by Kate Houdek
Season 6 in the Books
Last night wrapped up season 6 of True Blood and while there was some lacking to the season, I think the finale tied up just enough and left me sufficiently anticipating what’s to come in season 7. There’s some serious spoilers here so be forewarned. That said, if you don’t have HBO go ahead and skip down to the very last paragraph to find out how you can catch up on this and past seasons of True Blood.
Let’s start with Warlow. Great Merlin’s beard!.. I’m glad that I was on the money when it came to bad Warlow / sweet Ben. The two sides of Warlow were just to disparate even for a being that supposed to be half fairy, half vampire. And the fact that Sookie fell for him with relative ease shows that she really is a danger ______. It was fun to see him turn on a dime when Sookie suggested that he “court” her. Which is an incredibly silly notion in the first place and just goes to show that Sookie has lost all common sense when it comes her actual position in the hierarchy of beings in Bon Temps and beyond.
Warlow’s death seemed to come really easily didn’t it? It was pretty convenient that fairy grandfather Niall showed up from his other plane just in the nick of time to help Jason put a fairly easy-peasy end to him. I guess Niall was able to acquire some sort of mythical blood transfusion while he was out of action.
Oh, happy, high, Warlow-blood-drunk, day-walking vampires! You had to feel for them as they experienced the Sun, some for the first time in hundreds of years, on their skin. Dressed in summer picnic attire, they played volleyball and frolicked in the grass. You knew it wouldn’t last. To be honest, I thought the effect would just wear off after a while. I guess that was the trade off to how easy it seemed to be to do away with Warlow.
As we watched the magical properties of Warlow’s blood leave the vampires it was easy to forget that there were a few of our favorites that weren’t still hanging out in Bon Temps and might very well be in an incredibly inconvenient time zone. I can only say that while I assume that Eric (and by extension, Pam) found a way to save himself I won’t hold my breath so as to not be devastated if he’s gone to that big ‘ol Fangtasia in the sky to kick it with Godric.
A New Mayor and a New Bar
Bon Temps has a new mayor and he goes by the name of Sam Merlotte. And Merlotte’s bar got a makeover as Bellefluer’s when Arlene uses some of the money from Terry’s life insurance policy to take ownership. Bellefluer’s becomes the site of a fancy little mixer where the Vampires and humans of Bon Temps pair up and form a buddy system. It’s sweet really. Vampires provide protection to the humans from the Hep V psycho vamps and the humans feed the vampires in exchange for their protection. These relationship seem to be put to the test instantly as the episode ends when the Hep V vamps crash the party. Will these bourgeoning relationships pan out or fail miserably? We’ll find out in season 7.
Bill and Jessica
As Warlow pointed out during his battle with Bill… Billith’s gone. Whatever Bill got from Lillith it was now long gone and Bill was simply Bill again. That said, when the days done, Bill picked up some even savvier PR skills and confidence from his time as the King of Lousiana and as a god-like Lillith-infused vampire and takes it upon himself to become a figurehead for the new age of Vampires getting by in this Hep V world. In the meantime, Jessica takes the mantle that Bill used to carry and hangs on to her humanity as she offers herself as protector of Adeline and Andy as recompense for what she did to his other fairy children. Jessica’s guilt was palpable and her stoicism is admirable. Should make for an interesting season 7.
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It’s official… A New Doctor Who.
by Kate Houdek
Everyone Has A Favorite
Every Doctor Who fan has their Doctor. Mine happens to be the tenth Doctor, David Tennant. That said, Christopher Eccelston and Matt Smith have had me thoroughly entertained over the years. To me, the most enjoyable and amazing thing about the many incarnations of the Doctor are the traits and characteristics that are central and essential to the character. To top that off each Doctor brings his own quirks to the table and that allows this impressive character to be comfortable and familiar while at the same time fresh, exciting, and forever a tad mysterious.
Who Is The Doctor?
The Doctor embodies what humanity is and strives to be. The Doctor is certainly flawed but fiercely grips to his compassion, morality, and humility. His quirkiness, bravery, and wit bring levity. His anger, sorrow, defiance, and arrogance round him out and make him completely relatable. In spite of his Time Lord status there will always be a moment that feels akin to looking into a mirror.
What’s In A Number?
What will the new Doctor bring to the table? While the Doctor remains a well-rounded character throughout every iteration, each regeneration highlights a particular quality. Eccleston’s ninth Doctor reintroduced us to the series and perhaps may have been the most quintessential incarnation of the Time Lord. His boyish grin belied defiance. His smooth bad-boy image covered an awkward out-of-place nature. He was the most adept at ever so faintly exposing the Doctor’s greatest vulnerability, his loneliness.
The tenth Doctor embodied many of the characteristics of all of the Doctors before him. We came to know him as much for his compassion as for his arrogance. Was there ever anything more thrilling than watching him offer the bad guy a chance to do the right thing? Knowing all the while that if he turns that opportunity down that he will meet a most just and terrible fate? The eleventh Doctor was a friend. Perhaps the bravest; he embraced his companions wholeheartedly. He made bowties cool. He loved.
Where will the Time Lord take us?
Who will the twelfth Doctor be? Peter Capaldi will be the oldest actor to portray him since the series was re-upped in 2005. Will this mean the Doctor will take on a more serious tone? It certainly signals a major shift. How far will the twelfth take us from eleven? Will we still catch a glimpse of the shy and nervous Matt Smith version of the Doctor? Bow-ties and fezzes are most assuredly gone. What new quirks will twelve treat us to? Only time will tell where the Time Lord will take us and what he will reveal. Here’s to new adventures with our forever familiar and mysterious friend, Doctor Who.
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