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  1. Yavar Moradi

    The Official Intrada Thread

    Maybe Fielding “does nothing for” you precisely because you’ve “never heard of this movie or score”? This is easily my favorite score of Fielding’s...a unique dark western masterpiece. Yavar
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    Sony reissues Bernstein's Ghostbusters score

    Wonder how that mistake was made, and I wonder if a source exists for the rest of Bernstein’s Merlin music. I’d buy it! Yavar
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    The Official Intrada Thread

    I think this actually happened on several Fielding releases Intrada put out, usually at no more than 1500 copies (2000 on rare occasion like Scorpio, maybe). This was long before their "while quantities and interest" remain policy. If this is Lawman I may have to get it because that's my favorite Fielding score and a DYNAMITE listen on disc. Another Fielding possibility is The Nightcomers (same year - 1971) which also sold out really fast IIRC. In fact it sold out so fast that it's one of the few Fielding Intrada releases I missed out on, and the sound samples for it are really intriguing and different, for Fielding: http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.5768/.f?category=-101 But maybe since that's ISC 63, it wouldn't be considered early enough? Seeing as how it was released over a decade ago though, I'd say it still qualifies. Yavar
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    GAME OF THRONES

    Jay based on what you just wrote you *really* should watch that Rewrite the Battle of Winterfell thing. It perfectly solves so many issues. Yavar
  5. Yavar Moradi

    GAME OF THRONES

    I was asking for reasons YOU considered the episode fan service, Stefancos...but did you even read that little article, or just the clickbait headline? After calling the episode fan service (apparently defined as "pandering to fans" and "indulging every whim of a fandom"), all of the writer's reasoning afterwards explains why the episode actually WASN'T fan service: *If the storytelling is "organic and earned", it's not "fan service"! It's good writing!* "Fan service" is not synonymous with "enjoyable moments" or things that might make many fans temporarily happy. If it were, then anything not an outright tragedy would be considered fan service. Effective comedies would be nonstop fan service. Hell, even entertaining moments within Shakespeare tragedies would be "fan service". Such an attitude is ridiculous there and equally ridiculous when applied to Episode 2 this season, IMO. So yeah...it's really sad that you saw this episode as weaker than the first episode. For me it was flawlessly executed, and not fan service in the slightest. This writers' observations about the episode are accurate, and the only justification for their calling these scenes "fan service" is their *wholly unfounded* claims that "they were initially dreamt up by—or concocted to please—the fans." The entirety of this show (and practically any other TV show) is "concocted to please" so that's a stupid distinction anyway. This is entertainment. But "fan service" is when things are artificially constructed simply to please fans rather than because they are right/natural/organic for the story and characters. Yavar
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    GAME OF THRONES

    And I'm disagreeing with your opinion and asking you to back it up with...something. Yavar
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    GAME OF THRONES

    And what specific things in the episode were fan service and bothered you because they stood out as fan service? Unless you're saying you don't like characters meeting up and interacting before a big battle, how should they have interacted more naturally and less fan-service-y, in your view? Some fans have been 'shipping Arya and Gendry for years. And while the two characters "hooked up" in this episode I think it was made perfectly clear that they had no sort of real romance or future. It wasn't done in a remotely fan-service-y way, IMO. If anything it was uncomfortable and sad (Arya's expression as she lies awake). I suppose the group conversing around the fire is what most offended you, based on your reference to "singing a merry song or two"? (Again, it was a single song...and quite a sad one.) What characters around that fire had "reason to hate each other" and were suddenly and conveniently for "fan service" getting along? In fact there was a line that recognized something that most of that group had in common: having fought against the Starks, before now defending Winterfell. I guess if anyone had a legit grudge there it'd be Davos against Tyrion, for the death of his son in the Battle of the Blackwater...but we've already seen long before this point that Davos isn't holding that grudge like many fathers might. Apart from both being attracted to Brienne, Jaime and Tormund have no reason to hate each other and to me they behave in that scene just how their characters *would* behave. I really feel you are misrepresenting this episode as "fan service" simply because a bunch of characters met and nobody killed anybody. I honestly don't think it could have been done any better than it was done. And that's something I can't say of any other episode since the final one of season 6. Yavar
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    GAME OF THRONES

    That's...not really what it is. It's more of a (very professional) essay about how to fix the structure/impact of this particular episode, working within the plot boundaries the showrunners set for it. With a single exception, this person does not add or subtract any deaths for example -- he merely changes where/how they occur in the episode, to great effect. It's more of a skillful restructuring of the existing episode than independent fanfiction that takes the story in some sort of entirely different direction. I'm not interested in fanfiction either. But honestly this person's "rewrite" comes across less like fanfiction than the actual episode we got. How close to Martin's equivalent to "The Long Night" do you think the actual episode itself will turn out to be? Yavar
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    GAME OF THRONES

    1. You admit it was "beautifully written". 2. Presumably you do not think episode 1 was as(?) beautifully written, at least...I personally didn't think it was remotely as well written. 3. *Both* of those episodes were very much about having characters meet up for the first time or who hadn't seen each other in years. There were just so many characters to put together at Winterfell that it needed two episodes. So you haven't explained at all why you think episode 2 was "slightly worse". And it would seem you are in the minority because it clearly has a higher IMDb rating (and the premiere episode probably even has an inflated rating if anything, since it was the first of the season after a long hiatus). 4. I personally don't think Episode 2 was even remotely "fan service" -- I've heard that term bandied about so much it's become meaningless. But I don't think it applies here. Everything in this episode felt like an organic conclusion to multiple relationship arcs. How could it have been written to be less fan-service-y to you? What character interactions felt unnatural and forced to you, like they were invented just to make the fans happy? "Fan service" describes the D&D episodes far more than "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" IMO. Even when it doesn't please the fans, they do so many things that don't make organic sense from a character standpoint just because they thought it'd be cool. That's my sniff test for fan service. 5. It wasn't remotely "a merry song" -- were you not paying attention? This episode was about the characters getting to take a short breath/solace before inevitable tragedy. But apparently you don't want them to have that, or it's fan service? 6. All these characters got put in one place because they all decided to stand against The Long Night. It's as simple as that. Uniting against death. What's the problem? Who became best buddies in this episode who were mortal enemies before? What was unnatural or forced. I really look forward to you expanding on this. Yavar
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    GAME OF THRONES

    Because he's become fucking useless? Maybe the last episode will have some final big magical timey-wimey reveal regarding him, but for now I still very much think this should have been done: If you watch that I'd be curious to hear your thoughts! Yavar
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    GAME OF THRONES

    Episode 1 was just...fine. As you say. Pretty standard early season set-up episode. Not especially well written (though probably better than the super long D&D episodes). Episode 2 was written by Bryan Cogman and was leaps-and-bounds better, IMO. Maybe you watch this show primarily for the spectacle but I watch it primarily FOR the "character stuff" (that's what got me through the otherwise unbearably stupid "Beyond the Wall" episode in season 7). Episode 2 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" was just superbly written "character stuff" and I loved every minute of it...it was a beautifully written payoff to multiple storylines/relationships, before (we thought) more than half of the main characters were going to die. It was emotional and powerful and cathartic. I was moved. My hopes for the rest of the season were greatly increased. "And we will never see its like again." Yavar
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    GAME OF THRONES

    That's funny, Quintus, but obviously the descent of the show has been far more gradual than that. While I think season 7 was overall better than season 8 has been, it was also by far the weakest season up to that point, and it has more in common quality-wise with season 8 than season 1. Still, I guess it didn't actively disappoint me as much as this season has (after episode 2, which again I say was wonderful). Yavar
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    GAME OF THRONES

  14. Helpful! But why aren't you updating all the way to the present day? (You didn't even include Kritzerland's The Gay Amigo, which was 2018). Lookin' forward to other labels like Quartet... Yavar
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