1)Changes that seemed to be made for no reason at all. Like not having the comet. No huge deal, but since the comet starts off book 2, and every faction claims the comet as its own omen, why make the change? Did someone stop and say to themselves "lets get rid of the comet"? How much would a damn comet cost?
2)Feeling the need to explain everything, and leaving out things that they can't "narrate". I know that novels and inner recollections are hard to translate to screen. I have no expectation that everything from the book will be part of the show. But do they have to pound things into our heads? Couldn't we have gotten a feel for Tywin without him giving Jaime the deer skinning speech?
Couldn't we have figured LF out piece by piece, without him giving a speech to one of his hookers?
The Wire was one of my favorite shows. Some people complained that it was hard to follow the plot and remember all of the characters, etc. But figuring it out, re-watching, etc , taking each scene as it came and piecing it together, without being spoon fed, or having someone give you a long speech to let you know what was going on, that was part of what made that show special.
I was hoping that is what I'd see here, instead, it felt a bit more like the first Harry Potter movie, where there was lots of "gee-whiz, look at that magic stuff".
Frankly, I think they wasted too much time trying to make it accessible to people who hadn't read the book. Instead, they should have made it of such high quality that people wanted to read the books.
I agree with EVERYTHING, especially the comparison with The Wire. I was so disappointed when I realized how much we were being spoon fed here. If I wanted to be spoon fed, I could just open the TV and watch any network show. With HBO, I expect The Wire or The Sopranos, at least Boardwalk Empire quality, and frankly it fell short of that.
I definitely could understand your view. I guess it's just how we appreciated TV. For me, personally, I would rather watch 1 season of The Wire repeatedly for 6 times than to watch 6 seasons of, say, CSI. Because, so many years after Firefly people are still watch it, but how many people will remember True Blood after it's done?
For me, the show is 6.5/10. I have read the book, so I have no idea how I would feel if I have't read the book. Apart from being spoon fed sometimes, a lot of details are lost in the translation. I know there are probably no way to translate "Ned, promise me" into any scene, but still, it a big part of the reading experience and it's not my viewing experience. Also, I think sometimes the scenes are too short. Flying to Winterfell to KL to Dothraki Sea so quickly, I'm not getting to spend any time with any character. It felt more like a procedure show than a serial show. Aye, I wish we have a 13 episodes season instead of 10, so this is hardly the show runner's error.
Edited by Jane Doe, 19 September 2011 - 11:34 PM.