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AxeyFabulous! “Two Swords” reviewed

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Better Nate than lever! Episode 2 of AxeyFabulous reviews “Two Swords”:

This and other harrowing tales after the cut.

So apparently life on the ol’ YouTube can be a bizarre and confounding experience.

Hidden amidst all the review shows and comedic-critical offerings (such as “Cinema Sins” or anything done by ComicbookGirl19) is a little-known legal clause that basically says: If you use any sort of copyrighted material, your video can be removed without notice.

(Which is weird, seeing how MANY freaking YouTube shows show scenes or use stills, etc.)

The HappyCool family has mandated no copyrighted material be used, lest they be subjected to YouTube’s dreaded “three strike” rule. That mandate put a crimp in this latest review, as I came eagerly to the home base in Van Nuys, CA, with a boatload of ideas–most of which included pictures of various actors and clips of specific scenes.

BZZZZZT. NO.

So… I changed some stuff and we winged it. I was able to sneak in a photoshop of that lovely Joffers statue, mostly on account of the fact that no one in their right mind would confuse my face with Jack Gleeson’s. But I found this little crimp in my plans slightly annoying.

(It’s one of those, “Well THEY’RE all getting away with it, why can’t WE??” situations.)

In future days, I hope to have the review of any given show up for the viewing public before the day prior to the very next episode. Live and learn.

I do enjoy that with every mistake I make, I can immediately scamper over to WiC and rail about it. It’s sort of a unique platform, as far as GoT review shows goes.

39 Comments

  • Nice catch with Dayne, Duncan, and potential dyslexia! Chronologygate!

    And one quick critique… The funk track is clipping heavy! The envelope filter of the wah gtr is a tough beast to tame…

  • Finally someone who liked the way they used “the bear and the maiden fair” after jamie loses his hand! :)

    i totally agree on new dario and the rest of your opinions. especially the ones about the soundtrack. please keep it a topic in your reviews. but on the “why would grey worm do that little contest”, i think its not that odd. he’s still quite young and and for at most a few months a “free man”. then there is this guy, who totally knows how to play your buttons, long before he knows. so yeah, it was a little odd, but ok and i think it showed a little, that dany wants daarios attention. she could have just left without them. since they are all “free to go” ;)

    anyways, i really liked this review. keep up the good work! :)

  • FaBrilliant!

    That Arya music just ends up becoming a new variation of the awesome Stark Victorious theme (last heard… a long time ago? :|)

  • Slightly concerned that I’ve already starting moving along to the weird little dancing bulb transition… thing

    One more thing to add to the ever growing list of fantastic things to look forward to in the weeks between episodes

    Love your comments on the music of the show, too few reviews even make mention of it. Although I have to disagree on Hold Steady’s Bear and the Maiden Fair. Even as a jarring jump from the hand severing it pulled me out of the setting far too much to appreciate (I might be biased though, the copy I had to originally watch the scene began the music 15 seconds before the cleaver came down)

  • Hey , great to see your face ! You’re a little bit mad , but I like that! Ha ha! Great job , keep ’em coming :D

  • FaBio – I too am obsessed with the music and drive my family crazy by constantly blasting S1, 2 & 3 soundtrack in the car. don’t know if you noticed that when Arya picks up Needle, we get the Bravos music which then blends over to the Stark music when Ary/Hound are riding into the very messed up landscape & then moves into GoT theme for close. So good!

    One question that has been driving me crazy since last year – is there a translation anywhere for the Mysha song? Lots of Valyrian there … Thanks for your spin on things and keep up the good work!

  • This was good, FaB. Liked the style, liked the humor. Cutaway humor is the best.

    I didn’t really pay attention to the Dorne race controversy. Would say my two cents but I think I would be just as likely to say something new or interesting about it as about nudity, GRRM’s writing speed, or why the PW is happening in episode 10 of Season 3.

  • Does this mean no more reviews by Simone Boyce?
    With al due respect for AxeFab but (as we say in the Netherlands) the eye wants something too!

  • Great job, Mr. FaB! I, too, was disturbed by the Grey Worm scene, but not overly. Chalking it up to adaptation. They must be going somewhere with it. Also keep pointing out cool musical moments so that I can catch stuff on rewatch. I did notice the lovely Arya theme-blending at the end. Gave me chills.

    Looking forward to next week’s installment!

  • Great morning laugh! Loved the Monty Python reference. I found the scene with Daario and Grey Worm playing with their swords silly…because…you know…they really only have one sword between them. Awkward!

    Please do carry on! Joey!

    Beware of the bridge troll who asks….”What is your favorite color?”
    :)

  • FaB, you’re the best. Great to see your face. Nice Olenna impression :-) looking forward to the next one.

  • A fine debut, FaB! Cutaway comedy is a subtler art than some expect. A great example is JeremyJahns on YouTube, who also makes minimal use of the media he uses. He’s a great reference. I highly recommend giving him a watch just to see how he uses what’s available to him to maximize the impact of his reviews.

  • That Dario got Greyworm to do the strong man constest, I think, just speaks to the charm of Dario. It would be out of character for Greyworm, but think that Dario charmed him into it somehow.

    Sort of
    D: “Don’t you think the strongest of us should be riding up front.”
    G: “That is why I am there.”
    D: “Well I beg to differ.”
    G: “I admit you fight well. But my place is by her side.”
    D: “How about a feat of strength to determine who rides there”

  • Patchy Face,

    David Peterson (aka the guy who created the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for the show) addressed this topic on his review for the episode. This is what he said:

    Oh, and a note since folks have asked, the lyric in that final chant was based on the last speech Dany gives, but was altered for the choir. I don’t think you can necessarily recover any of the text at this point. I haven’t checked, though. I didn’t write it and wasn’t involved with it.

    http://www.dothraki.com/2013/06/mhysa/

  • Patchy Face:
    Don’t know if you noticed that when Arya picks up Needle, we get the Bravos music which then blends over to the Stark music when Ary/Hound are riding into the very messed up landscape, then moves into GoT theme for close. So good!

    One question that has been driving me crazy since last year – is there a translation anywhere for the Mysha song?Lots of Valyrian there …Thanks for your spin on things and keep up the good work!

    I recognized the Stark theme but did not notice the Braavos music! Great detail!

    Seriano answered your Valyrian lyrics question quite ably.

    Rene:
    Does this mean no more reviews by Simone Boyce?
    With al due respect for AxeFab but (as we say in the Netherlands) the eye wants something too!

    Pfft. I’m WAY prettier than Simone.

    … What.

    KG:
    He is trying way too hard.

    As me ole pappy used to say, “If you’re not trying, you’re not cheating.”

    Wait, no…

  • Turncloak,

    OT: Sometime between Aug and Nov last year, when they started announcing that Styr would be cast, you and I had a discussion regarding the Tormund and Styr switcheroo (I can’t go back thru the archives anymore). In summary, I was wondering if Tormund would suffer the same fate as Styr did in the books and show Styr would carry on north of the wall. But you stated that Styr would probably climb the wall separately and meet up with Tormund & Co south of the wall.

    …which is exactly what happened. Damn good prediction, ser. :)

  • When I was watching I thought the book was in alphabetical order. Duncan doesn’t have a last name, so it’s just Duncan, and that comes after Dayne. Bryan Cogman did acknowledge on twitter that the page mistakenly claims Dayne is of “House Starfall”.