Bill Dowis

Speculative Fiction Author - Fanboy

So…It’s a Soap Opera for Fanboys?

Game of Thrones copyright Home Box Office.

Game of Thrones copyright Home Box Office.

I finally finished watching the first season of Game of Thrones.

Yeah, that’s right. Finally.

I don’t usually watch a lot of television as it happens. Thanks to Netflix and Amazon I often wait until someone says that a series is really good, or a show overtakes social media, and then I’ll just binge watch everything until I am caught up.

Game of Thrones was one of those shows. I did not know much about it and never watched it, mainly because I did not have HBO until last year. HBO was also doing a good job of keeping it off the streaming services, and I wasn’t going to bust my ass trying to get it. Or spend $50 for the season.

Luckily, HBO had a massive marathon the weekend before Season 4 started. I may binge on seasons and at times entire series, but I was not willing to sit in front of the television for about 40+ hours straight.

So I set my DVR and recorded the entire marathon.

Now I am picking my way through the DVR episode by episode. I was excited to get started, because how many high fantasy shows have we had that were really well done? I am pretty sure this is the first.

It took me about two weeks just to watch the first three episode.

Oh. My. God.

This series has a very slow start.

Where were the dragons and monsters and wizardry?

I almost gave up.

After the second episode I realized that this show was a LOT like the soap operas I have stumbled upon during day time television. There are lots of story lines running through the show following a huge cast of characters. The stories focus on character rather than plot or action. And it can take multiple episodes for things to develop.

That is fine with me.

While I am not a fan of traditional soap operas I can appreciate character driven stories, and I like an ensemble cast of characters. Soap operas clearly make interesting story telling or else they wouldn’t be so successful.

But I think a lot of every day fans are fooled as to what this show is.

It really is a soap opera.

And just because it is shrouded in a very thin layer of fantasy, doesn’t make it any different.

A few times when I mentioned the idea of it being a soap opera to someone, they seemed baffled. Somehow the conversation always moved to boobs in the show. Newsflash…the boobs are placed there to distract you from the long segments of exposition that should rarely take place in a television show that is not a soap opera.

It made me wonder, hadn’t anyone else made the soap opera connection? A quick Google search told me I was not the only one. In fact here is a fan made alternate opening sequence for Game of Thrones.


 

I will say that season one ended on some good notes, particularly the birth of the dragons. Finally some dragons!

Again…I like character driven stories just as much as I like plot driven stories. And I like the multiple story lines, although I like some more than others.

And I took a peek ahead at the series (I don’t care about spoilers) and it looks like I will enjoy the series. So I am going to forge ahead. I am going to try my best to like it as much as people think it should be liked.

Now…If I can just get this out of my head every time I hear the theme…

3 Comments

  1. I, too, just started watching GoT this season. I had to watch 4-5 per week to get all caught up, but now I am.

    I didn’t make the soap connection, but I certainly see it now. I’m a big fan of books with a lot of character building. I loved the Pern books growing up, even though my friends said they were boring. Give me more talking, please. 😉

  2. great looking site, by the way!

    • Thanks!

      Now that season 4 has just ended I have a bit of time to catch up so when season 5 finally starts I can watch “as it happens” with the rest of the world. Ha.

      I am still not able to binge on this one like I have been with other shows though. From what I have heard things get pretty intense so maybe that will keep me going.

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