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Monday, August 31, 2009

TRUE BLOOD: SEASON 2, EPISODE 11 – FRENZY




Queen Sophie-Anne has some advice for Bill about dealing with a maenad. Hoyt and Jessica have their first fight. Lafayette and Sookie try to protect Tara from Maryann. Sam, Jason and Andy form an unlikely alliance to protect Bon Temps, which includes an assist from an even more unlikely accomplice.

  • THE QUEEN: Queen Sophie-Anne of Louisiana (Evan Rachel Wood) is feasting, quite provocatively, at the femoral artery of a pretty young thing. This is a clever way for Alan Ball to tell us that she's same sex-oriented. "Is this a bad time?" Bill asks. "There's no such thing as bad — or time, for that matter," she answers flatly. I have to admit: My first reaction to Wood's portrayal of the queen was not positive. Wood is an actress who's good at both strength and vulnerability, but haughty insouciance ("I have this Latvian boy; he has to be tasted to be believed"), thus far, is not her bag. The idea of this character, however, is intriguing, so I'll keep an open mind for now. 

  • That said, the character is written really well, an odd combination of old-world erudition and thoroughly modern teenspeak. ("A maenad? In Bon Temps? That's random," she says.) As it turns out, the queen, lounging over her scantily clad "court" and a fierce game of Yahtzee in her new "day room," has some ideas about how to stop a maenad, but her advice is totes confusing. 

  • HOYT & JESSICA: Interestingly, Maxine, in her blissed-out, Maryann-induced stupor, rather enjoys Jessica's attack by fang. Hoyt, on the other hand, is not nearly as amused by it. But, Jessica protests, she said all those mean things about you! "She's my momma; she gets to," he says. Ain't that the truth, H-Bomb! Hoyt storms off, which leaves Jessica alone to have a tantrum of equal parts blood-curdling screams and, well, blood, coming out of her tear ducts. Poor Jessie!  

  • Back at Casa Fortenberry, Hoyt might be regretting taking his momma's side in the argument. Maryann's pull is like a truth serum to Maxine. She confesses that she sacrificed her own pleasure to raise her son up right. She also, quite cruelly, tells Hoyt that his father was a secret drinker and possibly a closet homosexual — because he liked to dance. Oh, also: He wasn't killed by a burglar; he committed suicide. She just lied to get the life insurance money. Ouch.  

  • Also: Anyone else think Maxine is much more important to Maryann's plan that we might have previously thought? Listen to her dialogue in this scene again; I think she gives something away.  

  • TARA: Why can't Tara put herself in danger for the man she loves like Sookie always does? It's an interesting question, but one that Lafayette, Sookie and Lettie Mae are not entertaining at the moment, busy as they are hand-cuffing her (with Laf's personal fur-trimmed cuffs) to a coffee table. Laf and Sook leave Lettie Mae to guard Tara while they stand watch — with a shotgun -- outside.  

  • Tara appeals to her mother's guilt over how badly she raised her daughter. Tara tells her she'll forgive her for everything if she lets her go — but it's a one-time offer! It appears not to work, as instead of freeing her, she kneels down to pray.  

  • Out on the porch, Lafayette and Sookie figure out that they've both drunk Eric's blood. "Somebody need to slap that bitch," Lafayette says. "I have!" Sookie huffs. "Look at you," he replies. Heh. They've also both had sex dreams about him — which Lafayette says are both "nasty and fantastic."  

  • Lettie Mae emerges from the house, visibly shaken, but it's all a trick to get the gun. While Sookie is in the house unlocking Tara's cuffs, Lafayette has a hallucination in which Eric — wearing Lettie Mae's clothes and holding the same shotgun — threatens to kill him. "I thought you wanted to be a vampire?" he says. Nelsan Ellis is really brilliant here. Lafayette is, by nature, fearless; it's pretty unsettling to see him lose his composure. Sookie tells him to man up, that she's going to need him to shoot Maryann in the head if she gives them any trouble. Can I point out how funny it is than Sookie is wearing a sundress while all this is going on instead of, like, military fatigues?  

  • @ MERLOTTE'S: After Sam comes out to Jason and Andy about being a shape-shifter (they both basically shrug), Jason decides it's time to formulate a plan to save Bon Temps. His reference book: The Oral History of the Zombie War, as good a guide as any, I suppose. "Sometimes you need to destroy something to save it — that's in the Bible... or the Constitution," he says. Arlene's kids show up at Merlotte's, they haven't beed fed in two days since their mom is off on a sanity sabbatical. Sam takes them under his wing, which is kind of sweet and makes me think that the season finale (which airs in two weeks) is going to be really, really sad.  

  • MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE CASTLE: "William, you have to eat before we play Yahtzee," insists the queen, foisting her Latvian on him after all. "I love watching two men together," she squeals as Bill feeds from the young man.  

  • But Sophie-Anne has bad news: Maenads can't be killed. Further, Maryann waiting for the god that comes is a fool's errand as, well, he never comes... because he doesn't exist. "He only exists in humans' minds — like money and morality," she muses. A further irony: Maryann thinks she needs to offer her god a sacrifice — she's partial to supernatural beings, hence her interest in Sam — so that the god (Dionysus, Satan, whomever) will come and... kill her. A true death, ravished and devoured by her true god. Um, okaaay...  

  • SAM & ERIC: Sam and Arlene's kids head off to Fangtasia to find Eric, to see if he can help them defeat Maryann. The kids exposit that their absent father is named Duane and he has Arlene's name tattooed on his stomach. I'm wondering where this plot seed will sprout. Any ideas who Duane might be? Also: I love Ginger, and I think it's hysterical that every time we see her, she has a mini-breakdown. Also: Pam! Hooray! At first I thought her red bodysuit was a little much and definitely out of character for the 1950s housewife, but as the camera got closer, I noticed the sequins, the miniskirt and the giant bow and all was right with the world.  

  • I was a little nervous when Eric became so fixated on the kids, even going as far as to call them delicious. But his interest, for now, seems innocent enough. "Good night, tiny humans," he says, as he flies off toward the queen's castle.  

  • BILL & ERIC: While the queen's (basically useless) maenad primer sinks in, Hadley, Sophie-Anne's previously mute female companion, asks, "How's my cousin Sookie?" Interesting. It seems she left Bon Temps in somewhat of a state of disgrace. Bill gets even itchier to leave when he learns that Eric has arrived at the palace. "All this alpha-male posturing," the queen huffs. "You two really should just f--- each other and get it over with." This chick isn't shy about making her desires known, ay? Bill and Eric face off for, like, the cagillionth time. Eric is all: How are you different from me? We both tricked Sookie into drinking our blood. (True.) And Bill is all: Nuh-uh, I'm telling you're dealing V. (Also true.)

  • JASON & ANDY: "You think Sam's ever turned into a dog and then had sex with a lady dog?" Jason asks. This was the first of two goofy questions that Jason asks about Sam's particular talent (the other: "You think Sam could turn into a chicken and eat an egg he just laid?"), but by the episode's end, I wondered if the dumbass wasn't actually on to something.  

  • @ SOOKIE'S: Tara rushes over to Sookie's house to save Eggs. Maryann drops a bombshell: Tara summoned Maryann when Miss Jeannette conducted that exorcism. So does that mean that Miss Jeannette wasn't a fake after all? Actually, no. Maryann was apparently duped by her as well, believing her to be the vessel through which the god that comes will come. But... not so much. There's a moment where Tara resists Maryann's vibrating attempts to win her back, but after a quick slug to the jaw, Tara is back to being black-eyed.  

  • Terry, Arlene, Mike (the coroner), Jane (his frequent orgy partner) and others show up to tell Maryann that Sam Merlotte has been "smoten" (heh) by the god that comes (aka Jason Stackhouse in a gas mask). Their gullibility infuriates Maryann, which she expresses by emitting a high-pitched noise that reminded me of that scene in Splash when Daryl Hannah tells Tom Hanks her name in her language and all the glasses in the restaurant break. "Must I do everything myself?" Maryann huffs, ever the diva. 

  • Sookie and Lafayette are met by Arlene and Terry as they approach the Stackhouse place, and Laf plies them with drugs while Sookie makes her way inside. There she finds Jane, who is singing that Greek incantation to the tune of "Row Row Row Your Boat" and cutting off her own finger as a present to the god who comes. Ew. There's a rotting animal head on the kitchen table and a naked reveler bathing himself in the sink. On the floor at Sookie's feet is Mike, who is feeling rather randy. Fortunately, Sookie is able to subdue him quite comically with a handy frying pan.  

  • Outside, Maryann corners Lafayette and gives him a little lecture about horse nettle, (aka bull nettle, devil's tomato, or the apple of Sodom). It's a savory addition to any wine-based sauce in small doses, but also poisonous! Laf may be a cook, but he's in no mood to talk recipes. He aims the shotgun at her head and pulls the trigger. She deflects the bullet with her hand and it kills Karl. She mourns her faithful pal for about four seconds.  

  • Inside, Sookie makes her way upstairs to Gran's former boudoir, where Tara and Eggs are breaking everything in sight and using the various fragments to build a makeshift nest in the center of the bed. A nest for what, you ask? For the giant egg that sits inside it, of course. The hell? Where did that come from? It makes me wonder if a shifter, in avian form, didn't lay it, just as Jason imagined. Maybe that's how all shifters are born, via animal gestation. While we ponder that head-scratcher though, we are dismayed to discover that apparently Laf didn't man up enough, as he's now black-eyed as well, leaving Sookie as the only clear-eyed one left standing. Naturally, upon discovering this, she screams. (Also: She's still wearing a sundress. Silly girl.)

What did you think of "Frenzy"? Who will make the ultimate sacrifice for the god that comes? Will Queen Sophie-Anne make her presence known in Bon Temps? Will Bill and Eric just get it over with? How does Maxine fit into Maryann's dastardly plan? And what's in that egg?

THE GAYTE KEEPER OPENS THE GATES OF TRUTH!

SO MY GOOD FRIEND DELLA INTERVIEWED ME FOR HIS BLOG & I MUST SAY THAT I ENJOYED IT...READ IT & LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS...
 Good evening my Sweetness Pies! Today I bring you something so deliciously
good, you will be begging for more. I bring you insight into the life of a
handsome, intelligent and insightful young with a very successful blog. Most
of you are very familiar with his blog,(http://thegayte-keeper.blogspot.com/)
and I am sure you would love to get to know him better. The best part is, I
give you the chance to do precisely that at this very moment. Please enjoy
the conversation below. :)



1.Why do you think so many young BLACK gays, are consumed with so much self hatred for their lifestyle?


GK: because SO many of us/them don't know and understand who we are as humans so as we add layers on top of
layers to who we are it confuses things even more...

2.Now true you are not the closet police but honestly, do you think "that" is anyway to live a life without substantiated reasoning? Like do you think its okay to stay in the closet all of your life and still entertain women and children while constantly tangled up with men sexually and emotionally, never admitting or taking responsibility for whom you are?

GK:No I don't think that is okay @ all...so much of life is meant to lived and experienced by being our true selves and if we are hiding and lying to those around us, what kind of men are we?

3.One very disturbed young GAY black man told me, "MEN SHOULD NOT BE GETTING MARRIED, THEY NEED TO FUCK AND MOVE ON." how does that make you feel?

GK:Well I hope that fucks and move on...it is because of that attitude that we can't take ourselves seriously and I find that sad because we are constantly lying to ourselves in order to fit some mold that the made for us when they have NO clue as to who we are as men...gay men!!

4.What makes you happy?

GK: like going to see a real good movie with noel or like me sitting down @ the pc and he just comes and hugs me for
no reason @ all! :)

5.When is the last time you have cried? How did it feel when it was over?

GK:about a month ago. I felt better because everything became clear to me.

6.How do you feel about suicide? have you ever pondered it?

GK:well I understand suicide and I see as a way for persons to start over...I mean we have NO idea what is going on with a person right until they very end...I've thought about it a few times in the past.

6A. How do you feel about it now?

GK: About me trying to commit suicide?......I could NEVER do that to myself. I know that I am stronger than that.

7.Do you believe certain folks are just not built for life?

GK:Yeah I do, but I also believe that life gives them persons to assist them.

8.Can you name 5 great things about yourself physically?

GK:Seriously.....I do not like to think of myself in that way. I do not pay attention to physical attributes like that.

9.Can you name things that make you unique character wise?

GK:I would say that the things that make unique are, my honesty, realness and compassion.

10. Tell me the latest funny thing that you saw or happened to you this past week.

GK:The funniest thing this week would be an episode of the The Golden Girls that I saw on TV for the 1000th time.

11.You've had your rough patches, but what is it or what problem solving techniques have you both used to get past it?

GK:I would say that letting time pass so we can discuss things works for us.

11A.So what things have you learned about arguments that you would pass on to the next young couple that needs to
work things out?

GK:Try your hardest NOT to take the other person into your self-esteem and if you can still love him afterward then you know you are okay.

12. Have you ever had an "AINT NO WAY" Situation on your hands?  Like have you ever tried to love someone and they
just wouldn't allow you or ever come around to it?

GK:yeah I have. That's why my relationships in the past ended.

13.If he (YOUR BOYFRIEND, NOEL) were to become ill or wheel chair bound, would you still love him and care for him all the same?

GK:Yeah I would, but I would want him to move on with his life though.

13A. What do you mean baby?

GK:I would give him the chance to walk away from the relationship because I know that dealing with something like that is difficult.

13B.Do you think he would...knowing him now? does that seem any in the least bit likely?

GK:He wouldn't leave.

14.Are you pleased the way things are going between the both of you? Would you change anything?

GK:Yeah I am VERY pleased. I wouldn't change a thing to be honest because I feel that there are a few things that we
still have to experience...

15.SO WHAT ABOUT ADOPTION?

GK:well I've been talking about that with noel. I want 3 kids. 2 biological and 1 adopted.

15A.WILL BOTH OF U HAVE ONE BIOLOGICAL CHILD TO MAKE THE 2?

GK:Yep. We have the mother lined up and everything. She is VERY excited to provide us with such gifts.

15B.OH SO ARE YOU ALL GOING TO A CLINIC OR EACH GOING TO HAVE SEX WITH HER?

GK:Nah. No sex. Artificial insemination.

16.IF YOU HAD TO SUM YOURSELF UP IN JUST 2 SENTENCES, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

GK:I am a beautiful complicated melody. I AM A WARRIOR, CREATIVE, SENSITIVE & STRONG THAT IS RULED BY EMOTIONS, YET

I HAVE A SOFT HEART.

17.LASTLY..WHAT 5 SONGS MAKES YOU THINK OF NOEL MOST WHEN YOU HEAR THEM? 

GK:1.LOVE IS YOU - BY CHIRISETTE MICHELLE
2.DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE - BEYONCE
3.NO ONE - ALICIA KEYS
4.I NEED YOU - LEANNE RIMES
5.I WANT YOU TO NEED ME - CELINE DION

18.Ok I want you to do a song to life analysis for me.I will give you a song at random and you will listen to the song fully, lyrics and all...then give me a blurb/paragraphs of what you feel when listening to it or what it makes you feel like and if it applies to your real life.

-DELLA REESE- NOT ONE MINUTE MORE- video below!


GK:This song makes me think about a time in my life when LOVE was sweet and innocent and it meant something...now
n present day, I think of noel naturally. :)


Folks what more can I say, He can answer a question with no hesitation and with such sincerity and vibrancy. I see
great things for this man in the future. I only hope that I am fortunate enough to still be a good friend of his when those things begin to happen for him. :)


*Della!

WHITNEY HOUSTON: I LOOK TO YOU

I Look to You[4] is the sixth studio album by American R&B recording artist Whitney Houston. It was first announced in March 2007 by Clive Davis who revealed that the singer would be heading into the studio to record her first studio album in almost 7 years. It will be released first in Germany by Sony Music on August 28, 2009 [5] before being released in United States on August 31 Arista Records and in the UK on October 19, 2009 by RCA. The album will be a mixture of big ballads and dance music, reminiscent of her past hits like "I Wanna Dance With Somebody".[6] According to Clive Davis, the album is not aiming to fit Houston into the current music market, but is instead remaining true to who she is, and the impact she has made on the record industry.[8] The roster of producers and writers includes Swizz Beatz, Johnta Austin, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Harvey Mason, Jr., and Akon who is also the only guest vocalist on the album.

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