Game of Thrones

It seems like half of my newsfeed on Facebook the past couple of weeks has been about Game of Thrones. Out of those posts, half of them were talking about how they’re excited for this new season, while the other half are bragging about how they’ve never seen a single episode. In fact, I think five different friends of mine posted the same picture that said “I’m part of the 1% of the population that hasn’t seen a single episode of Game of Thrones”. Given how many people I’ve seen share that picture, I doubt the validity of the math on that one.

I, myself, am in the latter group. I have never seen an episode of the show.

When it was only a season or two along, I was thinking about giving it a try. Then, in an ironic twist, it was somebody who was trying to talk me into watching the show that ended up talking me out of it. He said, and I quote, “You should watch Game of Thrones. It’s a good show, once you get past the incest.”

Ummmm…… excuse me?

Incest? No thanks. I’ll just be over here in the incest free zone.

Revivals

I just got done watching the third (and final) season of Dark Matter on Netflix (if you haven’t given this show a chance, you’re missing out) and I’m angry about its cancellation all over again. I would love to be able to give it at least one more season, if for no other reason than to tie up all of the storylines.

A few days ago, my team lead said something similar, except he would like to do a reboot of the show Heroes. He likes the first season, but the rest of the series kind of blows. His idea was to start completely over and to get rid of all the inconsistencies in the story that were added during the later seasons.

So, that got me to thinking: if someone from a TV network or streaming service, like Netflix, told me that they would let me develop shows based on any property that weren’t currently in use, what would they be?

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Coming Back

Have you ever noticed that when you’re watching a movie or TV show about someone who either goes missing for a long time or comes back from the dead, their significant other always hooks up with the missing person’s best friend or family member? And it’s always the same story too. It’s always, “We didn’t plan for this to happen. We just got close while we helped each other cope with the grief of losing you.”

Maybe it’s happened before, and I just haven’t seen it, but I would like to see one of those scenes where the friend or family member doesn’t say, “I don’t know how to tell you this but… I hooked up with your significant other.” Instead, they tell the person who just came back, “I don’t know how to tell you this but… I haven’t seen them since the memorial service we had for you. We hated each other. We just faked it for your sake.”

It would just be a nice change of pace.

Ross Hate

Is there a character that is more hated by the writers of their show than Ross Geller of Friends? I don’t think there is. In 10 seasons, Ross was constantly abused by the writers. It all started in the pilot.

The first thing we learn about Ross is that he is divorced because his wife left him for another woman. That’s pretty bad. What makes it worse, however, is that everyone in his life, his friends and family included, try to make it seem like he should be ok with the fact that his wife announced that she was a lesbian and left him.

The best example of this is the episode where his ex-wife, Carol, marries her new lover, Susan. His own sister not only caters the event, but acts shocked and appalled that Ross says he’s not attending it. At one point she even tells him to get over it and help her prepare the food. Ross responded by saying that if Carol was marrying a man, none of them would be pushing him to go to the wedding. Instead of thinking about his response, his friends make a joke out of it with Joey saying that if Carol was marrying another guy, she’d be the worst lesbian ever.

But, if you think about it, Ross had a point. If Carol had left him for another man, nobody would have been taking her side. So, Carol gets a pass just because she’s a lesbian? She’s allowed to break his heart and devastate him because she left him for another woman instead of a man?

Look, I’m not saying she shouldn’t have left Ross. She should have. She did what she had to do to make herself happy. Staying with him out of guilt would only have made her miserable, which eventually would have made him miserable. I get that. I don’t blame her for leaving.

At the same time, however, she has to be held accountable for her actions. I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the series I heard them say that Ross and Carol were together for 7 years. That’s 7 years where she lied to him. She led him on and made him think that she felt the same way that he did. Then, when he was madly in love with her, and happy to be spend the rest of their lives together, she drops this bomb on him and leaves.

She does this to him and everyone he cares about is telling him to be ok with it? How hurtful is that?

And that’s just the beginning. Let’s see some of the other things the writers made Ross go through:

  • They give him a monkey for no apparent reason.
  • They turn him into a jealous wreck that ends up pushing Rachel away until the series finale.
  • They make him get divorced two more times.
  • The longer the series went on, the more mentally unstable he became.
  • They had him admit that he had once been dumped during sex.
  • They make him so desperate for sex that he tries to bang his cousin.
  • They had him inadvertently make out with his sister.

There are more, but those are the ones that stick out to me. I mean, look at that list. Look at what they put him through. It’s brutal.

Poor Ross…

Marvel’s Runaways

Anyone who has Hulu has access to Marvel’s newest TV show, which is based on their series entitled, you guessed it, Runaways.
I was a little unsure about this show when I first heard about it because I knew next to nothing about them. In fact, the only time I had ever seen them was a brief appearance they made in one of Marvel’s big crossover events, and I didn’t even remember much about that. I think it was the original Civil War story and Captain America was trying to recruit them for his side. But, anyways….

Before I gave the show a chance, I decided to check out the comics first on Marvel Unlimited to see if it would be something I’d be interested in. Now, I don’t think anything further I have to say would be considered a spoiler, but, just in case, I’ll go ahead and issue a warning here. Possible spoilers ahead.

The basic premise of the book is that a group of teenagers find out their parents are bad guys and they try to get away from them (makes the name Runaways seem clever now, doesn’t it?). The original comic run was 18 issues long. It was supposed to be a limited series, but it was so popular that they brought it back in a second volume not long after the first run ended.

I read it. I liked it. There were some flaws, but not enough to make it a bad reading experience. So, I started watching the show. I don’t say this very often, but I actually like the TV show better than the comic book.

Because it’s a TV show, and they have an entire season to fill, they slowed the pace of the story down. That was great in my opinion because the first 5 or 6 issues of the comic felt really crammed to me. They probably should’ve stretched those 5 or 6 issues out into at least 8. Since it was a limited series, however, they probably didn’t have the space to do that in the comic.

While they kept the core characteristics of the teenagers the same in both the comic and show, the parents, and the story itself, are markedly different so far. Since, as of this writing, they have only released the first 9 episodes of the season (unlike Netflix, which releases their seasons all at once, Hulu releases their original show episodes once a week like normal TV stations do), that may change moving forward. 

Personally, I like the changes the show has made. They make the story more character driven and somehow more relatable. 

I recommend giving both of these a try if you get the chance. Though, I recommend the show more than the comic, which again sounds weird to say.

Daredevil

I don’t know what it is about The Man Without Fear,  but for some reason I’ve always been drawn to him. He’s not very powerful. He’s not a mechanical genius. He doesn’t have all of those wonderful toys. So, why do I consider him to be one of my favorite comic book characters?

I don’t know.

Maybe it’s because of all of those things that I like him. He doesn’t have all the gadgets like Batman. He doesn’t have the technical know how like Iron Man. He doesn’t have a lot of awesome powers like Superman. Hell, Daredevil’s powers are pretty weak…

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