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    I've sort of been watching Farscape, but I lost interest a couple weeks ago because Chiana is an annoying character.

    Rick and Morty is pretty awesome, thanks DaftPunk. It feels like a really demented Dexter's Lab and the frenetic pace means I don't have to sweat the lesser elements for long. It's gotten a few hearty laughs out of me, so I'll stick with it.

    Anyone watch this Game of Thrones thing? I think we might have a sleeper hit on our hands.

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    Eh, not sure how long a medieval fantasy series that routinely kills off its main characters can last.

    Binged Orphan Black. Lots of wasted potential here as it introduces more and more completely uninteresting conspiracy elements and characters. Also: creepy as fuck child characters. Season 2 is just around the the corner and I might give it a second chance, but I seriously doubt it'll get better. Shame, because it had a really good thing going with its two leads and initial premise.

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    The A Song of Ice and Fire books have over a thousand named characters. Many of the supposed main characters in the show are really satellite characters in the books, who, while important to the story, do not have a lot of screentime. Robb and Joffrey are prime examples. In another story we'd probably following them but instead they're often not seen for hundreds of pages and their exploits are simply referenced in the background.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthile View Post
    The A Song of Ice and Fire books have over a thousand named characters. Many of the supposed main characters in the show are really satellite characters in the books, who, while important to the story, do not have a lot of screentime. Robb and Joffrey are prime examples. In another story we'd probably following them but instead they're often not seen for hundreds of pages and their exploits are simply referenced in the background.
    While that is true, those "exploits" that are "referenced in the background" basically formed the entirety of the war that defined the first few books. They were the Kings who put just about everything into motion (at least, at face value). They just didn't have POV chapters

    And Joffrey was basically in every Sansa chapter where she wasn't getting hit on by a borderline pedo.

    I am not sure if I agree with the show's heavy focus on the two, but I think it was a necessity to give them some "POV time" in the adaptation. Just like how I very much appreciated Littlefinger and the like getting a bit of their own POV tme, since the slow-burn characters don't work as well when you can't keep flipping back to a glossary to remember who they were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrage View Post
    I've sort of been watching Farscape, but I lost interest a couple weeks ago because Chiana is an annoying character.
    I quite liked her from the start (she was certainly less irritating than early Crichton in my book) but it does take a little while for her character to get fully fleshed out. When it is she definitely became one of my favourite characters in the show. I can definitely get that people's mileage will vary on the whole "quirky movement and trying to shag anything that moves" shtick but I felt it mixed things up nicely and she's second only to Green Wing's Alan Statham in quirky movement style! Plus there's some great interplay between her and Rygel.

    But yeah, if Chianna's annoying you just wait till you come across Jool!

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    How the TV show has treated Littlefinger's character is one of the weakest book to show translations, really. He's still interesting though.

    The most annoying change is what they did to Stannis the Mannis.

    And I do hate the stigma that the books/show get for 'just' killing off main characters. Almost everyone of note who has died, has had a major effect in the plot in some way, and hasn't just been for the hell of it. And people greatly over exaggerate how often main characters are killed.
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    Did the last two books even kill anyone major other than maybe you-know-who?

    Edit: Fair enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrestledwithgod View Post
    Did the last two books even kill anyone major other than maybe you-know-who?
    Hey. Here's an idea.

    Talk about the books in the book thread and lets stop bringing information from the books into the TV thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketch View Post
    How the TV show has treated Littlefinger's character is one of the weakest book to show translations, really. He's still interesting though.
    I much prefer book Littlefinger as well, but... He is a very subtle character, with a lot of that subtlety coming to the reader through the third person limited points of view that the books use, which is something they can't really do with the TV show. So I can see why they went for the change, otherwise they'd be pushing the affable facade for 3 1/2 seasons, and we'd never get the interactions with Varys, the Ros trajectory, and all the other behind the scenes machinations that he's been involved with.

    I agree completely with the character death stuff... they aren't random, they aren't being done to spite or troll viewers/readers. They're all done for a reason and they have major implications.

    Don't know if I agree on the Stannis thing... but then, I'm not really team Stannis. To me, he isn't a hero or a villain (at this point in the books/show), he's very much a neutral character to me, which I think they've got across in the TV show so far.

    Edit: Also, just read that Game of Thrones has been renewed for season 5... and season 6. No surprise that they renew it after the premier, they've done that for the last 3 seasons... but usually only 1 season, and not 2. Might have something to do with the Record Ratings that the recent season opener got.
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    Regarding Littlefinger -

    I understand that they might need to give him more screen time - I'm all for that, him and Varys' interactions are usually great, but his chaos is a ladder speech? It was a decent speech in itself, but it is so, so out of character for him. In the book, Littlefinger is the guy that everyone trusts. He is everyones's friend. In the show, he threatens Cersei to her face. That just isn't him. Littlefinger in the shows is so obviously working his schemes, I feel it will ruin his famous moment.

    Regarding Stannis -

    I love Stephen Dillane as Stannis, I think for the most part he captures the overall 'feel' of the character very well. But something that was awful is his interactions with Melisandre. His defining moment in the series so far is that he recognises the true enemy is the Others, and his whole cart before the horse speech. It defined him, despite all his flaws he is the King Who Cared. He beats himself up for the death of Renly, and it's entirely obvious that to rule Westeros is not something he really wants, it's just his duty, and he is a very dutiful man. In the show, he had to be told by Melisandre to go. He looks like he lusts for power. He can't control himself around Melisandre and grabs her and becomes incredibly needy. Hell, in the books he's basically agnostic, whereas in the show he seems more religious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unaco View Post
    I much prefer book Littlefinger as well, but... He is a very subtle character, with a lot of that subtlety coming to the reader through the third person limited points of view that the books use, which is something they can't really do with the TV show. So I can see why they went for the change, otherwise they'd be pushing the affable facade for 3 1/2 seasons, and we'd never get the interactions with Varys, the Ros trajectory, and all the other behind the scenes machinations that he's been involved with.
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    I think Littlefinger has been handled rather lazily (although, his first pornish exposition worked well enough), but the problem is that they need to keep him in play or else it will feel like a cheap trick whenever he comes out to say "Ha ha, gotcha bitches". That sort of worked in the books (although, he is a full mustache twirling villain with not much depth there...) because there was so much that wasn't touched on: like Robb and Joffrey. And I definitely agree that some of the mystique of the book character has been lost.

    I agree completely with the character death stuff... they aren't random, they aren't being done to spite or troll viewers/readers. They're all done for a reason and they have major implications.
    Yes and no. While I agree that the death of any main character is definitely advancing the plot, it also seems like Martin is just going off a checklist and has reached the point where he formulaically offs someone to get a reaction.

    Don't know if I agree on the Stannis thing... but then, I'm not really team Stannis. To me, he isn't a hero or a villain (at this point in the books/show), he's very much a neutral character to me, which I think they've got across in the TV show so far.
    The problem is that Book Stannis is VERY VERY boring and feels largely unnecessary (even though he is as important as any other King). To spin it around to TV: He is Captain Cardboard (Ward) from Agents of SHIELD. You need to have him because he fulfills a very specific role but holy crap does he drag down any scene he is in.
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    Obviously you're entitled to your opinion but gotta give a big, big disagree on all fronts:

    Littlefinger is literally the complete opposite of a moustache twirling villain. I mean the complete opposite. That is exactly what he is on the show, which is fine. But come on, the entire point in the books is he's just a regular guy,. He's very, very good at getting people to trust him because of this. Need money? Littlefinger! He's just some nobody from the Vale who will give you a hand. Oh what's that? Behind the scenes he's one of the main reasons for the war? I see.

    In no way is Martin "checking off" characters, I'm not sure I could name a single main character who's death has been purely for shock value, and not to serve a plot point. The only one I can really think of is Quentyn and that still served a pretty obvious purpose.

    And book Stannis has some of the funniest, driest humour in the series. I am obviously a big fan. I can see why people don't like him, but I could never consider him boring...
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    I'm watching LOST, and I've come to the conclusion that this Kate Austin is kind of a serial killer.

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    I quite liked her from the start (she was certainly less irritating than early Crichton in my book) but it does take a little while for her character to get fully fleshed out. When it is she definitely became one of my favourite characters in the show. I can definitely get that people's mileage will vary on the whole "quirky movement and trying to shag anything that moves" shtick but I felt it mixed things up nicely and she's second only to Green Wing's Alan Statham in quirky movement style! Plus there's some great interplay between her and Rygel.


    You also realise later on that Gigi Edgley is the best actor on the show, it really shows in the body swap episode, she is able to get each character down and nail the movements of them...absolutely amazing to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwie View Post
    I much prefer Daario since he regenerated.
    Nah. New dude looks like he is going to start asking for change or selling the big issue.

    The original had the right degree of cocksure douchiness that the role required.
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    Catching up with Arrow. Manu Bennett as SLADE WILSON is the most amazing male I have ever seen. Dat swag. Dat voice. Dat presence. He's a fucking god among men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xercies View Post
    Also I've been reading up on Farscape a lot and have to say I quite like the freedom the writers had and how they always tried to experiment. I feel that is probably the way to go for TV Series in that yes maybe have a loose plan but also go where the characters and the story takes you. Funnily enough I'm learning that GMing Dungeon World as well.
    I think that's a good approach, and clearly been working for our game :) Tho I'm not sure if it's always the best for less interactive/more traditional TV shows. I think you need a good person to oversee it, otherwise you can end up with too much random plot points without enough time to properly resolve them (as was the case of Lost, as much as I enjoyed the show).
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    Season five of Justified just wrapped up. Easily my favorite arc so far; watching the Crows go straight to hell was a thing of beauty, especially given the way Raylan handled it. Everything is set up for his final bout with Boyd, and I can't wait to see how it plays out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadayi View Post
    Nah. New dude looks like he is going to start asking for change or selling the big issue.

    The original had the right degree of cocksure douchiness that the role required.
    He had the look for sure, but I found his acting distractingly hammy. He felt like he belonged on a different show.

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