Joey Crows

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  1. Like I said I've only seen the first 3 episodes and I'm not sure what you're referring to. Maybe I'm extra dense today. I was specifically talking about the over the top, dastardliness of the actor playing the Abbott in episode 2 or maybe the way the character was written and interacts with those around him. Here's an example that may help show where I'm coming from. In GoT the show, Craster is a terrible human. He abuses his daughter-wives (also, he has daughter-wives) and he sacrifices his infant sons. The portrayal of his character is always rude, gruff, violent, and simply malicious. Because of this, everyone knows what type of man he is and wouldn't trust him any farther than they must. In TLK however, the Abbott's character can somehow be just as obviously horrible as Craster, yet people trust him and don't suspect he's plotting behind their backs. I guess I just mean it feels odd that a character can be played as 100% evil and it's obvious to the viewer but not to the other characters. That's where some subtlety would need to come in to make us believe that perhaps his intentions do go unnoticed by other characters sometimes. Or not. At this point I think I've confused myself
  2. Also, my wife is reading The Circle by Dave Eggers and has mixed feelings about it but told me I should read it when she's done. Pretty sure they made it into a movie that got terrible reviews. Anyone else read that book or seen the movie? Thoughts?
  3. I'm assuming you're referencing something specific that I've yet to see. Since I'm only 3 episodes in at this point, I was mainly talking about the Abbot in episode 2. It seems like he could still plot against Uhtred and promote his self-serving agenda without having a permanent scowl on his face and delivering every line in a tone that screams "Hey everybody, I'm about to do some evil shit!"
  4. Damn. I used to get Weller at like 10 bucks a fifth and even the 12 year was around $18 or so.
  5. Sweetrobin Michael Cera
  6. Well said. I love historical fiction and was therefore drawn to the political intrigue and aspects of the series that didn't necessarily involve magic and whatnot. But the depth of this story is a major reason I find it so enjoyable. The world building, the attention to in world history, etc. And magic and prophecy, along with the other more fantastical elements are just as important to the land, the people, and philosophy as any of the more "realistic" aspects. Without all of these facets to live and play off of each other the story would not be what it is.
  7. Slightly tougher to find these days, but W.L. Weller is a really tasty bourbon for an absurdly cheap price. Also Eagle Rare is comparable in its profile and inexpensive. I know Eagle Rare is from the same distillery as Blanton's and Weller may be as well, but I'm not totally certain.
  8. So I absolutely loved the first season and was thrilled when the second season dropped on Netflix. Finally got around to starting it the other day. I've only seen the first 3 episodes of S2 so far and mostly enjoyed it. If I have one bone to pick based on what I've seen of this season, it's that good/evil has lost some subtlety that (I think) S1 did a good job with. Maybe this will change as the season progresses, but I had a tough time with the fact that if a character is going to do something evil they make damn sure you know it. Almost to the level of having the "bad guys" portrayed as mustache twirling, maniacal laughing caricatures.
  9. Saw War for the Planet of the Apes at the theater last weekend. I actually really enjoyed the previous two movies in the series and had high hopes for this one. But it didn't quite do it for me. Not bad by any means. Just found it to be a tad plodding and overly dramatic in situations that didn't need it.
  10. Finished that last month! I'd heard it was slow and considered one of the lesser books in the series, but I enjoyed it. Everyone has things and characters they prefer reading about, but once you get that deep into the story I think even the slower political/ideological machinations become interesting. Anyway, for September I just went to a book festival in Atlanta and bought a ton of stuff. Haha. Right now I'm reading Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie and thoroughly enjoying the unique narrative approach. Still early in the story, but it seems to have an interesting blend of intellectual, historical nuance and almost Beat-like self aware, stream of consciousness story telling.
  11. Yes! I loved that series as a kid. Read it numerous times when I was a lad, then kinda forgot it existed. It wasn't until very recently that I realized that Redwall was actually my first foray into the Fantasy genre. Thank you Brian Jacques!
  12. Wow. Surprised to hear that. I've always found Bob's Burgers to be really entertaining. The cast IMO is great. H. John Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal are really talented and funny. Beyond that there are plenty of aspects of the show I like, but I won't delve into them cause people's opinions aren't swayed by forum posts very often So to each his or her own. That being said, I find anything Seth MacFarlane has made to be awful and appealing to the lowest common denominator. So Family Guy, American Dad, etc., are all my picks for worst animated show.
  13. Hmmm. The only DW spinoff I've watched was Torchwood and I really just couldn't get into it. Part of the reason was the narrative and how it made every episode (that I saw) a basic template to simply fill in Mad Libs style with a new villain but the same tension and resolution. And I know that's often just TV, but it felt like it wasn't even trying to surprise or challenge the viewer. The other reason, I think, is for all the reasons I love DW (and there are many) the glue that holds it together is pretty simply, the Doctor! A show set in that universe without the Doctor as the focal point is going to be a shell IMO. Aaand I was just about to wrap up by saying "that being said, I'll give this new show a shot." when I saw it was already cancelled. Womp womp.
  14. So I know it's overrated due to scarcity and hype, but I was randomly having lunch at a spot last week and looked up to see ALL of the Pappy Van Winkle versions behind the bar. I couldn't resist the temptation and got a glass of the 13yr rye (because it was the only one I hadn't tried and wasn't like a million bucks for a pour). Fucking delicious and really just felt special because it is hard to come by. Overall worth it!
  15. I'm assuming you're referencing the Harry The Heir situation in The Vale? If so, interesting question. I feel it would take a deep dive into the various branches of all the families to find a potential little known bastard. The most obvious candidate would probs be the Baratheons. Gendry and Mya immediately come to mind.