Game Of Thrones Season 1 – ***

Posted: July 20, 2014 in 2011, Drama, Fantasy, UK, USA, War, XXX

Okay okay okay.

It’s pretty sad to start watching season 1 of Game Of Thrones three years after its initial release. But no matter how many acquaintances, friends and critics tell you it’s a must, the synopsis is still about fictional kings fighting for a fictional throne in a fictional world during a fictional period of time.

There are so many interesting stories to tell about real kings fighting for existing thrones in our own history that it just sounds so silly to spend all that money on another anachronistic fairytale.

However, it IS a good show. The acting is superb, the characters are well written, the cinematography looks amazing, the costumes and set design are fascinating and the action is meticulous. There is no humor, but you get a lot of horror and a lot of nudity instead (after all it’s produced by HBO). Lots of big tits and two big penises. Lots of beheadings and visual stabbings with guts and tongues cut out. Fun!

But the ten episodes of the first season are just an introduction. An introduction to dozens of men and women, young and old, who may or may not one day be important for the story. A story which tells so many things at once and nothing at all. Every episode ends with a great WTF-moment, which is quite impressive, but they all lead to an even bigger WTF-scene in the grand finale. Not that the last scene wasn’t predictable (hey, they mention about a dozen of times that dragons are extinct, yet zoom in on three dragon eggs every single episode), but it just makes you wonder if the story matters.

On a critical note though: boo for all the stereotypes and lack of multiracial cast!  It makes sense to have an all caucasian cast when you make a historical movie about the Hundred Years War and to make Middle Eastern guys look wild in an epic tale about the crusades. But why would you use so many of OUR stereotypes in a fictional fantasy series? Why does the sword fighter speak with an Italian accent when there only seems to be two languages in this fairytale world? Why do the whores speak with a slavic accent? Why is the only black person in the whole series a slave? There are absolutely no Asians in this series (or I must have missed them while I blinked). There are two gays, one is a bit of a coward and the other is effeminate (but a merciless jouster). The fat people aren’t fit and are just meant to bring some laughter to the scene. The wild ones sound like they are on social welfare in Britain. ETC.. Really annoying. On the other hand, two of the most promising characters are non stereotypical. There’s a very horny and alcoholic dwarf and a very brave and courageous sword swaying young girl.

It’s weird, but cool. Can’t wait for season 2 to be honest.


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