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  1. 3 minutes ago, Lord Varys said:

    Shady Elves really start to annoy me. Gil-galad should not appear a more unsympathetic character than Celebrimbor.

    Well, Elves in this show appear to me as wholly human, just with added pointy ears. They do seem impoverished, the poor bastards, only having one set of clothes each, so I suppose some allowances need to be made.

    And when it comes to Gil-galad, I just don't know what to say. We have junior supervisors at my firm with more gravitas than he has. Though that goes for most Amazon Elves.

  2. 8 hours ago, Corvinus85 said:

    Welp, the new episode may have ruined the dwarf/Elrond plot. I guess that theory about mithril was right.

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    So the Elves are dying and they need an energy boost. This is the best these writers could come up with.

    In the weekly Who Is Sauron? contest Adar drops to the bottom of the list, with Halbrand just a bit above, while The Stranger makes a strong resurgence to jump to the #1 spot. Yet a new contestant may have entered the game. He looks a bit slim, but is totally shady.

    That infamous 4chan leak does seem to be pretty spot on so far and it also names Sauron:

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    Halbrand. To be revealed in the final episode of the season.

  3. 2 hours ago, fionwe1987 said:

    Right? There is more than enough support in text for a single-minded, angry and brash Galadriel. 

    I'd say there is less for a stupid Galadriel, but I'm beginning to think that's because if she was all she is in the books, she'd be a classic Mary Sue. 

    You make a good case and I can live with her single-minded obsession with Sauron. As well as a deep-seated anger fueling that fixation (not that she has to be angry at everyone, at all times though). Galadriel being stupid and simple, however, is where I draw the line.

  4. 7 hours ago, fionwe1987 said:

    I just think with WoT and RoP (and probably The Witcher, but I haven't read those books so I can't say), they brought on writers who occupy an unfortunate middle ground. They're not able to claim any real fidelity to the books, even thematically, let alone plot-wise. But what they come up with isn't such a startling and interesting retelling that you go along with it. 

     

    That means anyone who really knows the books just cannot jive with the changed story too easily. And there's just enough jargon and stage setting that doesn't get make sense early on that new audiences don't connect with the characters when they say portentous things.

    This seems a pretty astute assessment to me.

  5. 2 hours ago, mormont said:

    It's interesting to see the common trope of dismissing Galadriel as being like a 'teenager' because she acts like, well, a whole range of male protagonists in TV.

    I'm not sure what her gender has to do with it although I suppose you are free to make it about that.

    Do you think she has the demeanor and likely behavior of a centuries-old being? I think she comes across as astonishingly immature for her age. And I'd say the same if it were a 50-year old human - male or female.

  6. 11 hours ago, fionwe1987 said:

    Hurin's feat is heroic, but it's no fighting five Balrogs. I'm just not able to find much support for the idea that any man matches the greatest of the Eldar when it comes to fears like this. I can't imagine Tolkien ever meant to imply that any of the Edain could fight Morgoth the way Fingolfin did, for instance.

    And these are feats of endurance, speed, skill and strength, kind of exactly what we see Galadriel doing in the show. Maybe the House of Hador, and the Numenoreans, had as much strength, but it's hard to argue they'd match the speed, endurance and skill of the best of the elves.

    No objections to that, really, but if the show wanted us to believe in this Galadriel, the uber-uber elf, they have made a mistake in the casting.

    P.S. I don't blame the actress for her centuries-old character behaving like a snubbed teenager all the time; that must be on the showrunners.

  7. I made it through the first episode but it was a struggle.

    It was humming along OK, neither good nor bad, up until Galadriel sword-skated and single-handedly killed the troll. Why do they have to do this stuff? Do people really like it? Every bit as bad as Legolas snout-skating. I have no problem at all with Galadriel as a commander - she is an intelligent, powerful and capable woman - but do they have to make a warrior superhero of her?

    Anyhow, then came the Harfoots. So 'cute', so 'adorable'... Made me genocidal. Sweet Mary but what calculated drivel.

    The romance in the south I assume has only been inserted because it said so in an executive briefing somewhere.

    Dialog and plot abysmal. Pacing poor. Scenery very pretty.

    It felt very dumb and very blockbustery.

  8. On 8/19/2022 at 1:07 AM, Relic said:

    The "happy ending" is Jimmy choosing to be a real human being. In order to do so, however, he has to face his many sins, and pay the price for them.

    Exactly. It's a happy ending only in the context of what has come before it. I think it's perfectly in keeping with how the show has developed.

    The ending Jimmy chose wasn't out of self-interest or his love for Kim. It was out of his (belated) commitment to justice and how, ultimately, he faces up to it without flinching.

    Here's a good interview on Peter Gould's thoughts on the final episode:

    https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/better-call-saul-peter-gould-interview-ending-finale-1235341919/

  9. @Ran

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    OK, so it seems I did not actually miss something critical.

    I skimmed a few online reviews and I interpreted some of those comments to suggest Jimmy/Saul's final act was one of self-sacrifice in order to clear Kim. I just couldn't figure out how it could be so given the civil suite.

     

  10. 2 hours ago, Ran said:

    I think torpedoing his own masterfully-bargained plea agreement really fits in as a redemptive act. 

     

    I agree. What I did not understand however:

     

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    How did his testimony actually clear Kim? Are we to assume he somehow took on full responsibility for Hamlin? I feel like I missed something. In the court he only said something like 'Howard Hamlin, I can't even speak about it'

     

  11. On 8/7/2022 at 2:13 AM, mormont said:

    I'd be curious to see the reactions of folks who haven't read the comics, actually.

    Not really sure what it is about in the end.

    First half of the season was decent if somewhat underwhelming. It looks good, mostly, and casting worked well in the main. I expected more, something unique* (to be fair those expectations could have been exaggerated in my mind from how the show has been received on here). The second half of the season gets progressively worse. There is no attempt at character development and I am therefore not interested in any of them. Neither like nor dislike them. Episodic storytelling. It feels like I am supposed to take the show very seriously but it does not provide me a reason to do so.

    Looks like it is very popular with fans of the original work so that is good. Reviews elsewhere appears a bit more mixed.

    * I appreciate that, when it was originally released, it must have been unique given how inclusive and representative it is.

  12. On 7/21/2022 at 1:26 AM, Fez said:

    I find it interesting that no other streaming service has been able to compete with HBO yet on sheer production values for fantasy. The writing and acting will determine if this is actually a good show. But from the trailer this just looks good in a way that Amazon or Netflix fantasy shows never do IMO.

    It does look good and I echo your question: Why is Amazon so god damn awful at it?

  13. On 7/20/2022 at 8:45 AM, Cas Stark said:

    Yeah, I could see post Kim that he might blow his money in a few years.  He gave the impression in BB of being a sleazy, mini mall lawyer who was more than willing to break the law for a few extra thousand, but his clients were distinctly down market for a dude with a gigantic, if extremely tacky, mansion and millions in the bank. 

    That mansion is a fleeting thing though, no? We have seen it basically taken apart and carried away. I assume that will be re-visited towards the end, setting us up for the pauper we know from BB.

  14. On 7/14/2022 at 10:56 PM, Ser Drewy said:

    Well, it certainly looks expensive. You can see the money on screen. 

     

    Though I agree with your statement, I also think it looks, erm, cheap. If that makes any sense. It looks like a video game; none of it looks proper or real since it is so obviously CGI.

    I wish I could stay away from this thread but like some sad masochist I keep coming back for more punishment.

  15. On 7/8/2022 at 8:35 PM, Spockydog said:

    I'm not sure what to believe. It seems a very specific list (monthly BMI checks, airing of grievances).

    I wish it was a real list because it'd be hilarious to see the silliness it'd result in.

    But I expect it is made-up nonsense cause not a single person involved in modern sport science would look at BMI. A thoroughly pointless and discredited metric other than, perhaps, for diagnosing extremes in gen pop.

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