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    The same goes for Tywin: every scene Charles Dance is in he dominates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jockie View Post
    My favourite adaptation for a character in Game of Thrones is Stannis, I found him to be basically unlikeable in the books, but I feel he's a lot more human in the show (while still being prickly and broadly unemotional), Stephen Dillane does a great job and you can more easily understand why someone like Davos is able to devote himself to the man.
    Completely agree.

    I find Jorah a bit annoying though. Bit too smarmy, though the actor does a good job of conveying his overly proud nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jockie View Post
    My favourite adaptation for a character in Game of Thrones is Stannis, I found him to be basically unlikeable in the books, but I feel he's a lot more human in the show (while still being prickly and broadly unemotional), Stephen Dillane does a great job and you can more easily understand why someone like Davos is able to devote himself to the man.
    Stannis is the man :)



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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpier View Post
    Season 2 of justified is awesome.


    So true,from episode 2 of season 2 till end season was really blast to watch. Downloading third one right now! Can't wait woot woot.

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    Just finished watching the season premier of the final season of Burn Notice. Pretty good, and I wonder how long the new premise and the two stories no waiting approach will last.

    Its kind of funny. Originally I only watched the show because of Bruce Campbell, but over the years the acting has actually gotten quite good (hell, even Bruce Campbell counts as a good actor at this point). Jeffrey Donovan (Michael Weston) in particular has come quite a way. Watching reruns the best he can do is a Ben Browder (look constipated, let the viewers pretend it is an emotion) but over the past two seasons he has actually shown quite a bit of range. I blame Clint Eastwood.
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    I miss Titus. That never should have been cancelled.

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    *accidentally drops young Christopher into the monkey enclosure, cue screaming of both child and monkeys*

    "Ok, now you gotta fight 'em!"

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    Titus was indeed a great show. Probably the greatest of the 90s burst of "Lets take a comedian and turn their bit into a sitcom".

    Shame Christopher Titus's stand-up basically became unwatchable/unlistenable. I know the point is to be dark, but it just got depressing. Mainly because hist first few specials were "Yeah, I am fucked up, but so is everyone else. And at least I have the love of a good woman" to "Fuck that crazy bitch...". I hear his latest stuff is back to darkly humorous rather than darkly depressing though.
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    I've been watching an anime called Psycho-Pass. It's basically Minority Report meets Ghost in the Shell: SAC. I'm about halfway through and it's really good so far.

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    Damn thgats one ugly anime,i freaking hate those typical anime faces :|

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    Anyone watching Hannibal? Best new show on TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oshada View Post
    Anyone watching Hannibal? Best new show on TV.
    Hannibal is astoundingly good. Creepy, disgusting, engaging and gorgeous to look at throughout. I was terrified it was going to be cancelled, but thankfully it has finally been renewed for a second season after all.

    Bates Motel turned out to be pretty damn good, too. I certainly didn't have much anticipation for either serial-killer-prequel property, but both have turned out great.

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    I finished watching 30 Rock yesterday after blitzing through season 7, naturally helped by the fact it was a shorter-length. I have to say, despite saying it for season 6, the first episode of season 7 really brought back the energy that had been missing for years and unlike season 6, it kept it up right up to the final. I don't know what happened with this show, really. The first 3 seasons were excellent, the fourth was really good, but five and six just took a proper nose-dive in consistency and humour. They weren't unwatchable, but the spark had just ceased to be out of nowhere for some reason. Season 7 just felt like they were firing on all cylinders giving it all they had...and it showed because it had some of the best content in the whole damn show.

    The last few episodes in particular highlighted just how god damn right they got it. Everything then came to a natural conclusion and was wrapped up well. The leaning on the fourth wall and at times out-right obliteration of it too was executed perfectly. I think what 30 Rock highlights for me is that knowing when to stop is necessary. I understand that there are slots to fill up, but it can be a real detriment to the quality of the show. I'd rather have had 4/5 seasons of the show, where 5 and 6 were cut out (and maybe 4) and it ended. It'd have been almost flawless then. It'd also mean that we wouldn't have to watch the two live show episodes which were just...not 30 Rock. Admirable attempts, but just not right

    Elsewhere, Mad Men is just on a high-score streak. Not one episode this season I haven't enjoyed absolutely thoroughly. At least when this shortly comes to the end it'll shortly be replaced by Breaking Bad. It'll be hard in the mean time to sit patiently watching the audiovisual box waiting for something super high quality. Need to catch up with Orphan Black too. Probably going to start up a marathon of Buffy next. I've seen a lot of it (80%?) but never consistently and I was, obviously, quite a bit younger then, so I'm looking forward to watching it with adult sensibilities (HA!) and straight through. It'll also put my LoveFilm account (that I got for free) to the test.
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    I just finished watching Vikings on Lovefilm and it started really good and got better as it went on. Although I found the last 2 episodes to be a bit dull, and lacked the epicness of a season finale.

    Still there is a season 2 coming so I look forward to more plundering and raping (then I can relax and watch the show after :p )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopig View Post
    I just finished watching Vikings on Lovefilm and it started really good and got better as it went on. Although I found the last 2 episodes to be a bit dull, and lacked the epicness of a season finale.

    Still there is a season 2 coming so I look forward to more plundering and raping (then I can relax and watch the show after :p )
    Yeah, I was quite shocked when I realized that the season finale was actually that. It just seemed like they dropped it with a "between episodes" cliffhanger, not a season finale feel.

    Since it's exam time, I spend most of my time rewatching Community episodes. Which, in turn, made me watch My Dinner With Andre, but that's for the movie thread (if I feel like writing it up later).

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    What a disappointing series finale to Game of Thrones. After last weeks excellent episode this one just fizzled the series out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopig View Post
    What a disappointing series finale to Game of Thrones. After last weeks excellent episode this one just fizzled the series out.
    GoT, and maybe HBO series in general, tend to explode in the penultimate episode of the season, and let the finale deal with the aftermath. Ned's beheading, Blackwater and the Red Wedding, respectively. I quite like the approach. Sure, the episode didn't fully explore all the stories I would've liked it to, but they passed the hour mark anyway.

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    I accidentally read a spoiler on the aftermath of the Red Wedding and was waiting for it all episode, it never happened and now I am pissed because the only good part of the show was Arya shanking someone in the neck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopig View Post
    I accidentally read a spoiler on the aftermath of the Red Wedding and was waiting for it all episode, it never happened and now I am pissed because the only good part of the show was Arya shanking someone in the neck.
    Yeah, apparently they're doing the next season from the same book, so they've probably avoided quite a lot. I have no idea whether the wedding was around the middle of the book though, so I don't know how much material they have to work with. But considering that Georgie takes several years to finish each book and only two more books have been released yet, I suppose they have to do several seasons per book now, lest they'll catch up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopig View Post
    I accidentally read a spoiler on the aftermath of the Red Wedding and was waiting for it all episode, it never happened and now I am pissed because the only good part of the show was Arya shanking someone in the neck.
    I think I know what you're talking about. [book spoiler] Is it the return of Cat from the dead?[/book spoiler] If so, then it will definitely be the cliffhanger at the end of an upcoming season.
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    @ Fumarole/Leopig

    I'm fairly certain that isn't the spoiler that was being referred to so I'd recommend not unveling that highlighting if I were Leopig!

    The event I and my other book reading friends were expecting was mentioned in the episode but is yet to come to pass.

    Now for some more BOOK SPOILER DISCUSSION - don't read unless you've read ALL the books

    Yeah, so as alluded to above I was expecting to see another wedding this episode to give TV viewers the same relief that reader's got where they could say "well the Red Wedding was bad but at elast the follow up saw someone get what was coming to them.

    Other points:

    They seem to have changed Shae to make her actually in love with Tyrion (or is she super manipulative?). Regardless while it might have the same resolution, I think there's going to be some changes in her plotline.

    Varys's "good of the realm" shtick to Shae about Tyrion - given that in the books Varys is a targaryen supporter through and through and given his penchant for killing competent rulers of King's Landing (poor Kevan Lannister!) is his attempt in the show to get rid of Shae actually the opposite of what he says to her in the belief Tyrion will go completely off the rails without here there? It would also be an interesting twist to the show if Varys takes a bigger part in Tyrion and Shae's plot as part of his destabilising efforts.

    Liking the change to the Ironborn arc. Fits in well thematically with the show (family ties etc) and I wouldn't be particularly disappointed if they ditch the whole Kingsmoot/Victarion/Euron plotline and instead have Yara/Asha leading an assault on Ramsay Bolton at the Dreadfort (should add to the action next season which is something I'd been worried about). It's nice to have a bit of the show where you genuinely have absolutely no idea what's coming next.

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