Wednesday, August 24, 2011
“He was Terry’s platoon leader in Iraq,” series creator Alan Ball explains of Foley’s character, Patrick. “So they [share] a military history.”
Dumb fake-outs abound in “Let’s Get Out Of Here.” We start with the aftermath of the battle in the graveyard, where Sookie got shot. For one hot second, Bill and Alcide are worried because Sookie won’t drink Bill’s blood. Since we’re not stupid, though, we know she’ll drink it eventually, so the entire scene becomes an irritating delay of the inevitable.
Same deal with the climactic battle at the Festival of Tolerance. Martonia plans to kill Bill in front of all those reporters, but we know that’s an empty threat. Of course Sookie’s going to learn about the plan, and of course she’s going to help Bill get away. Yet the episode drags on for an hour, pretending something bad might happen.
What’s worse, in order to justify Bill’s inevitable rescue, the episode constructs convoluted, unsatisfying plot twists. Like… Debbie. What’s going on there? One minute, she’s back on V and hating Sookie. In the next, Sookie reads her thoughts and realizes Debbie wants to help rescue Bill. That conveniently allows Debbie and Sookie to bust into the Moon Goddess Emporium, learn where Bill’s hiding, and haul ass to save him.
By now, most dedicated "Vampire Academy" fans have picked up their copy of the first book in Richelle Mead's spin-off series, "Bloodlines." But there are, no doubt, a bunch of readers on the fence, either because they're not "VA" addicts, or they're such addicts, they're not sure they'll be able to stomach a whole series focused on human alchemist Sydney and her dealings with other secondary "VA" characters.
We at Hollywood Crush have decided it's not our place to decide for you, even though we're going to declare "Bloodlines" our Summer Beach Read of the week. Instead, here are what other reviewers on the Web had to say about it:
Many folks were disappointed with True Blood's recreation of the infamous Vampire Eric and Sookie shower sex scene from Charlaine Harris' original book. Instead of carnal lust, we got two stoned teenagers talking about snow. Oof.
Here's the proof, in the form of a steamy reading from the book in which the vampire shower sex was spawned, that thing could have been a hell of a lot hotter.
As many of you know, we were less than thrilled with the reimagining of the infamous Vampire Eric sex fest. Instead of carnal shower lust, it was mutated into a snowflake-strewn romp that flopped onto the screen like Bill's new haircut. It was ridiculous, to say the very least. And with a show that is predominately about about vampires having sex with each other, we'd like to hope that the fine folks who make the "vampires having sex" series would take their vampire sex a little bit more seriously.
Vampire fans from around the world will converge upon Alaska next June for Vamps At Sea: a Vampire Convention at Sea – June 23-30, 2012. Special guests include Dracula author Bram Stoker’s great grand-nephew, Dacre Stoker, author of Dracula The Undead the sequel to Dracula: Bram’s relation will present powerful new insight into Dracula and the vampire mystique that has been sinking its teeth into vampire fans worldwide for nearly 100 years. Joining Dacre will be PhD candidate and vampire scholar John Edgar Browning. John’s expertise is vampires in film, television and literature. He will be hosting a vampire film festival on board and his presentations will feature his research on “Real Vampires in New Orleans.”