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  1. I think the solitary thing this teaser is meant to accomplish - it's only purpose - is to make people who are not aware of (much less invested in) the Wheel of Time think to themselves, "that looks interesting, I might check that out." The purpose of the next offering will be to change that opinion from "I might check that out" to "I'm definitely going to watch that." Even so, this trailer does a fantastic job of giving people a general idea of what the story is about, the concept of the One Power, and the epic nature of the story. I think they also did a superlative job of weaving in some major foreshadowing elements. Putting aside issues about the colors, or the details that we all love to nitpick this was a home run from a marketing perspective. The voiceover manages to explain the nature of the One Power in a way that's immediately understandable. There's a Power - women use it to protect the world. We learn that the power can be used to fight and to heal. We learn that there's some sort of organization of women who use the Power. And we learn that it's a battle of good vs. evil. There's a Dark One. There's a Last Battle and its imminent. There are some scary looking monsters. And they're after the good guys. That + visuals should be enough to pique the interest of people who are interested in this kind of thing. But I think it does a good deal more than that for those of us who are familiar with the source material and gives us many reasons to feel good about the care of the adaptation. These things show that Rafe understands the heart of the novels and is looking toward the future, planning for a long run. Here are some of the little subtleties. I love the way they cut Rosamund's voiceover, "the Wheel of time turns and ages come and pass" with images of Egwene entering, Rand smiling up at her, and Nynaeve's sad, knowing smile. Rosamund's voice even breaks just a touch on the word "pass", then it cuts to the wide imagery. It's so powerfully evocative of how Rand and Egwene's relationship is doomed to end as they leave their sheltered village into the huge world before them. It captures their bittersweet dynamic perfectly. The symbolism of Egwene rising from the multicolored pool just as Rosamund says "become Legends" is blatant to those of us who know the story, but it's powerful regardless. It also gives us a taste of the manner in which they are establishing expectations. The focus here is on Egwene - she appears 3 times in the first 20 seconds. A picture of her floating down the river (cut just after Rosamund saying "the Power inside you") is the establishing shot for the beginning of the explanation of the one power. This is a clear nod to the Aes Sedai training about surrendering to saidar and a clever way of evoking Jordan without pedantically recreating his scenes. In contrast Rand hardly appears at all, and one of the times he does it is with Egwene. This misdirection suggests a choice to lean away from Rand as the obvious Chosen One and harder into the modern trend of young female protagonists. It's a smart choice because it later allows for the subversion of expectations that made Game of Thrones so popular (provided the writing is clever enough) without having to revert to cheap devices like premature deaths. And it gives them the flexibility to play Rand's reveal at Tarwin's Gap in any number of different ways. The shot of Mat turning away from a man in a cage gives us a clever foretelling of Mat's encounter with the Finn while also nodding to Min's vision of an Aiel in a cage, then cuts to Hopper (presumably) and Perrin. The importance of that shot is obvious. But even here, there is more at work. Perrin's reaction - to back away cautiously but not in terror - is pitch perfect for his character. And they show smart restraint by not making Perrin's connection to the wolves obvious or showing us yellow eyes. The amazing cut from dancing, to a circle of bodies, to the top-down shot of the Hall once anchors the theme of life vs. death and the centrality of the Tower and gives us the "Wheel" imagery to go with Tam's gentle speech. We get Lan saying "the Dark One is coming for your friends" and then a Fade followed within a few seconds by a quick shot of Logain looking malevolent as he blasts out of captivity. It's another clever misdirection - and I think a hint that Logain will be portrayed as the primary adversary of Season One. (More evidence of this are the shots showing Lan protecting Nynaeve as Alanna stops arrows mid-flight and the shot of Nynaeve with her back to a tree mid battle.) I suspect they will put Nynaeve and Logain together earlier than in the books to establish a foundation for that relationship and may also decide to have the Reds gentle Logain upon his recapture. I guess the bottom line is that this works for me in every way possible. I'm really struggling to find much wrong that isn't simply nitpicking.
  2. Yesterday I started working on trying to figure out what is happening with filming (I still don't buy the notion that production was "shut down" on November 2). One of the things I looked at was Geeky Eri's very helpful videos about the early filming blocks. Something in her block 2 video stuck in my brain as being off, and it set me to speculating... Helena Westerman's casting as "Laila Aybara" was a bit of a bombshell. We've all been assuming that she is a wife or sister and many (myself included) speculated that they will kill her off on Winternight as a means of providing Perrin with additional motivation to leave the Two Rivers. I think that's a solid read. But if that's the case, why would Westerman be filming during Block 2? By episodes 3 and 4, Perrin will be long gone from the Two Rivers. Flashbacks are certainly a possibility, but why wouldn't those flashback scenes (which would undoubtedly use the Emond's Field set) just be shot during Block 1? One possibility is that Laila leaves with the rest of the main characters only to die somewhere on the road. But there is a second possibility... What if Laila Aybara is an Aes Sedai? Could the writers have created a White Tower/Aybara backstory that leads Perrin to leave the Two Rivers to seek out a relative who has gone to the Tower? If Eri is right (and she acknowledges that she's just guessing) Westerman was filming with other non- Two Rivers folk, perhaps in the Logain scenes. Just a little food for thought.
  3. One of the more intriguing aspects of the TV show is how broad of an audience Amazon will go for. I think the possibilities realistically range from TV-14 to TV-MA. TV-PG (the next 'lower' rating) calls for minimal violence, which I just don't think will work. The difference between these basically comes down to two things: nudity and gore. While TV-14 will have some blood and violence, TV-MA will have realistic violence and gore. TV-14 shows will have brief, "tasteful" nudity and implied sexual situations (think side boob and strategic placement of blankets during sex scenes) while TV-MA can include full frontal nudity and more graphic sexual depictions. Personally, I think the creators will head for the TV-MA rating. Violence and psychological terror are integral components of the plot. And, while Robert Jordan was not overly descriptive when it came to sex, the books do contain nudity and sex. Seeing that the trend is toward "Game of Thrones" type realism, I would be very surprised if the show went the other direction. What do y'all think?
  4. When goofing around with my own amateur adaptation, the Trakand clan always seems to present the most difficult problems. From when to introduce Elayne to whether to keep Morgase to how to eliminate Gawyn (kidding!), the Trakands always seem to present problems. Here are a few guesses about how things might play out for our favorite royal Andorans: Maria Doyle Kennedy is Morgase. [UPDATED] This is just a guess based on casting information that we have right now. Most speculation about Kennedy's role has focused on Siuan, Elaida, Verin, and even Cadsuane. I propose another possibility: Morgase Trakand. With Keira Chansa being cast as a young Siuan, Kennedy is likely not going to be Siuan. Verin is also an unlikely role as it seems doubtful to me that the Hunt for the Horn will leave from Fal Dara prior to Season 2. While Doyle-Kennedy would be excellent as Elaida, she would make an equally good Morgase with acting chops worth investing in over the long term. Morgase's story arc is underappreciated in my opinion - Doyle-Kennedy could really bring weight and depth to the character. [UPDATE] Maria Doyle Kennedy has been announced as Ila the Tinker. So if you're counting I'm 0-1 on my official predictions. Elayne Won't Appear in Season One First - no casting announcement. That's a fairly big clue. Unless Amazon is trying to hide a "big name", there would be no reason to keep this information secret. Second - like I've argued about Min in other posts - Elayne's introduction in the book, while memorable (it is one of my personal favorite scenes from the whole series), is too fleeting to be worth filming. And for pacing purposes, it makes more sense to have the focus be on Rand's encounters with Logain and Elaida. Third - keeping her introduction back will add some anticipation for season two. Egwene's arrival at the Tower is a perfect place to bring her into the story. Daryl McCormack is Gawyn (or Galad) (or Tallanvor) (or Galawynvor) There is some discussion of McCormack as Aram. That would make sense too. It would also make too much sense to get rid of or combine some of these characters. I personally loathe Gawyn and find him the least likable character in the series. Losing him entirely would make loads of sense. Galad's arc could remain the same. And as I mentioned earlier, I feel like the Morgase-Tallanvor-Lini-Lamgwin-Basil story line is underappreciated. McCormack seems like a great choice for either Galad or Tallanvor. What do y'all think?
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