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Once the ending credits roll you'll realize you're shaking. Fear ?
Admiration ? Anger ? The wicked emotions this fourth episode should
make you feel could be a first for your televisual experience. With the
characters gradually growing on us their every scenes seem more
authentic and pivotal. Since the pilot we know that everything can
change in a few split seconds. One minute the little boy was climbing,
the next he is a cripple. So Game of the Thrones play in the same
league of masterpieces like Dexter and Lost, shows that have pushed the
quality barrier far beyond its audience expectations. I'm talking about
these memorable moments when you forget it's actually TV. And when it
comes to convey such extreme after effects no one can deny that talents
like Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Terry O'Quinn and Matthew Fox
of course are the first names that pop up in your head as best
examples. I should also mention Spartacus : Blood and Sand considering
how much I praised the show and Andy Whitfield's performance but it
wouldn't be reasonable. At least it's the trembling resonance the
acting had on me this time.
The first impact came from Emilia Clarke as Daenerys and Harry Lloyd as Viserys. The last bathtub sequence was surprising, sensual and more important very enlightening. Indeed it allowed us to learn more about the fantasy elements that populate the kingdoms, specially the legendary dragons, and unveiled the evil brother backstory. But it's really when he tried to dominate his sister again that you should feel the ground quaking beneath your seat. And don't get wrong, it's really happening. In your stars or in your skull, don't pretend you can resist her. The second impact would be what happened in the cold winter arc. Jon Snow's story is so dark and disturbing ! It's the perfect counter poison to the others even if I also expect storm and other destructive elements to unleash their fury on our friends and foes. The speech Snow and his new chubby buddy were given was horrific and even more frightening than the dark fairytale the creepy grandma told little Bran. Winter is Coming ? It seems even Ned could be underestimating what it really means. Last but not least the third impact, that also served as a cliffhanger, was definitely Catelyn Stark's escape at the inn. They couldn't have made a better choice than casting Michelle Fairley as Ned's wife. Like Sean Bean she had already impressed us but this installment you'll learn why people call her Lady Stark. It was pure grace and strength put into motion. It also revealed what really separates some Starks from some Lannisters, because they aren't all just black or white.
Between two shakes there was still plenty of room for entertaining and interesting stuff. Arya's role was minor this time but her little chat with her father was refreshing and definitely intriguing. What a cute and fierce portrayal of the inevitable Joan of Arc she should become ! I don't know about her destiny considering I haven't read the novel yet but I can't see how she could restrain herself to just become a pretty queen. Once all grown up she could be to the show who Deedlit is to Record of Lodoss War, a beautiful and inspiring female warrior. An other element I quite enjoyed was Ned's lecture in the park about trust and issues. As for his dangerous mind game with Cersei Lannister, played by the delicate Lena Headey, my only complain would be about the lighting. In fact it's not the first time I have noticed the issue, that its whiteness is far too artificial. It's slightly disappointing because other than that the production is an immersion model and surely a delight for graphics whores and other amateurs of fine arts. And should I even mention the dreamy title sequence ? To conclude a mandatory sequence, when it comes to medieval fiction, was also featured and even if I found it a little rushed it was definitely exciting and was also the perfect occasion to learn more about an enigmatic character we knew nothing about until now.
This is again an episode that doesn't include big stuff (well, we've
got a joust, that's something) or surprises in the plot, however, I
still liked it more than the two before because there's not much that
seems unnecessary in this episode. John Bradley, who plays the new guy
at the Night's Watch, really exaggerated his role as this useless
coward that gets bullied there and I thought they focused on this story
too much. Therefore I'm glad that Jon Snow and the Night's Watch are
completely absent in the next episode. But since they used the lots of
scenes there to get the audience acquainted with the heavy life that
lies ahead of Jon and his colleagues and they also portrayed his
kindness very well, it was nothing that bored or actually annoyed me.
Another character that gets way too much attention is Littlefinger, but
that didn't bother me since Aidan Gillen plays him very interestingly.
The other flaw of this episode would be some writing weaknesses since
there are also a lot of changes to the novel in this episode.
Lena Headey and Mark Addy really got too little screen time in this episode with the latter only having about two sentences in the whole 55 minutes, but I understand that it's not at all easy to include so many characters in every episode. The crew created a stunning visual style as always and I thought they did really well with exposing things and developing characters. The fight scene of Daenerys and Viserys would be the best example for this, though Harry Lloyd overacts his part just as in the episode before this one. I mean, we get that his character is both a jerk and a coward, he doesn't have to illustrate that in every single scene he's in.
The outstanding scenes in this episode were Cersei and Ned's little conversation and Bran getting to do something again, while the outstanding cast members are rather hard to name. I would say that the women are more interesting in this episode, notably Michelle Fairley (who has a really great final scene with Peter Dinklage) and Emilia Clarke who both can really exhibit self-confidence.
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Re: There's a joust, some detective work, brother and sister bickering and a dwarf in a tight spot.
Outstanding: Like the previous episodes, number five has some great acting and sets. I'm consistently impressed with the King's Landing location, the grandeur with just the right amount of lived in feeling.
Unacceptable: This episode felt pretty light on plot and I think part of that was the direction. The joust was woefully short and severely lacked the grandeur and spectacle it needed.
Summary: A lot happened, but it felt like the whole episode was a waste of time. It was odd that as I watched it, I was enjoying everything but as the credits rolled, I felt like I hadn't watched anything worth remembering. The strains of a TV budget are showing a bit here and there, with the small, straggling Horde of Dothraki and the abbreviated joust.
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