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September 13, 2011

Chatter: Where the hell have I been, and what the hell have I been watching?

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: , — gina64 @ 3:06 pm

Where the hell have I been?

Well, I’ve been right here, pretty much. I had a nice, long vacation so that’s part of why I’ve been MIA. Also, I injured my neck a few weeks ago and I’ve been on muscle relaxants and painkillers off and on ever since, so, I guess I’ve been high for a few weeks and that’s another reason why I’ve been MIA. Mostly, though, I think I’ve just been lazy, distracted, unmotivated and in a summertime frame of mind.

What the hell have I been watching?

I have a confession to make: Big Brother 13 took over my life this summer. Yes, I said Big Brother. See, it all started last summer when, about halfway through the season, my mother (who lives downstairs from me) asked if I would watch it with her. She’s sort of housebound, and we don’t do much together so…I figured why not. It was fun. She asked me again this season, and I said sure. Once again, it’s been fun, but my GOD, it consumes most of my free time. BB is on 3 nights a week. Showtimes airs BB After Dark every night at midnight and my mother records it and wants to watch it with me and it’s 3 HOURS LONG. Thank the good Lord for the fast-forward button! Then there are the Live Feeds, which I do not subscribe to but I read the spoiler-filled Live Feed thread at TWoP. It’s like having a part-time job! Even if I wanted to blog about it, I’m not sure I could have found the time.

The season finale of Big Brother airs tomorrow night. FINALLY. Porsche, Rachel and Adam (l-r) are the Final 3. Although Rachel was vile for the first half of the season, she is vastly improved on a personal level, she has fought like crazy to stay in the house and I do think she deserves to win. Porsche, however is my favorite of the 3. If Rachel and Porsche go to the Final 2 together, I don’t think Porsche will win. However, for me, second place (and $50,000) for Porsche is far and away a more satisfactory outcome than Adam winning anything.

As I’ve mentioned before, Eureka and Warehouse 13 are other shows that I’m watching. They don’t really inspire me to write anything about them, though. I really enjoy them because they are the perfect summer TV fare: light and airy escapist programming that occasionally hits a satifactory dramatic note but never really forces me to have to think too much.

I have only recently begun attacking my long DVR queue of season 4 of True Blood, and I’m sorry that it took me this long to get to it. This season is in my opinion much better than last year: King Bill has a sexy new haircut and is far more interesting apart from Sookie; Fiona Shaw is killing it as Marnie/Antonia; Pam has a more prominent role; the Hot Shot and Faerie storylines have faded to the background; and most of the action takes place in and around Bon Temps, which I think helps maintain the connection between storylines. I’ve got 4 episodes left to watch – including the season finale so don’t give anything away! – and there’s really only one plot that I’m beginning to have difficulty with: Sookie and Eric. Does he have amnesia, or was that an emasculation spell? One begins to wonder if Sookie has that effect on all the vampires she hooks up with. Eric’s amnesia storyline was funny at first, but at this point (I just watched the episode with the bed-in-forest-in-the-snow-V-trip scenes) I just want him to get his memory back, say inappropriate things to Sookie and fly off to kill some innocent orphans or something. Gah, the shmoopiness is killing me.

Other than that, I’m loving it.

I’m recording Sons of Anarchy and will start watching that once I finish True Blood. I can’t wait.

Coming soon: A post about the upcoming Fall TV season – the new shows I’m looking forward to checking out as well as the return of some favorites.

June 23, 2011

True Blood Season 4, This Sunday on HBO. Be There.

Filed under: tv news — Tags: — gina64 @ 9:48 am

The show sort of went off the rails last year. It was still fun to watch, but it would make me happy if they kept things at least a *tiny* bit simpler this season. Will they? Probably not.

But check out these awesome covers for this week’s Entertainment Weekly magazine! Love them. (Via EW)

May 13, 2011

The wait is almost over.

Filed under: video — Tags: — gina64 @ 11:34 pm

April 1, 2011

Today’s Tweets

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — gina64 @ 3:42 pm

Via @televisionaryTrue Blood returns on…Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 P.M. OF COURSE IT IS.

Via @televisionaryThe Skull Beneath the Skin: An Advance Review of the First Three Episodes of AMC’s The Killing (I haven’t read it because I don’t want to be spoiled, but will come back to it after)

Via @ScienceChannel“IT’S HERE! Spend your April Fools’ Day with your favorite fool – #KarlPilkington. The #AnIdiotAbroad marathon begins now.” (2:00 PM today) If you haven’t seen it, you should. Fascinating (and funny) stuff.

Via @moryanAOLTV’s Video Mashup salute to Butt-Kicking TV Women

November 5, 2010

My Favorite Characters on TV Right Now

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 10:27 pm

And what I love about them.

This post is a perfect example of how backlogged I am: The first draft was saved on September 28, and then revised on October 11. It’s time to finish it!

Caveat: When I say “right now”, I don’t mean that literally. A couple of these shows are between seasons right now, and the renewal of one (Rubicon), is still up in the air. Regardless, for now, they are considered current shows.

Gemma Teller Morrow (Sons of Anarchy) – Katey Sagal has been a revelation in the three seasons of SOA so far. She is fearless, fiercely protective of her family – both actual and the MC – and she’s not afraid to shoot up a porn star’s car or escape from police custody to go overseas to find her kidnapped grandson. She is the strongest and most complicated female character on TV right now. And don’t even think about messing around with her husband or you’ll get a skateboard to the face.

Lafayette Reynolds (True Blood) – If I understand correctly, the character of Lafayette was never intended to be a regular, but audience response to him was so overwhelmingly positive that creator Alan Ball made him a regular in the second season. Lafayette is the gay short order cook at Merlotte’s restaurant, who sidelines as a drug dealer (he deals “V”, or vampire blood). He is wickedly funny, smart, a snappy dresser and he has the prettiest eyes. I could listen to him talk all day long.

Miles Fiedler (Rubicon) – Miles is an analyst at the American Policy Institute (API), the intelligence agency that is at the center of the excellent AMC series, which has just completed its first season. There hasn’t been all that much time to flesh out his character, but actor Dallas Roberts has made Miles a favorite already. I love how nervous, sensitive, smart and shy he is. He makes me sad and he makes me laugh. I hope there’s a second season of Rubicon because I need more Miles.

Hank Dolworth (Terriers) – Again, another new show, and this one hasn’t even finished its first season; but I knew from the first episode that I was going to love Terriers because of Donal Logue, who plays Hank Dolworth. Hank is another flawed, complicated character. He is a recovering alcoholic who lost his job as a cop and lost his wife, and he is now working as a private investigator in San Diego. Hank is the kind of guy who acts like he doesn’t give a shit, when in fact his problem is that he cares too much. He’s smart, funny and sad. He’s still in love with his ex-wife, he takes care of his mentally ill/genius sister, and his partner is a former thief. He sort of reminds me of Jim Rockford, if Rockford was made for cable.

Walter Bishop (Fringe) – And finally, I saved the best for last: Walter Bishop (and his alternate universe double, Walternate, to a certain extent), the mad genius of Fringe. A tortured soul obsessed with pudding pops, Walter is the heart of the show (especially his relationship with his son, Peter). He is at turns brilliant, hilarious, caustic, joyful, frightened and frightnening (if you include Walternate). John Noble, the actor who plays Walter, has been robbed of the Emmy so far, and that really is a shame. He is amazing.

So, there you have it. My favorite TV characters right now. How about you? Who are your favorites?

August 20, 2010

King Russell Edgington talks to Movieline

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:52 pm

Denis O’Hare, a/k/a Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi on True Blood, chats with Movieline about his character, the recent cover of Rolling Stone magazine and the most amazing final scene of last week’s TB:

I just try to keep everything real, oddly enough. Whenever a character is doing something, there has to be a real reason for it, and nothing can be arbitrary, because the character doesn’t know that he’s playing a style. For that line at the end of the monologue, “And now for the weather, Tiffany,” it’s Russell glorying in his power and glorying in his ability to make human beings scared.

August 17, 2010

True Blood Roundup: Episodes 3.07, 3.08

Filed under: reviews, Uncategorized — Tags: — gina64 @ 3:51 pm

More random and disjointed thoughts…

Episode 3.07: Hitting the Ground

The blood! My GOD, the blood!! Out damned spot!

Ding dong, Lorena’s dead. Yay! Excellent that it was at the hands of Sookie and Bill.

Cooter is dead, too! Yay!

I chuckled when Summer asked Hoyt to “sample her biscuits”.

Sam is a cute pit bull. The Mickenses are still dull and gross. And somewhat menacing.

I loved it when Tara tossed Bill’s naked ass out of the back of the van and into the burning sun. I don’t hate Bill like a lot of people do, but at that moment he deserved it. It’s interesting that drinking so much of Sookie’s blood helped him to stay out in the sun longer. Now we know why the vamps are so into her.

While we’re on the subject of Tara’s awesomeness, good for her playing Franklin’s crazy ass the way she has and using her brain to get away from him; but honey, smashing Franklin’s head in with a mace will not kill him! I know, you’d think it would, but no. You need to CHOP HIS HEAD OFF. It’s only a matter of time before he shows up in his silk PJs again, and he won’t be so happy when he does.

Sookie’s Fairy Land is really corny. Couldn’t they have hired better dancers or something? I actually laughed out loud at the sight of them, and I don’t think I was supposed to. So, is that what Sookie is? A fairy?

Russell Edgington is still amazing and Denis O’Hare is acting the shit out of the role. I couldn’t believe it when he sliced the Magister’s head off! (Note to Tara: That’s how you do it) I guess once you reach 3,000 years old, you just don’t give a shit anymore.

Here’s a question: How exactly does a vampire “make” another vampire in the TB world? Wouldn’t Sookie be a vampire by now, after being almost drained by Bill and then filled back up again with his blood?

Speaking of blood, I love this show but man, it is testing my limits with the red stuff!

Episode 3.08: Night on the Sun

The Sookie/Bill breakup scene was intense. (but I hated Bill’s little warm-up jacket!) So was the Sookie/Bill makeup scene. Whoa! However, I don’t think it will be long before they are broken up again.

Loved that Bill is finally taking care of Jessica. Typical, though. If he was still with Sookie he would still be ignoring Jessica.

What is UP with that Holly person, the new waitress that Arlene was interviewing? That is one strange looking lady.

It was good to see Sam and Tara have a moment together. I wish those crazy kids could work things out.

Why does Eric always tell Sookie that she can’t trust Bill? Is it because she can’t? Or because Eric wants Sookie for himself?

Loved the werewolf fight at Sookie’s, but poor Gran’s house.

Even thought I knew it was coming, I was still shocked when Eric staked Talbot. I wonder, would Eric have waited another minute or two if he knew that killing Talbot at that moment was going to end up saving Bill’s life?

Despite there being a lot of Mickenses and Crystal Meth in this episode, I did enjoy it. I’ve really been enjoying them all so far. What a great season.

True Blood Roundup: Episodes 3.05, 3.06

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:25 pm

Alright, here we go. Since I am SO far behind on these TB recaps – I went camping this past weekend and fell even further behind! – this is what I’m going to do: For each episode I will put down a few comments and/or questions about things that really stood out for me. There will be two posts, each one covering 2 episodes. Then I’ll post a recap for this week’s episode separately.

Episode 3.05: Trouble

I couldn’t believe my eyes when Russell, Lorena and Bill walked back into Russell’s house, all chatty like they just had a really lovely night out, with the stripper’s blood still all over their faces and clothes! Haven’t they ever heard of wet naps?!

It’s so nice to see Sookie actually using her mind-reading ability to good effect. I think the writers forgot she could do that last season.

I’m really bored with Jason’s storyline – which is a shame because I love Jason himself – but I have to say that his “bored at the office” montage made me laugh. As did the scene where he pulled Crystal over and approached the car in just pants and sunglasses. (on a related note, I think Ryan Kwanten is just a little too skinny this season)

It was nice to get the Viking backstory on Eric, as it gave his character a bit more depth.

There were some really nice 2-character scenes in this episode – including Jason and Crystal’s moonlight love scene, and a couple between Lafayette and Jesus – but I think my favorite was the scene where Terry talks to Sam about doing things that “normal” people do. Made me tear up a little.

Episode 3.06: Got A Right To Sing The Blues

The blood and gore is almost too much. Almost. I think it actually borders on camp, while also reminding us that no matter how attractive vampires my appear, *this* is who they really are. Still. Sometimes I get overwhelmed thinking about about badly those bloody scenes must smell…

Alcide is still pretty bland – and pretty – but I kind of like him, in a faithful, man’s best friend sort of way.

Again, I love Jason, but even his many charms are not enough to make this Crystal Meth storyline interesting. BO-RING.

Jesus and Lafayette are pretty sweet together and would make a good couple as long as Lafayette doesn’t sabotage it. Also: Nelsan Ellis is really adorable, don’t you think?

My God, Franklin is a psychopath, huh? Christ, poor Tara. Good for her, though, playing along the way she is. Franklin’s vampire-speed-texting cracked me up.

I love Sam, but I hate those Mickenses. Really. So much so that I can’t even be bothered to check the spelling of their name. And how the hell does Merlotte’s stay in business?

Best new character this season (and one of the show’s best overall characters so far, imo): Russell Edgington. His proposal to Queen Sophie Ann was hilarious, and I loved his tete-a-tete with Sookie.

Help me with something here: If it is so easy to switch allegiances from Sophie Ann to Russell – as both Eric and Bill did by just declaring, “I am no longer her subject, I am yours now” – then what sort of power does a King or Queen really have?

It’s been so long that since I’ve seen these, there will be topics that I have either glossed over or forgotten about. Please, feel free to discuss them in the comments!

Next two episodes coming right up…

July 13, 2010

True Blood: Episode 3.04

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:40 pm

9 Crimes

Good, good episode last night! After juggling what I think is too many storylines – and not always successfully – for the first 3 episodes of this season, I think they’re finally hitting their stride. The hour FLEW by, and Anna Paquin nailed every one of her scenes. She really is hit or miss, isn’t she?

The more evil and depraved and conflicted that Bill gets, the more interesting he becomes. He almost lost me last season but lately he’s been reminding of early S1 Bill. And I like it. Stephen Moyer was especially good in the sit-down with King Russell and in the strip club scene. I can’t imagine how this will all turn out for Bill at the end of the season. He has betrayed his Queen – an act of treason according to the Magister – and the punishment for that is true death. Unless no one finds out, which is highly possible.

The puppet-talk scene with Tara and Franklin was very disturbing. Any abused/controlled woman who might have been watching that must have had a hard time with it. Since so much has happened with Tara in so little time, and she’ll be in Mississippi already by next week, I’m hoping that her story is going to turn around soon and she will start kicking some serious vampire ass. I am SO tired of victimized Tara.

Some brief thoughts:

  • I love Sam but that boy will never learn.  Glad he hired Jessica, though.
  • It’s nice to see Lafayette kind of back to his old self. “Ring, ring, hookah. Ring, ring.” (get your ringtone here!)
  • Eric had some good lines, too, especially, “No, I think I’ll kill your brother-cousins first.” Ha!
  • I thought Lorena was going to die when King Russell got out of the car.  Boy was I disappointed.
  • Jason’s conversation with “QB1” was hilarious and actually showed some depth on his part.  Imagine my disappointment when he goes and blackmails Andy for a cop job.
  • Some people have been complaining about an apparent escalation in gore on the show.  To be honest, I haven’t noticed that it’s any worse, and truthfully?  It’s a show about vampires and werewolves and other freaky supernatural beings and it’s on HBO.  What did they expect?

Finally, a word about Alcide.  Actually, it’s a question, for you: How can a man who looks like that (click on image to, er, enlarge) be so devoid of sex appeal?  Am I the only one?  He’s magnificent looking but it’s like there’s nothing there.

That’s alright. Bill and Eric more than make up for that. So what did you guys think?

June 28, 2010

True Blood: Episode 3.02, 3.03

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:35 pm

Last week’s episode, Beautifully Broken, was far superior to this week’s, but unfortunately a combination of factors prevented me from writing up a review for it.  For a great read, please check out TWoP for Jacob’s recap.

As for last night’s episode…

It Hurts Me Too

Or, the one where Bill forgot his brown paper bag. Sweet JESUS, angry vampire sex is disturbing! That was seriously messed up. So messed up that I actually erased it from my DVR when it was done so I wouldn’t be tempted to watch it again!

Despite a few, uh, memorable moments, I thought this was only a so-so episode. I found myself taken out of a scene a few times by what I thought was poor acting – particularly scenes with Sookie. I don’t usually mind Anna Paquin’s acting, but every once in a while she is really BAD. She had one of those nights last night.

The mediocrity of the episode can also be attributed to the large number of unconnected plot threads they have going on:

  1. Sookie and Eric/Alcide
  2. Franklin and Tara/Jessica/Pam
  3. Jason’s PTSD/Andy/Police
  4. Arlene and Terry
  5. Sam and the Mickenses
  6. Bill/Lorena/King of Mississippi/Queen Sophie Ann

Whew.  That’s a lot going on.  And I didn’t even mention Lafayette’s mother or the Hoyt/Jessica plot, but only because they weren’t featured last night. But I guess that’s normal for the beginning of a season, particularly of True Blood. I’m thinking the storylines will begin to intersect very soon.

I’m really not all that jazzed about Tara’s ongoing victimhood. Come on, show, she’s only had a few days of independent thinking and now you’ve got her under someone else’s spell? Not fair. And I found nothing sexy about their sex scene.

However, with all of that said, there are things that I enjoyed.

  • The scene where Sheriff Bud quit made me laugh out loud.  I don’t blame you one bit, Bud.
  • I’m glad that Sookie and Tara (and Jason, for now) have reconciled and it was nice of Sookie to pay for Eggs’ funeral.  I just wish Sookie didn’t bother me so much in that scene.  Also, um, Sookie? Do you remember what happened the last time you let Tara stay at your house when you left town for a few days?
  • I think King Russell is awesome, and so much better at being vampire royalty than whatsherface who plays Sophie Ann.
  • Normally I find some of Bill’s flashbacks to be tedious but the ones in this episode were touching.  It’s interesting that Lorena wasn’t nearly as batshit back then, and she was certainly a better Maker than Bill has been for poor Jessica.
  • Not a favorite moment, exactly, but BOY was I happy to see that Sam’s father put some pants on before showing up at Merlotte’s!  I mean seriously, what was with him walking around in those nasty old underpants all that time??
  • Lafayette can always be counted on to raise the quality of an episode.  His scenes with Jason and Eric were great.  He has the cutest eyes, too.
  • Alcide is also cute. (but the werewolf bar was kind of lame. It was lit like a bar in a soap opera. And “Lou Pine”? Really?)

What did you think?

Because of the 4th of July holiday, we have to wait 2 weeks for a new episode.  Boo. But boy does it look like it’s going to be a good one.

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