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The End

I have a few additional thoughts on Game of Thrones and its ending. I think it was good. It was probably really good, but it will be hard to tell that until all the poison has left the system. By poison, of course, I mean all the commentary and opinions from the never-satisfied armchair and […]

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Unsticking the landing

So, Game of Thrones, then. Opinions are like arseholes etc. The internet is both the best and worst thing to happen to television. I remember years ago rabidly reading the TV.com and similar recaps of shows like Buffy, and even being willing to spoil the show for myself by reading ahead of where I was […]

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Apple’s TV Service: Has Peak TV Peaked?

Apple held an event last week in order to announce a bunch of services; notably, a TV service and an Apple-branded credit card, backed by Goldman Sachs — the bank who brought you 2008 Crash: The Fuckening. While watching the cringeworthy presentation of Apple’s TV offering, and as we all gear up for the forthcoming […]

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GoT Homework?

There can’t be many shows in the history of television that inspire you to do actual homework before the new season starts, but here we are. This is a show which now runs to sixty-something hours and which has had at least 70 named characters. What we used to think of as great television: X […]

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Britannia: the silly isles?

Contains spoilers for Britannia: the whole series. Britannia, a co-production between Sky in the UK and Amazon for the rest of the world, dropped onto NowTV at the end of last week, and I’ve, um, watched the whole lot. Which must mean it’s good, right? Because in the Platinum Age, nobody needs to sit through […]

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More Greyjoys than are strictly necessary

All the way through the last three volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire (which I previously wrote about here), I was waiting, hoping, anticipating the moment when the narrative would surge (or at least drift slightly) ahead of the TV series. Now, I know that the series is becoming ever more divergent from […]

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In which I ponder A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin and the fantasy genre in general

One of the odd side effects about the extremely high staff turnover at my current employer is that stuff gets left lying around by people who are, ahem, no longer with us. One such stuff was a complete collection of George R R Martin’s fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire. This obscure book has been, […]

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The Game of Thrones

I wasn’t sure about Game of Thrones when I first saw a few episodes on Pick TV (they showed the first three as a taster, before withdrawing it behind the Sky paywall). I’m not even going to try to defend the show’s nudity, though there is one way in which I get it (see below). I […]

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Now TV Box and Entertainment Month Pass

You may have seen this advertised interminably on Pick TV, if, like me, you’ve been watching the re-runs of Futurama and/or Stargate Atlantis etc. NowTV is Sky’s version of internet TV, offering a way of getting Sky content without a long-term contract or satellite dish or Sky+ box. The current introductory price for a NowTV […]