Archive for June, 2012

Lafayette: Do something!
Pam: I am doing something… laughing!

Oh Pam. You spent last season single handedly holding the series together with your quippy remarks. I’m glad to see she carried on were she left off, with both this weeks scorcher and the very memorable line from last week…

I’m wearing a Walmart sweatsuit for ya’ll. If that’s not a demonstration of team spirit I don’t know what is.

Haha! Brill. Kristin Bauer van Straten’s delivery of every single line is so flawless, she is a credit to the show. Anyway, to the episode!

I started with Pam, so I will continue. She’s having a tough time dealing with this rift between her and Eric. And it isn’t helping that the she doesn’t know the Authority has him so she clearly thinks he’s ignoring her. We saw a little of Pam when she was human, and honestly, if it wasn’t for all the eating and the drinking – I could have sworn she was exactly the same. I think that was why Eric turned her eventually. He saw who she was, and liked it. She interested him. I know if I was going to spend an eternity with someone, I’d definitely want to make sure they had a sense of humor as razor sharp as Pam’s.

This week we finally got to meet Christopher Meloni’s new character – Roman. And when he began speaking, I found it uber weird. I can’t help but see Elliot. He looks the same, he sounds the same. He even has the same cockiness about him, a fact I always loved in Stabler. But, myself, like many, need to let it go. Stabler is gone, and unless the world starts reversing on it’s axis, he’s never coming back. He’s all about the fangs now… And I need to get used to it!

Chris Meloni as Roman. Source: Small screen scoop.

So did he do a good job?

Honestly, I think it is too tough to tell. You don’t just shake off a character you have played for 12 years. And so I think that will take time. But I enjoyed the religious aspect he brought. The fact that Vampires, or Vampyres as they kept referring to them, are as culpable as humans are when it comes to believing in some sort of omnipotent creator. His feeding of his disciples with his blood had obvious similarities to the Christian mass, and Meloni delivered each line in such a way that you really believed Roman meant every word. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him as the season progresses, and I think his character is likely to lose his cool way more than he did in last nights episode. And, even more than that, I want to learn more about this guy – how old is he, for instance?

Tara is now even more crazy…!

In other news, Tara is a messed up, crazy, violent, epileptic Vampire. And she’s pissed. Unsurprisingly. Really Sook? Really? You thought, “Oh I know, we’ll turn her?” Neither you or Lafayette got Pam to turn Tara for her own good, it was for selfish reasons. She was hardly likely to be happy about the fact, given the fact she was kidnapped, raped and almost murdered by a Vampire – several times. She hates them. She spent the whole of the last season trying to bring them all to an end. Yet you think she’d rather be a Vampire than dead. It is down right selfish of them. And in all honesty, I would have been happier if Tara had have died. Last season we had Eric on the rampage, unable to control himself. Before that we had Jessica adjusting to life. And now Tara? This could get old fast. I hope the writers do their best to keep it upbeat, and turn Tara back into the “La la la la” character from Season 1.

We were treated to several Vampire torture scenes this week. The authority were intent on interrogating Eric and Bill. I found it interesting that they felt keeping Nora’s secret worthy of such a fate. Yes she and Eric share Godric as their maker. But if she has already betrayed the Authority, them knowing that can’t do more harm if she’s already facing the true death. If anything they would understand that bond. The bromance twins – Bill and Eric – also revealed the fate they gave Russell Edgington in order to prevent their own demise. It was a risky move. A more reckless leader no doubt would have killed them there and then, and for a moment, I thought Roman would. But it looks like we make get some more delightful scenes between Russell and Eric when the pair go and track him down – I hope.

Source: Stephenmoyer.net

There was some stuff going on with Terry this week. Honestly, I won’t lie, it doesn’t interest me. Something about fires and what happened in Iraq. So I found it hard to follow that. Jason got in a little bit of hot water for splitting up a boy’s parents this week, and he also found Debbie’s car. I reckon we’ll be hearing more about that real soon. Sam fell out with Nula over her little girl possibly being wolf. It turns out she is… bummer. How cute though! Alcide renounced any association with the pack. I don’t know for how long however, as they don’t really seem the kind of people you walk away from…

And Jessica got bored with playing teenage girl, finally throwing out her groupies. But now before a visit from the newly Vampiric and gay Rev.

Child vamp needs a nap. Like his suit though…

Newland. I enjoy him a lot more now he’s gay and a Vampire. I really do. I know Jessica is older than him, but I do worry she will end up underestimating him. He was a slimy and slippery, and sometimes dangerous little critter before he became a Vampire. I can only see him getting worse now he’s stronger. That being said, I loved Jessica’s teasing of him, when she was all talk about Jason’s butt etc. And her defense of him was as cute as ever. I do think she has feelings for him. But like what happened with Hoyt, she’s not ready for that. She wants to be just Jessica for a while. I guess she’s more like a teenager than she realises.

Finally, one more point. Children vampires? We’ve seen them before on Buffy. But that was because he was the annointed one. You have to wonder what qualities you see in a child that would make them a good Vampire… Also he was quite snappy. I think he needs a nap.

Overall, a solid second episode. Slightly below par compared to last week, but I have a feeling we’re just beginning to set up the many threads this season has to offer.

Let me know your thoughts on this weeks True Blood below.

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It’s part 2 of the “you better abide by my TV guide” series, meaning today I will be looking at all the TV shows I will be watching over the coming weeks. All of which are of particular interest if you a) hate sport or b) live in the USA and already miss your fall TV.

First up, we have True Blood; Sundays HBO at 10.

Source: Entertainment weekly.

Christopher Meloni on True Blood
Source – Entertainment Weekly

I’m a firm believer that if it’s on HBO, it deserves at least a look. We’re talking the channel that brought us the Sopranos, Sex and the City and Game of Thrones. That’s bucket loads of quality right there. And while I wouldn’t tar True Blood with the same brush as it’s channel pals, it is still miles ahead of the competition.

Into its fifth series, it’s coming off the back of a disappointing season filled with too many witches, not enough Sookie and an anti-climactic end to Sookie’s origins. But the show runners have brought in SVU super lead Christopher Meloni to spruce up the cast, plus the return of the outstanding (and my personal favourite) Russell Edgington – that alone will keep me watching. And I am hoping he turns up sooner rather than later…

If you’ve not caught True Blood, purchase season 1 immediately if you like your vampires sexy and dangerous and not like they’ve just swallowed some pledge. Anyway, check it out and enjoy!

Next up is the BBC drama Silk; iPlayer

Silk is the most fun I’ve ever had (with a TV…) while being utterly clueless about what is going on. It’s a British legal drama following two barristers trying to get silk – a prestigious level among the justice system that takes years to achieve. Confused? Well to be honest, I don’t really get it either. I find myself watching long periods of legal mumbo jumbo with no clue whether the leads of the show are doing well, with just each characters reactions to gauge the plot. But that’s doesn’t matter. I don’t watch silk as it would probably help me pass the bar, I watch it because it’s the most honest look at any legal system I have ever come across.

Being a big time Law and Order fan, it takes a lot for me to enjoy other legal dramas because no show quite weaves and ducks like L&O. It makes you question things you thought were simple lines of the moral code. And it is the true embodiment of the fact that life is never black and white.

BBC’s Silk – Source: The Telegraph.

Silk however shows that our legal system really isn’t about right or wrong. In fact, that couldn’t be more untrue. Instead, the law, and justice is much more about how wealthy you are; how good your barrister is; and the roll of the die when it comes to the jury. We can kid ourselves into thinking it is about justice, but so often the courts are a far more shady affair.

Week in, week out Silk shows that. And shows the politics involved in every case. It is horrible to imagine yourself in the dock, accused of a crime. But it is even more distressing to realise that in our county – the most important factor isn’t whether or not you did it.

Finally, a very different Crime drama – Rizzoli and Isles; Tuesday’s, TNT.

Jane and Maura's first meeting.

Jane and Maura’s first meeting.

If you have ever waded through my blog posts, you would already know I love this show. Its not only my favourite Summer show, it’s one of my favourite shows full stop. Funny, well written, heart wrenching and with a stellar cast, Rizzoli and Isles follows two best friends as they solve homicides, one being a detective and the other the chief medical examiner.

The thing I like the most about this show is the humour. It makes me laugh equally as much as Family Guy and the Big bang – which, given it is a drama is über impressive. The chemistry between Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as the two leads sizzles (enough to get a considerable lesbian following) and the amazing use of Lorraine Braco as Rizzoli’s mum makes this the perfect show. If you like your crime dramas with a bit of sass then look no further (except if you’ve never experienced Veronica Mars…).

 

Before you get confused – I said Foxfire not Firefox. Thankfully no one has become that creatively barren that they feel the need to document the history of the web browser. There is hope for us all.

I’m going back in time just a smidge today in order to review Angelina Jolie’s seriously intense Foxfire. Never heard of it? Well you wouldn’t be alone. It is one of the first films she ever made, and isn’t even available on DVD in Europe much to my pain. The film follows four teen girls who would normally not associate with each other, brought together by the transient Legs (Jolie) who inspires them to stand up for themselves. The group learn a lot about life and friendship along the way, and also about their sexualities. And it is a story of female love and friendship.

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Angelina Jolie has played several intense characters over her long career. But none are more intense than Legs. It isn’t just Legs blatant lesbianism, which inevitably initially intimidates members of the group, that makes her intense. But it is also her fearless attitude intertwined with her fragile vulnerability. It’s a match up few could play convincingly, but it oozes out of Jolie’s pours with ease.

Legs is the catalyst in the chain reaction. She spends most of the middle of the film pretty silent, riding the wave of anarchy and teenage destruction that she started. You get the feeling that that is what Legs lives for in a way. She brings people out of their normal selves and then watches them. But her intentions are definitely not negative. While she may have gone to the school initially looking for trouble, when she found her group of girls – she cared about each one of them intently. And was even willing to kill for them.

After the group overcome a common foe, a bond is formed. It is a bond that is unbreakable once it had started. The girls were ‘running with foxes’ – a note made by their principal – and it meant they were a pact, loyal and protective until the end. But with the foxes comes the carnage. The girls, once they felt persecuted for righting a wrong, set about doing increasingly more reckless things. With the notion of “why not…?” they had free reign on what they could achieve together, and a lengthy suspension to experiment.

Possibly the most intense scene of the film involves Legs, semi-nude, tattooing a fire into her right breast in order to remember the night forever. Jolie’s effortless acting means there is a extremely believable transition from feisty transient to vulnerable young woman, who has been brave enough to expose herself to these virtual strangers. The girls reaction is of shock, awe and then agreement as they all get matching tattoos too. And despite Legs lesbianism, the scene isn’t sexual – just sensual and gives a real feel of sisterhood.

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Like all the best teen films, Foxfire is funny and warm when it wants to be, and it will make you laugh out loud. The chemistry between the five leads makes the film and I often found myself longing for my own teenage pals.

The end of the film ends with a choice for Maddy, the girl closest to Legs. She is forced to choose between her old life and the unknown adventure she could have. At first glance it could be seen as a choice between her love of Legs, and playing it safe, but really that’s only half the story. It’s the classic tale of youth. We’ve all sat back and wondered about what would happen if we ran away somewhere. If we had an adventure that never ended and surrendered the up and coming responsibilities of adulthood. Really, Legs was that reality. But I ultimately think it was the realisation that Legs was running from herself and her own life that made Maddy choose…

Overall it is a classic 90s movie with a lot of messages, a big heart and buckets full of coolness even after all these years. A definite must watch for any Jolie fan.

8.5/10