Take the plot, dialogue and style of a 30s crime-noir, with a hard-nosed detective, a femme fatale, drug lords and enigmatic informants, and transpose it all to a modern-day High School.
All the way through this screen version of Les Miserables, I felt like something was missing. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it quite enough. I just felt that something was off, not quite right. It wasn't until the film was over as I was leaving the theatre that I realised what it was.
This is it. A season of build up has led to this, the penultimate episode of Season 2. And it is epic.
There's so much going on in this episode. The title could refer to several of the protagonists.
Much like the Special Air Service during the London Iranian Embassy action (and the movie that followed, Who Dares Wins), the US Navy SEALs were fully exposed to the glare of publicity when they raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama Bin Laden. Now comes a film of the unit's exploits, but with a twist: it stars actual, active duty, Navy SEALs.
Theon returns to Winterfell, just not in the way anyone expects.
Each episode of Game of Thrones is topping the last, and this week the hammer goes down on plot as we get a resolution to the shadow baby plotline started last week.
Note: This article contains spoilers for Season 1 of Game of Thrones. Late last year the natural order of television entertainment was upset, turned over, rolled. For in the natural order, there is the hero who struggles against all the bad things in his world, suffers setbacks and battles difficulties, and eventually triumphs.
When you have a motley collection of strong characters and a plot involving world invasion, who else do you get to direct but Joss Whedon?
The pieces are moving on the chess board that is Game of Thrones, and it is Tyrion Lannister who is making the most moves.