This week’s Rhapsodies we bring out the funk with William Goldstein’s Midnight Rhapsody. Enjoy ’cause this one rocks!
Well the first episode of Game of Thrones has come and gone and I enjoyed every bit of it.
As usual I will avoid spoilers as much as possible and continue on my fascination about just how HBO’s Game of Thrones is different from A Song of Ice and Fire and having read the books does not save you from being surprised constantly and that’s a good thing.
The one surprised me the most was the return of Ser Dontos who had only appeared the once when Sansa saves him from being drowned in wine. In the book his subplot goes through the next two books and considering how Sansa’s story had went in the last season I had assumed that the had written him out completely. While this had disappointed me it did not surprise me much I can only imagine the logistical headache of arranging a contract for an actor to be committed to doing three cameos over just as many years. So I was happily surprised when he reappeared (not completely surprised mind you I figured that them showing him in the previously in GOT montage I figured they were reminding us for a reason.) But in a way I find that the way they did it here was an improvement as we had forgotten about him just as Sansa has and have to be reminded by Dontos himself.
The other big changes were matters of timing. First, Jaimie and Brienne arrive in King’s Landing noticeably earlier in the story than they do in the book (In the book they arrive after episode two) This changes lots of thing most notably that Brienne is actually in contact with her goal and now that she knows it is achievable and know how much the game has changed unlike in the book she is forced to ponder on what she does next. (Also Loras Tyrell hasn’t demanded her arrest but give it time)
The other big change is the story of Arya and Sandor Clegane the Hound. In the third season I had noticed that there wasn’t that much of that storyline before the Red Wedding happened so I assumed they were going to juggle a lot of what happened before in the book and pad the storyline in this season. What I didn’t expect was for them to start with the scene that fatally wounded Sandor in the book and not have that happen (Well not fatally but the wound was infected as it frequently happens in the books and Sandor did die from it) . So now I don’t have the slightest idea what happens to them between now and the next chapter in Arya’s story.
As for the rest… Good as always there is a very funny scene with Daario and Grey Worm betting on who gets to ride with Dany’s. The introduction of Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper was awesome I look forward to seeing more of Pedro Pascal‘s performance and of course Dragons are cool!
Well it’s just another four Days until season four Game of Thrones and as I said before I am indeed psyched. To pass the time I’ve been entertaining myself with guessing what the creators will have to change from the book based on logistics, budget, continuing with things they have already changed and due to an actor’s performance they are very different characters than they are in the book.
There are a number of things I could talk about but I’ll stick to the least spoilery item I can think of. In this case the songs. So far starting with season two a song from the book has been featured. In season Two it was “The Rain’s of Castimere” serving as the Lannister leitmotif for the rest of the show. In Season Three it was “The Maid and the Maiden Fair”. For this season I suspect or at least hope that it will be “Hands of Gold are Always Cold”. I can’t be completely sure… The character who sings it to blackmail Tyrion with it hasn’t appeared when he should have. But they could certainly introduce him anytime in the first four episodes like they did with the Reeds.
I sincerely hope they use it since it has a nice double meaning… first figuratively as a song about the tragedy of Tyrion and then literally with a Lannister with a real hand of gold.
But however it goes I’m sure Ramin Djawadi will make it sound great!
For this week’s Rhapsody we have something fun.
Full disclosure here, I’m comfortably sure this doesn’t count as a rhapsody. The score is one of Carl W. Stalling‘s brilliant arrangements (in this case based mostly on Modest Mussorgsky‘s Boris Godunov I think.) and as always he delivers.
So sit back and enjoy one of Warner Brothers’ best pieces of World War II propaganda, Bob Clampett‘s Russian Rhapsody! Also known as Gremlins from the Kremlin.
Well, part of my weekend was made more interesting by finally biting the bullet and upgrading my machine to the new OS X Mavericks (I was curious what name the Apple marketing team would use once they ran out of big cats!) I’d been putting it off due to general luddite paranoia but after being reminded several times I decided to take the plunge.
The results were good but not without consequence. The first thing that happened was the software warning me that some of my existing software was incompatable with the new operating system. This included an older version on Photoshop which I don’t use anyway and my old version of Poser which I do. The Poser thing was a blow. It’s been a useful tool and I probably will put off upgrading on my laptop so I can still use the copy I have on it until I finally get the new version.
The second surprise I got was at the end of the reboot it expected me to sign the new agreement again no problem except that another piece of software Mavericks had declared obsolete was the driver to my tablet.
I hadn’t used the mouse that came with my computer for anything besides a paperweight for years and it took me some time to find the thing and put fresh batteries in it in order to manage to use my machine again. Finally I got through and reinstalled the driver and everything is working just great. There’s a whole lot of improvements including incredible improvements to safari and the calendar as well as a lot of cloud specific tech which includes some really cool syncing with my social networks, so for the most part worth the headache.
The only downsides I have so far was a glitch in Photoshop which I was able to fix with a downloaded plugin and thanks to being more cloud-centric and what is probably some Apple planned obsolescence is that cool calendar I was bragging about isn’t syncing with the one in my iPod.
I just saw the latest trailer for Game of Thrones and quite frankly I’m getting a little crazy with anticipation. One thing I enjoyed about the last season was not being a purist. I’d read all the books. (Okay, I still have halfway to go through Dance of Dragons but since The Winds of Winter won’t come out til next year I’m not in a hurry.) But what I’ve found fascinating is that changes have had to be made while the outline’s the same, things have become very different. So one thing I find myself doing while waiting for the fourth season to start one of my favorite activities is handicapping it. Because the fun thing having read the books I know what is going to happen but I don’t know when and how.