Posts Tagged ‘horror’

Review – The Vampire Diaries – The Birthday (S03Ep01)

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Damon is drinking and brooding. It must be a day ending in Y.

This week:
What a difference a Summer in Mystic Falls makes. Everything is the same, but also totally different. Elena and Damon still have unresolved feelings. Elena is pining over Stephan. Stephan is still on his blood kick. Klaus is still reading his own publicity. Caroline and Tyler are spending a lot of time together. Jeremy is seeing the ghosts of his ex-girlfriends and Ric is still lost. It doesn’t take much though to change the game…

Pluses:
Ripper Damon wasn’t just a lame copy of the idea of Ripper from Buffy. It is a little bit more literal than that.
Caroline and Tyler dynamic.
Jeremy telling the truth.
Andy’s exit.
Damon’s “humanity” and the contract to Stephan’s lack of control.
No actual witches on the ground this episode. Yes I still can’t stand Bonnie.

Minuses:
A lot happened, but at the same time, other than changing the dynamic, not a lot occured.
For a big bad, I find Klaus a tad lame. Bring back Elijah!
Brooding, dark Stephan (only mildly less boring that brooding, sanctimonious Stephan).
Donde estas Catherine?

This was a rollicking little episode that got us right back into the game that is Mystic Falls. Where the first families think they know everything but actually know next to nothing. Where life and death is only as real as the person with the power to make it so, and where dopplegangers, witches, werewolves and vampires are just your regular walk in the park.

#threehybridpandas

Review – True Blood – Season 4 (SPOILERS)

Monday, September 26th, 2011

I actually LOL'ed when they did the slow motion walk.

Over all, this season didn’t take me on the same sort of journey as previous seasons. We had vampires, shifters, fairies and wolves (oh my!) – but we also had witches and ghost whisperers.

Pluses:
Jason development (apart from the first arc).
Tara is dead! (I know she won’t stay dead and I am thinking a faery twist)
Alcide is finally rid of Debbie.
Tommy is finally dead (I hated that whole Mickens plot from last year).
Nan is finally dead – the true death.
Lots of puppy dog (and nekkid) Eric.
Andy’s journey.
Jessica’s development.
Loved the Rene moment!
Gran!

Minsues:
WTF? Ghost Whisper? The worst episode in TB – ever.
The break from the books – now normally I don’t mind – but the whole Eric and Sookie thing – too neatly wrapped up – the books did it MUCH better.
Jason’s “recovery” after being repeatedly raped.
Sookie did very little, if any, character development this season.
Sookie has very bland threesome fantasies.
MoonGoddess Yawn Emporium.
I didn’t think that the arc of “mainstreaming” really meshed neatly with the whole witch thing very well.

Any TrueBlood is better than no TrueBlood, but I do so hope next season gets back on track. The last episode helped me forget a lot of what I didn’t like, but still just an average season.

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Review – True Blood – She’s Not There (S04Ep01)

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

It is good to be the King, no?

This week:
She’s back (via the fairy dimension) but time has moved on, just like the people in Sookie’s life. The world comes crashing back in on Sookie and we find out what our favourite Bon Temps residents have been up to.

Pluses:
Bill did his house up finally.
Jason finally got his wish to be a Deputy.
Tara’s arc totally makes sense given what she has been through.
Pam being Pam.
Eric has lost a lot of his bulk from last season.
The poo is finally off Sookie’s walls.

Minuses:
Fairy realm. So poorly done and hopefully the end of this arc.
Necromancy (though I know where it is going).
Jesus and Lafayette.
Jessica and Hoyt.

This episode was a bit disappointing. As soon as they did the time jump I was really interested in seeing how some characters had developed – Everyone’s favourite baby vamp, Jess, was a character I was really interested in seeing. I know it is early days, but what was portrayed wasn’t very Jessica. I felt like they were trying to cram too much in to cover everything. Given how short a time span a series is, I hope we get to see more of the development and never go back to the fairy kingdom.

#twofangtasialovingpandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – Season Two Wrap Up

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Catherine? Elena? Catherine? Loving a doppleganger and their original must be confusing.

This season:
It was the season of the witch in Mystic Falls. It was easy to work out who was a witch – they were African American. But the idea of balance – what witchcraft is all about we learn – was the underlying theme this season. From dueling and distrustful brothers (not just one set but two), double edged secrets, relationship roundabouts and giving up your life to do the right thing for once in your life: balance reigned supreme.
Caught up in the real world – I haven’t blogged an episode since Klaus. While that is only a day or two in Vampire Diaries time, it seems like years ago.

Pluses:
I freely admit to crying a heap during The Sun Also Rises.
Jenna’s choice (albeit unsuccessful) was magnificent. You could see her emotional pain and that realisation and decision. Brilliant.
Catherine having to go against everything she wanted to fool Klaus.
Caroline, Matt and her Mum.
Catherine’s last words to Elena. BOOM!
Damon getting his payoff.
The truth behind the myth.
Jeremy is seeing things?
THE BODY COUNT!!! (So many death scenes!!)
Brilliant soundtrack.

Minuses:
Bonnie – yawn.
Stefan getting blood lust (Angelus was so much cooler).
Elena being all lack of choice but still insisting she is making decisions.
Did I mention Bonnie?
Alaric woefully underused.
No werewolf vampire face off – I was really looking forward to an all out war in Mystic Falls.

From a show I started to watch because it was the funniest show on TV (after FoxNews), it has grown into a really strong, emotionally driven show. Their approach to mixed living, humour, love and loss is both fun and mature. Next season, based around the Originals I would imagine, is going to be a doozy (so long as there isn’t too much Stefan).


#fourandahalfvampypandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – Know Thy Enemy (S0217)

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise.

This week:
After an agonising break due to poor weather, we are back! Jenna gets the shock and betrayal of her life. John gets a wake up call. Bonnie is still annoying. Jeremy is still a puppy dog. Damon and Stefan get a secret weapon and our heart breaks for Caroline.

Pluses:
OMG The Caroline arc!!! That was just brilliant. Heart breaking while really changing the dynamic of the story.
Jenna (Sara Canning) did some nice acting there – always good to see that the cast actually can act.
Plans come crashing down for everyone.
Getting compelled sucks if you are a vampire.
Nice little Klaus twist.
Seeing twitter go nuts when Damon took off his shirt in each time zone.
Cross and double cross.

Minuses:
Bonnie and Jeremy.
Wanted to see more of Jenna.
Very busy episode after the break, so lost some momentum going in (I think watching it back to back it wouldn’t be noticeable).

It was so nice to be back in Mystic Falls. This season is really building up to a lot of conclusions, major and minor arcs alike. I can’t wait to see how it all pans out.

#fourgrinningpandas

PS. And a special treat for all the younguns looking for pics of Damon when he takes off his shirt.

Settle down teen girls.

 

Review – Eclipse (2010)

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

So, if their clothes shred when they change, how is it they are still wearing shorts when they change back? Also, that makeup line is a bit noticeable.

Synopsis:
Edward is back and he and Bella are so on. She wants to be vamped, he doesn’t. He also doesn’t believe in sex before marriage. There is trouble in Seattle. Red Head is around making trouble. Jacob loves Bella. Bella loves Jacob but loves Edward more. Only Bella can sort out the secret of Seattle. (I can’t believe I just wrote that paragraph)

Pluses:
It wasn’t as bad as New Moon.
Edward was in sunlight a fair bit, which means I got a chance to say “Sparkles, the Gay Vampire” quite a few times.

Minuses:
The sub-plots didn’t even try to be about anything other than “Bella’s Choice.”
The whole love triangle BS.
Not enough school friends.
What a waste of Peter Fancinni (remember him in season one of Damages?)
Atrocious dialogue.
So slow.
Lighting was over or under done.

I only watched this because it was a) free, and b) I had already invested four hours in the previous movies, so felt I should continue this punishment. It certainly wasn’t the worst main stream film I saw last year but it was a long way from being enjoyable.

#onevampypandas

Review – Solomon Kane (2009)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Agents of Satan like to crucify too!

Synopsis:
Solomon Kane is a bad ass privateer/military man serving under Queen Elizabeth I, bent on treasure and destruction until he finds out that his evil ways means he is doomed to Hell. Go figure. He turns into a man of peace, until Evil takes hold of his little corner of England.

Pluses:
Lots of shots that were graphic novel perfect (mind you I have never read it) but you know the look I mean.
John Purefoy.
Pete Postlethwaite (already missed).
Nicely styled.
Interesting take on that time period – no Gloriana.
Some of the fight scenes were nicely done.
The cellar dwellers.
Some of the special effects were pretty sweet – especially the ones involving mirrors.

Minuses:
Some of the sets were pretty badly made – the graveyard of the old church especially.
Didn’t really gel as a story.
Solomon’s speaking voice.
He sent her back???

This movie at times felt and looked big budget, and at other times it had all the signs of a made for SyFy movie. It had all the components on paper to make it work, but it just didn’t. Obviously, there is no franchise out of this, which is a shame, because Solomon Kane is an interesting character, just not necessarily the way he was written for the movie – just like Van Helsing.

#twoandahalfevilfightingpandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – The House Guest (S02Ep16)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

So let me see if I have this. Jane walked, then she skipped and finally ran? No! Way! This is riveting.

This week:
Damon realises that Katherine was willing to sacrifice him so she could be free and isn’t thrilled. The Martins try and rescue someone important to their master plan. Girl’s night out. Product placement. Caroline sings and discovers that the truth won’t always set you free.

Pluses:
I do like Caroline as a character and as an actress, though she does scream funny. There has been talk of her playing the reboot of Buffy, would hate to lose her from TVD.
The cellar scene.
Caroline “breathing through it.”
Matt’s reaction.
Witch burial ground. That sounds like it will be big soon.
Katherine vs Elena.
Katherine playing Elena as she oft is want to do.
Katherine vs the floor thanks to Damon.
Ding Dong. Who’s that at the door? (no it isn’t Secretariat)

Minuses:
Elena’s response to her friend wanting to shag her little brother.
Bonnie finding what was lost – damn.
Bonnie and Jeremy.

This episode was a LOT better than last week’s. I only saw one of the twists tonight coming, and I think everyone would have guessed it. The rest, no way did I think things were going to occur the way they did. And that last scene? Poor Jenna.

#fourtwistandturnpandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – The Dinner Guest (S02Ep15)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

 

Oh Katherine. Sex as a weapon? Isn't that just a little passe?

This week:
Elena and Stefan are still at the lake house, reading the half mad diaries on Jonathan Gilbert. Rick and Damon, using John’s gift and some information from Katherine, decide to kill Elijah during a dinner party. What could possibly go wrong?

Pluses:
Rick and John doing virtual penis waving over Jenna and Isobel.
How many times have they tried to kill Elijah now?
Double cross.
John sowing seeds of doubt for Jenna.
Rick being honest (as much as he can) for Jenna.

Minuses:
Elena has here whinge pants on again.
Stefan backstory – mega yawn.
Jeremy and Bonnie (I seriously dislike that character).
Bonnie’s acting whens he loses something important.

This wasn’t a great episode. While watching I thought there was too much going on, but then I realised nothing really happened, other than the great double cross at the end (which got me totally by surprise).

#twoandahalfaveragepandas

Review – Being Human (UK) – The Longest Day (S03Ep05)

Friday, February 25th, 2011

No funny caption - this scene touched my heart.

This week:
George gets a shock when Herrick turns up in the psych ward of the hospital, and he is a vampire again. Mitchell shows his true colours while desperate to keep his secret hidden. Nina steps up, George gives an ultimatum and Annie hovers.

Pluses:
Where to start!!!
Jason Watkins’ Herrick was magnificent. Fragile, evil, lost yet in control.
George standing up to Mitchell.
Wendy the over worked Social Worker.
Annie getting her compassion on.
George’s fears and Herrick’s response.
Nina’s reaction to what Herrick finds and Herrick’s manipulation of the event.
Annie and Mitchell (both very powerful scenes).
Comedy, darkness, pain, loss, fear – it was all there in spades.
Cara’s misguided beliefs.

Minuses:
Nothing.
Every word, every nuance – perfect.

 

 

 

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