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.

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I still prefer a moondoor…

My thoughts on #thespoilsofwar and #ripolenna

Wow, sorry readers.  I just realized I was so jammed up last week that I didn’t get to post on the passing of one of my favorite characters, The Queen of Thorns.  May she rest in peace.  “The Queen’s Justice” was a great episode, but this week’s was even better.  We finally got to see some real dragon ass-kicking.

I’ll admit I was disappointed by the Jaime death fake out, which seemed a bit cheap considering the usual high quality of this show.  As FW pointed out, D2 would have made it crystal clear if the hottest knight in Westeros was really dead (“hottest knight” being my phrase, not his).  FW also has a theory, which I think is plausible, that Jaime has to stick around so that we believe he killed Cersei, when in fact the killer is Arya, disguised as Jaime.  Did you get all that?

I enjoyed the Jon Snow/Theon reunion if only because all the worlds are coming full circle now and colliding.  I presume they’ll band together to defeat Euron and save Yara, but since that is an easily-predicted theory, I’m probably wrong.

I feel like the show is really building us up for a spectacular Cersei fall/death.  I may have more thoughts on this episode once I rewatch it this week.

 

 

My thoughts on #thespoilsofwar and #ripolenna

My (delayed) thoughts on Stormborn

I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot to say about this week’s episode.  My regular readers know that I find Arya terribly boring, and the same applies to Samwell.  Since they took up a lot of space on this episode, I’ll keep this brief.

It’s obvious that Sam is going to cure Jorah, and Jorah will probably save Daenerys out of nowhere at some point.  I’ll admit I’m over Jorah and his lack of a storyline.  He served a purpose for the first few seasons but his character feels extraneous to me.  Especially since there are so many other delicious characters to spend time with (see Lady Olenna, Lady Mormont, et al.).

How long have we waited for Daenerys to be in the same room with Ellaria, Yara, AND Olenna, with a side of Tyrion and Varys?  You can see how D2 is bringing all of the various factions into one place for the wars to come.  The irony is that no one besides boring Jon Snow is focused on the real threat.  I’m still trying to figure out who the leaker is.

I guess I have to talk about the ambush scene at the end.  The special effects were awesome, to be sure.  However, Euron and his crazy eyes are just too much.  FW believes he’ll get killed by the end of this season, and I hope he’s right.  I like Yara’s character but I’m not sure what will happen to her.  I expect that Ellaria is the “gift” Euron promised to Cersei.

Oh, Theon.  I have no words.

My (delayed) thoughts on Stormborn

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

My thoughts on “The Keepers” [spoiler alert]

I finished watching “The Keepers” on Netflix last weekend.  I wanted to take this week to gather my thoughts on the series before posting this piece.

I didn’t know much about the show before I started it, except that it involved the unsolved murder of a nun in Baltimore and may have had a sexual abuse component.  I had no idea it involved such rampant abuse of students at the high school that would serve as such a critical part of the series.

The second episode where Jean detailed her abuse at the hands of the priests, and other adults, was truly horrifying.  There is no doubt in my mind she was telling the truth and I could barely contain my rage throughout the remainder of the series.

My first question was, shouldn’t the church and its administrators have been the first people insisting that the murderer(s) of Sister Cathy Cesnik be found by the police?  I found that mind-boggling.  I would expect that the church would have had volunteers out searching for her when she was missing, then out looking for clues once she was found.  Instead, it was crickets from the church.  Not even a reward!

My second question was, why didn’t Jean or any of the other students tell a parent or another adult about the abuse?  I can’t imagine being a parent and not questioning why my son or daughter was spending so much time away from the classroom and with a priest.  However, I imagine based on my own grade school brainwashing at a catholic school that no one would have believed that a “holy man” would be capable of such grotesque behavior.  That likely explains why it was never questioned by Jean, or by any of the adults in her life.

My third question was, what role, if any, did Edgar and Billy (and others?) play in Cathy’s murder?  The series didn’t make clear what relationship any of those people had with Mackell, if any.  When the series got to that episode, I’ll admit I got a bit lost.

My fourth question was, how was Joyce Malecki’s murder connected to Cathy’s murder?  I initially thought that perhaps the priest had Joyce killed a few days after Cathy disappeared in order to distract authorities from her disappearance.  However, the series never developed that connection, probably because the government still hasn’t released any information about Joyce’s case to her family.

My fifth question was, who is Brother Bob?  I suspect it’s Mackell’s brother Bob, who was a police officer.  Just a guess.

My working theory is that Mackell had Edgar and his crew kill Cathy because he knew she was going to uncover his abuse.  He then had Joyce killed either because she also knew too much, or simply to distract attention away from Cathy’s disappearance.

The bottom line is that the church allowed this behavior to go on even though it knew about it because let’s face it, the church needs customers to exist.  The church saw its future with a dwindling congregation, which means dwindling funds.  It couldn’t afford to lose either existing customers or new customers, so it had to accept such behavior and keep it under wraps.  If the church admitted it had a pervasive problem, it would have ceased to exist.  And the church couldn’t have that, since it is a business above all else.  And that tacit approval of such abhorrent behavior resulted in continued sexual and physical abuse, and an overall feeling that priests and others in authority within the church could operate without consequences.

My true hope is that everyone watches this series so that it opens more eyes to these truths.  I saw the truth as a child many years ago, and this series only confirmed what I already knew.  I also hope that both the Malecki and Czesnik families, as well as all of the victims of Mackell, get justice.

My thoughts on “The Keepers” [spoiler alert]

What I’ve been watching…

Bosch Season 3 (Amazon Prime) – I’m only about halfway through but so far, this season is great.  I’m also starting the Bosch books from the beginning, though I think I read some of them back in the 90s.  This season is supposed to be a combination of two of the early books.  There’s a lot going on – a serial killer in Koreatown, the murder of a Vietnam vet, the murder of a young woman, and the murder of one of Bosch’s former nemesis.

My favorite characters are still J. Edgar and Irving, probably because they were both on The Wire.

Gomorrah Season 2 (Sundance, Wednesdays) – Sundance just aired the first four episodes of season 2 these past 2 weeks.  That means there’s only 4 weeks left, which makes me want to savor every single second of this delectable show.

I didn’t watch the Sopranos, but the consensus on twitter is that Gomorrah makes that show look like The Brady Bunch.  Spoiler alert!  Ciro killed his own wife, and the show then killed off my favorite character, Salvatore Conti, by slitting his throat in a church.  Great stuff, but I wish Conti was still alive.  I loved the religious imagery in his apartment juxtaposed with his brutality.  He will be missed!

Louis C.K. Seasons 1 – 4 (Netflix) – So how did I not start watching this guy until now?  He is hilarious!  He’s like a raunchy Seinfeld.  I’m now on season 4 which is getting super serious.  I don’t love the storyline with the foreign woman so hopefully that’s done for good.  I can’t wait to watch his comedy specials when I finish the show.  I also loved seeing Allan Havey in one of the episodes.

Billions Season 2 (Showtime, Sundays) – I think this season is better than the first, which is saying a lot.  The penultimate episode this week was terrific.  I totally didn’t see that twist coming, which is a sure sign of great writing.  I hate the fact that Rhoades won this round, especially since poor Ira was a pawn and the ultimate loser in his little game.  And Rhoades is a sucker if the thinks that Axelrod won’t crush him when it counts.  We’ll see.

Better Call Saul Season 3 (AMC, Mondays) – I’m not sure where they’re going this season but I can’t wait to find out.  I wonder if they’ll get to the part where Mike does start working for Fring?

What I’ve been watching…

My thoughts on Hotel Beausejour…(spoilers)

So I finished the Belgian Netflix series Hotel Beausejour this weekend.  I really enjoyed it but it did have some flaws.  A lot of it probably had to do with my lack of familiarity with Belgian culture (and language).

The story is about a teenage girl named Kato who is murdered.  She realizes that she is dead and appears on the show as herself, but as a ghost figure.  She can feel pain and is basically still a human.  The interesting part is that only 6 people can actually see and interact with her.  To the rest, she is dead.

Not even Kato knows how she ended up dead or who did it, so she is determined to identify the killer.  She enlists the help of the 5 people who can see her (more on # 6 later).  The 5 people are her dad, her stepsister, a police officer who happens to be the uncle of her ex-boyfriend, her friend, and the son of the aforementioned police officer, who she hooked up with the night of her murder.

It is a murder mystery but there’s a lot of emotion involved, and Kato is both a tragic and an unsympathetic figure.  The 6th person who sees her is not revealed until the last episode, and that person ends up being the killer.  I totally didn’t see it coming and the show did accomplish that element of surprise.

I do recommend this show if you like foreign shows and films.  It reminded me of a Belgian “Veronica Mars”.

 

My thoughts on Hotel Beausejour…(spoilers)