Two weeks late on the account of a wedding, this Game of Thrones review is a double feature: Blood of My Blood and No One. For Blood of My Blood, there was also an unheard of death count of zero, which was followed by a massacre in No One. But many happy returns to our favorite fathers: Randall Tarly and Walder Frey (who is technically a grandfather/ great grandfather?)
The Body Count for No One:
- a lot of pacifists (slaughtered)
Way Up North
We pick up where we left off with Meera having gained an improbable lead over the white walkers.… Read more »
And now things are truly sizzling with episode five, The Door! We’re only midway through the season, and this episode was so action packed with standout performances by Sophie Turner and Pilou Asbaek. Also, the first gratuitous nudity in a while: STD riddled penis and a pair of boobs. Though sometimes I think Game of Thrones can be used as sex aversion therapy, because so many much sad, sad boobs.
Death count: 10-20?*
Hodor (torn to pieces by White Walkers)
Leaf & friends (torn to pieces by White Walkers and/or blown up)
Summer (torn to pieces by White Walkers)
The Three Eyed Raven (stabbed by the Night King)
* white walkers do not count
Unfortunately, there were no fathers present this week so the Shitty Dad Award is not awarded.… Read more »
First a word about spoilers. My TV reviews are full recaps, but movie reviews are limited to only things covered in the trailers and/ or movie posters. If you haven’t seen the Captain America: Civil War trailer and are afraid of spoilers, please don’t read this review.
Yesterday, I watched Captain America: Civil War and found that I don’t have much an opinion about it. It was good, it wasn’t great, and I’m on the fence on whether the fight scenes really warrant a special trip to the theater.
Ever since Tony Zhou made his video on Jackie Chan, I haven’t been able to watch fight scenes the same way.… Read more »
After over a one year hiatus, I’m picking up Penny Dreadful again. Season two episode two’s Verbis Diablo is a pleasant surprise with the return of quirky gay Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle and the meeting of Caliban/ John Clare/ the Creature and the singular Miss Vanessa Ives. Strangely, when you pair two melodramatic characters, they tend to mellow each other out.
Vanessa Ives is deeply tormented about the witches so Sir Malcolm takes her to a proto-soup kitchen to cheer her up, before he wanders off and is bewitched by the Head Witch Evelyn Poole. She cheats of course by casting a spell on him, instead of using her womanly wiles.… Read more »
Game of Thrones season six finally hits its stride with episode four “Book of the Stranger.” Sworn enemies become bedfellows, armies are called, and treaties are set into motion. While it’s still unclear who’s playing the Game of Thrones, it looks like a lot of blood is going to be shed in the next episode or two.
The writers, much like the evil High Sparrow, have finally allowed our scattered characters to coalesce and conspire among themselves. Though the title of the episode is “Book of the Stranger,” Tyrion seems to have said the spiritual title of “We Only Make Peace With Our Enemies, Not our Friends.”
Strange alliances include
- The Lannisters and the Tyrells
- Childhood enemies: Jon Snow and Sansa Stark
- Jon Snow & Sansa Stark & Wildlings
- warring dicks Daario Naharis and Jorah Mormount
In Kings Landing, there will be a showdown between the Rich and the Religious.… Read more »
The third episode “Oathbreaker” finally zeroes in on three main story lines: the further misadventures of Daenerys, the further misadventures of the Lannisters, and Jon Snow’s resurrection and guilt ridden revenge. Unfortunately, only the Lannisters were interesting this week, and that was mostly because Oleanna Tyrell and Kevan Lannister put the devilish duo in their place.
Other plot points that got too much screen time were Arya’s training montage (though the self-reflection as one is turning into no one was quite nice), Gilly and Sam, and Tommen and the High Sparrow.
Despite it’s title, there’s very little oath breaking in the actual episode.… Read more »
Despite the water cooler discussion of Game of Thrones reaching fevered pitches, this season hasn’t been really doing it for me. Charitably put, season six episode two “Home” still feels like the chessboard is being set up. Uncharitably put, it feels like a whole bunch of disparate randomness that doesn’t take advantage of five seasons of setup.
While we get to finally see some acting chops from Sweet Baby Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), the face off between the High Sparrow and Jaime Lannister was a lackluster showing. But before we get into this, when did Jon Snow go from least popular Lord Commander ever to MVP of the year? … Read more »
Did you know in Westeros that blood is a woman’s favorite color? While one would think that the Red Woman would be an episode all about Melisandre (Carice van Houten), there are quite a few ladies who are wearing a little red. It was a pretty good taster of an upcoming season, and the only thing for certain is a whole lot of crazy sauce. The episode opens with a view of gray cliffs, but which gray cliffs are these: somewhere in Essos? the Eyrie? Nope, howling wolf signals the Wall and the Night’s Watch.
Season six picks up minutes/ days after the season five finale ends.… Read more »
I went into it having only seen a few early trailers of a Fox character giving a bunny cop a hard time. There was also that sloth DMV scene, which went on way too long. A lot people are going to talk about the references for adults (there is a great Breaking Bad reference), or about the themes (race, gender, stereotypes, etc.), but at its core, it’s a solid story and delightfully imagined and wonderfully cast.
Idris Elba and J. K. Simmons are delightful as the tough as nails police chief Bogo and so smooth he’s greasy Mayor Lionhart. Nate Torrence stole every scene he was in as Clawhauser, the doughnut guzzling, Shakira loving
leopard cheetah.… Read more »
I finished reading Reza Aslan’s book No god But God. It was a recommendation from John Green’s Gift Guide last year. It’s a fascinating read, but also kind of sad that someone would need to argue that a religion practiced by 2.2 billion people isn’t inherently evil, sexist, intolerant, etc. When I told a friend I had checked out this book, she joked that I was probably on a government watch list, which is disturbing a few different levels.
The book is an interesting piece of scholarship and should definitely be read as part of a larger debate. Just how Aslan frames his argument shows that he’s responding to other pieces of scholarship.… Read more »