Finally saw the first two episodes of the first season of Game of Thrones last night. I was kinda disappointed. I was really looking forward to Peter Dinklage as Tyrion, and he did not let me down. I was riveted whenever he was on the screen. When he wasn't… not so much.
(Note: if you like Dinklage and have not seen The Station Agent, go see it now.)
It's hard to see exactly where it goes wrong. It looks great at first glance — beautiful and richly textured. But there's a cheapness to the design, a lack of attention to detail. We see the interior of two palaces, but they don't look much different from each other. Similarly, the clothing and hairstyles and jewelry don't do much to distinguish between different classes and functions of people. I feel like I ought to be able to tell at a glance who is a member of the King's party, and who is a Winterfell resident, and I can't. I ought to be able to instantly tell Lord Stark's bastard son from his eldest legitimate son, and I can't. The dragon eggs should look gorgeous and ominous, and they don't.
The amount of story chosen for each episode seemed good, but I still thought the scripts were weak. Or maybe it was the direction. Or the casting. Or the acting (of everyone except Peter Dinklage). Whatever it was, I didn't get a strong sense of character or emotion at any point. Everything just seems very serious and slow and heavy with Medieval solemnity. And yet the sense of mystical foreboding from the book doesn't really come across, and several scenes that should be suspenseful or exciting simply aren't.
Probably my biggest disappointment is the queen and her non-dwarf brother, because they are the villains and they are awful and I should hate them with all my soul. Instead… they seem kinda like everyone else. Very serious and dreary and Medieval.
So, I''ll probably keep watching, but I'm not running out to rent disk 2 right this second. To those of you who've seen the whole series, does it get better? Or is this pretty much it, and if it's not really working for me now, it never will?