Spoiler Alert Thursday
“Game of Thrones.” Apologies for the animated gifs, but the scene was absolutely fantastic: everyone should indulge in the pleasure of watching my new favorite actor, Peter Dinklage (previously just the “angry elf” from “Elf”), slap the shit out of Prince Joffrey, the most charming prince in all of the lands who looks too much like Draco Malfoy for my liking. (What’s with creepy aristocrats and being ultra-ugly and ultra-blond in shows/movies/books like this?) This is two episodes in a row that were completely made by Dinklage’s Tyrion: his bastard speech to Jon Snow in the first episode and, in the second episode, his slapping of Joffrey, the breakfast conversation, and his second speech to Jon Snow on his way to join the Night Watch at the Wall. Otherwise, the remaining characters have not been particularly compelling. I gather we are supposed to like poor Jon the bastard Snow, but I really don’t like his haircut and, if you have to be old enough (eighteen?) to swear into Night’s Watch and if he was brought to Winterfell seventeen years ago, I think he has far too much facial hair for a boy of seventeen. I thought he was early twenties after the first episode. Similarly, I gather we are supposed to like Arya Stark, but I tend not to like children actors or characters. And, I suppose, we are supposed to like Eddard Stark, but for a “man of honour,” he seems to lack any spine.
I fear that this show has lost Bob’s favour because of the significant lack of nudity and sex in the second episode! Daenerys learns the secrets of pleasing men–a skill which took a talented slave years–in a matter of minutes and the director declined to have them do it nude! Or even topless! She didn’t even get naked when Drogo was boning her. The newly introduced forward cowgirl position scene was really, really boring.
- How is Tyrion still alive? He clearly knows too much for his own good, especially given his lack of ability to defend himself physically from attack and he clearly enjoys lording his knowledge over others–especially if it embarrasses. While I think his concern for Bran was genuine, he clearly derived a great deal of pleasure from forcing Joffrey to attend to Bran and to imply to his siblings that he knows they threw Bran from the window because Bran saw them screwing.
- Who is Jon Snow’s mother? The King does not know who the mother is even though the King seems to have otherwise detailed knowledge of Eddard’s ladies on the side. Given that he refused to tell both the King and Jon Snow the identity of the mother, she must be important. Further, given that he promised to tell Jon next time they meet, I can only surmise that Eddard expects himself or Jon or them both to be dead before any such meeting can take place.
Partially related: in a departure from my norm, I bought the A Game of Thrones novel today. I plan to catch up by Sunday and then read the book in conjunction with the adaptation. I briefly considered The Pale King, as it was on sale for 30% off, but after reading Adam’s post today, I decided that a novel whose plot turns on a proper description of the Chicago transit system was not for me.
“The Killing” I’ve figured out the format: last five minutes of the episode–big reveal; first forty minutes of the next episode–big reveal turns out to be absolutely nothing; last five minutes of the episode–big reveal… Too bad the role sucks, but Eric Ladin really commits. (See his video diary on the “Generation Kill” DVDs if you haven’t.) Joel Kinnaman’s character is about the only tolerable one. Even Callum Keith Rennie disappoints. (He was a great cylon.)
“Supernatural” Forgot to mention this last week. Two episodes ago: Balthazar goes back in time and prevents the Titanic from sinking. Benefit: 50,000 extra souls to be exploited by Castiel who has seemingly gone rogue. Benefit: Celine Dion is some “obscure lounge singer in Canada.” Detriment: somehow Bobby is married to Ellen. Detriment: Jo is alive. While I like the idea of Celine Dion being obscure and unfamous, Ellen and Jo is just too much. Fortunately, everything gets sorted out in the end: Celine Dion is famous and Ellen and Jo are dead. Most recent episode: Dean and Sam go back in time to frontier Wyoming to kill a Phoenix because the ashes of a Phoenix are apparently needed to kill Eve. Or something. Dean is very excited and buys Western fetish wear. He gets back in time and everyone makes fun of his appearance. He’s excited to meet hookers; turns out late nineteenth century hookers have syphilis. Sam steps in a lot of horse shit. A subplot has some controversy between Castiel and an angel called Rachel–apparently his lieutenant. Rachel tries to kill Castiel, but Castiel ends up killing her. The reasons for all this remain rather obscure. Overall, the season has been kind of flat failing to commit to any season-long arc, at least in any coherent way. All the same, the show has been renewed for a seventh season.
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