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  1. I sort of agree with the points your making here, but you somewhat missed the mark. However, I feel like that is more of me not clarifying myself here. Alright, sure they actually are just minor nuisances to the Free Cities in the current timeline of the books. Where I diverge from the books, is that the Dothraki would never have been responsible for the Century of Blood or carried out the Sarnoi genocide the way they did in the books' official timeline. Beyond horses, I envision them also raising animals like Sheep, Goats, and maybe even Cattle.
  2. As a preface, I'm not trying to insult the quality of GRRM's works. Nor am I suggesting that my "additions" are of superior quality to the original novels or if it would even be workable in the narrative. Instead, I'm just putting in what I think (heavy emphasis on "I think", as it is just my opinion) would be interesting to see in the world of ASOIAF. Here are some of my personal "changes" I would make: Dothraki: With the Dothraki, I wouldn't make them civilization destroyers. As I don't think relatively under equipped and fragmented nomads like the Dothraki would have the resources for that. In my "reimaging", they are just a loose collection of nomadic tribes/khalasars. They are still a dreaded terror for small villages and weaker pastoralists, a considerable threat to traveling merchants, and have been known to devastate armies sent against them with guerilla warfare. However, unlike the novels, the Dothraki won't be conquering/besieging major cities, as they don't have the weaponry, manpower, or the logistics for such operations. In other words, the Dothraki genocide of the Sarnori and the Century of Blood wouldn't have played out in my "version" as the way they happened in the official ASOIAF timeline. Thus, the Essosi city states consider the Dothraki to minor yet scary nuisances. They mostly leave the Dothraki alone, unless a Dothraki Khalasar raids one of their outposts/villages. In such a case, they will sent a punitive expedition to punish the offending Khalasars, and then leave. If anything, the Essosi states consider the Dothraki to be somewhat valuable trading partners. I picture the Dothraki trading animal furs and slaves to the Essosi city states, in exchange for livestock and iron tools. Dothraki subsistence also isn't dependent on pillaging. They extensively hunt and raise livestock of their own. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the Dothraki indulge in a lot of trading with other Essosi peoples. Last but not least, I would make the Dothraki much more akin to Great Plains Native Americans then to Turco-Mongols. Ironborn: Like the Dothraki, I would dampen the Ironborn obsession with raiding coastal settlements (though they still extensively practice it), and get rid of the taboo against trading. As no society could function without a viable source of subsistence/income. In fact, they have extensive trading contacts throughout Essos and the Sothoryosi islands. The Ironborn also don't contain any noble houses in their political system, though other Westerosi erroneously view their chiefdoms as a noble house. Similarly to how the ruling Northmen viewed the Northern Mountain Clans as petty noble houses in the novels. On that same note, Ironborn don't have a Monarchy in the classical sense of the term. They elect their kings, who are selected from the warrior elite. Relatives of Ironborn kings nominally don't have any power, but their brothers and sons have a strong possibility of succeeding him if he proves to be popular. Their islands would be more remote and fortified against foreign enemies. The Iron Islands would also be much larger (perhaps around the size of Alaska) and mountainous. So the Ironborn will have a sanctuary to hide in, if a punitive force shows up to wipe them out. As with the books, they are their own kingdom in all but name (to the point of having foreign policies independent of the other 7 kingdoms), and do everything in their power to undermine the Iron Throne's authority on them. They also despise how the other Westerosi try to enforce their morals on them and their attempts to criminalizing many Ironborn traditions and customs. Like their worship of the drowned god, slavery, and polygamy. Basilisk Isles: I would also put far more emphasis on the Basilisk Isles then in the actual novels (I think they were only referenced in four or five passing sentences in the books, and are almost totally ignored in supplementary materiel). In my "reimagining", the Basilisk Islanders would be a tribal confederation of piratical seafarers. Most of their numbers consist of natives, but they accept outsiders from all across the known world into their ranks from time to time. They often hijack merchant ships passing through the summer seas and raid other islands for slaves. Captives and loot seized in their raids will then be sold to slave markets in the Free Cities and Slaver's Bay. If a merchant ship doesn't want to be boarded, the captain would have to pay for the chieftain's (or "corsair king" to outsiders) permission to sail his waters. Basilisk Islander Chiefdoms also form overly convoluted and two faced arrangements with the warring Free Cities. Often times, Free City states will commission Basilisk Islander tribes to disrupt the shipping lanes of a rival. These "alliances" tend to be tenuous at best, and break and form on the drop of a hat. When a client Basilisk Islander tribe falls out of line, a Free City will send an punitive expedition to stamp them out. However, the Basilisk Islanders are far more then just over glorified pirates and privateers. Basilisk Islanders have been known to engage in peaceful trading with Essosi and Westerosi kingdoms and city states. They are also agriculturalists, and a primary food source for them is their own crops. In addition to the indigenous tribes, there are a number of rouge settlers (mostly criminals and runaway sailors from all across the nine Free Cities, but especially from Lys, Myr, and Tyrosh) that make their home in the isles. As with the natives, the settlers frequently attack passing ships and indulge in slave raids. The relationship between the settlers and the native Basilisk Islanders varies considerably, depending on the circumstances and individuals involved. Sometimes they collaborate in piratical endeavors rather seamlessly, but bouts of violence between settlers and native tribes do occur from time to time. Unlike colonial era Euro-American settlers in our world, settlers from the Free Cities don't have the manpower, equipment, or support to uproot the endemic powers. I will add more, if I can think of anything else. If you could add or change anything in ASOIAF's world building, what would it be?
  3. Have there been societies in the past that have deliberately drowned sacrificial victims like the "drowned priests" for the "drowned god"? If so, what societies practiced them, and what was the theological context to the ritualistic drownings?
  4. In terms of culture, politics/economics, and clothing styles (at least from what is described in books) of the Triachy Free Cities, would their closest real world analogues be? Me personally, I picture the Triarchy Free Cities vaguely resembling colonial era (especially between the 16th and 18th century ranges) European states, but without the gunpowder, tricorne hats, and powdered wigs, etc.. Along with significant influences from the late medieval and renaissance Italian city states and a touch of classical Greece mixed in. In your point of view, do any of you see my headcanon as an accurate interpretation? Why or why not?
  5. 1.When Mystery Inc was airing, I didn't really watch the show as I didn't have cable. As I mentioned before, I usually relied on my parental grandparents' for their cable. In the early 2010s when I hit my teen years, I didn't travel to my grandparents' house that much. As they where an agonizingly long 1,500 miles away. I also didn't seek out cartoons as much as I used to (though, I still liked watching them here and there). However, I did sporadically keep track of the show's progress when it aired. During my recent Scooby Doo rewatch with my sister, I found Mystery Inc to be of a far superior quality to What's New Scooby Doo. 2.I did watch the entire Legend of Korra last year. It was pretty entertaining, though it would be a bit of stretch to call me a fan of that show. When it ran, I was barely aware that it existed at all. Only saw a headline or two about the famous "lesbian scene" in the series finale, but didn't think anything of it. 3.Hasn't Sesame Street been around since the late 60s? 4.Correct. I think it was the 90s version of Strawberry Short Cake that my sister watched. 5.Don't think I ever saw Fat Albert actually airing on a TV channel, just old DVD copies I rented from video stores. The original Scooby Doo incarnation did air from time to time on Cartoon Network, at least from my memory. Though most of my viewing was through VHS and DVD copies
  6. TL:DR: This is just a list of every cartoon I watched in my childhood, and what my thoughts were on them. I've been in a very nostalgic mood lately, so I decided to list them all and detail how I felt about them as a child. Please feel free to disagree with me and my child self. Cartoon series that I remember as a child: Recently, I’ve been looking back on cartoons I’ve watched as a kid. What amazes is that many of these cartoons are now considered iconic cult classics or obscure and barely accessible relics. The fact that these cartoons are over ~12-15+ years old now, makes me feel really old. As a side note, I often channel surfed as a kid, and rarely fixated on a single show (with some exceptions here and there). I tended to be an opportunistic viewer, I just watched anything that was on. Hence why I only saw a very small number of episodes from a majority of these shows in this list. I was also a very cartoon oriented kid, hence the over half an hour worth of reading material here. Man, I didn’t even realize how long it would take to list out every cartoon I watched in my childhood. I apologize if the extreme length of my post, makes it unviewable for you. Anyways what are your thoughts on any of the cartoons mentioned here, if any? What are some cartoons you watched in your childhood? Cartoon Network: As a child, my family didn’t own cable. It just wasn’t in our budget, nor did my parents have any interest in it. So I only watched Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Disney owned channels, etc was at my paternal grandparents’ house, hotels, a few other relatives of mine, and the occasional friend’s house. Cartoon Network was one of my favorite channels as a kid. Watching it on my paternal grandparents’ TV, was one of the things I loved doing at their house. Teen Titans: I’ve seen a lot of episodes from that show. I enjoyed watching them, the action was good and the characters were fun. However, I wasn’t as affectionate to the show as people are now. Samurai Jack: From what little I can recall, I really liked Samurai Jack. Especially the iconic action sequences. Edd Ed n Eddy: I know I've seen a lot of episodes, and I have vivid memories of the opening credits. However, I don’t remember that many details, but I did like the show. Ben 10 (mostly the original series): I liked that show as a kid. Especially the alien creature designs. As it was one of Cartoon Network’s most played franchises when it aired, I watched several episodes of that show. Only really paid attention to the series until Alien Force was over. After that, it fell out of the map in my little world. Courage the Cowardly Dog: Another cartoon that aired a lot in my early childhood. I’ve seen quite a few episodes. From what I could recount, it was a fine enough show. Not anything I held close to my heart, but I liked watching it when it came on. Powerpuff Girls: Watched a good number of Power Puff Girls episodes. I liked the action in them and the theme song was pretty catchy. However, I didn’t particularly like the titular girls’ character designs. It’s purely due to my own personal tastes, but I just didn’t care for Buttercup’s pigtails and Blossom’s ponytail and bow. Kids Next Door: Man, I liked that show. It really fed into my “living in a grownup free world” fantasies, I occasionally had as a child. League of Super Evil: Didn’t see that many episodes, as it wasn’t played very often. However, the episodes were so hilarious (at least to me) that I busted out laughing every time I watched the show. Shame that the executives axed this show. It had so much potential. Storm Hawks: Only watched one episode that I can remember. It was the one when the "big guy" of the main cast was captured by spider creatures. Don't recall anything else, but I don't think I had any real thoughts on the show. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: I remember watching a number of episodes. Don’t remember any feelings about this show, though its “grimness” (pun intended) might have somewhat been too much for me. The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Watched a few episodes here and there. Didn’t like the show at all. I wasn’t a fan of it’s surreal and occasional gross out humor. It was just too “out there” for me as a kid. Code Lyoko: Watched a small handful of episodes. Don’t remember my feelings towards them, but it probably was that of indifference. Transformers Unicron Trilogy: I recall watching the Amanda and Cybertron series on Cartoon Network, though they didn’t air that often. Though most of my exposure to this show was through merchandise or occasionally renting it on DVD. I liked the setting and premise of the Unicron Trilogy shows, but I didn’t care for the combat scenes. Like many action shows targeted towards a very young demographic, the characters on both sides bluffed themselves up like children in the playground (i.e. “You cannot defeat me, I’m too powerful. Taste the might of my awesome [x superpower or weapon].”). Even at a very young age, it annoyed me to no end when character indulged in such behaviors, especially if the characters were the antagonists. Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends: I’ve seen quite a number of Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends episodes. It was one of the shows that was commonly played on Cartoon Network at the time. I didn’t hold the show in that high regard, but I didn’t mind watching it when it came on. Krypto the Superdog (occasionally aired on Kids WB as well): Krypto the Superdog was an obsession in my early childhood. That show alone was one of the reasons why I watched Kids WB. Most of my internet activity at the time was scouring for information and merchandise for the series. Unfortunately for me, Krypto the Superdog was one of the many shows that were badly neglected by the networks. Airings were pretty rare, and merchandise was almost unheard off. The very few merchandise I could get a hold off (like coloring books, a comic or two, a few toys, and a handful of picture books), I was all over. Totally Spies: I’ve watched maybe three or four episodes. Don’t recall any particularly special feelings towards Totally Spies. It just existed, and I watched it sometimes. Camp Lazlo: I watched quite a handful of episodes. When it was around, it was played quite often. The show was fine enough for me to easily watch full episodes. That is pretty much the only thing I can say about Camp Lazlo. The Life and Times of Juniper Lee: I completely forgot about this show, until I saw it on a list of original Cartoon Network programmings. When I searched it on google images, I recognized it from the show’s logos and screenshots. However, I believe I only saw no more than two or three episodes, and I can’t recount anything about them. However, from what I can tell, it looks like just another generic super powered preteen cartoon. Chowder: Chowder as a really weird show to me, and I barely understood what was going on. As I mentioned about my opinions on Flapjack, surreal humor wasn’t generally my thing. Regardless, I didn't mind watching when the episodes aired. Johnny Test (often aired on Kids WB): As Johnny Test was overplayed on Kids WB and Cartoon Network (pretty similar to Teen Titans Go now), I’ve seen several dozen episodes. Didn’t mind it too much, as I enjoyed the slapstick antics in the show. Looking back as an adult, I can see why the show was very grating to a good number of viewers. The Secret Saturdays: I liked the premise of this show, as a bit of a Cryptid phase around the time it aired. However, I didn’t watch too many episodes, and was pretty much indifferent to it. Pokemon: I had a love/hate relationship with Pokemon. On one hand, the vocalizations from many of the Pokemon tended to get really grating to me. It also had an overly “saccharine” (if that is the proper word to use in this context) tone compared to the “dark” and “gritty” (at least to my child self’s perspective) Yu-Gi-Oh. On the other hand, the episodes and the direct to video movies really fueled my little imagination. My Gym Partner's a Monkey: Wasn’t my cup of tea, but I did watch it when it was on. Johnny Bravo: I can recall seeing this character in a lot of Cartoon Network advertisements. However, I haven't watched many Johnny Bravo episodes, nor do I have any memories of them. Though I have watched the show years later, and found it quite witty. What’s New Scooby Doo: As I was a Scooby Doo fan, I really loved this show. Watched the episodes over and over again. I don’t think I watched this show on channels much, and I watched it on home media. My parents even got me all three seasons on DVD. However, when I rewatched the show recently, the quality didn’t exactly hold up. Too many villains of the week were given “slaps on wrists” for fairly serious crimes (including kidnapping, attempted murder, harassment, etc) on the weakest of pretenses. The weekly side characters were dull and could get very annoying. Especially the overly indulgent and self prompting Simpsons style celebrity guests. Whenever an episode featured a celebrity, I skipped it. Some of the “reveals” behind the antagonist of the week were nonsensical. For example, there were monsters explained as motorized vehicles, though they behaved nothing like one. Last but not least, the writing was lazy, and just about every episode had a plot hole or a dangling thread left unaddressed. My only praises to the show are that the animation was gorgeous, and it had a very catchy theme song. A Pup Named Scooby Doo: This show was already a tad old when I was kid, but reruns were still quite frequent on Cartoon Network at the time. I also recall watching copies at other peoples houses, and I occasionally rented a copy from the public library. My feelings towards a Pup Named Scooby Doo were a bit mixed. The tone was a tad too different from the other Scooby Doo incarnations for me, and felt a little too "little kiddy" for me. At the same time the episodes still manged to keep me entertained. Kids WB/CW: When Kids WB was still around, they aired every Saturday. I often looked forward to Kids WB coming on. As it was one of the few cartoon channels I had access to on a semi common basis, that wasn’t PBS Kids. When Kids WB came on, I watched it from the time it started at ~7:30ish until around noon when it ended. Monster Allergy: Saw a handful of episodes, but was mostly indifferent to the show. When I came across Monster Allergy on netflix, I tried watching an episode for nostalgia. Couldn’t get through a few minutes. Shaggy and Scooby get a Clue: I was a Scooby Doo fanatic in most of my childhood, and I adored that show. Although the show badly botched up it’s attempt at refreshing the Scooby Doo franchise (and understandably peeved a lot of fans), it was a real treat for me to see Shaggy and Scooby Doo in pseudo “action hero” scenarios. Xiaolin Showdown: I’ve watched quite a few episodes of that show. Xiaolin Showdown wasn’t on my favorite list, but I didn’t mind watching it. Magi-Nation: I stopped watching Kids WB, by the time this show came on. Though I did see a small handful of episodes. Didn’t really have much thoughts towards this show. ¡Mucha Lucha!: The show existed, and I remember it’s advertisements and an episode or two. That is pretty much all I can say in regards to ¡Mucha Lucha! World of Quest: Most of my exposure to that cartoon, was an accompanying comic series I often read in my local bookstores, and the advertisements that would air on Kids WB. At most, I think I only saw an episode or two. Eon Kid: I loved the robot designs in this show, but I was frustrated by the very slow moving narrative. It seemed like the main characters were imprisoned in some sort of illegal “Gladiator ring” for far too long. Loonatics Unleashed: Loonatics Unleashed was a fun show, in spite of it’s cringe worthy premise. It was commonly played on Kids WB, when I was watching the channel. Spider Riders: Actually liked the show, especially the enemy foot soldiers’ character designs. Like Krypto the Superdog, Spider Riders didn’t air that much. Which disappointed me quite a bit. SkunkFu: Watched a few episodes, but I don’t remember much of them. Tom and Jerry Tales: I don’t know how traditional Tom and Jerry fans see this show, but I didn’t mind watching the episodes whenever it came on. Batman cartoon of 2004: This incarnation of Batman aired quite a bit when I watched the channel. I loved this show as a kid. Especially its atmosphere and fighting scenes. As with many children shows at the time, it was pretty reliant on a toyline. I actually liked some of the accompanying toys and their commercials. Legion of Super-Heroes: This played fairly often on Kids WB. It was a fun, but otherwise quite forgettable show. Will & Dewitt: Didn’t care for this show, as it deviated too much from the Kids WB cartoons I was familiar with. Kids WB was on its deathbed at the time this show aired, and I stopped watching the channel altogether. Nickelodeon (Nick Jr included): As with Cartoon Network, my family didn’t have access to Nickelodeon. When I did watch the channel, it was mostly at hotels or other peoples’ houses. Spongebob Squarepants: That show was an utter juggernaut in my childhood. It was merchandised to death, and just about all my friends and the few similar aged cousins that I have (most of my cousins are over a decade or two older than me) loved the show. Spongebob was played over and over again on Nickelodeon. My mom hated this show, but I found it funny. Catscratch: I watched an episode or two, but I have better memories of the online games on the Nickelodeon website then the actual cartoon itself. Rocket Power: I saw more advertisements for it, then the actual episodes themselves. Perhaps I've seen a small number of episodes, but can't remember anything but the designs of the main character themselves. Dora the Explorer: Another one of Nickelodeon’s overplayed shows. I personally have seen dozens of episodes. The merchandise was nearly impossible to avoid. I loved mocking it’s overly saccharine nature. Jimmy Neutron: I really liked the movie as a kid. Watched all the time at one of my maternal aunt’s house. The cartoon series on the other hand, didn’t watch as much. However, I’ve seen a number of episodes. They kept me entertained for the time being, but didn’t think much of them after that. The Wild Thornberrys: Saw a few episodes back in the day, but I can't recall anything else about it. As an animal lover, I think the show appealed to me on some level, but there is nothing else that I can say with certainty. Rugrats: I watched the show a bit, though I think most of my exposure was through rented copies. As I was a dinosaur fanatic, I especially liked the episodes with Reptar in them. Avatar the Last Airbender: As popular of a show as it is now, I didn’t watch that many episodes. If my memory serves me, I think I only watched the first two or three episodes (the ones with Aang first meeting the Water tribes). However, I loved it’s accompanying merchandise, particularly the books that were common in bookstores and public libraries at the time. Hey Arnold: I remember a few episodes from that show, and I think I might have seen the official movie. Cannot recall my feelings towards Hey Arnold. My Dad the Rock Star: The KISS cartoon was a thing, and I remember watching a few episodes. That is just about it. ChalkZone: I’ve seen a handful of episodes from this cartoon. I don’t think it played on Nickelodeon much, as I don’t recall that many episodes. Never had any feelings towards it one way or the other. Fairly Odd Parents: Was a very overplayed show, and thus I’ve seen a number of episodes. I could sit down when it turned on, but I wasn’t exactly a fan. CatDog: Don’t remember much, but I liked that the titular characters were cats and dogs. Two of my favorite animals. I definitely watched a number of episodes, but don’t recall any details. Danny Phantom: Watched a handful of episodes, here and there. Don’t recall any of my personal feelings towards the show. Blues Clues: Another one of my childhood favorites. My family owned a number of VHS copies, but my dad hated the show. Little Bill: I think I've seen this show a couple of times. Don’t recall anything else. PBS Kids: As previously mentioned, my family didn’t own cable. PBS Kids was one of the very few constantly airing stations available to me. Didn’t really care for the overly saccharine nature of the shows, and I hated that they replayed the same episodes of the same few shows (often Clifford, Arthur, Cyber Chase, and Dragon Tales early on, and Martha Speaks, Dinosaur Train, Curious George, and Fetch Ruff Ruffman at a later point) over and over again. However, since it was one of the very few cartoon channels I had daily access to, I reluctantly was a common viewer. Clifford the Big Red Dog: It was one of the most overplayed shows on the network...at least when I was watching PBS Kids. It was a fine enough show on it’s own merits, but I eventually got sick of Clifford. Zoboomafoo: I really liked the claymation scenes, especially the Dinosaur in it. Though that is pretty much all I can remember from that show. It’s a Big Big World: It had some really cool puppetry, but my overall thoughts were that of pure indifference. Didn’t even notice that the show was what TV Tropes calls "screwed by the networks." Sesame Street: Another one of the shows that I commonly watched as a kid. It was an alright show to me, but I didn’t really care too much about it one or the other. Though, I can understand why Sesame Street is a treasured classic to millions around the globe. Martha Speaks: Martha Speak was a pretty fun show, though it would be a stretch to call me a fan. It was played a lot, but I didn’t mind that too much. Caillou: I’ve seen a lot of episodes, as it was one of the most commonly played shows on the network. Didn’t have much personal feelings one way or the other about the show, though it wasn’t something I would go out of my way to watch. I do find the vocal hatedom towards Caillou quite amusing though. Several years ago, some lady in my church posted a petition of banning Caillou for its' "negative influence" on Facebook, and I laughed hysterically at it. Barney: This was a show that really got on my nerves, even as a small child. Barney’s infamous sickeningly saccharine themes got under my skin, every time it was on. When Barney started singing that “I love you song”, I pretty much started internally screaming. Maya & Miguel: I remember this show coming on, but I don’t recall anything about it. Only it’s barebones premise and theme song. Wordgirl: Wordgirl was a fun little show, especially for a PBS Kids series. WordWorld: I completely forgot that this show even existed, until I saw it on a page listing of PBS Kids shows. From what I can recall, WordWorld aired a bit, but not to the extent of other PBS Kids juggernauts. My impression as a kid was that it was pretty generic and dull. Though, it did accomplish its objectives of teaching spelling well enough. Super Why!: This show was utterly annoying to me. To the point that I would’ve preferred listing to nails clawing a chalkboard. I know that most PBS Kids are fairly saccharine, given the nature of the channel. However, Super Why! was on a whole other level. The show often sugar coated public domain fairy tales, to the point that they were butchered beyond recognition. Unfortunately for me, Super Why! aired on a regular basis. Liberty's Kids: Don’t remember too many airings on the actual channel. However, my elementary school classes played episodes any time we covered the American Revolution. Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat: I’m having a hard time recounting what little I can remember about this show. From what I can recall, it was an alright enough show. Nothing particularly special or outstanding. Angelina Ballerina: I remember watching a few episodes, though I don’t think the show was on often. Though I cannot recall anything else about it, other than it’s basic premise. Between the Lions: I’ve watched several episodes of that show. Actually liked the several segments that the episodes would play, especially the ones involving knights. Little Bear: My family owned a number of VHS copies, which I watched over and over again. Cannot remember why, but something just clicked with me about this show. 7 Little Monsters. Only remember it’s theme song, and I really liked it as a kid. Don’t recall any actual episodes. Tried watching an episode on YouTube for nostalgia's sake, but I couldn’t stand it for more than a few seconds. Cyber Chase: Another one of PBS Kids’ overplayed shows. Seen a lot of episodes, but was mostly indifferent to that series. I’m actually shocked that it’s still ongoing. Zula Patrol: This one of the few PBS Kids shows that I genuinely liked. As I had a brief stint into astronomy as a kid. Redwall: Only watched a handful of episodes. I can recall being annoyed by the constant cliffhangers at each episode. Curious George: As with many other PBS Kids shows, I watched this when I had nothing else to do. Just like a good number of the few shows that aired on PBS Kids, they aired the same episodes over and over again. Pretty generic, but otherwise fine show. Arthur: Usually I didn’t care about Arthur much, but I went through some phases when I vaguely liked it. Arthur was among PBS Kids’ favorite shows, and thus I saw a lot of episodes. Bernstein Bears of 2003: Bernstein Bears didn’t air to the extent of some of the other PBS Kid shows, but the episodes were a common feature in PBS Kids programming at the time. Don’t think I had any strong opinions about this show. Thomas the Tank Engine: Really don’t have much to say about this show, other than it aired sometimes, and I didn’t have any qualms watching it. Jay Jay the Jet Plane: I have better memories of the computer game I used to like to play, then the show itself. Fetch Ruff Ruffman: One of PBS Kids better quality shows in my opinion. I liked the challenges the contestants played in each episode. Dragon Tales: My overall thoughts on this show was “meh”. As with many other PBS Kids shows, I got tired by how overplayed they were. Bob the Builder: This was a show that I sorta liked. Especially it’s opening theme song. As with Rugrats, What's New Scooby Doo, and Little Bear, most of my exposure was through videotapes and DVDs. Sid the Science Kid: From what I can recount, this show played fairly often. Around the time this showed aired, I was starting to enter a really bad “edgy phase” at in my life. I remember chuckling to myself that “does this kid really want to know about the heinous atrocities committed in the past and deviant sexual practices”, every time he uttered his catch phrase “I wanna know everything about everything.” 4Kids TV: Used to watch this channel all the time, until my mother banned it after my older sister told her that it was “violent”. My mom is somewhat of a moral guardian, and didn’t like anything remotely violent. Teenage Mutant Turtles show of 2003-10, especially the “fast forward” season: I enjoyed the show’s action sequences and it’s setting. There were a few creature designs that I was especially fond of. G.I. Joe Sigma 6: I remember only watching an episode or two of that show. Didn’t have any particular regards one way or the other. Dinosaur King: Loved that show, as the narrative obviously fixated around Dinosaurs. For those unfamiliar, it’s pretty much your typical trading card oriented anime, but with Dinosaurs. This very show was one of the reasons why I watched 4KidsTV. Chaotic: Cannot recount much from Chaotic, but I liked those trading card game type shows in general. Especially their monster designs. Yu-Gi-Oh!: I really liked that show and it’s endless spin offs as a kid. In particular, I enjoyed the dueling sequences and the monster designs. Winx Club: I have a vivid memory of one particular episode. It was the one when some villain, whose name I don’t care to remember, kidnapped the girls’ boyfriends. Apparently, villain dude was trying to lure the girls into an assortment of traps or something. Didn’t watch Winx Club much though, and I was pretty indifferent to the overall series. Sonic X: In regards to Sonic X, it was fine enough show on its own merits, but still quite overly generic. Though there were other co-airing cartoons at the time that I preferred watching. Thus I rarely watched a full Sonic X episodes. Viva Pinata: The show's premise really wasn't appealing to me at all. Not helping was that the tone established by the ads was a tad too "unorthodox" (not exactly the right word for my feelings, but can't think of a more accurate word) for my tastes. Whenever Viva Pinata turned on, I switched the channel. Disney Channel/Jetix/ABC/any of the other now defunct Disney owned channels: Man, all the staggering number of subdivisions and cartoon channels owned by Disney is truly hard to keep track of. In regards to those Disney owned channels themselves, I didn’t go out of my watch to watch them like I did with Cartoon Network. I didn’t really care for the endless live action shows on those channels. The Proud Family: Again, watched a handful of episodes. I don’t have much to say about the series. Only that it existed, and I watched it when I had nothing else to do. Kim Possible: During its airing, I occasionally watched Kim Possible. I think I viewed most of those episodes at a neighbor's house, but I’m not sure. I cannot recall my feelings towards the show. Though, I do remember that it was merchandised quite a bit. Recess: I recall watching a few episodes of that show. Occasionally in Elementary School, the teachers would turn on the show’s holiday specials during the before winter break week. Teacher’s Pet: I can remember an advertisement attached to a VHS tape of mine. Maybe I watched an episode, but I don’t have any certainty of that. Dave the Barbarian (?): I vaguely remember this show, but cannot recall any particular episodes. I think I only watched an episode or two, but I don’t remember anything about the plots. Doug (?): I can recall coming across trailers for the show on VHS tapes and DVD disks that my family owned, and seeing a handful of copies kept in video stores. Maybe one of my elementary school classes played the movie, during special occasions. But my memory is quite foggy in that regard. Don’t think I actually watched any episodes. Jane and the Dragon: Only watched a few snippets while channel surfing. Don’t think I ever watched a full episode. George of the Jungle of 2007: Watched a good number of episodes, despite its short run. They kept me entertained, though (as with many shows documented in this list) I was mostly indifferent to them. Phineas and Ferb: Phineas and Ferb was kind of an overplayed and over merchandised cash cow. However, I didn’t mind much, as it was a genuinely fun show to watch. American Dragon, Jake Long: I can definitely remember watching a few (maybe around 5 at most) episodes of that show. Don’t recall having any special feelings towards it. Jetix: In terms of Jetix specifically, I didn’t watch Jetix much. Would occasionally come across Jetix, when I was channel surfing at other peoples’ (especially my aforementioned paternal grandparents’) houses. Silverwings: I actually remember watching a brief snippet from that show. From what I remembered, the sequence went on the lines of some “good guy” bats tricking an evil bat into humiliating himself. The protagonists somehow created an optical illusion that fooled the evil bat into thinking his boss or something was right in front of him. With some ventriloquism, the heroes tricked the villain bat into insulting himself over and over again. They then laughed, as they watched the evil bat fearfully self deprecated in an endless mantra. For several years, I remembered that snippet, but I couldn’t tell if it was some fever dream or if it actually came from something. It wasn’t until three or four years ago, when I was web surfing and I came across Silverwings, that I realized that the snippet of my memory came from that show. Yin Yang Yo: I recall an advertisement for the show attached to one of the DVDs that my family owned, and watching a single episode. That is pretty much it. Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: I recall watching a single episode and nothing else. Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Watched maybe an episode or two from that show. Don’t recall anything else from it. Others (mostly shows I watched entirely on home media releases): Strawberry Shortcake (early 2000s version): My little sister loved this show growing up. She often rented DVD copies from video stores all the time. Although the show was a bit “girly”, I didn’t mind watching it with her. Original Scooby Doo of 1969: I was all over that show. Often watched the episodes that I had on VHS and DVD over and over again. Veggie Tales: Mostly rented copies from video stores. Occasionally, they would air on TV. Though for the life of me, I cannot recall on what channel. As I mentioned under Cailou, I had a religious upbringing, and sometimes my Sunday school teachers would play an episode that pertained to whatever topic of the week. TaleSpin: My mom bought the entire first season on DVD. I watched them with my siblings over and over again. Magic School Bus: When I was in elementary school, my classes often played whatever episode pertained to the subject was at hand. Never watched the show on TV, as it predated me only by a few years. It was also merchandised to death. Fat Albert: On some occasions, I rented old DVD copies from video stores. Despite the reputation of its host today, I liked this show as a kid. Bear in the Big Blue House: Another one of my childhood favorites. My family owned several VHS tapes, and I watched them over and over again. Also had a handful of the merchandise, like a few picture books. 3-2-1 Penguins: Only watched a single episode, while channel surfing. It when the titular characters crash landed on a planet inhabited by three elderly penguins. Who suspiciously looked like the Penguin protagonist trio. During the course of the episode, the trio tried repairing their ship, and brushing aside the advice of the old penguins. At the end of the episodes, it turned out that the old Penguins where the Penguin trio from the future, with a shoehorned moral about respecting elders shoved in. Didn’t care for this show at all, and quickly forgot about it’s existence until just recently.
  7. How plausible of a bastard-legitimate sibling relationship dynamic, like what is described my scenario, is in Westeros? If so, to what extant do similar situations occur? Or are the societal taboos against bastards too great, to make these scenarios a common basis? Last but not least, how historically accurate is such a dynamic in real world medieval Europe? In this hypothetical scenario, a generic nobleman had conceived a child with the daughter of his castle’s blacksmith. Although the nobleman never officially acknowledged his illegitimate child, he did permit him/her to periodically intermingle with his/her trueborn siblings. For most of his/her childhood, the bastard was raised by his/her mother’s family. Once the bastard reached a specific age, with his/her father’s blessing, he/she received a low ranking occupation in his castle. When probably entailed something on the lines of him/her becoming a rank and file guard or some kind of servant. In spite of what you might expect with the obvious power imbalance between him/her and his/her aristocratic relatives, he/she wasn’t overtly ostracized or deliberately mistreated Cinderella style. If anything, his/her half siblings more or less welcomed him/her with open arms to the degree that their circumstances allowed. The worst he/she received was pure indifference from his/her “stepmother” (for the lack of a better term) and the father’s subordinate nobles. Even though he/she is barred from inheriting anything or gaining any prestigious titles, the bastard is still showered with favoritism. To the point that the bastard has a much higher standard of living then his/her fellow servants and guards. His/her noble siblings also go out of their way to socialize with him/her, and he/she is commonly included in their entourage. The older siblings even entrust their children to the bastard. However, there are still points of contention in the dynamic. For example, the noble siblings are fairly inconsiderate to the bastard’s life aspirations. What the exact aspirations entails, I haven't thought off yet. Maybe the bastard wants to be a sailor, merchant, bakery owner, a Nights Watch guardsmen, or something on the lines of that. Regardless, the noble siblings do everything in their power to discourage the bastard's daydreams. They are also extremely controlling (not unlike a modern helicopter parent) of every little aspect of his/her life, and he/she can’t do anything about it. As the bastard is literally duty bound to subservient to their every whim, on the part of being their servant. The stigma over bastards and his/her legitimate siblings being granted an almost unlimited amount of privileges that he/she can’t have, has taken its toll. Not to mention, his/her fellow servants and guards are resentful of the nepotism he/she receives. When the nobles’ backs are turned, the bastard gets mercilessly bullied* by the other servants and guards. Despite all of those issues, the bastard still performs his/his duties to the best of his/her abilities, in hopes of impressing his/her ailing father and society as a whole. Is what I'm describing making any sense to any of you, as I had a very difficult time translating my thoughts into words on paper. * I’m picturing that the bastard is a very emotionally vulnerable and nebbish person, who tends to cower into a shell when attacked. To matters worse, he/she is quite introverted and tends to keep his/her problems to himself/herself. In my head, the other servants are fully aware of that, and take full advantage of it. Though, they are walking on a razor edge when bullying him/her. As if any of his/her noble relatives find out about it… it won’t be pretty for them. In addition, the bullies are also fairly young and retain a “invincibility mentality.” So they don’t really consider the consequences of the very real possibility of getting caught. Best think of them as a careless high school or college student that drives home after drinking heavily from a party. In other words, they are just reckless kids playing with fire.
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