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  1. AlpenglowMemories

    Amazon and WB discussing new LORD OF THE RINGS TV series

    With most of this stuff told in summary. it's going be a very, very fan-fic'd show to make it work at all. And the quality of writing will... depend on a lot of factors. I'm honestly not sure why they didn't just redo Lord of the Rings (The Old Forest! Fatty! Scouring! Ghan-buri Ghan!) other than they want to piggyback on Jackson's Middle-Earth rather than Tolkien's. As it stands, this kinda reminds me of Tolkien abandoning the New Shadow because it lacked the grandeur of what came before...
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    Amazon and WB discussing new LORD OF THE RINGS TV series

    I wonder if the Adventures of Aragorn and Legolas might be a thing now.
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    Trailer Thread IV

    No... that does not look good to me.
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    Tolkien 2.0

    I just randomly stumbled upon a German pop singer whose songs are about Tolkien's work:
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    Tolkien 2.0

    Interesting implication that Goldberry's mother loves her not. Tom being manipulative or something tragic about Goldberry's history, or both? I suppose, also being a folk song, there's no real way to know what happened between the meeting and the wedding, and how they communicated.
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    Tolkien 2.0

    It's actually kinda amusing in the film version that the Deepning Wall offers no protection for its archers. In the book, its walls are so high that only men of great height can peer over, and there are slits to shoot arrows from. I never really got the beginning of the film version. The Uruks line up, in range, and begin what I assume is their version of the Hakka. And the Rohirrim just stand there, politely waiting for them to finish. Except the one old man who looses his arrow too soon, which enrages the Uruks.Even Aragorn chides him to hold. I mean, if he hadn't released the arrow would they turn around and go home? In the book the Uruks approach the structure sending volleys of arrows at the Walls, then when the castle seems.... dead, they begin chanting and thrashing, at this point the defenders unleash their own volley and the battle begins. I've also always missed the part where Aragorn stands above the gates and speaks with the Uruks.
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    Tolkien 2.0

    It's also an abbreviated Scouring: Wormtongue cuts Saruman's throat, Legolas shoots Grima with an arrow, and then Saruman... tumbles off the tower and is impaled on a spikey mechanical wheel that begins to turn and drags him underwater. Then Treebeard makes a pun. Jackson's inability to keep his horror-comedy tendencies out of Rings grates. One thing about the films, and Denethor, is that it feels like Jackson can only conceptualize increasing one character's agency by diminishing the other. Similar things happen with the ents: Merry and Pippin are pushing for action whilst the ents become fools who don't know the forest they live in and watch over is being destroyed. Jackson wants Pippin to do more in King, so he has him light the beacons, which leads to a lunatic Denethor that undermines his own city by... doing nothing and actively being against any form of defense. Book Denethor is a figure that can be against our heroes, but also is worthy of respecting and shows capability and intellect. Film Denethor shouts a lot. And eats tomatoes messily... while Faramir attempts an absurd plan to retake Osgiliath (take about 100 men and ride towards the place in broad daylight!).
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    Amazon and WB discussing new LORD OF THE RINGS TV series

    In Unexpected Journey I liked most of the party scene and the Riddles Game. I actually liked Freeman as Bilbo, at least as a casting choice, but felt Bilbo's character was underserved by the films. Desolation... I really struggle to remember anything positive about it. Battle... I liked some of the build-up scenes and the end scene where Bilbo returns home was good. I remember watching them and feeling like Richard Armitage would have made a good Aragorn, to be honest.
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    Amazon and WB discussing new LORD OF THE RINGS TV series

    Jackson's potential involvement makes me less interested. I think people try too hard to absolve him of The Hobbit's flaws - they share many with his Rings trilogy - but even then, his last non-Middle-Earth film was 2009's The Lovely Bones. Which was genuinely awful. I also don't think his Rings films were all that great, mildly entertaining, but neither great films or adaptations of the book. So eh, I guess if he comes aboard I'll know what to expect: shallow themes, overwrought attempts at pathos and the focus primarily on extended action scenes and empty spectacle. It's not really what Tolkien is to me but it's what his work has become. And people seem happy with that, so good for them, I suppose.
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    Unfortunately, I think he might make it right to the very last episode of the show. The writers clearly have so much fun writing "witty" dialogue about cocks for him.
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    Maisie Williams acting in that speech about Ned was really bad. The whole conflict between her and Sansa is absurd, the show is just dragging its heels to dispose of Littlefinger in the finale episode. The wight hunt is beyond stupid. The dialogue between Tormund and the Hound was horrendous. I don't know why they're even doing this. Gendry runs to Eastwatch....ugh...sends a raven...Dany gets it and flies there... all in one night. Just... ugh. I can't buy a lake stopping the wights. They can't drown. And the Others can't just re-freeze it? None of those people should be alive after a night in that environment; at the very least, they shouldn't have the energy to fight. And why couldn't they raise Thoros when he died during the night? He could have freed the other wight, and attacked them.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 706?

    4/10 I'll say this: it's was better presented most of the other actiony stuff this season. But it was really, really dumb. Like, so dumb. Am I supposed to seriously buy that wights can be stopped by some cold water? And even then, can't the White Walkers just freeze the lake? When did fire stop being the only way to kill wights? Jon not getting on Drogon felt very, very contrived - pointlessly so, considering he's back safe and sound at the end of the episode. Gendry ran to Eastwatch....what? Benjen swooped in out of nowhere, and I'm still not sure why they made him Coldhands: does his magic still work even if all the Children dead? Arya and Sansa? Another false conflict to extend Littlefinger's existence out just a tiny, tiny bit longer. And chains? The Others have giant chains now? Why? In case a dragon fell into a lake?
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    I skimmed this episode and thought some of the dialogue, such as between Jaime and Bronn or Davos and Gendry, felt like it was from a sit-com. It's like they're writing to create internet memes now. I also found it funny when Bran said to "send ravens" after he seemed to fly them all hundreds of miles away, which also begs the question why is he only now mentioning the Others are on the move? Sansa/Arya seemed like contrived drama that'll quickly resolve itself with Littlefinger's death in the next episode or the finale one. For me, just kill: Cersei, Bronn, OldTown, Sam, Gilly, Gendry, Jorah, Yara, Euron, Varys, Littlefinger, Brienne etc as they're all poorly written wastes of time at this point. The wight hunt reeks of the uncreative B&W aggressively thumbing through AGOT and noticing Aliser Thorne was sent to prove the existence of the magical threat with a wight hand, and basically redoing that with a whole wight and a penultimate action scene. I don't understand why anyone is even skeptical of the white walker threat, there's a Targ Queen with three giant dragons in Westeros now, are white walkers really so much harder to believe in?
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    One of the most tedious elements is when they have characters sit on information for a long time so they can place it in the last episode or penultimate episode for maximum "dramatic" effect. Like Davos not asking about Shireen for how long in season six. They likely want a big "oh wow" moment in E6 to get rid of Littlefinger, so nobody's going to pay him any mind until then.
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Exposition hour. And much of it dull. I can't take Qyburn's dragon-slaying invention seriously. None of the meet-ups between long distant characters mean anything in the show. I'm really tired with the Tyrion shilling the writers have been doing since about S3. Littlefinger is still stupid. I don't understand why Randyll is okay with Cersei blowing up the sept,or why anyone is okay with it, really. The Nymeria scene means nothing in the context of the show. I guess seeing Hot Pie again was nice. Do they really think "the wars to come" is that great a line? And how many times did they trot out "of the ashes"? Indifferent fight scene. Underwhelmingly shot/edited, and I don't care about any of those lame characters aboard that ship.
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