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  1. [Book Spoilers] Ep 201 Discussion Part 2

    Episode 11 turned out to be brilliant, nearly flawless, but I think I enjoy this thread even more. Some of the objections raised are absolutely hilarious. My favorites so far are the 'Craster's just not filthy enough!' objection (because an incestuous wildling shouldn't be capable of grooming himself, and of course...IT'S UNLIKE THE BOOK CRASTER - UNNECESSARY CHANGE, UNNECESSARY CHANGE!!!); also the objection where one of the commentors absolutely lost their shit over Dany's horse dying. Just try reading that in the Comic Book Guy's voice. :lol: Next favorite objection: the outrage over the Cersie/Littlefinger scene. It was an awesome scene that altered their characters for the better. It made Littlefinger less of a demigod omniscent plotter and more human. And it continued to make Cersei's character far more interesting and entertaining than in the books. But it's not book Cersei or Littlefinger, so it completely ruins everything and diminishes the quality of the show by a factor of warp ten! Most confusing objection: that the direwolf looked too CGI, because I honestly could not see it. It looked about as realistic as you could get. Also enjoying reading the numerous temper tantrums over Catelyn's change - another change from the books that is for the better, although not from the nitpicker's POV. Anyway, couldn't help tweaking some noses, though it's probably unnecessary because enough people are perfectly capable of working themselves up in a lather on their own. Nitpickers make the barren hours absent a new GoT episode worth living. There's no way to say this without coming off as condescening, because, well, it is condescening, but thank you guys so much, and please continue unleashing the rage. Can't wait to see what other sacriligeous, ruinous changes the show is going to make in the future. Just so long as Renly takes only a single bite from his peach, because two bites would be not only gratuitous but destroy all the good will I have towards the show. No bites at all is just beyond contemplating, as it would circumvent the entire significance of the series as a whole.
  2. Falling Skies

    There's a 95% chance that this show will blow. Nerds love to flock to shows that have great premises but obviously will suck (re: Green Lantern, Xmen: Wolverine, The Green Hornet, shit this list is endless). An audience does not like the unexpected to occur, and Ned losing his head was certainly unexpected, so GoT may take a ratings hit. Proposition: Falling Skies' premiere will be a hit, probably beating GoT's finale. Then again, who knows? There's no precise formula to this, so I may be pleasantly surprised. I hope I am, Falling Skies - against all odds - turns out to be great, and its numbers and that of GoT are both huge and they live long productive lives.
  3. Mistborn

    It's hilarious that after Sanderson did a long blog post about how the buffer is gone and he's really not that fast an author, he produces a whole damn novel in his "breather" period, after having just published two books with a combined word count total of 700k+ in one year (both of which were fantastic). I mean, holy crap, dude. Anyway, I'm really excited for this one as well. There aren't enough fantasies with advanced technology. And just the mechanics of the Mistborn magic system juxtaposed against firearms and modern armament promises some seriously cool possibilities.
  4. Mistborn

    Yeah...somehow I'm glad it was Sanderson who wrote it. All sorts of ideas out there; it's good in this case that the guy with the better ideas is the one getting published. I know that's harsh, but hey, that's what happens when you criticize an amazing work, and then supply your own ideas as superior. Chances are they aren't as great as they sound in your own mind.
  5. RIP EHK

    He was up there as my top five favorite posters. Somehow Yorick comes to mind now. I wonder what the page count will be in this thread.
  6. Guy Gavriel Kay

    Ran, What? I thought he meant when the wizard SPOILER: Tigana saves Catriana and admits the good guys were right all along. I loooved when the wizard was enslaved. It was a refreshing poke of complexity in the midst of "look at us, we're all decent fellows fighting a just cause" which bothered me. To that point, it really seemed that the only complexity to be found was on Brandin's side, where Gavriel saw fit to give him more than the usual one dimension for the villains, but forgot to extend that favor to the protagonists. With the wizard, it seemed Gavriel was really shooting against that, but Good guys were right all along and the wizard was just being a sullen ass.
  7. Guy Gavriel Kay

    I had the very same opinion, except for the purple prose point - I felt that while occasionally plodding, it wasn't too decorative, and was direct enough to advance the plot efficiently. I loved the first part of Tigana, but from there it just became this difficult to endure caricature fantasy. SPOILER: Tigana I initially really enjoyed the setting and historical influence and also the character of Tomasso, Sandre's nephew, to be terrific, and the build-up for Sandre himself to have whet my expectations. Also, the twists and turns of this part were truly unexpected and exciting, and made me think that this was going to be an extraordinary novel. Then there was the switch to Dionora, a character I found to be rather plain, and somewhat annoying, as her character was oft-opined as having a very delightful personality, enough so that she could captivate Brandon's interest, but during her dialog interactions she comes off as banal and somewhat antithetical to what we are lead to expect. Her situation was interesting though, and I was eager to see what happened with Alessan's group, so I plowed on. But then I found, that while the initial return to Alessan's group was very awesome indeed, pretty soon it turned painful. The characters had what was very much a David Eddings flavor or comradery, with the supposed wit of their rapport, and the fierce grins and other annoying behaviorisms that grow tiresome very quickly. The characters are pretty static throughout the series - until the end. And the story kept switching to minor characters, given a brief time to narrate who they were and throw them some background which was generic fantasy. These diversions could have been an interesting departure from standard fantasy narrative, but the characters were so absolutely boring, and I had already seen them so many times in other fantasy books, or games. One of the most egregious departures actually felt like a Zelda side quest (the hilarious fight with the Others, where a bunch of farmers, who bore the tradition of a Secret Order, were fighting the ultimate battle for existence, pitting their mighty farmer mettle against what essentially are Boggarts, using the corn as their tools to slay the evil that besets them). It came out of no where, and could be excised without any problem. The only purpose the characters play later on is to fight against Brandin and make him seem uber-super-OMG-powerful. If Gavriel had scaled down Brandin's power, the extreneous characters could have been eliminated altogether, and it still wouldn't have neutered the impact of the scene. Another thing that bothered me was the really stupid deus ex machina that saved Catriana. Gavriel had written this beautiful scene of someone who was willing to sacrifice everything for what she believed in, and made you feel to much for this complex character, and then takes that and assassinates it, undermining the whole point and effect of the scene. It was one of the biggest douchebag moves that Gavriel does in the novel, and he really makes a habit of those. It also simultaneously murders another interesting character - the wizard captured against his will - which added a nuance of complexity to the good guys, and so it was like a one-two punch. Anyway, I found towards the end that despite Dionora remaining a plain and somewhat irritating character, her situation and character easily became the best part of the book. And the ending (not epilogue) was spectacularly executed, almost enough for me to forgive the rest. But the epilogue itself was about as awful as you could get. It reminded me of the epilogue of the final Harry Potter book. Everyone was hooking up, and it was like a pure injection of saccharine.
  8. Hey man, long time no see.

  9. Babylon 5

    I can't even tell you how much I hated the first season. With the exception of a couple stand-out episodes, it eclipsed the notion of stupid television and transcended into something...entirely new, is the only way I can put it. I was constantly cheered on by my friend, who was hardcore about his Babylon 5, but I spent almost the whole of the first season wondering what the hell I was doing watching what seemed to be Star Trek's bastard crack child. It's bad, bad, bad and to endure it is to do something remarkable. For which there is a remarkable reward. Once you struggle through the first season, and a lot of the second, that's where Babylon 5 becomes good. And then gets better. Until it finally reaches a plateau of quality that is a great treat to behold. And then suddenly deflates into shitiness when Season 5 starts, gaining slight momentum here and there but mostly carrying on with the same tepidness. Seasons 2.5-4 aren't flawless (well, four is). Sometimes those lame "stand-alone" episodes rudely intrude, but when the show is focused on the main story arc, it's brilliant. You should carry on, man. It is worth it.