Incest jests are the best

So much joy of watching House of the Dragon is derived from consuming post-show discussions and reactions. Reading tweets or memes about the unavoidable and uncomfortable viewer acceptance and rooting for Daemon and Rhaenyra’s relationship; hating on Alicent (worst ex-best friend ever) and Ser Criston (worst ex-one night stand ever); and name-calling Otto Hightower “Middle Finger” has been so fun.

It’s so awesome to hear the theme song blast on the living room TV every Monday night when we’ve rushed the kids to bed and savour 60 minutes or so of TV magic. 3 more episodes left and can’t wait!

On the other end of the spectrum is Rings of Power. I quit after episode 3.

Yes, it has a bigger budget and it is gorgeous on screen, but several sins were committed.

First, I can’t believe they cast the actress who played one of Barney’s most annoying ex-girlfriends on How I Met Your Mother as a major romantic character. It is so distracting! I still have residual annoyance whenever I look at her on screen. So kudos to Nazanin Boniadi for making an unforgettable Nora, but Bronwyn became a character I just don’t feel for. It’s also annoying that Bronwyn’s costume looks completely out of place because it’s the only sexy one?

Second, Rings of power is über slow and the show runners did a slow motion horse ride with Galadriel’s face in close up? It was like Ang Lee had directed the show. This was the final straw for me.

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