[TV] Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Seasons

Game of Thrones was one show that I actually wasn’t worried about deviating from the original material because I figured that to achieve the heights it did, everyone involved must have known what they were doing as it wasn’t like George R. R. Martin was writing every scene, but… It appears I couldn’t have been more wrong as the way they dropped the ball with the final season is legendary.

The tense atmosphere is gone, everyone has plot armor, the characters are making dumb decisions that feel nothing like them, the battle strategy is abysmal and all battles are won through magic, and most of the events feel rushed and not set up properly. It simply doesn’t feel like Game of Thrones anymore. It’s still better than what you normally see on TV, but this is Game of Thrones we’re talking about, not goddamn Hercules: The Legendary Journey.

While I thought I didn’t need to pick up the books while I was around season four, I started having doubts through season five and six, until I finally realized I simply had to read them to get a proper conclusion to the story around season seven. At this point, I really can’t help but treat the last two seasons as fan fiction that I give no more credit than alternative fan endings on youtube, which also happen to be infinitely better.

The underwhelming last season doesn’t change all the amazing things that came prior to it, and the first four seasons of Game of Thrones (and arguably five and six too) still remain my favorite TV series. I’ll be looking forward to see how the story actually concludes if George R. R. Martin finishes the damn books.

Seasons based on books:

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Original material:

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Positive:
Negative:
Awesome cinematography
Action scenes use too many jumpcuts in the earlier seasons
Fascinating, gritty medieval fantasy setting
The integrity of the plot falls apart in the original seasons
Immersing, dark atmosphere
Characters act out of character and are dumbed down in the later seasons
Interesting, likable, profound characters
Abysmal battle tactics in the final season
Enthralling plot full of surprising twists
Poorly written ending
Fantastic pacing with something interesting happening every minute
Solid, well thought-out story fueled by medieval politics

 

[TV] Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead

TV

TV

A resurrection of Evil Dead that captures the feel of the original pretty much perfectly. It’s a tragedy and a complete mystery to me why the channel ended up cancelling the show after three seasons as it was only getting better and better.

Positive:
Negative:
Lots of hilarious explicit gore
The story’s utterly simplistic and a bit repetitive
Groovy atmosphere
Incomplete
Interesting, likable characters
Relatively engrossing plot
Genuinely funny

 

[TV] Jewel in the Palace

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A historical Korean TV series focusing on the first female physician in middle age Korea.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting, likable characters
Extremely slow pace
Relatively engaging plot with lots of twists and political machinations
Some of the episodes around the middle feel redundant
Enlightening on Korean history and culture
Jang-Geum is represented as so perfect it makes her kind of boring
Enlightening on traditional Korean food and medicine

[TV] Black Mirror

Black Mirror

TV

Seasons

It’s a bit hit and miss depending on the episode, but Black Mirror is one of the most imaginative, mind-blowing shows I’ve ever seen that should be watched by anyone with even a passing interest in speculative science fiction.

Positive:
Negative:
Full of imaginative sci-fi ideas
A couple of disappointing episodes
Usually an engaging plot
Some of the ideas are not very realistic
Usually full of mind-blowing twists
Thought-provoking on the future of technology

[TV] Rome

 

Rome

TV

A truly well-done show that quite accurately represents the period in Rome’s history between Caesar’s attempt to seize power and Octavian’s ascension to the throne.

The only real gripe I had with it is that the show has few surprises for you if you know your history beforehand.

Positive:
Negative:
High production values
The plot is not that gripping if you know your history
Does a good job at representing ancient Rome
Interesting, likable, profound characters
Engaging, memorable story
Not a single episode wasted on fillers or redundancies

[TV] Justified

Justified

TV

Disclaimer: this impression is based on the first two seasons of the show.

A TV series about an old school marshal fighting crime in Kentucky that despite a few highs here and there is too padded with episodic filler to truly shine.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
Huge amount of episodic filler drowns out the otherwise interesting story
Well-written dialogue
Awkward romance
Set in an exotic location of Kentucky state

[TV] Rick & Morty

Rick & Morty

Rick & Morty

An ingenious comedy cartoon that follows the adventures of a misanthropic drunken scientist and his completely normal (if not particularly bright) grandson.

Positive:
Negative:
Extremely likable, interesting characters
Due to the nature of parodies some episodes can be a bit predictable
Extremely well-written dialogue
Episodic
Never runs out of wacky ideas to entertain you with
One of the funniest shows out there