Monday, August 19, 2013

Radioactive, Stretching Out the Finale

                So little of Lafayette this season, Nelsan is such a wonderful actor, too bad the finale ignored him except for reaction shots.
Ok, now didn't I ask why they don't just go to the baffroom portal for Niall? Finally something that I understand happens. After a crazy season of topsy turvy character personality flips and lack of any previous continuity or what we thought was canon, True Blood literally threw us a bone. Swedish konsorgan. Was that a really cheap move to pull, did it blind fans of all the plot holes? Oh and Fae for day and vamp for night was so damn disappointing, but Benwa was just one more character with multiple personality disorder in season six. I hereby dub it, Three Faces of Peave. I thought of Hot Dick in the Cold Snow but that was cold, even for me and negated the other 9 episodes (as if that matters). Why is Nicole still breathing, geez, makes it so hard but I can still hope for next season to be better. Buckner said they're going back to basics in Bon Temps, but Sam not behind the bar at Merlotte's or any Merlotte's at all is not easy to buy. Hope fucking springs eternal, right?
George Costanza and shrinkage: Eric always reminded me of Lestat, who could fly to the sun, get burned and heal with a nice tan. Another of Rice's vamps, Marius, dug into the ice far north just to take a long-ass nap till he was awakened, so I have no fear that Viking Eric will be back. My one problem with that scene is, why the hell was he shocked the effects of the fae blood wore off? He has had it happen twice before, our wiley Mr Northman seemed to also have had a personality change in this moment of DUH, very unlike him (maybe writer amnesia).
I will miss Sam, whoever was wearing his skin even changed the guy's accent and tone of voice. Sam calling for the end of separation of church and state is a dangerous, slippery slope that won't end well, no matter what his intentions. No one changes that much in only 6 months, unless they suffer head trauma. RIP Sam Merlotte. 
Meredith's Pros and Cons-
Pro: OH MY GOD, WARLOW DECORATED A MAYPOLE FOR THEIR WEDDING. Where did he get the poll or the flowers or crystals? It looks like a rich, gay, Floridian couple's wedding. He's wrapping the ivy with fabric. AAAAAAAH! I LOVE IT! Super Jesus, he has all the details planned, he even picked out the rings. LOL ADORABLE.Con: SURPRISE ASSHOLE!!!!!
Con: Alcide relates to Sookie's loss by agreeing and saying, "That's what death does... I know this because I just watched a bunch of teens get ripped apart by wolves. What? No, of course I didn't report it to the police! I'm a fucking werewolf. Seriously I ate a person like days ago."
Pro: Alcide smells something. Makes the "I smell something" face. This will never get old.

Whooooooaaaaaaa! Why did I forget the super sun block? This is what a hot flash feels like BTW younguns.
EW has confirmed that the book Eric was reading is Den allvarsamma leken by Hjalmar Söderberg. Translation: The Serious Game. According to True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner, it was Skarsgard’s pick: “This was the book that Alex wanted to be reading because it is an old Swedish favorite.” Per a synopsis on Amazon, the tale, published in 1912, is Sweden’s most celebrated and enduring love story: “Sweden at the turn of the previous century. Arvid, an ambitious and well-educated young man, meets Lydia, the daughter of a landscape painter, during an idyllic summer vacation and falls in love. Lydia, however, has other suitors, and Astrid is frightened of being tied down by his emotions. Trapped inside loveless marriages of convenience, they struggle in later years to rekindle the promise of their romance with bitter and tragic results.”Let's start the recaparama with Brian's Backlot recap bite- SIX MONTHS LATER Oh for f*ck’s sake, really?! Let’s just do this in bullet form:Beel’s a published author – And God Bled, which sounds to me like a feminist theology dissertation. But no, it’s the Lean In for former vampire deities and onetime Kings of Louisiana, of which there are… one.
Hep V is rampant in the vamp community, and humans can carry it.
Alcide got a haircut, thank GOD.
Jason has been having lunch at the Y with Violet for six months but she won’t reciprocate. Ouch.
Sam (Sam Trammell) is the mayor. WTF?!
And Sookie is clearly wearing Gran’s dresses to church. Full circle?
So apparently Mayor Sam and the Reverend – church and state, y’see? – have joined forces to give humans blood tests to see if they are carrying Hep V… and to then pair non-infected humans and vamps up?! Okay, wait – why can’t they just make more Tru Blood?! I know they blew up the factories or whatever, but does NO ONE have the recipe for that shit? This is so stupid…MORE
TVLine's, read the whole recaps at the links- PARTY IN THE USA.  As “Radioactive” begins, Sookie and Alcide are just beginning to recover from the amnesia that seemed to make them both forget how into each other they once were when they notice a daytime vampire orgy breaking out at Bill’s place. (Stranger still, a daytime vampire orgy at which fangers dance the jitterbug.) Making a beeline for Jason, Sookie gets a lingering kiss from Violet. “She’s European,” he explains. But the afternoon isn’t all happy, happy, joy, joy. Pam takes off after Eric, prompting Tara to brand her and Willa’s parents the “worst f—ing makers ever.” Plus, Bill is so poutypants that he’s no longer the magical Billith that he’s prepared to let Warlow turn Sookie until Jessica points out how very humongous a d-bag that would make him.

Part of Baltimore Sun's The most enjoyable scenes from the finale happen right at its start. The daywalking vampires return to the Compton manor and celebrate their escape from vamp camp and ability to be outside without burning up. It’s one part vampire orgy, one part spring break vacay and all parts good old-fashioned True Blood fun. Jason and Violet square off against Jess and James in a jealousy-infused volleyball game set to the tune of The Breeders’ "Cannonball." Later, Sookie meets her brother’s new lover-slash-master and Violet enthusiastically plants a wet kiss on Sookie’s mouth. It’s ‘cause Violet’s European, Jason explains to his confused little sis.
Bill listening to his break up mixed tape (he's old school), playing currently, "I Will Always Love You" , sniffles.
The wet blanket, of course, is Bill. He’s sulking in his office, and when Jess asks why, he explains that his powers have disappeared. He can’t feel Lilith anymore and is back to being plain, ordinary Bill Compton. Jess isn’t sure why this is a bad thing until Bill explains that their freedom came with a price tag named Sookie Stackhouse. She’s about to be turned by Warlow, and those Billith powers probably would have helped stop that. Nevertheless, Jess prods Bill into action. They go to Jason, who gives them all the Warlow dirt he has. Despite being ticked off that Bill encouraged Sookie to agree to Warlow’s ultimatum, Jason wisely decides that the priority is saving Sookie. Looks like the party is over.
                                              HEEEEEEE'S BACK! 
Niall sure picked a good time to pop in.
Here's TVGuide's short recap and the WSJ's Speakeasy episode run down.
EW's always in depth recap at the link- The action picked up six months later. There was no mention of Pam -- or Eric. The CDC is now struggling to understand Hep V and a book by one William Compton -- And God Bled: A story of Death and Redemption -- is a best-seller. He was on TV being interviewed and not at all worried about getting arrested for admitting that he ripped Gov. Burrell's head off. "It’s not like he didn’t deserve it?" Bill said. What jury would convict him for murdering the man who created Hep V? (Where are you, Sarah Newlin...) Sookie was watching the interview from her couch. And oh wait, there's Alcide, who, in the last six months, has cut his hair, bulked up, and learned to take Sookie to bed without her vomiting, apparently. Do we feel cheated that they glossed over giving us a real sex scene between those two? Something to look forward to in season 7, I suppose.
The other Stackhouse was also in bed. Violet had said she'd make Jason woo her and work for it and she meant it. I wonder if that's the longest oral sex scene in TV history? Someone do the research and get back to me. Jason seemed rather good at it, judging from her reaction, and that's because he's had a lot of practice. He's gone down on her 178 nights in a row, some nights multiple times. He's built her the "girliest, lock-tightest" basement ever, and still, she's never touched him. "What the f---?" he asked. "In due time," she said. And down again he went. (Also, what exactly was girly about that basement?)
The Mary Sue's -So Terry’s funeral (which felt like it lasted 6 days) is finally over. Sookie invites Alcide to join her for a walk and WHY THE SHIT ARE YOU WEARING THAT WIG JOE MANGANIELLO??? (it really is hilarious). That was not there last week in the same scene. Let’s try and forget about that, shall we? Much like everyone has forgotten Jason always gets himself into trouble. But Jason is a survivor, says Alcide. Well sure, I guess.
The two share brief memories of their might-have-been relationship until Alcide smells vamps in sun. 
Last from Jess's blog- Stoppin' to Smell the Roses

The Fangover: Fire on the Mountain; No More 175-Year-Old Bullsh*t; Tara’s a Mother Sucker

Another ‘True Blood’ finale, another uncertain fate for a beloved vampire. “Radioactive” put the final nail in Season 6’s coffin and reminded us that like the pack of hungry Hep V-infected vamps lurking outside the newly-branded Bellefleur’s, danger is never far off in ‘True Blood.’
Fans are terrified for Eric, after his hopes for a secluded mountain getaway went up in flames. In this week’s Inside the Episode, director Scott Winant explains that Eric’s blood-screen “becomes ineffectual once Warlow dies.”
AVClub's review- What in the fresh hell? No, really, please tell me: What just happened? True Blood has done a lot of strange things over the course of its own history, but that was perhaps one of the strangest, most incomprehensible season finales I’ve experienced not just in True Blood history but in all of my years watching television. There’s making good narrative decisions, making bad narrative decisions, and then whatever True Blood attempted to do tonight, which was basically making unintelligible narrative decisions. Just when everything was going so well! More
The Buckner interviews keep on coming, backstroke! SPOILERY bits included for S7
TVLine talks to Buckner (yawn) about Eric's fake demise. Seriously, the writers have made a bizarro season of True Blood this year but they know where their money maker lies. They ain't that fucking stupid. 
Although I know all you True Blood fans are all still busy mourning Eric’s (apparent) demise, I suspect you’ll want to take a break from your weeping to read what showrunner Brian Buckner has to say about Alexander Skarsgard’s future involvement with HBO’s monster smash. And yes, just for good measure, he’ll also reveal how much prodding it took to get Skarsgard to go full frontal for his “final” scene (hint: none at all!), and why Season 7 will not be zombified.
TVLINE | The big question coming out of the finale, obviously…
Let me guess. [Laughs]TVLINE | Alexander Skarsgard — will he be back for Season 7?
I can tell you that Alexander Skarsgard is going to be a part of the next season of True Blood. He will be a series regular.
TVLINE | That will be a huge relief to fans.
I am aware! I’m not going to take Alex Skarsgard out of people’s living rooms.
TVLINE | I’m guessing Eric won’t suddenly be alive and well in the Season 7 premiere.
No. That would be a cheat, wouldn’t it? That would be an incredible cheat. Pam has gone off in search of Eric, and maybe she’s going to be the one to find him, y’know?
TVLINE | Let’s talk about Alexander’s nude scene. Full-frontal nudity on a guy is not something you see often on television.
TVLINE | What kind of behind-the-scenes conversations took place prior to shooting?
Alex Skarsgard was the coolest camper in the world. There’s no conversation with him. He’s Swedish. They’re naked all the time. As a matter of fact, when I saw what we had on camera I sent him an email that said, “We’re going to lock picture. Are you OK with this?” He said, “No problemo.” That was the conversation. It couldn’t have been easier.
TVLINE | Did the reaction surprise you — or him? Probably not.
I think sometimes we are impressed by how much people care. But I don’t think that people care was a surprise. He knew the gift he was giving everybody. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Moving on, talk to me about the decision to jump ahead six months.
Look, we’re going into a seventh season. I’m aware that people like the familiar, but we have to change. We have to be able to pivot. There were bits of story in there that I didn’t necessarily, nor did any of the other writers, want to show. The fallout from what Bill had done… Ours is a show that is so constrained by [our narrative structure]. We’re not 24, but we’re damn close – and sometimes it’s really refreshing to be able to shuffle the deck. For me, it’s fun. We will obviously pick up some of the pieces and explain how certain things happened. But what I think some people found jarring, to me was really refreshing. It was that: The world has changed, this virus has mutated, and this is the way the world is going to look now. Meanwhile, life beats on in this small town.
Edit:Finally they talk about Puffy and his redemption and they should have asked if 
the tight Henlys were to emphasize his chestiness this season.

TVLINE | Are you looking at Season 7 as a reset of sorts for Bill?
Absolutely. We don’t want Bill to be an a—hole. Whereas the show that I love watching most right now,Breaking Bad, Walter White is on a downward trajectory with the consequences of his actions. The question we’re going to be asking this coming season is: Can Bill be forgiven? Because he made his intentions clear. One thing that I noticed – and I probably shouldn’t read as much as I’ve been reading, but I have been, in terms of audience reaction – is the idea that characters can’t change. I will put to bed one thing for you: this idea that Lettie Mae is trying to poison Tara? It’s absurd. That is genuine. And I realize that on our show, because it’s been so incredibly plot-driven for the past several years, you insert a Big Bad and then have the characters react in the way we expect them to react. That’s sort of what’s been going on. When we let characters change, when we let the show be character-driven, I think people don’t know what to do with that. So with Lettie Mae and Tara, not to say that everything is going to go great, but the conflict is not going to be she’s poisoning Tara. By the same token, I think Bill doesn’t have a trick up his sleeve this time. I think he’s genuine. The real question is about forgiveness.

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