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A TV Spotlight- ‘Game of Thrones’

June 24, 2011

In a world where network television seems only concerned with regurgitating the same familiar types of programming to fill out their weekly lineups, and the cinema’s are filled with films not worth the price of admission. There is a place where a new renaissance is occurring to fill the needs of those with a more acquired taste. Basic an premium cable television is the place to be for finer television programming in my opinion with channels like AMC, FX, HBO, and Showtime putting out some quality programming it’s hard for networks to compete. One of those programs which is the subject of this post is Game of Thrones

As someone who is not into “sword and sorcery” or fantasy for that matter I can honestly say this show is fucking great! Season one just wrapped up, its only ten episodes, and if you have not seen it you should definitely be watching this show.

The show is based on author George R. R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels the first of which is called A Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones succeeds where shows like  Lost or even The Event fails which is knowing where it is going. That may not be the fairest comparison, but I’m hard pressed to find anything else out there in which to compare this to on television. Maybe that’s why I enjoy this show so much there really is nothing like Game of Thrones on American television today. Another unfair comparison would be after each episode of Game of Thrones I’m left wanting more unlike other shows I’ve mentioned where after each episode I’m left scratching my head wondering what the hell I just saw.

As the show progresses as do the characters. Look at Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen watching her change from the beginning of the season to the finale. Or how we’re introduced to Sean Bean’s character Ned Stark and where he ends up was a great framing device of how to tell his story. I think my favorite character would have to be Peter Dinklage’s character Tyrion Lannister he’s crafty without any malice intent unlike some other character. Self-preservation is the name of his game an I just hope he makes it out alive. That’s another thing, some pretty important characters meet their end in this first season alone. Some had it coming an others it was a shame to see them leave so early, but that’s the nature of the game you play to win anything else is death.

There is enough maneuvering and action in each episode that make this series thoroughly enjoyable, a little gratuitous violence an nudity doesn’t hurt either. I just hope they can keep up the pace for future seasons. Game of Thrones is probably the best television experience this summer.

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