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Season 2 of Game of Thrones doesn’t kick of til 2012, but fans of the show and collectors will have something else to look forward to next year, as Dark Horse Deluxe and HBO are teaming up to debut a product line of Game of Thrones merchandise that will launch March 2012. The product line will include a large variety of items including: statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery, and other collectibles.
Here’s a bit of the official press release from Dark Horse:
Dark Horse Deluxe is proud to announce, in partnership with HBO, a vast Game of Thrones product line debuting in the spring of 2012, leading up to the show’s second-season premiere in April. Licensed product categories derived from the series will span a large range, including statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery, and other collectibles. This exciting new line of products debuts with a range of branded magnets, patches, playing cards, coaster sets, and more.
“We are delighted to be part of HBO’s licensing roster for Game of Thrones. We are big fans of the television adaptation,” said Dark Horse’s VP of Product Development, David Scroggy. “We are working closely with HBO to develop a line of products inspired by the series that will delight the fan base.”
I wonder if a full sized throne replica will be made. I need one to sit upon regally while hosting a Season 2 Premiere Game of Thrones viewing party. What sort of Game of Thrones Merchandise would you like to see produced?
When I first heard about HBO’s new show Game of Thrones I admit I was immediately intrigued. HBO has a reputation for great television and I am a sucker for anything fantasy. To be honest most fantasy TV (and books) suck. They rely on campy action, cheesy quests, generic characters and bad writing. So my hopes are pretty high that maybe HBO will do one right. After one episode I am not hooked, but I am interested.
First of all, let me get the disclaimers out of the way. The show takes full advantage of the fact it is on HBO and the producers know their audience well because it has a lot of nudity and sex. Seriously, they should rename it Game of Bones. I am not easily offended but it was a bit absurd. So if these things don’t bother you or you just really like boobies then continue.
Second disclaimer: It is relatively violent. If you are squeamish about decapitations and mutilated bodies then you should also avoid this one show. It isn’t on the level of a zombie apocalypse, but it isn’t for the faint of heart either.
All that aside, it is earned another showing. The story is based off the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin and follows the plight of a group of noble families vying for the throne of the Kingdom of Westeros. The plot centers around the Stark family of Winterfell and their many children whom are easily confused with one another. Sean Bean plays Eddard “Ned” Stark, the patriarch of the family and long standing friend and defender of the King. After a prominent assassination, the King visits Ned to ask an important favor of Ned. One Ned is reluctant to do but feels he has no way out. At the same time, enter in the rise of an ancient, mysterious evil, the political manipulations of the old monarchy trying to regain power, and some weird family relations and the stage is set for a potentially compelling show.
I love Sean Bean in this role, for those who are unfamiliar with him, he played Borimir in The Lord of the Rings. He is a solid actor and he is a good in the fantasy genre. As a fantasy fan I really like what this show is attempting to do: that is create a fantasy story that is well written and driven by characters and story rather than cheap hack and slash quests.
One of the other things I like is that one of the main characters is a dwarf, er little person? Midget? I am not sure of the P.C. term these days, but I think it is pretty gutsy to have him in a non-traditional role.
Will the show succeed? HBO seems to think so. After just one episode they already signed on to a second season. It would appear that so far A Game of Thrones also wins in a game of ratings.
Check it out, especially if you like fantasy, I want to hear what you babblers think. I only have episode to base this rating on so this obviously doesn’t reflect the entire series but for now I give it 3.5 Babbles.
If you’re one of the two people who read my review of Inglourious Basterds then you will know that I am a complete sucker for all things World War Two. I was raised on such movies as The Dirty Dozen, Battle of Midway, Force 10 from Navarone and even the greatness of Hogan’s Heroes. So after the brilliance of Band of Brothers it was with great joy and eager anticipation that I looked forward to HBO’s newest World War Two series, The Pacific, also produced by Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg. So with all this firepower one would think it would be an instant hit.
It should be obvious from the title, but this series follows the war against Japan in the Pacific Theatre, specifically the exploits of the 1st Marine division. Starting in the nearly disastrous battle of Guadalcanal, moving on to the rain and jungle nightmare of Cape Gloucester and continuing into the horrors of Palau (this is as far as the series has gotten but will go through Okinawa and Iwa Jima) the series is incredibly accurate and historically fascinating, and specifically follows the lives of three Marines: Robert Leckie, John Basilone, and Eugene Sledge.
It also doesn’t nearly live up to the greatness of Band of Brothers. The dialogue isn’t nearly as crisp and the interaction between the Marines is a little convoluted. The viewer is hit with several characters right of the bat, and it is incredibly difficult to get the names and character correct, especially when some of them look so similar. The first two or three episodes are really confusing. Additionally it is difficult to follow what is really happening in the battle of Guadalcanal since no strategic map of the island is ever shown.
As you begin to recognize who is who and as the war continues the series is more enjoyable. Specifically with the introduction of the character of Eugene Sledge, who doesn’t really join the fight until the fifth episode or so, but I think his character adds more to the show. Robert Leckie is also a pretty good character that really struggles to handle the horrors of what he sees. So far John Basilone has been almost forgettable. After winning a medal of honor at Guadalcanal, he has all but disappeared. Apparently he makes a comeback however. The real problem is that instead of seeing the characters personalities etc, you really just see their morbid reactions to the war and not who they really are.
To be sure the series well documents the horrors of war and what the unbelievable hardships that the Marine’s went through but the series is not consistent in its overall feel. Some episodes are more inspiring, some down right depressing and some just a little confusing. There is little continuity in the series and you never know what to expect week to week.
Over all the series is worth watching, especially for any history or war buff. Additionally I think it is good for people to see, just to realize the sacrifices that our soldiers made, sacrifices that would haunt them the rest of their lives. That being said, this band of Marines just doesn’t live up to its counterpart Band of Brothers.
I give it 3.5 Babbles.
PS. My one real historically nerdy complaint is that the series doesn’t show the naval and air battles. Unlike the war in Europe, which was won on the ground, the war in the Pacific was won at sea. Whoever controlled the sea, controlled the land and air and the series doesn’t even mention the dramatic sacrifices of the numerous airmen and sailors who died in battles such as Midway and the Corral Sea. I feel it is a bit of an injustice to the viewer not to get the whole picture of the war or remember their sacrifices as well.
Last night a few of us Babblers were talking about upcoming Tv or Film we were excited about and the new HBO series, “The Pacific” came up. Surprised that it went under our radar for a while, I decided to look for any fresh news about the mini-series, and I found they had released the second trailer. Check it out after the break: Continue reading
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Being a HUGE fan of ‘Band of Brothers’, I can’t tell you how excited I am about the new mini-series -The Pacific. The series is brought to you by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg and will feature the perspectives of 3 marines fighting in the pacific during WWII. I hope this doesn’t disappoint. Too bad we will have to wait till 2010 to see it.
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