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  1. To me, it comes down to a simple question. Would we be having this discussion, arguing over these issues and with a not insignificant portion of the existing fanbase growing more skeptical of the possibility of a faithful adaptation, rather than less, if Tam's sword had quillions, the Shadar Logoth dagger looked like it is explicitly described and illustrated, Thom's guitar looked ornamented and elaborate like something a royal court-bard would play rather than a plain wooden affair, if the bare few seconds of a clip of Moiraine with her voiceover was a few seconds longer, and was at all rele
  2. Which is why I begin my next paragraph with: Because there's nothing about him, as a person, and certainly not because of his race, that prevents him from pulling it off. But Daniel Henney is not in charge of how he looks on the show. The directors and showrunners are. You're right, we don't know any of that. But they did have the choice of what clip to show us. Why show us that?
  3. They're actually not entirely subjective. If art were entirely subjective, there'd be no such thing as bad art. It wouldn't be possible to have whole degree programs devoted to various forms of artistic expression. But there is, objectively, bad art out there. And the "crapping on the show before we've actually seen it" is not a fair characterization. To be more accurate, it's crapping on the aesthetic choices they've made that they're showing us, and the way they're being shown. And that's fair crapping because they are bad choices that are either objectively ugly and/or fa
  4. I don't think that sort of criticism is necessarily grounded in racism. Lan is described as being nearly as tall as Rand, and broader across the shoulders. He is plucked right out of fantasy tropes, and is clearly intended to be cast in the mould of Aragon. I mean, down to the actually being an uncrowned king. Lan is supposed to be a mountain of a man: implacable and dominating. Which is not to say that Daniel Henney couldn't pull off that kind of look. And for all we know, he still might. But that little snippet is not giving that vibe. In that snippet, Daniel Henney doesn't
  5. I think we need to be careful that we aren't dismissing valid aesthetic criticism simply because some of the earliest fan reactions to the casting were based in disgusting racism and bigotry. I don't know that Daniel Henney is a bad choice for Lan; I haven't actually seen enough of him as Lan to make any kind of judgement. I do agree with Carebear Sedai that these little snippets are doing more harm than good, especially at this early stage when most of the marketing is still directed at the existing fans of the franchise, or at the relatively few fans of the actors themselves.
  6. To be fair, the clip did give an impression of a more lithe, shorter fighter than some might expect for Lan. To be fair in the other direction, the two seconds of a clip we got is not enough to make any real judgements as to Lan's overall aesthetic in the show.
  7. There's just not much to say about it. It sort of looks like an awkward little hop and slash, but there's so little of it it's hard to tell if it really is an awkward, weird little move or if it's part of some larger sequence that would make it not look quite so much like Mr. Henney stepped on a lego piece while swinging his sword. And because everybody here already knew Daniel Henney would be playing Lan, it's not revelatory, so there's not much to say about it. That said, I wouldn't complain about a similar treatment for all the main cast. But so much for an accelerated market
  8. My hope is that she's simply Perrin's sister that they've renamed. Make her his wife, and kill her in the opening acts, and Perrin's motivation is no longer about protecting his family and village, but seeking vengeance, and his arc of personal growth would no longer be about reconciling his desire for a normal life with his extraordinary, if initially untrusted abilities and the duties of friendship and decency, but instead would have to deal with his overcoming his grief and anger first. It also significantly sets Perrin apart to already be married. Perrin would no longer be a
  9. Brandon may have named the practice, but all the elements of it are present well before he took the reins.
  10. Did you really bring a thread more than 8 months dead back to life just to say that it's a topic that should be dropped? Necromancy is a sin. And if you're gonna bring stuff back to life, at least bring it all the way back. Don't leave us with some brain-dead, rotten, shuffling zombie corpse to deal with.
  11. I think he did with Aram exactly what he set out to do, but unfortunately, Jordan didn't get to do the follow-up. Aram felt like a dropped plotline because it was dropped, by Brandon. Perrin was Brandon's favorite character of the boys, and it shows not just in how he managed to get the sense of Perrin's internal monologue and external behavior mostly right, (as opposed to his first take on Mat), but also in that under Brandon, Perrin was no longer a character that really needed to grow or who struggled with the growth he did get. He simply became a badass who had to go through certain plot
  12. The Aram arc needed three things to make it hit harder, emotionally. First, Aram needed a PoV, not a whole chapter or anything like that, just enough to let us inside his head, to see how he thinks and feels, maybe redeem his initial dickishness somewhat. Second, he needed a friend. Someone from among the secondary cast in Perrin's orbit, who we as readers were already inclined to like and trust, in whom Aram could have confided, who could have understood him, and who could have communicated with Perrin about Aram's mental state and needs. Gaul wouldn't be bad, but I think Tam
  13. The problem with Aram is that there's nothing to really care about, regarding him as a person, after he takes up the sword. He has no POVs, he confides in no one, and he has no real character growth or development from that point on. Perrin doesn't trust him, he's mostly wary of his mental (in)stability and despairing of the responsibility of having to lead this man. Faile is sympathetic, but makes no attempt to connect with him. Gaul mostly side-eyes him. We don't learn that he's been deceived by Masema until he betrays Perrin, so there's no build-up or suspense there. He was introduced
  14. I reckon that "dangerous resonance" between the twisted stone ring and the silver arches was meant to simply demonstrate that the function of the silver arches ter'angreal was related to function of the twisted rings ter'angreal. Though we didn't come across the concept of "Dreamshards" until later (though they were in fact in use from the very beginning), it seems as though the function of the silver arches is to create Dreamshards that one can enter in the flesh. And of course, we know that the twisted rings were training tools for Dreamwalkers meant to aid them in entering Tel'aran'Rhiod,
  15. I don't know how much she knew about what exactly would cause the destruction of the doorway, but she knew what she had to do, as it was revealed to her at Rhuidean. It's an interesting hypothesis that it was a reaction with the angreal, or possibly with a ter'angreal that Lanfear might have had on her. However, Jordan answered this question way back in 2000 in an interview. Basically, it really was just two powerful channellers actively weaving as they passed through the doorway that did it. How this squares with the fact that Rand was channelling his fire sword as he backed out of the doo
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