This year, I’ve been watching Outlander alongside Game of Thrones. The STARZ show is based on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, which is 90% historical fiction and 10% fantasy. It’s a tightly-focused character drama centering on Claire Randall, who is transported back in time to the Jacobite uprising centered around Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The advantage to Outlander is how focused it is. There are two main characters, Jamie and Claire. And that’s it. Oh sure, sometimes the show does scenes from other POVs, but it’s still just one story, as opposed to the six or seven in Game of Thrones. So for all you people hungering for in-depth politicking, drawn-out tension, and breathing room in general, go watch Outlander. The latest episode, “Prestonpans,” is a great example of the kind of battle episode that really works on TV.
Melisandre would have you believe that if an onion (or a show) is all bad, you should throw it out entirely. Samwell Tarly, though is perfectly happy to chop off the rot and enjoy the good bits of the onion. Let’s be more like Sam, when we talk about Game of Thrones. It’s not The Ultimate Television Show, but it also isn’t The Ultimate Betrayal. We move from one incredible scene to one baffling scene; great decision to questionable decision. And it’s those strong scenes that make the weak ones weaker. When you know how good this show can be -writing, directing, production – seeing it not be that good is even more disappointing/frustrating/whatever.
Alright, I think that’s enough of a spoiler shield. SPOILERS!
Whew! What a weekend! I’m still catching up on feeling like a human being, and I didn’t even party as hard as most of the people there. Does this make me an old grandfather? Possibly. Did I have fun anyway? Yu betcha.
I was lucky enough to get to watch “Blood of My Blood” at the Balticon 50 screening of the episode. I don’t know that I’ve ever watched a GOT episode with that many fellow nerds in the same room, and it was truly wonderful to join with the applause, boos, and gasps. There’ll be a full Balticon 50 post on Wednesday, so stay tuned to this channel!
Do you live in the DC/Maryland/VA area? Come find me (Michael) at Balticon this weekend! I’ll be following George R R Martin everywhere he goes, so just join on that epic baggage train and you’ll probably run into me.
There is a canon, a pantheon, of nerd trigger phrases. You know the ones I mean. “This was a triumph…” “It’s a trap!” “Yer a lizard, Harry!” When someone quotes Monty Python or Portal or Star Wars, the room is required by Social Law to echo back some white noise – maybe laughter, maybe a followup quote, maybe just shouting that quote back at someone.
On May 22, 2016, “Hold the door!” entered that hallowed codex.