Just like first round interviewees and blind daters, TV Shows are generally very nervous about making a good first impression. If the first impression is a bad one, well… you better start thinking of ideas for the next show.
Shows take different routes in order to ensure that viewers are hooked. However, most involve a recurring opening sequence with a title theme that is played at the beginning of each new episode. These songs are what get stuck in our heads, and keep us thinking about the show and wanting more. Some series do it wrong, and some do it really right. Here is our Top Five break down of the latter. Read more
In case it hasn’t been obvious, we miss HBO’s Game of Thrones and cannot wait for it to come back. Luckily we can occasionally get our GoT fix in in the form of news about the upcoming season from the studio, and today is one of those occasions. It seems that HBO has just finished casting the second season of the show, and the guys over at TV Overmind have provided us with a write-up of all sixteen new cast members and the roles they will be playing. I’m fairly unfamiliar with most of these actors, as will be most American audience members, I suspect, but just the thought of the next chapter in this amazing story being played out onscreen is getting me giddy with anticipation.
Check out the write up here (Warning: Season one spoilers, as well as tips on new characters for those of you not already familiar with the events of book 2).
So what do you think about the casting? Let us know in the comments.
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.
“They’re here.” Don’t check under your house for a Native American burial ground, and don’t go calling the Exorcist just yet – our Weekend Watch went on hiatus, but just because we’re back doesn’t mean you should suspect the supernatural. Maybe just the evolutionary – X-Men: First Class will most likely be high atop all our lists for the next three days, but we’ll give you a taste of some other especially nerdy plans we’ve concocted for the weekend. Read more
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.
So maybe you woke up early this morning to watch the Royal Wedding on TV. Or, maybe you stayed up way too late playing video games and there was no chance you were waking up at 6 AM, like me. Either way, the weekend has now officially begun, and so we humble nerds present to you our plans for the next three days. Well, our plans beside watching Game of Thrones on Sunday, because that’s just a given at this point.
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?