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Another week on Banana Scoop.  What’ve we got cooked up this week huh?  Anything special?  As you all have heard, we do Maintenance Reports every other week, so since last week was a regular article, there’ll be a report this week telling you all about some new stuff we got coming along.  In addition to that, read on below to see what all the buzz is.

Star Wars Parody Songs

Star Wars will always be a pop culture homing beacon.  You can find anything popular today and I guarantee it’s been Star War-ized for parody in some universe.   Let’s just say we’ve got more than one music video scheduled this week.

A Dance With Dragons Book Review

995 pages, tiny ass text, and practically zero spacing later,  I’ve finally finished Dance with Dragons.  As I finished Dance with Dragons, I joined millions of other avid fans who await, await, await the sixth book.  This week will feature my review on the book [and possibly the Song of Ice and Fire series so far].  Until then, write George R. R. Martin, write!

The Creeper is Simply a Misunderstood Creature

You’re all familiar with my brush with Minecraft.  The game’s signature enemy has something deeper to it.  Maybe it doesn’t like the fact you’ve decided to stroll into his world and dig/cut/mine your way through his home.  Maybe sacrificing himself is the only way to truly get you to leave.  Maybe you’re actually the bad guy in this scenario.  Stay tuned to find out.

Katie Holmes is Still Attractive and Now Single!

So yeah, there’s been a very popular spit up between Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.  Which mean’s Katie Holmes is back on the market.  She’s always been the most adorable kind of cute and sexy and this week, we just might celebrate that 😉

American TV is the Best

This is just the truth.  We have the best dramas, best networks, and best comedies.  Find out why [in a satirical manner] later this week..

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This website is no stranger to awesome Game of Thrones parodies.  This is a video that is a sequel to a popular video from College Humor that rendered Game of Thrones season 1 into a 8-bit RPG game.  I had posted the video before and can be rewatched at the bottom of this page.  Like the first video, it makes fun of some of the absurdities of the season but drives in some rather good point in terms of what should’ve been represented versus what was.  You’ll have to watch to see for yourself, but there are some NSFW stuff, so be careful.

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Comic Con was a week or two ago, and a lot of awesome stuff was revealed and announced.  Amongst them was the casting announcement of several new characters to be featured in Game of Thrones Season 3 aka Storm of Swords.  I absolutely love seeing some of these characters come alive to see if they fit the version I created in my head.  Especially versus the how I originally was able to see them in season 1 before reading the books.  Seeing the dude from Narnia be Jojen is a pretty good nail on the head, as well as Bryndon Tully.  I was especially impressed with Melisandre and Davos Seaworthy casting, and I’m sure once the make up and costumes are on, I won’t be able to tell the difference at all.  It’s all very exciting.  As for an update with Dance with Dragons, I’m nearing the last 100 pages, a review is scheduled for next week!

Can’t believe we have to wait an entire year for season 3!!!

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Welcome to a Minecraftian pixelized version of Westeros, from the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Incredibly detailed stills in the album speak for themselves, almost perfectly representing their counterparts in the opening sequence quite well. The amount of depth and effort put into something like this must have been immense, so hopefully you enjoy both the server and the album that includes many pictures from the landscape.

Album: WesterosCraft Album
Server: WesterosCraft Server

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There are a lot of awesome slapping moments in television.  Definitely the most memorable in my head are the Chapelle Show’s Charlie Murphy vs. Rick James slaps and of course, Game of Thrones Joffrey slaps.  Warming Glow has compiled these and about 18 more photos of famous slapping scenes in television.  Be sure to check it out…that or watch Cersei slap the mess out of Joffrey here.  I can just sit here forever and watch that little sh!t get what’s coming to him.

Famous B!tch-Slaps

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Well talk about nerdcore.  Take Wiz Khalifa’s addictive beat from Black and Yellow and replace ‘You know what it is’ with ‘House Baratheon’, and you’ve got quite possibly one of the nerdiest things you could ever do with a song.  I’m not going to rat on these guys too much, because I personally think what they did was really awesome, clever, and neat, but if truth be told, they look EXACTLY like what people think of as ‘people who read the Song of Ice and Fire series’.  Regardless, I’m really hoping they come out with an entire album for all the houses and respective raps.  I’ll keep some tabs on this.

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There’s a lot of cool things that can be done with LEGO.  An ambitious child/man [lol who knows], decided to reenact [or rebuild in his {of maybe even her} case] the Game of Thrones opening with LEGO.  Unfortunately, the soundtrack is not exact, so I’ve included the original below so you can try and line up the soundtrack with the muted LEGO video.  It’s fairly awesome when you put them together.

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This collection of videos seems to be from the Game of Thrones DVD special features. It has a lot of neat background information that are sprinkled in the novels. For any avid fan of the HBO series but haven’t had time to read the books, let these videos burn up an hour of two of your reeducation. I’m serious, if you watch these videos and then go back and watch the series, I guarantee you that you’ll see and hear a lot of references you didn’t catch before.

If you’re interested in more, check out his entire playlist that practically includes ALL of the Game of Thrones DVD and Blue Ray Special Features.

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This lovely images portrays to heavyweights in the fantasy fiction genre and their stances on ‘killing off characters’.  In one corner we have J.K. Rowling who’s most famous for the Harry Potter series.  And in the other corner is George R.R. Martin, writer of the Song of Ice and Fire series.  For those who are familiar with both, you don’t really need me to understand the very hilarious joke here.

But to the interested, but uneducated in book culture.  J.K. Rowling is referencing her quote regarding how difficult it is to kill of some ‘major’ characters in her book series like, SPOILERS —————Snape, Sirius, etc. ————————END SPOILERS.  Then we have George R.R. Martin who gives a mocking look because the man LOVES killing off major [see how I don’t use quotes there] characters.

For the curious, I’m having trouble finishing Feast for Crows, I’m currently starting the Soiled Knight’s story arc which is about a third or more in.  It’s moving awfully slow compared to the very hectic and awesome Sword of Storms.  Does it get better?  I’m hoping so…

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About 2 months ago, I posted a Youtube compilation of Steve Buscemi and his onscreen deaths.  Let’s be honest the man has a lot of them.  But then I stumbled upon someone else who has quite a number of onscreen deaths.  The great Sean Bean, known for his usually evil portrayals, often have him dying at the hands of many protagonists [save a couple of key roles].  This fantastic compilation/tribute to his many deaths differ from Buscemi’s in one major way: it has heart.  Buscemi’s was a rough compilation that was jumpy between scenes and lacked flow.  This particular video is much more beautiful with it’s wonderful Dead Island Trailer soundtrack that matches perfectly with key moments.  Let’s all bow our heads for a moment to honor Bean’s knack of getting killed.  Also below, an equally fantastic and emotional trailer to a popular video game Dead Island is posted below.  It too makes use of the chilling soundtrack to deliver a powerful and heart wrenching message.  Obvious spoilers to Sean Bean movies

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It’s finally over.  For now.  Last night was the season 2 finale of Game of Thrones and boy was it amazing.  The episode itself was beautiful and the contrast of set pieces provided an amazing adventure as we traveled nearly all around Westeros wrapping up and cliff hanging every major player.  While some resolutions were met, other conflicts continue as we wrapped up the second season.  I’ve said this many times before, HBO’s Game of Thrones delivers the story it needs to very well, but many book readers like myself can do nothing else but compare George R.R. Martin’s masterful writing and execution.  While the show had an excellent representation of the show, there can’t be nothing else but a small sour taste when some of my favorite and most memorable scenes in the books were watered down here.  Read below to get the gist of what happened on the very busy episode of Game of Thrones.

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I feel like I’ve posted 5 of these Game of Thrones opening covers in the past 2 weeks, but I keep stumbling upon awesome new renditions of it.  This one doesn’t actually feature the actual title screen like the Simpsons or Stark Kids version I’ve featured before, but the beautiful violin work of Jason Yang and the awesome rock acoustic mixing of Roger Lima and the White Noise Lab.

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We love everything Game of Thrones related here on Bananafeed, so anytime another source of pop culture clashes with Game of Thrones, of course it will be posted.  Here we have another original rendition of the Simpsons opening that follows [but not too closely to avoid copyright clearly] the HBO series opening.

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Last week I was unable to do a Game of Thrones review due to finals week, but now that we’re back on regular schedule, this week’s Game of Thrones once again proves that there is never a dull moment as some of our characters are put on the hardest of trials.  This week mainly avoids the adventures of Davos Seaworthy and the Red Woman in preparation of what is likely the siege of King’s Landing they were talking about.  Instead there is heavy focus on Winterfell and North of Wall plot advancement along with some light dabbing of Dany, Ayra, and Tyrion.  Get my plot summary below.

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Reading the book, I seriously thought nothing would surprise me when it comes to this season of Game of Thrones.  I know all the plot twists, character actions, and stories, but last night literally had my hand over my face in shock and awe.  Game of Thrones continues to smash down TV etiquette barriers with some of the most grotesque and explicit material I’ve ever seen on TV.  Ranging from S&M to live births, things don’t get more crazy than last night.  Oh wait, they actually do.  With last episode, I’m sure we won’t stop hearing the end to how Game of Thrones has hit the fan, simply because it’s oh so delicious to talk about.

Overall, I feel as though the set up episodes have finally met their end, as characters are finally hitting the high points and settings of where their character climaxes will take place.  Everyone is positioned to where they’re supposed to be where some of the most exciting stuff will likely to begin.  Last week, we didn’t really get a glance at Dany and her dragons, and it seems the season is continuing the trend of leaving out major characters in favor of prolonging screen time to certain others.  It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t get a look at Dany, Catelyn or Robb, in favor for Theon, Bran, or Jon who were absent this episode.  So let’s dive into what may be Game of Thrones most controversial episode yet.

As usual spoilers only pertain to the episodes released so far.

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Betrayal, heterophobia, and traps were everywhere on this week’s episode of Game of Thrones.  All in all, it was another set up episode  where we’ve been left off on cliffhangers again with just about every character, some more exciting than others.  Tyrion proves his wit again, Dany’s dragons were no where to be seen again, Arya’s got sh!t for luck again, and Jon Snow continues to be punished for doing the morally right thing again.  That’s not saying that this series is getting stale or repetitive, but being a book reader, I can see the reasons why they’re making the characters do or say things in relation to how they’ll act later.  I’m just worried that non-book readers will be finding faults in this show that’s seemingly going no where.

I try and think back and I can’t think of how it could do any more set up than it already has.  Once again, I bid each and every non-book reader to pick up a notebook to jot down names of important people and keep your people in order before it gets even more confusing than it already has.  Or at least have another book reader by your side to clarify some key points, but make sure he’s not a d!ck, because he can easily spoil the entire series for you.  If you haven’t been taking notes/have a book friend, consider me your book friend, as I explain key scenes for you all.

**The double asterik is a remind throughout this summary to visit this passage.

I remind you again, the creators of this show do everything for a reason, so bear with it.  Scenes that are filled with nonsense drabble are actually relevant, so pay attention.  Every conversation, every action, while seemingly meaningless is worth paying attention to.  So bear with it now or else you’d be even more pissed down the road when things happen for no apparent reason.  You’d be wrong, because the creators tried to fit in the context, but you were too ignorant to see the set up in the first place.

And as always, obvious spoilers.

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From now on Sundays will have one more additional post, concerning what the Weekly Feature is.  The Weekly Feature is a new feature [redundancy] that I’ll be including in incorporate lost articles written months ago.  I know it’s Monday now, but I ran a little bit behind.    Anyways, the weekly features will have links within Banana Feed regarding past articles based on the theme.  This week’s theme is Game of Thrones in honor of Game of Thrones Week a couple of weeks ago.  I link you to the page here, or simply click the tab at the top of the screen.

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Read The North Remembers Review Here.

The second episode of Game of Thrones was aired yesterday.  Fortunately for me, I was able to write this article in advance thanks to a leaked Dutch version of the show that aired the following Monday of episode 1, I would usually follow up and share the link to you guys so that we all my enjoy it, but unfortunately it was taken down very soon after it was leaked.  It was truly a glorious day for me, and hopefully the Dutch have made the same oopsie daisy as they did last time by the time this post is published and I’m able to take a look at episode 3.

Episode two picked up immediately after where the one left off.  As a whole, the episodes are still following a ‘set up’ format, where nothing is actually happening, but a lot of cliff hangers and unfinished conversations are being dropped here and there.  As a man who’s read the books, I can see why they include every conversation they had, but if I had not read the books, it would feel like an overwhelming drabble that holds no significance to so far.  So I advise the non-readers to truly try and perk up their ears, and even have a pen and notepad to right down names so you may remember if/when they show up later.  Also, the show’s penchants for sex doubled this week, notably.  As usual, no book spoilers here people.  Or under penalty of Bruce the Ape’s wrath, I shall end you [or at least give you a very stern talking to.]

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HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 2 premiered a couple of nights ago, and in true fashion, I was there to watch.  Expect a review every week of my take on each episode.  I will write these articles with no intentions of spoiling events from the book.  However, I will use my knowledge of the book to possibly clarify plot holes that the series might be leaving out to compensate for the 700 page turner.

There are obvious spoilers for those who aren’t caught up with the show, but seeing as HBO released a public image of Sean Bean’s Ned Stark’s head on a pike, I guess, all bets are off when it comes to not spoiling season one.  The 2-5 minute catch up seemed to me to be a good way to waste 2-5 minutes because it could not being to encapsulate the amount of things that escalated from season 1.  All it served was a purpose to take out 2-5 minutes of additional actual show time.  Hopefully, we won’t be seeing recaps anymore.  More show less recaps.

But I suppose I’ll start with a recap for you all right now before I start getting into the show’s meat and bones.  Ned Stark was beheaded for finding a scandal between the Queen and her incestuous relationship with her brother.  In turn, the land Ned Stark ruled is up in arms for the unjust murder and his eldest son is bringing 20,000 soldiers to the capital to kill the the man responsible for his father’s death.  Meanwhile the other Stark children are scattered across the country each facing their own difficulties, one disguising herself as a boy, one being crippled, the other North in the wilderness, etc.  Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite character Tyrion Lannister, the non incestuous brother to the queen, returns to the capital to clean up the mess the Queen and her son, who is now King, has made.  That’s probably the best I can do without writing another novel about it.

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