[TV] Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Disclaimer: this impression is based on the first seven seasons of the show.

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Seasons

Game of Thrones is my favorite TV series that does everything one would ever want from a gritty medieval fantasy adventure, but I feel that its later seasons are not as well-thought out as the earlier, no doubt because they ran out of the book material.

I’ll see how the final, eighth, season plays out, but while I enjoyed every second of the season seven, there were twists that made me raise an eyebrow, and I don’t feel I like where some things are going, concentrating more attention on the mute undead threat than human politics where the show used to excel at.

In any case, while I didn’t feel like that after the first five seasons, I currently think I’m going to read the books after all… if they ever get finished.

Positive:
Negative:
Awesome cinematography
Later seasons that are not longer based on the books don’t feel as polished
Fascinating, gritty medieval fantasy setting
Immersing, dark atmosphere
Interesting, likable, profound characters
Enthralling plot full of twists
Fantastic pacing with something interesting happening all the time
Solid, well thought-out story fueled by medieval politics

 

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[TV] Justified

Justified

TV

Disclaimer: this impression is based on the first two seasons of the show.

A TV series about an old school marshal fighting crime in Kentucky that despite a few highs here and there is too padded with episodic filler to truly shine.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
Huge amount of episodic filler drowns out the otherwise interesting story
Well-written dialogue
Awkward romance
Set in an exotic location of Kentucky state

[TV] Rick & Morty

Rick & Morty

Rick & Morty

An ingenious comedy cartoon that follows the adventures of a misanthropic drunken scientist and his completely normal (if not particularly bright) grandson.

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Negative:
Extremely likable, interesting characters
Due to the nature of parodies some episodes can be a bit predictable
Extremely well-written dialogue
Episodic
Never runs out of wacky ideas to entertain you with
One of the funniest shows out there

[TV] Seinfield

Seinfield

Disclaimer: based on the first two seasons.

Seinfield

A light-hearted comedy that’s good to kill some time with, but not much else.

Positive:
Negative:
Relatively funny
Doesn’t offer much in terms of plot
Likable characters
Doesn’t offer anything particularly memorable
A good time killer when you’re bored

[TV] Boardwalk Empire

boardwalk-empire

Despite a strong first episode this show soon devolves into but another uninspired and clueless character piece with plot threads being introduced and thrown away seemingly at random. It’s pretty apparent the creators never had a clear vision for where they wanted to take the story, and were just making stuff as they went.

I don’t think I’ll be watching further than the first season.

Positive: Negative:
A fascinating setting of Prohibition era in USA Plot keeps going in circles with threads introduced and thrown away almost at random
Some characters, especially the sleazy protagonist, are interesting Characters keep changing personalities and making weird decisions to suit the schizophrenic plot
No actual story, at least in the first season

 

[TV] Arrested Development

arrested-development

A quite hilarious comedy show that unfortunately got canceled before it could go anywhere (although I doubt that was ever its intention to begin with).

Positive: Negative:
Likable characters The plot feels a bit too random and all over the place sometimes
Genuinely funny The recent continuation just doesn’t have the same steam

 

[TV Series] The Twilight Zone

Twilight Zone

The show might have appeared as ingenious sixty years ago, but from the lens of a modern viewer it is but a compilation of already tired ideas that are conveyed with naivete and superficiality more reminiscent of a cartoon.

If you’re curious, I would recommend only checking the episodes that make it to “best of twilight zone” lists.

Positive: Negative:
Some of the better episodes might explore fairly interesting ideas Acting can be quite cringeworthy depending on the episode
Some of the episodes are good at building expectation for that upcoming twist Lots of weak episodes
Most of the ideas are given very superficial treatment