Posts Tagged ‘TV’

(This blog may contain spoilers from Season 1 of the HBO series, Game of Thrones. That said, if you haven’t started watching it by now, read on anyway and I’ll save you the trouble.)

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So it’s Saturday. My day off-ish. I finally decided to binge-a-thon Game of Thrones t­­­o see what all the fuss is about.

After two episodes, the story was building at such a snail’s pace (interlaced heavily with uninspiring acting, cheap nudity, and incest) I could barely keep my eyes open. T­he cliffhangers, however, of episodes 1 and 2 (an attempted murder of Sean Bean’s son and the son waking from an apparent coma respectively) peaked my interest just barely enough to forge bravely on to episode 3.

Then I finished episode 3.

Good LORD. I cannot take any more boobs and boring.

In regards to the boobs, don’t get me wrong, in general they don’t bother me. It’s the completely random, pointlessness of the boobies on this show. It’s as if the director, while filming, asked, “When’s the last time we had some boob?… Ten minutes?!? We’d better throw a couple topless chicks in here then.” And don’t get me started on the one-positional sex scenes. Seriously?

As for boring? The writing is boring. The wolves are boring. The blond chick with the dragon eggs is boring. The hot warrior dude is hot, but still boring. And, bless him, but Sean Bean is BORING BORING BORING.

I don’t care anymore if winter is coming. I don’t care if dragons are coming. I tried. Even a zombie apocalypse couldn’t save this show for me. I know there’s (at least) 5 more seasons left, and maybe it does get better, but I’d prefer to save the rest of my Saturday, my time, my sanity, and just imagine my own ending right now:

Winter finally comes. Sean Bean’s son pushes the icky queen out a window. All the douche bags on the show (and there’s A LOT of them) all fall on their swords. And the rest of the kingdom (or whatever) freeze (with “Let It Go” flare) in their stupid, fur coats bringing a swift and satisfactory, non-doggy style climax to Game of Drones.

The end.

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Is it always necessary to funk with a good thing?

As a writer and a fan of the Sci Fi channel – when it was spelled correctly – I can’t help but be annoyed whenever I see the new SyFy logo pop up on the screen. It’s not cool, just STUPID and reeks of texting shorthand. However, apparently there’s more to this “re-branding” than a simple case of poor spelyng; SyFy Channel President, David Howe, doesn’t like geeks.

Fellow writer, Brian, of the blog, Deepwell Bridge, had this to say in regards to the Sci Fi Channel’s 2009 decision:

SyFy must be trying to appeal to non-nerds… because nerds are the only people that know how to spell correctly.  And well because spelling was like so last century.

SyFy president Mr. Howe said it a bit more eloquently: “What we love about this is we hopefully get the best of both worlds.  We’ll get the heritage and the track record of success, and we’ll build off of that to build a broader, more open and accessible and relatable and human-friendly brand.”

Um… actually you’ve alienated the nerds and done nothing to your content that will grab any new viewers.  Perhaps a rerun of your most popular show Battlestar Galactica is in order, which, I might add, was running with millions of viewers even with your channel’s name spelled correctly.

– Brian, “A Nerd-Rage Rant! Subject: Spelling lessons,” July 23, 2010

So a wider audience, with less nerds?

According to the SyFy Channel Wiki page, additional reasons behind the change were because:

  1. Unlike the generic term “sci fi'” which represents the entire science fiction genre, the term “Syfy” can be protected by trademark and therefore would be easier to market.
  2. To help end confusion over how to capitalize and stylize their name.

Okay. I get the whole trademark deal. Vince McMahon over at World Wrestling Entertainment does the same thing; changing the names of his wrestlers (i.e Rhino becomes Rhyno and real name Harry Smith becomes David Hart Smith) to ensure it’s trademark friendly as well as to claim ownership over the name should they be tempted to leave for greener pastures (i.e. Hollywood, not TNA). However, Sci Fi, no matter how you spell it, clearly represents Science Fiction, a genre the channel seems to be moving away from, so I’m still confused. What’s the point of calling yourself SyFy, if your goal is to move away from that image? Because “Syfy” sounds less geeky than “Sci Fi?” Who the feck do you think you’re marketing to? Illiterates? What is so wrong with catering to a niche audience? It seems, much like Vince McMahon’s WWE which, over the years, has focused more on storylines than actual WRESTLING, Sci Fi has forgotten what brought them to the dance.

As with trademark, I can also appreciate the need to “re-brand” and expand your reach, but when you do so at the expense of your loyal fan base… and the English language… you could end up only hurting yourself – and your channel – in the long run.