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Screener Squad: Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon Series Review


In 2019, Winter came in like a wrecking ball and left with a whimper. Ice King’s melted, bastards were battled, and democracy for the elite had come to Westeros. 200 years before, an internal succession war waged on with in the halls of the house Targaryen. House of the Dragon is a Game of Thrones prequel based on the novel Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin and created for tv by Ryan Condal. King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) has declared his daughter the Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock/Emma D’arcy) next in line and the lords and lady’s of the realm protest this progressive decree. The hand of the king Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) persuades his young daughter Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey/Olivia Cooke) to befriend the king in his time of need so the needs of their own house can be cemented in greatness. Meanwhile the king’s brother Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) looks for the path of most resistance and violence to prove his worth a future king. Over the course of 21 years sensible advice will be ignored, cloaks will be worn while brandishing daggers, and men of power will offer their daughters as means to birth a male heir in the patriarchal world of Westeros. Bradly holds court with Eliot, Neil, and Melina as they discuss the impact on pop culture this return of Game of Thrones has, the effective story telling of the time jump, and marvel at the magnificence of the many types of dragons in the world of Westeros.


CREATED BY: Ryan Condal and George R.R. Martin

STARRING: Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Milly Alcock, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, Olivia Cooke, Emily Carey, Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Jefferson Hall, Leo Hart, Tom Glynn-Carney, Ty Tennant, Ewan Mitchell, Leo Ashton, Bethany Antonia, Shani Smethurst, Phoebe Campbell, Eva Ossei-Gerning, Phia Saban, Evie Allen. Gavin Spokes, David Horovitch, Bill Paterson, Steffan Rhodri, John Macmillan, Theo Nate, Matthew Carver, Nanna Blondell, Savannah Steyn, Nova Foueillis-Mosé, Elliott Tittensor, Luke Tittensor, Anthony Flanagan, Max Wrottesley, Ryan Corr, Wil Johnson, Kurt Egyiawan, Eliot Grihault, Harvey Sadler, Paul Kennedy, Alexis Raben, Paul Hickey, Phil Daniels




Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.



” width=Eliot Nelson (Screener Squad, Staff Writer)

Soaked in the soggy rains of Seattle, Eliot developed a love of sci-fi, movies, cartoons, heavy metal, and all of geekdom. Pursuing his passion for the written word, he got his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has since worked exclusively in the foodservice industry, like any liberal arts major worth their salt. Eliot wiles away the hours listening to movie reviews, writing his epic sci-fi novel, and consuming as much media as possible. His favorite movies include The Lord of the Rings, City of God, Dawn of the Dead, and Groundhog Day. When not rambling to himself about the ineptness of entertainment executives, Eliot posts infrequently on Twitter and squawks regularly on his podcast The Debasement Tapes.



Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)

I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.




Melina Eames (Screener Squad)

Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.



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