Tag: Game of Thrones

Overlooked Series for TV or Movie Adaptation

 

The Game of Thrones book series is nihilistic nonsensical bilge.  But it makes for “good” television because that sort of mess seems to be popular in today’s culture, what with all the sex, sorcery, and savagery.  As an actual story though?  It’s terrible.  Which is probably why George R.R. Martin could never finish it – it had no real logical “out”, no escape from its cycles of violence and revenge, save what the HBO writers could force together.  Until HBO picked it up, though, it was unlikely fare for Hollywood treatment – Hollywood typically shies away from overly long fantasy cycles simply because such things are very expensive to cast and produce well, to say nothing of finding good writers to translate novels into scripts you can actually film.  For all the awfulness of its story, I do give full credit to HBO for the solid work they put into the project over nearly a decade – one can deplore the story but still admire the brilliant and extremely skilled craftwork involved in telling it, and (more importantly) sticking with it at that high level for so long.  Would that The Hobbit had been given that same dedication.

And now it seems we are to receive another attempt at telling the story of Dune.  I am not excited at the prospect.  The David Lynch film of the 80s was terrible.  The SciFi Channel’s miniseries of 20 years ago was much better.  But why Dune?  Why yet another attempt?  If Hollywood is looking for that next “big epic”, surely there are other and better stories to tell?  Dune, the first book, is interesting, but has its weaknesses, while the rest of the series gets rather strange.  Haven’t other authors written better and more compelling fantasy or science-fiction epics?  Or must we continually return to just a few “classics”, like Amazon is trying to do with its pending Tolkien series?  I would like to propose a few other authors and series that Hollywood should consider instead, and would invite you to make your own suggestions as well.

The Super Bowl: A Data Point on the Re-emergence of Roman Decadence

 

A friend of mine recently lent me a book called The Social Results of Early Christianity, by C. Schmidt, Professor of Theology in Strasburg. The impetus for the book, written in the 19th century, was an essay contest proposed by the French Academy “to trace the influence of Charity on the Roman World during the first centuries of the Christian era.” The first third of the book is devoted to describing various facets of Roman society and culture as they existed at the appearance of Christianity.

The parallels of pre-Christian Roman culture to the ethos of secular Western culture in our own age are numerous. Chapter 3, section 5 addresses the “Occupations of Slaves. Actors. Gladiators.” The Super Bowl, with its garish halftime show, represents a unique confluence of the actors and gladiators in American entertainment. Schmit’s description of the state of Roman entertainment I found especially pertinent:

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Spoilers for Season 8, Episode 5. Game of Thrones episode “The Bells” reminded me of the famous Führerbunker scene from Downfall where Hitler chews out his generals for losing the Battle of Berlin. It would have been more satisfying if they actually took a page from Downfall and had Queen Cersei lash out and pin […]

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Game of Thrones put out one of it’s best episodes ever last night examining how most of the characters spent the night before a battle that would most likely be their last. One of the main highlights was Arya and Gendry finally getting it on. After getting over the shock of seeing Arya – who […]

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It’s coming into spring, which for the past seven years has meant that Game of Thrones is coming soon. Alas, the final season won’t be released until next year. In honor of the first day of Lent, though, I thought we could add some Bible study and play a game. I’ll give a plot point, […]

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I know there is a a devastating storm raging over Texas, I’m sure Trump has done or said something new to offend and outrage, and lord knows all sorts of places around the world are slowly spiraling into oblivion. But, tonight the penultimate season of Game of Thrones just ended, and we need a place […]

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Ricochetti love to argue. Lawyers love to argue. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many Ricochetti are lawyers. That makes total sense, right? Or maybe it doesn’t. It’s an example of faulty logic, even if it’s factually true. Very few of us are ever taught logic; most of what I knew before I started studying for the law […]

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I believe I am done writing and talking about politics until 2017.  Instead of complaining about politicians, let’s complain about bad storytelling. One of the more infuriating parts of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels is just how much time Daenerys Targaryen spends not traveling to Westeros to reclaim her throne. With the television […]

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I’m a fan of the tv and book series. After watching most of the first season, I started reading the books and became hooked on this story. What I like about this story is that it’s unpredictable, there are dead little darlings strewn all over the place. And it’s not just the unpredictability of the […]

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The Quiet Throne

 

Game-of-Thrones-Iron-ThroneNote: This post contains spoilers through the May 1 episode of Game of Thrones.

For a show whose reputation has been ubiquitous with violence, sex, and special effects — Ian McShane’s non-CoC-compliant quip is funny for a reason — Game of Thrones often succeeds most when it offers relatively quiet moments requiring little more than two actors, a good script, and a competent director operating on something resembling a normal budget. Examples are easier to find than one might think.

From the first season, consider Robert and Cersei’s wine-fueled rumination on their disastrous marriage or Catelyn’s confronting her grieving son, Robb, after the latter learns of his father’s execution. These scenes very nearly could have played on network TV. And if we’re willing to make allowance for some sex or violence, the best of those moments weren’t the loudest or most bombastic, but the quietest. Consider the surprising tenderness of the scene where Robb learns that Talia is pregnant; When Catelyn stands defeated and silent at the end of the Red Wedding; or even when Night’s King strides to the end of the dock and wordlessly — terrifyingly — raises his arms, reanimating the fallen wights and newly-dead alike. There are many others.

Trump’s Tiny Hands Crush Little Marco

 

On today’s podcast, we play the new game: Primaries or Game of Thrones. I outline a scenario and you try to guess: Is it something that happened in the primaries, or is it a scene from Game of Thrones? For instance: A sociopathic tyrant tortures a man until he turns him into his mindless lackey. Ramsay Bolton and Theon Greyjoy? Or Donald Trump and Chris Christie? Tune in. The fun is just beginning!

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There are lots of youtube videos that speculate about what will happen in the final books of a A Song of Fire and Ice and seasons of Game of Thrones. I’ve watched way too many of these — most of which are hackish — but the ones from Alt-Shift-X are not only well-produced, thoughtful, and well-referenced, but are open […]

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