How Would You Rate Episode 108?
Posted 05 June 2011 - 11:57 PM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:01 AM
Can't remember in the book if Roose Bolton was in the tent where Big John Umber lost his fingers but he should be leading infantry within the next episode or so to my recollection.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:11 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:26 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:53 AM
Still no flashbacks. Maybe Ned will have one next week just before the end. And my biggest disappointment was that there is no Blackfish.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:54 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:00 AM
My big complaint is how much jumping around the world we did. We never had a chance to digest a scene, before being presented with another. So many big story scenes that it was almost sensory overload. I'd hate to be a non-reader trying to pick out everything of value in this episode.
I was about to post exactly the same thing.
This has been one of my biggest complaints about the show so far and this was probably the worst episode in that regard. I counted literally about 20 different scenes in the course of 57 minutes. It's just not working for me. I think a different approach closer to how the book was written would've been much better. I was also thinking "If I hadn't read the book, I'm not sure I'd even know what the hell is going on here". The scene with Jon and the wight ended so abruptly, IMO.
Also, is it just me or has Cersei made the same exact face throughout the entire show so far?
I hope to see these improvements in season 2 - More episodes, longer scenes, better editing in some places, better characterization and better writing in some places.
On the plus side, I think the actors portraying Robb, Barristan, Dany and Tryion are all doing a great job.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:08 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:19 AM
Edited by Mellisandra, 06 June 2011 - 01:20 AM.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:26 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 02:05 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 02:30 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 02:54 AM
(very minor) Quibbles:
* The opening slaughter of the Winterfell men seemed a bit stagey, as did the Syrio Forel fight. Especially so compared to the physicality of the Drogo fight. Lines were well delivered, though.
* The fight vs the wight didn't have the urgency or danger it had in the book. Also seemed foreshadowed much too heavily.
* Drogo's gash doesn't seem deep enough.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:09 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:12 AM
I was extremely pleased by the Robb scenes, from being a secondary character he suddenly felt like the main character (at least in this episode). Both confrontations with the Greatjon were great, and Robb tricking the spy was a wonderful addition. Before this episode I was afraid the character would get shortchanged, but they really fired on all cylinders for him in this episode.
I hate Lysa, nuff said.
Syrio vs. the Lannisters was great, the slaughter of the Stark household had me in tears for 5 minutes.
I was especially happy with the Jon vs. Wight scene, probably my favorite moment in the book. Jon trying to kill Thorne was a great character moment.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:53 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:58 AM
But, while I absolutely adored Daniel Minahan's work in the last two episodes, there was some clumsiness in this one that detracted from it, just weird little cuts that I didn't understand. Worst of all was the Arya scene with the Stableboy, which just felt ... well, amateurish. I know, I know, there was very little time, they had to go on to the next thing, but I would sooner have trimmed 10 seconds from the Lannisters slaughtering the Starks to just give that moment more weight.
So, a 9-9.5, after a bit taken off for the direction.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:09 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 05:21 AM
I was mildly disappointed in the Arya/stableboy scene also. The rushed nature was alright with me, after all, she is in a hurry. It was the choreography and acting of the stableboy that bothered me. That child actor is no Maisie! That's what made the scene run false for me. Perhaps it was the direction as mentioned in some previous posts, but I also think the choreography and ability of the boy had an affect on the scene too.
That small nitpick aside, I thought it had wonderful tension and flow. I got the feeling of events galloping ahead at a speed no one involved can control or stop. That's why I gave it a 10.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:24 AM
THIS is how you write an adaptation.
D&D, better be taking notes. The master shows how it's done.