I got to watch the premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones last night On Demand, and for someone who has never read the well known novels by George R. R. Martin , I was indifferent to the series. I’ll continue to watch but I have to say, I was just as easily distracted by other things as I was caught up in the show itself. Sean Bean as Lord Stark and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister were the only actors to really catch my eye, and that may just be because Beanplayed Boromir in Lord of the Rings and Dinklage is the most famous actor of short stature in the modern day. Game of Thrones is filled with nudity, violence, gore, drinking and even some adorable Wolf Cubs who caught my attention more than some of the excessive topless woman wandering around sometimes.
I can’t figure out if I just wasn’t that into the show because I’ve never read the books, or if I just wasn’t paying close enough attention, or if it just wasn’t as well done as I was hoping. But the thing is, the show is well done if you look at it as it’s own entity. Ignore the fact it’s based on a novel for a bit. Please? Indulge me here. Ok, thanks. Look at it as it’s own original piece of work. The show was extremely well done in it’s costuming, sets, CG, action, and even has the needed amount of HBO nudity. Even the actors were all good at their roles. I can’t think of a single person I watched where I thought “they aren’t that good in this role.”. So what is it that isn’t sitting well with me?
I’m leaning to the most practical reason, that it’s only the first episode. It’s setting up a much larger story, so it’s not as “complete” as most TV show first episodes are. For a pilot on CBS, NBC or other major network, if the Pilot fails you may never see that show again. For premium channels, like HBO, this show is guaranteed for at least a short first season. Will I continue to watch? I will, for now. Am I captivated already after only one episode like I have been by other shows? No. But then again, NBC’s Heroes was all downhill after its premiere.
PETER likes TV. He watches it a lot, but is usually way behind and watches a lot of things on netflix and On Demand. He half expected Sean Bean to get shot up with like 8 arrows at the end of Game of Thrones. He still thinks it’s going to happen at the end of the season. He doesn’t always understand why Han Solo and Indiana Jones look so similar.