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Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones (TV, fantasy) Thread
« Last post by KevShmev on Today at 07:49:38 PM »


Personally I'd be more curious how someone who binged the series recently feels about the ending. Do you notice the huge difference or decline in the seasons that many online do? Does Season 8 seem obviously far below everything else in the show if you watch it all close together?

As a recent binger - I didn't start the series till last year, put it on hold for a bit, and then got back into it early this year, and caught up in time for the final season - it didn't feel to me like the drop-off was as severe as others do.  Sure, the first four seasons were the best, but 5-8 were all still really good, for the most part.  My interest never wavered.  I certainly agree that this last season would have been best had it been 10 episodes where certain things could have been fleshed out a bit more, but even though Bran got the crown, last night really felt like Sansa, Arya and Jon were the true winners, albeit in a bittersweet way, which is why they were the focus of the final segment.  All hail House Stark!  :tup :tup
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Definitely a grower. Different thoughts about this album after more spons. Voyager should have been the closing track!

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General Music Discussion / Re: What album are you listening to? v.6
« Last post by Cyril on Today at 07:36:10 PM »
"as good as their last one" meaning it sucks :neverusethis:
doom/sludge metal ain't my thing anyways so
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General Music Discussion / Re: DTF 2019 Release Date Calendar
« Last post by Puppies_On_Acid on Today at 07:33:25 PM »
August 23rd:
Hope Drone - Void Lustre

one of those coincidences where i apparently get into a band right when they're about to release another album
:metal
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is the inter arma any good. i didn't like the last album (despite the gorgeous cover & an image from the booklet was one of my avatars) & didn't like what i checked out from the new one either
I've only listened to it once. It's a lot to take in. I would say it's at least as good as their last one, with potential for it to grow on me. Ask me again in a few weeks :corn
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Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones (TV, fantasy) Thread
« Last post by RuRoRul on Today at 07:27:03 PM »
Big finales always seem to be treated as exaggeratedly good or exaggeratedly bad. Probably even more so in today's pop culture ecosystem where the connectedness through the internet and social media pushes reception of things to be pretty binary: either something's amazing or utter shit.

Also I feel the damage was already done earlier in the series rather than the final episode. Both in terms of quality decline and storyline choices, and in terms of the momentum of the fanbase attitude. To be honest I don't see any way that finale alone could have won many people back over; it had to conclude the controversial plot that previous episodes had started on, and it had to put the final stamp on a saga so huge that the original creator has found it unfinishable. All that presenting it to an audience that has (largely) already turned on and lost its goodwill towards the show, with a waiting social media that knows that maximum "engagement" will likely come through memes catering to that audience. I'm not saying that quality or nature of the finale didn't matter, but with those variables it was just a question of how much it could limit the inevitable negativity rather than avoid it.

Plus, a story like Game Of Thrones with so many competing protagonists lacks the same obvious "end states" as some other stories. Series with a clear central character usually have an obvious question about the fate of that character, and the audience can usually guess which options are on the table for a series finale (OK, often it boils down to "do they die?"). Big fantasy series usually have a clear end result the protagonists are aiming for, and it's just about what it costs to get there. With Game Of Thrones, there were more possible end states (in simplistic terms). That means it's going to lose a lot more of the audience (or face an uphill battle) based on storyline choices alone, before even considering the execution. A finale where Daenerys becomes a somewhat villainous figure and is killed is always going to be controversial and divisive, even if it had the subtlest, most nuanced writing since GRRM last published a Winds of Winter sample chapter.

Personally I'd be more curious how someone who binged the series recently feels about the ending. Do you notice the huge difference or decline in the seasons that many online do? Does Season 8 seem obviously far below everything else in the show if you watch it all close together?
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General Music Discussion / Re: What album are you listening to? v.6
« Last post by TAC on Today at 07:23:15 PM »
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General Music Discussion / Re: What album are you listening to? v.6
« Last post by Cyril on Today at 07:23:03 PM »
is the inter arma any good. i didn't like the last album (despite the gorgeous cover & an image from the booklet was one of my avatars) & didn't like what i checked out from the new one either
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Bummed there's no electronica in your list, Puppies. Pretty sure it was you who had Solar Fields on their 2018 list, yeah? God that was a good album.
Yeah that Solar Fields album was great. Unfortunately the only Electronica based album I've heard so far this year is the new Tim Hecker album Anoyo, but I haven't listened to it enough to rate it yet. And that's the only Electronica on my 2019 playlist so far....
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