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Title: A Game of Thrones
Post by: narcout on April 17, 2011, 05:41:04 PM
Anyone else excited to watch this tonight?

I don't know how many of you have read the books, but they are fantastic.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: euge on April 17, 2011, 05:56:30 PM
Anyone else excited to watch this tonight?

I don't know how many of you have read the books, but they are fantastic.

Read three of the books. Would like to see the series. Don't have HBO. :(
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: 1vertical on April 17, 2011, 07:03:34 PM
clueless> 1 vert.... but I do need to bump up my post count and
I am almost at the cliff hanger number
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: punatic on April 17, 2011, 07:55:51 PM
Anyone else excited to watch this tonight?

I don't know how many of you have read the books, but they are fantastic.

Read three of the books. Would like to see the series. Don't have HBO. :(

You're in luck.  HBO and Cinemax are having a free preview this weekend.  Been loading up my DVR with movies I haven't seen yet.  Looking  forward to seeing Robin Hood.  Pee Wee Herman on Broadway looks pretty cool too.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: pfooti on April 17, 2011, 09:13:39 PM
FWIW, comcast isn't participating in the free HBO weekend thing. At least not my comcast. Stupid comcast.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: denny on April 17, 2011, 09:14:33 PM
I was excited to see it until I read some of the pre reviews.  Now I don't think I'll waste my time.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: tschmidlin on April 17, 2011, 09:16:06 PM
Anyone else excited to watch this tonight?

I don't know how many of you have read the books, but they are fantastic.

Read three of the books. Would like to see the series. Don't have HBO. :(

You're in luck.  HBO and Cinemax are having a free preview this weekend.  Been loading up my DVR with movies I haven't seen yet.  Looking  forward to seeing Robin Hood.  Pee Wee Herman on Broadway looks pretty cool too.
Bah.  You had me excited for a second, but I just scrolled through all 700 HBO/Cinemax channels - no free preview in my area.  Stupid Comcast indeed.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: euge on April 17, 2011, 09:39:23 PM
Yay! Free HBO in my area. Just finished watching Sherlock Holmes. Warming up my strike water.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: punatic on April 17, 2011, 09:40:58 PM
I was excited to see it until I read some of the pre reviews.  Now I don't think I'll waste my time.

Critics are irrelevant, self-important, leaches.  The list of popular hits that were panned by critics is an astoundingly long one.

Sorry for getting your hopes up guys.  The free preview must be a DirecTV thing.   :-[
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: uthristy on April 18, 2011, 02:57:04 PM
I had to check the link and its good ,8 min DL.


11 min teaser trailer>
http://btjunkie.org/torrent/Game-of-Thrones-S01E00-720p-HDTV-x264-CTU/435834511b3e5d2bde55cd66df8884b58776388d3859
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: denny on April 18, 2011, 03:02:02 PM
Critics are irrelevant, self-important, leaches.  The list of popular hits that were panned by critics is an astoundingly long one.

Which is why I don't blindly listen to all critics.  I find a few who, through experience, I fond look for the same things as I do so I know I can probably trust what they have to say.  Then I usually check it out myself just to be sure if I agree with them or not.   In the case of this show, I decided to check it out and see what I thought.  Unfortunately, I fell asleep before it started.  Was it any good?
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: akr71 on April 18, 2011, 03:04:52 PM
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Critics are irrelevant, self-important, leaches.  The list of popular hits that were panned by critics is an astoundingly long one.

I agree.

I haven't read the books yet, but the wife is somewhere in the middle of book 2 and has been looking forward to the series for months now - she enjoyed episode 1.  I liked it too (I had no real expectations, I was just happy that there was a new fantasy type series) - my biggest beef was that the fake snow looked like fake snow on a sound stage.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: narcout on April 18, 2011, 03:54:28 PM
Was it any good?

I liked it.

I should really re-read the first four books before the new one comes out this summer.  It's been so long that I only remember bits and pieces of the (rather complex but totally excellent) storyline.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: punatic on April 18, 2011, 05:06:47 PM
Critics are irrelevant, self-important, leaches.  The list of popular hits that were panned by critics is an astoundingly long one.

Which is why I don't blindly listen to all critics.  I find a few who, through experience, I fond look for the same things as I do so I know I can probably trust what they have to say.  Then I usually check it out myself just to be sure if I agree with them or not.   In the case of this show, I decided to check it out and see what I thought.  Unfortunately, I fell asleep before it started.  Was it any good?

Sorry about the rant Denny.  I meant no disrespect to you.  Let's just say my experiences with critics have not been happy ones.

Got it on the DVR.  Plan is to watch it with Mrs. Punatic this evening over a bottle of mead.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: euge on April 18, 2011, 05:23:53 PM
I watched all three (mostly- was brewing and making tamales) and was somewhat underwhelmed. Knowing the story there was little frame of reference or initial plot development to establish a setting. The books do a good job of this. I'm sure people new to the story are baffled. Keep watching...

Otherwise, I think it's an ambitious undertaking. HBO has been up to the task with other excellent series such as Deadwood.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: madscientist on April 20, 2011, 04:02:29 AM
Was going to bed but saw this and had to comment.  A song of ice and fire is one of my favorite series.  I'm expecting big things in a Dance with Dragons which is finally being released in July.  Anyway, I finally got the chance to watch this tonight and I was impressed.  I thought they did a good job in translating from the book to the screen.  While they may never be able to capture EVERYTHING the book did, it's really cool to see it come to life.  George Martin has even said it will be a little different.  Since he is one of the executive producers I don't think they'll skip out on any of the really good stuff.  In my opinion, they have a great cast.  Sean Bean is a great actor, and they have a few well knowns, but I think the newcomers and the not-so-household names will steal the show.  Definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.  And oh yea, lots of boobage. 
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: pfooti on April 20, 2011, 05:27:34 AM
Good news everybody, Game of Thrones has already been renewed for a second season. Whee.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: euge on April 20, 2011, 05:44:23 AM
Good news everybody, Game of Thrones has already been renewed for a second season. Whee.

Good. It's a fleshy long complicated story. I hope they do it justice. My friend agreed that it was easier to follow since he had read the books already. He also said so far they've followed the story faithfully.

Unfortunately the free HBO shut off... :'(
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: punatic on April 20, 2011, 07:36:38 AM
Treme second season starts this weekend!  Woo Hoo!  Guess I'll have to subscribe to HBO for a couple of months.

Living here I don't get to visit NOLA as much as I'd like.  Treme makes me homesick sometimes, but that's OK.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on October 02, 2011, 03:50:31 AM
I watched the pilot episode and decided I had better read the series first (incidentally, I thought the pilot episode was great).  I'm about 2/3 of the way through the first book and I can't put it down.  I'm hoping the books are consistently as good as GOT because I think it's probably the best fantasy book I've read other than LOTR.  The characters are really well drawn and the story is very intriguing.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: narcout on October 03, 2011, 03:35:56 AM
I'm hoping the books are consistently as good as GOT because I think it's probably the best fantasy book I've read other than LOTR.

I don't think you are going to be disappointed.
Title: Re: A Game of Thrones
Post by: weazletoe on October 03, 2011, 03:42:41 AM
Which is why I don't blindly listen to all critics.

That's wher eyou and I differ. i'll pretty much blindly follow any one. Heck, that'sd pretty much the main reason I batch sparge.  ;D