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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a pathetic excuse for a king's hunting party. Two men, a squire and a guard? It's like they didn't even bother trying.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What a pathetic excuse for a king's hunting party. Two men, a squire and a guard? It's like they didn't even bother trying.


Those are just the people you see, not the secret king guard hiding in the trees and bushes Razz

I imagine, though, they're just trying to break some fantasy tropes... since I hear Ned is a better swordsman in the show than in the books.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Besides the fact that it came across as nothing more strongly than a scene in a television show (and possibly one added at short notice to fill time, given the lack of effort employed), it also made Renly look like a whiny idiot, and served no real purpose in the episode.

As to breaking tropes, if they had any interesting in doing something original they would have stuck closer to the books in certain areas.

Like having the moon door as a hole in the ground rather than a door in the wall, and having the duel take place around it: just the typical attempt to introduce jeopardy, we're all so familiar with it in modern TV and film we barely notice it.

Think about that. They thought a duel to the death needed added jeopardy.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Besides the fact that it came across as nothing more strongly than a scene in a television show (and possibly one added at short notice to fill time, given the lack of effort employed), it also made Renly look like a whiny idiot, and served no real purpose in the episode.

As to breaking tropes, if they had any interesting in doing something original they would have stuck closer to the books in certain areas.

Like having the moon door as a hole in the ground rather than a door in the wall, and having the duel take place around it: just the typical attempt to introduce jeopardy, we're all so familiar with it in modern TV and film we barely notice it.

Think about that. They thought a duel to the death needed added jeopardy.


Sure, the hole was a bit excessive, but that chick was crazy. I also viewed it in connection with her "you fought with no honor" remark... clearly there was a form in mind when they opened up the portal, but the mercenary didn't care to follow it, except as maybe an afterthought to emphasis his victory. More importantly, law is not based on 'honor'... it's kinda an observation that it's not the honorable that can benefit from law, but the dishonorable who are able to manipulate it.

And are you implying that Reny isn't a whiny idiot? Razz
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Murrin went to whine class with Renly. Razz. I really think if an unpleased fan were able to tweak this series it would be more flop-tastic than Stephen King's Shining mini-series. Sometimes slovenly following everything in the book just does not work on television and does nothing more than weigh and stretch the narrative. Besides; so far most scenes/exchanges have been remarkably faithful.
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasn't saying they should follow the books to the letter. I'm saying it was an unnecessary and poorly executed scene, objectively, as a television viewer.

I'm not going to slavishly praise the Game of Thrones series just because it could have been much worse. When they make mistakes (and the mistakes have been small, I haven't claimed otherwise), I'll call them out on it.

I'll praise Farscape to high heaven but you'll never get me to agree that "Scratch 'n Sniff" was a good episode.

And because people will go ot of their way to proclaim the realism and grittiness of this series, I'm going to feel free to point out where they bow to tired old TV tropes.
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Murrin wrote:
I wasn't saying they should follow the books to the letter. I'm saying it was an unnecessary and poorly executed scene, objectively, as a television viewer.


Eh. I thought it was well done dramatically, since it illustrated the past of the Seven Kingdoms (which Robert was so praising, despite the wars and Mad King), as well as the tension he has with his brothers (Renly in particular there). I do agree I imagined the hunting party larger but in the end I really can't be bothered when so much else is well done.

As for where the Moon Door was...long as it's not the ceiling. Laughing

Murrin wrote:
I'm not going to slavishly praise the Game of Thrones series just because it could have been much worse.


So it's either criticize it or we're deluding ourselves? I slavishly love this series. Sure it's not perfect but I'm really enjoying it and anxiously await each new episode.

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And because people will go ot of their way to proclaim the realism and grittiness of this series, I'm going to feel free to point out where they bow to tired old TV tropes.


Sounds like a boring job. Laughing I personally don't watch the series for any perceived realism, since it's a fantasy adaptation. Sure it's low fantasy, but the catching bait for most of us here I believe would be the characters and their intrigue. Plus Martin does write a hell of a story, and this adaptation reminds me of how great he is with dialogue as well.

Gritty and realistic...hm no. I'll agree with you there. The characters are just too larger-than-life. Though I will say compared to most fantasies its tone has more of an adult edge. Still; it's not as rough-riding as, say, HBO's Rome.
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Murrin went to whine class with Renly. Razz. I really think if an unpleased fan were able to tweak this series it would be more flop-tastic than Stephen King's Shining mini-series. Sometimes slovenly following everything in the book just does not work on television and does nothing more than weigh and stretch the narrative. Besides; so far most scenes/exchanges have been remarkably faithful.


I agree with you here - they are keeping the gist/spirit of the story and molding it to fit the TV format. They are doing a great job so far. Better than I ever expected from such a complex story.
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really liked tonight's episode seems like everything finally came together-just by mentioning Cities and places even the unread could begin to grasp just how big this world is...I was a tad worried about the series, but not now.
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I, too, am thoroughly enjoying the series. No, it isn't perfect and I feel sorry for anyone who hasn't read the books (although some people have mentioned buying the books now). But, I look forward to each Sunday night and so far, I think they are doing a good job.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much, much better than most of the crap on, my other two shows are gone for the season and OMG Oprah is gone 4-ev-a! Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Mr. Green (Treme looks interesting tho...)
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well i don't know about anyone else but...do we HAVE to have a seriously graphic sexual encounter EVERY single episode??? i mean really.
i'm no prude but come on...that whole scene in littlefinger's quarters...yeesh. certainly the scene had a purpose (tho i couldn't tell you exactly what it was, i just know littlefinger was talking), and certainly the ladies were very good at what they were doing but it just struck me
as soooo unnecessary and highly distracting! LOL!! i have no earthly idea what littlefinger was goin on about in that scene. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i have no earthly idea what littlefinger was goin on about in that scene. Laughing


Oh good, I'm not the only one then Smile
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I swear, they have no wardrobe for Roze (I think that's the whore's name).
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I thought the whole point about Littlefinger's monologue was to drive home the lifelong lunatic obsession he has for Catelyn Stark.

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Yes Dukkha that was it. "drive home" *snicker* Razz Razz Razz
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Yes, that's the impression I got too. It gives us a chance to know Littlefinger's story and his obsession with Cat.

But, when he turned around during that scene, it looked like he had a woody! Did anyone else see that? LOL.

But, there is also a lot of sex in the books, I thought, so I'm not that surprised.
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There's nowhere near as much sex in the books as in this series.

And though it was made clear that Petyr owned a lot of brothels, I doubt in the books he would ever have considered living in one of them.
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DukkhaWaynhim wrote:
I thought the whole point about Littlefinger's monologue was to drive home the lifelong lunatic obsession he has for Catelyn Stark.

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And the fact he's one of the main (if not biggest) manipulator in the entire story. It really showed his spite for the Starks and the fact he's not a high lord who could get Catelyn. He feels inferior House-wise and physical-wise, I'm sure. So lots of Despite in him. Wink

Makes me wonder what he really plans with Sansa, but I think his obsession, no matter how good he is at the political intrigue, will be his downfall.
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