The last episode especially was a mess. I get the feeling Covid fucked them over for a lot of this season but even with that excuse many of the faults can't be explained away. S1 overall gets a 5/10 from me.On the Wheel of Time, I wish they had fleshed out the lore of the world more. To name a few ways they could inject it seamlessly:
- Tom Merrilin and his stories
- Reading or quoting the book The Travels of Jain Farstrider
- Storytelling by the fire with the tinkers
There's just so many missed opportunities to spend a few minutes enriching the world in every episode. In the books, someone (a Koplin?) in Emond's field apparently mentions the dark one by name, and the Wisdom thumps him good. I think maybe Matt maybe mentions him too. Which leads everyone to say the phrase at once: " The Dark One and all of the Forsaken are bound in Shayol Ghul, beyond the Great Blight, bound by the Creator at the moment of Creation, bound until the end of time. The hand of the Creator shelters the world, and the Light shines on us all".
Now we've introduced the dark one (By name, no less!), the Forsaken, Shayol Ghul, the blight, the creator, all in one go, without Rosamund Pike yapping. It's so frustrating when there's off screen monologues that could be told in person as part of the story. That to me is the biggest fault of the show. I enjoyed it, but the whole thing could have done with an additional episode or two just setting up the world and lore. We see the Forsaken stone statues briefly, but only 8 (or 9?), not 13, so maybe in this age, there's a few missing, but two were definitely mentioned: Lanfear and Ishmael. Lanfear is used to scare little children into behaving, or she will stalk their dreams and give them nightmares. I can see Matt telling his sisters about her. Ishmael is mentioned as the great deceiver. I'm sure there's a way they could have introduced him too.
I don't think the show has shown us a map, so we don't really have any context of where things are. I think in the books, the Inn has a big map that all the boys studied (daydreamed over).
The Aiel war.... why were they fighting near Dragonmount? Easy enough to explain using the scenes available... Tom Merrilin again, with the dead Aiel in the cage. A few sentences explaining why they crossed the Spine of the World 20 some years ago, and perhaps musing why they were doing so again.
The Horn of Valere... I don't know where to start. They should have explained what it was, and why it was important. They could easily do that with having a few hunters of the horn in the same inn that Rand and Matt meet Tom Merrilin. That could then be used to explain who Arthur Hawking was, why he was important, and sets up critical plot elements for the next season.
The show could be so much more, if they had just spent a few minutes to tell people about the world, without spoon feeding it.
The season was pretty good overall, possibly better than everything after season 4. But yeah, that ending felt rushed with little to no justification.Ugh, Dexter: New Blood. It had its moments and the ending wasn't as bad as the original but fucking hell, it wasn't far off.
I think I may have to download. Didn't know it was a Costner vehicle. I never understood the hatred for him.Yellowstone S4. First 10 minutes of ep1 is incredible.
Just watched a few episodes and it is pretty decent.Peacemaker is out also if anyone is interested:
Peacemaker: Created by James Gunn. With John Cena, Freddie Stroma, Chukwudi Iwuji, Jennifer Holland. The origin of the DC superhero so dedicated to world peace that he is prepared to use force of arms to achieve it.www.imdb.com
I thought it was absolute dogshit. Who runs away to change their identity and only moves a couple of miles away? It was also awash with so many ridiculous coincidences I lost count. And don't get me started on the geography; as someone originally from that part of the world I was like "WTF?" every five minutes (and yes I know its supposed to a fictional place, but then they filled it full of very non-fictional iconic landmarks).Just finished Stay Close, was a fun whodunit
though wrapping up all the loose ends right at the end as an almost afterthought was a bit naff