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Game of Thrones Season Three, Episode 3 House/Order Power Rankings

By D.G. McCabe

And we’re back for week 3!  Not much movement this week, unless you count the movement of the Kingslayer’s hand from his arm.  Not that he didn’t deserve it, after all Bran still can’t walk.  Jaime would have lose the use of another limb to even that score.  Anyway, power rankings:

1. House Targaryen (Last week – #2)

I’m still on “A Clash of Kings” book-wise, but I have this sneaking suspicion Daenerys’ constantly promised “taking what is mine with fire and blood” is very close to coming to fruition.  With everyone else defending their positions, fleeing the Others, or wandering around in the woods, it’s good to see someone about to take charge and do some conquering.

2. House Tyrell (Last Week – #1)

They get bumped down by virtue of not showing up this week.  We’ll see how their scheming continues to develop next week, at least if the previews are any indication.

3. House Stark (Last week – #3)

Honestly, Arya got a tasty looking bread wolf, and that alone keeps House Stark in the #3 spot for the week.

4. The Free People (Last Week – #5)

Onward to the Wall I suppose, but at least they’re all still in one piece…

5. House Lannister (Last Week – #4)

Which is more than I can say for Jaime.  Tyrion may be in over his head (for the moment) as well, since he has the reasonable fear that the Iron Bank of Braavos is about to come and break his thumbs.  I suppose they’re still “in charge” for what it’s worth, but you don’t move up the power rankings by losing hands or attracting the ire of loan sharks.

6. The Brotherhood without Banners (Last Week – #6)

I like Thoros of Myr, and Arya has had good luck so far with free city folk from across the Narrow Sea.  They just need to figure out what to do with that stray dog they found.

7. The Night’s Watch (Last week – #7)

I really wish Samwell had chopped Craster’s head off.

8. House Tully (Last week – not ranked)

Catelyn is having some troubles, and Edmure is a pain in the butt.  Still, the Blackfish lights a mean funeral pyre, and I have this suspicion that Lyssa is about to make Littlefinger “fly.”

Also receiving votes: House Greyjoy, House Baratheon, bizarre punk rock remixes of minstrel songs, the fabulous order of (now) Tyrion’s ho’s, and squeaky stone floors.

(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe

Game of Thrones Season Three, Episode 2 – House/Order Power Rankings

By D.G. McCabe

And so we have week 2 of the third season, and things have shuffled around a bit in our House/Order Power Rankings.

1. House Tyrell

Why number one so soon?  First, they’re prying Joff the Bastard away from Cersei by playing on his chauvanism and stupidity.  Second, they’re making an ally of Sansa Stark.  Third, it should be pointed out that Highgarden supported the Mad King until the very end, and if there’s anything we learned about Game of Thrones, it’s that vengeance simmers for a long while.  The Tyrell’s aren’t apt to forget which house is responsible for the Mad King’s ultimate demise.

2. House Targaryen

The Mother of Dragons made no appearance this week, but sometimes no news is good news.  She’s still out there.

3. House Stark

Arya is out of practice with her sword, although hopefully her new friends can correct that.  Robb is on the way back to Riverrun, Catelyn is miserable, and Jon Snow is still trying to get his feet grounded with his wildling companions.  Sansa and Bran made positive progress, but only so far as meeting new potential allies.   Still, in this world, meeting new allies is a rare and valuable asset.

4. House Lannister

They’re still squarely in charge for the time being, although quickly being pushed aside by the Tyrells.  Still, the Kingslayer’s been recaptured, Tyrion is on the sidelines, and, where exactly is their army?

5. The Free People

Mance Rayder has united a ton of warring tribes, which is quite the accomplishment.  Still there isn’t much to be said as to what he plans to do with his tribes other than vaguely, “head south.”  Can Jon Snow talk some strategy into the cagey King Beyond the Wall?  We’ll see.

6. The Brotherhood without Banners

What to make of Arya’s new friends?  It’s hard to tell so far, but they’ve made the power rankings just by capturing the Hound.

7.  The Night’s Watch

Somehow they’re in worse shape than last week.  I don’t mean just “out of shape” like poor Samwell Tarly.

8. House Greyjoy

If any other character were being tortured, I would feel at least little bad for them.  Theon…yick.

Also receiving votes: House Baratheon, Fire Priestesses, House Tully, Wargs, Grumkins, and Snarks.

(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe

Game of Thrones, Season 3, Episode 1 – House/Order Power Rankings

By D.G. McCabe

Inspired by meaningless sports power rankings, here is a similar weekly Game of Thrones feature:

1. House Lannister

King’s Landing is still in one piece, Joff the Bastard is still on the Iron Throne, and Tywin Lannister is in charge.  Tyrion, meanwhile, is back where he belongs – climbing the ladder.  Even the war looks good for the Lannisters for the first time, with the Baratheons defeated at Blackwater and, for the time being, and Tyrells on their side.  With no appearance from the still captive Kingslayer this week, these guys are #1.

2. House Tyrell

The Tyrell’s are backing the right horse at the moment, or lion as the case may be.  It is also not so subtly hinted that the Lannister’s know they’d be screwed at present if it weren’t for Sir Loras and Lady Margaery’s desire to see Stannis Baratheon drawn and quartered.  I have this feeling they’ll be in the top spot before long.

3. House Stark

For now, the Young Wolf is still winning.  Soon enough, he’ll have a pissed-off river troll coming after him, realize his home has been burned by pirates (because hey, what else would you call Iron Islanders?), and he now has to face the combined strength of Casterly Rock and Highgarden.  If Jon Snow weren’t doing his best James Bond impression up north, the Starks would be much lower on this list.

4. House Targaryen

The Old Dynasty had a good week for what it’s worth, with the re-appearance of Barristan the Bold and (finally) a boat.  Daenerys has a lot of learning to do still, but at least she will never be short on barbeque fish.

5. The Free People

The Wildlings have two things going for them: the know about the Others and they have giants.  On the the other hand, they’re freezing their butts off and they just let Jon Snow walk in the door.

6. The Night’s Watch

Well, at least they’re heading back to the Wall.

7. House Greyjoy

Good news, Winterfell lies in ruins.  Bad news, everything else.  At least we didn’t have to put up with Theon this week.

8. House Baratheon

Stannis has decided that it makes more sense to burn infidels at the stake with his crazy-ass sorceress than try to rebound from his defeat at King’s Landing.  Because fire – that’s a solution to everything.

Also receiving votes: House Tully, The Fabulous Order of Littlefinger’s Ho’s, The Unsullied, and those guys dumping crap out their windows.

(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe

Game of Thrones – Season 3, Episode 1 – Two Questions

By D.G. McCabe

A season of Game of Thrones is basically a ten hour movie, and last night’s first part didn’t disappoint.  Keeping in mind that I haven’t read all of the books (I’m about a third of the way through “A Clash of Kings”), here are two questions for next week:

What’s Margaery Tyrell’s angle?

She has to have one right?  I mean she can’t actually be a good and decent person in this world for long without having her head mounted on a spike like a certain Lord of Winterfell.  Add that to her Lady MacBeth-esque scenes from last season and I don’t really buy the whole “I’m going to take care of the orphans” thing as any more than a public relations stunt.

When is Daenerys going learn that patience is a good thing?

Of all the various subplots of George R.R. Martin’s saga, it is that of Daenerys Targaryen that has the most in common with a traditional “hero quest” saga.  After all, she has all the aspects of a legendary hero – low beginnings, special destiny, extraordinary powers, obstacles to overcome.  Her problem at the moment is that she wants to retake the Seven Kingdoms – NOW.  But now, she has three dragon kids, a couple dozen tired barbarians, and whatever money she had left over from that scumbag in Qarth after buying a ship.  Soon enough she’ll have three terrifying monsters, but she’ll also have to feed, clothe, and maintain an army and figure out how she’s going to attack, which takes time.

(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe

Snap Reviews – March 2013

By: D.G. McCabe

So due to some travel the last couple of weeks, this is only my second post since the Oscars.  But that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been a few movie related topics to comments on.  Here are some snap judgements on movies and related topics from the last couple of weeks:

1. 2013 Oscars

Overall, it wasn’t a very shocking evening – there weren’t a lot of surprises in the major categories (maybe a couple of secondary favorites in a few categories but that’s about it).

Seth MacFarlane was as offensive and crude as expected.  After all, you can’t create a monster and complain when it smashes a few buildings.  For those that found his act juvenile and chauvinist, don’t worry – he said he’s not interested in hosting again.

Also, props to our guest bloggers – Katy Cummings for picking all of the short films correctly and Meghan McCabe for picking 2/3 of Les Miserables (2012)’s wins!

2. Quartet (2012)

This one is a pleasant, well acted film set in a retirement home for musicians.  It’s directed by Dustin Hoffman, who I think just got sick of comic book movies and decided to make a movie for his age group.  Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly are especially fantastic, and since this one is almost done with its theatrical run I would recommend catching it on DVD.

3. Friends with Kids (2011)

This one is worth checking out on Netflix.  The main characters, Jason and Julie (Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt) are best friends who have come up with a seemingly perfect (in their eyes alone) scheme.  Both want a baby and are getting older, but neither has found a serious, long term romance.  So they decide to have a child together and continue to date other people.  The plot pretty much goes where you would expect it to from there.  Despite it’s predictable nature, it’s a decent, short popcorn film and worth a look if you’re already shelling out a couple bucks a month for Netflix.

As you can see, I haven’t been watching a lot of movies lately, mostly due to re-watching the first two seasons of Game of Thrones in preparation for season three.  While I try to keep this a movie focused blog, I’m toying with the idea of writing some weekly reactions – stay tuned!

(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe