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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:26 AM
Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:10 AM
Actually, the stories are very much about internal character struggles: it's just that the characters happen to be in a fantastic background. That said, it's not a "few": there are, like, a gazilliion protagonists.
I love either embrace the absurd or are internal character struggle of a few characters. But I love the films/shows that come out of the fantasy genre.
To that end, I think that the TV show has done a really good job it's first couple of years: people are constantly stuck in these "Moral A says that this is the RIGHT thing to do; Moral B says that this is the WRONG thing to do; ergo, I will ....." Jaimie Lannister's little soliloquy last year really summed it up: what happens when you vow to protect X, Y and Z but X, Y and Z are all out to ruin each other?
Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:07 PM
It's not a book I'd read I'm not a fan of large epics that require geneology to fully understand the characters and I'm not a fan of the fantasy genre. I prefer books that are about inanimate objects journeying to the holy land (Skinny Legs and All) basically the novels I love either embrace the absurd or are internal character struggle of a few characters. But I love the films/shows that come out of the fantasy genre.
Skinny Legs, Still Life, and Jitterbug... All awesome.
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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:05 AM
Posted 06 April 2013 - 10:19 AM
Also, that episode was exceptional in many ways. As you note, it was a confluence of story lines that happened to be at the same place. But also, it had a lot of intense action at a scale we haven't seen before: really, it was like watching the Battle of Helm's Deep in Lord of the Rings or something. That was great: but it would get mundane if they did it too often. Fun as it was, it really didn't advance the story very much: it was just plot. After a bit, people will want to get back to story.
Personally, I prefer it when they drop everything else, and focus on a single storyline for an episode (kinda like the books). By far, the best episode last season was the battle for King's Landing, and that was 100% all in one location.
In a way, Battle of Blackwater was sort of like a 10-run inning: it's a lot of fun once in a while (assuming that your guys are getting the 10 runs), but if they became too common, then they'd probably get dull!
(If anyone here watched Babylon 5 15-20 years ago, then you'll remember "Severed Dreams," which was basically one long battle episode in Season 3. It was the only one like it, and greatly entertaining in part because it was the only one like it.)
At any rate, the ratings were so high that HBO (again!) renewed it for next season after the first episode. Let's see how many years this can keep going: I'm hoping for a few more!
Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:35 AM
But also, it had a lot of intense action at a scale we haven't seen before: really, it was like watching the Battle of Helm's Deep in Lord of the Rings or something. That was great: but it would get mundane if they did it too often. Fun as it was, it really didn't advance the story very much: it was just plot. After a bit, people will want to get back to story.
Absolutely. The story (and the characters) is why people love this show. Also though, I don't think they have the money in their budget to do something like that episode very often.
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