Dorne stuff: plodding, badly written, acted, and seriously...Jamie just happens to be sitting there to enjoy the Martel's infighting? Jesus. I thought they were really going to put the cherry on top with Jamie banging her, but thankfully it did not come to that...yet.
Arya showcasing her assassin skills...ha. This would be laughable, if we weren't supposed to eventually believe that she will be an able and direct threat to her enemies.
Stannis...sweet God, Stannis. Some have said this will play out in the books, anyway, but I highly doubt. Woefully inadequate story-telling and plot/character direction.
Dany's scene was hamfisted, ruining the Unsullied once again, fousting Jorah back onto us in an unconvincing manner (dude sucked in the pit), and the terrible CGI of Dany mounting and crawling off with the lizard.
And the Wall stuff was mediocre, as well. Really thought they were just going to keep the gates closed...
It all comes down to taste. Most movie-goers these days will tell you films like Star Trek are amazing. I think, personally, they're a mess with no narrative, and this is JJ's gig, his bread and butter. I've gotten over the fact he's doing SW, as long as enough people are involved with talent and direction, it should make up for his own lackings.
I hope. Worst outcome is he truly fucks up this film and kills the new SW movement before it even really gets going. Disney will probably be watching the profit margins like hawks. I just pray it's solid and captures enough of the old feel. Of course a lot of what the original films did best was characters, which JJ can't do, but we'll see...
The lightsabre definitely comes across as gimmicky. I can't imagine a Jedi holding a proper guard/stance with that thing. You hold the blade too close to you and your robes will start smoking...
Other than that, and the silly soccer ball droid (what's that all about?), I liked it. Andy Serkis, as usual, doesn't sound at all as you'd expect him to, and his narration comes across as a little stilted. I'm still not a fan of the title. I can see where they're taking it in terms of the story, but couldn't they have came up with something better?
Either way, JJ is involved, so I'm just hoping it isn't a shit show. I'm a huge SW fan and I always wanted to see more films. I just want to see a real director at the helm. I'm a GRRM fan, too, so I have grown quite accustomed to waiting for quality material.