Staying True, Game of Thrones Season 5 ep 1

Gameofthrones-season5_posterHi Readers,

So it took a while to get to this blog, primarily because despite how exciting Game of Thrones is,either in print or on screen, this opener felt like it was all about reminding us who’s who and was, as a result, all in all relatively uneventful.

 

game-of-thrones-season-5-nikolaj-coster-waldau-lena-headey-photo-helen-sloan-courtesy-of-hboCersei is upset that Jaime set Tyrion free, and is beginning to unravel when it comes to her paranoia about Margaery (a paranoia that we didn’t need flashbacks to understand). Speaking of Tyrion, our favorite Lannister is now a world away with Varys who’s scheming, as Varys only can. But at least now Varys is being open about who he’s scheming for, Danaerys Targaryan.

game-of-thrones-season-5-premiere-131005However Dany has problems of her own, what with ruling Mereen and dealing with disobedient dragons. When it comes to the violence in the streets and against her eunichs, along with the political pressures to reopen the fighting pits I (despite having sentiments similar to hers) feel like she should be aware that when she decided to rule she should have been aware that there would be headaches like these.

jon-snow-and-mance-rayder-game-of-thrones-s5e1Speaking of headaches, John Snow is stuck between a Wall and a hard place when it comes to dealing with Stannis, and Mance Rayder. I truly don’t understand why Stannis thought it would be that easy to convince Mance to kneel, but I also don’t understand (spoiler alert for non book readers here) why we got no indication in the show as we did in the book that it wasn’t Mance, but Rattleshirt burning, glamored by Melisandre’s powers, unless of course they’ve actually killed of Mance entirely.

GoT-s05e01-screenshots6But you know what can’t be killed? Pod’s spirit, despite the crushing blow to their mission of finding the Stark girl’s last season, and Brienne’s brooding, you gotta love Pod’s insistence to Brienne that they press on, and search for Sansa.

imagesFinally getting to Sansa’s storyline, it was so frustrating to see her and Littlefinger passing an unaware Brienne and Pod in a carriage, but the best part of her storyline was the removal of Little Robin (Robert in the books) from the picture, hopefully for good. He was the only character that irritated me more than Joffrey, yes more than Joffrey. So wherever Sansa’s storyline goes I’m sure that this is one deviation from the books (which this season is supposed to have a lot of) that I’ll love.

Any thoughts on the episode, leave a comment.

 

No Flirting at Downton Abbey, Season 5, episode 3

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For those have seen The Grand Budapest Hotel, you’ll understand my attitude about Cora and the art enthusiast immediately. For those that have not seen Grand Budapest Hotel, believe me when I say that you must, immediately at your earliest convenience, and even perhaps at an even earlier inconvenience. With that out of the way, let take a look at why there wasn’t, or shouldn’t have been, any flirting on Downton Abbey. Continue reading “No Flirting at Downton Abbey, Season 5, episode 3” »

No Secrets at Downton Abbey, Season 5, episode 2

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Downton Abbey has always been about showing how the Crawley family deals with changes, and second episode of season five addressed that head on with the wireless scene, reminding viewers that “wireless” once meant something completely different, and the Dowager Countess probably wouldn’t be able to comprehend wifi any better than the radio. What came with the technical advances that took us from broadcasts to podcasts though, was the accessibility of information and so I thought it was an interesting parallel that so many characters this episode were wrapped up trying to keep secrets at a time when maybe that was possible, but not now, when the word “wireless” means that any information could potentially be at your fingertips. And while no one at Downton has any form of social media (could you image Rose on Instagram… it’d be tons of sefies) I doubt it will be long before anyone’s secrets aren’t all that secret. Continue reading “No Secrets at Downton Abbey, Season 5, episode 2” »

No Haters at Downton Abbey, Season 5 ep 1

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So, across the pond, we’ve kicked off another season of Downton Abbey. And while abstaining from spoilers meant that I’ve lived in a fear akin to Baxter’s that something undesirable would be revealed, I’m happy to say that if for no other reason that helping the ratings of my local PBS station I was able to start the season off spoiler free, and I have to say I already love where things are going. Continue reading “No Haters at Downton Abbey, Season 5 ep 1” »

I Don’t Want To Talk About It, TWD S5e2

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This post is a week past due, partly because I didn’t watch season five’s second episode when it aired, and partly because, like everyone in the episode, I don’t want to talk about it. That being said, let’s talk about the episode “Strangers”. Continue reading “I Don’t Want To Talk About It, TWD S5e2” »

How Did We Get Here? Seasons 1-4 of The Walking Dead

Hi Readers,

With the season five of The Walking Dead beginning in less than an hour, I found myself pondering just how we (and by “we” I mean both the audience and the characters) ended up the current predicament. Now this won’t be a complete rundown of the past four seasons, but I think it’s worth reviewing where folks are and how they got there.dead1 Continue reading “How Did We Get Here? Seasons 1-4 of The Walking Dead” »