The time has come to say goodbye to Michael Westen and his hectic life as a burnt CIA agent. This season we’ve seen Michael embroiled in a deep undercover operation for the CIA that has tested his morals and his sanity. As Michael succeeded with his cover, his attachment to his former self became much weaker. Now he reaches a critical juncture, he must decide once and for all which side he’s on. His decision has definitive consequences and soon Michael and the team find themselves hunted by two equally dangerous adversaries as the series reaches its explosive conclusion. It’s big, it’s bold and trust us there won’t be a dry eye in the house as one beloved character sacrifices themselves. This is not one to miss.
We will as always try not to spoil major story points but you may find small spoilers for Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
The Politics and Religion in question come from a variety of sources we have the Vampire Authority, the Werewolves and the Hate groups that are beginning to form to name but three. Each of these factions has a role to play in the plot of this season but the Vampire Authority is the dominant force for the majority of key cast members. We have heard of the Authority on many occasions but thanks to Bill and Eric they are really brought to the forefront of the season’s narrative. Firstly as they are on the run after killing Nan Flannigan at the end of season 4, it was a fool hardy thing to do to say the least and in vampire law killing a fellow vamp is punishable in the most extreme of ways. The less than dynamic duo are also smarting from a complete rejection from Sookie and so there demeanour is less than jovial to say the least. What transpires next is a transformation worthy of legend as not only do the boys keep their lives they also manage to talk themselves into a seat on the ruling cancel. From there though things go from bad to downright f’ing awful as what some see as the true essence of Vampirism comes to the fore, this sets up a high stakes finale that seemingly sees enough blood spilt to fill up an Olympic sized swimming pool.
The vampires however are not the only species causing problems or those around them, in Bon Temps there is a hate group that are taking out all manner of Supes and posting videos of their deaths to the internet. It forms an interesting look at what people are driven to believe and forms a major section of the investigative side of the plot. It is actually amazing that the crazies in this instance actually do have a point that some Vampires are out to hurt them but their methods of hurting anyone and everyone are so far removed from decency that they come off as crazy fruitloops.
At the end of the last season Sookie had lost her best friend Tara to a gunshot wound to the head and this led to her being turned into a vampire to save her life. Of course Tara’s hatred for vampires goes back to her time spent with Franklin in a previous season, so how does she cope with her transformation? In truth not well. As the episodes wear on she does seem to come around with the help of two unlikely “friends” Jessica and Pam (her maker). Tara as a vampire is an interesting proposition as she was always firey, but now she has to deal with the trappings of being a young vamp as well. Some of her escapades are funny to say the least and her interactions with Pam are priceless.
As always the convoluted plotlines have a way of interacting with each other and we are left with a cliff-hanger and a half with the words “Run” ringing in our ears. This sets up the opening to season in a big way and the year wait to the next to the next was almost intolerable. Thankfully DVD’S and Now TV mean the Season 6 round up is just around the corner.
By Paul Fiander
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Set in Texas in the late 1980s, Jim Mickle’s gripping noir thriller COLD IN JULY features a distinguished cast including Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, and Michael C. Hall in his breakout film role. COLD IN JULY is set for release across the UK on 27th June through Icon Film Distribution.
COLD IN JULY will be released nationwide on 27th June 2014
We will as always try not to spoil major story points but you may find small spoilers for Season 1, 2, 3 and 4
Although to Sookie her time was fleeting in the real world she actually lost twelve and a half months. It sounds odd as time works differently between the planes but again it builds on the idea of the supernatural nature of the world.
While LaFayette is on a voyage of discovery his cousin Tara seems to be on a path of destruction. Our first glimpse of her is in a cage fight, its a brutal fight but Tara seems to get through it with little trouble. Her quest for changes has also seen her start to explore other avenues to find love. I'm not totally sure if I like the new Tara to begin with but with what she has been through it makes sense that she would changes.
As the series gets into the full swing we get to see another side of Eric but it is hardly of his doing. He is by far the best character on show in the series and shows that he can be more than just a creature of the night. However his persona is one that oozes power and when he loses as charisma as you can see from the picture above he becomes something a little different.
The Season finale shows an escalation in the action stakes, it's based around the Witches coven we see earlier in the series. Their entanglement with the Vampires is nicely woven into the lives of the inhabitants of Bon Temps but it does feel that the series is getting away from made it strong in the first few seasons. It's not that it's bad it's just a new pathway for the show. The question is can the show producers keep the quality of the programme up going into the fifth season, check back to find out.
By Paul Fiander
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Guardians of the Galaxy unleashes its second Trailer; prepare for action and a spot of Fake Laughter.
The Muppets are back as Disney celebrates the home entertainment premiere of MUPPETS MOST WANTEDon Blu-ray™ and DVD from 11thAugust 2014. Join Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and the gang as they take on the world in an exciting and hilarious new spy thriller that will take you on a whirlwind adventure of mistaken identity, dastardly sidekicks and double dealing doppelgangers. Featuring a larger than life-sized dose of all new, never before bonus material on the Blu-ray, it’s the must-own family film of the Summer!MUPPETS MOST WANTED will also be available for digital download from 4th August 2014.
Extended second series featuring 10 episodes, will premiere in 2015
Sky Atlantic last week announced a second season with two additional episodes of its critically acclaimed drama series PENNY DREADFUL. Created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan, PENNY DREADFUL has been embraced by the Sky customers, debuting as the second-highest-rated launch for an original commission ever for Sky Atlantic, and also ranked as the second biggest programme of the week in pay TV homes for episode one.
With all the heart and humour audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.
We will as always try not to spoil major story points but you may find small spoilers for Season 1, 2 and 3
The players in the battle are the Sheriff Eric Norseman and the 300 year old Russell Edgington. This whole premise shines a rather bright light on the enigmatic Norseman that is Eric, we have already seen his softer side where his maker Godric was concerned but this is something different. This concerns his life before he was made into a Vampire, it’s a great insight and helps give Eric some semblance of humanity. Russell on the other hand is just a touch of the eccentric and he helps to add a menace and a huge dose of humour all in one person. As you can see from the attached photo he is something of an old school gent on the surface but underneath is the (non) beating heart of an agent for change. His agenda has quite frankly the worst possible outcome for humanity but it makes complete sense from a Vampire’s point of view.
Russell is a King, in the Vampire world that gives him power over all the others of his kind within a set area. His domain is Mississippi (spelt right on the first attempt) and due to his desires he is looking for a way to grow his dominion and sees Queen Sophie Ann of Louisiana as the ideal candidate. We have met the Queen before she is another larger than life character but one who believes in her own value a little too much. The inter-relationships we see between many of the Vampires is all due to her but in many ways she is just the igniter for the real Key of Sookie.
There is something quite amazing about Miss Stackhouse and this is the season where we get to find out what this really means. We all now she is supernatural due to her ability to hear thoughts and the light that shoots out of her hands at the sign of trouble but the revelation of her heritage is a little odd to say the least. It sets up quite a bit for the future but what it really does is emphasise that we really have no idea exactly where this series can go and that is a large part of the charm of this series.
By Paul Fiander
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