Amazing Internet Things

Amazing Internet Things: The Dowager Countess Faces Off with Game of Thrones’ Queen of Thorns

This particular Amazing Internet Thing will be of special interest to those of you are Game of Thrones fans in addition to being British television lovers. And, really, there’s so much Awesome British Talent appearing in the HBO series on a weekly basis that it’s practically got honorary Brit TV status anyway.

For those of you who don’t know, Game of Thrones tells the story of several warring families/factions battling for control of a kingdom called Westeros in a time period that sort of looks like the Middle Ages, but isn’t quite. It’s very high fantasy and it’s also very enjoyable, if a bit violent and life ruining because basically every character you ever care about will have something extremely horrible happen to them.

Anyway, Thrones recently introduced the matriarch of House Tyrell, a sassy grandmother named Lady Olenna (also known as the Queen of Thorns) who bears a more than passing resemblance to another acid-tongued head of household from a slightly different time period. Yes, this is basically what Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess might look like if she were transported back in time to lead her family during violent times of political backstabbing and war. And, much like her Edwardian counterpart, Lady Olenna is also played by another British luminary, Dame Diana Rigg. They’re pretty much the same character, and it’s kind of amazing.

Best Parody Ever? Watch Downton Abbey: The Musical

Downton Abbey parodies are basically a dime a dozen on the internet these days, and most of them are actually pretty awesome, but there are some that are just on another level of amazing. This is one of those things.

This ten-minute parody imagines creator Julian Fellowes finally cutting us Americans a break and putting on a stage version of the first episode of Series 4, to stop us complaining about being behind the UK broadcast. The twist? It’s a musical episode.

Yes, this is as close as we’re ever going to get to the real Downton: The Musical, so just enjoy every perfect second you can.

Amazing Internet Things: Harry Potter The Honest Trailer

The Honest Trailer guys have struck again and if you’re a Harry Potter fan who has ever seen any of the movies based on J.K. Rowling’s beloved books, you are absolutely going to want to watch this.

If you’ve never seen any of the Honest Trailers, here’s how it works: YouTube users screenjunkies regular send up popular major motion pictures by describing the general plot of the film in the most straightforward of terms. (The best example of this is probably the one that they did for Twilight, which is a tiny bit NSFW, but is absolutely hysterical.)

Anyway, the Honest Trailer folks have finally gotten around to immortalizing the beloved Harry Potter films in an extended trailer that encompasses all eight of them in one go. And it’s amazing.

Amazing Internet Things: Downton Abbey Meets The Walking Dead

Since we’ve seen virtually other sort of parody imaginable about megahit Downton Abbey, something like this was probably inevitable. In today’s really quite amazing internet thing: Downton Zombey mashes up the costume drama with AMC’s horror hit The Walking Dead.

After all, what could possibly go better together than Downton and zombies? (Honestly, hasn’t the body count begun to feel like the equal of a zombie thriller lately?) Surprisingly, this actually works, other than the unfortunate absence of English accents, mostly because it’s very funny.

Plus, who knew the Crawleys had brain tongs in the kitchen?

(If you still haven’t seen Series 3 of Downton yet for whatever reason, there be spoilers below.)

Amazing Internet Things: Classic Sherlock Holmes Saturday Night Live Skit

Fans of Sherlock Holmes, whether your particular poison is of the Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Brett, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Downey Jr or Basil Rathbone variety, you’ll still probably really enjoy this particularly amazing internet thing.

Apparently way back in 1991, Saturday Night Live did a Sherlock Holmes skit. Yes, really. Yes, that same SNL that nowadays considers the Harlem Shake to be about as much deep thought as they can expect their audience to engage in. Surprise! Anyway, yes, SNL did a Holmes parody, called Sherlock Holmes’ Surprise Party and the best part is that it stars the fabulous Jeremy Irons as the great detective, which is of course absolutely perfect. Phil Hartman plays Watson and Mike Meyers is Lestrade and it’s worth a watch.

Amazing Internet Things: Downton Abbey Does One Direction

So, this new trend of making spoken word mash-up versions of hit songs using popular figures from pop culure is a bit strange and silly (and I totally blame President Obama and Carly Rae Jepsen for making it a thing in the first place), but it’s hard to resist something that’s as cute as this particular version turns out to be.

Most Downton Abbey fans are in need of a bit of a pick me up after the emotional devastation of the Series 3 finale, and this bit of ridiculous fluff is pretty much exactly what the Dowager Countess ordered. Comedian Richard Sandling has put together a pretty epic video mash-up of the Crawley clan and all their servants performing One Direction's (ridiculously catchy) hit song “What Makes You Beautiful”.

Cobbling together bits of footage from all three seasons and both Christmas specials, Sandling actually gets the Downton crew through every single line of the song, save one, which gets a slight Edwardian update. All in all, it’s pretty fun.

And, as usual, Mr. Carson absolutely steals the show.

Amazing Internet Things: Jimmy Fallon Takes Us Back to “Downton Sixbey”

Now that we’re well into Downton Abbey Series 3, late night host Jimmy Fallon has brought back his hilarious parody of everyone’s favorite costume drama, Downton Sixbey. In fact, Fallon’s been so on top of his game the past couple of weeks that there are two new episodes of the skit, which both offer send-ups of various Downton plot points from this season, including the Crawley’s money troubles and a family wedding.

While some of the humor in these skits is a bit…well, I imagine Carson would refer to it as low-brow, Fallon’s re-imagining of the characters and events of the popular British soap is hard to resist. Click through for a look at the next two installments in Downton Sixbey – and here’s hoping there are more to come in honor of Series 3 wrapping up.

Amazing Internet Things: The Office Meets The Hobbit

Apologies for my slight absence around here – yours truly’s been laid up with the flu. Downside: It’s gross. Upside: I’ve had a lot of time to look at random things on the internet, one of the more interesting of which is below.

This is one of those Amazing Internet Things that’s simultaneously awesome and sort of really creepy – so, sort of, the internet, in a nutshell, at times.

Long before Martin Freeman played the world’s most famous crime-solving sidekick on Sherlock, he was known for starring as the put-upon but loveable Tim Canterbury on the original UK version of The Office. (If you’ve never seen the UK version of this series – for shame! –Tim is the equivalent of Jim in the American adaptation.) Given his recent turn as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, this mash-up should probably not be entirely unexpected. The real surprise it’s probably that it’s taken this long.

Amazing Internet Things: Sesame Street Does Downton Abbey

You knew this had to happen sooner or later. Everyone’s favorite children’s show Sesame Street has finally taken on everyone’s favorite costume drama Downton Abbey, and the result is basically as adorable as you’d expect. This parody will officially air on Sesame Street on Monday when Season 43 debuts, but you can get an early look at it right now because, well, that’s what the internet is for, right?

The Upside Downton Abbey skit features a clever take on the opening-piano-music theme song, as well as super cute Sesame Street muppet versions of the Dowager Countess and Mr. Carson. (Oh, how I wish that it also had Robert or Mary in it, because, well, I would just love to see a puppet version of either of them. Imagine Mary’s dress!) The Dowager is having a bit of a struggle to enjoy her tea and crumpets, because at Upside Downton Abbey, their house is, as you may have guessed, upside down. And, as one might expect with this character in any iteration, the Dowager is a bit resistant to change, even when tea is involved. Watch for yourselves below.

Amazing Internet Things: Downton Abbey as a Nintendo Game

Because obviously, you’ve wondered – what would Downton Abbey be like as a video game? Well, that’s exactly the kind of question the internet (and our Amazing Internet Things series in general) is there to answer for you. (Spoiler: Get ready to miss your old school video console a whole lot.)

This little gem of a clip re-imagines everyone’s favorite costume drama as a Super Nintendo-style quest RPG. In theory, you’d play a new footman who must complete various tasks for members of the Crawley family and their staff, including fetching fancy cigars for Robert and fluffing pillows in the guest rooms with Anna. In short: I would give anything for this to be a real game!

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