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  1. Thanks for reporting this. I'll look into it. It
  2. You've discovered a very great secret embedded very deeply in A Song of Ice and Fire. I'm amazed it's taken this long for someone to find this. Yes, it's true. Tyrion had second breakfast. Which means he is, in fact, a hobbit. Tywin was right to suspect the origins of his very small son...
  3. Yeah, that particular piece at the end from Dan Romer is fantastic. It's called "Doctor Eleven": That episode also features one of the show's two great uses of A Tribe Called Quest. "Excursions" from The Low End Theory is great. Also, did you watch all the way through the credits on that episode? There's a final line that comes right at the very end: ETA: Oh, so cool. Googled a bit to see what Romer said about "Doctor Eleven", and he revealed that the series showrunner Patrick Somerville was the person playing the banjo for the piece.
  4. Benioff, not Weiss. The 25th Hour, which Benioff adapted from his own novel, is an amazing film and one of the best American films of its decade, IMO. HIs Troy has people who love it and people who hate it. He adapted The Kite Runner as well, with generally positive reviews. Benioff again, but notoriously it was heavily rewritten by others. One of his drafts made it out there on the Internet and CBR reviewed it, noting some problems but generally feeling that as written it was substantially better than what was put on screen.
  5. Renly outnumbered Stannis more than 3 to 1, and it was Randyll Tarly who advised him to fight in the first place. There was no question he was going to win the battle, it was merely a matter of not throwing away more lives than he had to, and he chose to not care about it. Not dissimilar to Loras's choice to storm Dragonstone's citadel directly because he wanted to be done quickly, and from a similar impulse.
  6. Right. That's a pretty low standard of effectiveness to have, though, especially when compared to the greater challenge of ruling an entire realm. It's not that Jaehaerys thinks a woman can't rule -- again, he would have abided by Rhaenys if the Great Council had chosen her -- but rather that the reality is that a woman will find it a greater challenge to rule in Westeros simply because of the culture and given two basically equal candidates, separated only by sex, it would be prudent to go with the male over the female. These would not be the last to challenge the Targaryens. Five years earlier, the Triarchy had formed, swept clean the Stepstones... which was good... but then began to cause sufficient trouble that, just five years after the Great Council, the Iron Throne sponsored an effort to throw them out and take over the Stepstones through a proxy. Her father refused to have her join him because of her pregnancy. Westeros is a place where women go into confinement at a certain point in their pregnancy, in general. Their opinions are not our own. You have to look at it from the cultural side. Jaehaerys, once again, would have abided by the decision if the Great Council chose Rhaenys. But Rhaenys wasn't even a serious candidate, because Westerosi society is patriarchal and women are not trusted to be able to stand up and rule effectively. Instead, Rhaenys's 7-year-old son was seen as a better candidate precisely because he was male. The society is sexist. Jaehaerys doubtless knew that by throwing it to the Great Council, a male heir -- either Laenor or Viserys -- would have been found, bypassing Rhaenys again. I would speculate he thought this acceptable because his first and greatest concern was to the stability of the realm, and it was manifestly true that most lords would feel a lot more comfortable with a ruling king than a ruling queen. The Dance was Viserys's fault for failing to properly back-up Rhaenyra as his chosen successor, by the by. I don't lay the blame at Jaehaerys's feet. If he had reconfirmed her as his heir after Aegon's birth, forced Alicent and Otto and all the rest to publicly swear their acknowledgment of her as heir, etc., nearer to the time of his death, things might well have gone differently. But he preferred to pretend that things were fine so as not to rock the boat with his wife and her kin, and that's where we ended up.
  7. Rhaenys was 18 and pregnant, and the realm had just lost its heir to an attack by enemies. Choosing a grown man who could be expected to command forces seemed at the time more important at that moment. The fact that he even had the Great Council suggests he recognized that the situation had changed by the time a new choosing was needed, but now had set up a situation where the children of both of his heirs had a claim, and decided best to take it to the Great Council. Had the Great Council chosen Rhaenys, Jaehaerys would surely have abided by it. What's "effective", by your definition? They didn't fall into ruins or get taken over by bandits? I guess, but otherwise I think we don't really see that Rhaena's either an exceptional or an unexceptional ruling lady, any more so than any other random lord or lady is.
  8. To be fair, the entire thing was presented only half seriously. Like, he's a FromSoft fanboy and really wants to work with them, so sure, he wishes he had the opportunity. OTOH, assuming he's aware of the fact that Miyazaki is a huge fan of GRRM's from well before ASoIaF, then he knows he wasn't in the running anyways, it was Miyazaki's opportunity to work with someone whose work he really admired (who also happened to be a hugely known name in and out the genre thanks to the creation of GoT).
  9. Though I only ever watched an episode or two, recognized him as Veronica's dad in Veronica Mars.
  10. It seems he ended up getting amnesia due to trauma or a stroke, and foreign language syndrome led to his losing his Italian accent. It was funny when I realized he was the same guy.
  11. Finished Station Eleven, hard to stop watching it for both of us. Really very good, beautifully filmed and performed. I do think the first half was stronger than the second half, in some respects, but all in all well worth the time to watch. I've seen from reviews and commentary that the book and the TV show do differ quite a lot on details both minor and major, and some of the critiques seem sensible to me. But even if it is an inferior adaptation, it's still good television, which isn't something one can always say for inferior adaptations.
  12. He seemed like a sweet guy, and seemed to be everywhere in the 80s. Always liked this scene of his from Coming to America:
  13. The Leftovers (by Damon Lindelof!) also had a fantastic ending. I really don't see why SF/F shows are somehow supposed to be immune to having good endings, any more than shows of any other genre.
  14. Babylon 5 as well. A beautiful denoument in the final episodes, and the last was just perfect.
  15. But it's the network executives who mandate this -- they want cash cows to keep running. So blaming writers for it seems odd, and putting the hypothetical network executive as the potential "hero" rather than the actual "villain" is odder still. The reality is that it's only relatively recently that we're seeing shows where writers come and say they want to do X seasons and done, and streamers and networks are behind it. (With the rare past exception, of course.) At least in the US. In the UK, things have been different, one season series -- limited series -- seem to have been a lot more common for longer.
  16. "Actual good movies", I'm not sure why this one isn't one. But it's not a great movie, in my mind.
  17. That’s aggressive. Almost every great TV series you can think of was not created with a set and definite ending in mind.
  18. Is the film really over-praised? I think not. Metacritic has it at 67, which I think may be a touch low but perfectly defensible. I know some have suggested it’s the best thing Scott has done since Alien and Bladerunner, and de gustibus, etc., but I think in the critical landscape very few would go that far. I wouldn’t. It should have done better box office, I think we can all agree, though.
  19. Wesley dead, Gun dying, and their going out in a blaze of heroic glory - which they probably won’t survive, but you never know — worked really well for me as a finale. I read the comic and it is fine, but it in no way matches the high points of the final season and its finale, and to some degree getting to see the “And then this happened” thing sort of devalues the message of the finale. Angel’s final season is stronger than Buffy’s, IMO. A lot more memorable to me.
  20. From David Fury, the source of that information: As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And it worked in the sense that the early cancellation gave them time to both wrap up the show really well, and made sure people weren't turning down offers for new work on the expectation there'd be another season. It's also in hindsight that it looks like a bad move, and no one really knows whether WB would actually have gone a late renewal -- just speculation. Honestly, I find it hard to envision a season 6 for Angel. It ended really well, I've always thought.
  21. Meat Loaf has passed away, at the age of 74. A unique, larger-than-life character for many years, his Bat Out of Hell (songs written by his foundational collaborator Jim Steinman, who passed away in April) is one of the biggest albums in history. He made some memorable contributions to film -- an appearance in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, his role in Fight Club -- but it's really music where he made his mark. Of course, larger-in-life in music tends to also mean living excessively, and he did that, on an almost operatic scale -- singing until he collapsed and needed oxygen, drugs, sex, all of it. There was a period where he lost his voice for months, which was described as an entirely psychosomatic response to the stress he was putting himself under.
  22. Linda and I started Station Eleven, and were compelled to push on through the third episode. It is really very, very good, and very intriguing. Danielle Deadwyler's performance in the third episode is particularly terrific.
  23. It only released on Disney+ here in Sweden a day or two ago. 20th Century Studios is a subsidiary of Disney, but in 2012 20th Century signed an exclusive deal with HBO to get first crack at domestic cable airing of their films that is still operational through 2022. Hence, Disney+ has it everywhere else, but HBO will get it and other 20th Century Studios films through the next year. ETA: Broadly right, but they adjusted the deal for 2022 so that there's some co-streaming as well for some films -- apparently both HBO Max and Disney+ started streaming Free Guy at the same time in the US?
  24. And having the fealty of every lord in Westeros, and of all the dragonriders. If one or two of them want to try and rebel, there are many more that will side with the king because they see he has the might of Westeros behind them that they do not, and they will lose. If they want to go and take off and carve out a kingdom elsewhere... well, we saw that with Daemon, and suffice it to say a dragon is not the key all on its own to vast power and kingdoms, and those who say otherwise are just not paying attention. Years of effort won him a few rocks, for awhile, and that palled against life at court and in the Seven Kingdoms and he gave it up.
  25. Also watched The Last Duel. I wish the exteriors weren't all so desaturated and grey in color, even in scenes not set in winter, but the interior photography was gorgeous in its use of natural lighting predominantly. Terrific scenery with some actual castles and a beautifully preserved French medieval village, too. The battle scenes were brutal. Costuming and hairstyling and armoring was all ... so-so in terms of authenticity, to be honest; I saw sallets a few decades before they existed, clothing styles decades out of fashion, and some distinct modernity in hairstyling (especially Marguerite, more on her later). So, a bit of fantasy in that, but I believe Ridley Scott has admitted he did no particular research on the period and didn't require it of the production, so it's a marvel that it's come out looking at least somewhat appropriate for the most part. Strong performances across the board, although admittedly it feels like they tweaked Affleck's character to have a rather more modern vocabulary and affect whereas Driver and Damon seemed more grounded in the sense of characters from the period. Comer is, of course, amazing. However, modernity strikes her character as well, and in a more central way to the plot and themes -- from the visual aspect of her hairstyling (made to make her stand out from all her peer women in the film) to her clothing (the cleavage-baring gown was decidedly ahistorical) to the decision to make her a highly educated polyglot who has to take the reins of estate management and readily outdoes her brutish husband (really gilding the lily here). That said, I think the point the bothered me most had to do with the way Marguerite's understanding on what they are embarking on is depicted: Anyways, good film, a mature drama that deserved better box office than it got. Random trivia: Carrouges and the the Sire de Coucy, the focal figure of Tuchman's A Distant Mirror, both met their fates thanks to the Battle of Nicopolis -- Carrouges almost certainly killed on the field, Coucy of the plague while held imprisoned after being captured. And before that, Carrouges was almost certainly present as one of the bodyguards to King Charles VI when he went mad, attacked his brother and several others, and then chased his brother on horseback until the bodyguards were able to catch and restrain him. A very eventful life, Carrouges'.
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