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Game of Thrones

Postby cerwillis » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:51 am

Thoughts? I liked it a lot, the casting is great, and Sean Bean is spot on for Ned Stark. I even liked how they dealt with the direwolves, though there are many more challenging scenes with them to come. I think Tyrion is going to steal every scene he is in.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Sabindeus » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:01 am

omg i haven't watched it yet no spoilz
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Flex » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:05 am

Can you spoil an adaptation?
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Skye1013 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:25 am

Dumbledore dies... oh... wait.

I won't be able to watch it on any networks... so I'll have to dig it up on Hulu or something. All the previews I've seen for it look outstanding though.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Sabindeus » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:27 am

Flex wrote:Can you spoil an adaptation?


Sure, if you go on about what they did/didn't include, how they handled various scenes, etc. I don't want that part ruined before I get to see it myself.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby cerwillis » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:24 am

Sabindeus wrote:
Flex wrote:Can you spoil an adaptation?


Sure, if you go on about what they did/didn't include, how they handled various scenes, etc. I don't want that part ruined before I get to see it myself.

I agree, and so I will post no spoilers. But GODDAMN DVRs TO HELL!!! If I have to shut up about this until every guy in the office has "had a chance to sit down with the wife and check it out," my head will asplode, I promise.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Aerron » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:06 am

No spoilers, just general impressions -

- Scenery was right on, it all looked exactly how I've always pictured it.

- There was one role I thought was miscast, all the others were great.

- Some concepts came across very clearly. Others I didn't know if I would have understood w/out having read the books previously.

But I was impressed with the degree to which they were faithful to the source material.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby KysenMurrin » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:23 am

Downloaded it and finished watching a little while ago. I thought it was pretty good. I didn't expect Catelyn to look as old as she does, but she plays the role well. The Daenerys scenes were very close to the original, and worked well (and I can understand why they would cast her a little older than in the novel).

They did cram a lot into that one hour, though.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Sabindeus » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:29 am

cerwillis wrote:I agree, and so I will post no spoilers. But GODDAMN DVRs TO HELL!!! If I have to shut up about this until every guy in the office has "had a chance to sit down with the wife and check it out," my head will asplode, I promise.


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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby fuzzygeek » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:31 am

Video adaptations of unfinished series arrrgh.

I've reached the point where I will not start reading a series until it's complete. I waited fifteen years for King to finish The Dark Tower before I read it. I am very irritated that I didn't realize Rothfuss' The Kingkiller Chronicle was unfinished before reading those two books last week.

Grr. Arg.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby d503 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:33 am

KysenMurrin wrote:I didn't expect Catelyn to look as old as she does, but she plays the role well.


Sorry, Sabin...might wanna avoid this post 'til you watch. ;)

Agreed. I kinda pictured her like Jessica Lange in Rob Roy (Mary McGregor).

I started reading the book yesterday because I was so excited for the series (never read any of his stuff before). I managed to make it *right* to the point where they stopped in the show.

Overall, pretty happy with it so far. I was afraid Sean Bean was gonna be too "Boromir" but he's really not.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Sabindeus » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:35 am

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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby d503 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:37 am

Sabindeus wrote::evil:


Implement a [spoiler] tag!
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby cerwillis » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:38 am

d503 wrote:
KysenMurrin wrote:I didn't expect Catelyn to look as old as she does, but she plays the role well.


Sorry, Sabin...might wanna avoid this post 'til you watch. ;)

Agreed. I kinda pictured her like Jessica Lange in Rob Roy (Mary McGregor).

I started reading the book yesterday because I was so excited for the series (never read any of his stuff before). I managed to make it *right* to the point where they stopped in the show.

Overall, pretty happy with it so far. I was afraid Sean Bean was gonna be too "Boromir" but he's really not.

Not really anything you couldn't get from the previews here.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby sahiel » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:38 pm

Really enjoyed it, scenery was spot on, casting and acting all seemed pretty excellent and I have to echo the comment about Tyrion, totally foresee him stealing every scene he's in.

Wasn't 100% sure on the intro theme but perhaps it'll grow on me, I did like what they did with the map in the intro though, it's an excellent way to give people new to the series an idea of how the land is laid out and where the various cities/Houses are, which will obviously become pretty important :)
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Sabindeus » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:51 pm

Watched it, it was awesome. Everything was awesome.

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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby d503 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:47 pm

Sabindeus wrote:Watched it, it was awesome. Everything was awesome.

DIREWOLF PUPPIES SO CUTE D'AWWWWW


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It bothered me ever-so-slightly that they made it seem like the secret they were trying to prevent Bran from spilling was their "relations," where in the book they were also discussing the murder of Jon Arryn. In the book, it didn't even seem as if Bran understood what they were doing (too young).

Now, I've only read 150pp into book one, so no spoils pls, but does anyone else agree?

Again, very slight annoyance, but something I noticed. The over-arching point is the same, so I don't mind that much.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Gabe » Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:26 am

Adored the cast, the staging, the music and how faithful to the books they were, but darn did they cram a lot of stuff in the first episode. The books were great in how they slowly built up the world so I'm worried some of the magic will be lost to the people new to the franchise. But that's TV for you, not like it was unexpected.

My biggest gripe though was the camera work and the direction. I can't articulate exactly what the problem with it was, but something about the chosen angles, etc. felt forced and cliched. Particularly the pans in the scenes where Dany was wistfully gazing at the horizon irked me.

I suppose it felt a bit too much like a play; the stage is set, people walk onto it and do their stuff and then walk away, like they're doing a scene. A good example was the when Rob and Ed were walking in the catacombs. First they walk in one direction, then stop to chat and finally turn around and go back the way they came.

Just feels like they weren't really taking an advantage of the possibilities of TV media yet still suffering from its aforementioned limitations.

I really liked it though. Just wouldn't be a nerd if I didn't have the compulsory need to bitch about the things I love.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby VikrumthePally » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:06 am

Hrm. If you don't want to be spoiled...

Don't click on the link?!?!?!

It was obvious up front that the topic was the tv show. Right then you should have just gotten out of the thread imo.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby VikrumthePally » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:12 am

I too liked the intro with the map. What's interesting is as the story develops the opening map will continue to change so you can keep track of what's going on and where. I think that is a pretty nice touch.

I think the casting is spot on! Although I am a big fan of Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) I really don't think he's gonna steal the scenes he's in. They have built an amazing cast around him; that I think can hold their own.

My one and only gripe about the show is Khal Drogo. He's way too pretty to be some gritty barbarian, again just my opinion. I loved the show!
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Sabindeus » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:26 am

VikrumthePally wrote:Hrm. If you don't want to be spoiled...

Don't click on the link?!?!?!

It was obvious up front that the topic was the tv show. Right then you should have just gotten out of the thread imo.


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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Sabindeus » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:27 am

Gabe wrote:I suppose it felt a bit too much like a play; the stage is set, people walk onto it and do their stuff and then walk away, like they're doing a scene. A good example was the when Rob and Ed were walking in the catacombs. First they walk in one direction, then stop to chat and finally turn around and go back the way they came.


iirc they were going to go pay respects to Ned's sister.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby cerwillis » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:34 am

Sabindeus wrote:
Gabe wrote:I suppose it felt a bit too much like a play; the stage is set, people walk onto it and do their stuff and then walk away, like they're doing a scene. A good example was the when Rob and Ed were walking in the catacombs. First they walk in one direction, then stop to chat and finally turn around and go back the way they came.


iirc they were going to go pay respects to Ned's sister.

Yeah, I mean, how many catacombs have a front and back door? They went in, Robert paid his respects to the sister, whined a bit, and then made his proposal to Ned, they then exited, I don't see the problem.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Aerron » Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:31 am

Something that sort of bothered me was the tone change for various characters. E.g., Cersei in this part of the book still manages to come off as a whining, pampered bitch. But in the show ... well, she almost felt like a sympathetic character.

The Hound's casting bothers me. Other than that, and Cat being a bit old, the rest of the cast was spot on.

The bedroom scene with Lysa's letter also bothered me. The fact that the director put Cat and Maester Luwin in the background so that the effect was one over either of Ned's shoulders, representing conflicting opinions, just came off as waaayyy too heavy-handed for me.
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Re: Game of Thrones

Postby Sabindeus » Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:55 am

Aerron wrote:Something that sort of bothered me was the tone change for various characters. E.g., Cersei in this part of the book still manages to come off as a whining, pampered bitch. But in the show ... well, she almost felt like a sympathetic character.

She did??? I got the exact opposite. Like when she was praising Sansa the acting was amazingly subtley bitter.

The Hound's casting bothers me. Other than that, and Cat being a bit old, the rest of the cast was spot on.


I thought Catelyn was cast perfectly, but ok.
The bedroom scene with Lysa's letter also bothered me. The fact that the director put Cat and Maester Luwin in the background so that the effect was one over either of Ned's shoulders, representing conflicting opinions, just came off as waaayyy too heavy-handed for me.

:/ come on
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