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

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(Sorry about the mis-read there, was revising in a hurry.)

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:42 (nine years ago) link

yo thomp...

Number None, Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:43 (nine years ago) link

i think it's funny that, at this point, anyone would have any faith in george r.r. martin's ability to plot a novel in a way that would result in any kind of satisfying experience for the reader

thomp, Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:49 (nine years ago) link

Ah right, you may have a point there.

Number None, Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:50 (nine years ago) link

at this point -- you mean one episode in (and it gets better) or you mean considering the corpus of material he's already written?

Mordy, Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:51 (nine years ago) link

alllll my wolves stay real
stark don't think these political deals
gonna feed your seeds
and pay your bills because they not

(xxp)

c( ☠_ ☠ )ↄ (Lamp), Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:53 (nine years ago) link

George got a little bit of love and thinks's he's hot

Number None, Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:55 (nine years ago) link

mordy, sorry, that was in response to the thing about whether it will turn out in book five, six, or seven that theon has some reason for having been there

thomp, Wednesday, 20 April 2011 16:36 (nine years ago) link

hey guess what

http://images.hitfix.com/photos/503754/game-of-thrones-daenerys_article_story_main.jpg

winter is busting a nut all or ya face

dearth of the hipster (Lamp), Thursday, 21 April 2011 00:42 (nine years ago) link

That photo is the wrong color, on the tv her hair is a woolly yellow-blond that looks like someone hid the undyed roots with cornstarch and powder bleach. I'll be delighted, though, when the character gets to a place where she makes that resolute a face ALL the time.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Thursday, 21 April 2011 01:20 (nine years ago) link

sarah connor IS cersei lannister

calstars, Thursday, 21 April 2011 01:51 (nine years ago) link

Sky Atlantic fan show (probably not for people who already know the books and stuff, it's pretty beginner-y... might be of interest? It's an iTunes podcast, too):
http://skyatlantic.sky.com/game-of-thrones/

Walter Galt, Thursday, 21 April 2011 20:38 (nine years ago) link

Whoops: http://skyatlantic.sky.com/game-of-thrones/thronecast

Walter Galt, Thursday, 21 April 2011 20:39 (nine years ago) link

ha "thronecast", sounds like they're broadcasting from a toilet

it always seems to have dick smith in it (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 21 April 2011 21:47 (nine years ago) link

podthrone

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 21 April 2011 21:50 (nine years ago) link

You Shit Or You Die

last name ever, first name gjetost (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 21 April 2011 23:04 (nine years ago) link

Urine is Coming

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 21 April 2011 23:22 (nine years ago) link

Haven't read the books, loved the first episode.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Friday, 22 April 2011 04:47 (nine years ago) link

Already so much shit going down!

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Friday, 22 April 2011 04:48 (nine years ago) link

Finally got to watch the first episode. From the talk of things the wedding scene was going to be some grand cheese ball of central focus, but a few quick flashes to dry humping I can take. I thought the episode was solid -- some stiff dialogue about who is who and what is what was necessary and they got through the exposition fairly effectively here. Some more to come, no doubt, but once we get a few episodes into this I think the characters will make for compelling viewing by themselves. All the actors seemed very well cast. Sansa was perfect.

abcfsk, Friday, 22 April 2011 16:06 (nine years ago) link

I agree-- this episode had pilot-itis where they have to give you a tidbit of everyone involved but a meal of none. And I do trust the characters will get to stretch out a bit starting in the next coupla.

Agree with reservations about the Daneirys actress-- not so much physically but the tone of her performance-- the somnambulist/frightened rabbit thing. Didn't seem right.

My only outright beef is with the music. Cheap, generic, dull. I understand that they fired their original composer (Stephen Warbeck) vcery late in the game, so that Ramin Djawadi had scant time to do his job, but this just sounds like stuff you'd hear on an electronic RPG or a History Channel special on Vikings. In other words, they need to fire their composer again pronto. All the painstaking, beautiful execution on so many other fronts and they think people won't notice this half-assed crap?

last name ever, first name gjetost (Jon Lewis), Friday, 22 April 2011 16:16 (nine years ago) link

I think the frightened rabbit thing is is the right look for her so far.. what was entertaining about the character in the book was how she came off as frightened, unsure, dulled by suppression, but then had moments when provoked where she exploded and found her powers.

abcfsk, Friday, 22 April 2011 16:20 (nine years ago) link

^^^

I think its totally okay for her to be a frightened rabbit at this point, her future is so unsure and her supposed protector is a creep!

OK so maybe frightened rabbit is apt but what about the weird sleepwalker affect?

last name ever, first name gjetost (Jon Lewis), Friday, 22 April 2011 16:24 (nine years ago) link

To let the camera linger on her ass better, iirc.

Eh it's predicable "pretty, scared girl" stuff, it's fine, not going to ruin the show for me. But as a young woman who had never known anything else I imagined her being a lot more affect-less, that she would have figured out how to hide her fear by now -- this is how her whole life has been.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Friday, 22 April 2011 16:30 (nine years ago) link

I actually think the sleepwalking thing is the right direction.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Friday, 22 April 2011 16:32 (nine years ago) link

Maybe its because I just finished rereading the book before I watched this, but she comes across as still pretty fearful, at least prior to the wedding and up to her deflowering.

I defer to anyone who's read the books more recently than about 4 years ago! Damn it.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Friday, 22 April 2011 16:36 (nine years ago) link

There is still some awkwardness about her, thats for sure, but I don't think the fearful thing is the problem just yet. We'll have to see how she evolves over the next few episodes, thats for sure.

Fair enough. Anyone else hate the music as much as me?

last name ever, first name gjetost (Jon Lewis), Friday, 22 April 2011 16:46 (nine years ago) link

Didn't even notice it, not one second of the music made any impression on me. Will be paying much closer attn this week, though, now that you've mentioned it.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Friday, 22 April 2011 16:48 (nine years ago) link

I really dug the 'spooky' two-note theme during the opening scene

Brakhage, Friday, 22 April 2011 17:03 (nine years ago) link

That's an interesting point, the opening scene was well scored. Increased my bummerz regarding what followed musically. Maybe this composer is better at creepy/textural/semi-ambient scoring than other aspects.

It sounded to me like most of the score was a few acoustic instruments augmented by synths imitating an orchestra, which is always NAGL in my opinion (if you're gonna do a synth score then fucking OWN that fact!)

last name ever, first name gjetost (Jon Lewis), Friday, 22 April 2011 17:20 (nine years ago) link

Ok so what historical racial analogue are the Klingon guys supposed to be? Because it's pretty clear they're supposed to represent some non-Euro Other, but they still got a white guy to play the bossman.

Matt Groening's Cousin (Leee), Saturday, 23 April 2011 07:00 (nine years ago) link

Mongols, maybe.

abcfsk, Saturday, 23 April 2011 09:07 (nine years ago) link

Not everything in fantasy has to have a direct analogue.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Saturday, 23 April 2011 09:25 (nine years ago) link

Anyway, the guy who plays Khal Drogo is Hawaiian. So he is actually a non-Euro.

Number None, Saturday, 23 April 2011 09:57 (nine years ago) link

'Ok so what historical racial analogue are the Klingon guys supposed to be?'

the french

thomp, Saturday, 23 April 2011 13:12 (nine years ago) link

The dry humping raves during Louis XIV were legendary

Brakhage, Saturday, 23 April 2011 15:52 (nine years ago) link

ha ha

got electrolytes (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 23 April 2011 15:57 (nine years ago) link

It's a good point though - I keep seeing historical analogues for everything in the show - the Great Wall, Genghis Khan, Wars of the Roses - distracting. Better that than analogues to some other fantasy material though.

Brakhage, Saturday, 23 April 2011 16:02 (nine years ago) link

daenerys = omar etc

abcfsk, Saturday, 23 April 2011 17:41 (nine years ago) link

omar little?

I'm just shillin, like bob dylan (Edward III), Saturday, 23 April 2011 18:07 (nine years ago) link

Anyway, the guy who plays Khal Drogo is Hawaiian. So he is actually a non-Euro.

Stand corrected! (Was thinking he had a really nice tan.)

Matt Groening's Cousin (Leee), Saturday, 23 April 2011 18:46 (nine years ago) link

He is also married to Lisa Bonet as I learned last night. Weird!

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Saturday, 23 April 2011 19:08 (nine years ago) link

Throw the kid out the window and whatevs, but force the death of that poor wolf!!! fucking hate the Lannisters.

Totally into this now, btw.

Gukbe, Monday, 25 April 2011 02:08 (nine years ago) link

This one was good. Makes a world of difference spending some time with characters interacting instead of chop-chopping through plot.

abcfsk, Monday, 25 April 2011 09:48 (nine years ago) link

this is some camp-ass crap

thomp, Monday, 25 April 2011 13:39 (nine years ago) link

why is a grown-ass man playing jon snow

why is tyrion still addressing him as though he was a fourteen year old

why can none of these people act

when does carcetti show up

thomp, Monday, 25 April 2011 13:44 (nine years ago) link


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