By Kendra James (subbing in this week for Arturo Garcia)
Content Warning: Mentions of sexual assault.
Why is the volume on this show constantly turned up to 11? Use of dramatic tension becomes less effective if its the only thing used to advance the story along. Unless it’s desired outcome was thoroughly succeeding in turning Scandal into a show that I have less emotional attachment to than the adolescent canines over on MTV. In that, it’s succeeded.
This week we were introduced to the older Grant children who’ve been away at boarding school for three seasons of television (we’ll ignore the fact that the calibre of boarding school those kids would likely be at are in session for far less time and have far more and longer vacations than their absence would indicate), as Scandal attempted to refocus some of the parent/child drama way from Olivia and Eli over to the Grants and their brood.
That was all less exciting than the D&G maternity cloak Lynn Paolo had Kerry Washington swishing around the White House in, but here are a few stray observations:
This post brought to you by a first time Netflix user with a very telling suggested watching list.
It took me less than one 24 hour cycle to watch a full season of Orange Is The New Black and about 4 days to watch 67 episodes of Nikita. I don’t know how or why I slept on that last one for so long, y’all, but accept my apologies and know that at this rate I’ll be more than caught up in time to provide commentary when the final season starts in January.
My slow uptake on Nikita combined with my, Arturo, and Joseph’s desires to make sure the community is getting the TV and film coverage that they want lead us to ask this:
As we begin the transition into season premieres and Oscars bait releases, what media are you looking to see regularly critiqued, discussed, and recapped this Fall?
You know we’re gonna keep you in the loop on Olivia Pope and her cliffhanger daddy issues, I’m even more committed to the vampires of Mystic Falls now that Janina Gavankar’s been cast on The Vampire Diaries and once Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore get their show on the air we are so there. While we can’t watch everything, there are obviously some things you just don’t have to worry about. But readers make the R what it is, and we want to make sure you’re staying engaged, so please: shout out your choices in the comments below!
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The True Blood S6 finale ended with a lot of big-ish to enormously relevant moments to Sookie and company. Even with with the Killy Kill McKill mood of season 6, I’m elated to note that all of my favorite old and new characters survived to the credits. Although next season remains to be seen.[/caption]
Before we begin the long journey to accepting that we won’t see Jason Stackhouse’s abs for almost a year, partake in some. SPOILERY FINALE EPISODE TIDBITS for sharing — after the cut.
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Image via True-Blood.net.
Ed.’s Note: Laffy’s looking ferosh. Pairing your purple suit accessories
to your purple eyeshadow is living life at expert level.
I think this was the best episode of True Blood in quite some time, don’t you think? After the end of the hour, I realized I didn’t roll my eyes at nearly anyone. I’m thinking the last great episode was in Season 4 when Sookie and Amnesi-Eric first slept together (two seasons ago!) and also in the same episode a bewitched Jessica walked into the sun and I had to wait a whole week to find out she didn’t die. (I remember being pretty sure that I would have stopped watching in protest if the almost-death of Babyvamp Jess was an actual one. Given the frequency of characters meeting their maker (at least 1 per episode these days) I’m pretty sure I’ll consider a boycott if/when she does — knock on a wooden stake.
Shifting back to this past installment, the cast and crew of this HBO show sometimes show to us from time to time; during the gore and the camp and the bizarre, they hit it out of the park and remind us, “We can be super awesome. Our boss did in make Six Feet Under.” Keep it up, television show.
Discussion points with a side of SPOILERS for True Blood 6.9: “Life Matters” are under the cut:
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Read the SPOILERY talking points and discuss the latest episode of True Blood 6.8, “Dead Meat” after the cut.
By Joseph Lamour
Image via True-Blood.net.
Man. No supporting player is safe from the gauntlet this season.
Spoiler filled discussion points for True Blood Episode 6.7, “In The Evening” are below the cut.
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True Blood is really veering off from the books, isn’t it? It’s so different now.
Try as I might to keep myself from repeating a presumably annoying statement, this current season is so very unlike anything in the Charlaine Harris novels. Readers like me had seasons worth of spoilers at our disposal. And now, I’m just a viewer.Like everyone else. Surprise! Sookie and company can actually throw us a curve ball now and again.
Rather than a recap, I’ve been thinking about a couple of things regarding the new direction. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments:
- Where do you think this Warlow plot is going? Do you even care?
So: he’s evil, but hes pure. But he’s a vampire, but he’s fae, He is danger personified (I’m still not quite getting that from Rob Kazinsky, he’s still giving me innocence as his default face), but he waited thousands upon thousands of years to be with Sookie. But, he killed her parents. But… her parents tried to kill her — one of who tried again as a ghost.
This whole fae storyline seems to be filled with things (balls of light! antechambers!) that really add nothing but… pieces of flare to the story. I was so excited last year when Sookie found her human grandfather in the fae world, because (again, sorry folks) I loved that whole storyline in the books, and well… not so much on screen. Last season, right after Sookie and her grandfather left that realm, that was the last mention of it. The powers-that-be even cast a queen of the fae (played by the should-be-more-famous Rebecca Wisocky) and since Niall, apparently, is the last royal… she may be important. Or a plot hole.
- DEATH! Or, How do you feel about the death of [Spoiler Alert]? Is it just me, or…
should is every supporting actor on True Blood start planning back up gigs? So much death… and confirmation of death: Sadly, the faesome foursome is now simply Adilyn Bellefleur. Fae don’t seem to be very durable. Especially if you consider the Faerie Club Massacre.
The whole plot leading up to last night’s regarding the character in question made me think a plot device (like, perhaps a fire god?) would provide a reprieve. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. Are they just killing folks off for kicks? Or are they running out of surprises?
- What does everyone think of Packmaster Jerkface?
This whole season it feels like they’re just giving Joe Magianello things to say so that Alcide, his abs, and his everything else can make an appearance. I don’t like how quickly power made Alcide a jerk.
Though, that is what happens in the books.
- Do we like Willa?
Because, I do. I’m hoping she sticks around. She gives me Babyvamp Jessica vibes. Discuss.
Open Thread! Feel free to discuss the film, the tragedy, or whatever else is Batman related and on your mind. Assume there will be spoilers in the comments.