- 20% Adventure
- 20% Drama
- 20% Fantasy
- 10% Action
- 10% Mystery
- 10% Comedy
- 10% Others
A good writer (like Martin) does not contradict his previous writing, does not rush the pace, does not leave gaping plot holes, and does not have characters change personalities randomly. The net is full of angry viewers--including professional writers and major new outlets--pointing out not a few, but dozens and dozens of examples where D&D (with no more of Martin's books to go by) went wrong. (One of the biggest is why the hell Daenerys didn't just take the three dragons south as soon as she arrived in Westeros, since they were apparently UNBELIEVABLY more powerful than previously shown.) The dissatisfaction with the ending is far more widespread and justified than that with previous hit shows. This show was THE preeminent show of this decade, and the overwhelming majority of those who watched--cutting across all divisions of class, creed, sex, and politics--think that D&D's final episodes FAILED. READ (OR GO ON YOUTUBE TO HEAR) SOME OF THESE CRITICS BEFORE YOU JUST DISMISS THEM.
Tyrion says, "There is nothing in the world more powerful than a good story." For 6 seasons, Martin's GoTh gave us one; in season 7 D&D gave us only a so-so one; in season 8 D&D gave us part of a good one, but mostly a TERRIBLE one. The laughter of the nobles of Westeros at the notion of giving the people (peasant fans) what they want is D&D's Freudian slip; the nobles (the writers who actually never have written anything significant) know so much better. I think of all that was right--all the hundreds of actors, prop-masters, trainers, filmers, etc. doing their best--and then of how fitting it is that Bran the Broken (Bran the Totally Unexplained & Irrelevant) ends up as king, since in the end that's what this show became--BROKEN--by the rushed, juvenile writing of two SCHLEPPERS who will never admit that they did so. TO SHOUT YOUR "HELL NO!" SIGN THE PETITION.
I watched Catch 22 from verystream 720p MP4s. Each was about 1/2G, took about 2min to DL, and looked & sounded okay on bigscreen. (Vidoza files were a little larger, but took 10x as long to DL.) The streaming was also smooth. So it looks like verystream may be openload's lovechild; all that's missing are 1080p's and MKVs.
@sswarlock (I'm assuming first in is the one who added these) THANKS. For those who don't know the 1961 book or the 1970 movie, this has dark humor (like MASH) and is told in a kind of stream-of-consciousness order. The acting is really good (a lot of star power), but the whole thing falls just a little flat, probably because what shocked 50-60 years ago seems tame today. But for those who have served in the military, the bs is still the same (cue Bob Seger...)
Quite a few people feel that this episode (and the whole rushed season) betrays their trust that D&D (the writers) would not ruin the ending; they are petitioning HBO for a re-do. Whether you think it possible or not, you can show your thumbs down by signing this petition: https://www.change.org/p/hbo-remake-game-of-thrones-season-8-with-competent-writers. I signed at 97K, and the number of signers is now around 700k, cutting across race, creed, color, sex, and politics, which is pretty damn amazing.
@stevenhargrove My linguist parents met as members of Tolkien early fandom in the '70s and collected fantasy novels, so what do you think the odds are that I've read the books by the man hailed as "America's Tolkien"? (He's very much not; he's fantasy's TolSTOY.) I was reporting what's on the net, where Martin is not exactly revered anymore and theories vary as to just how much he is or isn't responsible for what's on screen; words like "sell-out" and "lazy" are used. The books ARE better than the scripts; but the casting, sets, and filming are about as good as they could be, and this covers up a lot of the scripts' defects. My final "that" should have been more explicit: Seeing Martin's version on the SCREEN--with these actors--would be history-making, but I don't see how that could happen now.___ PS--I read one literary review (which I didn't bookmark) that says the series has a failed climax and bad falling action; and yeah, I laughed--nobody wants that.
So Boromir (Danerys), the proud, presumed heir to it all meets the true heir, the far better Aragorn (Jon) and grows increasingly jealous and careless. Boromir attempts to take the One Ring, and bad things ensue. Danerys takes the One Ring (uses the dragon to commit mass murder) and...? (we'll see). Or the noble Anakin...(you know the rest). Here, there's no Jaime killing Cercei with his hands around her neck, as the witch foresaw (technically impossible anyway). No Jaime telling Guron, "You're not the father." No Arya putting on a face to kill Cercei._____The feelings of about half of the fans--including some of the most devoted ones--is that the first title of this episode, "A Toss of the Coin" (retitled "The Bells") refers to shit vs sugar (as in the saying "Don't feed me shit and call it sugar") and that this episode's plot was deliberate shit. When you have fans who have bought and memorized the blu-ray versions now swearing that they do not give a damn about the ending or any future spin-offs, something has gone TERRIBLY wrong. Though I myself want to see the series through, I can see their points--this episode violates the rules of high(ish) fantasy and is more like the nihilism of The Walking Dead, which FORCES terrible outcomes every so often. In short, the pay-off does not meet the expectations of the build-up, which RUINS a story of this magnitude. There's a petition (or warning) to GRR Martin to fix this in his book, and unlikely as it is to happen, that would actually be cool--two different endings to the epic.
Glad this show got renewed --Jack's (George Eads) leaving wasn't political. A nasty divorce (i.e. a bitch move) required that he move back to CA to get any time with his daughter, and show runners didn't want to slam him by hiring another Jack, so they went with Levy Tran. Part of the fun of this show is figuring out "science or stupid"--and nothing tops the stupid of the old Mac looking through a telescope and seeing ALL the planets lining up.
If any American here is interested in REAL people with real problems, go to your local VFW or a rescue-mission organization (like Salvation Army). They need volunteers for their programs to find the homeless--a lot of whom are vets--and at least make sure they have food and clothing in their underpass tent cities. And join in the lobbying to change the damn laws so that ANYONE who needs help can get it in a timely manner.
@studiotodd--"Uniformed", "bigoted", "exclusionary", "ignorant", "deplorable" are all name-calling tactics of sjw bullies--who are intolerant while promoting "tolerance" and are themselves exclusionary of anyone who disagrees with them, believing that THEIR worldview is TRUTH and that anyone who doesn't see their truth is an inferior infidel. And sjw's have trouble seeing that your following statement must apply to them too: "Accept that there are people in the world who are not like you and move on..."
@Hellfist--Looking back, I see your entries are on shows and their writers/producers, not others on this site. You have as much a right to express yourself here as anyone else does, and as much a right to be you as any sjw does. Keep swimming against the tide.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." I wasn't going to write anything, but---There is a nasty psychosis growing in the world, and the web feeds it. When a person sees or hears something he or she disagrees with, it's no longer enough to say "We disagree" and then maybe say--briefly--why. No, now the "offended" party has to resort to name-calling and attempt to utterly humiliate the "offender", to BULLY him or her into silence. If someone really dislikes a show you like or vice versa and expresses this, what does it say about you--your psyche--if your response is to name-call and spew hatred until that person is "beaten"?
Max Thieriot (Clay on SEAL Team) has posted a link about the real vet Brett Swann was based on at https://twitter.com/i/status/1121292774148640768. His & the show's twitter and instagram accounts are filled with indications that maybe a tv show actually mattered.
@Kyndryd--Amen, brother. I've been where Clay was. For civilians, imagine the worst day at your doctor's and then the worst day in dealing with ANY government bureaucrat and then an hours-long wait on the phone to get some service, then put them all together and you've got the American Veterans Administration. And what really burnt my ass was how CBS tried to water the episode down with a disclaimer (see my earlier link) that all is just fine for most vets. Most means that as long as 51% of all vets don't become homeless and/or kill themselves, the VA is doing ok. If Congress and state lawmakers had to go to the VA...
The Internal episode also lacks the chickenshit cover-our-asses that CBS tacked onto this true-to-life episode in the form of a public service announcement. I watched it live and finally found it on a Vidoza crap recording with commercials, and a Twitter link here: https://twitter.com/i/status/1121292774148640768. The CBS message to viewers is clear: (in the immortal words of A Few Good Men) You can't handle the truth! Nah, it's just a few vets here and there having a bad day; nothing to see here folks; the VA is your friend
Just found out that every damn SOURCE (NOT THE LINKERS) has cut serious aftershow information. If your link is only 41:35, wait for the Internal version. The most important show about veterans in years and some assholes can't even wait a few seconds more to make sure they got all of it.
If you don't believe this is the reality of veterans' care, ask a vet enlisted man. Entrenched third-rate career bureaucrats and politicians have allowed what was poor under Clinton to become worse under Bush and hellish under Obama. It's improved a little under Trump, but Cerberus the dog will still get better care than a psychologically wounded vet.
@Kruciphix--Just checked sister site and it had streamango links for yesterday's Arrow. (However, the top 3 KODI domains are/were Rapidvideo, Openload, and Streamango). I'm also watching for Vidoza 720p's with good sound to replace the gone Openloads, and so far so good for this site getting them in a timely manner.
@Kruciphix, thx for reposting the death of Openload link--Openload-specific sites all over are folding & everyone is scrambling for a replacement. Suggested: If you're downloading to watch say American Gods on a bigscreen you want a 720p mkv link at about a gig that preserves the sound, maybe an early Vidoza (That's what I've switched to). But once it's converted to mp4 it sometimes loses some loudness (I've noticed that on all the fruitstreams), though the picture is still okay at about a half gig mp4 . Any of the above links look okay on a cellphone, but some fuzzy on a laptop. AND IF YOU'RE USING KODI, THX FOR KILLING THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGGS FOR YEARS AND YEARS