short them out.

    • meanlouise

      I was a bit traumatized by the chapter on power lines in Problem Snake Management.

      • meanlouise

        Wow. The great thing about trolls is that they never run out of ways to call you stupid. The comments on this post are going to be heavily moderated because aside from being a “dumb liberal” I’m also becoming a petty tyrant. Also, I’m aware the snake problem isn’t new and neither is the acetaminophen plan. I just don’t think the project is being well-communicated.

    • meanlouise

      the linkmeister is not a troll.

    • meanlouise

      Link – I’m looking for some linkable pieces about concerns over the consequences to the insect population, some of whom are sensitive to acetaminophen but who have an important role in the environment. So far everything is proprietary. Annoying.