The Dresden Files – Here There Be Dragons

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47 Comments on "The Dresden Files – Here There Be Dragons"

Sartos
Guest

The intro version of ‘Over the hills and far away’ gets me every time, it’s so good 🙂

Megalodon
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Yeeaahhh. This show: The Dresden Files books = The Last Airbender movie: AtLA the show. It’s baffling, weak, and insulting.

Stargazer86
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Pretty much. I’m a recent fan of the books and was surprised to discover that there had been a TV show too. So I went to have a look and found myself rather disappointed. Sure, you have to adapt to a new medium, but there IS such a thing as a bad adaptation and this is one of them. Not Last Airbender bad but certainly mediocre.

tipulsar85
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Fun Fact: They were also trying to avoid parallels to DC’s Constantine film when writing the script for adapting Storm Front. Considering that it was meant to be a Film budget first, or a least 90 minutes runtime for a TV pilot, yeah this show got screwed.

TragicGuineaPig
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VidMe is being downright ridiculous tonight. I’ve already tried three times to watch this, and I still can’t get it to play more than 2 seconds before it craps out again.

Adaptation: Where’s that The Dom guy?

Okay, seriously, GET A BETTER VIDEO PLAYER THAN VIDME! This thing combines all the annoyances of Blip, DailyMotion, and Springboard all in one!

CaeliaDiMekio
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The Dom was somewhere between Westeros and Middle Earth at the time, I believe.

JohnnyElRojo
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Oh, so he was traveling through Redania and Temeria, then.

halfsasquatch
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Big fan of the books never saw the tv show because I was afraid it was just going to disappoint.

RavenStromdans
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That’s probably for the best. You really have to be able to put your expectations aside and accept a huge host of changes to buy into the tv show after reading the books, at least in my opinion…and that’s coming from someone who enjoyed the show.

Carewolf
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If you compare it to the books yes. Otherwise it is a fine show. Not an awesome one, but decent. It is just underwhelming.

halfsasquatch
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My gods/ess Jim Butcher also watches NC?

Sledgomatic
Guest

Jim Butcher is Mr. Pop Culture. Of course he’s watched Nostalgia Critic.

Rocketboy1313
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I never read the books and liked the show when I saw it back in the day. It was fine, and I think people are too hard on it.

RavenStromdans
Guest
I have much the same attitude; without the books to compare it to, the Dresden Files show isn’t bad and I was disappointed when the show ended without getting picked up for a second season, which is why I turned to the books to get my Dresden fix after that. Once I’d read the books, I could understand why people were so disappointed in how the TV show turned out; I still find it a bit hyperbolic that people will call the show a travesty, as though it slights the books in some way. Like NC said…you don’t have to… Read more »
Chicken Puppet
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Nah…the problem is that it could have been it’s own thing and it would have been fine. I’ve read the entire Dresden series…and it’s a big ball of “What could have been.”

It’s a disappointment, like the Hobbit movies after seeing what Jackson was capable with the LOTR trilogy, or The Dark Tower being mediocre after knowing how great the novels are.

halfsasquatch
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@17:04 I second Nash 😉

Legal_Assassin
Guest

Aww, no mention of the zombie T-Rex.

TragicGuineaPig
Guest

You mean Rob is both a Zombie AND a Dinosaur now?

EDIT: HA! Rob Zombie Dinosaur!

Legal_Assassin
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No, I mean from the books. There’s a point where Harry reanimates Sue the dinosaur and rides her through Chicago to the big climatic battle. Considering the Critic’s running Motherfucking T-Rex joke, I’m surprised Nash didn’t mention it.

NuraMike
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Is there a term for Nerd-Rage Cockblock?

Rus
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Vidme is so broke, it’s not even funny….can’t watch….

RavenStromdans
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I’m probably in the minority here in that I watched the show before I ever started reading the books; in fact, it was the show that inspired me to read the books and ultimately I like both versions of Dresden files, although I admit I enjoy the books a lot more than the I did the show, even when I originally watched it. There’s plenty of stuff I liked about the show: Paul Blackthorne’s more noir-detective take on Dresden, with really only hints of magic here and there; Terrance Mann as Bob was honestly a delight; and I even liked… Read more »
Rus
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Seriously….

Mikeythies
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I’ll agree changing things for adaptation purposes is fine. Especially in a low budget show like this but there is changing shit for the sake of changing shit. The hockey stick and drum stick thing is a pointless change and the beetle thing is a pointless change. This show is jam packed with crap like this.

My favorite is that the actress playing harry’s GF would have been fine as Karin Murphy and the actress playing Murph would have been fine playing Susan. Just weird decisions like that annoy me.

Chicken Puppet
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My contention is that after a certain point, why bother “adapting” and not just make an original show that does what you want it to do?

neytari
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Because an original show doesn’t already have name recognition. It’s sleazy.

Chicken Puppet
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Good point.

PontyMython
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I think I’m in the minority in that I don’t mind the tv series so much, at least not what I’ve seen of it, despite having also read the books. I think its alright for the most part and can stand the changes…but the one with Susan and Karin baffles me too. You decide to make the dark haired Latino woman blonde and white and the blonde white woman into the token minority of the series…what? Did someone get the character profiles swapped round?

Talvrae
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Big fan of the books too

Chicken Puppet
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It’s kind of sad, the timing is all wrong for this adaptation.
Since the show aired in 2007, TV has changed a great deal.

Now, we’ve seen Television can support series like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Preacher, American Gods, Orphan Black, and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

Perhaps someone wanting to make a serious, big budget faithful adaptation will negotiate something with Jim Butcher?

neytari
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The pretty great “Constantine” show didn’t do well, though. It’s still not a sure thing 🙁

The Mysterious M
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I didn’t know how much I wanted this team up until it actually happened.

Also that 16-bit version of Mystery Skulls’ “Magic.” More of that please

Tanith
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The show was awesome…………until you read the books, which are waaaaay better, holy shite Jim Butcher is a fan of nostalgia critic! O_O

JohnnyElRojo
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Are you sure Jim Butcher is gonna get to see this? At least quote him in a tweet to make sure.

JohnnyElRojo
Guest

Oh, so Conan the Barbarin less succesful brother goes next? Sweet!
I didn’t even knew they made a movie about him.

StormWolf
Guest

Wow, I had no idea that Syfy pulled a Firefly on poor Dresden Files. Also, I actually kind of liked the show. I know it could have been much better, but actually I stopped reading the books around book 4, though not through any fault of the plot or anything, but I have discovered a loathing for books written in the first person. Harry dives so far into navel-gazing and being mentally shitty to the people around him that I start wishing that the books gave us some other character’s perspective so I could get away from Harry’s ridiculous self-pitying.

Fran Ohmsford
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The big problem with Hollywood {and TV} constantly ripping apart source material when adapting it is that those of us who were/are fans of said source material were waiting patiently {sometimes for decades} for that adaptation and we know it may be decades more before we get another – I was 10 when I first read Elfstones of Shannara for instance, I was 39 when I watched MTV Butcher what I still consider the greatest book ever written! And don’t tell me it doesn’t matter for Comicbook Movies either – Comicbook fans all want the perfect adaptation of their perfect… Read more »
Alec_Draven
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Having watched the show, I get more of an “Angel” feel from it than a “Supernatural” one.

Maybe that’s just me.

Catalyst75
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Oy, the way Nash described the broadcast issues reminds me of what plagues “Crusade”, the Babylon 5 spin-off.

TheNamesRecoome
Guest

Nash is infinitely a better speaker and jokesmith when takes are involved. Well done.

neytari
Guest

I think Nash is at his best when he’s working off someone else.

TheNamesRecoome
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Quite agree. Takes+partner=Better Nash.

Carewolf
Guest

Yay, Nash is back..

And yes, the biggest sin the TV show committed was being mediocre.

Legal_Assassin
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Mediocrity is a terrible thing.

Tactlesscat
Guest

Holy shit how long ago was this filmed?

Dechha1981
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I disagree with the critic. When you watch/read something and think “This would make a pretty good movie” THAT is what you want to see. You don’t want to see how they’ll tone down the violence, you want to see THAT. You don’t want to see how they’ll get around the sex scene, you want to see THAT. You don’t want to see what shortcuts they’ll use to get around showing the monster to save money, you want to see THAT. Yes yes changes in adaptions are necesary and unavoidable, but generally, the more seriously the director takes the source… Read more »
Nova25
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Why is the screen SOOOOOOO white ? Light wasn’t adjusted ‘before’ filming ?

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