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True Blood is the new Nip/Tuck. Remember that show? It finally got canceled this year right? Who knows… not like anyone watched it to the end or very long past the Carver anyway. Same formula as True Blood, really: extreme sex + extreme violence – any plausibility = ratings! Nip/Tuck was quite good in the beginning, just the way True Blood was (kind of). As the series went on it got more and more ridiculous, but somehow it still managed to get in a few truly touching moments for a while, like at the end of Season 1 when (SPOILER ALERT) Sean Macnamara fell in love with a dying woman named Megan O’Hara and helped to euthanize her as Elton John’s Rocket Man played in the background.
Excluding any moment on LOST or Buffy or the Season 4 finale of House (Wilson! Amber!) that particular scene sticks out in my mind as one of the most tragic television moments of all time. They were few and far between, but even with all the similarities between the two shows I still can’t think of just ONE moment on True Blood that I, or anyone I know has ever connected with or been touched by in any similar way. I’ve never felt true elation for a triumph of these characters, and I’ve also never felt that pang of worry or sense of tragedy for them either. The closest I’ve come to connecting are some “awwww’s” here and there between Jessica and Hoyt, or Lafayette and Jesus. True Blood is an endless string of empty stories with no heart. As for Nip/Tuck, I would go on to hate it for its way way waaaaaay over-the-top and repulsive content done purely for shock value which helped to make it lose near any semblance of heart it had left, and to this day I advise people not to watch it as there is no chance of a swift resolution to these unlikeable characters aside from their demise.
This is the slippery slope of the relatively new monster known as the “Cable Drama”: they can discuss heavier themes, curse, show people having wild and crazy sex, hack each other’s heads off clean, masturbate to horse porn, you name it. But its easy to get lost in all that freedom, too, and tempting to throw it all into one show just so audiences think you’re daring and different! An example of a character who unfortunately personifies the non-censorship slippery slope problem on cable is Debra Morgan on Dexter. Her incessant usage of the word “fuck” makes me cringe near every time she utters it. I think they try to be funny with it, and it does [fucking] nothing but make her sound like a [fucking] moron. (See what I mean?)
Oh yeah, the episode…
I’ll be brief about the analysis and review portion of the latest episode of True Blood because I’ve gone on long enough. I know the episode was suppose to be some big deal with all these crazy twists and spins that affect the rest of the season but… meh. Well, it started off on a good foot with the refreshingly mutual break-up of Sookie and Bill which, truth be told, is a rarer occurrence on television than it is in real life. This is totally understandable being that mutual break-ups are low on the conflict scale and pretty damn anti-climactic, however, I enjoyed seeing two people tearfully agree that, despite loving each other, some things just aren’t meant to work out. I guess it was a sense of realism otherwise non-existent amidst the absurdity that is True Blood which I appreciated. But of course, the break up didn’t even last past the episode it took place in, which really lowers the stakes of any conflict moving forward between Sookie and Bill. It’s like in the real world when a friend and their on-again/off-again significant other have broken up for the 283472 time and they are on the phone crying to you about it and you’re exhausted from having to pretend you care anymore because you know its all bullshit and their own fault and this won’t end until one of them (A) dies, or (B) moves away. That’s how I feel watching all these idiots run around in circles most of the time, and that goes beyond Sookie and Bill.
The moment you were all waiting for: the sex is back! We’ve seen how relatively subdued sex has been in Season 3 in comparison to the disastrous Season 2 orgyfest (not in intensity but in frequency). Well, it made its comeback in a huge way on Sunday night when we were reminded why God invented Premium Cable. Personally, neither Stephen Moyer or gay bunk-ups do it for me, but if Sookie or Eric are involved, the sexiness factor amps up anyone with a heart beat and half a libido. (Yes, I’m still holding out for the moment when both their worlds collide and my screen melts!) Even the non-sex was hot: Alcide and Sookie. One of the few good lines of the episode is captioned above. There was a promise of a raunchy reunion in that goodbye which I would welcome, gladly.
One act I was not pleased with, however, was Eric’s decision to kill Talbot as vengeance on Russell — particularly if that’s in fact his only plan. If the show really wanted the audience to flip their shit at the killing of Talbot, they wouldn’t have made Russell so annoyed and dismissive of him all along. They should have made the two inseparable and fleshed out their bond, or made Russell as obsessive over Talbot as Talbot was of him. I mean, of course all hell is going to break lose now anyway, but its unjustified and only vaguely reasonable. Who cares about a situation that yesterday appeared to mean next to nothing to Russell? Just another McGuffin as far as I’m concerned. They could have done a lot more with that story, as with most everything else. That being said, I repeat, this better not be the only thing up Eric’s sleeve because it sucks!
Judge Reese may have been a scoundrel in the 'Maverick' episode "Red Dog"; but had he been really a black-hearted villain, the Judge would have ordered Wolf MacManus to gun down Beau "Red Dog" Maverick when he refused the opportunity to join their bank robbery plan. And although his ultimate goal was to line his pockets with reward money, at least he was trying to get three bad guys out of circulation.
Two out of three ain't bad.
Earlier in his career, Judge Reese may have built up quite a reputation on the bench as a force for good in the Old West. To the point that perhaps the people looked up to him and and saw him as an inspiration for their own lives. They may have even carried out this hero worship to the point where they named their children after him.
One such family might have been the Bennetts down in Texas.
Of course, this must have been early in the career of Judge Reese, for even though he was an old man by the time we met him in that episode of 'Maverick', Reese Bennett was fully into adulthood by then - as seen in 'Laredo'....
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Filed under: TV ReplayWell, it's time to get down to it. All good reality shows must come to an end. So, on 'Hell's Kitchen' (Tue., 8PM ET on Fox), we finally learn who is the winner of the entire series. It comes down to a battle between Jay and Holli. Only one can survive. And your winner is ...
Filed under: TV ReplayWhite House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has caused a stir by lashing out at the "professional left," a collection of bloggers and cable news personalities who he believes is too hard on the Obama administration.