HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones - will this be just for nerds? (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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Ian! We'll review the first ep next week -- maybe we need to ALWAYS re-watch the prev ep before the new one is on? Makes a nice evening with good company even a bit longer.

Plus I want to AWWWWW at the WOLF PUPPIES again.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Monday, 18 April 2011 14:40 (eight years ago) link

haven't watched this yet, hope to tonight

did ppl dig it?

fat fat fat fat Usher (DJP), Monday, 18 April 2011 14:40 (eight years ago) link

Loved. Loved.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Monday, 18 April 2011 14:42 (eight years ago) link

i kind of want to watch the first episode or so of this, i feel like the combination of it being about elves and shit + apparent shitheap of gratuitous nudity = it will be a hard sell for the other half, i think

I watched this while my wife futzed around with her phone, her comments were something along the line of "every time I look up there are boobs wtf"

thought the eps was disappointing overall. the opening sequence was *really* well done, pretty much the main reason I tuned in after seeing the preview. set design + cinematography + acting were top notch but I don't get all the hurrahs for the script. characters were weakly written. and the danerys + drago sequences came off like some harlequin skinemax weaksauce.

haven't read the books but it seemed like this would only appeal to someone who loved them?

It's not about elves and shit.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Monday, 18 April 2011 14:43 (eight years ago) link

wolves and shit

laurel i've read them, i'm just saying that the look they've gone for with this pretty broadly telegraphs ELVES AND SHIT. 'dragons and shit' would have accomplished the same admittedly

thomp, Monday, 18 April 2011 15:01 (eight years ago) link

And had the advantage of being accurate.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Monday, 18 April 2011 15:18 (eight years ago) link

Waiting for Carcetti to arrive

calstars, Monday, 18 April 2011 15:51 (eight years ago) link

haven't read the books but it seemed like this would only appeal to someone who loved them?

i hated what i read. the show has the advantage of not being written in terrible fantasy trope language. (gritty fantasy or not.)

Mordy, Monday, 18 April 2011 16:43 (eight years ago) link

and some of the cgi is so impressive that it's more like LOTR where you don't care that it's a theme you've seen a dozen times. like the guard riding out past that huge wall was OMG impressive.

Mordy, Monday, 18 April 2011 16:43 (eight years ago) link

not being written in terrible fantasy trope language.

Man, if you think GRRM is "terrible fantasy trope language", you better just stay away from the genre completely, because, imho, he's one of the least worrisome offenders for this type of thing.

I agree with Mordy.

I like fantasy more on screen than on the page, generally.

reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic), Monday, 18 April 2011 16:49 (eight years ago) link

this show seems ok

─►.butt.tko (Lamp), Monday, 18 April 2011 16:50 (eight years ago) link

I have never read the books and haven't read much fantasy, but I enjoyed this. Some problems that I'll write off as pilot-issues but I'm looking forward to the rest. We'll know in the next 3 or 4 episodes just how much being a fan of the book matters.

Gukbe, Monday, 18 April 2011 16:50 (eight years ago) link

also theon never does anything interesting

─►.butt.tko (Lamp), Monday, 18 April 2011 16:51 (eight years ago) link

martin's not a great stylist, but i stopped noticing/caring about 1/3 of the way into GoT - that's not really why you read this stuff anyway

cum dude (Princess TamTam), Monday, 18 April 2011 16:51 (eight years ago) link

i had a hard time getting into Book 1 but was looking forward to this. It's great so far but have to agree with this:

"and the danerys + drago sequences came off like some harlequin skinemax weaksauce"

also, drago wedding fight scene was some Star Trek : TOS lolz but with tits and rape.

akm, Monday, 18 April 2011 17:45 (eight years ago) link

the title/credits sequence with the little clockwork gameboard showing all the locales is v. awesome imo. and supposedly it changes from episode to episode depending on where stuff's happening

ciderpress, Monday, 18 April 2011 19:09 (eight years ago) link

really? thats a nice touch!

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 19:19 (eight years ago) link

not sure if thats true, i just remember reading it somewhere

ciderpress, Monday, 18 April 2011 19:21 (eight years ago) link

i hope it's true...we'll have to check the next set of credits to see

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 19:25 (eight years ago) link

martin's not a great stylist, but i stopped noticing/caring about 1/3 of the way into GoT - that's not really why you read this stuff anyway

― cum dude (Princess TamTam), Monday, April 18, 2011 11:51 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

^word up

the zing cheese incident (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:12 (eight years ago) link

This is why I don't read much fantasy lit. Wish I could get past it but I can't.

reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:13 (eight years ago) link

martin's prose is functional but he certainly does like to tell you what color people's doublets are.

difficult listening hour, Monday, 18 April 2011 20:17 (eight years ago) link

he likes to say "nearly a man grown"

the zing cheese incident (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:20 (eight years ago) link

at least westeros' weird seasons thing invalidates the "she had seen barely thirteen summers" sort of thing because you just know he'd be dipping in that well like once per page

difficult listening hour, Monday, 18 April 2011 20:23 (eight years ago) link

dude is a perv tbh

the zing cheese incident (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:27 (eight years ago) link

strikethrough, pimp, http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JjTZojojDPI/SxPR-ffvWkI/AAAAAAAAAok/bzrrZEsb1T4/s1600/0007stfc.jpg &c &c

─►.butt.tko (Lamp), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:31 (eight years ago) link

I was surprised to learn that he uses the word "fuck" in the books.

reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic), Monday, 18 April 2011 20:40 (eight years ago) link

The robe completes the outfit. and he kind of looks like the playing robert baratheon

allmypulp, Monday, 18 April 2011 20:41 (eight years ago) link

for anyone who's watching this without reading the books and wants to get all the characters/houses/history straight, HBO has a great little viewers' guide that doesn't appear to spoil anything that's not pre-episode-1 backstory:
http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/#!/guide/houses/

ciderpress, Monday, 18 April 2011 21:29 (eight years ago) link

Video podcast with cast interviews and stuff: http://skyatlantic.sky.com/game-of-thrones/thronecast

Walter Galt, Monday, 18 April 2011 21:47 (eight years ago) link

this was terrible. so much hair gel. so many stupid accents. and the horselord wedding reception.

adam, Monday, 18 April 2011 22:04 (eight years ago) link

It was distracting how white Drogo's teeth were.

calstars, Monday, 18 April 2011 22:11 (eight years ago) link

Nah, the third book goes into great detail re: Dothraki dental plan.

i just watched the 25 minute making of that's on the HBO site (still having not seen the first ep) and I gotta say the guy who plays Drogo seems like a bro in all senses of the word.

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 18 April 2011 22:22 (eight years ago) link

dude is a klingon

akm, Monday, 18 April 2011 22:26 (eight years ago) link

Dude is also going to play Conan later this year.

He was in Stargate Atlantis, too. Nerd cred.

Walter Galt, Monday, 18 April 2011 22:30 (eight years ago) link

It was distracting how white Drogo's teeth were.

Someone else I was watching it with said this! What I noticed mostly was that his breasts are bigger than Danaerys'.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Monday, 18 April 2011 23:03 (eight years ago) link

Xpost aha that's where I recognize him from!

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:21 (eight years ago) link

OK watched it - was good! Also posts very much in character but Laurel otm re the wolf pups omg. The end was great too. I didn't have a problem with the nudity/boobage but I was a bit fan of Rome which has tons of that sort of thing so maybe I'm just used to it. I want the next one already! Damn.

ENBB, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:47 (eight years ago) link

Yeah see I have enjoyed Rome, Deadwood, all the HBO stuff...maybe it was more "boobs in broad daylight" then that was giving me hangups? Dunno.

VegemiteGrrl, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:52 (eight years ago) link

Biggest WTF moment - "The Dothraki have no word for thank you"

Number None, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:58 (eight years ago) link

Wait, why is that wtf? Irish Gaelic doesn't have a word for "no." Sort of. There are workarounds, but there's no direct translation for a flat No.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:05 (eight years ago) link

I'm Irish funnily enough. The line wasn't in the book and it just seemed really cheesy.

Number None, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:12 (eight years ago) link

Haha ilx being what it is, I wondered right after I said that if I was carrying coals to Newcastle. Haven't read the books in years so I can't remember exactly what was in them.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 01:17 (eight years ago) link


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