Game of Copy and Paste

This is a little old by now, but I thought I’d share anyway.

The screen-capture below comes from “Breaker of Chains,” the third episode of Game of Thrones‘ fourth season (it aired on 4/20/2014). I noticed it right away, but haven’t had time to confirm and share it until now.

Apparently the CGI dragon effects from episode one ate into the budget for extras on the walls of Meereen.

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They probably could have saved even more money by simply using a giant mirror.

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Fargo: Season 1, Episode 1 – “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”

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[No Spoilers Below]

My feelings about the films in the Coen brothers’ oeuvre (at least the ones I’ve seen) go from like to love, with many of them falling near the latter end of the spectrum. Naturally, when I heard that their 1996 should’ve-been-Best-Picture-winner Fargo was being “remade” as a TV series, I was immediately turned off to the idea. Fargo is pretty close to perfect, like at least a couple of other Coen movies. Why mess with it?

Still, I planned to watch the show just to see it fail to find that unique Coen tone and disappear after one season, if not after just a few episodes. Even the cast (particularly Martin Freeman and Coen-vet Billy Bob Thornton) failed to give me much hope or excitement. The best thing the show had going for it was the network. FX, in my opinion, has the best track record of any network, even rivaling HBO. It has an assured “brand” and airs (or has aired) some of the best shows on TV right now (let’s forget about Anger Management for a second, or forever). If any network was going to pull this 10-episode “limited series” adaptation off, it would be FX.

Of course, you know what I’m going to say next. Continue reading

24: The Longest Dead Series Discussion of Our Lives – Season Seven

“THE REPRODUCTION HABITS OF MOLES IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT”

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24 is a groundbreaking and important television series. Beyond the thrills, kills, twists and tragedies is a show that reached a new level of serialized storytelling and set the bar for action and suspense on network television. Lasting for 8 full seasons–192 Episodes plus a TV movie–24 is one of the longest-running shows of the past 15 years. Others, like Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Smallville, all three CSIs and three of four Law & Orders, may have run longer, but the argument can be made that none of those shows are equally as worthy of contributing to the debatably labeled and vaguely-defined “Third Golden Age of Television Drama” that began with The Sopranos in 1999 and is now fading with the end of Breaking Bad and the impending finale of Mad Men. Perhaps 24 doesn’t quite reach the dramatic heights of those shows, or others like The Wire and Deadwood, or even The Shield, Lost or Battlestar Galactica, but it was always a strong awards and ratings contender and it was just so addicting and fun to watch.

Please join us—Patches, Zach, Jeff and MegaMix—as we take a look back at this series, discussing one season every month until the premiere of the new 12-episode miniseries 24: Live Another Day in May 2014.

This month’s discussion is focused on season seven of 24, which premiered in January of 2009.

It contains SPOILERS for the entire series of 24 and strong language. Parental discretion is advised. Discussion occurs in real time. Continue reading