Monday, May 14, 2012

Game of Thrones S02E07

The King in the North – *the king in the north* Robb Stark’s crush is in full bloom. Now he’s taking nurses to negotiate treaties. Typical woman. Dude is heading out and the woman wants to give him a list of shit to pick up. Then he suggests she just come to the store with him and she’s all, “But I shouldn’t!” Just get on the horse.
Jon Snow – Poor, dumb, bastard virgin. Tricked by the Downton Abbey Gingerling.(Ygritte has a very dirty mouth) How is he ever going to get out of this one? This has to end with Jon Snow meeting his real mother right? Either way, Snow is a dummy for wandering around in the North. How does the Night’s Watch not have some sort of plan for a situation where someone gets separated from the group? People from Cleveland have a plan like that when they take a vacation to SeaWorld Ohio, but the people protecting Westeros from the Wildlings and Whitewalkers don’t?
Theon – Theon continues his strong run. Hard to believe this was Robb’s buddy last season. Theon seemed so damn insignificant. I mean, obviously, Theon is a dick and you’re supposed to start hating him, but he’s been great. To skip right from the beginning of the episode to the end…
RIP (?) Bran and Rickon – Here’s the thing – Game of Thrones is not afraid of showing you something horrible. Would they really kill the youngest Stark children off-screen? Not that the charred bodies weren’t devastating enough. Even Theon seemed disturbed by the final image. No matter who those bodies belonged to.
Cersei – Was she not a bitch at all last night? She steps in and gives Sansa some sage advice and even kind of does some mothering. Then she shared a almost touching scene with Tyrion.
Tyrion – No episode should feature less than 10 minutes of Tyrion and Bronn.
Arya – She’s a child playing a chess game with one of the smartest, most ruthless characters on the entire show. You have to wonder just how much Tywin knows about Arya. Perhaps Baelish even tipped him off.
The Hound – “Killing’s the sweetest thing there is.” Someday, The Hound will kill Joffrey. We will all dance.
Dany’s Dragons – The dragons have been the very big despite being the size of cats. Qarth finally converts from a city to a kingdom, just because they showed up on the doorstep. And they caused the magic bald man to become very evil. That was one of the quickest and most violent coups you’ll ever see.
Dany – Thank you for finally cutting off Mr. Ducksauce as he was about to launch into his latest “I rose from the docks and am now the richest man in Qarth” routine. That being said, I don’t know if he’ll take “no” for an answer for much longer.
Qarth – The most beautiful city in the world is really fucking creepy.
Jaime Lannister – The King Slayer killed two guys (including a cousin), made his great escape and was captured. Then he was such a dick that it looked like Lady Stark was going to put a sword through his neck. All-in-all, a big episode for the caged Lannister. I can’t imagine he makes it through the season finale.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Game of Thrones S02 E06 (The Old Gods and the New)

Summary of Game of Thrones:: The Old Gods and the New 
Ned Stark is long gone from our narrative, but all of the children he raised — including the bastard Jon Snow and the former boy hostage Theon — are still very important to the narrative (okay, maybe not Rickon), and all are struggling to travel over new terrain this week, often making impulsive decisions based on belief and not brainpower.

And because most of the stories lean on the extended Stark family, and in some cases — particularly Jon Snow's adventures up north — we spend much more time than usual in a particular area, "The Old Gods and the New" wound up feeling less choppy than some of this season's previous hours. 

Theon and Jon Snow wind up the two most dominant figures, and it turns out that Ned's two not-quite-sons both should have paid closer attention to his beheading technique. Theon succeeds in capturing Winterfell, then makes a mess of executing Ser Rodrik — an act that, even more than the siege itself, irrevocably casts his lot in with the family that bore him over the one that raised him. Theon may well be able to hold onto his new prize (especially if his sister's forces can make it to Winterfell before Robb's), but his heart's not entirely in betraying the Starks, and he's still too obsessed with rank and title and prestige. He may have paid the iron price to be called "prince" rather than "milord," but that's not what he should be concerning himself with, especially since Osha outwits him and escapes with Bran, Rickon and Hodor(!) in tow, removing any leverage Theon might have hoped for  when Robb's forces inevitably show up.  People keep warning Theon that he hasn't thought this through, and they appear to be right.

Theon at least succeeds at killing Rodrik, even if it takes him forever and a day to do so, where Jon Snow doesn't have it in him to execute Ygritte. (And is in position to let her run away because the more seasoned Ranges for some silly reason decide to leave him alone to do it.) As with Theon, he proves tremendously vulnerable to the charms and tenacity of a wildling woman, and it seems only a matter of time before our man — who's repeatedly described as "stupid, but brave" — either falls into bed with her or lets her get the better of him because he thought they were going to fall into bed together.

Arya's smarter than either of her quasi-brothers, but she gets too clever for her own good when she steals an important communique of Tywin's and is caught before she can find a way to send it to Robb. She survives thanks to a bit of luck (the soldier who catches her is too illiterate to read the message and arrest her on the spot) and thanks to the efficient wetwork of Jaqen, which leaves her with only one deadly wish remaining.

Even more tense than Arya's near-arrest is an earlier scene where Littlefinger comes to visit Tywin while Arya is busy cleaning up the table. Director David Nutter is a suspense expert in general, so it's no surprise that he does such an effective job of choreographing this little dance to show just how hard Arya is working to avoid letting Lord Baelish see her face, and to leave just enough doubt in our minds as to whether he recognized her. Great direction, and the expected great work from Maisie Williams.

Robb gets less to do in this hour, but he's reminded by Catelyn that being King in the North brings greater responsibilities that will require personal sacrifice. He can't pursue any kind of romance with Talisa the nurse because he was promised in marriage to one of crazy Walder Frey's daughters late last season (in exchange for the right to let his bannerman travel through the important gate Frey controls), and he can't go personally to liberate his brothers and defeat the treasonous Theon. Power has its advantages, but also its drawbacks.

And with Arya still in disguise (probably) and Bran and Rickon on the lam with Osha, the only Stark child still an open hostage is Sansa, who has the roughest go of it this week. The riot that Joffrey incites — and Sansa's near-rape before being rescued by the Hound(*) — is among the more unsettling sequences the show has done, a catastrophe so ugly and up close that even Joffrey seems upset by it. (So upset, in fact, that he ignores — for now — Tyrion giving him another incredibly well-deserved slap across the face.) Joffrey is so used to being in an environment where his word is law and his power is absolute that it's baffling to find himself in a circumstance where that suddenly, terrifyingly isn't true. His security guards are able to protect him the same way the Secret Service crashes the president in event of an attack, but for once the little monster can't ignore how much he's despised and by how many, even if it's his bride-to-be who nearly suffers horribly for his sins, even though she hates the king just as much as the rioters.  

All of Ned's children (legitimate or otherwise) learn valuable, at times painful lessons. But they're still alive to learn them, which is better than you can say for many as things get bloodier and bloodier. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Big Bang Theory S05 E23

Summary : Howard faces double trouble when NASA moves up his launch and he has to meet Bernadette's father. Some awkward pillow talk by Leonard may change his relationship with Penny.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Game of Thrones S02 E05

Summary : The end of the Baratheon rivalry drives Catelyn to flee and Littlefinger to act. At King's Landing, Tyrion's source alerts him to Joffrey's flawed defense plan and a mysterious secret weapon. Theon sails to the Stony Shore to prove heʼs worthy to be called Ironborn. In Harrenhal, Arya receives a promise from Jaqen H'ghar, one of three prisoners she saved from the Gold Cloaks. The Night's Watch arrive at the Fist of the First Men, an ancient fortress where they hope to stem the advance of the wildling army.

"The Ghost of Harrenhal" brings us to the halfway point of season 2, and about the only thing that's certain at this stage of the season is that everyone — us included — has to get used to the idea that plans can (and often need to) be changed at a moment's notice, and that what we believed to be true may be anything but.

The hour's biggest shake-up comes early, as the shadow thing that Melisandre gave birth to stabs Renly to death, taking one potential king off the board and vastly upgrading Stannis' own forces in the process. Though Renly had the charm and guile to amass his 100,000-strong army, he was also too cocky, and more interested in the trappings of power than in the necessary steps to gain and keep power. As his new widow puts it — in a clear-eyed exchange that suggests possibilities to Littlefinger — "Calling yourself king doesn't make you one," nor is there much value to being queen as opposed to the queen.

And the victory proves to one of mixed value as far as Davos is concerned. Melisandre may or may not be using her magic to cloud Stannis' mind, but anyone who saw her give birth to New Smokey — and who has lived in a world where magic's been absent for a thousand years — would understand the danger of allowing such a mystically powerful woman anywhere near a position of political and military power. Stannis reluctantly changes his plans at Davos' urging — more out of pride, it seems, than a belief in Davos' doomsaying — but I don't know if the red-headed witch is going to go along easily with the switch.

North of the Wall, the Rangers' campaign to find Benjin's group shifts from a large-scale military campaign to a stealthy commando mission, and in the process, Jon Snow is able to get out of steward's duty and back to his fighting destiny. And way off to the southwest, Jorah convinces Dany to decline Xaro's marriage offer — for both his stated reason (there will be more value in building an army within Westeros' borders than hiring one from without) and because of his own feelings for the mother of dragons — and let him find them a ship back to their home country. 

Some of the revised plans are barely a sketch at this point. Desperate to prove himself to his father and the rest of the skeptical Iron Islanders, Theon decides to ignore his intended target and go after one closer to Winterfell, presumably to leave Bran, Hodor(!) and company vulnerable to sneak attack. Tyrion, meanwhile, seizes control of the alchemical Wildfire that Cersei had ordered into production, but it's not clear what he intends to do with it, since he agrees with Bronn that attempting to launch it from catapults would do as much damage to King's Landing as Stannis' fleet.  And Tywin Lannister at least recognizes that Robb is better at warfare than expected, even if he doesn't quite have a new strategy to make the King in the North beat himself.

And still others mainly involve a switch in loyalty. Arya is just trying to stay alive now that she's in Tywin's employ, but she gains an unexpected ally in the charming criminal she freed a few episodes back, who grants her the power of death over three of her many enemies. I would say choosing The Tickler for one of them was a poor choice, but I can see the value in starting out with a target close at hand so she can be sure her new pal can do what he promises. (Had she named, say, Joffrey first, who knows how long it would have taken, or how she would have gotten proof?)

Renly's death, meanwhile, leaves Brienne of Tarth cursing herself for failing to protect him, but she finds a more temperamentally-matched new master in Catelyn Stark. Brienne swore her undying loyalty to a shallow man, where you can see in the oath scene in the woods that Brienne and Cat share a very serious attitude towards the lives they have chosen.

The women of Westeros don't dominate every story this week, but they have enough strong moments — Brienne killing three of Renly's soldiers in a combination of self-defense and grief, Mags impressing Littlefinger, Arya impressing Tywin, every man in Qarth trying to win Dany's favor (and Jorah holding her out as the one claimant on the Iron Throne who deserves it by both blood and behavior), and that fantastic oath scene with Gwendoline Christie and Michelle Fairley — that I'm reminded once again of how absurd and myopic that infamous New York Times review of the show was. Why would women want to watch fantasy? Maybe because it provides more strong female characters, played by a host of impressive actors, than most dramas set in something more closely resembling our world? 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Supernatural S07 E20

Summary : I got off to a bad start with the episode when it opened with some of the clunkiest exposition I have ever seen on the show. The “Before” preamble gives us a very detailed synopsis of both the Frank Devereaux and Ghost Bobby stories, touching on almost every scene. That leads right into an even clunkier exposition scene among Sam, Dean and Bobby.

Felicia Day, Jensen Ackles and Jared PadaleckiNeither Thompson nor director Johnnie Mac even try to make the scene work as drama. Bobby just recites plot details we already know while flashback sequences play. I have no idea why the show decided its audience is suffering from collective amnesia, but if the writers decide to go with this much exposition done this badly, they could at least take a leaf out of Games of Thrones playbook and wrap it up as sexposition.

It comes as a relief when the scene breaks to guest star Felicia Day, who is fine in her role as geek hacker extraordinaire Charlie. But I don’t watch Supernatural to be glad to switch to the guest star because nothing much is happening with Sam, Dean and Bobby. I don’t expect a guest star to carry an episode in the final stretch to the finale. Every episode counts at this point, as story threads set up all season come to fruition.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Avengers(2012)

Summary: Loki arrives with his army and begins shitting on countries that can’t defend themselves – actually, these countries have their own superheroes, but they’re not cleared to feature in an American movie so they’re sent to a ‘waiting area’ until the world’s either been saved or destroyed. Captain America goes to Germany and stands up to Loki and then catches him and takes him aboard Nick Fury’s airship. They fly around for a while, chatting in different rooms, looking at screens, old photos, killing time.
Loki chats to all the main superheroes and makes them turn against each other. Finally, they all start fighting on the airship and Loki quietly slips out of the back door and re-joins his army, who were killing just fine without him. When the Avengers stop fighting each other, they realise Loki has…
The screen fades to black…
Fade back in…
Turns out everything that just happened was a dream.
Nick Fury is in hospital, looking at Captain America with bandages on his wrists. A nurse comes up to Fury and tells him this is the seventh time Cap has tried to kill himself and it’s got to stop. Fury takes an eyeball sweet out of his pocket, puts it in his mouth, chews. ‘Yeah,’ he says, but the nurse has already gone.
We switch to an apartment somewhere rough, maybe South London. Thor is lying on a couch in his pants, eating pizza rolls, watching daytime TV. Natalie Portman comes home and starts shouting at him. Get up, get a job, do something for fuck’s sake. Thor shouts back, saying he’s busy, there are no jobs, he’s a deity, why should he do anything? Portman tells him it can’t go on like this. Thor says fine, gets up off the couch, grabs his hammer and starts wrecking the apartment. Anthony Hopkins appears in a flash of light and says, what the fuck, son? Thor lunges at him and they both crash through the window, Hopkins breaking Thor’s fall as they land on the sidewalk below. Shit, says Thor, rolling off Hopkins. I better get out of here. He runs into the nearest train station and lies on the top of a train roof. I’ll stay here for a few years, he thinks, until things die down and Portman appreciates me again.
Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson breaks into a huge mansion by the ocean and finds Iron Man slumped on the living room floor, dead. By his side, a few dozen bottles of gin, a photo of himself and a few pills that didn’t quite make it to his mouth.
Fury walks into the morgue and shakes his head. Shit, man, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. Loki appears behind him wearing a suit. He tells him the world is safe, he can’t be bothered invading it anymore. Fury asks why. ‘Hair’, says Loki, and walks back out. A few seconds later, Loki walks back in and asks Fury what happened to his eye. Fury shakes his head. ‘I don’t know, they won’t tell me.’
Fury sits in his apartment, remembering the good times. There’s a phone-call. ‘What is it?’ asks Fury. ‘Hey boss, it’s me. The guy with the bow and arrow.’ Fury asks what he wants and the guy with the bow and arrow says his rent is due and he’s still waiting on all that money owed to him and arrows are pretty expensive these days. ‘How much?’ asks Fury. He listens to the answer then hangs up. As soon as the phone is down it’s ringing again. This time it’s serious. Putin has sent tanks into Poland and there’s no one that can stop him because he’s made of metal now. Fury has an idea. ‘Leave it to me, guys.’
Vince Vaughn is talking very fast in his apartment. No one else is there. There’s a knock at the door. It’s Nick Fury. Vaughn invites him in. ‘What?’ asks Fury, not catching any of it. ‘I said, come in, man. Get the fuck in here you one-eyed little dog.’ Fury walks in and tells him about Putin. He asks Vaughn if he still has the spare suit. ‘You mean the Iron man thing?’ Fury nods. ‘Sure man, all I needed was the call, the bat signal, the voice from the sky, Ione Skye, tits akimbo, know what I mean, man?’ Fury breathes out deep. ‘Just get the suit, Vince.’
Vince Vaughn flies towards Poland as Iron Man. People below look up in awe as they see him fly past. Vince waves at them then flies on. Twenty minutes later there’s a tank. He adjusts himself and speeds down towards it. The tank fires. Vince forgets where the button to move left is and gets hit square in the chest. He falls onto Polish ground and finally stops talking.
The tank continues on its way. Putin takes over Poland and then the world. Fury loses his apartment.
In the post-credits scene, Thor gets down off the train and looks around. He walks forward and falls over, forgetting how to use his legs. Loki sees him and comes over to pick him up. They go for a coffee and talk about the ideal length of a post-credits scene. Thor argues for ten seconds, Loki hits back with ‘as long as it takes to sell hair.’ ‘What’s that?’ says Thor. ‘Hair, brother. Would you like to sell hair?’
We fade black pinned to Thor’s dilemma.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Big Bang Theory S05 E22

Summary: The most happiest moment for any boy is the time when they are invited to a bachelor party. Rock on! Girls everywhere! You are drunk and no matter what the other dawn would bring up to you you will rock.
Same happens in Big Bang Theory! Sheldon, Lenard and Koothrapaali decided to throw a bachelor party for Howard who was getting married. Who had known the intense would bring a subject to every others! The bachelor party went to the blog on the Internet. Everyone is shocked seeing the things they had done and due to some embarrassing details about his life.