Sunday, April 17, 2011

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 1/Episode 1

1.1 Winter Is Coming
Ruled by the house of Stark, Winterfell is currently under the reign of Eddard, known to many as Ned (Sean Bean). His wife, Cat (Michelle Fairley) serves as a loving mother to his five kids, but obviously not to his bastard son Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who is forever reminded of his illegitimacy. Rumors of the return of zombie-like creatures referred to as White Walkers are overshadowed by news from King’s Landing, the capital of the seven kingdoms. The Hand of the King has died, but a secret message from his widow accuses the Lannisters of his murder. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) serves as the reigning queen, while her twin brother Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and younger sibling Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) have agendas of their own. The royals of the capital pay the north a visit to convince Ned of becoming the new Hand. Meanwhile, Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) plots revenge while in exile, betrothing his sister Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) to barbaric warlord Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), so as to use his army to seize the Iron Throne of King’s Landing, which once belonged to them. She receives three petrified dragon eggs as a gift. Back in Winterfell, Ned’s son, Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) runs into the Lannister twins getting it on in an abandoned tower. Jamie asks him how old he is, before pushing him off the window.

Kids, when your mother tells you to stop climbing walls, you stop climbing walls. That way, you won’t accidentally witness siblings committing incest in some random watchtower. Gosh. I love the Lannisters; the combined scenes of all three of them seem to be the perfect propaganda material the Catholic Church would use to make an infomercial on how to go to hell. When you’ve got three ambitious villains juggling murder, incest, and ambition under one roof, you just know that you are in for a good show. I find the Starks too sentimental. If this were a Filipino soap opera they would be the big provincial family whose father has to go abroad to work, leaving the mother behind to take care of the prepubescent daughter who would go crazy over Justin Bieber and get pregnant early. I think there is more intrigue as far as the Targaryens are concerned. Goldilocks seems to be that kind of character in telenovelas who would suffer from the universe’s bad sense of humor, capitalize on it, and come back as a full-fledged bitch. Now that I have to see! The brother is a jerk, but characters like him usually die within the next few episodes so I really couldn’t care less. And the zombies! Don’t forget the zombies!

“Let me give you some advice, bastard. Never forget what you are; the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it could never be used to hurt you.” --Tyrion Lannister

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