Once they wrapped up the Fellowship of the Sun storyline, the season meandered pretty dramatically for me.
Crazy ass psycho bitch Sarah Newlin (acted to perky perfection) and dim bulb Jason just clicked and I loved the wry tone of the storyline.
The maenad, not so much. Generally speaking, nice people acting mean isn’t a favorite plot device of mine (I always hated the vampire Willow episodes of Buffy) and there was just too much of it. And, let’s face it, not enough Eric in the final episodes of the season.
This unprecedented occurrence is due to the fact that showrunner Matt Weiner seems to have permanently inserted his head up his ass.
In other words, I think he is putting a bit too much credence in his own press.
Do I hope that somehow, someway he will unwedge himself? You bet I do. But with meandering plots; strange, ham-handedly “meaningful” shots of nothing (what was up with Don’s hand at the May Day celebration); and a determined lack of focus on anything resembling a forward-moving plot, I’m becoming less and less optimistic.
Right now, the emperor has no clothes. None. (If things change after watching Sunday’s third episode, I will eat appropriate amounts of crow.) Mad Men has always come dangerously close to being in the red on the precious meter, but this season it is beyond pretentious. And I want my Don Draper back. Really.
After the madness and nonstop action of RWA, it’s veg out time for me! Good thing a few of my favorite TV series (and guilty pleasures) are providing some excellent fodder for down time!
Could there have been a better time for Toddlers & Tiaras to make a reappearance? Surely not, sister. I love pursing my lips over those toxic moms. And my man Tony Bourdain? Thanks, fella, for kicking it back in with terrific episodes – one of which takes place in none other than nearby Charm City. I love his laconic charm. His smart ass humor. His smarts without the ass. His ass without the smarts. And, gosh darn it, his all around magnificent Tony-ness!
And, of course, there are the myriad pleasures of True Blood which are pretty damn myriad at the moment. You’ve got your pagan orgies! And Sam with his shirt off! And Eric – my god, Eric! With tantalizing hints out there that there just may be a nude scene in his future, my cup (and his, I am certain – ha, ha) runneth over. I am also currently enjoying a extra large side of crow because one of my favorite things about this season is dim bulb Jason and his adventures with the Fellowship of the Sun psycho bitch from hell Sarah Newlin. It takes talent to portray a character with absolutely nothing going on his brain and Ryan Kwanten has totally won me over now that I don’t have to look at his ass every episode. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) As for Sarah, the actress – and the character – are magnificently over the top. Perky + Crazy Ass Psycho Tendencies = Big Time Winner!
I’ve got smokin’ hot Sookie and Bill season two posters courtesy of HBO to give away to four lucky winners. All you need to do to enter for your chance to win is comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, June 4.
And to make it just a little bit more fun, please tell us if you’re Team Bill, Eric, Sam – or any other supe you’re rooting for.
Winners will be selected at random and posted here on Friday morning. So good luck and get posting!
If you’re not into the Skarsgard love, feel free to just move along. But if you are on board and haven’t seen the new Lady Gaga (I know, I know – regrettable) video that was “leaked” yesterday, settle down and give yourself a little Saturday treat. Because it is hot. Seriously hot. Of course, it would have been much hotter without Lady Gaga, but still, as pop videos go, this is a cool one.
And here’s a special little bonus for all True Blood and Eric Fans:
In case you didn’t follow us at the old blog, you might not know that I am completely geeked out about True Blood, the HBO series based on Charlaine Harris’ addictive Sookie Stackhouse series.
This new trailer has me…well, even more geeked out. Much Sookie, Bill, Sam, and Eric goodness abounds. Okay, I am on Team Eric, but can I also say that I am loving Sam? The actor who’s playing him brings a kind of sweet sexiness to the part that has me mentally re-casting Blue from Ruth Wind’s In the Midnight Rain.
For anybody wanting to catch up before the season two premiere on June 14th, DVDs are out May 19th.
A hint of goodness to come: I’m in touch with HBO, a network that recognizes the value of the AAR audience, and…well, I’ll just say watch this space.