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I … I marathoned it all tonight.

My roommate and I were gonna watch like, a few episodes while eating my birthday cake, and call it a night. We’re both very tired, me especially.

And we just … kept going. We couldn’t stop. Around the 4th episode we decided we’d just keep going until we finished.

It’s SO GOOD.

Also like, pretty scary? I’m not good with horror sometimes and this had me hiding behind a pillow and peeking through my fingers. Hell I even screamed really loudly a few times!

The music. The lighting. The ACTORS. The direction. The writing.

Also, D&D. Gotta love seeing that on tv and done well.

I cried. I laughed. I screamed. I panicked. I cheered.

I was having a not so good time today, feeling pretty down this week. This marathon was JUST what I needed.
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 I’m rewatching the first season with my roommate, as it’s been a while since Season 1 and we wanna watch Season 2 with all the characters fresh in our minds, and we haven’t been watching much tv together lately. Though the show has problems, it does a lot of great stuff too. We keep pausing to geek out over the cinematography, being former film students. We also keep pausing to talk about the really great character scenes and discuss how well crafted many of the interactions are. And pausing to go “auuuugh he’s so awful!” mostly about the Cricket Minister, because fuck that guy.

I keep screaming “stop being so attractive you motherfucker!” at Mahesh Jadu’s character, since this being a rewatch I know he plans to betray the Khan and he’s actually super evil. He’s also the most attractive man on the show and this causes me great anguish. My roommate, a heterosexual man, finds this amusing. 

Hard to say who our favorites are. I lean more towards Mei Lin and Chabi than I think my roommate does. But like, the whole cast is pretty great. My roommate and I both swoon over Khutulun. I wish we had more from the Dowager Empress. I know the cast is huge and the scope is vast, but I wanted more from her. 

I keep arguing with my roommate about whether the sex scenes are gratuitous or not. Overall, most of them are rather restrained, compared to most cable shows. You often don’t see people entirely naked, they’re covered with sheets or shadows or their partner’s body. But then they throw in like, all the concubines flailing around and I just roll my eyes. 

The portrayal of disability in this show is something that troubles me a lot. Hundred Eyes beating Marco up every episode is fun to watch, but the “blind badass” is such an overused and tired cliche, and his abilities verge on magical and ridiculous at times. 

Marco’s presence is annoying most of the time. I do find his journey from unwilling captive/guest to loyal subject fascinating though. At the start of the show he’s trying to run away, at the end, he’s willing to lay down his life for the Khan. As annoying as his presence can be, I am interested in his character’s journey. 

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So, about two weeks ago, I didn’t watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones. I was in LA, sleeping on a friend’s air mattress, trying to find a place to live. I watched some other tv, wrote some fanfics, and worried and stressed about apartments and paperwork. I read books on the plane. And I thought “I can catch up on this episode later.”

Then this past Sunday there was certainly no time. I was graduating college Monday, there was a ton to prepare, things to pack, people to meet and greet. So I didn’t watch that night.

And then Monday morning I heard people angrily talking about the episode. About Sansa getting raped. And I just thought “... no.”

And I’ve read the articles and seen people on my friends list on Facebook discussing it, and it’s just been ... vile. A man I considered a friend turned out to be a pretty disgusting human being, spewed ignorance, and then shut down a discussion thread and blocked me and some other women from his facebook page. Because we were outraged over the sexual violence on Game of Thrones.

Sansa is one of my favorite characters, but even if she weren’t I’d still be angry about this. I am sick of this. I am sick of women on the show being treated like objects there for shock-value, to be used and abused for entertainment. I’m particularly disturbed that this time it’s an actress who was so recently a minor, and that as soon as she turned 18 they decided to throw her into a scene like that. Are they looking at Maisie Williams with that excited, anticipatory eye now? Kerry Ingram? Are they counting the days until they can strip these girls onscreen?

Even if Sansa turns into a 1970s-style exploitation heroine and kills all the Boltons with her bare hands it won’t be enough. There’s going to be more rape first, because on this show, there’s always time for rape.
There’s no time for Arianne Martell and her plotline, but there’s time for rape.
There’s no time for Jaime’s trip through the Riverlands, but there’s time for rape.
There’s no time for Melisandre to be anything but a cartoonish “evil sexy lady in red” stereotype who cackles about Davos’ sons dying and strips at the drop of a hat, but there’s time for rape.
There’s no time for Wildling culture and history and Val, but there’s time for rape.
There’s no time for Lady Stoneheart and her plot, but there’s time for rape.

Sansa is going to be raped again. Many female characters on the show will be brutalized, tortured, stripped, for an anticipated leering male audience. It sickens me to think what they’ll do for Cersei’s Walk of Shame but I bet the camera will be about three inches from Lena Headey’s boobs the entire time.

I do not want to watch that. I do not need to watch that.

And so, I will not watch that.

I might watch the Team Dragonstone scenes as clips, but even that makes me worried because the plot and Sansa’s are gonna intersect, I just know it. And I’m worried the show is gonna burn Shireen or something equally nasty to her. So I don’t know if I can even manage to watch my favorite characters.

I still count myself as a fan of the books. They have their problems, particularly their racist moments, but I am willing to take the books, and the book fandom, over the show and the show fandom. I have found people willing to discuss the problems in the books, and share fanfics with, and squee about characters with, and I hate that it took the HBO show to get me into the books. That’s not the sort of person I usually am, usually I start with the books and THEN go to the show or movie. I hate that HBO robbed me of forming my own images of some of the characters and situations.

To those still watching the show, I wish you well. But I cannot watch anymore.

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WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF

I keep repeating that to myself.

I have yet to make sense of this mess.

Except for a few good scenes and some scattered dialogue this episode was a trainwreck.

In some cases, I am angry. In some cases, I lack the energy to be angry anymore and I’m just sad and disappointed. Why am I even surprised anymore when they take my favs and turn them into porno cliches or “angry WoC” stereotypes? Why am I even surprised anymore when they beat naked prostitutes? Why am I even surprised anymore when they kill off characters for shock value in lieu of actually compelling writing?

This might very well be the season that makes me quit the show. Last season nearly did it, I don’t know why I stayed. I must have stayed for a reason. There had to be a reason I decided to keep pushing myself through this. There has to be a reason for me to keep watching.

Someone, please, help me remember.

Below are my thoughts typed as I watched:

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SPOILERS for all the books and all the show episodes up to this one.

Really good scene transitions in this episode. And great conversations. And character development.

I mean I love the Boltons but all I’m feeling is FEAR about what they’re gonna do now that the plotlines have gone off the rails. I don’t know where we are. I don’t know who’s safe. And not in a good “ooo, can’t wait for next week!” kind of a way. In a “should I even still be watching this show?” kind of a way.

The “previously on” section is full of weird stuff, like reminding us about way back when Renly was killed and also when Jorah was banished. Oh dear.

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So this episode was mostly setting up stuff for later. Not a lot happened here, just a lot of people moving from point A to point B or setting things in motion that will pay off much later. Establishing some new locations and new stuff, again, for later.

Two things I’ve decided:

1) Shireen Baratheon is a precious cinnamon roll, too good for this world, too pure.

2) I wanna start yelling “SOMONE PLEASE HELP SANSA STARK” ala the rallying cry in the NBC Hannibal fandom for Will Graham between seasons 1 and 2.

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On tumblr because why not.

SPOILERS for every season, this episode especially, and some references toA Dance with Dragons. Things will be getting convoluted as the show diverts and keeps up with the books, so basically, if you haven’t read it all and seen it all, don’t read my recaps/ramblings because here there be SPOILERS.

Comments written while watching the episode. Stream of consciousness. I have a complicated relationship with the show so some of this is me complaining, snarking, rambling in a TWoP way, and squeeing over my favs. This is not an in-depth analysis. These are my first impressions:

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 Why are they all speaking English in the future? Are they actually all speaking Esperanto in the future due to different space stations merging? Shouldn’t they be speaking a mixture of English, Russian, and Mandarin? What will the ground dwellers speak? Will they speak a more evolved form of language, whereas the spaceship people will speak a more archaic version, having been isolated for so long and watched the same tv shows over and over again for a hundred years?
Don’t mind me, I’m just sad we’re not getting more future slang. D:


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I was warned.

*sighs heavily*

Now this episode did a lot of good things. I’m a sucker for flashbacks. Character development was all over the place and very satisfying. There were even some twists and surprises I didn’t see coming, which is always a nice treat for someone like me who’s starting to be surprised less and less with story conventions.

But … yeah, I’m mad. This show just annoyed me in a big way and I’m continuing now out of obligation to my classmates, as this is an assignment. I’d probably stop now if I were just watching for myself.

So, let’s get to it.


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 You know what I’m just gonna replace the opening theme with the theme for Siberia because I’m getting a LOT of overlap between the two shows and anyways it’s a great theme.

Seriously, I mean, just hang a second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ41hEUPYr0

Better yet, take a few days and just watch that show.

Am I wrong? Giant spear, weird-toed footprints, dumbasses wandering around in the woods … maybe I’m just watching too much tv for my classes and my brain is starting to see connections where none exist.


spoilers for the episode )
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Clunky exposition voice-over narration

Important Martyred Inspirational Father Cliche

Teenagers being dramatic.

This is dumb.

I LOVE IT.

*smashes glass* ANOTHER!



spoilers for the pilot below )
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Tried to recover my thoughts on four episodes after computer error. Skimmed the episodes over again and recovered I think about 80% of what I had typed up.




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For some reason Netflix had these out of order so I watched A Man Alone first and Past Prologue second because I trusted Netflix.

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Watch it.

Watch it now.

Unless you have suicide triggers because there is frank discussion of that.

And intense discrimination/racism/homophobia/violent rhetoric material that could also be triggering.

I am now crying, a lot. Because this show. Just punched me in the gut and now I'm sobbing all over my sleeves but it's GOOD because YES and oh my GODS.

This is gonna be on my list of favorite shows. Definately in my top 10, possibly in my top 5, maybe even my top 3.

For those of you who know me, you know that I watch a LOT of tv. I go to a film school, I study this and this is gonna be my future career hopefully. And I just plain consume a lot of media.

So when I declare something "one of my favorites" I'm drawing from a large sample size, and I am not throwing that term around lightly.

I just ... wow.

It was exactly as good as people had told me it would be. It was better than I could have hoped for.

I'm gonna wait a bit to start in on Season 2.

There had better be a Season 3.
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Too late to put it on my summer list (which I will be posting soon, btw) but I did finally get the chance to watch it today. Saw a couple episodes.

I'm hooked. It's not the best, but it's promising, and avoids a lot of the pitfalls that, say, Revolution fell into. Not happy about the abundance of white men, but that could change in the future. The writing is pretty solid, for the most part. The effects are EXCELLENT for a tv show. There is a disappointing lack of swords but again, that could change in the future.

Here's my thoughts on the two-part pilot, as I watched. Here are some non-spoilery excerpts if you don't wanna read my long ramble:

When does Doug Jones show up?

Please tell me Arnold was at the front, yelling "WILL IT CRUSH?!" as he ran over aliens and squished them in his tank.

After the world ends, and society rebuilds itself, the most unlikely leaders shall step forward … white American men!

Have all the condoms expired by now? NOBODY HAVE SEX! NOBODY! NO SEX!

Is it wrong that I kinda want a show about Shaggy-Haired Racist Man?

Spoilers! )

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WHAT THE FUCK KIND OF AN ENDING IS THAT!??!?!?!? WHAT THE FUCK!??!?!?!?!?!??!?

IS THERE MORE?!?!??!??! WHERE??!?!?!?!?!??! AM I BEING TAUNTED BY A BEHAVIOR BOX!??!?!?!?!?!??! I WILL STRAIGHT-UP MURDER SOMEONE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALSO WTF IF YOU WANTED GOOD RATINGS DON’T AIR IT DURING THE SUMMER DUMBASSES. AND DON’T END IT ON A CLIFFHANGER LIKE THAT WTF WTF WTF WTF

I AM SO ANGRY

THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD. SO RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. BETTER THAN IT HAS ANY RIGHT TO BE, WITH THE PREMISE AND ALL. AND IT WORKS. IT’S SCARY. IT’S WELL-WRITTEN. IT’S REALY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD. AND CLEVER. AND COOL. AND IT MADE ME CRY. A LOT. AND FEEL EMOTIONAL ABOUT A BLUE ROCK. AND GET INVESTED IN THEIR LIVES AND STRUGGLES AND BICKERING AND NOOOOOOO DON’T DIE NOBODY DIE I WANT YOU ALL TO LIVE EXCEPT MAYBE THE ASSHOLES BUT NO I WANT THEM TO LIVE TOO NOBODY DESERVES TO DIE LIKE THAT.

AND I THOUGHT IT’D BE A WEIRD MINISERIES BUT NO, NO IT WAS TRYING TO BE A BIG SHOW. IN THE SUMMER. WHYYYYYYYYYYYY.

WHAT ATROCIOUS MARKETING I NEVER HEARD ABOUT THIS SHOW, EVERYONE I TALK TO HAS NEVER HEARD OF IT. THIS SHOW IS RIGHT UP PEOPLE’S ALLEY. IT COULD HAVE HAD A MASSIVE AUDIENCE. WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE MARKETING THEY DID A SHIT JOB. ALL THOSE HANNIBAL FANS LAST SUMMER MADE WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE EXPLODE WITH POPULARITY, WHY DIDN’T THEY GRAVITATE TO THIS, NBC YOU COULD HAVE MADE THIS WORK.

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