Due to the sheer abundance of time I've recently had, I've been lounging in front of my television, catching up on the shows I planned to watch about six months ago. But I think the only one worth mentioning is Game of Thrones.
Given it's huge success, I had high expectations and was awaiting a sense of disappointment as I realized it was over-hyped and over-publicized. Fortunately I was wrong. Despite the very frantic beginnings and constant work to remember the names of roughly twenty characters thrown at me, it had me coming back for the next episode immediately. For the first time in any show, I found myself watching episodes more frequently, closer to the finale than when I started. Usually I have a burnout, lose interest, and end up watching an episode every other day.
I started the Throne-athon less than a week ago, and I'm already infuriated at the time I'll have to wait for season three to be released. Following the story at times can be difficult, but I still tried my best to hold on to the different links between families and so on. There are so many divergent storylines, all happening in synchronicity with pure consistency and interest - although, my favourite plot line is Arya Stark's, which is casually introduced in the middle of the first season, becoming a more prominent and important one in the second.
I'm probably going to regret this, but when I started with The Sopranos and The Wire, I really had to drag myself through the episodes, which was rather more laborious than I'd hoped. The Wire less so, but they had quite convoluted plots with lots of depth that I didn't really care for. Characters were dry and lacked transfixing personalities. Maybe I didn't spend enough time on them for it to sink in, but it really was a lot of work to finish the first season of The Sopranos. And I don't plan on watching the second any time soon!
Even when the Game of Throne's story became confusing or puzzling, I still loved it due to impeccable acting and writing that grabs you like dialogue from a Tarantino film. Peter Dinklage's portrayal of Tyrion Lannister is brilliant, with his whit and charm that manages to conquer the sword with his words, being the ultimatum of condescending acting. I was very happy when I heard he had received a Golden Globe for his role in last years awards ceremony. The set design and locations were beautiful, and it was just genuinely great to look at - not the gritty suburban areas of New Jersey or drug-ridden crack den's of Baltimore.
I absolutely loved this, and cannot emphasize this enough, with no criticisms or things that niggled away at me over the twenty episodes. I do plan on reading the books, which I've heard, as usual, are better than the show. And if this is the case, I'll have my work cut out for me to finish the nearly-thousand-word novels. Another little thing: If it was another network broadcasting Game of Thrones, my impressions definitely would have been different, but because it's HBO, nearly all actors were British, which is much more convincing that having having forty-something American's try and fake a British accent. It would've been awful!
(I should apologize for being very vague with the story in hand, but nearly anything I would've said would have been a spoiler.)