I am not a huge fantasy genre fan. I mean..when I go to sleep at night I certainly have the odd one that usually involves….oh…..never mind .Of course I loved the Lord of the Rings series ( who didn’t !? ) and I was brought up on The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe BUT I am not one of these geeks who gets off on elves and pixies and dragons etc.The last couple of times I have been to Russian Market to get DVDs my man there has tried to foist this series on me and I have declined as a) when I asked him if there was plenty of blood and guts he said “ no not much at all” ( how boring – I love blood and guts in epics ) and b) I am not sure exactly how well HBO would do a fantasy series but then I saw a review in the Sydney Morning Herald about Game of Thrones and I decided to get it.
Last night Leakhana and I sat down together to start the series and all I can say is PPPPHWOOOOOOAAAWWWHHHHHH ! Three episodes in and we have had more beheadings than a day out in Talibanistan and more scheming and plotting than a 90210 pajama party. The scenery is awesome with much of the action taking place outside in beautiful expanses of forest, hills and heather ( I was guessing England or Wales but it is actually filmed mostly in Northern Ireland ). The costumes and sets are all of great quality with excellent detail and the actors are well cast and apart from the beheadings there is also a fair amount of bare flesh to ..er…titillate.
Only downside to this brilliant new show is that we only have one season thus far and I can see it is going to get devoured quickly which will then leave us hanging out for Season 2.