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Episode 8: “The Pointy End” – Synopsis

Note: Dare I say I might be caught up soon?  Anyways, shit hits the fan.  Like, everywhere.  I know you are all done with Episode 9 by this point, but if you want to go back in time with me a week and re-live Episode 8, then I would be more than happy to tell you…

Here’s What Happened:

At King’s Landing:

The show opens up at King’s Landing, and everything is going to shit.  The parallels between Arya learning to fight and the coming war is made quite clear.  The Lannister’s are taking advantage of their, well… advantage, and sticking it to the Starks.  I feel kinda bad for them this episode.  Literally nothing good happens to them except perhaps other various members not dying.  I don’t know about you, but I consider not dying an average day.  A normal day.  Not dying is a good day for the Starks.  Forgive me my overuse of italics, but fucking hell.

Back to the show.  Holy shit, the Lannister guards are killing guards and peasant men everywhere.  Septa and Sansa are walking down the hall when they hear fighting, and thank fucking god that Sansa actually listens to her for once when she tells her to run.  Not that it does much good, as the Hound catches her.   When she threatens to tell the queen, he says, “Who do you think sent me?”

Arya is probably having her final lesson with Syrio, in which he introduces her to the wonderful world of lying and backstabbery.  These are lessons I don’t think the Stark children have learned from their parents, prime example…

Their lesson is interrupted by a group of Lannister guards, and they demand that Arya goes with them. Not fully understanding her lesson yet, she starts to walk forward, but Syrio pushes her back.  And then she catches on.  Hmm, why /would/ my father send Lannister guards to fetch me?

At this point, we learn Syrio is truly badass.  I just wish there was more screentime with him, although he is most likely dead. (However, I never believe a character is truly dead when they die offscreen, unless a character talks about seeing it or something.)  Why is Syrio bad-ass? He incapacitates every single man (except the captain) with a /wooden sword/.  If he had picked up a real sword before he fought the boss guy, he probably would have lived. (I was pretty much screaming this at the TV.)  Syrio has Arya run, and she is smart enough to not run towards the fighting.

She runs to where they were presumably packing up to leave, and finds everyone dead.  She quickly grabs her sword (smart girl), and a creepy stable boy attempts to apprehend her.

It didn't go well.

I imagine this is the beginning to her lack of squeamishness to killing.

Down in the dungeons, Varys comes to visit Ned and gives him some water.  Ned berates him for not doing anything to help him in the throne room, but Varys points out a very valid fact:  What would he have done to help him?  Unarmed, with no armor and no fighting experience?  He would have gotten himself killed.

Varys asks what madness led him to tell the Queen what he knew regarding Joffrey, and he responds “the madness of mercy”.  Ned also states with certainty that the Queen won’t kill him, as his wife is holding Tyrion.  Varys crushes that hope when he tells him that not only was it the ‘wrong brother’ but that he had also escaped Catelyn’s grasp.  Ned realizes that he is going to die at that moment, and that is exactly when I realized it as well.

Ned asks Varys who he truly serves and Varys says, “The realm.  Someone must.”

Meanwhile, Sansa is granted an audience with the Queen and the council in order to decide her fate.  The stupid old git in the council says that although she is innocent now, “who knows what treasons she may hatch?”  Sansa then surprisingly delivers one of the funnier lines in the episode and replies, “I’ll be a queen just like you, I promise!  I won’t hatch anything!”  Littlefinger comes to her defense, and I’m not sure why.  It’s obvious he’s in it for power, and doesn’t really love Catelyn or anything at this point.  Maybe he just loves her nobility.

Cersei tells her to write a letter to her brother Robb, and have him come to King’s Landing and swear fealty to Joffrey.  If she does this, things will look a little more favorably for her father.

How can one not trust that face?

In the throne room, Joffrey is making his first royal proclamations: Raising Janos Slynt to nobility, and naming Tywin as Hand to the King.  In kind, Ser Barristan is fired from the title of Lord Commander of the Kinsguard, and replaces him with Jaime Lannister.  Barristan is not pleased with this at all, and after a tense moment he strips his armor and stalks out angrily.

Sansa then comes forward and pleads for her father’s life, claiming that he must have been tricked and the her father loved Robert.  Joffrey says that he has been moved, but Ned must declare that Joffrey is the true king for any mercy to occur.

Does anyone believe this shit?

Across the Narrow Sea:

Dany finds that Khal Drogo is keeping good on his promise to pillage and rape villages.  Dany isn’t happy with this, but Jorah points out that he is doing it to raise gold.  To buy ships.  Dany still isn’t happy as she has a huge problem with people (especially women) being taken advantage of.  I wonder why.  She stops the women from being raped, much to the anger of a random Dothraki testosterone filled dude.  They both argue their case to Drogo, but since Dany is fucking Drogo and not the other dude, you can guess who he picked.

The other guy is pissed, and they fight.  Drogo gets a nasty cut, but then quickly kills the other dude (weaponless!)

AND RIPS OUT HIS FUCKING TONGUE.

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ye gads.

Dany and Drogo have some more adorable back and forth banter, as Dany is concerned about his wound.  He insists that it isn’t trouble, but a witch steps forward to offer her services.  They are reluctant, but Dany is insistent.  And we’ve seen that Drogo can’t turn down that face, as she has also mastered the art of the woogie.

At The Wall:

Jon and company return to Castle Black with the bodies that the wolf found.  They belong to Othor and Jafer Flowers, two other members of the Night’s Watch that rode out with Benjen Stark.  Of course, there is still no sign on where Benjen has gone off to.  Sam points out that if the bodies had been dead for awhile, that they would be stinky.  Smart head on that one.  Thefore, they must have died recently.  Mormont decides to hold off on burning the bodies until they are examined.

Jon doesn’t seem to be taking to his stewarding well, and after little prodding from Ser Allister attempts to kick his shit, but his buddies manage to stop him, and he gets confined to his room.  Later on in his room, Ghost is going nuts.  Jon actually listens to his animal, and leaves the room to find out what is going on, following ghost to Mormont’s room.

AND IT’S A FUCKING ZOMBIE.

You're looking pretty good, there.

After many blows of what would kill a normal man, he realizes that this is not a normal man.  I mean, he stabs him through, cuts off his arm, etc.  But he gets back up!  Fucking super zombie.  Jon grabs Mormont’s torch, and lights the thing on fire.  Afterwards when they are burning the body, Sam points out that the men have been touched by Night Walkers, and that only fire will stop them.  Hooray.

Robb’s Army:

Robb gets the letter from Sansa, and he isn’t happy.  He recognizes that even though it’s in Sansa’s hand, it is the queen’s words.  Robb has had enough shit at this point.  He calls on all the bannerman.  If the Queen wants him to go to King’s Landing, he’ll go to King’s Landing.  Theon is pleased.

During dinner, Greatjon Umber isn’t happy when he finds out that he won’t be the leader of their merry bunch of men.  He draws his blade, but then Robb’s wolf Greywind leaps across the table and rips his fingers off.  I love this shit.  Anyways, Greatjon laughs it off due to an out that Robb gives him.  Robb then leaves with his 20,000 men, leaving Bran in charge of Winterfell.

Robb’s army makes camp near Trident, where Catelyn catches up to her son.  After a hugging session, things get serious and Cat tells her son that if they don’t win, they all will die.

They end up capturing a Lannister scout. Robb asks how many men he counted (20,000), and then lets him go to tell Tywin that 20,000 men are coming for him to see if he ‘really shits gold’.  Which is a brilliant move.

At the Eyrie:

Catelyn is furious that Lysa has been holding information from her, more specifically that Ned is in chains and Robb is building an army.  She asks if family means anything to Lysa, but she should know that BITCH IS CRAZY.  I don’t think she cares about anything besides herself and her creepy child.  Seriously, I’d rather have Joffrey as my kid.  Anyways, Lysa refuses to aid Catelyn.

Outside the Eyrie, we find Tyrion and Bronn travelling down the road to the south.  Let me just say now, I love the scenes that have the both of them in it.  Tyrion is getting on Bronn’s nerves (how is that possible?!), and Bronn threatens to just take his food and leave him there.  Tyrion asks, “What do you want Bronn?  Gold?  Women?  Golden Women?”  This basically points out that if Bronn just leaves Tyrion behind he ain’t gettin’ paid! Bronn is fine with that as long he doesn’t have to be his toadie or friend.  Tyrion isn’t interested so much in friendship as he is in Bronn’s ‘facility for murder’.

Tyrion likes living.

However, things take a sharp dive when they are attacked by hill tribes when they set up camp.  Tyrion is frantically trying to figure out what they want before they kill them, before figuring out what they want most:  this.  And by ‘this’, be means the Vael.  Smart move.

They are convinced to help him, and he has a much larger escort to his father’s camp.  Tywin doesn’t look too pleased to see him or his buddies, but makes use of them – If Shagga assists them in the fight against Robb, that they will get what Tyrion promised them.

It’s good timing, because Tywin then receives a message that the Starks are on the march.

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  • Only one more episode left (2 to review!).
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  • After I finish my Game of Throne reviews, it seems the consensus is that I do more product reviews. 🙂  It shall be done! After tomorrow’s Hump Day post, the first one I will knock out is foundation review for Too Faced.
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Review: Mirror Shine & Girls Dig Pearls

Hey everyone!  Sorry about yesterday!  There will be no Hump Day post this week.

I finished my finals yesterday, and I got all my new computer parts in… and it took a good full DAY to get it working.  For awhile we were thinking that we were going to have to RMA the motherboard ( a lengthy process), but a friend came over and helped fix it so it’s all working now. 🙂 I’m going to do a fresh install here in a few, but I thought I’d get this review done first to make up for my silence.

So as I said in a previous post,  I was at Nordstrom Rack the other day.  And while I didn’t find much interesting regarding clothes, I found a discounted makeup section!  With stuff from Too Faced!  And some other companies like Smashbox.  I’ll probably check it out in the future, it’s right on my way home from school.

I won’t be able to comment on customer service, as I picked it up at a retailer.

Anyways, this is what I got:

Mirror Shine Lipgloss: I Love Myself

Girls Dig Pearls: Tropical Pink

Girls Dig Pearls: Tropical Pink

The Claim: “Heaven knows that no lady worth her country club membership would be caught dead without her trusty strand of pearls! Now you too can be perfectly pretty and glossy to boot with Girls Dig Pearls a lustrous lip gloss created using real crushed sea pearls, and peppermint extract to soothe, soften, and freshen your lovely lips.”

The Ingredients: Polyisobutene,Vegetable Oil (Olus), Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ozokerite, Benzophenone-3, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Myristyl Lactate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Trihydroxystearin, Silica, Pearl Powder, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba, Saccharin, Myristyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)

The Price:  $16.20.  Although, I got it at Nordstrom Rack on sale for like 6 bucks.  I probably normally wouldn’t buy it for 16 bucks.  But I’m cheap, LOL.

Packaging: 5/5

No complaints here.  It does its job, and that’s all I require!  I think I like it better than the design for the other lip gloss, as it is made of hard plastic (almost looks like glass).  It has a pretty standard doefoot applicator.  Too Faced has always had pretty cute packaging, and this is no exception.

Formula: 5/5

Flash.

Daylight! Some of the sparkles almost look golden in the sunlight.

I love it!  It’s super sparkly!  It has a sheer pink tint with oodles of pink sparkles that actually glint a little golden in the light depending on the angle.  Very gorgeous.  I personally like to layer it atop another lip gloss or lipstick, as it adds an extra oomph. But it holds up for sure on it’s own.  (I wonder what it would look like on this?)  I actually enjoyed layering this one on the Mirror Shine gloss.   I don’t really have any complaints.  It isn’t sticky, it feels, nice, and has a fair amount of sparkle.

Even though the list is super long, I don’t really see anything bad in it as far as I can spy.  The only thing that differs from the ‘claim’ in my opinion is that even though I DO see peppermint oil in the ingredients list, I don’t think there was enough in the formulation to really get that ‘peppermint tingle’.

Mirror Shine Lip Gloss: I Love Myself

 The Claim: “Its YOU darling when your lips are slicked and shined with Too Faceds mirror finish lip gloss. Drenched with super shine and loaded with natural Goji Berry extract one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature! So protect and nourish your lips with the glassiest gloss this side of the Magic Mirror.”

The Ingredients: Polybutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Silica Silylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Isopropylparaben, Limonene, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Flavor (Aroma), Benzyl Benzoate, BHT, Sodium Saccharin. (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200)

The Price: $14.40.  Once again, I picked it up for like 5 or 6 dollars.  I don’t remember.  This one is a little more reasonably priced.

Packaging: 5/5

Once again, no complaints.  This one isn’t made of hard plastic, but it is still sturdy.  I actually like the applicator a bit better on this one, it’s a bit easier to spread out on your lips evenly.

Formula: 3.8/5

Flash.

Daylight.

This lip gloss is a very, very sheer light red/pink.  It would look great on it’s own for a very natural look, or you can layer it over another lip gloss or lipstick for a glossy finish  As far as the actual FEEL and LOOK of the product, I would give this a 5/5.  As you can see by the swatch above, it’s quite shiny and lives up to it’s claim.  It’s not sticky or gross, and hold up fairly well.   Both of these lip glosses last a few hours before I re-app them.  Unfortunately, I do have one major complaint.  THE SMELL.  It’s a scented lip gloss, and Chantel helped me deduce that it is probably dragon fruit.  Now, this smell may appeal to some people… but I don’t really care for it.  It goes away in about 5-10 minutes, but I literally despise the smell so much that I don’t really like applying it.  Blech.

Also, the ingredients list… so many parabens.  I honestly don’t know too much about parabens so I can’t really comment too much on this (NOT A DOCTOR), but I heard they mimic the hormone estrogen and it can lead to breast cancers and stuff.  But I don’t know if this is proven.  It also has BHT, and I read some stuff about BHT here.  And honestly, from what I’ve read, it all still seems to be up in the air scientifically, but I’d rather just not take my chances.

Final Thoughts

Mirror Shine + Girls Dig Pearls

Overall, I’m happy with my purchase.  They look nice.  I do think it is a little pricey for what you get, however.  If I ran out and found it on sale at Nordstrom Rack again, I would probably re-buy Girls Dig Pearls.  I don’t think I would re-buy the Mirror Shine lip gloss because of the smell.  However, I would try a different color of the same brand to see if the smell thing is bad in all of them (if it was on sale).

I probably wouldn’t buy either at full price.  MAYBE Girls Dig Pearls, as I didn’t have any complaints with this one.  I think it would have to be a SRSLY or HG product for me to re-buy a lip gloss that is more than 15 dollars.

Have you tried these lip glosses?  What do you think?

I have a lot of reviews/posts that I want to do, and I’m not sure where to start.  This is what I have planned, what would you be most interested in seeing? (top 3)

  • Too Faced: Amazing Face Liquid Foundation – Review
  • Too Faced: Primed and Poreless Face Primer – Review
  • Too Faced: Lip Insurance – Review
  • Sinful Colors Nail Polish – Review
  • GLIST! (Top 25 Glee songs)
  • 3DS with Ocarina of Time – Review
  • Adele (21) – Review
  • Yes! to Cucumbers Face Wipes – Review

Game of Thrones also has two episodes left, and the week after it is done, Trueblood starts.  I plan on doing synopsis’ of it like GoT, just wanted to make sure people are interested.  I’ve read all the books, and I am halfway through re-reading the 4th book in preparation for the 4th season (to do a compare/contrast).

I am also getting my domain very soon, as I got paid recently.  Which means I will be moving everything to a hosted wordpress.org site so I can finally put up my google friend connect and FB gadgets and what not.

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SRSLY: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

So, I’ve been meaning to do a Too Faced review for awhile, but was putting it off because it was going to be fairly large (aka, I’m lazy).  So… instead I decided to break up the review into bits as I ordered multiple items.  In this post I’ll go ahead and review my actual shipping experience and overall packaging, plus give you the deets on Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I’ve been meaning to check out this primer for awhile due to all the raving reviews, and finally got the money awhile back to try it.  (Check out Phyrra’s comparisons of eyeshadow primers here.)  I originally just planned on buying the TFSI, but Phyrra suggested I give their foundation a shot as well, so I bought…

Amazing Face Liquid Foundation in Warm Vanilla ($36)

Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($18)

I ended up getting a free Deluxe Tanning Bed in a Tube, plus a free sample mini-tube of more TSFI.  My only complaint is that I wish the free gift was a choice rather than just one option… I don’t tan, I don’t use bronzer, and I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon.

But I guess that’s what I get for ordering so close to summer!

Shipping:

4.8/5

I would have given this a 5/5, but I have a feeling that they forgot to mark my order as shipped when they shipped it.  I placed my order on April 7th and received confirmation, and then heard nothing until April 12th, which is when I received my shipping notification saying I would receive it in ‘5-7 business days’.  I was slightly annoyed that it was going to take almost 2 weeks to ship an order from a major company, but then the product ended up arriving the next day!  So all in all, it only ended up taking 6 days to get here, which is not bad at all and about what I expected.

Packaging:

5/5

One word: gorgeous!

All of the packaging, as you can see, is quite elegant and sturdy.  My cats had fun with the pink shreddings.

The TSFI and Bronzer both came in fairly standard squeezy tubes, though I noticed the product in the Bronzer tube tends to come out a bit too easily.  I’m not using it beyond a swatch though, because I’ll probably save it for a giveaway I might eventually do.  The TFSI tube is great.  The winner, however, is the foundation packaging!  It’s great!  The bottle is glass, and looks so pretty.  Getting product out is fairly easy.  I just put my finger over the tip and then tip it over to get a dollop on my finger.  I’ll go more into this in my next review.

Formula:

5/5

It’s simply fantastic, and a little goes a long way.  Which is good, because at $18 a pop… that’s important.  A small bit on your finger is enough to cover both lids.  I give the formula a 5/5 because it pumps up my eyeshadows vibrancy and shine, plus makes it so it doesn’t crease the entire day.  I don’t have to touch it up once.  Some people have complained of it creasing, but that’s odd to me… I have pretty oily lids, and I don’t have a problem.  I guess there are people out there with more oily lids than me!  However, unless it’s a super bad problem I would highly recommend this product.  (From what I’ve read it works for most people, very few it doesn’t.)

It’s easy to work with and has a good feel.

So, to put it to the test I used the following colors without primer and with primer:

1. Geek Chic Cosmetics in Scientist Salarian

2. Geek Chic Cosmetics in What’s under the helmet?

3. Geek Chic Cosmetics in Matriarch

4. Geek Chic Cosmetics in Archangel

Big difference!

I will definitely buy this again when I run out, which looks like won’t be for awhile.  You can buy the colors shown here, and you can buy Too Faced Shadow Insurance here, and I’m sure you can also buy it at Sephora or on Amazon or something.

What’s your experience with TFSI?

Overall:   

/5

Episode 2: “The Kingsroad” – Review/Synopsis

Note: I have not read the books, blah blah blah.  And yes, it appears I like the show enough to do another review. 😛

It’s time to go over what happened in the last episode of Game of Thrones.  Are you excited?  I’m excited!  WE SO EXCITED.

Sorry.

Episode 2: “The Kingsroad”

Before I really get into the review, can I just say how much I love the opening credits?  So epic.

Anyways, the episode opens up with Daenerys riding with the Dothraki towards some destination, though I’m honestly not sure where they are heading.  I imagine back to their homeland.  Daenerys looks despondent and unhappy with her current situation (and I don’t blame her, rape and arranged marriage isn’t my cup of tea either).  Ser Jorah attempts to rouse her spirits but seems to fail miserably.

Maybe if Daenerys was a lesbian in High School, Jorah's "It gets better" speech would have worked... better.

Jorah attempts to plead her case subtly to Viserys to go back to the comfort of the Magister’s place, but Vicerys isn’t going anywhere ’till he gets his damn army.

We switch scenes back to Winterfell, where Tyrion wakes up with some more interesting bedmates.

Oh, Tyrion.

Joffrey (aka creepy prince kid) is conveniently there when he wakes, and with the only comment I found amusing from him the entire episode.  “Better looking bitches than you are used to, Uncle.”  Joffrey proceeds to get snotty and irritable by refusing to give his sympathies to Bran’s family. Tyrion then slaps him in the face, which was probably my single favorite moment in the entire episode.  Can someone turn that into a .gif for me?  Seriously.  Joffrey threatens to run to mommy, and Tyrion hits him again.  SCORE!

AND THEN HE HITS HIM AGAIN, after Joffrey refuses.

I love this little man.  The Hound reminds Tyrion that the young prince will remember that to which Tyrion responds, “I hope so!”

It’s time for BREAKFAST AT THE LANNISTERS, and I swear if I have to look at Cersei’s smirking face one more time I’m going to vomit.  It’s unforunate, because I have a feeling she is going to be around for awhile.

Anyways, in contrast to Joffrey, his brother and sister seem to be polar opposites and give me hope for the Lannister family beyond Tyrion.  They are simply adorable little creatures, and seem fairly good natured.  Tyrion informs Cersei that Bran may live at which she seems a little disturbed by.  Serves the bitch right.  Jaime tries to make a case for Bran having a quick death rather than be a cripple, but Tyrion says, “Death is so final.  Whereas, life… life is full of possibilities.”

Also, he’s interested to what Bran has to say when he wakes.  (I think we all are.)

Well, they aren't.

Cersei comes to visit Bran and Catelyn (how kind) and proceeds to tell what is supposed to be a heartwarming story about how her first son died from a fever. Oh… okay.

I have a hard time sympathizing.

Scene switch, and Jaime has a talk with Jon Snow and pretty much makes fun of his choice to join the Night Watch while Jon just looks confused.  It seems he may be having second thoughts about his decision.  Perhaps.

Jon goes to see Arya (SHE SPEAKS!).  He gives Arya a sword at which she is ecstatic to receive, since he obviously knows her better than to give her a cross-stitch kit or something.(“Sansa can keep her sewing needles.  I’ve got a needle of my own.”)  He then says goodbye, but methinks Arya needs to work on hers a bit.

I'll miss you too. WITH MY SWORDD.

Jon has another touching goodbye scene with Bran (who is still comatose), and tells Bran where he is going and tell that he will be able to visit when he is better.  Catelyn seems really pissed at Jon’s presence in the room and tells him to GTFO as Ned walks in.

Ned tries to reassure his wife and tell her that everything will be okay, but she has a hard time believing him.  I don’t blame her – last time he left, he came back with another woman’s kid.  Although, holding it against Jon is a bit petty…

Robb and Jon hug it out with a tinge of bromance.

It's GUUUUY love! Though seriously, I wouldn't be surprised considering all the incest we've seen in the first episode alone.

Jon seems to get along well with his entire family except for Catelyn.  Oh well, can’t win them all.

Jon and company take off, followed by Ned, the girls, and the Lannisters. (However, I never understood exactly why Arya came along. Sansa, I get.  Not Arya.)  Ned promises to tell Jon about his mother the next time they meet, and Jon departs the opposite way of the fork in the road towards the Wall.

Get it?  Because it’s a FORK.  Like, TWO PATHS IN LIFE.  AND JON WENT A DIFFERENT PATH.  IT’S A FORK.

Er, sorry.
Ned and Robert reminise about the olden days, before getting down TO BUSINESS.  A WAR IS COMING.  So is winter.  There seems to be a lot of things coming.

Scene switch, and Daenerys is getting fucked by Drogo again, though she doesn’t seem to be enjoying it much.  She gets distracted by the pretty dragon eggs.  Whatever it takes, I guess.
Meanwhile, back on the journey to the Wall, Jon is unhappy with his fellow companions.  Tyrion and Jon talk again, and honestly… I love their conversations.  They have a great dynamic.

Back in Winterfell, Catelyn seems ill-equipped to deal with everything including the accounts, and appointments, etc.  I guess it’s cause she’s a woman.  Or upset.  Robb saves the day and agrees to make the appointments.  Robb points out that she should leave the room once in a while before dashing off to put out a fire.  Conveniently, an assasin shows up to kill Bran, but Bran’s wolf rips out his throat.  Good dog!

It's just a flesh wound.

After this, Catelyn is pretty sure that someone is trying to kill her son.  Hmm, you think?  The dagger in question is pretty expensive looking blade, thus deducing that the man was hired.

Hmm, you think?  Because, you know… assassins aren’t HIRED TO KILL FOR PEOPLE WHO DONT WANT TO GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY or anything.  I mean, that’s kinda their job.  Just saying.  Catelyn decides to ride up to King’s Landing to inform Ned, although one of the old guys from the super secret family meeting points out that it’s dangerous to travel alone, so he offers to go with her.  Because an old man and a rich middle aged lady traveling together is a much safer alternative.

Back across the narrow sea, it appears Daenerys’ hands are pretty cut up from something (new rough life?), though she seems to be more interested in her dragon eggs.  She is getting her hands dressed and one of her  helpers tells her about how the moon was originally a dragon’s egg.  She asks to be alone with that particular girl, so naturally the servant then divulges that she used to be a prostitute.  Daenerys asks her to teach her how to please her man, and the servant agrees.

About that lesbian thing...

However, it appears to work.  After some reluctance from Drogo, he agrees to try a new position where she is on top.  Yay.  They both appear to enjoy it much more.

Back in Winterfell, Sansa goes on a walk with Joffrey after horribly awful romantic mini speech where he calls her ‘his lady’.  They come across Arya and the Butcher’s boy play fighting with wooden swords.  Joffrey then proceeds to intimidate the boy and try to make him fight Joffrey with a wooden sword, while Joffrey, you know… has a real sword.

He starts cutting into his cheek, and Arya loses it and hits him in the back with her wooden stick.  The boy takes off.  Joffrey then starts swinging his sword AT ARYA, and then Sansa starts yelling AT ARYA to stop.  Wait, what?  Joffrey then gets her on the ground, but Nymeria comes to Arya’s rescue and starts ripping the shit out of his hand.  Arya then picks up Joffrey’s sword and then appears to toy with the idea of just killing him, before deciding against it and tossing his sword into the river.  Smart move!  Though I wish she would have killed him.

FUCKING DO IT.

Arya runs off and throws stones at Nymeria to make her run off as well so the wolf doesn’t get caught and killed for ripping into the precious prince’s hand.

Ned goes searching for his daughter, but it appears she was already brought back to Robert and his family.  Joffrey of course states that Arya and the butcher’s boy beat him up and then set loose Nymeria on him, to which Arya vehemently contradicts.  Cersei then calls for Sansa to come downstairs to give her account.  Sansa looks around nervously at everyone and then tries to take a neutral path by saying that she doesn’t remember anything.

Big mistake.

Robert seems fed up with the situation and states “Children fight, it’s over.”  Cersei however seems bent for ‘justice’ and demands that the wolf be killed.  Nymeria however is missing, so Cersei asks for Lady to be killed.  Robert looks unhappy about it, but agrees so he doesn’t have to look at her fucking face anymore (WHATS WRONG WITH YOUR FAAACEE?).  Don’t blame him.

Ned appear distraught by the decision, and decides that he should be the one to kill Lady, as she is a wolf of the North.  As he slits Lady’s throat, Bran wakes up.

Final thoughts:

  • Anyways, I was pretty much on the edge of my seat to find out what happened to Bran at the end of the last episode, although I was on the fence about his ‘death’.  I didn’t see why they would make the point to introduce a major character and then kill him off in the first episode.  I suppose for shock value… but it seemed a little farfetched.   I’m not surprised that he woke up at the end of the episode, though I imagine he will be crippled.
  • Although Cersei is at fault for Lady’s death by demanding it, I also put the blame on Joffrey for being a cunt, Robert for being a pussy, Ned for being a pussy, and Sansa for being a pussy.  I actually think it’s largely Sansa’s fault.  If she had told the truth, her companion would probably still be alive.
  • Benjen is hot.  So are the majority of the men on this show.  Sigh.
  • I love Tyrion.  Honestly, he has all the best lines… and the most fun parts.

Who do you fault for Lady’s death?

Game of Thrones – Episode 1: “Winter is Coming” – Review!

NOTE: This review and those that may coincide after are from the point of view of someone who has never read the books.  I planned on doing it, never got around to it.  I’ll probably read the first book after the first season is over, because I actually enjoy not knowing what is going to happen for once.  Also, spoiler alert.

Episode 1: “Winter is Coming”

Sean Bean is reason enough to watch this show.

Let’s just say, it did not disappoint.  I’ve always been on the fence about Game of Thrones and ambivalent about watching the series, but I’m really glad I forced myself to sit down and actually give it a shot.  Mainly, because I adore Sean Bean (even though every time he came on screen all I could think was “BOROMIR!”).  After Legend of the Seeker got cancelled I’ve been seriously craving a really good fantasy series.  Yes, I realize LotS is an incredibly different type of fantasy (more light-hearted, cheesy fun).

Anyways, this will definitely fill the hole until The Hobbit comes out.  Which I am also ridiculously excited for.  (The music gives me warm fuzzies.)

BACK ON TRACK.  Game of Thrones is HBO’s new series based on the bestselling and adored book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R.R. Martin.  The opening scene was great, I wasn’t expecting to be completely creeped out by the end of the first scene.  But, dammit.  I was.  (I personally love dark subject matter, I really don’t know why at this point I haven’t read the books yet.  Shame on me.)

Isn't sheee looooveeelllyyyy!

The show opens up with a small group from the Night Watch riding out beyond ‘the Wall’  hunting tribes of wildings.  I’m not quite sure what those are.  Regardless, one of them runs across a bunch of body parts spread out on the ground (children and all) complete with the above girl hanging from a tree.  When the rest of the group gets there they refuse to believe the poor sap (of course) as the bodies have disappeared by the time they finally get around to looking for them.  They then decide the best course of action is, of course… to split up and look for the missing parts.  Because, you know, the best thing to do when you are looking for some unknown horror that you can’t see is to split up.

Hi.

Anyways, jackass gets his deserved end, and after a scene change (and some pretty cool credits) we learn the first dude survives, although he is now a deserter.  We get an adorable scene with Bran and Arya (who I adore already), and then Sean Bean learns that the deserter has survived.  Beheading time!  At least Ned doesn’t seem to enjoy it.  My opinion of him so far is that while he can be a little cold and detached, he does seem to follow an honor code of some sort (one of the few that do in this show).  HOWEVER, perhaps when the only survivor from a group of Night Watch that went beyond the wall tells you that are some undead creepy women/things walking around and killing people, maybe you should listen to him before you chop his head off.

What's that? White Walkers? LOL NO, DIE CRAZY.

On the way back they run across some dire wolf pups and Jon Snow barely convinces Ned to spare them.  Thus, each child takes one, including Jon, who finds a small albino pup, the runt of the litter. I imagine there is something significant about these pups.  Scene change, and we then get introduced to the twins Cersei and Jaime Lannister who are (obviously) not up to something good, some old dude dies, Catelyn tells Ned that aforementioned old dude is dead, and that the King and Queen are coming.  You know what that means! Time for a slightly homoerotic shaving scene.

Oh, hey there. Rawr.

Bran scales some more rock (of which his mother does not approve), and Arya runs around with a helmet on (:D) as the Royal Party arrives (of which father does not approve).  Also, creepy prince child is creepy. UGH.  Sansa has eyes for him (as all of her siblings notice), and obviously has no taste.

Ugh.

The King asks Ned to become his right hand so he can keep the Iron Throne.  Oh, and then he tells Ned that he’s going to marry his son and Ned’s daughter to combine families.  Ned doesn’t give an answer but it’s obvious he’s gonna have to say yes.  After this, however, is pretty much my favorite scene of the entire episode.  Peter Dinklage plays Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf brother of the Queen.  Also known as “The Imp” and “Halfman”.  (I love him!  He’s acted in other things such as: Penelope, The Station Agent, Nip/Tuck, etc.)   Tyrion’s pastimes so far seem to be whores, whores, and booze.  Oh, and whores.

Damn, it feels good to be a gangster.

Switching continents, we meet Viserys and his sister Daenerys… the last remaining heirs to the throne that Robert stole.  Viserys is preparing his sister to meet her future betrothed, while creepily groping her.  He tells her to be good, so she doesn’t “awake the dragon”.  I hope that isn’t a euphemism for his penis.  Her betrothed, Khal Drogo, arrives shortly after.  He examines her briefly, and then rides off without a word.  Don’t worry creepy brother, he liked what he saw.

While discussing the future marriage with his Magister friend, Daenerys FINALLY speaks up and tells her dear brother that she doesn’t wish to marry him.  Viserys then explains, “I would let his whole tribe fuck you, all forty thousand men and their horses too, if that’s what it took”, while stroking her face.

Oh… okay.

Daenerys and Khal Drogo then get married, and what Dothraki wedding is complete without sex and murder? Afterwards,  Khal sexes her on a cliff against her will.  Though, from what I’ve seen from the rest of his tribe, he could have been way rougher about it.

During the festivities, Jon Snow has a conversation with his uncle, Benjen Stark (/fans self), where he pleads to join the Night Watch.  Benjen is unsure, but promises to talk about it later.  Cue Tyrion, who actually has an intriguing conversation with Snow.  They have a pretty interesting dynamic, as they both have ‘unwanted child syndrome’.  Tyrion tells Jon, “Never forget what you are.  The rest of the world will not.  Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.”   It’s good advice, and I’m interested to see where this will go.

Oh, and once again Ned refuses to believe that the White Walkers could possibly exist.  Sigh.

Money shot.

I just wish Arya had some actual talking lines.

To wrap things up, Catelyn finds out her sister is on the run, and that the last hand for the King was murdered.  This solidifies that Ned must leave as he is the only one left that the King trusts, much to Catelyn’s dismay.

Bran scales some more walls after his father leaves for the Capital, and happens across Jaime and Cersei doing the nasty.  She freaks out and Jaime grabs him before he can get away.  He asks Bran’s age (10), and he appears to ponder something before… well.  Yeah.

"The things I do for love." - Jaime

The locations and effects and sets are fantastic.  There is gorgeous scenery around every corner, seriously.  Probably because they shot the thing primarily in Ireland and Scotland.  Regardless, I enjoyed it.  There wasn’t a casting choice that I had a problem with (have I mentioned Sean Bean yet?) but I can’t really comment too much on this because I haven’t read the books.  The characters are great.  To me, nothing is better than villains that I love to hate.  Game of Thrones had no shortage of these, for sure.

Do we hate these assholes yet?

The acting is superb, and the storyline is definitely interesting.  However, I do believe the show kind of targets itself to those who have read the book.  Meaning, some people just won’t understand certain things unless they watch it again or look something up.  I didn’t have too much of a problem.  The only other negative thing I can think of is that it does move a bit fast.  On the other hand, I get it.  It’s fucking long book and they have to cover the entire thing in 10 episodes.  I feel like, however, HBO put so much money into this, they could have easily made this episode a 2 hour premiere, and it would have made a bit more sense, and we could have gotten to know the characters a bit more (and learned more history).

Although the pace was fast, it was all put together very well and I very much enjoyed it… even with the abundance of incest and titties. (But hey, that’s HBO.)

Overall: 4.2/5


SRSLY: Wasting Light

In case you haven’t heard or for some insane reason you don’t care for them (HOW?), Foo Fighter’s new album Wasting Light came out yesterday.

The most epic thing about this album is that it was recorded entirely on an analog tape in the garage of Dave Grohl’s home.   I know, right?  Also, Pat Smear is back on lead guitar officially for the first time since The Colour and the Shape. Butch Vig also produced the album, the guy who was behind Nevermind by Nirvana. Pretty all-star cast overall, no wonder it’s so fucking awesome.

I’ve gone ahead and highlighted my favorites.

  • 1. Bridge Burning
  • 2. Rope
  • 3. Dear Rosemary
  • 4. White Limo
  • 5. Arlandria
  • 6. These Days
  • 7. Back & Forth
  • 8. A Matter of Time
  • 9. Miss the Misery
  • 10. I Should Have Known 😀
  • 11. Walk

The album kicks off to a great start with the kickass intro of Bridge Burning (These are my famous last words!). The drums and guitar are just… electrifying.  Grohl’s screaming White Limo had me trembling (What doesn’t about Grohl?). I found it hard to believe those were his pipes for a second.  Things simmer down a bit in the next song, but Arlandia has one of my favorite chorus’ on album.  I love the contrast from the verses to the chorus and back, and the build up to the final chorus was pretty orgasmic for me.  (I’m a sucker for those pauses and build ups, shh.)

I Should Have Known was hair raising and hauntingly beautiful.  Period.  My favorite song on the album.

I should have known/Look at the shape you’re in
I should have known/But I dove right in

While nothing will ever measure up to Best of You (my personal favorite song), I feel like I’ve been needing to hear this from the Foos for a long time.  And they delivered.

Back to the basics indeed.  A beacon of light in the apocalypse of Beiber and the like minded.
/5

Coming Up:

  • I just got my Too Faced order!  So I’ll be reviewing that tomorrow or today.
  • Uh, 3DS.  LOL!

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Fenris does not approve.

Just thought I’d share this gem with you all.

To be fair, I’d do the same.  This was created by Ziegedrachen on DA, check out their other stuff!

I am FRUSTRATED with my old school.  They were supposed to send me a revision letter in the mail so I can show my new school that I cancelled my old loans, but I haven’t received it.  They ALWAYS send things out within a day or two and it’s taken them almost two weeks.  Finally called them and they told me they ‘already sent it out, but would send out another’.

You would understand if you knew about the other junk I’ve had to deal with.

I bought a blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope the other day, and have been experimenting on people.  BAAHAHA.

(not a doctor)

Coming up:

  • 3DS!  I swear!
  • I’m playing the Witcher atm, I will probably review that at least before the new one comes out in May or whatever.
  • I placed an order with Too Faced cosmetics, and I’ll review what you all pretty much know… they’re amazing.  I hope their foundation is as amazing as their primer!
  • I will review Foo Fighter’s new album Wasting Light, when it comes out on April 12th. Does anyone still buy CDs?