4.29.2012

PROMETHEUS BARES ALL

Thank you 20th Century Fox for continuing the modern tradition of giving away nearly every plot point and action sequence in the trailers for your films the way the rest of Hollywood does, this time for  for the upcoming Prometheus. The latest trailer is killing yet more mystery about the story and even gives us the pre-human-contact version of the Face-Huggers - they're more like worms or eels with flanges that will evolve into fingers by the time Ripley and crew find them 99 years later. The Face-Hugger-EelWorm is kinda cute - see my version?

4.16.2012

GAME OF THRONES, er ... I, CLAUDIUS

Not having read George R. R. Martin's books, but so far loving the HBO series Game of Thrones, I can't help but notice that either the original writer Martin or the television version's writers love the PBS series I, Claudius (itself based upon the Robert Graves novels). In two scenes specifically there were almost direct lifts from I, Claudius: When Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) sends Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) off to King's Landing the scene plays out almost the same as when Claudius is invited to dinner with Livia and the one in power realizes that the person they thought a fool was no fool at all and, in fact, quite crafty and capable. And when Tyrion replaces the Chief of the Guard of King's Landing with his own man, it is much like when when Macro replaced Sejanus and when Claudius had Cassius condemned to death as an example for leading the conspiracy to murder Caligula that put Claudius on the Roman throne. I have noticed that many of the characters in Game of Thrones have analogs to I, Claudius characters. Here is my take so far. I, Claudius has no Daenerys Targaryen. Offer your own comparisons in the comments. [click on image for larger version]