Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Vampire Diaries 1x22 - Founders Day

Had to watch this week's episode late due to a prior engagement. However, my girls Ceci and Leah were angels and waited until 1:00am to watch it with me. Our Skype conversation went something like this:

So HAWT!!!
Wait. What?
F**k!!!!! Holy f**k!!!!
So so yummy
Holy Crapola!!!

I think there were a few other lines but you get the gist. This finale was just WOW. I'm pretty sure I had to wipe drool from my chin watching Stefan get dressed in his period garb. I'm a sucker for Civil War era men. Rhett Butler anyone? And the way it was edited with Elena getting dressed was perfect.

Now we head to Parade Head Quarters and everyone is getting ready for the big event. Of course no one is in the right order (thank you Mrs. Lockwood). And Damon comes to show his town support. To Stefan: "It's Founder's Day! I'm here to eat cotton candy and steal your girl!" Gotta love Damon. Even when he's an ass. And of course he goes on to say: "Elena is not Katherine." Enter Elena looking exactly like Katherine. Uh-oh. Of course both Vamp Boy jaws drop to the floor.

Jeremy is also getting ready for his own float. Hello hotness!! Anna comes to reassure him and to tell him that she has to leave. But they can be together forever, she can turn him! Here is a vile of her blood!! She can teach him to turn the pain off! No doubts now. Except now Jer isn't so sure.

Back on the Parade route Stefan tells Elena about Evil Uncle John and how he's actually her dad!! (And I thought my dad was an ass). Elena of course wants to believe anything else. But, as Stefan points out, the evidence points to bad.

Matt and Caroline are getting ready for the float as well and are having their picture taken. Another of my favorite lines:
Caroline: Hide your cast; it's not era appropriate.
Matt: Seriously?
These two are too cute for words!! I love that the writers remembered that Isobel the bitch crushed poor Matt's arm just a week ago. And then Caroline to Tyler: "You made out with his mother and then you beat him to a pulp. You're gonna have to do a little bit better than sorry." She rocks.

Elena catches up with Jeremy and tries to make nice. Frankly my dear I think Jeremy is being an ass about the whole thing. He's ok with Anna befriending him to use him for info and food but he's not ok with Elena doing what she thought was right to protect him? Ok. Whatev.

I thought it was hilarious and adorable that Ty pretended to shoot Jer on the float and Jer took it with a smile on his face. Are these 2 friends now? And how amazing did my two favorite couples look on their float? Enter Damon with his smirk and wave and I can't help it but I laughed so hard. That was brilliant and hysterical. Especially when gauged by Stefan & Elena's reaction. But now Damon is catching up to Bonnie. Uh-oh. Or not. He's thankful. And sincere. WOW. Not that I'm counting jaw drops but I think I'm somewhere around 5 and we're not even 10 minutes in.

Meanwhile - back at the Gilbert building - Evil Uncle (dad) John is plotting out his plan to rid Mystic Falls of its Vampire problem. A onetime device (you know - the one that Bonnie said she fixed but really didn't)will use a high pitch frequency for 5 minutes that should put them all down long enough for Vervain injections and a nice quiet fire. Oh but wait! There's more! Those tomb vamps that Team Dalaric did not take down are planning a revenge party at the EXACT SAME TIME. Not good.

Back to the Celebration: Elena runs into Damon and reminds him that they are just friends and that he would do well to remember that. For some strange reason I don't think Damon loves this. Elena also tries again with Jeremy who continues to be an ungrateful bratty ass hole. Anyone else love Damon calling him out on that? However, I can't also help but love Stefan stepping in to try to help as well. Their argument after was both enlightening and very hot. (Sorry I get carried away sometimes).

I always knew I loved Sherriff Forbes. Not sure why. But I always have. She is so not with the plan to use the town as bait. And while I think it's a bit late for that, Evil Uncle (dad) John hitting her made me so mad I could have spit bullets. WTF?

It's action time. Anna fills Damon in on the tomb vamp plan: all the founding families go down. Anyone else totally in love with Damon first going to Alaric for help and finding Alaric totally willing? That was AWESOME!!! Damon's next stop? A giggling Elena hand in hand with Stefan. "In 15 words or less" Stefan is to get Elena OUT right away. When Stefan starts to question, Damon, always the comedy, reminds him that the 15 word limit has been reached. But where is Jeremy?

Mayor Lockwood knows (thanks to Evil Uncle (dad) John) that something is going down. He insists that his son Tyler take Matt and Caroline and get the hell outta Dodge.

Now all the shiz hits the fan. Bonnie realizes that more than her Best Friend's Love is out blood sucking. Damon confronts Evil Uncle (dad) John only to become victim #1 just after realizing that the damn Device is very much in working order. While on the hunt for Jeremy, Stefan falls to the ground. Jeremy can't figure out what's wrong with Anna who has sought him out to protect him. And what the hell is wrong with Tyler? No time to find out before he crashes his car with Matt and Caroline inside. A vamp killer is running right at Stefan before Alaric intercepts and helps him and Elena into a safe place. Alaric states and Elena confirms: All of the vamps are going down. The Device works. Anna is ripped from Jeremy's arms and dragged to a basement filled with the others. Including Damon. And in case it isn't enough to burn her alive, Evil Uncle John drives a stake through Anna's heart. If you can't hear the sound of my heart crushing you are deaf). Damon's in the fiery basement because he's a vampire. What the hell is Mayor Lockwood doing down there?

At the site of Tyler's accident, as the EMT tries to revive him, his eye goes totally YIKES! before he finally comes around. And then Caroline goes down. Wait!!! What's up with Tyler's eye???

Elena and Stefan go looking for Damon only to find Evil Uncle (dad) John. As Stefan tries to go after his brother Evil Uncle (dad) John makes a threat - one step further and he'll alert the town that they missed a Vamp. Obviously Elena tells her Uncle (dad) that she knows he's her dad but that he's a dick and regardless of his threats she goes to help the man that she loves save his brother.

Finally Bonnie decides that she shouldn't be a total bitch and uses Elena's love and anger (I'm guessing) to keep Stefan safe while he rescues his brother from the flames. Is it totally weak that I love the fact that after all of the time and hate and misery between them, Stefan is still willing to risk is own life to save his brother? Of course Damon did the same for Stefan in Let the Right One In. This dynamic - for me anyway - is one of the most complex I have ever seen. I can't wait to see how it works out going forward. Despite their comments to the contrary, there is love between them. What does trouble me is that even with Elena's assurances that she loves him and only him, Stefan seems worried. She needs to pick up her dress, check on her brother and then they will be together again. Sure.

Damon the Hero shows up to help Jeremy. Anna is dead. He can take away that suffering. He's done it once before. What he actually does is tell Jer what an awesome thing it is to be a Vamp with no feelings. Nice try Damon. And even though I am pissed at Damon for this and for so many other things (Lexie, HELLO!) I can't help but feel for him. Damn it!!

Of course Caroline will be fine. I just know it. How can she not be? Haven't we had enough? Tyler's dad? Probably not as good. Uh-oh.

Bonnie feels like she should let Stefan know that if Damon (or himself I imagine) steps out of line one more time she'll take them both out. Yikes! Am I the only one that saw a bit of challenge in Stefan's eyes? Like "I dare you to try." Just checking.

Elena is home with her crap. And Damon has met her at the door. He has a speech. It's a good one. About how much he has changed. About how much he has let his human feelings take over his life. About how Elena's feelings for him have helped make him a better person. He leans in for a kiss. Just a kiss on the cheek of course. But wait. There's more. Oh crap. Now they're making out. I can hear even amounts of cheers and boos from where I sit. Jenna for one is unapproving and insists that Elena come into the house.

Time for more shiz to hit yet another fan. A seemingly confused Damon walks away from the Gilbert house. Jeremy finishes off the vile of Anna's blood & the bottle of Elena's pain pills and then crawls into bed. Elena sneaks up on Evil Uncle (dad) John and he gives his best explanation for trying to kill the love of her life using her own mother (and co-hort) as his excuse. Elena quietly listens and goes about her business putting away the dishes (including a stack of knives). Just after Evil Uncle (dad) John offers his help, she looks at him and then proceeds to chop off his fingers. Including the one with the magic ring. Then she puts the very same knife into his gut.
John: Katherine?
Katherine: Hello John. Goodbye John.
Wait? What? That was NOT Elena that WHOLE TIME?? Starting with Damon on the porch!?!?

Elena walks into the house, telling Stefan that her crap is missing but stressing again how much she loves him. As she gets inside she hears a noise. THE END

CRAP!!!! 4 freaking months now. This is really going to suck. And not in the good way.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bloody Summer - Details

True Blood
The new season starts Sunday, June 13th! And if you want to refresh your memory on all the crazy shiz that went down in Season 2 the DVDs will be available May 25th. You can pre-order from Amazon here. Also to be released May 25th is the 2nd volume of the Official True Blood Soundtrack also available for pre-order here.

The Vampire Diaries and Moonlight on The CW
The Vampire Diaries will start their encore run of Season 1 starting May 27th (thank gawd!!) and the very next week it will be followed by reruns of Moonlight (which was canceled in 2008 by CBS). There are 22 episodes of The Vampire Diaries and only 16 of Moonlight so we'll have to see how they work that out.

Needless to say there is a TON going on surrounding the release of Eclipse on June 30th. Here is a breakdown:

May 20th - Muse debuts their video for the first single off of the Eclipse soundtrack on MTV

June 5th - Release of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer (pre-order here)

June 8th - The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack available for purchase.
I am almost more excited about this than I am the movie. Here is the track list:

1. Metric- Eclipse (All Yours)
2. MUSE- Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)
3. The Bravery- Ours
4. Florence + The Machine- Heavy In Your Arms
5. Sia- My Love
6. Fanfarlo- Atlas
7. The Black Keys- Chop And Change
8. The Dead Weather- Rolling In On A Burning Tire
9. Beck and Bat For Lashes- Let's Get Lost
10. Vampire Weekend- Jonathan Low
11. UNKLE- With You In My Head (Feat. The Black Angels)
12. Eastern Conference Champions- A Million Miles An Hour
13. Band of Horses- Life On Earth
14. Cee Lo Green- What Part of Forever
15. Howard Shore- Jacob's Theme

Available for pre-order here.

June 29th - release of The Twilight Saga Eclipse: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion (pre-order here).

New Series: The Gates
Starting June 20th ABC will be showing a new vampire series called The Gates. It looks like it could be fun even though the vamps don't initially appear to be as sexy as those I've become accustomed to (see Angel, The Vampire Diaries, The Twilight Saga). However, star Rhona Mitra has played a vampire before on Underworld: Rise of the Lycans so at least she has earned her fangs.  Check out their site here for more info.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Vampire Diaries 1x21 - Isobel

God I am so in love with this show it has to be unhealthy. And the fact that there is only one left is giving me panic attacks! But, we're not there yet so let's talk about Isobel. At least I'm going to try and talk about Isobel - and with as few F-bombs as I can possibly manage.

The episode starts where Blood Brothers left off - Isobel with Alaric at Mystic Grill. I don't mean to - I want to stay open - but I hate her immediately. What kind of girl doesn't turn to butter in his presence? I tend to dislike those things that don't make sense. I love that he calls her a selfish bitch. I do not love her choking and threatening him.

Anyone else Stelena whipped enough to hope/think Elena was on the phone with Stefan? Anyone else need to rewind to see what Damon and Elena said after Stefan walked into the room in his undershirt? Just checking.

Love that we got to see all of our Mystic High kids this week. I have missed Matt & Caroline, Tyler and even hostile Bonnie. Also loved the Gone With the Wind shout (8 year old me *squeeeeeee*).

In the classroom where Alaric seems to live (haven't we seen everyone else's house by now?), Damon shows up to find out that Isobel wants to get at Elena. (We'll skip Isobel's Best Little Whorehouse in Mystic Falls for just a sec). Alaric has nothing useful to share but Damon and Elena seem to have enough to make up for it. YIKES!

Meanwhile, back at Isobel's private party, we learn that her and evil Uncle John are indeed in cahoots and that she does not mind using humans as performance food. Of course she does hit evil Uncle John so the PURE hate for her is just temporarily suspended.

The entire scene with Elena in Mystic Grill before, during and after Isobel is so rollercoaster I have a hard time thinking about it without needing bipolar meds. Stefan mouthing "Love you" was just heaven! Isobel's entire creepy speech and demand session gave me huge full body chills (and not the good kind). Especially when speaking of her choice of Salvatore brother and questioning her thoughts of turning. God she sucks! Though I must say (and Leah agrees) Stefan's got at least 140 years on that bitch. Surely he's faster and stronger. He should have taken her out right then and there. And then Bonnie turning on Elena because of who Elena loves? Bad BFF move!!! With regards to Team Dalaric in the courtyard - I cannot say enough (without quoting the entire exchange word for word) how AWESOME that was. I totally ship them.

I'm not by any means saying this show is predicable (oh hell no) but we all saw evil Uncle John trying to recruit and befriend Jeremy. If you missed it you suck. And poor Jeremy is sometimes too naive for anyone's good. More on this later.

Apparently Damon has discovered Isobel's Best Little Whorehouse in Mystic Falls. And thank all that is holy he is taking clothes off. OH!! Oops. He's putting them back on again. Damn network TV. In case anyone hasn't made the guess already, Stefan is my Salvatore of choice. HOWEVER, Damon tongue kissing the very evil Isobel right in front of my eyes made me throw up in my mouth a little (says the good girl part of me. The other part thought it was really hot). I could not have been happier though when he slammed that bitch's head on the table. He should have done worse. Even though the reasons he did it I still find to be a bit uncomfortable. I digress.

Now we are making a float!! And now Isobel is giving further proof what a ginormous bitch she is. Who would hurt Mattie?? Caroline stroking his hair, while waiting for cougar loving Ty to get his car, was wicked cute though. The Stefan lover in me cheered when he was the one to lift the trailer. Of course Hero Stefan time is cut by the 2 beings I wish most to set on fire. But now they have Jeremy.

Continue the plot to recruit Jer to the Dark Side. Uncle John seems to be the special kind of stupid if he's banking on Isobel having human feelings. And I hope the same goes for changing Jeremy's mind about vampires. Go Team Anna!!!

Now is the part that scares me. Stefan and Damon trust Elena. Elena trusts Bonnie. Who does Bonnie trust? She makes a promise to Elena that convinces Damon to give up this damn "device" everyone is so hard up for and Bonnie renders it useless. Magic done. Time for Elena to hand it over to mommy dearest. The first 3 times I watched this it was hard not to get caught up in the excitement and drama of it all. When I finally watched from Elena's point of view my eyes got a little foggy. This chick has serious balls. She has been to hell and back and can still look the devil in the eyes.
"Do you really think that I came alone?"
"Do you really think that I came alone?" Enter #SoftcoreSalvatore (catching my breath - one sec).

I love that Elena tells Isobel what a "monumental disappointment" she is. I hate that Isobel points out the obvious: that Damon is in fact in love with her. The look on Stefan's face (both when Isobel says it out loud and when he sees Damon looking at them hugging later) is enough to crush a true shipping heart. I have a terrible feeling poor Stefan is going to need my comfort soon.

I'm hardly noticing the Gilbert Sibling issue as I am sure this will be resolved once they realize their need to work together for the benefit of the undead persons they love. Take note of my crossed fingers.

And just in case there are hearts left uncrushed. I just told a friend the other day that this was not the type of show to make me cry. Alaric giving up his life and mind just for the truth. Wow. Well he got it. Not that he'll remember. For the record I still think Isobel is a heinous bitch. But, I was honestly moved. And as I begin to recover, in walks Anna, broken over the loss of her mother. Thank God Jer seems to be thinking straight about this so far.

Dun, dun, dun!! Time for final discoveries kids!! What have we learned so far? Damon is in love with Elena. And though I feel it may be futile, I love that Stefan is fighting for Elena in his own way. Oh and apparently Elena is a Gilbert - just not the Gilbert we thought. Raise your hand if you think both of Elena's birth parents should still be set on fire? Good. Just checking.

credit to for all Isobel episode stills

Friday, May 7, 2010

Bloody Summer

I suppose it's only fitting that my last summer as a single girl should be filled with the Vampires I love the most. While I will do my best to get some sun - there are SO many bloody reasons to stay pale this year!!!

Let's all stop pretending that we haven't been waiting for this movie since the end of  New Moon back in November. We're not fooling anyone. And now FINALLY a director (Bill Condon) and release date (11.18.11) have been set for Breaking Dawn. I'm sure I'm not the only one just a little excited about this. However - back to June. New promo photos are making their way across the web and they are doing nothing to make me less excited. Just saying.

The CW has announced that it will be airing the now defunct Moonlight (staring hottie Alex O'Loughlin and the gorgeous Underworld beauty Sophia Myles) alongside repeats of their Best New Drama - The Vampire Diaries (see below). This amazing vampire show missed its built in fandom by a couple of months. I would love to see how this fantastically written and acted show would fare in today's Vampire loving culture.  I hope that those who didn't watch it the first time around take advantage and set their Tivos. This is one that should not be missed the 2nd time around.

The Vampire Diaries
If ever there was an excuse to not watch this show ("I hate to start in the middle.") you've lost it. The CW will be replaying the entire first season over the summer and I for one cannot wait to watch from the beginning (not gonna lie - I pretty much do this every time it rains more than 2 hours). Make a date, set the DVR, what ever you need to do - just do not miss a second of the best new show on TV this year. I hate to make promises but I PROMISE you will love this.

True Blood
I'm not even sure where to start with this one. The season is too short (13 episodes compared to the network 22). I've read the books but I always love to guess what or whom the show will follow. And follow or not, HBO and Alan Ball have managed to create a show that is shocking, scary and sexy as hell. Get it. Find it. Watch it. This show is to DIE for.

This one goes without saying. If you have never watched just wait until it rotates through. TNT shows 2 episodes every day. Of all the vampire shows I love to watch again and again - this one is my very favorite. Make the time for this show. Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) shows off why he is such a genius with this one. Take a chance. Live it. Learn it. Love it.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This is what I'm excited about today!

True Blood
This TB "Mini-Sode" featuring Jessica is beyond awesome. HBO does such a great marketing job for this show. Every time something new comes out I get a bit more excited (if at all possible) for the June 13th Season 3 premier. Check it out:

My favorite Vampire Diaries hottie, Paul Wesley, has a new DVD out today. The ABC Family mini-series Fallen is now available for purchase. Buy it here at Amazon. I can't wait to get my own copy and watch it again and again!!

Random Best of Lists
Blogger Jim Halterman has put together a list of Top 10 (or more) Prime Time Hunks. A few of my favorite guys made the list including Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder and the always adorable Nathan Fillion. Did your favorite make it?

And Buddy TV has a Best TV Boyfriends list. The Salvatore Brothers and Fillion's Castle made the list again as well as a few other goodies. See the full list here.

On TV Tonight
Glee!!! I sure hope this week's episode isn't another that makes me want to slice my wrists. I've seen the song list and it looks like it should be much peppier. And would it kill them to show more Puck? Check out the promo for 1x17: Bad Reputation: