Welcome to the Course Blog

Welcome to the course blog for Towson University’s EMF 140 Introduction to Electronic Media and Film.  We’ll be posting our critical review essays here.

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  1. Game of Thrones Sn 6 Ep 9

    Game of Thrones is an HBO TV series, and the title generally explains the show itself. Many different families and small nations fight to win the throne in Kings Landing. The show has a few main families including The Starks who are always down on their luck, The Lannister’s who are very selfish and power hungry but always pay their debts, and The Targaryen’s who are dragon owners exiled from the world. Considering it is a fantasy world with kings, queens, knights, and dragons, the time period is never explained. This show goes through many different phases, but also follows each family and occasionally follows an individual character’s story as well.

    In this specific episode, one of the last episodes of the show, a battle between two bastard children Ramsay Bolton and Jon Snow takes place. This battle is occurring strictly because of family matters. Ramsay has found a way to capture Jon Snow’s brother, and Jon wants him back. To do so they take the fight to the battle field, but Jon snow is at a huge disadvantage. It is a few thousand against a few hundred thousand men. Once the battle begins Jon Snow fights for his life as Ramsay watches from the hill tops. Jon survives the battle and eventually slaughters Ramsay in a one on one fight.

    The aesthetic quality of this show is amazing. It actually turns out that the directors and producers go to real places in the world to film these scenes, of course using green screen for MANY aspects, which is why the show takes a lengthy time to film. As this show began in 2010, TV technology has been moving at an unreal pace since then. This show is made up of very high quality. Every seen is vivid and popping with color, even in the dull moments. When there is an event occurs there is a change in music as well as effects on the setting or background. The music used in this show is very shocking, the music is a huge part of the mood, there is music that will soothe you at some points and have your heart racing watching an intense scene minutes later. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsFeIVJfKsA

    In this episode specifically, the story and plot is explained through the life of the different characters. It is not narrated but it explains the character’s current problems and how they overcome them using a lot of detail and by making sure to involve each main character as well as small details or Easter eggs to go along with the story.

    Considering the TV show is about kings, queens, and power there are many values involved. The main one being family. Because royalty is passed down in a royal family, having a large family of mainly boys is what makes the family name last for as long as possible. A second value throughout the show is loyalty. Honor among family members and allies is extremely important. Breaking a leader’s trust can easily lead to death. Throughout the show characters do things that cross the line and break some of these values, which leads to certain characters’ conflicts or dilemmas in episodes.

    This episode, as well as the show as a whole, is dedicated to violence. Someone can die at any given moment, which is intensified with gruesome violence. The beginning of the show contained a great amount of sexual content and nudity, but has since shifted towards more violence. This particular episode is one of the most violent, considering the episode’s plot.

    This show does not portray women as weak. Anyone can rise to power, making it a free-for-all for minority characters as well. There are women characters in power, some of whom rose to power by taking out men who sat on the throne. There is no discrimination between characters and it is definitely an asset in the show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X6KOCAmX1U

    This show’s quality is stellar. It has done so many amazing things throughout the show. The places explored and the vivid creativity of the show makes it impressive. The abundance of over 500 characters, shooting in different countries all at once, and many more aspects make this show very impressive. Along with all of these aspects, the technology, music, and plot of the story add to the quality of the show making for a thrilled audience. In some cases, leaving their jaws dropped.

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