I've been watching Game of Thrones, which was good up until the zombies appeared. After that it's everything but the kitchen sink in a compendium of conventional freak show characters and shocking-not, overused plot devices. I carry on by dint of my overwhelming adoration of its title sequence.
Just off the top of my head it sports zombies, dragons, wolves, incest, more incest, sadism, shadow people, witches, infernal childbirth, paraplegia, eunuch-ism, torture by rat a la 1984, severed heads on pikes, infanticide, scary little girls, tomboy-ism, court intriguers, whore house proprietors, sibling rivalry, bastards, dubious parenting techniques, dwarfism, and perhaps most distasteful people grasping the sharp ends of swords.
It's worth watching but only just, if you can keep from rolling yer eyes out of their sockets.
posted by - 8:52 PM
“…if you can keep from rolling yer eyes out of their sockets.” I think I’ve seen that happen a few times as well – literally.
When you put it like that it does seem sort of silly...and I do love those opening titles...they are quite wonderful. I like some of the characters very much...most of them female the supernatural stuff...not so much.
I've never read it so can't speak of the books, but in distilling that very long fantasy story into a television series it feels like character building-plot outline-ZOMBIE-plot detail-INCEST-character building-WITCH-DRAGON-TORTURE-plot-INCEST-INFANTICIDE-REGICIDE-TORTURE-SADISM-plot-TORTURE-MURDER-SLAUGHTER-RAPE-plot-character-WARLOCKS-DRAGONS-NAPALM-SLAUGHTER-SADISM-INCEST-DRAGONS-WITCH-MURDER-DEMON-and so on. Like a martini with 75 olives and not much gin.