I still prefer a moondoor…

So now we have an ice dragon.  I have to say it – this was totally predictable and thus quite the deviation for D2.  Query – does it breathe fire or ice?

I don’t have much to say about this episode.  Quite frankly, I was bored.  I actually wanted it to end at 10 pm.  The Arya/Sansa dynamic can’t even be classified as a dynamic, it’s that boring.  It’s clear that Petyr is trying to play them off of each other but aren’t they too smart for that?  Perhaps they are, and this viewer is missing something.  Was Arya posing as Brienne so she can go to King’s Landing in disguise and kill Cersei?  As you can tell, I’m not only bored but also confused.

The battle scenes beyond the wall were disappointing.  I couldn’t even tell who was fighting, or who was killed.  The dragon stuff was cool, as usual, but the special effects didn’t make up for the poor dialogue and storytelling here.

I’m hoping this was a one off and the show will be back to form this week.

I still prefer a moondoor…

So many random thoughts #dragonstone

My mind is all over the place today for a lot of reasons, one of which is that I stayed up past my bedtime to watch the Game of Thrones season 7 premiere (so worth it!).  I’ll leave the detailed recap to the rest and just give you my randos:

1.I am still bored of Arya’s storyline.  I know, it’s crazy, she’s a cool child assassin and all, but it took too long to come to fruition and frankly, I don’t give a crap about the Freys.

2.I couldn’t see anything in man-bun’s fire?  Was I supposed to?  Is it a hoax?  Does my failure to see it simply confirm my atheism?

3.Speaking of which, did someone bring The Hound back to life?  I just presumed he recovered after his fight with Brienne.  However, I think I missed something because they referenced him being resurrected last night.

4.Was Dragonstone this cool when Stannis lived there?  I seem to recall that most of those scenes were shot at night, and he never sat on that cool dragon throne.  Perhaps the Lord of Light frowns on such indulgences.

5.It seems obvious that Arya will be the one to kill Cersei so I’m going with Jaime.  I suspect she’ll plot something truly evil that will threaten ordinary citizens (a la the mad king) and history will repeat itself.

6.I need Brienne and Tormund to get together.  That is all.

7.Who is kissing Yara in the scene’s for next week?  It looked like Jon Snow but I can’t imagine that’s true.

8.Euron’s new look is very American Idol contestant, season one.  I loved the leather jacket though.  I think he’s planning to bring back Tyrion as a hostage.  Perhaps that’s where theory #5 comes in.

9.Sam Tarly is so boring.  I love books and libraries, but he and his storyline are so dull.  Please shortcut his scenes, D & D.

10.Wondering how and when Lady Olenna and the Sand Snakes will make an appearance?

 

So many random thoughts #dragonstone

DVR alert

Warren Buffett documentary – HBO Monday night

Trumped (unseen footage from The Circus re: campaign) – Showtime Friday night

Planet Earth – BBC 2/18

Billions – Showtime 2/19

Tickled – HBO 2/27

The Partner – CNBC 3/7 (moved from 2/28)

Better Call Saul – AMC 4/10

House of Cards – Netflix 5/30

DVR alert

What I’m watching…

I decided to check out a few network premieres this week so I wanted to share my thoughts with you.  Those of you who follow me regularly know I detest network shows because they’re sanitized claptrap, unlike the brave stuff HBO and other cable networks are doing.  There is definitely claptrap but I liked the three shows I watched (so far):

1.Designated Survivor.  I’ll watch pretty much anything with Kiefer Sutherland.  Even when 24 went off the rails in its later seasons, he kept the show watchable.  I was ready to give up on Designated Survivor after the first 40 minutes, but the last few minutes left me wanting more.  I’m not sure I’ll stick with this long-term, but it is due to be dvr’ed this week.  There’s definitely claptrap potential with this show, so I’ll be closely monitoring.  I will say that I can’t stand the actress who plays the first lady.  Also, the show is treading dangerously close to “Homeland” territory with the annoying kids.  B+

2.Lethal Weapon.  Look, the only reason I watched this is because I really like Damon Wayans.  I have to say I was pretty impressed, probably due to low expectations.  The show itself looks pretty, and the two lead actors have a great rapport.  There’s also claptrap potential here, plus the formula of the show may get old quickly.  B+

3.Pitch.  I would have loved this pilot, if the last 60 seconds were omitted.  Claptrap alert, claptrap alert!  If this show was on cable, it wouldn’t include a dead dad to keep our attention.  There was so much to love about this pilot and it definitely has potential.  The lead actress and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are terrific.  A-

4.Gomorrah.  I think we’re towards the end of the first season being aired in the USA on Sundance.  It’s getting really good now.  I believe the last segment will air on Wednesday.  I then have to look for the second season somewhere.  My guess is that Daniele’s brother will team up with Ciro to go after Conte, since he doesn’t know that Ciro was the one responsible for his brother’s death.  I think he believes that Gennaro gave the order, and Ciro simply followed the order and had Daniele carry it out.  We’ll see.

5.Mr. Robot.  I have nothing to say about the season finale except that I have no earthly idea what is going on.  I’ll still continue to watch though.  Sam Esmail is a genius.

DVR alert:  Poldark tonight at 8 on PBS;  Shameless back on Showtime 10/2;  Class Divide on HBO on 10/3

Netflix alert:  Longmire Season 5 – now!

What I’m watching…

More questions that answers…

Remember that movie “We Need to Talk about Kevin”?  Well, we need to talk about The Night Of.  I’ve been gathering my thoughts over the past few days but if you follow me on twitter, you already know I was disappointed by the finale (and you also know that I was so dead wrong about the ending it’s embarrassing).

The show began with a slow burn, Wire-esque if you will.  I found that aspect of it intriguing, and it left me wanting more, which I suppose is the point of storytelling. The finale felt like a choppy mess, seeking to wrap up loose ends but never really doing so.

Who killed Andrea?  What motive did her financial planner have to kill her?  Why didn’t anyone question the lack of blood anywhere on Naz if he was the killer?  Why did Naz keep getting tattoos during his trial?  Were those needles sterilized before use?  Why did they keep showing that deer head?  Why would Chandra pass drugs to Naz for no good reason?

I will say that the acting was superb.  There were so many great performances I can’t name them all but my standouts were the prosecutor and Detective Box.

I do hope we get to see the actor who played Naz more in future.

 

More questions that answers…

What I’m watching…

Although it’s summer, there’s a lot of good tv on right now.  You just have to know where to look.  Here’s what I’m watching:

1.Gomorrah on Sundance.  I’ve been waiting for this gritty Neapolitan crime family drama to come to the US for a while.  Thanks Sundance!  Season 1 is currently airing two episodes at a time on Wednesday nights.  I’ve only seen the first two episodes but I’m already hooked.  There are subtitles but you soon forget you’re even reading them because the scenery is so complex – a combination of the beautiful landscapes of Naples and the down and dirty of impoverished neighborhoods and gangsters.

My theory is that Ciro was the informant and the phone number he burned at the end of episode 2 was for his contact at the police.  Now that he has to run things while the boss is in prison, and the boss’s son is on life support, he can’t be the informant anymore.

2.Mr. Robot on USA.  OK, I’ll admit, I have no earthly idea what all is going on with this show right now.  Who is the Dark Army?  Why is it not aligned with Darlene and her group?  Where is Titus Welliver?  Why is his wife being protected by a guy who appears to be police?  You know what, I don’t care.  The show is a lot of fun, especially the recent episode that started with the 80s theme.  It really brought me back to those 80s sitcoms with their simplistic storylines where all problems were happily resolved by the end.  TV ain’t like that no more, and boy am I glad (what would we have to write about?).

3.Ray Donovan on Showtime.  I won’t say much about Ray Donovan this season as I am bored to tears.  Jon Voight is the ONLY reason I’m still watching.  I think I’m breaking up with RD after this season.  Sorry Liev, just too much emotional and Donovan family crap distracting from the interesting stuff.

4.The Night Of on HBO.  This sleeper of a show has finally woken viewers up and now appears to be getting a lot of press.  I bet it will do well in DVD, iTunes,etc. sales in future.  The season finale is tonight.  My prediction is that Naz will be acquitted, he’ll be killed in prison before his release, and the viewer will be shown at the end what really happened, via the surveillance camera inside of the deer head on the victim’s wall.

Personally, I think Naz committed the crime.  Not with any pre-meditation or necessarily intent, I think he went apeshit from the drugs and alcohol, and his subconscious broke him out of his good boy, immigrant son mold to do something so uncharacteristic.  Just a theory folks, I could be dead wrong.  Shout out to Michael K. Williams for another stellar performance.  You’ll always be Omar to me.

Happy watching!

What I’m watching…