Lady Blackfish

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  1. How Would You Rate Episode 109?

    I gave this episode a 7, though I actually wish I had given episode 3 a lower mark than I believe I did at the time so that I could score this one a little lower too and still be consistent. I didn't dislike it much but I did feel it missed the boat in terms of building flow and drama within the episode unit. I liked individual elements but the whole was perhaps lacking compared to the potential, I would have liked it more if the dramatic end felt like it had more build up throughout the episode. Off the top of my head I feel like it would've benefited from cutting between the different arcs more, so that each arc could make some use of some convenient cuts and the different dramatic peaks could play off each other. Going in to the finale, GRRM's episode, #8 (The Pointy End) is still my favorite.
  2. aaaaah I'm embarassed *_*

  3. While I had individual issues, overall this episode was such an improvement over last week's that I'm too aglow to be able to enumerate them (which means a lot, coming from me). It's definitely the most I've viscerally enjoyed an episode of GoT so far. Jon and Sam were terrific and the added Jaime scene with Jory was a neat idea -- you can tell the show gets these characters, at least. Not brilliant yet, but solid and entertaining.
  4. Poll: How would you rate Episode 103?

    IMO this was the weakest of the three episodes so far, and I don't buy the idea being shilled around that people who didn't like it prefer action to character development. I love character development more than chocolate, and as for action, ASOS is my least favorite book of the series while I adore AFFC, flaws and all. It was just way too choppy. I agree with Sancho, there's a notable difference in quality between this show and something like Mad Men, at least if episode three is to be taken as an example. It's good, don't get me wrong, there are watchable actors and fun lines and nice scenery and of course a very interesting plot, but I think the show could achieve so much more if they just tried to apply more thematic cohesion to each episode unit. This show is fun and involving, but it has the potential to be much better than it is, given the source material. Another thing I agree with Sancho on: the dialog is so expository, and I think it's beginning to lose its justification. I think with a more artistic bent the show could be confident in communicating more with less. When I watch a show like Mad Men I delight in being able to observe things for myself, and I love that Matt Weiner gives me credit for the intelligence to figure things out. While watching this episode it struck me what a lack of subtlety there is, which diminishes my perception of richness. I thought a number of the actors were a bit awkward, Aiden Gillen and Michelle Fairley in particular. There were some changes I couldn't really discern the purpose behind, like Renly's seeming friendship with Ned, Joffrey's entire characterization in the episode, etc. I gave this episode a 6 and probably would've rated it lower if not for the fact that I really want to love this show with all my fanatical being, and that I enjoyed two scenes near the end a whole lot: Benjen, Yoren and Tyrion, and then Arya's training with Syrio Forel. All three episodes so far have had good endings, IMO, I just wish the rest of the episode didn't feel like "This happened and then this and then this" until it was time to end it.
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  6. Jon Snow Meets Undead Cat

    Yeah it wouldnt've been a story choice that would've challenged modern sensibilities, but I'm not sure we're prevented from seeing things through our modern lens anyway. There's an intentional undercurrent of mourning for missing mothers in the series, an indictment of their absence, I've always felt. Or the Tallharts, which isn't even that far from Winterfell. Jon's mentality may be explained within the story by the idea that he's not aware because raising him in Winterfell truly does blur the lines between true-born and bastard children. But Martin could have used Ned's POV to make the distinction more clear, at least.
  7. Jon Snow Meets Undead Cat

    Assuming R+L=J, I'm in the boat that thinks that Ned ought to have told Catelyn, though it's understandable that he didn't. Sure, she would have probably had a hard time manufacturing resentment for him if she knew he wasn't Ned's bastard, but she could certainly understand the importance of appearances and still kept her distance, if a more truly neutral distance. Plus she would still have an investment in separating Jon's status from her children's because everyone else would be perceiving Jon as a particularly favored bastard and that's still dangerous for her kids. I don't think anyone at Winterfell would be scrutinizing Catelyn's attitude so closely that the would be able to guess R+L=J from it. Most people's appetite for tabloid fodder is satisfied by the N+A=J angle, and only Robert has a particular grudge against Targaryens (and Robert isn't very attentive or clever). Still, like I said I understand Ned being overly cautious, given the stakes, even though I would've done differently. I think it's a bigger strike against Ned that he never provided Jon a surrogate mother figure, FWIW.
  8. Jon Snow Meets Undead Cat

    If she were alive I think she would resent him, but I don't think that equates to wanting him dead. I think what she said at Bran's bedside qualifies as "not in my right mind" behavior, said in the heat of the moment when she had nobody to blame. In this case she has enough people to blame, because she actually knows who the perpetrators are, so she doesn't need Jon as a target for her anger. Now that she is dead and resurrected, there's a case to be made for her thought process being less checked, but also for her field of concerns being strictly confined to direct perpetrators against her family. Honestly I think that ship sailed when he made her a rotting zombie.
  9. Jon Snow Meets Undead Cat

    No, I don't think UnCat will want to kill Jon. She's all about the people who harmed her family. The only scenario in which I could envision it is if she learned some of her children were alive and that Jon was making a play for their inheritance. Cat didn't usually speak to Jon with as much loathing as she displayed at Bran's bedside.
  10. Thanks for the birthday wishes, LB. Miss seeing your posts. Would love to see some more perfectly argued reason.

  11. Happy birthday JL!

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    Welcome, anuhealani :)
  14. That's very kind of you to say, thanks and I'll respond to your post in the 5 B/W thread as soon as I have a minute. See you around.