‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere – A TV Review

by on April 24, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

'Game of Thrones' on HBOAfter settling in to watch the much heralded and anticipated HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones, I came away entertained and looking to hook up with more details on all the plot lines.  And in case you or I thought it was pretty good, HBO thought it was better and has renewed Thrones for a second season the day after the premiere episode aired!  (Dang that’s fast!)

This first hour of Game of Thrones did something I hate, but did it so well that it made it an organic experience to the viewer, making that a win in my book.

What I hate is when a new show stuffs all their characters in your face in the first episode and explains them, ad nauseam, with dialog that usually doesn’t fit or help the scene in any way.  You can tell bad shows right up front when they do that.  I’ve always enjoyed shows that just have a character be described via their actions in the show or through conversation dialog with other characters, revealing parts of themselves one scene at at time.

Game of Thrones pretty much introduced every main character, most of their history and some of their motivations via well constructed scenes.  It was transparent actually.

We were shown very little magical elements, well, except for maybe Dire Wolves (Anyone remember those from Dungeons and Dragons?).

The part of Lord Eddard is played well by Sean Bean.  I was wondering if that would work, and it does.  Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, the frail looking Emilia Clarke playing her brother’s victim, and given to Jason Momoa‘s burly huge warrior character, Khal Drogo.

“Is no the only word you speak?”


And who could not appreciate that premiere episode ending cliff-hanger, where

[spoiler]Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) discovers Jaime (Coster-Waldau) and Cersie (Headey) “together” and finds himself pushed out a window![/spoiler]

A typical, anxiety inducing HBO series episode ender, making us wanting the next episode immediately.

This new series, Game of Thrones, is a winner in my book if you like fantasy realm, era pieces.  But don’t worry, from what I understand, the fantasy part will be played down, thus making this a more believable fantasy epic journey.

The question I had, was will HBO help this show, this franchise, grow beyond the core fans with this series.  I think they can do that indeed.  They’ve done it with me.  I’ve never seen one page of the Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin.

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