Monthly Archives: July 2012

Well, tonight’s game-changing episode of True Blood certainly delivered! I wasn’t expecting such an intense hour, especially with the shocking death of Roman during the episode’s final moments. ‘Hopeless’ starts where we last left off, with Alcide being dragged away by a werewolf (We learn later that the wolf is JD). Sookie runs after him and Bill follows, but he and Eric are ambushed by two werewolves. With no one watching Sookie, Russel rushes over to corner her. Sookie uses her powers to fend off Edgington, but the Authority “SWAT” team shows up to take Russel in. Bill and Eric are given orders to glamour the two “humans” that were present during the capture. We all know Sookie cannot be glamoured, but Eric successfully erases Alcide’s memory of this night (I was confused because I was under the impression all supernaturals could not be glamoured). Bill pretends to glamour Sookie but with a message: she needed to forget about Bill & Eric so she can live life like a normal human. Bill’s “glamour speech” was basically his goodbye to Sookie incase he and Eric met the “True Death”.

Alcide was confused more than ever while driving Sookie home. Bill and Eric had been taken back to the Authority’s headquarters with the hopes that their lives would be spared for bringing in Russel alive. Alcide woke up in Sookie’s bed the next morning with the thought that he and her finally had sex. He unfortunately found out that the two did not hook-up. Sookie had a horrible hangover and helped him remember the previous night’s events. Alcide was not too pleased at Bill and Eric once he truly remembered everything. He recalled fighting off JD (the new master of the Shreveport pack) and left in a temper. Sookie showed up at work gossiping with her co-workers about how much trouble men cause. Jason made a surprise visit and informed Sookie what Hadley told him about their parents, who supposedly died from the hands of a vampire. The siblings drove over to visit the field where the faery night club was located. It took them a while to find the entrance but they successfully entered it. Sookie confronted Hadley about the death of her parents and is introduced to Claude, who is the brother of Claudine. When Claude begins to explain the story of how Sookie’s parents were killed, Sookie doesn’t believe him and tries to use her “microwave fingers” to shut him up. But her powers were not working, so Sookie was attacked by other faeries in the night club.

Bill and Eric were welcomed by the other Authority members for bringing Russel in and they celebrated their victory. Salome told the duo that Russel was silvered and being interrogated for clues about the other Sanguinistas. Roman came in and told everyone that Russel would be executed tonight. Eric asked to speak to Nora, but spilled the beans about her being his sister in the process. Roman gave Eric permission so he set off to find Nora. Nora did not acknowldge him at first but Salome passed by with news of the execution that night. Russel, wearing an iStake, is brought in and back talks Roman by insulting Lilith. Just as Roman activates Russel’s iStake, it malfunctions somehow (I’m guessing Salome must’ve tampered with it) and Russel takes the opportunity to stake Roman. We didn’t exactly see Roman drop to the floor as guts and blood, but his face did kind of “melt” and turn gooey. Plus, there was blood splattered all over Russel’s face so I’m guessing Roman met his end. It’s weird too, I figured Meloni’s character would’ve been around on True Blood a little longer, but it was a welcomed surprise.

Rewinding back a little bit, Tara and Jessica were still fighting. Although the fight was stopped short, it seemed that Tara won the brawl. Pam had dragged her back into the office and gave her the whole “don’t do that again/you were pretty awesome” spiel. Jessica sulked in a booth and was soon accompanied by Hoyt, who still thinks Jessica loves him. Sorry Hoyt, but even Jessica is sick of you and your boring storyline. Jess lays down the truth for the lost boy and leaves. Sam and Luna were taken to a hospital to recover that night’s injuries. Emma (she found her way to her Grandmother’s in wolf form) enters her mother’s room, followed by her grandmother. Luna gives Martha permission to watch over Emma due to the lingering supe-killers that were prowling about. Sam is confronted by Andy for a statement about what happened. Sam wants to help find who shot him but it takes awhile for Andy to agree. They visit the vampire-hating store and find out that the clerk, Junior, is selling wooden bullets with silver core. Realizing he might get arrested, Junior pulls out a gun to shoot Andy but Sam is too quick, and kills the store clerk with a crossbow. Sorry if it sounds like I rushed all of that. I’m just so bored with the action that’s NOT happening with those plots.

Transitioning into another boring plot, Lafayette visited his mother, who informs him that Jesus needs help. Lafayette agrees with Ruby Jean that he needs to confront Jesus’s grandfather. Terry and Patrick head back to Bon Temps, and Terry warns Arlene that he cannot be with her anymore. Arlene will die if she sticks around with Terry, but she thinks Terry has gone off his meds (which I hope is the case and he just imagined all this “Ifrit” crap. Case solved!). Arlene kept on insisting Terry to seek a rehab center. But Terry tells her he needs to leave, and he does.

I really liked this episode and probably would’ve loved it more if I didn’t have to endure Terry’s storyline. I’m sorry, but I just can’t find any interest in his character. He needs to go back to his season 1 roots: BEING CRAZY AND WEIRD WHILE COOKING FOOD. Oh well, I love the show and always will. I kind of hope Roman is saved before meeting the “True Death”. It’d be sad to introduce such a great actor and then kill him six episodes in. I can’t wait til next week! I love where the faerie story is going. Will Russel escape and reveal who released him? Is Lilith real and will Nora just die already? And are we going to find out the truth about Sookie and Jason’s parents? We’ll have to wait til Sunday to find out! SEE YOU TRUEBIES THEN!

Let's Boot n Rally

Jessica spotting the newly turned vampire, Tara.

Wow, how fast did that hour fly by?! Very quickly seeing as True Blood cheated us another 10 minutes. And we JUST found Russel too! Not cool True Blood, not cool. We pick up where we left off last Sunday, with Sookie and Alcide basically having sex but with clothes on. If only Sookie wasn’t drunk, Alcide wouldn’t have to wait (again) to have Sookie in bed. She ended up puking on his shoes as they were close to actual intercourse. And if that didn’t make things worse, Bill and Eric were by the door. “Alcide, you sure know how to treat a lady.” Eric always has the wittiest comments. Like every drop in, the vampire duo greets Sookie with some pretty bad news: Russel is on the loose and will be after her once he re-cooperates. After a few barks and complaints, the “Scooby Gang” set forth to find Russel! But first they had to stop and pick up Alcide’s boss, Doug. Sookie probed his brain for clues as to who dug up Russel. As most viewers guessed correctly, we were influenced to believe Nora was the one taking Russel into hiding.

The gang showed up at an abandoned hospital, but not before Bill and Eric were informed that their iStakes had been activated to go off at dawn if Russel was not found by then. The gang explored every room and corridor to find Russel. Bumping into dead bodies seemed to phase no one except the only normal person there, Doug. Although he was whimpering like a scared child every three seconds, you still felt bad for him. Once the group discovered a bunch of hooked bodies waiting to be fed to Russel, Doug told the foursome he’d stay behind while they ventured down the hallway. With the dramatic voice over and music playing, the gang walked in on a weak Russel lying in a hospital bed. Just as Eric gave his last words to Russel, “We came to finish what we started.” Russel fired back with: “Give it your best shot.” And then BAM! Alcide dropped to the floor. We’ll have to wait til next week to found out what happened but I’m sure Alcide will be fine. Main characters never seem to die on this show..

With the other (non)related storylines, Tara seems to have found her calling: Becoming a vampire bartender. She had a nice scene where she didn’t whine for once! Jessica and Tara seemed to bond over the fact that being a vampire is simply, awesome! It was really refreshing to see Tara happy. But (there’s always that “but”) Hoyt ran into Tara as she was smoking a cigarette with her new vampire abilities. Hoyt wanted Tara to feed from her, and she did. As Jessica was feeding on a girl in one bathroom stall, Tara was in the next feeding off of Hoyt. Jessica did not take too kindly to this and started an awesome vampire girl-fight. Back in Bon Temps, Lafayette was dealing with being an evil brujo. He woke up to find the head of his ex-boyfriend on his coffee table. Jesus had his mouth sewn together and was mumbling something. Just as that scene ended, Ruby Jean saw the same thing on her nightstand. Her reaction to Jesus was hilarious. It was just so random and unexpected that it made me laugh-out-loud.

Sam’s story finally got interesting with his two fellow shifters who were found shot while eating dinner. Andy and Jason showed up to the scene after a wild night with no recollection of returning home after being “blasted” by those faeries. Sam assumed this was a hate crime by someone who had a vendetta against supernaturals. After giving Andy his statement, he went off to give Luna some bad news. Sam showed up at Luna’s door to tell her about the death of their two friends. Sam warned Luna to be careful and he would check up on her in the morning (quick foreshadow). As Sam was leaving, a few guys in a truck shot Sam in the gut. Seconds later, Luna came out and was shot in the gut and arm. Emma came out to see what happened and narrowly escaped death by shifting(?) into a wolf. The shooters took off and last we saw, Luna presumably died and Sam was still breathing.

Elsewhere in the land of “Pointless Plots”, Terry and Patrick were held hostage by Eller, whose supposedly lighting houses on fire. He informed the two about an “Ifrit”. Eller thinks this Ifrit is following him and his army buddies because of the terrible deed they did to a group of innocents back in Iraq. Terry related to his crazy army buddy ,then Eller freed Terry and Patrick only to be captured himself. Terry climbed out of the hiding place followed by Patrick, who left the crazy guy in the cellar. We last saw Eller attacked by the Ifrit which engulfed fire over his face.

SO. With all that’s happening, it seems like nothing has happened. I hope Terry’s storyline wraps up really soon. I’m getting very impatient because I’m processing his screen time as “free time”. I love that Russel is back and cannot wait to see what antics he has up his sleeve. I’m hoping the show is going to pick up the pace in the next episode. Excuse my tardiness for writing this recap late! I’ll be on time for next week’s. Until then, folks!

I know some people are outraged at the idea of a reboot to a trilogy that happened just ten years ago. But after seeing ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, I actually enjoyed it.. Strange, huh? I told myself it was going to be stupid and a total waste of money. But boy did I eat my words. This movie was GOOD. Let’s dive in.

Peter Parker is a character I think every high schooler likes to relate to. He’s not very popular, he has a traumatic past, and well..he’s dorky. Now, most of you have seen the (Yes, I am going to refer to ‘Spider-Man’ as this) “Original”. You know what happened to his Uncle, you know how he was bitten, etc. In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, they did a fresh take on the same beginning: There was a REASON Peter Parker was left with his Aunt & Uncle. I suppose Peter’s father was in too deep with his fellow colleague, Dr. Curt Connors. Peter stumbles upon this briefcase left by his father, which contains important equations to a scientific experiment Dr. Curt Connors has recently been working on. When Dr. Connors and Peter meet via Gwen Stacy (wonderful choice in casting by the way), you could feel the danger by the look they first give each other. Everything starts to get hectic after Peter’s bite and Connor’s wish to regrow his right arm like a lizard would a tail.

With Gwen Stacy’s father on the lookout for the vigilante, Spider-Man, and “The Lizard” reeking havoc on Manhattan, it’s up to Peter Parker to save the day! The movie is good after about an hour into it. You bore yourself with the same beginning you’ve seen a hundred times, but with a better actor (sorry, Tobey!) who actually WANTS to save the city and those closest to him. The movie works well with the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Those two are a match made in Heaven. Rhys Ifans does a wonderful portrayal of the eerie, Curt Connors. The CGI and special effects were good when it wasn’t blended in with reality. The action sequences lacked..well, action. Don’t let that steer you away from the film. ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ is a great movie and it’s fun to watch. With Manhattan lizards crawling all over the place and a non-confusing web slinger, you got yourself a movie worth watching.

8/10 B-

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