While I’m not sure it captures the drama and epic scale of the HBO series, CollegeHumor.com has created a video that provide a hilarious tongue-in-cheek version of the first season of Game of Thrones in the form of an old school RPG.
There’s something brilliant about the translation to an 8-bit RPG here – lines like “A wild BRAN spotted your incest…” are written exactly the way you would expect from a game like Final Fantasy, even if FF wasn’t generally referring to sleeping with your siblings. When I see something like this I always want to go play ChronoTrigger or one of its brethren.
Whether or not you get wistful for some good old school RPGs, check out the video after the jump for a couple of laughs.
I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait for spring 2012, when HBO is bestowing unto me more of the sweet ambrosia that is A Game of Thrones every Sunday night. There are few stories I am as excited about, so when I saw this video showing how some of the epic scenes from the show looked with and without CGI, it got my blood boiling and ready to jump headfirst back into Westeros. Beware that it contains some spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the whole first season (and I mean down to the final shot), then these aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Check it out.
The man, the myth, the legend, Sam Waterston has officially joined Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming television show, a cable news anchor drama tentatively titled More As This Story Develops. Like every previous Sorkin show, this one will give us a behind the scenes look at the hectic life of an occupation that you probably wouldn’t want to see a television show about if it wasn’t written by Aaron Sorkin. Jeff Daniels will star as the aforementioned anchor while Waterston will play his boss. While details on the production are scarce, here’s what we do know: people will walk and talk (quickly, in both cases), friends will become enemies, enemies will become friends, it will make us laugh, it will make us cry, and it will get cancelled because it’s too “smart”.
What’s that, Virginia? No, I’m not still bitter about Studio 60.
Really, I’m just pumped to see Sam Waterston in a new role. In the same way that Pinocchio had Jiminy Cricket, and True Romance‘s Clarence had Val Kilmer’s Elvis, in times of great stress or adversity I am often comforted by the wise words of Jack “Hang ‘Em High” McCoy. Remember, “There’s no statute of limitations on murder”.
The five of us have often discussed that one of the problems with being huge nerds is that we tend to like television shows that are awesome but misunderstood (Actually, now that I think about it, that’s true of almost everything related to nerd-dom). The consequence of this is that many of our favorite shows don’t get the opportunity to rise to their full potential. One such show that was loved by many a nerd was ABC Family’s The Middleman, which you’ve probably seen us mention before. Fans of the show instantly fell in love with its camp; its comic, movie, and video game reference-filled sense of humor; and its beautiful and snarky lead,
Matt Keeslar Natalie Morales. While this was the first time many of us had seen her, it would thankfully not be the last. Since her time as middle-sidekick, we’ve seen her in USA’s White Collar, Wall Street 2, and briefly on NBC’s Parks & Recreation. She’s got some new stuff coming out, and we were thrilled when she agreed to sit down with us and answer some hard-hitting questions celebrity duel questions. So read on. I think you’ll agree that her responses are sheer elegance in their simplicity.
During the most recent Game of Thrones Episode, Ned is seen flipping through a book that contains the chronology of all of the houses in Westeros. During this scene, NNAR’s Chris rightly commented, ‘Sweet book – also known as the appendix.’ For those of us who have read the books, we know that the complexity and density of the story line is largely due to the sheer number of characters and the relationships that they have with each other, all of which is laboriously outlined in the ever-growing appendices of each book. See the graphic that explains it all.
Judging a TV show based on the first episode is hard – and a little bit unfair to be honest. However, now that HBO’s new series Game of Thrones is two episodes in, I think it’s legitimate to start talking about what we think. Late one night, right before the series started, all of us had a huge (read: mildly alcohol fueled) debate about the books. It’s pretty clear we all feel quite strongly that the Song of Ice and Fire is an awesome series – undoubtedly why HBO picked it up – but it’s also complex, large, and unique. Can that carry over to the TV format in a way that doesn’t lose any of what makes it special, but is also accessible to people who haven’t read the books?
So it’s been a couple weeks since we’ve done a Weekend Watch, but fear not, because we are back. As usual, we want to take a few minutes to discuss our plans for the weekend and brag about how whatever we are doing/watching/reading is much better than what everyone else is doing/watching/reading. You are encouraged to chime in below.
When the name George Takei comes up, most people think of Star Trek (if they think of anything). As the first pilot of the Starship Enterprise, the man is a legend among nerds. I can still remember going on a speech and debate tournament in high school 10 years ago, and while in the hotel, passing by a ballroom hosting a small Con. We went by an open door, and my friend Matt looked in and exclaimed “Holy s*** it’s George Takei!”
Now, however, I hear George Takei, and I actually have a dual reaction: I think of Star Trek, but I also think of the issue of equality in America. The man has become a spokesman in the debate over Gay Marriage, and a rationally eloquent one at that. Now he’s speaking out about Hollywood’s tendency to pass over Asian-American actors for Asian roles in film – specifically the upcoming Akira adaptation – and doing it as smoothly and confidently as you’d expect from a former Starfleet pilot. Read more
Despite being destroyed at an alarming frequency, the Interrodroids have always been the unsung heroes of Middleman HQ. But, following the unceremonious and unjust cancellation of the show, the fate of the Interrodroid was uncertain at best. Imagine my surprise when I spotted a familiar face at approx. 27 seconds in the following national advertisement campaign. For one more thing, thank you, Alec Baldwin.