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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:15 AM »
Why the **** are you trying to make something out of this?!?!?

For some reason it was really just troubling to watch someone choke to death.  I had no qualms about the scene at the end of last week's season premiere.  The Hound taking on 5 guys in the Inn was an amazing scene.  And I actually thought that when Arya had her revenge on Polliver, who had killed her friend in season 2, that was a moment of justice. 

My *momentary* pang of sympathy was about anybody choking.

I'm thinking about the next 'holy ****' moment non-readers will flip out on.  There's certainly a few more coming this season.

-Cersei and Jaime ******* over Joffery's rotting corpse
-Battle at the Wall and Stannis' arrival
-Red Viper vs the Mountain
-Tyrion killing Shae and then Tywin
-Lady Stoneheart

These are all big moments that I'm looking forward to as well.  This season is going to be big.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:55 AM »
Don't get me wrong:  Joffrey has done the most hateful things imaginable during the course of the series.  At some point it may come to light that he was responsible for something VERY big, but I don't know when or how that might get revealed.  Karma is a bitch, and the horrific nature of his death was well deserved.  He's been a sadistic little bastard ever since we saw the incident at the Inn at the Crossroads where Arya threw his sword into the river.  And his tormenting of Tyrion during this episode alone was unforgiveable.  But for me, it's tough to watch ANYONE choke and die like that, even if it is a television show.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 13, 2014, 10:01 PM »
ZOMG! Just saw "The Purple Wedding". And true to form Joffrey was an utter monster. But I couldn't believe that as he was choking that I actually felt a pang of sympathy for him. Especially after how he had so publically shamed Tyrion.

I finally found a Jon Snow that looked good, and I picked that one up.  All told, I've only seen Jon Snow, Tyrion and Danaerys.  I really want to see the White Walker, Hound and Ned Stark in person before making a decision on any more acquisitions.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:51 PM »
All of the cast has aged.  But with the younger cast members it's far easier to see.  Personally, I don't see it as much in Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark.  If anything I see it far more in the actors who play Bran and Arya Stark.  When the pilot was shot, which may have been in 2009, Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran, was probably 10 years old.  Now he's 15 and he looks radically different from the kid who caught Cersei and Jaime Lannister.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:41 PM »
Looks like Ed Skrein, who played Dario Nahaaris in the third season left because he got a better gig.  He's due to play a younger Frank Martin (originally played by Jason Statham) in what may be a Transporter prequel.

It also seems that these HBO roles may not be terribly lucrative.  Lena Headey is having some serious financial problems.  Mostly associated with her ongoing divorce.  But one would assume that one of the leads on the show would be a bit more comfortable.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The Circle of Survivors
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:11 PM »
There's a pretty good screencap here.  It looks like that particular Jedi is a Padawan based on the braid.  But he doesn't match up with any of the identified casualties from the Petranaki arena.  The Jedi that most closely resembles that Padawan is Lumas Etima, also a Padawan and also a casualty of the battle in the arena.  But his tunic is lighter in color than the Jedi who Obi-Wan attends to.


I finally got around to opening my 4 x Scanning Crew sets.  Lo and behold, one of the two Stormtroopers I got HAS TWO LEFT HANDS!!!!  I'm going to try contacting Hasbro customer service to report the defect, but I don't think they're going to be able to offer up a replacement figure, since it's part of an exclusive set.

Other Collectibles / Re: Sideshow Life-Size Han Solo in Carbonite
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:23 AM »
OMG!  The shipping alone has to be hundreds of dollars, and then you're going to need a crowbar to get it out of the crate that it's packed in.

Unless you're significantly well-to-do, this thing screams "Please, divorce me for spending $7000 on a life size figure"!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:02 AM »
It seems like Ward probably had to go to the extreme of gunning down Hand and company in order to gain Garrett's trust, convincing him that Ward was really coming over to the Hydra side.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:00 AM »

Did the actor for Dario (or however you spell his name)?  He looked different but I haven't gone into IMBD to check this out.  I liked last years version better.

I've only read up to Storm of Swords (I think that's the title of book 3) so I'm trying to remember what's happened and I know they may be starting to merge different ideas from the books as they weave in and out.  So a few questions which for people that have read further ahead (or just have a better memory than me!)

Are the events of Dany's current storyline covered elsewhere?  I don't recall much more from her storyline other than the conquering of the current city (which happened last season)

Yeah, they did change the actor for Dario Nahaaris.  He's now being played by Dutch actor Michel Huisman.  If you watched the HBO series Treme you might recognize him.

Dany is continuing on her travels through Slaver's Bay.  Last season she started in Astapor.  That's where she got her army of Unsullied.  She took Astapor when she freed the Unsullied, and then they took Yunkai at the end of last season.  This season Danaerys and her army are on the road from Yunkai to Meereen.  I'll leave it at that so as to avoid spoilers.

I was pleasantly surprised with the first appearance of Prince Oberyn of Dorne.  I was genuinely wondering how they were going to handle the Dornish since they really haven't been seen in the series up until now.  Culturally, they seem to be a blend of Spaniards and Arabs, which is somewhat in line with George RR Martin's vision for them.  As for Oberyn?  You've got to appreciate someone who's willing to show such outright hostility for the Lannisters in Kings Landing.  Everyone else that opposes them has done so in a very covert, measured way.  But sing "The Rains of Castamere" in a brothel and that's going to buy you a dagger through the wrist, courtesy of the Red Viper!

And speaking of "The Rains of Castamere", word has it that the Icelandic band Sigur Ros will be making a cameo, playing the House Lannister song at some point this season.  I get the sense that it might be happening on this coming Sunday's episode.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: April 10, 2014, 03:35 PM »
At the beginning of the episode I was pretty well convinced that Hand was one of the Hydra operatives.  Especially when she seized control of Coulson's plane.  I was a bit surprised when things turned around.

Ward has been a little surprising over the past several episodes.  It started when he was seduced by Lorelei.  And then he shot the person that they thought was the Clairvoyant.  This week he took out who knows how many SHIELD/Hydra tactical officers.  And then he gunned down Agent Hand and the others that were escorting Garrett to the Cooler.

My theory?  One thing that was mentioned in the first episode as Coulson was assembling the team was that Ward was a specialist.  He was used to working alone and adapting to increasingly complex conditions.  Is it possible that Ward is using that background now in an attempt to infiltrate Hydra?  He knew that he was going to be facing a board of inquiry for killing the red herring Clairvoyant.  Is it possible that he's going in even deeper in an attempt to redeem himself?  Even at the expense of having killed a Level 8 agent?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:27 AM »
Tuesday's episode had more twists and turns than I thought possible in 1 hour on ABC.  And I was incredibly surprised at some of the agents who turned.  Sitwell?  REALLY?!?!  I thought that guy was great.  Especially after his appearance in a couple of the Marvel shorts that were on the DVD extras.

The ending was phenomenal.  I was not expecting that.  Although I suspect that people have been judging Ward at face value, and he may be in for the long play.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:16 AM »
Caught the movie last night.  I really liked the first Captain America, but I have to say that this one was really good!  It had such a different tone from the first movie, but I think it works since the new film is set in modern times.

Cap still seems like a man out of time.  The music coming from his apartment said that instantly.  And his references definitely say that clearly too, although he seems very much like he's working to get himself caught up on everything he's missed.  The fact that he's keeping a list is a nod to his earnestness.

His working relationship with the Black Widow has been interesting.  Clearly, there are trust issues between the two of them.  But I think the story arc definitely works toward building the trust between the two of them.  And I think that comes about most when Widow exposes herself and her past to the whole world.

Truth be told, I was actually expecting something different from Falcon.  For some reason I thought that his backstory was going to be similar to Black Widow and Hawkeye, and that he was another SHIELD agent.  It was actually a little refreshing to see that this wasn't the case.  And I think he and Cap developed a good friendship based on their shared experience as veterans.

Fury was finally able to show just how much of a badass he is.  The chase through DC was great, as were the fight sequences.  And he was able to show that he is the master spy in the process.  It's only been hinted at before, but here we finally got to see him in action.

Some of the villain appearances were awesome.  GSP as Batroc was actually pretty awesome.  And his fight with Cap was better than I thought it was going to be.  Brock Rumlow as a SHIELD strike agent was a nice nod to the comics.  There were really only hints at him and his future, but very cool ones.  And the way that Arnim Zola was realized was very cool.  I knew a little bit about his comic character and I think the way he was captured for this film was great.  It built on the story from the first film and also tied in with how history played out after WWII.  And then the twist that Zola was part of a Hydra infiltration into SHIELD that was 70 years in the making?  WHOA.

The museum exhibit was a nice nod to Cap's past, but it had to be very odd for him to actually see it.  I understood why he went though, because it was something that could help him remember and honor his friends.  But it also showed his vulnerability and loyalty to his friend, and that wound up being a weakness for him as he fought Bucky/Winter Soldier.  The fact that his fight with the Winter Soldier remained unresolved was great.  And I'm interested to see where the story continues to go.

One of the things I liked most of all about the movie is that the plot was topical.  The whole thing really revolved around the concepts of personal privacy and freedoms that are playing out in the political arena right now. 

As for the stinger scenes?  Wow.  Baron Von Strucker?!?!?!  I think they nailed him, right down to the monocle.  And his captives?  It's nice to get that first glimpse of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 7, 2014, 09:22 AM »
Wow!  They really got the ball rolling last night with some significant plot points.  Great start to the season.  Although seeing Ice melted down to be reforged into Valyrian steel swords for the Lannisters was a bit of a tough pill to swallow.

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