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Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop
the Zombie pandemic that is topping armies and governments, and threatening to
destroy humanity itself.
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, and Daniella Kertesz
by: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof
This is one of those movies that I had
a couple of concerns about before seeing. The first one being that there would
be too many CGI zombies, and not enough real ones. After all, who could miss
the hoards of fake zombies seen in the previews? The good news is that there
are some real zombies, and they look pretty good.
The bad news is that this isn't the
typical zombie movie where the audience gets to see a bloody mess as a zombie
tears someone apart. The zombies do attack people, but the audience never gets
an up close juice picture of the action. I guess audiences will just have to
wait for The Walking Dead to return for that (damn PG-13 movies!)
While lacking some blood, and guts, the
action scenes are pretty good. There are a couple of scenes where they are
running from zombies of course. What's good about these zombies is that they
are fast, and this results in some scenes of utter chaos. One of those scenes
takes place on an airplane that quickly gets overtaken by zombies. Being on a
plane with fast zombies is definitely not a good situation to be in.
Besides the chaotic scenes, there are
also some intense, and suspenseful scenes. There is one where it’s a
pitch-black rainy night, and they have to make it back to the plane. Of course
there are zombies out there somewhere. There is also a great scene in a lab
full of zombies just waiting for someone to make the wrong move. It kind of
reminded me of playing Resident Evil!
Onto my other concern about the movie,
which is Brad Pitt playing the lead character. Honestly, I'm not his biggest
fan, but there could have been some worse choices. While I'm still not sure
this is the best role for him, he isn't as bad as I thought. Maybe the audience
could have gotten a little more variety in his emotions.
While I’m talking about the casting,
I’m a fan of Mireille Enos on “The Killing,” but I just don’t see her married
to Brad Pitt (no offense intended). Overall, the acting is pretty good, even as
they travel to other countries. Daniella Kertesz, who plays a soldier named
Segen, does a good job even though she doesn’t say a whole lot. Again,
everything comes back to Brad.
Going back to the zombies, there is
something that is very interesting about them that set them apart from usual
zombies. Without giving it away, there is something different about their
behavior besides just being fast moving zombies. It’s an interesting theory,
and kind of presents a different way of looking at zombies. It also changes the
dynamics of who might survive this kind of zombie apocalypse as opposed to who
typical survive it. I would love to go in more detail, but it would ruin most
of the movie.
So while I had some concerns going into
the movie, I still ended up enjoying it. Yes, it would have been nice to see
hoards of real zombies instead of CGI ones. However, real ones probably
couldn’t have done some of the things that they did. The few real zombies
certainly made up for the fake ones, although it would have been nice to see
them chew someone apart. Brad Pitt actually does a descent job, along with the
entire cast. The difference in the behavior of these zombies, and the search to
figure it out is what really had me hooked. So while not being the typical
zombie movie, I still give it 3 pools of blood.
episode 1 really didn't start the season off with a bang. I was hoping episode
2 would get this ball rolling. For a while it didn't look good, and then bang!
Something happened that certainly caught my attention. I'll get to that and
more in my thoughts on episode 2, "The Sun."
We have waited and waited, and finally
it looks like Warlow is here. We got a quick glimpse of him coming through a
portal at the beginning of the episode. Let me ask, does anyone know who the
Undertaker is? Yes, I have now reference the WWE in a piece about True Blood.
Ok True Blood, you got me. It's early
in the season, and I wasn't prepared. The old man wasn't Warlow the magician.
It was Jason's fucking fairy grandfather. I don't know if I'm more stunned he's
his grandfather, or that he said "fucking." Such language from
It was nice to see that Tara is all
right. That was certainly a cool bullet in her. Good to know there is some
thought being put into the show at this stage. I was kind of surprised that Pam
wanted to give up so easily. She is usually the first to want to just kill
everyone. This Eric thing must be really getting to her.
It was great watching pose as a
reporter. He was the total opposite of his personality. I knew that wasn't going
work on the Governor. I did think Eric was going to be locked away. Those
guards sure gave him his space. Funny how the Governor thought they knew
everything about vamps, but they didn’t know he could fly. Sucks cause now the
Governor won’t let that happen again. And Eric pulling the smooth vampire trick
to float outside the pretty girl’s window. Too bad she doesn’t have her
Arlene was so close to winning for my
favorite line of the night when she called Sookie "Missy Hangover."
Got to love the comic relief she gives. I hope Patrick's wife just leaves, and
there is no revisiting of what happened with the smoke monster. It's over, and
lets move forward. On the other hand, I'm not sure what Arlene and Terry
provide besides comic relief.
And speaking of comic relief, here is
the winner if this weeks favorite line of the week, Andy. You knew it wouldn't
take long for him to win. In his short scene he said, "Hey fairies, I
don't know shit about baby fairies!" You know what Andy, I don't either!
I knew when that group of young people
came in the bar that they were up to something. Not just the typical tourist.
Is that woman crazy? She wants Sam to tell the world what he is. Totally not a
good idea. Civil rights were one thing. Showing humans there are more creatures
that they can't explain roaming the streets is another thing. Although if there
are vamps, why wouldn't people expect there to be other things out there?
And Mr. One Scene continues his title
run. Alcide and Martha taking Emma from Sam just wasn't right. And attacking
Lafayette, totally uncalled for. Hopefully he puts a curse on them or
something. I'm definitely going anti-wolf now!
Love interest alert! Love interest
alert! Wow, just last week I was saying how Sookie might not have a love
interest for a while. I can’t believe we are going to go down this road again.
And now with a fairy! This won’t be exciting. What will be exciting is when
Sookie gets to blast Warlow with that ball of light. I’m guessing she ends up
using it on Bill instead. That would be more interesting. Let grandpa take care
And now to the moment I mentioned at
the beginning. Lifeless Bill, just sitting there dreaming away. Who knew he
could be so much fun while doing absolutely nothing? That was a total shock,
surprise, freaking unexpected, and whatever else words you can come up with
moment. That woman just walking backwards exorcist style was so awesome! And
then the blood just flying from her to Bill was so nice! Oh, and ugh fake, but
still nice! I think that quickly ranks high on the top weird things that have
happened on True Blood.
So Bill can see the future now! His
powers are growing. I look forward to seeing what he can do next week. As I
figured, it looks like it might be up to him to save the vamps, and not Eric.
Good luck with that! I will wrap this up by saying this certainly was better
than episode 1. However, they still have some work to do to get back to True
Blood standards. Until next week! Now to check out www.babyvamp-jessica.com.
no longer sucks unless you are still waiting for Dexter (yup still sucks). We
are finally back to the land where naked evil Superman flies around, and Mary
Poppins and her brother have to come up with a way to stop him. Sounds like a
bad comic, but it’s not. It’s just True Blood being True Blood, and it’s good
to have the funny character descriptions back. So lets take a look at episode
1, “Who Are You, Really?”
First, I’m glad they started where they
left off, which was expected. I hate when they fast-forward months ahead (cough
Falling Skies cough). However, the group’s escape really wasn’t as dramatic as
I wanted. It was almost too easy. I guess we got all the death, and craziness
in the season finale. It was cool seeing Billith take off like Superman (thanks
Then the group started not being a
group, and we got to see where the characters are going to start off the
season. As mentioned, Eric and Nora look like they are going to be the ones
tasked with stopping Billith, which looks to be harder than they original
thought. I’m not sure what Eric can do, but maybe Nora can figure something
out. That is if she gets her mind off Sookie.
Oh Sookie, you got your house back, and
are going to try this “I’m going stay away from vampires” thing again. Not
going to happen. She doesn’t seem to get it. It’s obviously early, but could we
see her without a love interest again. No Bill, no Eric, and no Pack Master,
who looks to be doing all right for himself. That’s fine with me, as I’m
exhausted with her love triangle. If she really is going to make the effort to
stay away from vampires then maybe she should focus on helping Jason.
Jason certainly needs all the help he
can get. So much anger in that boy. And he wonders why his parents are so
racist. Trouble just seems to keep finding him. Maybe he should try not walking
in the woods, or on the side of the road at night. He runs into things like
werepanthers, and now Warlow. I know you are slow Jason, but you have to have
learned by now it’s not a good idea to get in a stranger’s cars. Speaking of
Warlow, is he a vampire magician?
And onto another character who
isn’t a stranger to trouble, Jessica. Yea lets go back to Bill, who just went
from Bill to a pool of blood and back to Bill. Good idea right? I guess the
power of your maker is just that strong. If this was anyone else but her (and
Jason) I would think she can’t possibly buy this sweet Bill act. Then again,
why not be by the side of the most powerful vampire.
Now to the person I felt most sorry for
in this episode, Pam. Eric really let her have it. He was a complete asshole to
her. I know it’s hard, but she really needs to let him go. She really hasn’t
had him since Sookie came into the picture. Now that Eric has bigger vampires
to fry she needs move on. Move on to Tara? Tara seems to hope so. I think it
will be fun seeing more of them together, as they both always speak their
minds. However, they are too similar to last.
I did feel a little sorry for Sam, but
I really couldn’t care less about Luna dying. I may have been a little sad for
her daughter too, but that storyline just wasn’t cutting it for me. It’s cool
seeing them change into different animals, but that’s it. So now Sam gets to
play daddy? Hopefully they can come up with something better for him to do than
I guess they knew the show was airing
on Father’s Day because Sam wasn’t the only new father in town. Enter the comic
relief… Andy and his litter of baby fairies. For a second it looked like it was
going is so much fun watching Andy handling all those babies. Then to no
surprise they were several years older. I so saw that coming. Those kids might
be leaving the house in a couple of weeks. See Andy, fatherhood isn’t that hard
So let me get this straight. The
Walking Dead has an evil Governor, and now True Blood does too! Hmm, I don’t
know about that. I guess True Blood always seems to keep some kind of
politician involved in their storylines. Well, if True Blood’s Governor is
going to match The Walking Dead’s Governor, he better be supremely evil. It
looks like he has a plan for the vampires. Lets see what kind of damage he can
Or will Billith cause the real damage?
A blood soaked Billith looked like he was ready to destroy the world for a
second, but then it was back to just plain Bill. Bill with maybe a new power or
two, and the ability to not die by being staked. So what did you think of that
ending with Lilith apparently not being completely in Bill, and then returning
to him? What the hell is going on? I mean, is she in him or not? I wonder what
Lilith’s end game is, especially now that vampires are going to be hunted down
by humans like never before.
A couple of more things, and then I
will wrap this up. As always, I have to include my favorite line of the night.
It has been a long time so I’m out of practice. I really didn’t pick up on
anything that special so I will start small. I was amused when Sookie and Eric
were in the elevator, and the lights went out. Sookie’s hand turned on, and Eric
said, “handy!” I know, what a weak beginning to my favorite line of the night,
but it’s just episode 1. Hopefully they will have something better next week.
I also have to mention that little poll
they had going in the pre-show about the baddest character on the show. I’m so
glad that wasn’t even a close one. Of course the King was the baddest character
they’ve had. The King rules even in death. Man do I miss him!
So this wasn’t the most amazing season
opener ever. It seemed more like an episode to set things up. I don’t know what
you are expecting from this season, but I’m expecting some good battles between
humans and vampires. I know that will please the crowd that is tired of seeing
the focus of the seasons being on all these new creatures. Lets just get down
to some dirty and bloody human and vampire killing. Now back to waiting for
episode 2, and Dexter!