Game of Thrones, Season 3, Episode 1 – House/Order Power Rankings

By D.G. McCabe

Inspired by meaningless sports power rankings, here is a similar weekly Game of Thrones feature:

1. House Lannister

King’s Landing is still in one piece, Joff the Bastard is still on the Iron Throne, and Tywin Lannister is in charge.  Tyrion, meanwhile, is back where he belongs – climbing the ladder.  Even the war looks good for the Lannisters for the first time, with the Baratheons defeated at Blackwater and, for the time being, and Tyrells on their side.  With no appearance from the still captive Kingslayer this week, these guys are #1.

2. House Tyrell

The Tyrell’s are backing the right horse at the moment, or lion as the case may be.  It is also not so subtly hinted that the Lannister’s know they’d be screwed at present if it weren’t for Sir Loras and Lady Margaery’s desire to see Stannis Baratheon drawn and quartered.  I have this feeling they’ll be in the top spot before long.

3. House Stark

For now, the Young Wolf is still winning.  Soon enough, he’ll have a pissed-off river troll coming after him, realize his home has been burned by pirates (because hey, what else would you call Iron Islanders?), and he now has to face the combined strength of Casterly Rock and Highgarden.  If Jon Snow weren’t doing his best James Bond impression up north, the Starks would be much lower on this list.

4. House Targaryen

The Old Dynasty had a good week for what it’s worth, with the re-appearance of Barristan the Bold and (finally) a boat.  Daenerys has a lot of learning to do still, but at least she will never be short on barbeque fish.

5. The Free People

The Wildlings have two things going for them: the know about the Others and they have giants.  On the the other hand, they’re freezing their butts off and they just let Jon Snow walk in the door.

6. The Night’s Watch

Well, at least they’re heading back to the Wall.

7. House Greyjoy

Good news, Winterfell lies in ruins.  Bad news, everything else.  At least we didn’t have to put up with Theon this week.

8. House Baratheon

Stannis has decided that it makes more sense to burn infidels at the stake with his crazy-ass sorceress than try to rebound from his defeat at King’s Landing.  Because fire – that’s a solution to everything.

Also receiving votes: House Tully, The Fabulous Order of Littlefinger’s Ho’s, The Unsullied, and those guys dumping crap out their windows.

(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe

Game of Thrones – Season 3, Episode 1 – Two Questions

By D.G. McCabe

A season of Game of Thrones is basically a ten hour movie, and last night’s first part didn’t disappoint.  Keeping in mind that I haven’t read all of the books (I’m about a third of the way through “A Clash of Kings”), here are two questions for next week:

What’s Margaery Tyrell’s angle?

She has to have one right?  I mean she can’t actually be a good and decent person in this world for long without having her head mounted on a spike like a certain Lord of Winterfell.  Add that to her Lady MacBeth-esque scenes from last season and I don’t really buy the whole “I’m going to take care of the orphans” thing as any more than a public relations stunt.

When is Daenerys going learn that patience is a good thing?

Of all the various subplots of George R.R. Martin’s saga, it is that of Daenerys Targaryen that has the most in common with a traditional “hero quest” saga.  After all, she has all the aspects of a legendary hero – low beginnings, special destiny, extraordinary powers, obstacles to overcome.  Her problem at the moment is that she wants to retake the Seven Kingdoms – NOW.  But now, she has three dragon kids, a couple dozen tired barbarians, and whatever money she had left over from that scumbag in Qarth after buying a ship.  Soon enough she’ll have three terrifying monsters, but she’ll also have to feed, clothe, and maintain an army and figure out how she’s going to attack, which takes time.

(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe

Snap Reviews – March 2013

By: D.G. McCabe

So due to some travel the last couple of weeks, this is only my second post since the Oscars.  But that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been a few movie related topics to comments on.  Here are some snap judgements on movies and related topics from the last couple of weeks:

1. 2013 Oscars

Overall, it wasn’t a very shocking evening – there weren’t a lot of surprises in the major categories (maybe a couple of secondary favorites in a few categories but that’s about it).

Seth MacFarlane was as offensive and crude as expected.  After all, you can’t create a monster and complain when it smashes a few buildings.  For those that found his act juvenile and chauvinist, don’t worry – he said he’s not interested in hosting again.

Also, props to our guest bloggers – Katy Cummings for picking all of the short films correctly and Meghan McCabe for picking 2/3 of Les Miserables (2012)’s wins!

2. Quartet (2012)

This one is a pleasant, well acted film set in a retirement home for musicians.  It’s directed by Dustin Hoffman, who I think just got sick of comic book movies and decided to make a movie for his age group.  Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly are especially fantastic, and since this one is almost done with its theatrical run I would recommend catching it on DVD.

3. Friends with Kids (2011)

This one is worth checking out on Netflix.  The main characters, Jason and Julie (Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt) are best friends who have come up with a seemingly perfect (in their eyes alone) scheme.  Both want a baby and are getting older, but neither has found a serious, long term romance.  So they decide to have a child together and continue to date other people.  The plot pretty much goes where you would expect it to from there.  Despite it’s predictable nature, it’s a decent, short popcorn film and worth a look if you’re already shelling out a couple bucks a month for Netflix.

As you can see, I haven’t been watching a lot of movies lately, mostly due to re-watching the first two seasons of Game of Thrones in preparation for season three.  While I try to keep this a movie focused blog, I’m toying with the idea of writing some weekly reactions – stay tuned!

(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe