22 April, 2013

Why I Want to Kill You



You’ve been sitting around for years hearing everyone and their R2-unit talking (or beeping) about GAME OF THRONES. You hear whispers about its epic story-lines and major character arcs and how it is THE WIRE of fantasy shows. You think yourself a geek or a nerd but you don’t necessarily find yourself into the whole swords and magic fantasy stuff. Yet so many of your friends, and people you follow online, are into this thing and many of those people have shared your love for other cool shows, so why not check it out?

Why not watch GAME OF THRONES?

So you finally do. You take the plunge and enter into the complex world of Westeros where politics, sex, power, and murder are part of everyday life. Where the bad guy may push a child out the window one minute and save a woman from rape the next. Where women struggle for acceptance and recognition while finding unique ways to gain and maintain power.

Where all men must die.

But instead of starting at the beginning you start with episode 24.

EPISODE TWENTY-FRAKIN’-FOUR!

Why? Because that’s what you did when you got into THE BIG BANG THEORY, since they are, you know, so similar.

And that’s why I want to kill you. Because you didn't earn the emotions in that episode, dammit! You cheated. You up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start'd it (and you suck even more for not getting that reference). You Cliff's noted it! You Don Draper'd these moments forever! You've ruined the whole journey!

You should thank the old gods and the new* that murder is still illegal, and that I have morals.

Because otherwise this would be my confession.

Sincerely, your hero and friend until the end.

*I KNOW YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS SINCE YOU DIDN'T WATCH THE FIRST 23 EPISODES!

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33 comments:

  1. Ha haaaaaaaaaa good stuff. Gotta finish some work shit real quick and drive home but I'll type a few thoughts on this later tonight. ;-) First thought is - Good thing I live on the other side of the country hahaha. Also if it makes you feel any better, I went to sleep last night right after you got so pissed at me and then I dreamt about Game of Thrones and Twitter all night long. So there's my punishment!

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    1. You're so vain, you probably think this post was about you.

      Well, in this case.. it was.

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    2. LMAO with such a beautiful title too.

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  2. Now my next point: HOW DARE YOU accuse me of watching BBT!! Heheh. Ok I've heard it's kinda decent but I won't be watching that one anytime soon. BUT it is a good point that CA only has a couple/few main characters and was totally episodic before season 3. The first ep I watched spoiled me on the biggest twist of S3 though and I still loved it. I totally get your point though on GoT ... the serialization of it is VERY important. I just feel confident that I'll still enjoy it hahaha. We'll see. ;-)

    Anyway your estimation of my thought process is exactly right though, I didn't put much thought into it other than just wanting to check it out, heh (sorry, ducking for flying objects) I didn't realize it was gonna be a super pivotal episode. I did see a few tweets yday that it was a good one though, which was why I thought, "Tonight might be a good night to check it out." Oops.

    Ok you'll be happy to know that I just told my husband about this and he goes, "OHH YOU DISRESPECTED HIS SHOW!! People take that shit seriously!!!" Lol. Guess you got him on your side.

    "You up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start'd it (and you suck even more for not getting that reference)." I GET THAT REFERENCE GODDAMMIT I'M NOT RETARDED!! ;-)

    Curious to see if any other hardcore GoT fans (or hardcore fans of any TV show) will get pissed about my horrible transgression when they read this.

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    1. It was inspired by you, but not directed at only you, hence the TBBT reference (which is about someone else who jumped into LOST in season 4).

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    2. "but not directed at only you" ... Yeah I'm hoping some other people chime in on this one because I think it's a good topic ... curious to see what people think. I have to admit I could totally see myself getting pissed as well if our positions were reversed.

      Here's a related issue I always have: Introducing someone to a TV show or movie I really love is *torture* for me in a sense, because I get SO annoyed when I see them get distracted during important parts of the show/movie. I already know which parts are important, but they don't. That has happened recently a few times with my cousin and it almost drove me insane every time.

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  3. Ohhh gotcha. What kind of idiot does that!!?? (heh.)

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    1. Goddamn maybe I am mentally challenged cause that was supposed to be a reply.

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    2. Wow... you responded to yourself. Classic plopper.

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    3. Hahah classic ploppertown city. Please forgive me, for I am just a stupid teenager, I know not what I do ...

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  4. You don't jump into GOT in episode 24, you crazy??

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  5. My sister did it in the first season when she watched the end of episode 9. I was livid. It made me really mad. I'm angry now thinking about it.

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  6. It sad to hear people doing that with a show like Game of Thrones. But you can't be mad at all of them since they don't know better. Some of them might be stupid teenagers who just found about it from there older brother or sister. Me on the other hand knew about it before it came out and I watched the first episode and fell in love with the show just like I did with Chuck and after the 2nd season ended I started reading the books which made me love it even more because it tell you a bit more then the TV show does and you can see the little differences of the 2.

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    1. I don't put CHUCK in the same category as GOT. It's just not as complex and you don't need to have traveled the journey from episode 1 to appreciate what happens in episode 24. THE WIRE was a show where you really had to watch every episode from start to finish. I think LOST is another show like that. BSG too... BREAKING BAD... MAD MEN maybe.

      Sure, you can jump into those shows later in the game but you will never be able to appreciate how those characters got to that point.

      Thinking about it, maybe you can't appreciate Chuck's journey in season 3 if you haven't seen the first two seasons. But you could definitely start in season 3 and not lose out on the emotional impact of that story in something like episode 3.10 or 3.11. However, if you started CHUCK with episode 3.11, I'd want to kill you. ;)

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    2. This actually reminds me that I did the exact same thing with Chuck ... this seems to be a pattern for me hahaha. I started watching Chuck from the middle of season 2. I watched a few eps and then went back and caught up on season 1 and the first half of season 2. When I fully get into a show, I never skip the step of catching up on the back eps.

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  7. My Little Pony BoyApril 23, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    Murder is wrong but I won't tell if you don't.

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  8. Great article! I hate when people do this. It is totally like using a cheat vode and complaining the game was too easy.

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  9. I shocked someone recently by admitting I've never watched the first season of The Wire, but watched every other season.

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    1. Ok my gut reaction to that is to tell you you're insane but that's because I'm actually watching The Wire (don't spoil anything we just finished season 2). ;-)

      Anyway at least I'm not planning to watch the rest of GoT starting from ep 24 ... I'm gonna go back to ep 1 and watch them in order. :)

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    2. Great, now I have to write version 2 of this article??

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    3. Yeah I mean let's be honest, isn't MediaSavant's transgression much worse than mine?? It's one thing to sample an ep or two of a show out of order to see if you're into it and then go back and start from the beginning. It's another thing entirely to just start from the middle of the series and then go from there without catching up on the back eps at all!! I feel like *that* is the real definition of cheating. ;-)

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    4. Nice try but yours is much worse.

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    5. Ok now THAT does not make sense. Seriously. Please explain!

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    6. Is it because my method is not trusting in the show enough or something because I feel the need to sample?

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    7. THE WIRE was constructed differently. Each season can exist on its own if you choose to view them that way. GAME OF THRONES is a series of events that all tie into each other. Also, the characters in THE WIRE don't have grand story arcs the way they do in GOT, because THE WIRE was designed to be a mirror on reality. Also, since each season of THE WIRE has a theme, the characters are pretty clearly defined in that spectrum. Whereas GOT may use a character sparingly early on for the purpose of making them important later.

      Without having watched the journey of each of the characters in GOT, you have no way of knowing why what happened to them is important. Also, she jumped into THE WIRE in season 2, not season 3, episode 4.

      Or to make a similar comparison to the importance of the scenes you watched with 3.04 of GOT, it would have been like watching the series penultimate episode of THE WIRE as your first episode and then going back to watch the rest. Infuriating!

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    8. OMG this entire time I've been reading your blog I've thought MediaSavant was a "he"! D'OH; good to know. Sorry, MediaSavant, if I've ever called you "he" hahah.

      Anyway ohhh k so it sounds like what I did was worse not necessarily because of my method of sampling but because of which show it was and which *episode* I jumped in on. That part was not on purpose but my lack of research there probably just makes you even more mad (ducking for flying objects again). ;-)

      Just a sidenote, I will say this about The Wire though since I just finished season 2: The season 2 finale tied evvvverything back to season 1 pretty perfectly. Plus, Avon and Stringer and Omar and all those guys' storylines continued through the whole season as well to finally make it to that point at the end where it all ties together. So the season finale of S2 would not have been nearly as satisfying to me if I hadn't seen season 1. So I think there's still a lot you would miss there as well by skipping S1.

      Anywho I'll get back to ya after I catch up on GoT and then maybe I will be as angry at myself as you are now. ;-) If I try to think of it in Breaking Bad terms, I would be SUPER PISSED if someone I knew tuned in for the first time to the S3 finale or a thousand times worse, the S4 finale. I would tell them forget it, don't even bother watching the entire series then because it's totally ruined, and then I would kick them in the balls. So I definitely get the concept haha.

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    9. GOT doesn't follow the usual rules of TV shows where you save the best stuff for the end. In GOT some of the biggest moments may happen in episode 4, or 6, or 9. The season finales are NOT the highpoint episodes. They usually just set up what will happen in the next season.

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  10. What the hell is wrong win the Big Bang theory???

    But seriously, you cannot start a show like GOT or Lost in the middle of a season! You have to start season 1 episode 1 to understand what the hell is going on! Maybe I should watch the wire!!

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    1. There are so many things wrong with BBT... though, it is a show I watch.

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