Game Of Thrones: Better Than Ever? – Testing Television #2

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Testing Television is a new recurring series of posts. In Testing Television, I give you five intriguing pieces of news from the world of television entertainment, followed by the main topic of the show. Finally, under ‘Spotlight’, I highlight a show I highly recommend. As of right now, Testing Television is unscheduled, but it may get a set date every week or month, if the format works.

In this post of Testing Television, I ask whether or not the sixth season of HBO’s massive hit, Game of Thrones, is better than we have ever seen before. Today, I highly recommend the great show Chuck, which is probably the best spy-comedy ever. But first, here are the five pieces of television news that you have to know about.

  • Stranger Things Trailer: The first trailer for the Netflix sci-fi/supernatural thriller, Stranger Things, has been released! It definitely looks like something Bad Robot would make – think Super 8 – and I’m really intrigued by the trailer. Stranger Things comes to Netflix on July 15th, 2016.
  • Mallrats is a TV-Show?: Kevin Smith has been talking about making a sequel for Mallrats for a while now, and now it looks like we aren’t getting a movie after all. Smith appeared on a radio show, and stated that they’re actually talking about making it a TV-show.
  • The Night Of Trailer: We’ve got a trailer for a new HBO show, and it looks pretty great! The Night Of stars Riz Ahmed and John Turturro. It is an HBO limited series premiering on July 10th, 2016.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm is back!: HBO programming president Casey Bloys has confirmed that the great comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm will return to HBO. Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty exciting news!
  • The Young Pope Trailer: A teaser trailer for the Sky/Canal/HBO mini-series The Young Pope, starring Jude Law, has been released!

Topic Talk Testing Television

  • Is the sixth season of Game of Thrones the best season of the show yet? *SPOILERS*

We still have two more episodes until the season is over, but it’s been a fun ride so far. Now, season five got a lot of criticism, maybe even more than it deserved, but the reactions to the sixth season have been pretty positive. Personally, I’m not sure I’ve enjoyed a Game of Thrones season this much since, maybe, season three. The positive reaction to this season, I suspect, isn’t so much about how it’s markedly different or better than the first five season, but more so about the number of resolutions, reveals, and the overall pace of the season.

Jon is back. We have Stark-reunions. They’re teasing us with little snippets of ‘Tower of Joy’. We got the Hodor-reveal, and some characters returned to the screen. It’s been a really exciting season so far. But the show still has some of the same problems that it has had for a while. Dorne doesn’t work and the people of the Iron Islands aren’t that interesting. Similarly, Daenerys’ story isn’t moving fast enough, and Arya just finished her No One-storyline in episode 8 of the sixth season.

But the show does feel somewhat different, and I think it may have something to do with it not being strictly tied to the books. The creator of the books hasn’t finished writing the stories that the show is telling now, and, as a result, the show feels looser than it has ever felt. And I find that really refreshing.

Testing Television Spotlight

  • Title: ChuckCreated by: Josh Schwartz & Chris Fedak – Length: 5 seasons (2007-2012) – Network: NBC.

Chuck follows Buy More’s computer service expert Chuck Bartowski (played by Zachary Levi). Chuck’s life isn’t that spectacular, he’s just another guy in his twenties, who bemoans the way his life at college ended. His sister (played by Sarah Lancaster) is bugging him about dating, and he is expected to be the best at his job at all times. He’s just another guy, until someone from his past returns to his life.

Chuck’s former roommate (played by Matt Bomer) has become a CIA agent, and he has stolen the collected databases of the CIA and the NSA. And what did he do with it? He stored it in an email he sent to Chuck. When Chuck opens the databases, called the Intersect, the entire knowledge is uploaded into Chuck’s brain, thus making him the number one target for both CIA and NSA operators, as well as enemies of the state.

I don’t want to say to much about this show, but I’ll say this: you’ll fall in love with these characters. Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin’s characters are great, and Zachary Levi has never been better. It’s a wonderful little show, with a lot of heart and a lot of emotion. You will cry, you will laugh, and you will have both tears of joy and sadness. There are some episodes in the latter half of the series that don’t quite work as well as the first few seasons. But I love Chuck, and I don’t know what to do about it.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

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