Well once again we find ourselves dragged back to yet another variation of Franz Liszt’s Second Hungarian Rhapsody this time being hilariously mangled by Donald Duck and Daffy Duck in their dueling pianos cameo in one of my all time favorite’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Well the episode every one has been looking forward to since season one has finally come and went I was very happy. To be honest I had expecting this episode to be just a little later into the season (which threw my pet theory that the song “hands of gold” was going to be featured out the window) But this was good and considering how much is going to happen in this season it makes sense in the long run.
Having read the books there are always a lot of scenes I wonder just how they are going to do it. For this episode it was the dwarf jousting. Since in the book it is two dwarfs riding a pig and a dog I was really wondering about the logistics of it. The show does the same routine completely differently. In this case they go with more dwarfs with pantomime horses so no actual animals are harmed. Just as funny and as insulting to Tyrion and several other members of the cast. The only thing that distracted my viewing was trying to spot a character who should be appearing in season five.
Other than that this episode has me asking questions and wanting more. Since the return of Ser Dontos I’ve been wondering about other characters. showing up. So far the cast member I’m missing the most is Kevan Lannister. He only had one cameo in season one but since his his presence starts to pick up in the book this season is based on I’m expecting him to show up soon. On the flip side I find myself interested in the new character Locke who was created to replace Vargo Hoat from the books. But at this point he has outlive Hoat and seems to have his own story starting now But the character I found myself wondering the most about was Shae. Now keep in mind I know the fate of Shae but since she is such a different character than she is a book, I expect the trip to that fate be different and interesting.
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.