TL;DR – It is the moment when
the loss and pain catch up with everyone.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
We continue our march to the final ever episode of The Good Place with a real threat looming over us. No one is
improving and time is not infinite. It is in these moments of pressure in the
past where the series has really excelled but will it work this time around.
So to set the scene, after our two-part season opener A
Girl from Arizona, things had started to move into place. But every
step forward was also a step back. They got rid of the demon in disguise, but
then Chidi (William Jackson Harper) got brought more into the fold at the
further expense of Eleanor’s (Kristen Bell) happiness. As well as this, after
some struggles Janet (D’Arcy Carden) decided to break up with Jason (Manny
Jacinto), leaving more of the group fractured. Just a reminder that we will be looking at the
episode at the whole, so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – While there has been patchy moments this season, I do think they stuck the ending.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Well, here we are, the final ever episode of Game of Thrones (if you don’t count the multiple prequels in
preproduction at the moment). I can still remember that day when I first
watched the very first episode as a group of men from The Watch go north past
The Wall and discover there was something worse than wildlings waiting for
them. A lost queen forced to marry into a barbarian horde to secure her ungrateful
brother an army to retake their throne. A drunkard ruling a kingdom though all
he wants to do is hunt and joust and fornicate with people who are not his
wife. A family of noble people trying to do what is right, especially when it
is hard, and being woefully unprepared for the mess they were walking into.
Also, the things we do for love. All of those years of story have been building
to this final episode, and I wonder can they stick the landing?
So to set the scene, during last week’s The
Bells a lot of things happen and a lot of people died. After the death
of Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) in The
Last of the Starks, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) had become inconsolable,
and Missandei’s final word Dracarys sat in her mind so that even when she heard
the bells of surrender Dany decided to burn Kings Landing to the ground, not
really caring who or what got in her way. The complete slaughter of the capital
is something she has threatened since she arrived and finally showed what
damage even one dragon can do, insert the nuclear weapons analogies. The
capital is in ruins, Jon (Kit Harington) tried to do the right thing and
failed, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) had their whole
worlds crash down on them, oh and Euron (Pilou Asbæk) is finally gone. We open
with the aftermath as ash and snow still fall in the ruins of Kings Landing and
the dead and dying lay among the wreckage. Here Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Jon (Kit
Harington), and Davos (Liam Cunningham) walk and see the damage their actions
have wrought and the potential hell that they have unleashed. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode
as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – The rushed final
season is starting to show its issues … badly.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
I have honestly been really happy where the final season has been going so far.
I liked how Winterfell and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms were these
slow-burn episodes giving us some much-needed character development and
interaction. I found The
Long Night to be a really emotional experience as the dead came
and slaughtered. I was ever really jiving with The
Last of the Starks up until that last 15 minutes. It was like a
speed boat suddenly threw out its anchor grinding everything to a halt. This
means for the first time, I am coming into an episode of this 8th
season, and the penultimate episode at that, with a lot of hesitation and I
don’t know how to feel about that.
So to set the scene, last week everyone was celebrating their win over the dead
and the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) but there was still one big threat on the
horizon. Cersei (Lena Headey) still controls King’s Landing, and with it the legitimacy
of the throne. Just one problem Cersei captured Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel)
and beheaded her in front of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and well that did not go
down well. So we begin today with everyone getting ready for the final push but
some people have reservations and one of them is Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) who
is finally caught out. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a
whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead. This week we are going to
do something a little different and focus our review on different character relationships
because it is through these relationships we see the very highs of this episode
and the real lows.
– We explore the
wonders of Ramin Djawadi’s musical score through the lens of Light of the Seven
Today we are starting out the first entry in a series about modern cinematic composers. For me at least, one of the factors that emotionally connects me to a piece of visual media, whether that be, a video game, a television show, or a film is the music. The right musical choice can make or break scenes and can be one of the factors that make these moments resonate across the media landscape. We all remember that first time we heard the Imperial March or The Avengers theme explodes onto the screen. They help us get lost on the high seas, traverse galaxies far, far away, or in our first example help us delve into a world of fire and ice. Because this is an article about music, I have added links to the songs in question so you can listen along.
Ramin Djawadi is a German/Iranian composer and the key musical voice of Game of Thrones, the hugely successful HBO series based of George RR Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series. As a composer, Ramin has been working for a long time in the musical world starting first as an assistant and then creating addition music for films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Ned Kelly, working under one of the defining voices in modern composition Hans Zimmer. Before moving onto working on his own films like Iron Man and Pacific Rim.
TL;DR – An episode of two
halves that don’t work together, but at least it nails the first part.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
One thing that always resonates in a good show is an impact. When you change
the game what is the impact on the characters and the greater world. This is
one area that historically Game of Thrones
has excelled at, and this might be the biggest impact we have had so far. After
the battle comes a moment of reflection, but then what if there is no time because
there are still enemies on the board?
So to set the scene, we begin in the moments after the end of last week’s The
Long Night. At the end of the battle, Arya (Maisie Williams) was the
one who finally stopped the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) destroying all of his
minions. However, this was not before thousands of lives were lost, including
the leader House Mormont Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey). It was a major victory
but also a stunning loss, one that might have set the scene for a safer world
but at the cost of putting Cersei (Lena Headey) in maybe an unbeatable position.
However, when you have gumption on your side (and also some dragons) anything
is possible, maybe. Now
from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some
TL;DR – The storm is here,
the storm is coming for you, the storm bites.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
Have you ever watched a show where over seven seasons of story led to one
moment, thinking back for me only maybe Deep
Space Nine, or possibly Fringe
funnelled everything into one moment. Well, today we have another example to
add to the mix, with just about every single person left alive in Game of Thrones all in the same location
waiting for the oncoming storm.
So to set the scene, during last week’s A
Knight of the Seven Kingdoms we got a chance to sit back and revisit
all the characters that we had gotten to know over the last few seasons, which
would have been great if this didn’t have the feel of one last happy moment before
the end. Jon (Kit Harington) told Danni (Emilia Clarke) about who he was which
yep shocker did not go down well. Arya (Maisie Williams) made it with Gendry (Joe
Dempsie), Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) plan out
their post-conflict lives and we get drunk by the fire. However, at every
moment there is the threat of death that will be with them before the morning.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, that time is here, and oh wow, just wow. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so
there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – A moment to catch our
breath before the onslaught is unleashed.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
You know, Game of Thrones is known
for its sweeping storylines that explore events happening across continents.
However, there are times in the show’s history where a bunch of main and
supporting cast find themselves in the one location, and if you know anything
about the history of the show, that is never a good thing. Well today, we look
at an episode that is the calm before the coming storm, when everything is
still but you can see the dark clouds and cracking lighting on the horizon.
So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s Winterfell
a number of big plot bombs got dropped on us. There was the big news of John (Kit
Harington) finally finding out who his real mother and father from Samwell (John
Bradley). There was the growing sense that The North is not fond of being under
anyone’s rule again. After fleeing from the destruction of The Wall in The
Dragon and the WolfTormund (Kristofer Hivju) comes across the
dead ruins of the Last Hearth and also finds the survivors of The Night’s Watch
where they discover that the dead are on the move and heading straight for the Capital
of the North. In the final shot, Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) arrives in
Winterfell only to find Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) waiting for him, and this
is where today’s episode starts off. Jamie is fighting for his life after pretty
much betraying, or being at war at some point with everyone in the room. With
only Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who no one cares about in this case, and Brienne
(Gwendoline Christie) who people do care about, standing for him. However,
while revenge would be nice, the dead are coming and they need every sword. Now
from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some