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My TV Viewing

 So, 2 television shows I've been watching have drawn to a close, and 1 television show I've been waiting for has made its debut.

I'll put my comments about all 2 under a cut for anyone who doesn't wish to be spoiled for something or other.
 
 

FALLING SKIES So, its got some problems.  The show looks a little cheap, which surprised me.  And while Noah Wylie is doing a bang up job, and it was great to see Sarah Carter again, the supporting cast feels a little weak.  Maybe I just need some more time to warm up to them?The leader of the outlaws shows some promise, at least.
But, having said that, I was hooked.  I think the show has a solid premise, and I see lots of possibilities for it.  I'm going along for a the ride.  Hopefully we'll see the supporting cast blossom, and there is always the possibility to bring in a lot of new characters along the way.  
 
 

THE KILLING OK, I won't front at all here.  I thought it sucked.
 
Now, here's the thing....I can understand wanting to end a first season with a cliffhanger.  And when a show has been really good and exciting, its OK if they don't pay everything off at the end, because you know that its worth being on the ride.
 
However, The Killing doesn't earn that good will for me.  It had a great premiere, and its had a few episodes that were very well done.  But its had just as many eps that were dead boring, ponderously slow, and sometimes, downright stupid.  Its had pointless red herrings that weren't the least big exciting because we never really bought into them.  Its had preposterous detours into things like persecuted muslims, female genital mutilation, Russian mobsters, Belko's mother and Indian reservations.  All done is the most boring way possible.  
 
Bottom line, this show NEEDED a pay off at the end of its first season to feel worthy of me committing for a 2nd season.  I didn't get one, and I won't be back for S2.
 
Another problem with this show is that the characters feel paper thin, and no one is really all that likeable.  I can appreciate the acting job that Mirielle Enos is going, but I don't LIKE Linden.  She's humorless, unpleasant, treats her fiancee and child like afterthoughts, and for all her commitment to the job, I don't get the sense that she's a great cop.  As for the Larsons, I find their grief palpable, but also suffocatingly BORING.  I keep hearing these critics praising the performance of Michelle Forbes, but its the same one note hit over and over again in every single episode.  I think myself, strangely, more sympathetic to her bartender/part time hooker sister.  
 
The only character that really struck a cord with me was Joel Kinnerman's Holder.  And then they throw in some curve ball with him in the final seconds of the season?  Oh, fuck you show.
Sorry, but I'm out.  I'll find out who killed Rosie Larson on line...if they ever bother to implicate someone for it 100%

GAME OF THRONES What a freaking kick ass series.  When this show first started out, I was worried that I wasn't getting into it, and I doubted I'd be able to sustain my interest past Sean Bean's inevitable on screen death (doesn't he die in just about everything?)Well, I was so very wrong.Slowly at first, and then more quickly as the first season approached its end, the younger, unknown cast of Game of Thrones started to ROCK IT OUT!!Now, was the S1 finale perfect?  Well, no, because does anyone need to see some old man that they don't really care about provide some exposition on past kings with the oft naked prostitute Roz washed herself?  No, no one needs to see this.  And besides, the exposition didn't really offer anything new, or move the episode forward.  But it took forever.
 
But, aside from that scene, everything felt well placed and necessary.  
 
It was good to be able to see Bran again, because the child actor playing him has a real deep and haunting quality about him.  And I find Osha, the wilding woman, to be rather entertaining.  And its good to get some glimpses of the Stark's youngest child, Rickon, who seems just a little off...
 
I feel so bad for Sansa, and she hasn't been my favorite Stark child up till now.  But she's now caught in an awful place, with no allies in sight.  But could it be The Hound has developed a soft spot for her?  I think so.  However, I would've preferred that he had let Sansa push that horrible inbred little shit Joffrey right off that bridge, which I feel certain she was planning to do.
 
I was really torn on what I wanted Jon Snow to do.  Because a big part of me really wants him to go be at Robb's side and join the fight against the Lannisters.  But, on the other hand, I admire the sense of duty and honor that runs through the Stark family, and Jon's friends coming after him and reminding him of his oath was very touching.
 
I've grown to love Robb.  Here he is, leading an army, being proclaimed a king, and yet that scene when he soundly thrashed a tree, and fell into his mothers arms in tears highlighted just how very young he is.  
 
And can there be any doubts that Arya is a survivor, and an adapter/  Strangely, I don't worry for her.  Because I know she will find a way to keep going.  How ironic that she should befriend the dead King's bastard son as she marches away from Kings Landing?
And I know Jaime is a total scuzbag, but I see a shred of humanity in him.  And it was evident in his expression when Lady Stark walked away from him.  After all that bravado, you could see that tiny flicker cross his face.  I hope there's something more to him.
 
And Tyrion Lannister, you tiny little Rock Star, you.  Peter Dinklage continues to give the performance of the show.  I adore Tyrion.  Might those be the first semi-kind words he ever heard from his father?  I think so.  And I think he'll be an excellent Hand of the King.  Though I doubt Joffrey and Cersei will think so.
 
And then we go across the narrow sea, to Dany and Drogo.  My heart completely broke for Dany.  Here she finds a place, and love, where she wasn't expecting it, and it all gets brutally ripped away.  And she thought she was doing the right thing.  A kindness.  And yeah, yeah, I get that the old witch had a point, but I still smiled when Dany had her tied to the funeral pyre.  I thought her mercy killing of Drogo was tragic and romantic.  And then...then....DRAGONS!  Squeeeeeeeeeee
 
I'll be back next season.  With bells on!!!
 

Comments

( 24 comments )
jude_judith82
Jun. 21st, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
The Killing was terrible nuff said.
jeannev
Jun. 21st, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Yes, it was.

Or, ya know, maybe its just not my cup of tea, and I'm not deep or enlightened enough to get its brilliance...

But I don't think so ;)
jude_judith82
Jun. 21st, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
LOL. Yeah I don't think so either.
chatchien
Jun. 21st, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
A Woman's Hand...
I had never read the books for A Game of Thrones, in fact, I had never ever heard of the series, and at first I confused it with that Robert Jordan series that everyone seems so fond of. But this is one Good Very Good Trash TV Show, I am so glad that I followed the hype and decided to follow the show.

And I haven't seen a show since the Sarah Connor Chronicles that has had such strong and powerful and vivid and individual women characters in it. Every time that I think some woman character is going to be just a sideshow for the male character with whom she is interacting, this show surprises me and shows me that she is something more. I am thinking of Tyrion's Whore who is more than a whore. I would like to know her back story and just what she is doing in the Lannister camp. I'll bet that she is a Spy for someone or another or for her own family who is seeking revenge on the Lannisters or whomever. After that story about Tyrion's first whore, I am very interested in this one.

I thought that scene with Littlefinger's Spy Whore (why else does he traffick in whores?) and the bumbling and garrulous old man was confusing at first---just another nude whore scene with ironic implications. The old man's version of the kings had no more basis in reality than did Ned Stark's version of how The Hand of the King should act.

And then there were the implications of the prophesy of Daenerys and Drogo's "son" who would mount the World and the falsehood of that. Until, Daenerys's litter of Dragons, one of which might be male, and could still mount the world. The witch's actions could have brought that about when she thought that she was preventing it. The witch was just as wrong as Daenerys about her control over some things.

Back to the senile KIng's counselor, which is an oxymoron now that I think of it. How can senile dementia counsel the King Joffery? Oh, now I get it. Demented to Demented. ;-) That Old Fart is up to something, and you don't get to be as old as he is and a counselor to how many Kings? and all in a row without having some very clever resources. I'd like to know what they are. He is a wiley old coot.

Contrast him to Sansa. Perhaps she will learn how to use her own powerlessness to deal successfully with power. Her Disney Princess Dreams just got their heads chopped off.

Anyway, I didn't think that that scene was worthless.

Arya or Arry at the Wall with Jon? Catelyn and Robb kicking Lannister Ass? Just how big do Dragons get and how do you feed them? Aren't they a bit like the Dothraki? Plundering for food? And Littlefinger versus Tyrion in King's Landing? Littlefinger will have someone who has the measure of him---and there is a pun on "little" in all of that. And Cersei is up to something. How many relatives can she sleep with? Did she sleep with her father?

They begin filming the second season on June 25. Hurrah!

I stopped watching The Killing around episode 7. The boredom had set in for me by then. Sorry Rosie, but you are just another young dead girl in the cold case files.
jeannev
Jun. 22nd, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Re: A Woman's Hand...
I agree with you that the women play such strong roles in G0T, but so do the men. And I think thats what I really like. There's a real equality there. A great balance. Another thing I really like is that there are so many interesting things going on at the same time. So, when the show breaks away from a character you really like, say Tyrion, you aren't dreading it, because chances are that you'll be spending some time with someone else that can hold your interest. Male, or female.

And thats an accomplishment. You don't get a sense of A story, B story, etc. They are all the A stories, really.

My guess is that Sansa will find a way to cope. I don't necessarily see her becoming proactive though. I hope I'm wrong about that, because I'd love to see her get her steel backbone on.

I'm so glad that there isn't going to be an overly long break between seasons. Yay HBO!

I really thought if I stuck with The Killing, I'd get some pay off in the season finale. Well, jokes on me. F up Show!
gildinwen
Jun. 21st, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
I've only watched Game of Thrones.
Sansa really showed what a Stark/Tully she is. Because though she's more her mother's daughter she is her father's too. And we saw it. And Joffrey saw it. I wouldn't be too comfortable from now on if I was him. What I love about her going to push Joffrey off the platform is that she didn't care if she went too, and that last look at her father's head said so much.

Robb & Catelyn. They just broke my heart. You knew that Catelyn was using everthing she had so as too not to just scream and then Robb who had worked so hard to get his daddy back :( taking his greif out on the tree, and looking so young. I loved him being proclaimed King of the North, I get the feeling that Ned would have been an excellent king, and Robb is very much his father's son. I loved Cat smacking Jaime in his smart alec mouth. Seriously she's just been widowed, J shut your mouth! Her "We will kill them all" was very Xena-ish

Rickon...There's something off about that child, he seemed to see Ned's death before any of them, and now he sleeps in the crypt???? And Bran and Arya are just knocking it out of the park

Edited to add some more thinky thoughts :P

It occurs to me ( as well as being pointed out on TWoP) that Pycell was acting doddering in front of Roz because Littlefinger uses whores as spies because men are more likely to reveal something during pillow talk. So not only is there the Game of Thrones between Robb, Stannis, Joffrey and Danerys, but a lesser version between LF and Varys, and Pycell.

Jorah is full of win! And while I empathised with the witch, for what had been done to her, she killed Drogo, and Dany's unborn child. Dany has a right to be pissed, as she'd just found a place where she belonged, and a man who grew to love her ( and vice versa). It broke my heart to see her having to kill him, and her sobs *gah!* But Dragons! And she'll name one them after hubby Y/Y?

Arya and Gendry!!!! Can those two meet up at the end of the series and have Stark/ Baratheon babies? I love the new generation of Starks and Baratheons are joined at the hip. Some things never change.

Cersei seems to be regreting her decisions with Joffrey every day. She could have over ridden Joffrey's edit in the council chamber with Sansa. She thought she could control Joffrey the way she did Robert, but Robert didn't want to be King. When it comes to someone who does? She has no power.

So Ned's asking about what the deserter saw has come to fruition. With the Night's Watch riding out. It seems Ned did more than anyone to help save Westeros. I mean I know they had reports, but it means something (to me!) that we saw Ned ask his brother, who agreed to check it out, and now they're going to try and get him back! (please don't be ice zombie)


Dragons!







Edited at 2011-06-21 03:32 pm (UTC)
jeannev
Jun. 22nd, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Re: I've only watched Game of Thrones.
I do think Sansa has more steel then we've seen previously, but I think its yet to be proven how much. Still, I liked her a lot in that moment when it was obvious that homicide/suicide was on her mind.

Robb is just showing so much strength of character. I love him. He's brave, and honorable. God, he's SO much his fathers son, which also makes me worry for him. Its clear that he can inspire men, and its also clear that he's an excellent leader and soldier. But can he do intrigue? This is where I believe he's vulnerable. And this is why I'm glad that Cat has stuck close, even though I wonder why she isn't anxious to get back to Winterfell and her 2 littlest ones.

I thought it was interesting that both Bran and Rickon got premonitions of their fathers death.

Jorah is very likeable, and its clear that he's so very much in love with Dany. But, in the back of my mind, I keep thinking that him passing intel to King Robert on Dany is going to come back to haunt him. I don't know how forgiving Dany would be about that.

I do believe that Dany names one of her dragons Drogon, after her late husband.

Something tells me that Arya won't be hooking up with anyone anytime soon, LOL

I think Cersei recognizes that her son is vicious little shit, but I also think her ego still allows her to believe that she's in control. She's a hard, cold one. She's one of the few characters in GoT I feel almost nothing for. But I look forward to her and Tyrion banging heads soon.

I wonder if we'll ever see Benjen again?
huzzlewhat
Jun. 21st, 2011 09:40 am (UTC)
How did I miss that you were watching Game of Thrones! I've been dying to squee fannishly about it!

does anyone need to see some old man that they don't really care about provide some exposition on past kings with the oft naked prostitute Roz washed herself? No, no one needs to see this. And besides, the exposition didn't really offer anything new, or move the episode forward. But it took forever.

I loved that scene, but only after it was over. Because as I watched it, I was right there with Roz, rolling my eyes and waiting for the fool to stop rambling on. And then after she left and he got up, stood up straight, and did his little stretches, and purposefully adopted the weakened, bent-over posture before he walked out the door — it goes back to the eunuch telling Ned that everyone at court is playing a role. I assume that this counsellor, whose name I never bothered to remember, is far sharper and stronger than anyone thinks, and he's letting his age allow people to underestimate him — you're safer in this court if you're assumed not to be a threat — and he'll have a part to play later on when no one expects it. Naked Roz was a visual distraction in the same way his rambling was an aural one, and it was all structured so that we disregarded him as anyone serious. It's risky TV, to deliberately bore your audience. But I guess they knew that anyone still watching in Ep 10 couldn't turn away. :-)

I feel so bad for Sansa, and she hasn't been my favorite Stark child up till now. But she's now caught in an awful place, with no allies in sight. But could it be The Hound has developed a soft spot for her? I think so. However, I would've preferred that he had let Sansa push that horrible inbred little shit Joffrey right off that bridge, which I feel certain she was planning to do.

Sansa scored major points with me last night. I haven't liked Sansa up til now — I've had a mantra of "She's 13. she's 13. she's 13. This is normal for 13" — running in my head when she starts whining and bitching and getting starry-eyed over Joffrey. But she went a long way toward winning me back with that scene on the bridge. Because when she first looked down over the edge, I thought she was thinking suicide, but when it turned out she was thinking of pushing Joffrey over... heh. There's steel in this girl after all. She was definitely going to push Joffrey over, and The Hound knew it. And while he advised her to obey, I loved his wry acknowledgement that she wouldn't, by telling her to keep the handkerchief. And again, the idea of playing parts — right now, Joffrey feels safe turning his back on Sansa while he's standing on a ledge 40 feet up. She's shown the audience that she's not weak; let's see how she plays it with Joffrey and Cersei. And whether Tyrion buys it when he arrives. I'm torn between reading the books and not, because I'm so invested with this as a show that I don't want it spoiled for me!

Regarding Jon — I fully expected him to take off south, and was surprised when he decided to go back. But from a narrative standpoint, I shouldn't have been, because what's coming out of the north is the huge looming danger, bigger than the political squabbles, and he's our narrative link to it. And in the end, I was pleased that he did his duty to fulfill his oath. And the scene of the rangers riding out through the gates, Ghost following, was seriously badass.

And no, I don't worry about Arya not surviving. I worry about her life seriously sucking, but I think she'll come through it. And not to marry Lord Frey's son, either. :-P

And Tyrion is hands down my favorite character. I think he'll rock as Hand of the King. The question is whether he can get now-King Joffrey to listen to him. (You know what I adore most in that gif you posted? How the guy behind Joffrey doesn't react AT ALL.)

serenography
Jun. 21st, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Just adding a drive-by YES, YES, YES! to everything you guys are saying about GoT.

Tyrion is an amazing character and masterfully portrayed.
I think I love Arya as just as much though. She's just such a great character. I hadn't caught that she was with the King's bastard son. Interesting...

Reminding myself that Sansa is 13, and has always been raised as "the pretty one" is what kept me from despising her. But I also have a lot of sympathy for her situation now.

Joffrey - No words for what a despicable little shit he is, as he was raised to be. Nice job by that young actor.

How odd is this? The pillow that Daenerys used on Drogo was the EXACT SAME one I was laying on while watching the episode. I guess Daenerys shops at Nordstrom rack too. ;)

I could go on and on. So much depth to so many characters. The crazy sister still nursing the crazier son... GAH!

And yes, DRAGONS! Made me squee myself silly.


Falling Skies - Agreed. Not perfect, but I'm sucked in enough to give it a spot in the DVR rotation.

jeannev
Jun. 22nd, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Well, feel free to squee fannishly here!

I have found with this show that almost no scenes are completely wasteful. Whether I enjoy them or not is another story. So, I can concede that the scene in question served a purpose, even if I think they could've trimmed it a bit for time.

I think the show is fudging a little on the Stark childrens ages, because Sansa sure doesn't look 13. But they keep talking about her "not bleeding yet", so I guess they're sort of suggesting she's around that age. I know in the book, Robb and Jon are supposed to be 17. And Rickon, the youngest, is around 3 (I think). So, it seems to be a little fuzzy.

I think Dany is supposed to be only 15 or so, but I think the show definitely suggests her as a bit older.

I do have knowledge of what happens in the next book, but my lips are sealed!

I agree with you about Jon, but also, he's a Stark. Whatever his last name is, he was raised by Eddard Stark. So, duty and honor loom large in his life. Going to be with Robb may have felt right to him, but would he ever have gotten over dishonoring himself by not honoring his pledge? I don't really think so. Robb and Jon are SO their fathers sons.

I really look forward to seeing more of what lies beyond The Wall.

I don't think Arya is in for an easy life. But I hope one day she can be reunited with Jon, because in his good-bye scene with her, it was so clear how much they loved each other.

LOL, I love The Hound in the background of that gif too. He knows Joffrey is a little shit, and he probably wants to smack the snot out of him too.
dawnybee
Jun. 22nd, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
The only reason I want to watch "The Killing" is because I remember seeing critics rave about it and now suddenly they're saying, "Kill it before it becomes like "Lost"". I have to see the show that has fallen out of favor so quickly.

GAME OF THRONES What a freaking kick ass series.

Astounding. For me the best hands down cable series I've watched in a good while.

It was good to be able to see Bran again, because the child actor playing him has a real deep and haunting quality about him. And I find Osha, the wilding woman, to be rather entertaining.

Osha and Bran are another great combo for me like Tyrion and the guy he's traveling with.

The kids are really incredible. It broke my heart to see all of their reactions to Ned's death.

I feel so bad for Sansa, and she hasn't been my favorite Stark child up till now. But she's now caught in an awful place, with no allies in sight. But could it be The Hound has developed a soft spot for her? I think so.

I think so too. I somewhat thinks he knew what she was planning on doing to the horrid Joffrey and he gave her the napkin as an excuse.

I think she was terrible in the past but now I feel for her. And like all the Stark children, she's proving to be very brave.

However, I would've preferred that he had let Sansa push that horrible inbred little shit Joffrey right off that bridge, which I feel certain she was planning to do.

Yes. I was even thinking she was going to toss herself over the side with him. She's seen how cruel the courts are, she knows Cersei isn't one to play around with. She'd have a "cleaner" death if she died by her own hand.

I was really torn on what I wanted Jon Snow to do. Because a big part of me really wants him to go be at Robb's side and join the fight against the Lannisters. But, on the other hand, I admire the sense of duty and honor that runs through the Stark family, and Jon's friends coming after him and reminding him of his oath was very touching.

I think his destiny is there at the wall. He'll save the kindgdom from the wall and hopefully Robb will handle it on the other side.

I've grown to love Robb. Here he is, leading an army, being proclaimed a king, and yet that scene when he soundly thrashed a tree, and fell into his mothers arms in tears highlighted just how very young he is.

I loved that scene. I love how they're all about duty but they haven't become hardened by it. Catelyn knew she had to appear brave in front of the other men but it didn't stop her from breaking down or allowing her son to do so.

How ironic that she should befriend the dead King's bastard son as she marches away from Kings Landing?

That was brilliant how they tied that together.

And I know Jaime is a total scuzbag, but I see a shred of humanity in him. And it was evident in his expression when Lady Stark walked away from him. After all that bravado, you could see that tiny flicker cross his face. I hope there's something more to him.

But I wonder what it is. I couldn't read it. Was he, like his dad, now regretting how fast things have fallen? Was it because he himself has done dastardly things? I'm glad he's not just a brutish sister-nail-er.

Might those be the first semi-kind words he ever heard from his father? I think so.

His eyes! His eyes when his father poured him a glass. He's never had such kindness from his dad.

And I think he'll be an excellent Hand of the King. Though I doubt Joffrey and Cersei will think so.

That's another battle. That'll be a good fight.

And she thought she was doing the right thing. A kindness. And yeah, yeah, I get that the old witch had a point, but I still smiled when Dany had her tied to the funeral pyre. I thought her mercy killing of Drogo was tragic and romantic.

I felt really bad for her. She had nothing and now she has to forge it alone, but she got some good help. I think whoever has dragons win. Game over.

And then...then....DRAGONS! Squeeeeeeeeeee

It was such a strangely beautiful picture of her almost like the Venus de Milo with dragons.
jeannev
Jun. 22nd, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
I think those in charge of The Killing overestimated just how compelling a show they were, and overestimated just how annoyed people would be at no payoff. Like I said before, if the show had been more interesting and exciting as it went along, I don't think you'd see so many upset people. But as it is, I suspect there were a lot of people like me who convinced ourselves that it was worth sitting through to find out who killed Rosie in the season finale.

In any case, I won't be around for S2.

There have been a number of HBO series I've really loved, i.e. Carnivale, Rome, Deadwood. Game of Thrones certainly ranks right up there with them.

I'm still a little mad at Ned for bringing his daughters along, and not recognizing the danger to them sooner. Because look where he's left Sansa and Arya now.

I get a very strong feeling that Jon is one of those characters that will be standing at the end of the book series (and this series), and him even being King wouldn't shock me. He sort of has that "destiny character" thing about him.

I think one of the reasons that Jaime is a hard to read is because we haven't really seen a ton of him, especially not in scenes where he's really revealed that much about himself. I suspect thats coming, and once we get to know him better, we'll know if there's a shred of decency in him. I doubt there's one in Cersei, and there's NONE in Joffrey at all.

I not only look forward to Tyrion doing battle with Cersei and Joffrey, but I look forward to him out manipulating Littlefinger, Varys, and the old geezer.

Dany is another one of those "destiny characters" to me. I have this vision of the North (Jon) coming together with the South (Dany) to defeat whats coming from behind the wall, and purge the kingdom of all the scumbags. Would love that.

I have to find an icon of Dany and her dragons.
gildinwen
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
I'm still a little mad at Ned for bringing his daughters along, and not recognizing the danger to them sooner. Because look where he's left Sansa and Arya now.

In all fairness he did try to get them out...I know in the books it's Sansa who spills the beans and that's why everything goes to hell. Perhaps they didn't want to reveal it here but it would make her seem too unsympathetic? But he did try. But by then it was too late....
goodvibe
Jun. 22nd, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Dragons!

The wait till S2 is going to be painful.

//And its good to get some glimpses of the Stark's youngest child, Rickon, who seems just a little off...//

He does, doesn't he. The youngest two seem to have this 'prophetic dream' ability thing going.

//But could it be The Hound has developed a soft spot for her? I think so.//

I think, certainly in that moment, he seemed to, yes. Sansa was tolerable this ep, if only because I was so madly rooting for her to kick Joffrey already. I can see her in the worst situation out of all the Stark children next season though. That's not a good place she's in, both physically and emotionally.

//But, on the other hand, I admire the sense of duty and honor that runs through the Stark family, and Jon's friends coming after him and reminding him of his oath was very touching.//

It was, and I think ultimately, he made the right decision. Something tells me his presence will be needed where he's at.

//I've grown to love Robb. Here he is, leading an army, being proclaimed a king, and yet that scene when he soundly thrashed a tree, and fell into his mothers arms in tears highlighted just how very young he is.//

I felt for him, so much. He has this completely daunting, overwhelming situation that he's in, and he's done so well so far, but he's still so unprepared for the sheer fuckery of it all. Kudos on the writers and the actor for making me get so invested in the character in such a short period of time.

//And can there be any doubts that Arya is a survivor, and an adapter/ Strangely, I don't worry for her.//

Heh, I know what you mean. Girl can hold her own! I adore how she always has her wits about her. She's always On.

//After all that bravado, you could see that tiny flicker cross his face. I hope there's something more to him.//

I definitely think there are moments, with Jaimie, where you're forced to think, 'hmm, ok, well, maybe he does have some kind of twisted code of honor.' Like when he didn't want to take down Ned in an unequal battle. As awful as he is, there's perhaps yet more to him, because of that internal code. Something his sister and father lack entirely.

//Peter Dinklage continues to give the performance of the show.//

He's so blindingly good. In a show that is so brilliant, Tyrion still manages to stand out. Amazing.

//I thought her mercy killing of Drogo was tragic and romantic.//

I got where she was coming from and I think it was the right thing to do by someone like Drogo too. I really felt for her though. But whoa, the dragons. I can see her becoming a force to be reckoned with.

That gif! Mesmerizing.
jeannev
Jun. 22nd, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
I knew the dragons were coming, and yet, when they showed up, I squealed! LOL

I can't blame Rickon for being a little off. Talk about being completely abandoned. Who the hell is looking after this kid? Dad goes off to Kings Landing with the 2 older sisters, older brother heads for the Wall, and then Mom takes off, followed by other older brother. All that kid has is his crippled brother, and his ill tempered direwolf. Who, BTW, has by far the cutest name of all the direwolves, Shaggy-Dog.

I hope Sansa can find a way to tap into her own power. But I'm not sure if she has it in her.

The actor who is playing Robb is really rocking it, isn't he? But then again, aren't they all? What a great cast.

I know if Peter Dinklage doesn't win an Emmy for his work, then the Emmys are a worthless joke. End of Story!

Dany has had remarkable growth in this first season. She found her power, her strength. And I love that tragedy doesn't break her. She endures. She's a force to be reckoned with indeed.

Coudn't you just watch Tyrion slapping Joffrey over and over and over again? I could.
goodvibe
Jun. 22nd, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I forgot to add just how much I found myself loving Cat this ep. She really rocked it out. Excellent work by the actor.
jeannev
Jun. 22nd, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
The actress playing Cat is great. And I think the fact that Cat can sometimes piss you off is a testament to just how well she's written. She's no saint.
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jeannev
Jun. 22nd, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
I started watching The Event too. And boy, did that suck fast!

BTW, did you ever see the last few eps of Chase? I LOVED the last episode. Annie and Jimmy, FTW!

Noah Wyle was terrific in Falling Skies. The cast is hit and miss, but he's totally one of the Hits.

I wish you could see GoT. I think you'd really like it.
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jeannev
Jun. 24th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
I missed the episode that dealt with Daisy. Last I saw, she revealed she had been molested as a child, and she found out that the man who molested her was tutoring her niece. But I didn't see the next ep, and then in the last one, she wasn't there. What happened?
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jeannev
Jun. 24th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks. I figured that they were going somewhere in that direction. Would've been a good story to play out over a S2. WAH!
awehla
Jun. 23rd, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
However, I would've preferred that he had let Sansa push that horrible inbred little shit Joffrey right off that bridge, which I feel certain she was planning to do. Oh yeah she was going to do it but the old man saved her from making the mistake by wiping the blood off her face.

I must admit I didn't watch all of the series as it was a bit ploddy but I loved the ending. And we actually got Game of Thrones only one day after the states.

Lisa
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jeannev
Jun. 23rd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
Its good that your schedule almost matches.

It was a very satisfying finale that ensured I'd be tuning in next season.
awehla
Jun. 24th, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
Yeah I'll probably watch the next season as my partner records it.

Lisa
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carolandtom
Jun. 28th, 2011 08:57 am (UTC)
My family and I loved G of T, though I suffer a lot watching it! As for the Killing, I'm the only one here at home following it because I find it too depressing to even share. I had started to like Holder and then they did that to him in the finale! lol

I agree with your thoughts but it's refreshing for me to watch shows without being too emotionally involved. I'll give The Killing another opportunity to see how it turns out and, of course, I'm looking forward to G of T season 2!
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