As we roll to end of the “True Blood” series, there are many questions. Is Sarah Newlin the cure to Hep-V? Is Lettie Mae really crazy, or us Tara sending her messages from beyond? Is the final stage of Hep-V irrational violence? Will Sookie and Bill die happily ever after? Will Violet eat the step-sibling teen lovers? And when will Mr. Gus’ accent cease to be amusing? Perhaps we’ll find out in my review of “May Be the Last Time,” after the jump.
We’re more than halfway through the final season of “True Blood,” and it seems like old times, as nothing is as it seems. Bill has somehow contracted Hep-V just as he and Sookie are getting along again. Interviews with the cast at this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con reveal some interesting tidbits. Over and above folks stealing Anna Paquin’s underwear from the set and selling them online, the word is that not everyone is going to get a happy ending in this season. Could Bill be next on the death list? Check out my review of “Karma” after the jump.
This episode’s title might have interesting meaning after last week’s unceremonious death of Joe Manganiello’s Alcide, and then again it might not. The showrunners on HBO’s “True Blood” have promised at least one character death in each episode of its final season, and so far they’ve kept that promise, even if Alcide was shamefully and almost criminally underused before being escorted off to oblivion last week. What happens next? Check out my review of “Death Is Not The End,” after the jump.
They’re dropping fasting than flies and sleazy politicians. Yes, my little bloodsuckers; another one bit the dust; poor Lady Nora. Eric’s sister was given tainted blood, and Bililith would not help her. What else happened in episode seven? Plenty: Alcide is in big wolf doodoo with his pack; Bill is now able to walk in the sun; Jessica may have found true love. But the real star of episode 07 was the ever tyrannical Sarah Newlin. Not only did she step right into the Governor’s shoes, but she demonstrated to friend and foe alike, why women make better leaders. To disagree with Sarah means a trip to the feeding tank. Will Sarah run for President in 2016? I hope she does, Congress needs some ass kicking, but until then, let’s find out what’s happening in good old Bon Temps. Read the rest of this entry
What better way to top off a great 4th of July weekend than to visit the town of Bon Temps and our frisky little vampires. Last week, we watched as Steve Newlin learned firsthand about karma payback; she’s called Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp). The last person you want to meet at a torture facility is your angry ex. Lot’s happened and we have questions: Will the Governor continue to phone tap Eric? Will Bill order take out from Andy’s home? Will Sam rescue Emma? Will Sookie and Ben get it on? Will we ever see Eric naked? Let’s find out together.
Tonight’s episode was all about the ladies. Oh sure, the men were there: Eric, Bill, Jason, Ben, Sam, Andy and the Gov., but it was all about the girls and what they wanted. But… my little blood banks… the big question is; did they get what they wanted? You be the judge.
Sookie (Anna Paquin) has a bad habit of letting the wrong men into her house and her bed. You’d think she would have learned after Bill’s betrayal, but no, she keeps that revolving door unlocked and in stumbled Ben. Sookie has the hots for Ben, but he has a secret and Jason is part of it. She’s invites Ben over for a romantic dinner for two.
Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Tara (Rutina Wesley) are not too happy with Eric and his new pet, Willa. They hate the mad hatter Governor and they hate his daughter, Willa, even more. They can’t understand what Eric sees in the girl, so Tara hides her. When Eric demands that Tara tell him where she hid Willa, she tells him off. Tara hasn’t read the Vampire rule book about obeying her makers. Tara rocks! But, her arguing with Pam has its consequences.
Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) wants to be with Eric. She wants to do bad things with him. When Eric offers her the eternal night life, she practically jumps his bones; she’s horny for the stud muffin. But after she’s changed, Eric sends her home to Daddy. Poor Willa, she never got to do the bad thing and she has some big explaining to do to dear old dad and his new sidekick.
Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) is jinxed. Yes our Sarah has gone through an unhappy marriage to a bible thumping, loser who is now a player for the other team and a vampire. Even Jason proved to be a big disappointment; he being a hit and run kind of lover. Now she’s the Governor’s sidekick and she’s hyped up on killing vampires; all of them. But the Governor is now the proud papa of a vampire, thanks to Eric, and can’t bring himself to stake his daughter. Sarah has to take matters into her own hands.
Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) is up to her neck in weird stuff. When Bill decides to use Andy’s faerie daughters for an experiment with Dr. Takahashi’s (Keone Young) help, Jessica tries to protect the girls. The girls have morphed within hours to barely clad teenagers who want to party. The girls head over to the neighborhood liquor store and Jessica talks them into partying at her house. The girls, who have given their share of blood to be tested are tired and want to go home. Jessica tries to stop them; bad things happen. I love Jessica. She is a goody two shoes, and tries her best to make everyone happy, but sometimes when you’re too nice; you get walked over.
Nicole (Jurnee Smollett Bell) was bitten by a werewolf. Will she change, become a shape shifter? And who is that horse, she’s hanging around with?
Nora (Lucy Griffiths) is Chicken Little, running around warning people about Warlow and Lilith, but no one will listen to her.
Ginger (Tara Buck) our favorite flaky Fangtasia barmaid is arrested by the Governor for trying to protect her vampire employers. Is it just me or is her constant screaming getting on your nerves, too?
Conclusion and Spoiler Alert
It doesn’t really matter if you’re human, vampire or shape shifter, if you’re a woman living in Bon Temps, your heart is going to be broken, or worse; eaten. There were a lot of spoiler alerts in this episode, but I’ll only tell you one… Sookie finally got her shit together.
Growing up, I was petrified of Vampires; they were scary blood sucking monsters. But, things have changed thanks to the Southern Vampire Mysteries aka The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris. Ms. Harris gave us sexy vampires! Now we can watch Sookie in action on True Blood, HBO’s supernatural blockbuster. So, sharpen those fangs and join me as we review season 5, after the jump.
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Before Harry Potter There Was Timothy Hunter And The Books Of Magic On The Wednesday Run – January 30, 2013
A bespeckled and awkward twelve year-old boy (with parental issues no less) discovers that he’s possibly the world’s most powerful practitioner of magic. Oh! And he has an owl for a pet.
Sound remotely familiar?
For all intensive purposes, it shouldn’t. You see, it’s January 1990 – seven years before the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – and the first issue of the four-issue mini series, The Books of Magic, is being published by Vertigo Comics. And its black-haired, skateboarding, main protagonist, the kid that would be eclipsed the world over by the fictional lightning-shaped scarred forehead of Harry, is named Timothy Hunter.
It’s not like this is revisionist history. No, The Books of Magic was an absolutely beautiful series – and proved to be an enormous missed opportunity for Vertigo/DC Comics and their parent company, Warner Brothers.