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Game of Thrones…I am ready, are you?

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I am reblogging this post from the GRU Bellringer.  It has a really cool quote from me and the local Game of Thrones discussion group. I am ready for tonight’s season premier of the Game of Thrones.


By  on April 1, 2014 in Arts & Life

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A Lannister always pays his debts.

At the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, fanatics of the HBO television series “Game of Thrones” gathered to re-experience the bloodcurdling episode “The Rains of Castamere” and discuss the fantasy series.

Rosalyn Holliday, of Augusta, said she has read all of the books as well as watching the series, and her favorite aspect of the experience is developing a close bond with all of the many characters in the show, even when author and series creator George R.R. Martin kills off some favorites.

“Every time you think they have killed off main characters, a whole set of them pop up that you absolutely fall in love with, and you really get connected to them,” she said. “You almost feel as if you are mourning someone from your family.”

The moderator for the event and historian at Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Corey Rogers, said he found out about the show through a friend and was hooked after viewing the first episode.

Rogers and library assistant Aspasia Luster said they came together and created the discussion last June to meet other Augustans who like “Game of Thrones” and converse about the latest happenings in the world of Westeros.

This time around, they decided to add a screening of an episode to the discussion to give audience members a frame of reference to get the conversation going, and a modest crowd of fans chimed in on topics from favorite characters to those they love to hate the most.

One character who is almost universally hated in the Seven Kingdoms is Joffrey Baratheon, currently sitting as king on the Iron Throne. But, audience member Cheryl Corbin said she actually has a soft spot for Joffrey.

“Joffrey is essential for conflict in the story because whenever you have a good guy, you’ve got to have a bad guy, and he’s a great bad guy,” she said. “He’s kind of drunk on power, but he doesn’t really have any, and he doesn’t know it. And he has this perceived notion that ‘I’m the king.’”

Audience members went back and forth debating each character’s worth in the show, defending their favorite character’s behaviors and ripping into the ones they hate.

During the episode “The Rains of Castamare,” a pivotal moment occurred at the end that shaped the entire season and left its audience in an emotional stupor.

“Well, I knew it was going to happen because I had read book three before I saw season three, so I knew it was going to happen,” Luster said of the moment that sent shock waves through the Game of Thrones fan base. “I think that was the most shocking part of all, even though I was prepared for it. I couldn’t believe (the author) did that.”

With the new season premiering April 6, Holliday gave a hint of what she’s looking forward to.

“Joffrey. That’s all I’m saying!”

My Idiotbox in Broken

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….. and I want the network executives to fix it, now!

It is understandable that the summer programming season for television is rife with reality television because it is cheaper to produce. However, there are some of us that look forward to the Fall programming season to see what new adventures we will get to experience. We are introduced to new characters who remind us that our lives may not be so bad after all. We are taken to exotic locations, far off space stations and into suburban homes with people who aren’t much different than us. We even enjoy those that are very different than us and we can commiserate, emulate, or just feel empathy for the current plight. The plight I am empathizing with commiserating with is my own. I am disappointed, let down and feel somewhat betrayed. Allow me to tell you what I am thinking and why I feel this way.

Here is my first big disappointment. Seven minutes into this show I was angry. The whole family was a bunch of rule breakers, starting with choosing to have the extra child, punching the officer, going to prison, the prison break out aided by the wife, the weird closet baby who wanders off to feed a dinosaur, the overly smart strange daughter and the dumb ass son. You have traveled back in time and you decide to be a tough guy and go outside the gate where there are animals that EAT you. Why? To be a rule breaker like your dear old dad. Not impressed, rather angry, I am going to more episodes, then if it does not become more logical in the evolvement, then they have lost a viewer.

Then there is The New Girl who pulled the old bait and switch. It lured us in with the hope of the comedic stylings of Damon Wayans Jr and then this week, we were treated to generic black guy. He wasn’t even funny.

Then I tuned in to Fringe. I don’t know what the frick is going on there. Somehow or other there is a rooftop in Boston that has an elevator that separates the time warp shifty thingy between the two universes. Really, all I have to do is take the Purple elevator up to floor number 1999 and ask for Prince?

It doesn’t stop here. I was excited to watch Law & Order SVU and found myself saying oh, great, it’s another rape case. This week, it is an old white guy that likes to rape young boys that he coaches. Isn’t that the same story we saw on Criminal Minds with Derek? It’s not even an original rape. I feel like the Special Victim here and to add insult to injury, you know that Stabler is leaving right?

There is nothing left, but pay tv. I must pay to be an idiot and have my home box entertain me. I have not been disappointed thus far. Free television is a statement of you get what you pay for, and that is nothing. I do have HBO and Showtime because I must spend time with my favorite serial killer that only kills bad people. Dexter premiers this Sunday and I cannot wait. It is enough of a fix to tide me over to January when the Game of Thrones start again.


Well, it is off to be tortured with Xfactor until Criminal Minds brings on someone that is about to be killed.