GAME OF THRONES - On DemandApril 13, 2012
Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s reviews: Game Of Thrones (HBO).
GAME OF THRONES
Direwolves and Dragons and Dwarves, Oh My!
Peter Dinklage has just usurped Hugh Laurie’s place in my heart as No. 1 best snarker of all time. His Tyrion Lannister is just as unflappable, just as damaged, just as clever, but with just a smidge more heart than Dr. House. In the first season of “Game of Thrones,” he managed to remain in control no matter how little power he actually had. Now in the second season, he actually has a little power, and he is enjoying it fully. Which means all the more enjoyment for the fans.
Other Lannisters are not doing so well this season. Cersei (the ravishing Lena Heady) is realizing that her control over Joffrey is waning, and her beloved Jaime is still being held captive. Joffrey (Jack Gleeson with devilish smarm) is enjoying his power, but in the back of his tiny, dark brain, he realizes that nothing will truly give him satisfaction. Nice guy cousin (sorry, I’m not sure of his name) is being used as a messenger to bring Robb Stark’s demands to Joffrey.
The Starks aren’t doing much better. Ned is dead (Long Live Sean Bean). Arya is off to join the Night Watch, pretending to be a boy. Sansa is stuck being Joffrey’s lady, which means a lifetime of abuse to look forward to. Robb is winning the war, but war is not much fun. Bran, a little, paralyzed boy, is trying to run the castle and keep of Winterfell. Catelyn hasn’t even had time to mourn her husband, and she’s being sent off to beg a man she despises for help.
The last remaining Targaryen, Daenerys (played with fierce determination by the lovely Emilia Clarke), has some adorable baby dragons, but she’s stuck in the middle of the desert with no idea of where to go.
In other words, just another day on “Game of Thrones” HBO’s wildly popular series based on the A Song of Fire and Ice book series by George R. R. Martin.
Why is it that these dark ages are so attractive to us? Is it the harsh living conditions, the barbaric fashions, the stomach-churning foodstuffs, the lack of hygiene, the clanging of large, iron weapons, the crude language? Lord knows we wouldn’t enjoy living there. The smell alone would kill us!
Maybe it’s the basic conflict of lust (sex and/or power) vs. honor. So far, honor is totally losing out, and that’s the fun of it.
Watching people who completely give themselves over
to their basest instincts is great entertainment,
and no one does that better than “Game of Thrones.”
Now please excuse me while I go grab some ale and chicken legs, call my friends rude names based on women’s private parts, and plot how to take over the world with my evil pet by my side….
Jean Tait is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently the Director of Programming for the Connecticut Film Festival, Jean has programmed for the Jacksonville Film Festival and Sundance Channel.
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