Podcast Episode #74: An Innocent Man

game_of_thrones_oberyn_martellWelcome to a NEW episode of “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things

An Innocent Man

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Today, John Marius is back with a vengence, and we talk all about the 8th. episode of the 4th season of Game of Thrones, “The Mountain and the Viper.”

This was a brilliantly directed episode. Good stuff for Sansa and Theon, but they saved the best for last. The combat by trial of Tyrion Lannister. Oberyn’s fight with the Mountain made this ending unforgettable…and truly tragic.

On the docket today:

1. Bonding at the Wall – Jon and his bro’s have a final chat before what seems like a final assault by the rampaging Wildlings.

2. Grey Worm – We get another exploration of this character’s journey into free-will.

3. Game of Identities Prt#1 – Theon has to play himself! Theon playing Reek playing Theon…it’s sad but it gives Alfie Allen another chance to shine as an actor.

4. Game of Identities Prt#2 – Sansa is also taking on another persona! Allayne! This IS her finest hour. We get to see her finally coming into her own.

5. Betrayal! – Jorah Mormont is exposed as a traitor. Dany must “play” queen is a heart breaking scene.

6. Father and Son – What should and could have been a “Hallmark Moment,” was played unsentimentally and creepily….

7. Arya Laughs! – This laughs points to a few things about her character

8. The Sad Tale of Cousin Orson – Tyrion waxes poetic about long lost Cousin Orson.

9. Combat! – Oberyn pulls out ALL the stops for an electrifying fight. But does his pride ultimately prevent him from totally winning?

10. Favorite Scene / Line / MVP

11. Snap’s and Hated It’s

We’re in the home stretch of season #4. And the show is firing on all cylinders!

Cheers!

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Podcast Episode #73: HELP!

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HELP!

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The Season #4 Re-Watch of Game of Thrones continues with a lively discussion about the 7th episode….”Mockingbird.”

Not so poor Lysa Arryn needed a little help in todays episode….but she wasn’t the only one!

The GREAT Matt Murdick from “Podcast Winterfell” joins me to discuss this rather dense episode that really surprised me in how good it really was. A whole lot happened in this installment.

Not the LEAST of which was: Arguably Tyrion, Oberyn and The Hound’s finest moments so far!

Here is what’s on the docket today:

1. Melisandre Takes A Bath – A fascinating chat about “truth” and “belief” takes place between Mel and Selise. Melisandre cracks a joke! Do lies matter, if they lead you to the “truth?” Why is Shireen important?

2. Gravy and Intel – Brienne and Podrick happen upon a familiar face at an inn. By the end of the sequence it seems like a partnership is actually growing here.

3. Dany Exerts Her Power – First she exerts it in a “base” way with Daario, later she bonds with Jorah by taking his advice. How thoughtful is she being here? Is hubris creeping into Dany’s personality?

4. Arya and the Hound Make Another Stop – The Hound’s mercy? Arya’s philosophy is taking shape. They are bluntly honest with the farmer about who they both are and what they’re doing. And then there was….Rorge and the Biter. Another kill for Arya.

5. Fire Bad! – The Hound is feeling vulnerable…and does not like it one bit! He lashes out at Arya, but then transitions into telling her a story…a really horrible one. What does this say about him? What does it say that he told it to her?

6. The Ice Queen – Sansa smiles! But later turns icy with Little Robin. A “View to a Kiss.” Baelish is creepy and vulnerable all at the same time….kinda a parallel to Arya and the Hound. Hey, Jealousy! The Crazy Ice Queen freaks out on Sansa…and then takes a tumble. Baelish: A twisted romantic?

7. The 3 Visitors – Tyrion waits in his cell, but receives 3 visits. Jaime (Brother), Bronn (Friend) and Oberyn (Stranger). What does each visit tell us about Tyrion? How kick ass in Oberyn in that final scene?

8. Favorite Line / Scene / MVP of episode

9. Snap’s and Hated It’s

This episode was even better than I remembered…so many GREAT character moments.

Thanks again to Matt for a fantastic discussion…

Cheers!

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Podcast Episode #72: What A Fool Believes

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Welcome to a NEW episode of a “Game of Thrones-centric” podcast, “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things.”

What A Fool Believes

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Today, the one and only Heath Snow and I discuss S#4 Ep#6 of Game of Thrones, “The Laws of Gods and Men.”

This is a very BIG episode of the season all about our favorite little guy, Tyrion Lannister.

The TRIAL OF TYRION LANNISTER….takes up most of this episode. It’s a brilliant set-piece filled with awesome performances and electrifying direction.

On the docket today:

1. Justice and Finances – Stannis and Davos meet with the bankers of Braavos. Numbers are cold and immutable, but Davos makes and impassioned plea on behalf of his king. This scene represents justice at it’s most logical.

 

2. Justice and Love: Yara Greyjoy tries to free her brother Theon and encounters Ramsey Snow…and his pet, Reek. Later, Ramsey gives Reek a gift and asks him for a favor. This is justice at it’s most illogical because it has to do with feelings.

 

3. Justice and Leadership: Daenerys has her first full day as a leader in Meereen. She is instantly confronted with the complexities of leadership and the many subtle nuances of justice.

 

4. Justice and the Truth: The entire sequence involving the Trial of Tyrion Lannister examines the nature of truth. What is the truth? Who decides what the truth is? How can justice be issued if the truth is corrupted?

 
5. Favorite Scene / Line / MVP of Episode
 
 
6. Snaps and Hated It’s
 
This was a jammed packed episode. One of the many highlights of the season! Not only was the trial itself unforgettable, but the theme of justice and the characters search for it in it’s many forms was unified and thought provoking.
 
Cheers!

 

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Podcast Episode #71: Ladies Night!

ladies-night-frank-morrisonWelcome to a NEW episode of Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things!

Ladies Night

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The Game of Thrones season#4 re-watch continues to the midway point….episode #5, “First of His Name.”

That’s right…todays episode is ALL about the ladies of Game of Thrones! Here’s to a group of interesting, complicated and compelling women!

Maybe more so than any other episode of this television show, this hour really showcases the female characters of this grand story!

We’re at the midway point of the season!

Here’s what on the docket today:

1. Dany – We get to see her with her small council and make a BIG decision!

2. Margaery – She continues to “play” her part brilliantly

3. Sansa Stark / Lysa Arryn – These two ladies get to play off each other in todays ep!

4. Brienne – Comic relief as well as a new understanding with the ADORABLE Podrick Payne!

5. Arya Stark – A death list to help her sleep, renewed training and another brutal lesson from the Hound.

6. Kraster’s Women – They may have been background characters before…but in a way, they really come into their own in tonight’s ep!

7. Cersei – A actress playing a character who is acting! Sounds hard? It is…and both Lena Heady and the character she plays pull it off brilliantly in this hour! This was one of Cersei’s finest hours.

8. The TOP 5 Most Important Events of the Season So Far….

Thanks for listening. Please email or tweet me!

Cheers!

 

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Podcast Episode #71: Ladies Night!

ladies-night-frank-morrisonWelcome to a NEW episode of Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things!

Ladies Night

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The Game of Thrones season#4 re-watch continues to the midway point….episode #5, “First of His Name.”

That’s right…todays episode is ALL about the ladies of Game of Thrones! Here’s to a group of interesting, complicated and compelling women!

Maybe more so than any other episode of this television show, this hour really showcases the female characters of this grand story!

We’re at the midway point of the season!

Here’s what on the docket today:

1. Dany – We get to see her with her small council and make a BIG decision!

2. Margaery – She continues to “play” her part brilliantly

3. Sansa Stark / Lysa Arryn – These two ladies get to play off each other in todays ep!

4. Brienne – Comic relief as well as a new understanding with the ADORABLE Podrick Payne!

5. Arya Stark – A death list to help her sleep, renewed training and another brutal lesson from the Hound.

6. Kraster’s Women – They may have been background characters before…but in a way, they really come into their own in tonight’s ep!

7. Cersei – A actress playing a character who is acting! Sounds hard? It is…and both Lena Heady and the character she plays pull it off brilliantly in this hour! This was one of Cersei’s finest hours.

8. The TOP 5 Most Important Events of the Season So Far….

Thanks for listening. Please email or tweet me!

Cheers!

 

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Podcast Episode #70: In the Cold, Cold Night

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Welcome to a brand new episode of Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things.

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“In The Cold, Cold Night

In today’s episode, I discuss Season#4 – Episode#4 of “Game of Thrones“….

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The season#4 Re-Watch marches steadily on!

Unfortunately, I lost the first recording of this discussion, so I was forced to re-record it with just me. Sorry, folks! And sorry to John Marius who was so great in the first, lost taping!

This was a cohesive, strong outing for the series. There were oaths all over the place. Let’s focus on 3 Women, 2 Men, and a White Walker!

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Here’s what on the docket today:

1. Daenerys – She took an oath of justice in this episode. Justice can be a double-edged sword…which Dany be helped or hurt by her decisions?

2. Margaery – She took an oath of duty! Marg definitely fully grabbed her birthright in this episode, and the weapons in her toolbox were on FULL display.

3. Brienne of Tarth – Brienne took an oath of honor. She had a full plate today! She took on a quest and said goodbye to Jaime!

4. Jon Snow and Karl Tanner – Both of these men took very different oaths of leadership! The contrast was as wide as the Grand Canyon in this episode!

5. White Walker – The ending sequence was GREAT! We got some answers but even more questions in what ended up being a very satisfying scene.

6. Best Scene / Line / MVP

7. Snap’s and Hated It’s

Sorry for the delay is the release of this podcast…and sorry again for the technical difficulties.

Oathkeeper” had plenty of great character moments and an earth shattering ending!

Cheers!

 

 

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Podcast Episode #69: “Landslide”

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Welcome back returning listeners and welcome aboard to new ones!

This is a new episode of Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things

Landslide

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Season #4 Re-watch continues! Today, John Marius and I discuss Ep #3, “Breaker of Chains.”

While still a great episode of TV, this was probably my least favorite episode of the season. This episode took a deep breath after last weeks fireworks and really covered the immediate reactions to the cosmic death that ended the last episode.

Here’s whats on the docket today:

1. Lessons of the Holy – Arya learns a new lesson…at the expense of an idealistic farmer and his daughter…what does this mean for her ongoing personal journey?

2. Lessons of the Just – Sam is motivated by honor and in an effort to protect Gilly’s honor…but this desire blinds him to certain…practical realities.

3. Lessons of the Strong – In many ways, Stannis Baratheon is as strong as is brother Robert…they were both strong-willed and stubborn…bulls in a china shop. This may win battles and arguments, but it doesn’t lend itself to long-term success.

4. Lessons of the Wise – Both Jon and Dany have grown up quite a bit in the last 3+ years. They used that experience in their current situations in this episode. Sometimes, wisdom is thinking outside the box!

5. Lessons of Upheaval – The King is dead! But long live the repercussions of Joffrey’s demise. We check in with many of our characters in the immediate aftermath of Joff’s exit and see a kaliedoscope of emotions and attitudes.

6. Best Scene / Line / MVP

7. Snaps and Hated It’s

Thanks for stopping by…appreciate it.

This was an essential pause in the action for the story. After such a big death, we needed to catch our breaths. There were provocative and affecting character beats throughout this episode.

See ya next week!

 

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