The buzz for upcoming "Game of Thrones" is strong enough to make me think I'm living in a beehive. A cold, fantastical beehive.
Queen bee HBO has decided to amplify that buzz by saturating its various channels with the "Thrones" premiere on its airwaves. Following Sunday's 9 p.m. launch, HBO will not only repeat the 65-minute first episode at 10:05 p.m. and 11:15 p.m., the paybler will also air it simulataneously on at 9 p.m. Monday on HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Comedy, HBO Zone and HBO Latino.
HBO2 will then three-peat the episode Monday at 9:00 p.m. 10:05 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
Advance reviews of the series have been positive, almost exceedingly so. Brian Lowry of Variety called it "inordinately rewarding," while Jace Lacob of Televisionary managed to go a step farther with "insanely fantastic."
I'm finding myself an outlier, I'm afraid to say. It's weird, because I love my HBO, but as with "Mildred Pierce," I find the pace of "Thrones" plodding at times, lacking electricity. The opening sequence is arresting and there are definitely moments of intensity, but through the three episodes that I've screened, the story isn't making up for the almost complete joylessness in this world.
Many of the characters are too loathsome to easily invest in — two-dimensionally evil — while likeable patriarch protagonist Ned Stark (Sean Bean) seems to react to events more than drive them. And in episode two, there's a plot point involving Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) that was so appalling, I almost quit the show right then and there.
I'm not expecting or even aiming to turn the tide of enthusiasm for "Thrones," and I plan to keep watching for now. But I just thought I'd offer a little voice in the wintry wilderness of "Thrones": If you find it's not the greatest program ever, you're not alone.
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