I agree. I dumped about 40 hours into DS1 and decided after beating it that I would pick up DS2. I played it for about 5 hours and haven't played it since. It seems... bland. Sure, the visuals are incredible, but I don't know, just doesn't feel the same... this being said, I would totally watch a Dark Souls 2 Vinny and Alex playthrough!
I think an official remake is past the date of possibility. It has been two consoles since the originals. Your best bet is to get them on iOS/Android. Those versions are actually pretty great, if you can get used to the controls
I was bummed when I checked numerous times today and there was no Freedom Stream. I'm so pumped now that there is one! Can't wait to see how the new guys adapt (Dan seems to be adapting just fine judging by his two quicklooks)!