GOT, Season 2 Apr 16, 2012 11:48:19 GMT -5
Post by SFHoya99 on Apr 16, 2012 11:48:19 GMT -5
Thought the episode last night was phenomenal; almost perfect. Shae just grates on me though.
Things I loved:
Things I loved:
- It was directed by Alik Sahkarov, who is a veteran HBO cinematographer -- having done a lot of Sopranos and a couple of GOT episodes. But he had full reign here and killed it with the shots. From the smoothly transitioned shots of Tyrion laying his trap to the Iron Islands scenes -- all three -- the awesome show of Balon as Theon screamed at him; Theon's burning of the letter and betrayal of Robb; and his baptism -- just high level movie quality shots. Only shots I thought lacked a bit was the action sequence at the end, but that can be a function of budget.
- The Iron Islands: I love how the show is drawing out quickly the motivations that were either clear or implied in the books. Theon's sense of abandonment and desperation to belong, of course (as well as his sense of entitlement) as well as Balon's implied feeling of failure when he looks at Theon.
- The Renly plotline was just as good. Brienne is awesome -- there's no concern about her action sequences are there? And aside from being devastatingly hot, I love the politically savvy and pragmatic Margaery Tyrell, which is always hinted at but she never lets show in public in the books.
- Sansa was great - her turning on her maid as the one thing she's allowed to lash out at was fantastic writing and acting. It's one of those things you hate Sansa for, but it is human nature -- often the most oppressed are the quickest to push down others because no one wants to be at the bottom. And for a teenager, there's even less conscious thought.
- Varys and Tyrion can have as many scenes as they like. Conleth Hill is kind of becoming the jester in this whole thing, isn't he? If he didn't have his own motivations...
- I don't think Jon and Sam's scenes resonated as much with me as the others, but the question of political expediency and where you bend your morals is an important one. Jon bent in the prior episode a bit, but he's not ready to bend as far as Mormont has.
- Love Yoren's speech and it's nice to give some lead in to what comes later... Joffrey, Cersei, the Mountain, Polliver, The Tickler..." P.s. apparently that was Polliver who killed Lommy.
- Can't say I care about the changes. They are going straight to Harrenhal (fine, just missing some whining about walking) and I think we're skipping Courtney Penrose and Storm's End and going straight on with Renly (don't seem harm there). Shae's Sansa's maid earlier -- if this means more Sansa, I'm good. And we're moving out of Craster's with a bit more tension (okay).