Review of Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale: Mother’s Mercy

Nerd Perspective

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Season 5 of Game of Thrones just came to an end with “Mother’s Mercy,” an inconsistent episode with some truly great sequences in some areas but some frustrating moments in others. Unlike last year, when major climaxes were spread over the last three episodes of the season, every storyline reaches its climax in this hour. Obviously there is always more story to tell in the future, and finales have often serve not only to end season-long threads but tease future ones. However, “Mother’s Mercy” leaves many of the conflicts that had been built up to throughout this last season without their resolutions. Even some of the best sequences of this episode leave dangling threads to be explored in the future. The direction of many of the stories we’ve spent roughly ten hours following this year is uncertain – even for one of the seemingly more final fates of the episode!…

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Review of Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale: Mother’s Mercy

cersei

Season 5 of Game of Thrones just came to an end with “Mother’s Mercy,” an inconsistent episode with some truly great sequences in some areas but some frustrating moments in others. Unlike last year, when major climaxes were spread over the last three episodes of the season, every storyline reaches its climax in this hour. Obviously there is always more story to tell in the future, and finales have often serve not only to end season-long threads but tease future ones. However, “Mother’s Mercy” leaves many of the conflicts that had been built up to throughout this last season without their resolutions. Even some of the best sequences of this episode leave dangling threads to be explored in the future. The direction of many of the stories we’ve spent roughly ten hours following this year is uncertain – even for one of the seemingly more final fates of the episode! Despite a handful of truly wonderful and well-executed scenes, I found much of this episode frustrating and ultimately unsatisfying. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Ranking Season 5 So Far…

Nerd Perspective

Here’s my ranking of the episodes in Game of Thrones: Season 5 (so far, of course). Feel free to comment with thoughts and/or criticisms! Would love to see what others think. Links to my full reviews of each episode are under each description. Enjoy!

9. Kill the Boy

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Really strong material for Jon Snow, who must “kill the boy” and tries to maneuver around the Night’s Watch-wildling animosity and form a lasting peace between the two camps. Tyrion and Jorah’s exciting and just frickin’ beautiful trip through Valyria was a solid end to the episode.

However, I can’t get behind the important decisions Daenerys makes with such little buildup (burning the possibly innocent Maester and marrying Hizdahr). And while Winterfell had some strong moments, focusing on such a despicable character like Ramsay Bolton for so long weighed down the episode for me. We missed out on so many characters in…

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Review of Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 9: “The Dance of Dragons”

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Review of “Dance of Dragons”

The powerful but incredibly disturbing buildup to Shireen’s death weaved throughout Season 5’s ninth episode, and provides the most weight to this episode, good or bad. Because of the inconsistent material in two of the season’s weaker storylines, and the exciting but logistically problematic climax at Mereen, “Dance of Dragons” was the most mixed episode for me. I was thrilled, I was perplexed, and (concerning the material with Stannis) I was both viscerally angry and very impressed. “The Dance of Dragons” was imperfect, with one particularly well-done sequence that raises the quality of the episode, while also complicating my personal feelings towards it. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Ranking Season 5

Here’s my ranking of the episodes in Game of Thrones: Season 5 (so far, of course). Feel free to comment with thoughts and/or criticisms! Would love to see what others think. Links to my full reviews of each episode are under each description. Enjoy!

10. Kill the Boy

kill the boy

Really strong material for Jon Snow, who must “kill the boy” and tries to maneuver around the Night’s Watch-wildling animosity and form a lasting peace between the two camps. Tyrion and Jorah’s exciting and just frickin’ beautiful trip through Valyria was a solid end to the episode.

However, I can’t get behind the important decisions Daenerys makes with such little buildup (burning the possibly innocent Maester and marrying Hizdahr). And while Winterfell had some strong moments, focusing on such a despicable character like Ramsay Bolton for so long weighed down the episode for me. We missed out on so many characters in this episode, and the material with the few characters we did get didn’t always hit it out of the park. Continue reading

Review of Daredevil: Episodes 7 & 8

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I finally finished season 1 of Daredevil recently. Man, what a great show.

But I haven’t been reviewing as I’ve gone along, so let’s go back a spell and look at where I left off, with what was perhaps the strongest one-two-punch of episodes in the show. (If you’re curious about my thoughts on the first group of episodes, here’s my review of the first three episodes, and here’s my review of episodes 4-6). Continue reading

Review of Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 8: Hardhome

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“Hardhome” had the responsibility to deliver on two huge developments that the audience had been waiting for since its earliest episodes. One was the first real interaction between Daenerys and Tyrion, and the other (of course) was seeing just how much of a threat the White Walkers are. And boy, did the episode deliver. The episode provided strong transitional moments for its characters, and shined brightest in a one-on-one between Daenerys and Tyrion that was somehow better than my ridiculous expectations. And while I tend to prefer the human conflicts in the series more than the fantastical ones, the last third of the episode at Hardhome provided strong character moments, thrilling action, and made the White Walker threat that had been looming since the first episode so much more real. Continue reading