Monday, August 27, 2012

Save Yourself Rewind Part 2

For a hot NY second I thought he was too fairied up to die, but alas, he wasn't.
Vulture talks to Denis O'Hare, he talks about a cut scene from S3!-
When did you first find out Russell was going to die?
I didn't find out definitively for a while, but there was some controversy about how to do it. We always knew in the end it would be Eric, but the question washow. Given that Russell's so powerful, how could Eric surprise him? So the plausible answer is that he was drunk on fairy blood lust, and he isn't watching his back, and Eric takes advantage before he can respond. There's a nice moment when Russell begins to glow, like, Oh, maybe the fairy blood has made him immune, maybe it's not going to happen. And then the glow withdraws — oh no! [Laughs.]
And at that moment, he only has one thing to say: "Fuck."
That was Alan Ball's rewrite, and when I saw that, I thought, Oh my God, that's perfect. I mean, what else is Russell going to say? I love that his attitude is more like, Ah, well, not a sense of resistance or a last flash of anger, pity, or pathos. I think you get that sense in Interview With the Vampire that vampires get bored after they stay alive a long time, and it's hard to keep forming new attachments. When Russell lost Talbot [in season three], he also lost some of the meaning in his life, and that's why he grabs on to Steve Newlin. He needs a reason to enjoy life, because at this point, the pursuit of power isn't enough. He might as well die; who is there left to meet — Mitt Romney?

Do you think Russell could return as a flashback or hallucination for his progeny the way Godric does for Eric? Or did Russell not have any others besides Talbot?
We have not met his other progeny. He could be a guy who never made any others. There was a lovely scene in season three where Russell and Eric had an intense moment, where Eric accepts his authority, and kneels before him, and you discover how Russell never had a son and he adopts Eric. That scene was cut, but there is an echo of that when Eric kneeled before him again this season. And for Eric to take Russell's life, it was appropriate, and Russell knew that and he welcomed it. This was the only person he's ever accepted as a son. MORE

I know a lot of people hated the character but I just adored him. I wonder where Steve is cowering? I can see him crawling to Eric and working at Fangtasia next season. 
I didn't mention the Luna as Steve scene yet, at first I thought it was Sam because it sounded like his voice. Realized Sam couldn't shift into humans so figured either Luna couldn't keep it up and would get caught or die soon after. We'll have to wait to see if Sam loses yet another love next year. The scene where Luna shifted on TV was right out of The Howling, when the reporter (Dee Wallace) she shifts into a wolf on the news. McMillz did a great job as Steve doing someone else and Carolyn Hennesy was a hoot in her last scene on True Blood being all aggravated by Steve/Luna. She was pissed about Bill and Salome screwing all the time, starting the war that she got stuck doing damage control for and had second thoughts about offing Roman too. Why didn't Roman ever taste that blood? Guess we will never know, but wouldn't a vamp be the least bit curious, and thirsty? No one ever found out (except Salome) that Kibwe was dead either, lol. The Sam as a fly in the mouth was a bit silly, seems like that would've  been his go to way to kill vamps all this time. Emma has been a cute husky puppy more than a child this season, neither the little actress or a real wolf got much work.  Photos courtesy of HBO and Skarsgardfans great screencaps.

Some more recaps, full articles at the source links- 
Meredith Woerner has the finale Pros & Cons up at io9
Last night, True Blood's fifth season climaxed atop a pyramid of vampire intestinal goo. So many beloved characters met their true deaths, and we're actually pretty pissed about how some folks were written off. But on the plus side, this episode marked the return of "fun Eric!"
Con: Keeping in the True Blood wheelhouse, we pick up right where last week's cliffhanger left off. And just like last week, and the week before that, and the week before that, the ridiculous cliffhanger is swiftly disposed of, with either death or a penis. Except this time, it's the death of Russell Edgington. The big bad is killed off before the titles. BEFORE. THE. TITLES.
This is the villain so epic, they brought him back for another season. The ancient creature who basically started the human vs. vampire war, with one quick spinal tug. And they kill him off before the titles! His last words were "fuuck." Unacceptable. The great and powerful Dennis O'Hare deserves better than this. It's just so easy, so quick, so thoughtless. His quick disposal feels so careless. He doesn't even get his vengeance. Rev. Steve and I had the same reaction. Gasp and flee. Except I had to eventually come back out of my bathroom of sadness and continue watching the show. We all knew Russell was bound to meet the sharp end of a stick (he was wildly out of control by the end of this season) — but I just hoped it could have been bigger than this. What was the point of him drinking the Elder Fairy? What was the point of the fairy circus club? Why did we even have this fairy blast-off? Everything gets disposed of so swiftly, I think perhaps the only reason the fairies were in this season at all was to introduce Warlo and to put a ridiculous wrench in Andy's current relationship. Which definitely a good use for a floating invisible fairy sex circus.
Pro: I don't remember a time in True Blood when Sam had pants.
Pro: Andy's babies are all wearing Merlotte's T-Shirts.

                                                 GIF From The Film Fatale's Tumblr
Eonline's One Liner's-
"Well, that felt even better than I thought it would." —Eric
"If I want to be a fool, then I will be a fool. It's my God-given right as an American." —Jason
"She's a waitress. A waitress who's saved my life more than once and whose fear vibe very graciously brought me here tonight allowing me to settle and ancient debt. Thank you for that, by the way." —Eric
"Must all roads lead to f--king Sookie?" —Pam
"That train has already sailed." —Jason (Ryan Kwanten)
"Who knew that watching an alien give birth could be so comforting?" —Arlene
"Abjure this." —Alcide
Of course Brian's from AE is hilarious- 
Well ... THAT happened.
For the capper to a wildly uneven season, True Blood decided to whack a major character, only to bring him back again seconds later as the Second Coming. That's right, folks - Lilith has passed on her bloody merkin, and Bill Compton has strapped it on as the new cherry-coated vampire demigod du jour.
Back at the Interior Illusions Lounge, Bill - on full alert now that there's a breach - gathers the gay stormtroopers and yells at them for being part of such a lame plotline. After they leave, Salami (Valentina Cervi) asks where Chancellor Kibwe is and Bill's all, um ... I killed him because he thought he was the chosen one, when we know YOU are! He tells Salami that he knows Lilith chose her and he couldn't be happier for her, seriously. He bows and makes a mental note to order her an Edible Arrangement. I get another drink.

From Huffpo-Truebies are wondering what the show's creators have in store for the sassy, newly-minted vampire Tara (Rutina Wesley) and her mentor-slavemaster-creator, Pam (Kristin Bauer).
Their relationship has been tense so far this season ... to say the least. Pam has often been reprimanding and threatening Tara for bad behavior as she tries to teach her how to be a good vamp. But the two aren't always fighting -- there have been moments of kindness and compassion between them, as well as intense sexual energy, which (so far, anyway) hasn't been consummated. Their recap is HEREScreenCrave's is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly- Just posting The Good:
Foils: Flashbacks of Pam and Eric’s love inform her and Tara’s similar relationship. Both instances consist of a maker/progeny connection beyond the obvious parent/child. These comparisons allow us to ponder the different types of love we can experience: paternal/maternal, brotherly/sisterly, erotic, neighborly, et cetera. These foils also prompt us to look to the past to understand our future in a playful way. Bill and Sookie’s current relationship mirrors their past when he reminds her of their first encounter as a way of excusing (or explaining) his current behavior.
The (Major) Cliffhanger: The last 30 seconds of the show ended with the most bizarre and gory twist thinkable. Some might deem it predictable, but we were pleasantly surprised by who died and who lived. True Blood’s great strength has always been its ability to shock and awe. In this case, they pushed the limits that founded a following by bringing a sort of immortality into the mix. Jessica said what’s so exhilarating about being a vampire in “We’ll Meet Again:” the undead never age and have the ability to live forever (until they’re turned to goo). But after five seasons, we want something more than general drama and betrayal. And it seems next season might just fit the bill (pun intended) by giving us a taste of what it’s like for a vampire to never die. Hopefully, that comes with disastrous consequences.
Humor: There wasn’t a lack of humor in this episode. From one-liners to shape-shifting fiascoes to Eric calling Jason “Dearie.” We’re glad to see the fun has veered away from amateur puns, picking up on the possibilities for laugh-out-loud moments that are unique to the show. For example: when Bill can’t catch Sam as a fly or when Maurella’s “light breaks” to indicate she’s going into labor. The directing in such instances is great because it’s a clever use of characterization.

From CelebrityCafe-
Eric, Bill, Tara, and basically everyone else in the show, congregated at The Authority fortress…
So, Bill uses Salome’s hubris against her, and tricks her into drinking silver, thus making it easy to slay her. Bill essentially sets things up so he is the only chancellor left standing, and is in possession of Lilith’s blood.
Meanwhile, Eric has gotten a team of A-Listers together to attack the Authority, and try to save the day. Eric, Nora, Sookie, Jason, and Tara break in to the Authority castle, and set off to free Jessica and Pam.
There is an odd moment where the receptionist let’s us know she is studying statistics… then in true True Blood fashion, she dies a few scenes later.
Once Tara rescues Pam, they make out, because its True Blood, so why not have two chicks make out? It seems their mutual tension has culminated in a fanger relationship.

IGN's Recap-So, while one story in this finale had "life or death" stakes, the other had Maurella telling everyone "My light broke" and leaving Andy with four newborn baby girls. The worst part of which is that we'll now have to see Andy comically deal with four newborn babies in Season 6. And as for Russell? The driving force for most of Season 3 and the man who we all cliff-hanged on last week? He got splattered by Eric within the first two minutes; before the opening credits. Now, since I figured that this season couldn't end without Sookie actually meeting and seeing "Evil Bill," I knew the Russell situation would get handled quickly. But not that fast. I mean, I'm glad Eric was the one who got to kill him, but the hastiness of the whole thing made it feel very unsatisfying. I would have much rather watched things play out in the field a bit longer than, say, watch "constantly seeing things" Jason constantly see visions of his vampire-hating parents. More recap links to read- HighlightHollywood, Long one at EW, TVFanatic
Reposting the sneak peek again, when did Jason first start seeing his parents? How did he get the lump on his head? Could be from any of the blasts he took to the noggin', like he said to Sookie when she accidently blew him into the woods, It's ok, it was my head. I'll update when I figure out which ep he first started his hallucinations

Jessica vlogs from Vamper Jail, and Pam is bitching in the background about Bill fucking Compton and having feelings, warm fuzzy feelings and missing things. She misses her pink coffin, Fangtasia, freedom and ...Tara! Yep, that sums up Jason, 2 sandwiches shy of a picnic. I don't like the dismissing of the Jessica-Hoyt relationship though, it was written as a much richer, deeper love than Jess is talking about now. Fuck THE AUTHORITY! Pam says Tennyson was a friend of her parents, do they realize that might have fit Victorian book Pam, not show Pam? Hey I'll take what I can get and it was a lovely thing for Pam to quote.
From Alfred Lord Tennyson's Becket, Act 4-
ELEANOR:Pretty one, how camest thou?
GEOFFREY:There was a bit of yellow silk here and there, and it looked pretty like a glowworm, and I thought if I followed it I should find the fairies. 
ELEANOR:I am the fairy, pretty one, a good fairy to thy mother. Take me to her. GEOFFREY:There are good fairies and bad fairies, and sometimes she cries, and can't sleep sound o' nights because of the bad fairies.
 ELEANOR:She shall cry no more; she shall sleep sound enough if thou wilt take me to her. I am her good fairy. 
GEOFFREY:But you don't look like a good fairy. Mother does. You are not pretty, like mother. ELEANOR:We can't all of us be as pretty as thou art--(aside) little bastard. Come, here is a golden chain I will give thee if thou wilt lead me to thy mother. 
GEOFFREY:No--no gold. Mother says gold spoils all. Love is the only gold.
Alan Ball's Q&A from HBOConnect is up now.
TVLine has an interview up with Stephen Moyer about the finale-
TVLINE | As billed, the finale featured a lot of blood. We didn’t skimp on the death. [Laughs] During the table read for the episode, we were all going, “Oh my f—ing God!” It was like every five seconds somebody exploded. And I know what that means to shoot an episode that has that many deaths in it. Every single time you have to replace the body with a bag of blood, which we call a ‘Goo Drop.’ The ‘Good Drop’ is something like 20 to 30 gallons of blood being smashed down on the floor. And they came up with an even better way of doing it where they jettison 15 gallons of blood into the air as 16 gallons of blood falls down onto that blood, so you get this splatter effect that goes out wide. But that takes the best part of two or three hours per hit. So when we all read that episode, we were going, “Okay, three hours, six hours, nine hours… that’s a day, that’s another day.”
 TVLINE | How long did it take to shoot the episode? It was three very intense weeks. We’re very lucky on our show because we get to shoot like 20, 25-day episodes, which I don’t think anybody else on television gets to do. 
TVLINE | Let’s talk about the final scene — what was the makeup process like? It’s a long process, but ultimately not something we haven’t done before. Sitting in a chair having your body painted is something I’ve done quite a few times on the show. You spend three or four hours in the chair and then you come out looking like somebody else. One of the most interesting parts of the shot was actually during the transformation before the final moment. There’s a lot of tiny little tubes that you have all over your body and then they pump blood through the tubes, and that’s the cross moment where Bill as we know him [turns] into what he becomes. And that was amazing. Read it, read it all up
On the set of The Good Wife, from DO's Twitter.

I didn't think they'd use Stabbing Westward because I thought it was from another show, and I 
know it was used in movies as well, but it is a good pick.

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