Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday's True Blood Afterglow

                       Don't you just hear the Mighty Mouse theme? Here I Come to Save the Day!
More Blog Roll Bits
From The Atlantic-
Antonia is practically becoming a vampire herself, hitting almost every point on the checklist of vampire crimes she listed off in her debut: She is walking around despite being long dead, has supernatural powers, is holding innocents captive, is controlling the actions of others, has killed, and intends to kill more. Her thirst is for revenge rather than blood, but the distinction is probably not very soothing to her victims, and the people she has sworn to protect are meanwhile burning their hands into giant lumps of blisters trying to escape her Moon Goddess Emporium prison.
The Washington Post-

 If you just started watching with the last two episodes, you would think that helping Mavis was Lafayette and Jesus’s motivating event this season, rather than avoiding death at the hands of an ancient Viking murder machine.

Seriously, how did anything they (lafayette and Jesus) did in Mexico help them resolve the problem that sent them to Mexico in the first place? How, in any way shape or form, do they think they are any safer than they were when they fled to Mexico in the first place? Has Lafayette even called Tara since they got back?

AV Club, (they're still calling this ep Run, I have to give them a pass because they usually are spot on)-
On the vampire front, there was something else I really liked in "Run," and that was Sookie's dream sequence with Bill and Eric. As a rule, I really don't care too much about the love triangle or who Sookie ends up with or how soft the focus should be on their unending love scenes or what non-bed locales they should pick next for them. I really do not mind. I understand some do, and that's fine, but whatever. But I really liked that for once, Sookie stood up for herself, even if it was just a blood-fueled hallucination, and exacted some real control over her suitors. Sure, she's always objected when Eric or Bill have claimed her as "mine," but the objection has largely fallen on deaf ears. Not this time, as Sookie convinces them they're going to have to share.
After in a bit of a welcome twist, a betrayed Debbie heads to Sookie’s house not with traditional vengeance in mind, but nursing her love-sick heart. Vulnerable and worried she’s losing her man, Debbie asks Sookie if she can help to make things better so she can have some peace with Alcide. Initially wary, Sookie listens into Deb’s desperate brain and buys her story. Sookie also reassures Debbie that Alcide loves her which seems to forge a tentative alliance between the women. Together, they plan a search and rescue operation to the Moon Goddess to try and save Eric from Antonia’s clutches. With Debbie running interference at the front of the store with the witch, Sookie sneaks in the back and finds Eric under a spell that has him prepped to kill Bill at the vampire Festival of Tolerance media event. When she tries to set him free, Tara appears with a gun. Through Sookie’s telepathy, Tara communicates they are all being held hostage and that Sookie needs to escape. The two scuffle and Sookie runs away to warn Bill of the impending trap. Debbie is waiting as her driver and they head out. Are they now allies? It’s all deliciously unclear for now, but never forget that Pelt is a wild one.

Bit of a Denis O'Hare interview at BuddyTV
Denis O'Hare is one of those actors that has his hand in everything.  I approached him at the FOX All Star Party to talk to him about a couple of my favorite roles of his, including the ruthless Russell Edgington from True Blood and liberal-minded Judge Abernathy from The Good Wife.  Funnily enough, he wasn't even there for either of those shows.  His new series, Ryan Murphy's new anti-GleeAmerican Horror Story, premieres this fall on FX.  
I first asked O'Hare about what was most important to me:  Any chance of him coming back to True Blood?  O'Hare said, "I'll repeat to you what I've heard Alan Ball say to others.  Russell is not dead.  If they wanted him dead, they would have killed him.  They mention his name so many times in season 4, I still feel like he's alive!"  Okay, so even if Russell is alive, would O'Hare make the time in his already demanding schedule to come back to True Blood
?  "In a heartbeat," O'Hare quickly replied.  He loves the show, the cast, everything. 
Mavis: "Thank you for everything."Lafayette: "You got it, bitch."
Wetpaint has the top 13 quotes from this episode.

Ausiello reposts the last episode synopses, you know the ones from IMDB Rhoswen7

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4 “Soul of Fire”
As the Wiccan-vampire standoff reaches a critical juncture, Sookie (Anna Paquin) summons her faerie powers to prevent Marnie (Fiona Shaw) from bewitching Bill (Stephen Moyer), Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) into a suicide march, while Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) casts a secret spell designed to un-bind Marnie/Antonia and break the witch’s deadly defenses.  Sam (Sam Trammell) settles a score with Marcus (Dan Buran); Alcide (Joe Manganiello) confronts Debbie (Brit Morgan) about her allegiances; Andy (Chris Bauer) finds unexpected passion in the forest; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is consumed by the past.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 “And When I Die” (Season Finale)
It’s Samhain, Wicca’s greatest holy day, and spirits of the dead surface in Bon Temps, giving Sookie valuable allies to combat Marnie’s newest incarnation.  Lafayette’s latest medium encounter imperils his relationship with Jesus; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) finds confession good for the soul, but not the body; Alcide makes a heartfelt appeal to the woman he loves; Terry (Todd Lowe) receives an unexpected visitor at Merlotte’s; Sam and Luna (Janina Gavankar) envision a storybook ending, for once; Nan (Jessica Tuck) wears out her welcome with Bill and Eric.  Debbie confronts Sookie and Tara (Rutina Wesley) with deadly consequences, and the denizens of Bon Temps brace for a new crisis with a familiar face.
"We're only in episode 9, so things have to go worse." Writer Brian Buckner and director Romeo Tirone heat things up at the Festival of Tolerance.
FromHBO's Inside True Blood Blog

Perhaps most importantly, there are only three episodes left this season:

Body Snatched Interview

Nelsan Ellis shares what it's like to play a character within a character, what's up with Lafayette's hair, and who he thinks Sookie should settle down with.
Possession is really the word of the season, and Lafayette gets a major dose of it in ‘Let’s Get Out of Here.’ How did you prepare to play the restless spirit of a murdered Creole woman?
Study the actress who’s playing the role. I was studying her dailies, and then she and I got together to work.  I talked a lot to Fiona and tried to figure out what “possession” meant to me. I realized that I don’t become the person – the person becomes me. They get into a body where the mechanics are already there. Mavis has this funky little swish to her walk, but I was like, “No, my hips can’t move like that.” But I’d have something subtle that suggested that that was the direction that my hips wanted to go in. So, I tried to figure out what subtle nuances I could take from her that would remind the audience of who she was inside of me but also stay true to what Lafayette is, what his body does and the fact that he’s still in there.
He always seems to be at the mercy of this insane world around him – why is it that trouble always finds Lafayette?
Because he knows what to do with it … Lafayette is a survivor. Trouble comes, and then he surmounts it and moves on. I don’t know why he has all these problems. He got on this moving train that just won’t stop, and it just takes him deeper and deeper. I just hope he calms down next season.

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