Dragon House review: Narrow Sea King (Episode 4)

Dragon House He continues his way forward through season one with a fourth episode which is a marginal touch better than the previous three. There’s a bit more to unpack after this episode, and this is the first time the show has finally made some meaningful actual plot points. Where it goes from here remains to be seen.

Princess Rinera considering marriage on House of the Dragon, HBO

Princess Rinera considering marriage on House of the Dragon, HBO

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There’s no point in speculating about all the good and bad in past episodes, as the same formula still works. However, this time around, there is a bit more flesh on the bone, and it will cause some important repercussions for the kingdom as the story progresses. He achieves this by dragging the viewer into a crooked tunnel of sexual immorality and incestuous behavior that would have been better left tangible than demonstrated.

however, “King of the Narrow Sea” He somehow manages to avoid the trappings of perverse tickling in an attempt to craft a game-changing narrative that turns the status quo on its head. This is the best thing that could happen to the show since its debut a few weeks ago.

Daemon Targaryen returns to King's Landing in House of the Dragon, HBO

Daemon Targaryen returns to King’s Landing in House of the Dragon, HBO

The story largely focuses on Princess Rhaenyra and her complicated relationship with her uncle Daemon Targaryen, who returns to King’s Landing to award his brother, King Viserys, the prize for victory over the Crabfeeder. He did so with a somewhat disguised display of humility, and for a brief moment, it seemed that all was well with the world.

That is, until viewers remember that the Devil struck the living spit of a messenger from King’s Landing in the final episode. Here, Daemon seems clear and complicit, and it is difficult to determine the winner of the battle.

Damon and Rinera in House of Dragons, HBO

Damon and Rinera in House of Dragons, HBO

A problem arises when Daemon convinces Rhaenyra to leave the castle, stay with him and enter the city streets below in disguise. He took her to several places in an effort to get her to understand general feelings towards the ruling class, including their feelings about her as a future leader.

He then takes advantage of Reinera’s frustration with the duties associated with her royal lineage by taking her to the Pleasure House, where he sets her motions. It’s a totally uncomfortable sight, especially considering how exciting Rhinera is. However, before intercourse occurs, the frustrated demon stops its progression for unknown reasons.

Princess Rinera kisses Sir Creston Cole at House of Dragons, HBO

Princess Rinera kisses Sir Creston Cole at House of Dragons, HBO

A frustrated Rhaenyra decides to search for a surrogate sexual partner as a reluctant Ser Criston Cole, in violation of his oath of service. This sexual connection goes unnoticed, while her initial fear with Daemon becomes known to Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King.

Otto Hightower brings the unfortunate news to King Viserys at House of the Dragon, HBO

Otto Hightower brings the unfortunate news to King Viserys at House of the Dragon, HBO

When Hightower relays the news to King Viserys, it drives an instant wedge between the two. Viserys confronts Daemon for the truth, and it is revealed that the latter wishes to marry Rhaenyra, which hints at the Targaryen’s penchant for incestuous arrangements to maintain power within the house.

The good

If there is one thing that can be said about him “King of the Narrow Sea” is that the pace is finally starting to pick up. There are no major battles or action sequences to speak of, but rather a hidden undercurrent of strained political relations that are strained under the rule of a king who does not seem to keep his house in order.

King Viserys threatens his brother Daemon at the Dragon House, HBO

King Viserys threatens his brother Daemon at the Dragon House, HBO

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For the first time, there’s actual risk involved in the story, and it makes for a fun read. Everyone in the episode screws up in a big way, from Rhinera who nearly ditched her virtue for her biological uncle, to Damon’s once again anti-king, and of course Otto Hightour’s big gamble, which backfired in a disastrous way.

It’s time to pull the rug out from under the characters and the big show. The elements needed to craft a compelling story are in place now, but the schedule isn’t set yet. For now, credit is where credit is due, even if the road to getting there is paved with monotonous and creepy creative decisions.

Queen Aliscent and Princess Rainera mend their friendship at House of the Dragon, HBO

Queen Aliscent and Princess Rainera mend their friendship at House of the Dragon, HBO

The feminist narrative has made a comeback too, but quite frankly, it doesn’t feel all that exploitative. Princess Rainera makes a number of persuasive and honest statements regarding the double standards between male and female rulers in antiquity, none of which can be argued. While the actors made clear their feelings about this, the show largely stuck to a simple fact.

Rhinera reads an inscription on an ancient cipher at House of the Dragon, HBO

Rhinera reads an inscription on an ancient cipher at House of the Dragon, HBO

As such, the feminist train wreck wasn’t nearly what fans expected. Clearly, Rainera doesn’t enjoy the marital expectations placed on her, which isn’t entirely surprising. It’s doubtful that many girls in her position down through real world history enjoyed it too.

bad

Dragon House So far I’ve stayed away from the rampant sexual content of the previous series, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. However, there is a distinct difference between watching cute elites indulge in their porn fantasies in a pleasure house, and watching an uncle and little niece standing apart from their horizontal mambo.

Rhinera and Sir Kriston Cole in House of the Dragon, HBO

Rhinera and Sir Kriston Cole in House of the Dragon, HBO

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The sexual content of this episode lasts for an uncomfortable amount of time, and although Rhaenyra’s sex play with Criston Cole is somewhat tender and gentle, it’s clear that the former’s intentions are hugely selfish and irresponsible. Perhaps that was the point – to show that Reinera is increasingly getting sick and tired of being used as a political footballer.

Queen Alicent confronts Princess Rhaenyra at House of the Dragon, HBO

Queen Alicent confronts Princess Rhaenyra at House of the Dragon, HBO

The story still moves slower than expected, and again, it’s because there were no interlocking stories that helped keep the Game of thrones Sensation of liveliness and narrative. This is one plot line that rarely steps outside its front door, which means the monotony remains constant. If the entire season continues down this path, it’s hard to see him retain viewers for the long haul.

conclusion

“King of the Narrow Sea” It is a step up from the previous Dragon House Episodes, and that’s fine, but he needs to go further, push harder, and achieve real hits in the tradition of soap operas. The blurring of the main narrative is hard to bear, but the clever themes that underscore the events of this episode are powerful.

With Otto Hightower’s fall from grace, the stage is now set for the backstabbing that will inevitably lead to full-scale conflict. However, in order to stand on its own two feet, Dragon House He needs to finally admit that he doesn’t have any White Walker, Three-Eyed Crow, or Avenging Dragon Queens jumping on the continent to hide the story.

Otto Hightower suffers from stigma in House of the Dragon, HBO

Otto Hightower suffers from stigma in House of the Dragon, HBO

This means taking the fight outside to the various lands of Westeros, and allowing the show to expand its chest, rather than restricting the plot to a narrative corset. This fourth episode is a step in the right direction, but it is more like the Federal Reserve gradually raising interest rates in small increments to combat inflation, rather than doing what needs to be done.

Next: House of the Dragon: “Second of His Name” review (Episode 3)

Dragon House review: Narrow Sea King (Episode 4)

PROS

  • The tense subplot gives the show the kick in the ass it needs
  • Matt Smith continues to appear as Daemon Targaryen
  • The stage is set for the real conflict to finally erupt

Negatives

  • The show is still hampered by one plot
  • Same reluctance to leave King’s Landing
  • A creepy incest plot

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Reader Rating:14 votes)

6.5

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