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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 8: Pride and the Viper

Posted by Billy Gil, June 2, 2014 09:40am | Post a Comment

Warning: There Will Be Spoilers.

Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” contained yet another major character’s death, which has especially been a trademark of this season of the show.

After Oberyn Martell aka The Viper revealed a long-held vendetta against The Mountain and all of the Lannisters for the rape and murder of his sister and her children, the cards seemed to be stacked against the ginormous Mountain. After all, what could a mountain of a man do against a deadly warrior with years of built up resentment do?

A lot, it turns out. The battle between The Viper and The Mountain was the most exciting fight sequence yet on “Game of Thrones,” pitting The Viper’s acrobatic skills against The Mountain’s brute strength, with many of the show’s major characters looking on, awaiting Tyrion Lannister’s fate via trial by battle. And The Viper did get the upper hand, mortally wounding The Mountain several times.

But true to its mythical, nearly Biblical allusions—“The Viper and The Mountain” sounds at least like a fable if not something out of the Old Testament—pride was the ultimate winner of this fight. Drunk and blinded by hatred, The Viper resisted finishing off The Mountain until he said Elia Martell’s name, the woman he raped and murdered. The Mountain finally obliged—while bludgeoning The Viper’s face until his brains exploded out of his skull, before dying himself. Not only was this the most exciting fight ever in GoT, it was also the most bloody disgusting.

Though the pure scale and excitement of GoT’s multicharacter storytelling alone make it watchable, the character arcs George R. R. Martin has provided as framework in his books are what make it thoroughly compelling. Though a few characters early on seemed offed prematurely (Renly Baratheon comes to mind), most of the characters had satisfying, complete arcs that opened the way to give other characters more breathing room. If killing off seemingly archetypal heroes and villains like Ned and Rob Stark and Joffrey Baratheon seemed to knock the series loose at the time, it would seem Martin is saying archetypal “heroes” and “villains” aren’t as interesting as the characters in between, like Tyrion, Jaime and Cersei Lannister.

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Breaking Bad Maintained Course and Didn't Get Lost

Posted by Charles Reece, September 30, 2013 08:34am | Post a Comment

I found every final showdown Walt had, including with himself, to be emotionally satisfying, maintaining a consistency in characterization to the very end. I'm sure some will say it was all too pat and wrapped up, but the show was never big on narrative realism (it was, however, great at the psychological variety). Besides, the opposite criticism was made of The Sopranos, so there's no way Vince Gilligan and team could satisfy everyone. Also, was the final shot a big raspberry blown at the most notoriously disappointing finale in TV history? To wit:


(In which it's all about Eve.)

Posted by Job O Brother, March 11, 2013 04:04pm | Post a Comment

All the cool kids are doing it.

Proving once and for all that I have my finger on the pulse of what youth today really want, I’m continuing my list of favorites from the so-called Golden Age of Radio. You older, out-of-touch squares can stop reading now and go listen to punk rock or trip-hop or whatever it is seniors are into these days.

Now that the fogeys are out of the (metaphorical) room, read and listen on...

Let’s consider a comedy, namely, Our Miss Brooks.

Premiering in 1948, Our Miss Brooks was an immediate success, garnering awards and a loyal fan base for its lead actress, Eve Arden.

People don’t speak of Eve Arden as much as her talent warrants. She had fantastic comic timing, capable of evoking laugh-out-loud moments with a single, monosyllabic word.

Our Miss Brooks has flimsy, unimaginative plot-lines, and you’ll never listen to it because you “can’t wait to find out what happens next.” The show is great because the cast is great, and Eve Arden delivers punch-lines with such wry deftness, it’s as if Touchstone from As You Like It has been reincarnated as a public high school teacher.

 

Our Miss Brooks was such a success that it was turned into a TV show, starring most of the original cast. I myself have never seen it, not because I don’t want to, but because I promised my grandfather on his deathbed that I would never watch any televised sitcoms that featured a character with the first name “Osgood.”

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"I Like Big Bird" - Happy Birthday, PBS, and Happy Teachers' Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 5, 2012 04:30pm | Post a Comment

INTRODUCTION

Today is the birthday of PBS and also Teachers' Day. For any reader that might not know, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) is a non-profit American public broadcasting television network headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. It was founded on this date (5 October, 1970), 42 years ago, in 1970, after the termination of its predecessor, National Educational Television (NET).

Watch 1969 Senate Hearings on PBS. See more from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Many Americans share fond memories of watching children's programs like Sesame Street (which began on NET) and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (which debuted on CBC). If your parents weren't unhealthily preoccupied with celebrity culture or car chases, you may've suffered as they turned commandeered the TV to watch PBS Newshour with it's in-depth coverage of "hard news."


ROMNEY LOVES BIG BIRD



Well, if you saw most recent presidential "debates" (really a joint press conference paid for by Anheuser-Busch, BBH New York, The Howard G. Buffet Foundation, Sheldon S. Cohen, Esq., EDS, and HP Company, International Bottled Water Association, The Kovler Fund, and YWCA USA - a group whose main goal is to exclude third party voices and therefore actual debate) and managed to stay awake through the 11-year-old level dialog, your ears might pricked up when you heard Romney express his love for Jim Lehrer and Big Bird before expressing his intention of ending the funding that keeps them (and their numerous co-workers) employed (how's that for job creation?). Romney's love (e.g. of dogs, employees, Latinos, &c) is often manifest in mysterious ways. If loving education TV means ending government support, what will happen if Romney declares his love of public education -- an end of funding with everyone getting the best education their parents can afford?

Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard, 
Some do it with a bitter look, 
Some with a flattering word, 
The coward does it with a kiss, 
The brave man with a sword!

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Winter Is Coming...This Spring!

Posted by Kells, January 10, 2012 03:52pm | Post a Comment
As you may already know, "the cold winds are rising" - much like my expectations when it comes to the adaptation of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy series from sequential novels to the HBO-helmed Game of Thrones teleplay. Within a few months I find myself irrevocably hooked on the books, having thus far ruined every plot twist and intriguing turn through the season three finale (A Storm of Swords might just be the very best book in the series) and after having recently seen the first episode of season one, I have to admit that I'm beginning to feel a kinship with those people out there in the great wide nerdiverse that identify as gamers, though the alignment of said familiarity be chaotic neutral at best.

That said, I cannot waaaiiit for the proper DVD release of Game of Thrones season one; I just wanna hold it. That first episode was such satisfying viewing, even given my foreknowledge of what's to come, that I'm saving all my geeky esteem for the March 6 release date so I can dig leisurely into said boxed set, desperately laden with extra features and all. And if details like the three horn blasts that punctuate the season two teaser below don't make everyone of your hairs stand on end, shivering with dreadfully sweet anticipation, then consider your craven gamer ass on notice!

Check out the Game of Thones soundtrack!

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