“Honest Trailer” for Game of Thrones

Lara Zarum:

The brilliant minds at Screen Junkies have made one of their signature “Honest Trailers” in anticipation of Game of Thrones’ fourth season, which premieres on HBO this Sunday, and this one doesn’t disappoint. “It’s the abusive show you keep watching, no matter how many times it hurts you,” …

The trailer covers the first three seasons and skewers everything from Westerosi nomenclature (“Travel to Westeros, a place where everything is the [thing] of [nouns]”) to, perhaps inevitably, its tendency to offer naked ladies as eye candy while old men with beards deliver monologues. It’s more or less safe for work, despite all this, but those who haven’t caught up with the show should beware: Spoilers abound.

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Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

___ Meanwhile, I’m about half way through reading – A Feast for Crows … meh

A Feast for Crows is the fourth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin. …

In comparison with the previous novels in the series, A Feast for Crows received more negative reviews. … many critics felt that this novel consisted of characters that people were less interested in.

Agreed.

I had very little interest in:

The Iron Islands:

• The Prophet, The Drowned Man: Aeron “Damphair” Greyjoy, and the rest.

• The Kraken’s Daughter: Princess Asha Greyjoy, daughter of Late King Balon of the Iron Islands

• The Iron Captain, The Reaver: Prince Victarion Greyjoy, Captain of the Iron fleet

In Dorne:

• The Captain of Guards: Areo Hotah, Captain of the Guards to Prince Doran Martell of Dorne

• The Soiled Knight: Ser Arys Oakheart of the Kingsguard

• The Queenmaker, The Princess in the Tower: Arianne Martell, daughter of Prince Doran and heir to Dorne

… there was also a sense in A Feast of Crows that Martin had lost his way. The characters whose stories he did tell wandered back and forth across a landscape devastated by war and
oncoming winter, but didn’t seem to be headed anywhere in particular. …

… “sprawling and incoherent” …

It sounds like A Dance With Dragons (book 5) is better.

Game of Thrones season 4

Coming April 6th, 2014.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

I’ve just finished book 3 and season 3 of the series, still impressed with the TV adaptation of the complex novels.

If you can get past the ultra violence, there’s plenty to praise.

The end of season 3 was weakest, so far. But season 4 looks great. :-)

I’m liking Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, The Unsullied, Brienne, Ygritte, Daario Naharis, Samwell Tarly, Jon Snow …

Jaime Lannister’s character has developed well.

farewell Port Townsend

I was back once again in Port Townsend, WA just after Christmas. Stayed a couple of weeks. :-)

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This time Carrie, James and I were videotaping Games & Activities for Tumbl Trak, based on a script I wrote 14yrs ago.

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James has moved to Port Townsend from freezing Michigan — for 3 months, at least.

He’s living in Doug and Diana’s new guest house dubbed “The Lodge“.

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The weather was far better than most anywhere else in North America. But it did rain.

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Actually, I spent more time on Doug’s Cycleops 200 Pro Indoor Cycle trainer than on that guest bike. Watching episodes of House of Cards.

Good food. Good fun. Good conversation.

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James is a member of the Wall Street Journal Wine Club. He gets a select collection every 3 months.

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January in Port Townsend is a time of Tumbl Trak brainstorming for the new year. We’ve hatched plans.

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Phil Robertson – Freedom of Speech

I’ve never watched an episode of Duck Dynasty. And never will.

But A&E’s suspension of the star of that show seems an over-reaction to me.

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In response to the controversy, Cracker Barrel removed Duck Dynasty items from its restaurants, but immediately reversed its decision after a barrage of complaints from customers. The company explained the reversal in a candid letter …

Mashable – Why Are So Many People Puzzled by ‘Duck Dynasty’?

A&E’s decision was made after consulting lawyers & ratings gurus.

My best guess is that Phil Robertson will soon be brought back to the show. That the controversy will bring even higher ratings.