Alexander Skarsgard

Actress Nina Dobrev of The Vampire Diaries (above), who is playing 2 parts this season.

While HBO’s hit series Trueblood, the vampire show first to the scene of the recently recycled vampire genre, and most in vogue, has abandoned any and all plausibility, and just capped its worst ever season with its worst ever episode, The Vampire Diaries made its quiet but stunning return to the small screen last week.  In that return, The Vampire Diaries wasted no time in ramping up the intensity on an already sizzling show. 

While Trueblood gave us more ridiculous plotlines than a million monkeys on LSD locked in a hangar with a million typewriters–right up to its final moments with Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) escaping from a cement tomb with no explanation, while Bill (Stephen Moyer) and the Queen (Evan Rachel Wood) get in a Matrix style aerial tussle, as Sookie apparently boards some sort of alien mothership–The Vampire Diaries only got harder, deeper, and more sinister with the formal introduction of Katherine.  Katherine, who you may not know, is Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) spitting image in vampire form, and a distant ancestor of Elena.  Also, she just happened to turn Damon (Ian Somerhandler) and Stefan (Paul Wesley), who have both been pining for her to some degree for the last 145 years, and who is largely responsible for the brothers’ intense sibling rivalry.

The Vampire Diaries established Katherine as a plot force last year early on, but showed intense discipline and story development by only giving its viewers two scenes with Katherine (also played by Nina Dobrev) last year–the last scenes of the season.  Katherine, allowing Damon to think she’s Elena, let’s Damon kiss her on the front porch, and at that point, Jonathan Gilbert (David Anders), the vampire hating douche who just happens to be Elena’s biological father and adopted uncle, home fresh off of his nearly successful master stroke to seek out and destroy all of Mystic Falls’ vampires with his special vampire finder–a gadget that sends out a signal at a frequency that only vampires can hear and are disabled by, or so we think–runs into who he thinks is Elena in the kitchen.  Gilbert, protected from death by vampire by a “supernatural ring”, thinks he’s in the clear, when Katherine–not Elena–quickly wields a knife from the butcher block, separates Gilbert from the fingers on his ring hand, and then, stabs him up and leaves him for dead on the kitchen floor.

Should you visit The Vampire Diaries website, you will see that the CW has labeled this season as “The Year of the Kat.”  We’ll talk more of the site later.  Katherine certainly did not disappoint in season 2’s premiere.  The episode picks up as the real Elena comes home to find Jonathan Gilbert massacred on the floor, and she calls 911 while Gilbert stammers out a warning to his daughter while gurgling blood.  “Behind you”, he warns his daughter, because Katherine is right there, still in the house. 

Katherine however, just seemed to want to take a look at her veritable twin, and was far too busy at that point to do her any harm.  Having kissed Damon, already planting that seed of destruction in the Katherine/Elena obsessed vampire brother, and then having seemingly killed Gilbert, Katherine has to crash a funeral, still posing as Elena, so that she can get all the dirt she can on the current state of Mystic Falls.  For her, the condolence call to the deceased Mayor Lockwood’s family proved very fruitful.  She learned from Bonnie (Katerina Graham), thinking she was talking to Elena, that Caroline (Candice Accola) had almost died, and that Damon had saved her by giving Caroline his blood.  But when Bonnie, Mystic Falls’ resident neophyte witch, goes to give Elena a hug, she knows at her touch that she has hugged a vampire.  Katherine knows Bonnie knows, and is set to get medieval on Bonnie, who is able to pull off a neat little trick.  She uses her mind to blow open the door to the room, as Katherine has her up against the wall by the throat.  At that moment, Stefan appears.  Katherine quickly loses interest in Bonnie as she and Stefan go for a walk on the Lockwood estate.

Stefan, the physically weaker of the vampire brothers, because he refuses to drink human blood, has kept more of his humanity, and keeps a cool head with Katherine, as he pretty much has figured out that for whatever reason, Katherine is back to destroy the Salvatore brothers–two of the vampires she has created.  In fact, at some point Damon mentions that Katherine turned nearly all of the vampires in Mystic Falls once upon a time.  While Stefan is able to keep cool, and even tells Katherine that he hates her, and that he never loved her, Damon doesn’t do as well when he returns home to find Katherine waiting in his living room.  They start hooking up, and then Damon asks Katherine if she is kissing him because she loves him.  Katherine tells him she does not, and that “it’s always been Stefan.”

Though Stefan wisely prepped Damon, and told him that Katherine has come to break them and that “how we respond will define us”, Damon, all hot and heavy, is enraged at being spurned by Katherine.  He goes back to Elena’s, where he forces himself on her.  Elena tells Damon pretty much the same thing when she says she cares for him, but that “it will always be Stefan.”  Damon, hearing more bad news, then attacks Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), who has entered the room to see what the commotion was about, and who then tries to protect his sister.  Damon snaps Jeremy’s neck, but we believe Damon saw that Jeremy was now wearing Jonathan Gilbert’s supernatural ring, which originally belonged to Gilbert’s brother and Jeremy’s father, and which Jeremy has all but asked Gilbert for.

Gilbert might be gone, but he’s not dead.  He only leaves town when Stefan threatens him, after biting his wrist and forcing the weakened Gilbert to drink his blood when Elena and Stefan visit him in the hospital.  Stefan tells Gilbert to beat it, and gives him 24 hours.  Since Gilbert has ingested Stefan’s blood, should he die with it in his system, he will wake up a vampire.  The decisive, violent action was necessary, and has been suggested by hardcore fans of the show is the persona of the “new Stefan”, who some have conjectured feel that the quiet, brooding vampire brother from last year came off as boring.

Boring or not, Stefan will have to keep it together, because not only has Katherine already wreaked havoc on Damon, but in the end, she heads to the hospital to do more damage.  Recalling that Bonnie told her that Caroline has Damon’s blood in her system, Katherine visits her in her hospital bed and puts a pillow over her mouth, after telling her to give the Salvatore’s the following message: “Game on.”

The dynamic is sure to be excellent for the show.  Caroline will wake up a vampire.  Her mother, the vampire hating police chief who is prominent on the council that plans vampire attacks and hunts and whatnot, should get a real kick out of that.  Many are equating the move to a stolen page in the Trueblood playbook, when the magister made Bill make Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll).  But Jessica was abducted, and was not a character prior to that.  Caroline is a character who was establsihed, and played a naive, boy crazy immature girl, which should make for a very interesting vampire.  One who could become like Katherine, potentially.  Take a look at what some of The Vampire Diaries’ fans are saying:

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OMFREAKINGOSH!!!!!! Wow! This episode kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time!!!!! And just like everyone else, I felt so bad for Damon after everybody kept saying how they loved Stefan and not him! I just wanted to grab him out of the tv and kiss him!!!!!! lol! I was watching w/ a friend and her and I both agreed that if he was here w/ us, we would make him feel better w/ a group hug!!!!

And yeah, not how I wanted Damon/Elena’s kiss to go down. And you know, he may have had a slight chance w/ Elena too….but now, you can count that out of the question!!!!!

But yeah, and Caroline as a vampire? That will be VERY interesting…..

Overall, this season premiere was AMAZING!!!!!!! I can’t wait until next week!!!!!

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ilusdhfliudsahfasdliufhdsifhsadfiuh AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! every second was amazing!!! i can barely think straight I was so blown away. BUT. im confused about something and I’m worried about the answer to my question. I LOVE Caroline. I don’t know why but I do and I was shocked to see what Katherine did. I expect no less from Katherine since she’s been playing around (violently) with everyone BUT. Damon gave Caroline blood to heal her… Does that mean that Caroline is now a vampire?!?!?!?1

yah. that is totally what that means.

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WoW!!! That was great!!! the entire episode when someone would talk to katherine thinking it was Elena i would get mad at them lol!! when the comercials came on i would be like “oh my god!!!” this episode was great i can hardly wait for the next one. I really hope the Caroline dose become a vampire that’d b great!!!. i feel so bad for Damon though. no body loves him.

I hate to say it (because i love Stefan and Elena) but, Katherine and Stefan have Amazing chemistry!!!! And im not sure how i fell about this new “Bad ***-ish” Stefan. I kinda like but i kinda dont.

The episode just goes to show how great the show is can’t wait till next episode!!!!

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One questionid Damon’s blood turn Caroline or is she just dead?
OMG,now jeremy has uncle john’s live-forever ring.(Carp! He’s still human but…jyler bromance is awesome.)
I HATE KATHERINE!!On the side note,I love Tyler’s Uncle Mason!! He’s so chill and so cooler than his older brother!!
Oh,and Carol Lockwood’s taken to sleeping pills…and does John apply now that Jeremy knows of vampires(hello,he fell in love w/ 1) he’s expected to jion the concil and kill the vampires.
Poor Damon! Everyone seems to like Stefan more than him…don’t see why-he’s seems sweeter than Stefy. And funner!
But that’s not HOW I wanted the first Delena kiss to go down! Ahh sucks,just when we thought Damon got his humanity back…
Overall it gained my OMFG.

I think what some of the posters there are saying is correct, in the sense that Caroline was largely an inconsequential character before she was a vampire, and now is a major character, really greatly minimizing the amount of um, dead time, for the show.  And aren’t the fans of The Vampire Diaries the best?  “Group Hugs”?  “Delena?”  Please read the thread.  The thread is hilarious.  I promise you.  So what if I like a show that only 16 year-olds seem to care about?  It’s the best show in its genre, and while it may seem to be for a young crowd, it in no way demeans the audience the way that Trueblood does with over done fantasy that has us questioning the sanity of the great Alan Ball.

It’s Renee’s baby?  Stupid.  Tara and Franklin?  Horrible.  Werewolves that thrive on vampire blood so they subjugate themselves to vampires?  Werepanthers/white trash crystal dealers?  So stupid.  Whereas The Vampire Diaries fans are telling us how awesome that show is.

In the end, I gotta agree with gossipahalic101.  The Vampire Diaries has gained my OMFG too.

The Vampire Diaries will air episode two, season two, tomorrow at 8 PM on the CW.

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Season premiere tonight on HBO @ 9 PM, pushing Treme (below) back to the 10 PM slot…

The Tudors (above), tonight @ 9 PM on Showtime.  Only 2 episodes left…

Breaking Bad’s season 3 finale tonight at 10 PM on AMC.

Mad Men’s season 3 finale, 2 AM on AMC.

Look hard True Blood fans.  If you do, you’ll see Vampire Eric’s nipple and sunglasses!

You’re Welcome.


With long anticipation I awaited David Simon’s new HBO series, Treme (Trem-may), about the historic New Orleans section steeped in Jazz history and oozing with culture, and how this section of the city deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  David Simon, who brought HBO The Corner and Generation Kill, made television magic for 5 seasons with the cult classic television masterpiece, The Wire, about his home town, Baltimore, Maryland, or as we prefer from the shows credits and The Wire’s gritty, soulful theme song, Way Down in the Hole (written by Tom Waits), “Bodymore Murdaland.”  I thought Harlem was gritty.  I have friends who live there though, in beautiful apartments with huge gardens–in the borough of Manhattan.  Well, after seing a little of David Simon’s and Ed Burns’s The Wire, I understood poverty, civic mismanagement, the heroin trade, corrupt police, and life in the ghetto in a whole new light.  New York is candyland compared to Baltimore.  Fifty years worth of television shows about New York did not equal one episode of The Wire’s gritty brand of realism.

I am quite convinced that nobody does television better than David Simon.  And I was very excited to see that he was doing a show about a subject dear to me–New Orleans, on HBO.  Generation Kill, the HBO series about the current war in Iraq was realistic to the laymen’s eye, if not exactly compelling.  It established Alexander Skarsgard in my mind as an excellent actor (Vampire Eric, True Blood), and brought James Ransone (Ziggy, The Wire) and Lee Tergesen (Beacher, Oz) back to prominent roles on HBO.  Perhaps Generation Kill was too realistic for me.  I didn’t like seeing our boys under-staffed and under-equipped, struggling in the Iraqi desert fighting George Bush’s oil war.

I have been to New Orleans.  I have family there.  I have vacationed there with 7 of my best friends on this planet and had one of the best times in my life.  New Orleans is a warm city, a real city, a historic city with French flavor, and the only place I’ve been where people own the streets, and not cars.  It is also an impoverished city–last I checked, the most impoverished, where the people had a per capita income of less than $10,000 a year.

And then Katrina came.  I’m not going to pretend I know enough about the storm or the George Bush fly by or the way in which our nation turned its back on one of our finest cities–the finest, aside from New York, of course, and maybe Las Vegas, which is great for totally different reasons.  That’s fine and good, because I’d rather have David Simon tell it to me anyway.  Finally equipped with some budget by HBO, Simon and Eric Overmayer have cast some notable stars.  Steve Zahn, in his first television series, plays Deejay Davis McAlary, a musician and advocate for the people, and an unlikely political candidate who wants to sell cannabis to create revenue for the city.  John Goodman plays author and New Orleans spokesperson, Creighton Bernette, now famous for a youtube rant capped off by “Fuck you, you fucking fucks!”  His wife, Toni Bernette (Melissa Leo), is a lawyer on a mission to find a boy lost in the system in the wake of the flood, and while she finds a little more evidence every week despite the hurdles put up by the courts and the police, the mystery of what happened to David Brooks is probably the most compelling storyline Treme has established so far, though it is sure to end predictably.  Wendell Pierce (Bunk, The Wire), plays Antoine Battiste, a legendary musician struggling in post Katrina Treme, and Clarke Peters (Lester Freamon, The Wire), plays Albert Lambreaux, or “the chief”, a Mardi Gras high priest with native blood who returns to the city, but realizes that the federal government won’t allow many of his people to do the same.  Kim Dickens (Joannie, Deadwood) plays a chef at a fine Treme restaurant who can cook the lights out, but who struggles to keep the lights on in her establishment, despite wowing a bunch of fancy New York chefs.  And she also plays Davis McAlary’s love interest.

Khandi Alexander (The Corner, News Radio), plays Antoine Batiste’s ex.  She owns a Treme bar and is the sister of the lost boy, David Brooks.  The very talented actress and violinist Luicia Micarelli plays “Annie”, a fine musician stuck in an odd, abusive relationship with Jazz pianist Sonny (Michiel Huisman), struggling with heroin addiction.

Sonny and Annie (above).

There has not been one bad performance from a stellar cast that’s still gelling, and knowing David Simon, I expect every episode to be better than the last.  But while New Orleans is a far better city than Baltimore, it doesn’t make for better drama.  They can flood the cast with recognizable talent, no pun intended, but I’d take a bunch of nobodies with glocks and Navigators, over struggling musicians and their obscure musical terminology, even if they bring to life a city I so fondly connect with.

New Orleans deserves a show.  They deserve a show about post Katrina, and they deserve that David Simon be the man to deliver it, on HBO.  They deserve a second season too, which Treme has already had greenlit by HBO.  Simply put though, the bar has been set too high. 

Treme is one of the best shows on television right now and I’m glad to have it.  Even if the production is more proof that The Wire is gone forever, and will not even be replicated by the same minds and similar faces, airlifted to a different locale.

Treme, 10 PM, Sundays on HBO.  It may not be what you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a show worth your time.

Be A Critic,

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Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard (above) at Spike TV’s Scream Awards in October.

Last week, a vampire and a hottie were chilling in Brooklyn (holler!).  This week, they are sipping coffe in Sweden, presumably there to meet Skarsgard’s family.

The couple, who have been linked since filming “Straw Dogs” last year, were reportedly spotted enjoying coffee Saturday in Nytorget, a popular district in Stockholm.

“They looked so happy together,” an eyewitness said of the pair. “Kate was rubbing Alex’s back and looking up at him affectionately. You can definitely tell they’re in love.”

According to E!, Bosworth appeared right at home, smiling and laughing with her new man in his home country.

On Sunday, the couple were also reportedly out with friends and drinking wine at Åsögatan Aarts restaurant.

“It really seems like they’re getting serious,” adds the insider.

Do I hear wedding bells in the distance?  Season 3 of True Blood premieres on HBO June 13th.

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