Tag Archives: TV Recaps

Book Reader Wheel of Time Recap and Reaction: Season 1, Episode 8

There are a couple primary problems with Amazon’s adaptation of The Wheel of Time.  The first is a lack of respect for the source material.  The second, and more serious, is that the show creators are not very good at … Continue reading

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Book Reader Wheel of Time Recap and Reaction: Season 1, Episode 7

Changes in adaptation are inevitable.  Making a TV show is a messy, collaborative process that demands endless tradeoffs.  It’s an iceberg, because it happens almost entirely out of the public eye and, frankly, I know little about making talkies.  But … Continue reading

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Book Reader Wheel of Time Recap and Reaction: Season 1, Episode 6

I’ve been pretty lenient with the book changes up to this point.  A certain amount of leeway is necessary—the change in format requires changes in storytelling, and any creator worth their salt is going to put their own spin on … Continue reading

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Book Reader Wheel of Time Recap and Reaction: Season 1, Episode 5

The strident pleas of book hipsters and show apologists notwithstanding, after five episodes we have a sense of what we are getting from Amazon’s adaptation of a landmark work of epic fantasy.  A high production value work that mostly looks … Continue reading

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Book Reader Wheel of Time Recap and Reaction: Season 1, Episode 4

I am thankful this Thanksgiving season to have a high quality, high production value TV adaptation of my favorite fantasy series of all time. SPOILERS abound below.  Mostly for the first four episodes of the show, but there will be … Continue reading

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Book Reader Wheel of Time Recap and Reaction: Season 1, Episodes 1-3

It’s happening!  And five hours early![1]  I watched the first three episodes Thursday night (and started this post) and then watched them again tonight (and finished this post).  If I can convince a member of my wife’s family, I will … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Finale Recap

Nine years, eight seasons, and 73 episodes later, we have come to the end of a grand journey.  If nothing else, there has never been another epic fantasy TV show like Game of Thrones.  I will always be thankful for … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 8, Episode 5

After an episode that was much-maligned, including by me, can the writers of Game of Thrones get the magic back in the series’ penultimate episode?  The episode also promises our last big battle in a series that has given us … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 8, Episode 4

Wow.  The show writers dealt us a serious twist in episode three.  It necessarily marks a significant split between the first half of the finale season and the second half.  We knew what to expect in the first half.  Now … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 8, Episode 3

This really feels like the culmination of the entire series.  “The Long Night” gives us  dragons, ice zombies, and Starks in Winterfell—what more could we ask for?  I have a sinking suspicion going in that this is it for the … Continue reading

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