After a tight, insular effort like “The Lion and the Rose” from last week, Game of Thrones sprawled back all over the map in the aftermath of Joffrey’s death. The through line of the King’s death did provide the episode with centrality, but the hour bangs around all over Westeros and across the Narrow Sea. There’s plenty of stunning imagery and wonderful individual moments in the episode. That being said, a lot of the episode did feel like homework as we tried to catch up with the people who weren’t fortunate enough to witness the death of the boy king in person.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
After a solid month’s worth of nightmare-inducing insanity, Hannibal was due for an episode where things calmed down just a bit. The show has gotten so caught up in the tension surrounding the Will-Hannibal dynamic (and it’s been glorious) that it has neglected it’s serial killer of the week format. While Bryan Fuller has no interest in doing a traditional procedural with the Hannibal Lecter story, the pace of the last few weeks is unsustainable for the series. Therefore, it was probably the right time to throttle back a bit. The episode itself felt rough in some spots, but it’s easy to see the future pay-offs from an episode like “Su-Zakana”.
Monday, April 14, 2014
If you lived in Westeros, why would you ever get married? At the very least, wouldn’t you consider eloping? Whether it’s brutal savagery or a sleek and clean poisoning, weddings are going to be the new buzzword among the forecasters of doom. The night may be dark and full of terrors, but weddings aren’t exactly a barrel of laughs either.
The network television drama has been taking a lot of hits recently. The golden age has definitely passed, and now the network dial is seen as a place full of clunky, but safe, procedural television. People turn their noses up at anyone who dares to argue about the merits of network drama. Despite having the best ratings of any network, CBS draws the biggest scoffs from people who like their television on the margins. Those people argue against CBS’s television hegemony by claiming all they do is produce simple, boilerplate procedurals. While that assertion isn’t entirely unfair, to lump all of CBS’s television offerings together is categorically unfair. Though many of the standard procedurals have different twists and bents, to deride the possibility of the network procedural is to simply ignore the incredible work done by The Good Wife over the past few episodes.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The discovery of Miriam Lass in the final moments of last week’s episode put Hannibal in an interesting place. It seemingly put Hannibal Lecter into a box of which there was no escape, but given the point in the season, it was clear we weren’t going to get any resolution to the story. It left the open the possibility of Dr. Lecter escaping FBI clutches due to sheer stupidity or a fantastical feat to top all the other fantastical feats of the Chesapeake Ripper. For that reason, I watched the first few moments of this episode bracing for the worst. For some reason, I abandoned the faith I’d put in Bryan Fuller and company because of all of my serial killer scarring of the past few years. As it turns out, Fuller has a design as well, and it’s every bit as complex and impressive as that of the Ripper.