Jul 08

These both finished seasons recently so I thought I would comment on them. I much preferred Penny Dreadful of the two. It had a better cast, better writing, better production values and much better acting, direction and photography. JS&MN clearly suffered from a limited budget compared to PD. JS&MN had few and unspectacular special effects shots whereas in the finale of season two of PD they had Titanic scale visualisations of three different vessels at sea (did they get a three-for-one deal?) just to show three of the characters departing.

The darker and more adult tone of PD would have served JS&MN better than the whimsical BBC-costume approach they took. JS&MN had limited sets and locations some of which (faery in particular) looked very poor. The directing and photography of JS&MN was very basic compared to PD, and some of the acting was in bizarrely different register to the rest. Many of the problems with JS&MN could be attributed to lack of money, but it is surprising that the BBC cannot make genre drama as handsomely as Showtime. Of course the BBC has a long record of being bad at genre so this disappointment isn’t so surprising.

Jul 08

My predictions for the Game of Thrones finale were pretty accurate. There are many popular fan theories about what happens next and it seems certain that we will find out the truth of these early next season. I’m not hugely invested in any of them myself but I do think the most obvious is that Melisandre revives Jon Snow. The timing of having her arrive at Castle Black could be a tease of course. Jon Snow as a warged dire-wolf for the last two seasons seems unlikely.

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