Thursday, March 28, 2013

TV Links of the Week

As far as scripted TV goes, this has to be the biggest Sunday of the year yet. Not only is The Walking Dead wrapping up its third season on AMC, Game of Thrones is starting its third on HBO. This is what the DVR was invented for. It's only fitting that this week's post focus mostly on these two hugely popular shows.

We'll cover TWD first.  Let's get the promos out of the way.

Since it's such a big week, let's play two.

I'm starting to think that the huge battle we've all been waiting for isn't going to happen. It seems more likely that Rick and his merry gang are going to hightail it out of the prison before the Governor's posse gets there. Of course, trailers are often made to mislead, but I don't know if TWD has the marbles to pull that off.

In other TWD news, Geek System previews The Walking Dead Monopoly and The Walking Dead Risk. I'm a big fan of both games, but I'm not sure about these versions. Maintaining hotels during a zombie apocalypse has to be a major pain. And "world domination" just doesn't have the same ring to it when you have worry as much about being eaten as you do being shot.

If I asked you to name shows/movies that you find similar to TWD, where would Toy Story fall on the list? 22? 55? 102? After you read this io9 article, you might move it into your top 10. Or at least top 30.

Time to move onto GOT. First, Rolling Stone gives us a cheat sheet to catch us up on what we need to know for season three. (Side Note: If you have Comcast/Xfinity, or whatever they're calling themselves these days, you can watch all episodes from seasons 1 and 2 for free during its Watchathon Week).

Billboard gives us a list of 25 songs that certain GOT characters would choose as their personal anthems. I've only read the books, but I don't see Tyrion going with a T-Pain song as his theme song. Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys does fit Danny, though. I would keep going, but music is definitely not an area I should be commenting on. The Czarina would be a much better candidate.

If you're a skeptic or one of those people that always questions the plausibility of things in TV shows, even fantasy TV shows, then you'll probably enjoy this article from Wired that discusses if the Wall from GOT can withstand science. Spoiler alert: It can't.

Not everything on TV this weekend revolves around zombies and dragons. The NCAA men's basketball tournament is back with the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. Here are TV schedules for the weekend. Three of my Final Four survived the first weekend, which is actually pretty good for me.

Finally, MLB kicks off its season Sunday night with the Texas Rangers vs the Houston Astros. The season begins in earnest Monday, including a Braves vs. Phillies matchup at 7:10. Spring can officially begin.


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