Details: This is a review of season one and two. More information can be found at https://www.hbo.com/barry and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5348176/
Barry is one of the best, most original shows I’ve seen this year. It reminds me of Breaking Bad in the way it combines something extraordinarily criminal with something very mundane, except that this is 60% comedy 40% drama whereas Breaking Bad was mostly drama.
Details: More information can be found at https://www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones and ttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt
If you’ve been following season eight on the internet, you’d know that a lot of fans have a lot of issues with this final season. I mostly agree. This season felt like the Cliff notes version of Game of Thrones where a lot of plot gets sped through very quickly, turning what would be big revelations into jarring developments. Even still, there is no other show with as much spectacle or as big of a budget as this one. The sped up plot aside, this was still an entertaining season of television.
Details: Aired in 2017 on HBO. Ten episodes with each at about thirty minutes long. Official site is https://www.hbo.com/silicon-valley
Silicon Valley, season 4 is more of the same. That’s a good thing.
Details: Aired on HBO in 2017. Seven episode at around an hour each.
I’ve read and talked a lot about the new season since it aired. A lot of my opinions on the season are the same as many others. In short, I enjoyed the season, but the pacing was too fast and a lot of the elements of this show that made Game of Thrones unique were not present in this season. No spoilers ahead.
This was by far the best season of Game of Thrones in my opinion and that is because of one main reason: pacing. It feels like for the past five seasons, the pacing of the show was extremely slow and dragged its feet in revealing its plot points. This was likely in deference to the books and the reveals George R. R. Martin had saved for his books.
If you’ve been reading up on Game of Thrones news, this season is the first season which completely ignores the timing of the books and just moves on with the story ahead of the books. As a result the plot twists were all new and unforeseen, even for readers of the books. Additionally, a number of main characters have died off, releasing more of the budget for set pieces and action scenes. The result is a fast paced series of episodes that unloads plot twist/point after plot twist/point in quick succession.
The characters are just as good as always but the best episodes of this season are as follows: The Door, Battle of the Bastards, and The Winds of Winter. With special effects that could rival any big budget movie as well as developments in the story that truly change everything, it was an impressive season that I re-watched a number of times. Not going to say any spoilers, but it was good.
And the music. Man oh man was the music on point. The most affecting piece for me was the beginning part in the episode The Winds of Winter. You’ll know it when you hear. The cello was especially memorable.
Score: 8.5/10 Great season. Can’t wait for the final two seasons.