|How can I possibly get more awesome?|
|Perps of victimless crimes get HBO *and* Showtime.|
But damn... this pilot episode was great. I'm a stickler about adaptations, as in I usually hate them. I understand that one cannot cram hundreds of pages of book into a two hour movie or even a ten episode miniseries. But I think that a lot of film and television adaptations make poor choices in what they choose to keep and leave out, or what they choose to change. For example, the "I am Legend" adaptation with Will Smith was pretty all right until the directer yelled at Will Smith to start acting like this was a Will Smith movie. And the end was changed and the nature of the vampire/zombie things changed and then the whole meaning behind the original work was shat upon like a pigeon's favorite statue. On the other hand, I quite like the film adaptation of "Heart of Darkness" and, dare I say it? Apocalypse Now might even be better than the novella.
|What is this about again? Is this a cartoon? Maybe I should stop taking LSD with Dennis Hopper.|
|If you've read the books, poor Ned doesn't even really need a caption here.|
Likability is so very important in this program since all of the characters are so finely nuanced. From the first episode alone, I can say that casting was near perfect. The two standouts for me were Sean Bean as Eddard Stark and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. Stark is a stern father and warden, a loving and dutiful husband, and a reluctant advisor to his King. Without grimacing and swooning his way through the pilot, Bean portrayed Eddard Stark's inner turmoil with perfection. I really felt for the guy. We only saw a little bit of Dinklage as Tyrion, but Tyrion becomes a major player as time goes on and I look forward to seeing Dinklage burn the hell out of Westeros with Tyrion's scathing wit. Tyrion is a total pimp, wise ass, and smart as hell - Dinklage owned that.
|Bitches love the Imp. Get some.|
|Oh Ariel, you are so clueless.|
I'm not a prude and I've read the books. I knew this stuff was going to happen, with the exception of the Dany/Drogo marriage consumation scene. In the book, Drogo has shown himself to be the most barbarian-y barbarian ever up to this scene. He rides off with his new wife, who is only 13 in the book and she can't stop crying because she's freaking 13 and married to a barbarian warlord who does not speak her language. I would cry, too. But Drogo is very tender with her and tries to communicate with her and set her at ease until she willingly has sex with him. On the show, he bends her over as she's still crying and gets his business done like a boss.
This bothers me because it messes with Dany and Drogo's storyline. Drogo becomes quite likable in the book and Dany does fall in love with him. He becomes a very sympathetic character and his story heavily affects Dany's. I'm not sure how this storyline will progress with such a violent beginning. How will Dany ever come to love him after he rapes her? I have no idea.
At any rate, read, watch, enjoy, and check into Geektress not only for my read along but because we're a bunch of awesome bitches. This adaptation gets my stamp of approval and I look forward to all the rest of the eposides. Winter is here and I love it.