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Nirvana In Fire: Episode 7

Ant attacks and lack of caffeine are just some of the challenges Meredith and Andrew overcome as they discuss Episode 7 of Nirvana In Fire! This episode there’s romantic tension, some *light* swearing (oh my!), the beginning of Law & Order: Prince Jing’s Unit, and CSI: Lang Ya Bang!

 

Bonus Episode #1: Meredith Merrily Mersplains

Our first bonus episode! Meredith shares some background on the book and TV Show Nirvana In Fire, as well as the difficulties in researching shows/authors/books that are entirely in Chinese…

 

Nirvana In Fire: Episode 6

Nirvana 6 is here! It’s…. a little slow until the end, to be honest. Meredith forgets Aaron Sorkin’s name, but there’s lots of talking while NOT walking, and Andrew shows off his understanding of the intricate plot and character relationships.  Bonus points if you catch the eunuch reference this episode!

 

Nirvana In Fire: Episode 5

Diving into episode 5! Meredith continues to Mersplain WAY too much to Andrew… meanwhile the day of the challenge is here! 3 kids vs. the Northern warrior BaiLi Qi! The plot against Ni Huang moves forward, and the Studio Bathroom sessions continue…

 

Nirvana In Fire: Episode 4

The story continues as Lin Shu makes a daring challenge to the warrior Baili Qi. A dangerous plot against Princess Ni Huang is discovered, and General Meng’s eyebrows become even more impressive! Join us as Meredith Mersplains the episode to Andrew and we speculate about the depths of Lin Shu’s plotting… Please rate and review us on iTunes, write to us at TeaCastNetwork@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter at @cast_tea!

 

Nirvana In Fire Episode 3

Check out our recap of Episode 3! The plots get plottier, the characters get charactier! The fun gets funner!  Join Meredith and Andrew as we discuss the Servant Boy, the status of Eunuchs, the Princess Ni Huang Marriage Tournament’s surprise participants, and of course, the ever-aloof man-of-too-many-aliases, Lin Shu as he furthers his plans to do…. something!

Nirvana In Fire: Episode 2

 

Meredith and Andrew’s recap of Episode 2 of Nirvana In Fire.  The Crown Prince and Prince Yu’s rivalry intensifies, Fei Liu makes a strong impression on the courtiers of Liang, and Lin Shu makes bold moves towards Princess Ni Huang.

Nirvana In Fire is a Chinese drama in a historical fantasy setting.  If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you’ll love the political intrigue and plots of Nirvana In Fire!

A Game of Anarchy

Is a game without rules still a game? Game of Thrones is largely about power in society: who really has it, how did they get it, and what do they do with it. Since Westeros apparently has no legal system whatsoever (I am saying that with slight sarcasm, but only a very small amount) I argue that there are no rules, and thus the “game” of politics there isn’t really a game at all. It’s just a bunch of people trying to out-blackmail each other while pretending that they aren’t. This isn’t a critique of the books or the television show, both of which I love, but merely a good lesson when it comes to real life. Anarchy does not lead to a prosperous society, and unacknowledged anarchy is even worse. After all, many characters seem surprised when their peaceful lives are interrupted by the wars of nobles and kings; many characters condemn the actions of other characters, but if you look at the Seven Kingdoms, it seems pretty clear that this is a world without a unified code of law, and without any way of holding those who break a law accountable (unless starting a war counts as a form of assigning responsibility). Consistency is important, that is why precedent is such a powerful influence on the legal system. Without consistency, the basic institutions of society wither faster than the joy at a Frey wedding.   Continue reading

Cersei Lannister’s Realist Point of View

There is no new episode of Game of Thrones this week, and since I’ve been re-reading the books I thought this would be a good time to start tackling the many, many conflicts in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and A Game of Thrones, the tv-show based on the books, A Game of Thrones. As long as you’ve read the first book or season the first season of the tv series, I won’t be spoiling anything.

Many people have pointed out the similarities between Realist Theory and the plot of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire (take a look at http://tinyurl.com/crzucmh). Where in the books/tv show specifically, do we see examples of Realist Theory? After reviewing Cersei’s thoughts  while re-reading the first book, I saw parallels between her worldview and Realist Theory’s description of human behavior. Realist Theory should not be confused as referring to a “realistic” view of the world. Like any theory, it has both strengths and weaknesses when it comes to explaining politics and human behavior. Just because Cersei appears to have come out…ahead… of Ned so far does not mean that her Realist worldview is a successful way to understand the world she lives in.

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