A Game of Thrones started this week, the latest HBO show that hopefully keeps the money flowing so we can watch a show that actually has an end 😉
Based on a series of books “A song of Ice and Fire”, I can’t tell you how faithful the books are to the series, but from what I’ve read around the interwebs it’s pretty close. I like watching a show like this without any prior knowledge and without fanboi me getting involved. Saying that, I probably will pick up the kindle versions once the first series has aired, or something.
It’s another political drama set in a fantasy world. A fantasy world that (so far) is entirely populated with humans. Adding to it’s dark theme I can’t help thinking about the Dragon Age world a little (minus the elves, and dwarves of course). I like a new world like this that doesn’t borrow heavily from the D&D, or LotRs type world. You can find a million and one worlds where the dwarven folk like their ale and the elven folk are all beautiful and mysterious. Judging by the Dragon eggs in the first episode however, I’m guessing they’re not alone though.
Being a typical HBO show, there’s plenty of naughty bits all over the place. There’s a couple of “ew” and WTF moments though, especially at the end. I won’t spoil it, but you’ll see it when it happens.
If I have one gripe, it’s that the background setup of the show isn’t really properly explained. Apart from a couple of offhand comments, you just role with the fact that this family is in power and took over from another family who want to return and another family is up to no good… Something like that bogs the story down, I know, and it’s certainly not HBO’s style to explain anything like a introductionary voice over or something. Like Treme, you just go with it or get left behind. To be fair, the official website gives you a lot of detail if you want to sit down one evening and read up on it all. It’s not essential reading however, despite my complaining it’s easy enough to shrug off. And who knows, we might get more in future episodes to come.
The actors are all pretty decent. The guy who played Ronon on Stargate Atlantis plays another warrior barbarian (and has been announced to play Conan in the latest Hollywood remake – I don’t think it’s going to be hard for him ;P), Sean Bean essentially plays an older, slightly fatter version of Boromir if he survived that whole Ring business. Actually, he does the lead well. You really don’t get to see too much of him in LotRs, and you can tell here he really is an amazing actor. I didn’t really pick out anyone else famous. The young daughter who wants to be a warrior is amusing, so is the womanising “short person” (i can’t say dwarf, just in case you think I mean an fantasy-type dwarf) is hilarious as well.
This is definitely a keeper. It’s been a while since I’ve gone “ooooh!” over a new show. Just after one episode it’s already been announced for a second series, so I think we’re safe enough to watch this show without threat of cancellation. Recommended.
Game of Thrones
is out in the US on HBO now. As for the rest of us? No hulu, no itunes (yet). You know what to do.
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