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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thrones starts very well

This won't be a love song to HBO and the first episode of their Game of Thrones, but neither is it a diatribe.

A fair old amount was shoehorned into that episode, along with a great deal that was randomly discarded. No mention of why Jaime's cloak was randomly white, along with the direwolf pups shoved upon the children for training within seconds of them being discovered. For people who haven't read the books, I can imagine that it was all a swirling entity of stuff they assume is going to be explained soon after.

Yet in that mash-up of character introductions were some beauties. For every shot of an un-named Jory Cassel standing and intently, silently staring as a reaction to something, there was Arya's character already fully developed.

Some of the acting was fairly terrible, too. Sean Bean's first couple of lines felt very forced, though he soon got into his noble stride, while Emilia Clarke's appearance in the first episode consisted of wide-eyed staring and not saying very much. It's not surprising, given the start of Danaerys' journey, but for someone who doesn't know she's meant to be one of the stars of the show, it'd be a strange introduction to an odd character.

Something else that stood out as strange, too, was the amount of flesh on display. Whether Emilia Clarke being stripped naked a couple of times, Tyrion's Northern whores, Lena Headey's backside or the Dothraki and their none, one- or two-breast displays, there was a lot of female flesh. It was kind-of randomly balanced out, though, by Robb, Theon and Jon stripped to the waist in order for a simple shave and a haircut, in a scene that felt completely dropped in, so as to lessen any claims of misogyny that are almost guaranteed to be leveled at it.

There were so many lovely touches, such as the friendship between Ned and Robert, Jaime's cocky attitude, Viserys' sheer malevolence, the sets, the costumes, the opening sequence, the Others...

Just tone down the boobs, and we'll be just fine.

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