‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Reactions – SR Underground Ep. 87

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

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The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode eighty-seven of the Screen Rant Underground podcast.

Join host Ben Kendrick fellow SR editors Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw as we discuss Game of Thrones as well as the Elysium trailer, Man of Steel updates, and Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show synopsis. Plus answer reader e-mails.

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Screen Rant Underground: Episode 87 - Game of Thrones (Season 3: Episodes 1-3)

We discuss Game of Thrones as well as the Elysium trailer, Man of Steel updates, and Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show synopsis. Plus answer reader e-mails.

[0:00] News: Elysium teaser trailer, Man of Steel news round-up, Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show synopsis and new title.

[1:00:16] Reader E-mails: Essential Blu-rays and how to make it as an indie filmmaker.

[1:27:51] Discussion: Game of Thrones Season 3 (Episodes 1-3).

[1:56:05] Game of Thrones SPOILERS conversation.

[2:11:38] Twitter Handles and Contact Information.

[2:13:27] Game Rant News Brief.

Hosts: Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw.



Next Week’s Review: Oblivion

Last Week’s Official Box Office Battle Reader Winner (Evil Dead opening): Sal reports a tie between TheDurrr and Chris A! They both scored 11; however, TheDurrr edged Chris out by nailing the tiebreaker. So congrats to TheDurrr!

Opening in theaters this week (Wide):

  • Oblivion – 3,800

Opening this Week in Theaters (Limited):

  • N/A

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  1. Box office battle

    1 Oblivion
    2 42
    3. The croods
    4. Scary movie 5
    5. Gi joe retaliation
    10 olympus has fallen

  2. 1. Oblivion
    2. 42
    3. Scary movie 5
    4. Croods
    5. Gi joe
    10. Oz

  3. GoT is the best show on TV, cable or otherwise. Hearing people nitpick the show drives me crazy because it wasn’t that long ago that action/adventure/scifi fans were SOL.

    • I wouldn’t say that we were nitpicking. It’s a legitimate point to raise about the show – especially in season 3. It’s a great show, we said that multiple times, but I don’t really feel like people are wrong for feeling like GoT is overwhelming to watch sometimes.

      It’s pointless to just say “this show is perfect” and gush about everything that we liked about it – especially when there are some things worth unpacking (even if the takeaway is that they shouldn’t change anything).

      • Hey Ben. Sorry, I wasn’t accusing you guys of nitpicking. I was speaking generally. I should have included more context with my comment. Keep up the great work!

        • Haha… Ben’s just sensitive because he knows he was totally nitpicking! ;-)

        • No worries at all! Anthony might be right – maybe I did feel like we were nitpicking.

          I just never know how the conversations come across as a listener – so just wanted to make sure that I was clear about why were nitpicking! Haha.

          • Admit it! You just want to see Game of Thrones cancelled! ;)

            p.s.: the third episode was unusually funny. The fire-arrow scene, the chair scene, the wolf bread scene, the Podrick scene…

            • Agreed. Brilliant comedy this go around. Podrick for President!

  4. I think there is benefit ( stoywise) for going back on agent Coulson death even though it might undermine the Avengers. Kevin Feige has mention In the past that phase 3 could pave the wave for a civil war storyline and as the podcast mentions Coulson is major factor for the avengers coming together. If The avengers were to find out Shield lied about Coulson each Avenger would have seriously think about can he or she continue to trust Sheild and could be used to pave the way for civil war- centric Avengers 3

    • Yup, and who says he’s “dead” outside of those two “medics” and ketchup fingers Nick Fury?

    • That would be interesting. I wonder if they’d allow the show to have THAT big of an impact on the movies (i.e. lying about Coulson).

  5. I guess my only concern over SHIELD is that it will become this NCIS/CSI episodic weekly procedural show which I have grown tired of. If that were the case then the characters would really need to be compelling for me to want to tune in every week but its a cross between the plot device of stopping crime before it happens like Persons of Interest/Minority Report meets weekly procedural like Fringe Season 1 handled it then I might be able to make it a weekly thing, perhaps agent Coulson’s “death” is the plot device(IDK).

    • I do like the idea of SHIELD being like Fringe – that’s the idea that appeals the most to me. Super person of the week type thing.

  6. 1.Oblivion
    4.GI Joe
    5.Scary Movie 5


  7. I think GoT is one of those show that would benefit from watching the 10 episodes almost back to back….the solution ´d be to wait for the season to end and then start watching, I guess. I´d like if they do what Rob said, stay with a couple of characters like the Blackwater episode maybe 2/3 times per season, instead of jumping from setting to setting; that can get a bit confusing.

    • Agreed. Or the Netflix way since it’s good for consumers and subscription-based service providers, despite what some non-business-background ppl think ;)


      • Did you just flaunt your business background and then self-high five yourself Rob? ;)

        I don’t think anyone is really arguing that the Netflix way isn’t good for consumers – whether or not it’s good (or even sustainable) for subscription-based service providers in the long run remains to be seen though. It’s definitely possible but it’s not quite as cut and dry as you and Kofi make it out be sometimes. IMHO.

        That all said, to the point about Game of Thrones – it is available on HBO go, right? Which is basically a more complicated (and restricted) Netflix model.

        • I watch it during the original airing and then usually rewatch it on On Demand. I have no idea how On Demand works financially for the franchise, but I HOPE HBO is getting their fair shake. I definitely want to support the show.

          • After you pay your monthly cable bill, HBO doesn’t really care how (or when) you consume their content. Thanks to their subscription model, HBO doesn’t have to fight over the cents (literally ~$0.70) that each cable network gets from you paying your bill. For cable , having people tune in to the network to watch shows is what makes their take go from $0.70 to $0.80. I think USA gets around $1.20 of your cable bill each month.

            • Many thanks!

  8. I am still worried about the Man of Steel DC thing. They should throw in references or cameos to boost this thing. Obviously the military is going to have a presence here so why not have Steve Trevor walk around with a project “Wonder Woman” file for a quick second. Or have Ryan Reynolds flying a jet somewhere, or a newspaper or tv headline showing a lightning bolt or blur in Central City hinting the Flash. Clark Kents a fisherman at the begining of this film, Aquaman cameo. Save kryptonite for Metallo as the villain in the next film. Or give Batman the kryptonite ring from Hush. I have a bad feeling that Man of Steel might be like Superman Earth One. The first two acts, a deep character story of a young Clark Kent coming into our society and then the third act is going to be a generic action finale where Zod, like Tyrell, just randomly shows up as an exposition machine and then gets killed off stupidly.
    Box Office Battle
    3.Scary Movie 5
    4.The Croods
    5.GI Joe: Retaliation
    10.Tyler Perry’s Temptation

    • Based on the latest trailer – you may not be that far off the mark about Man of Steel. I’m still really excited about it and have confidence but… they’re going to have to show some major finesse to get that kind of story to work.

  9. I wanna know how Clark gets the suit. For some reason, I think it’ll be sooooo goofy but the movie will be good and everbody will forget about it.

    The comment Ant made about them canceling Hannibal was kinda surprising to hear. I never thought it would be a long lasting show to begin with, but I definitely think it won’t be canceled after only 1 season. Now Bates Motel may be canceled, as the viewers have decreased with each episode, which is a shame because they’re both good shows. I hope they aren’t canceled.

    • Luckily Bates Motel has already been renewed for a second season. I’m sure A&E is willing to give BM some time because of the crazy numbers Ducky Dynasty pulls in.

      Hannibal, however, is hovering around low 4 million per episode. Comcast (NBC) made Syfy cancel Eureka when it was still pulling in mid-3s (and that’s on cable).

  10. 1. Oblivion
    2. 42
    3. GI Joe
    4. Croods
    5. Scary Movie
    10. Oz Great and powerful

  11. I think they should do reverse cameos and have superman appear in the other dc films offhand(such as on tv) or inspiring the other heroes to, well, be heroes.

    zods armor reminds me of gears of war locust armor, but I understand, supes suit is more like dress robes, not for battle…I think. Or maybe zod got the suit later after krypton went up in smoke.

    As of right now “Agents of shield” doesnt sound very interesting, Im gonna need some heroes/villains to invest some interest.

    • 1. Oblivion
      2. 42
      3. GI Joe
      4. Croods
      5. Evil Dead
      10. Oz

    • Gears of War – good call. It does look like that.

  12. [Some spoilers]

    I don’t mean to sound ornery, but I really do recommend that those who do wish to get a handle on the characters read the books. It really will flesh out the world, and give information and motivations to the characters that the television show simply could not show given time and medium. Not that the books necessarily keep all the characters present all of the time. Hell, Arya did not have a POV chapter for two books. Theon had disappeared for a book or two. Sansa was not in the last book – not that I am complaining as I do not particularly care for her; a disgrace to the Stark name. The story arcs are given to tidal progressions, even in the books. I think that Thrones simply will always have that hallmark regardless of medium.

    Honestly, though, about the dragon bargain: what can a dragon do? What does her largest dragon do on command? She is being far more clever than you think she is.

    I love Margery Tyrell, but after seeing the actress play Anne Boleyn in The Tudors, I sometimes have difficulty separating her portrayals of each. And Olenna, the Queen of Thorns – amazing! I was so excited to see the character and I was particularly pleased that the show kept close to the book in that scene. Brilliant! When Not-Vargo Hoat chopped of Jaime’s hand! I knew it was coming, but whith that blade digging into his eye – I thought perhaps they were changing the injury for the one easier for the continued appearances on the show, but no – BAM – arm bones. Ha! Oh, that was grand. And the Blackfish! Exciting times on GoT, exciting times.

    • I’ve not read the books, but I’m fairly sure that the Unsullied Dude will not own the dragon for long, should Daenerys go through with the transaction.

    • I really wish that I had time to commit to reading all the books. I really do. I actually do try to read source material stories before we cover things on SR but Game of Thrones is a big commitment at this point.

      I definitely don’t fault the show for how it approaches telling the story but it is dense for anyone who isn’t able to get up to speed with the books. I just think it’s an interesting hurdle – and one that has been a bit more apparent this season.

      • Very true, the books are a bit of a black hole for one to be sucked into. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the books in high school. My friends and I were really into it, and we would play the board game and the card game – a great pack of nerds, we were. Of course then comes the years of waiting for the next book, and after five years one truly does forget a great deal. The Song of Ice and Fire wiki is a great resource for jogging the memory, or attempting to keep things straight.

  13. **Spoiler alert!**
    Talking about cutting someone’s hand off, this season of CW Nikita have the Micheal character’s right hand cut off as well. He then got a cybernetic hand ala Luke which doesn’t work too well, and finally got a real hand made from his DNA. Too bad GoT don’t have that technology. Maybe they got magic to reattach Lannister’s hand.

    • Cyborg Lannister confirmed! ;-)

      • If Lannister gets a cybernetic hand. I want to see Bran Stark get some bionic man legs.

  14. I’ve got a huge collection of Blu Rays and DVDs on my shelf. I love re-watching my favorite movies. I haven’t watched any movie with the commentary, but I would like to start with some of the ones I’ve seen several times.

    When I see a movie for the first time, I then decide if I would like to watch it again. If the answer is yes, then I get it on home video. That way, it’s always there in case I get the urge to watch it. I don’t buy every single film I see, but I certainly have a nice sized collection I get good use out of.

    • Same here. I have a pretty big collection (over 1,200 titles) and I love being to able to just grab and watch any of my movies without worrying about the internet connection being down or too slow, post-release tampering (George Lucas anyone?), centralized censoring, music replacement due to licensing issues* or other downsides that are (potentially) inherent to streaming movies and shows. New releases on Blu-ray are often cheaper than theater tickets these days too, so buying movies is a no brainer for me.

      *For example: did you know that all the great classic rock songs that give Supernatural a big part of its character were replaced with generic stock music on Netflix? If you want the full untampered Supernatural experience you need to buy the DVDs/Blu-rays, and I’m glad I did that. Streaming has its advantages, but with issues like that it will never be a replacement for owning movies/shows on physical media but a second rate alternative only.

      • Really? Son of a bit… I actually watch that show on Netflix. So I’m getting a half-assed soundtrack version?

        And Chris – I’m with you. That said, sometimes, my interest in a film wains by the time it’s out on blu-ray. The Hobbit is actually a recent example. Figured that was a must-buy for me when I saw it, now I’m less motivated. That kind of thing happens to me a lot! Haha.

  15. OK, This in the spirit of The Matrix conversation last week, i just got time to watch the series finale of Fringe because i have been really busy editing my film and other stuff, but doesn’t the scene at around the 25 min. mark between Broyles and Captain Windmark, echoes the scene in the first Matrix between Morpheus and Agent Smith…

    3.Scary Movie 5
    4.The Croods
    5.GI Joe: Retaliation
    10. Great and powerful OZ

    • I actually had a similar thought about the Fringe finale – that scene definitely felt familiar (a la Matrix). Great scene though.

  16. Box office battle

    1. Oblivion
    2. 42
    3. Croods
    4. Scary movie 5
    5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
    10. Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

    • I didn’t know about those facts regarding Matt Damon fighting robots and not being allowed at Disneyland. The things I learn by listening to this podcast. If it is on the internet, it must be true. :)

      • Haha. Not sure you should believe everything you hear on the podcast – especially when it comes out of Anthony’s mouth.

  17. #1 Oblivion
    #2 42
    #3 The Croods
    #4 Scary Movie 5
    #5 G.I. Joe: Retaliation
    #10 Temptation

  18. Regarding the WB/DC thing, the word that raises a red flag is “hopefully.”

    If they supposedly have an announcement coming in the “next several weeks,” shouldn’t Robinov have more to say than “hopefully?” I think the big announcement is nothing more than a “we’re actively developing Wonder Woman, Flash, etc.” and nothing more.

    Justice League or no Justice League, Man of Steel looks amazing. Hopefully this will be the start of another great superhero film trilogy.

    • You said “Hopefully”!!!


      • LOL. I did.

        • Ha! I get what you mean though – “hopefully” doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence when coming from someone teasing an announcement.

  19. …..Joseph Gatt should play Drax the Destroyer ….Nuff said….

    • Love Joe Gatt! He should play every role.