( Of Grimms, Blutbaden and Fuchsbaus )
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On Sunday the first season of Game of Thrones will finish its ten episode run and, even though I have not seen the finale yet, I have to say that it is easily one of the best first seasons I have ever seen. I admit, when I started the show I never expected to be drawn in by it so quickly and completely. Normally, I favour shows that have a concise narrative focus and a small main cast of maybe 2-3 characters that I can delve into. Case in point – Supernatural. Game of Thrones, however, not only has an epic scope, but also juggles at least fifteen to twenty main characters (plus several side characters) and half a dozen storylines. I have never been invested in a show with this kind of broad format before because, usually, a show with this many plotlines and characters inevitably suffers from two problems that I find off-putting. ( read more ... )
You know, I do watch shows other than Supernatural - way too many of them, actually - and Game of Thrones is one of them. I fell fast and hard for the show - basically within the span of the opening teaser - and it has such a gorgeous cinematography, I really wanted to make some icons. In the end I made more character icons than landscape ones though. I didn't find a source for screencaps yet, so I had to make due with the few images I was able to find on the internet. Anyway, if you're not watching this show, I can highly recommend it. It's a fascinating story about political machinations and intrigue in a medieval-like world with interesting fantasy elements thrown in for good measure. The acting is outstanding, the world building is careful and intricate and the characters have depth right from the start. The show really takes its time to highlight the characters and the world they live in, and I appreciate the slow pacing. So far I didn't really find a single thing to complain about the show. It's the highlight of my Mondays! ♥
So, every year during the summer hiatus I am playing with the thought to do a complete X-Files marathon, not only because it’s one of my past TV loves, but also because the Supernatural crew gathered some well known X-Files alumni, like Manners, Shiban or Nutter. But let’s face it, 9 seasons are A LOT to work through and who ever does that? This year though, I took the bull by the horns and sat down with the show. I figured it was the closest to watching Supernatural without actually watching Supernatural as it can get, at least when it comes to themes and atmosphere. And boy, I didn’t even know the half of it! I nearly forgot how much I loved the show, and I also loved how much I forgot about the show, so it was like watching it for the first time all over again.
Anyway, I felt compelled to write up some thoughts about the show and about the differences/similarities between SN and XF. Nothing in depth, just some random observations. :)
( Dear diary, today my heart lept when Agent Scully suggested spontaneous human combustion! )
I just watched the Pilot of the new show Pushing Daisies and I have to say that I found myself utterly enchanted. My first impulse to watch the show came from its lead actor Lee Pace, with whom I fell in love when he played Jaye’s neurotic older brother Aaron in Wonderfalls. He brought such a wonderful quirkiness to that character that he left a lingering impression on me ever since, so I was thrilled to see him on his own show as a lead character. ♥
( Pie-time! )
So, since Reaper made some waves in the SN community beforehand, I gave the Pilot a try. I mostly watched it because I liked the premise but possibly more so because I was curious for various reasons: a) the Reaper producers deliberately tried to mock SN when they first went public, which didn't sit well with me for obvious reasons b) the CW advertised the hell out of the show, while they tend to neglect SN constantly in that regard and c) I am a huge Kevin Smith fan and wanted to see what he made out of the theme.
( Wow, you're a real pessimist! )