DEADtime TV: Week of 8/17/14

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Hey DEADheadsI’m Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World with another week of horror television. It’s late this week (again) because I got married the past weekend, so I’ve been pretty busy getting things ready and going on a mini-honeymoon. We’ll try to catch up soon, but here’s all of your favorite stuff. Shawn’s got True Blood and Falling Skies, Kevin‘s got Under the Dome, Teen Wolf, and The Strain, and I’ve got the rest.

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The Last Ship: “Trials” - Sunday, August 17 at 9 PM

Maybe it was the wine I was drinking last night, but The Last Ship seemed to work very well in this episode of “Trials.” There’s no crazy political stance that the show takes; there’s no over-the-top villain to rely on. The episode is simply about six members of the crew opting to test Dr. Rachel Scott’s vaccine in the hopes of figuring out a way to cure the virus that has decimated the world.

I’ve been asking for more appearances of the virus for some time now; The Last Ship had seemed like it had forgotten about the deadly illness for the most part, highlighting it at opportune times to use the emotional turmoil to its advantages. But “Trials”‘ simplistic setup – watch as the crew members get sick enough to potentially die in front of Dr. Scott – allows the show to really focus on its characters and the relationships between them. It also documents how the virus works.

It’s crucial to The Last Ship‘s penultimate episode, because this sets things in motion for the finale. There’s new momentum for the show; now that the virus has a vaccine, more missions open up for the USS Nathan James. Now they’re not just a ship looking to survive on the open water: they’re a rescue ship.

“Trials” does a great job of creating tension, even if it’s pretty clear that mostly everyone will be okay. A crew member dies about halfway through, making the stakes even higher. It becomes apparent that the show will not just follow its happily-ever-after routine, but instead mix things up a bit to mess with the viewer. We don’t know who’s going to die, or how, and that makes things more suspenseful than previous episodes.

And it gives Dr. Scott a lot more stuff to do. It puts a pressure on her character, and takes the focus away from Tom Chandler for a little bit. This is her episode to shine, and “Trials” makes sure that it puts her through an emotional tour de force before the inevitable success of the vaccine.

Whether the science is accurate or not is not my area of expertise. But it seems, at least, realistic, and that’s good enough for a usually schlocky show. More than that, though, The Last Ship has finally defined the virus’ illnesses. Not only that, it introduces a new dilemma – Chandler’s wife and kids are trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, and they’re calling out to the Nathan James.

More will surely be coming in the season finale, but if the show continues to follow this path, they might be onto something a bit better than the first half of the season. It’s certainly never going to be a show winning awards, but at least in “Trials” there’s a bit of pathos to cut through the political posturing.

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True Blood: “Love Is to Die”/”Thank You” - Sunday, August 17/August 24 at 9 PM

It’s here, the end of True Blood as we know it. Whether or not it will come back in other forms, such as spinoffs, comic books, or even further novels, remains to be seen. However, the way in which we have come to know and love – and sometimes love to hate – True Blood has come to an end. This will be a review of both the penultimate episode, as well as the series finale. The eighth episode of this season of True Blood ended with Bill, refusing to drink the blood that will unquestionably heal him, and Sookie and Jessica furiously questioning his decision. “Love Is to Die” picks up on this scene, where they are demanding an explanation from him, and all that he can muster is that he has “accepted his faith”. To which Jessica replies by telling him that he is only accepting his fate if there is no alternative, which there very clearly is. When Bill finally acknowledges that he is “choosing” to die, it enrages both girls, and Jessica demands that Bill release her before he dies, and he complies.

Sookie and Jessica arrive at Sam’s trailer, and discover through a letter that he left as his explanation, that he has opted to leave town with Nicole, and his unborn child. He goes on to explain how much he loves their little town, despite all of the terrible things that have happened, but that he loves Nicole, and will not abandon her and their child. Sam left another letter for Andy, so her and Jessica head to Bellefleur’s to deliver the news. When they arrive, Jessica notices Lafayette and James together, which is uncomfortable, but James comes over to talk to her, in hopes of easing her mind, and in a way, he does. Sookie heads to the back of the bar to give Andy his letter from Sam. She exclaims to him that her letter was pretty personal, and that she’d understand if he wanted a little privacy to read it. Andy tells her it’s okay, but when he opens his letter, it simply says “Dear Sheriff Bellefleur: I resign. Sincerely, Sam Merlotte”.

Hoyt and his girlfriend have been growing apart since he returned to Bon Temps, mostly because Hoyt, despite not remembering Jessica, still has feelings for Jessica. Earlier in the day he went to see her, after a trip to the blood bank to get some fresh Blood for Bill to eat, after learning that he was dying. He told Brigette that he was with Jason all day, but she’s not having it. After he explains to her, his feelings for Bill, that he had always been kind to him, and that he wanted to return the favor, she apologizes for being accusatory, and just as it seems the two might patch it up, Jessica arrives at the door, looking for comfort after being released from Bill. Jessica makes it known to both of them, that Hoyt’s not lying about not knowing Jessica, but goes on to explain that she glamoured him so that he would forget the fact that they were once in love, and she fucked it up. She takes off running away from the situation she has just created. It’s clear to Brigette that Hoyt wants to run after her, so she tells him that if he does, that they are finished. And after a short pause, and an apology, Hoyt chases Jessica into the night. Jessica explains to Hoyt, what was going on with Bill, and how she thought he would understand what she is going through, because he was her first love. The scene ends with the couple embracing, for the first time since she made him forget her.

Meanwhile, Brigette calls Jason, of all people, explaining to him what was going on between her and Hoyt, and asking for him to come and pick her up. When Jason learns that Jessica has been telling  Hoyt what he had asked her to make him forget, he races out of the house, with the exclamation that shit is about to get much worse. The group at Bellefleur’s – despite having no customers – have been hard at work, cooking, and preparing for a celebration. They have decided to have a good time, and wait for the customers to start coming back in. Sookie is sitting off to the side by herself, though, reflective and brooding. Adilyn senses this, and communicates with her telepathically, to ask if she is okay. When Sookie tells her that no, in fact, she is not, Arlene walks over to comfort her. They have an endearing conversation that ends in a much-needed embrace.

Eric arrives at Bill’s house, so that he can try and either talk him out of dying, or at least get an understanding as to why. Bill questions Eric, as to why he is trying to talk him out of his decision, and Eric explains to him that he is there on behalf of Sookie, and that his decision is causing her to hurt. Bill goes on a rant about the pain and suffering that he AND Eric have both caused her, and explained to him that, even if Sookie doesn’t want him to die, he has to, in order to set her free. She’s never going to leave him, even though they haven’t been a couple for a long time, they’ve recently rekindled, which allowed him to see that no matter what, she’ll always come back to him, and he’ll always cause her pain. So while he understands that it will cause her to hurt, seeing him die, he also knows that that is the only way to help her to heal.

Jason races towards Jessica and Hoyt so that he can explain his side of the story. He arrives as they are already standing outside, talking about the situation, and when he tries to explain himself, Hoyt knocks him out cold. He awakes to Brigette, driving his police cruiser, and tells her to drive them back to his house. Elsewhere, Sarah, still chained up in the basement of Fangtasia, and is taken away by Yakuza, she is sat in a chair, and sees Pam, mixing something in a bowl. Pam explains to her that she is going to be the face of their company’s cure and so that she represents them well, Pam is going to dye her hair back to her original Blonde color. Meanwhile, Brigette is on the phone, arguing with an agent at the airline her and Hoyt used to fly back to his home. The airline is telling her, that unless she qualifies for a “bereavement fare” the flight was going to cost her $1,200. Jason asks her the sex of the airline agent, which confuses her, but when she tells him that it is a woman, he takes the phone from her, and begins to flatter the agent, eventually talking her into granting Brigette the bereavement fare. She thanks him, and Jason returns to the couch, exclaiming to himself that he is NOT going to go back into the bedroom, that he’s just going to go to sleep.

As Jason dozes off in his chair – a pack of frozen peas lying on his crotch to help alleviate his boner, Brigette walks back into the room and tells him that she can’t sleep. She’s thinking too much, can’t shut her brain off, and she’s hungry. Jason tells her that he doesn’t really have anything to eat, but he does have beer, so the two of them share a drink, and begin to have a somewhat awkward conversation about Jason’s sex life, and the choices that he has made. He tells her that he feels bad, because if it weren’t for the choices he had made, her current situation with Hoyt wouldn’t exist. She asks him for the back-story for the love-triangle between Hoyt, Jessica and himself, and he gives it to her in-detail. He tells her that he and Hoyt had been friends since they were little kids. He tells her that Hoyt was never good with women, and didn’t have many, if any, relationships with girls until he met Jessica. That their relationship was “epic” until he fucked it up, by exploiting Jessica’s young, rebellious nature, and coming in between the two. Brigette is visibly disturbed by Jason’s retelling of events, but she assures him that she wishes to hear it anyway. When he is finished, Brigette invites Jason into the bedroom, so that she can show him how to sleep next to someone without having sex with them.

As Sookie exits the bar, she is greeted by Eric, lurching around in the woods, who tells her that he has spoken to Bill. He tells her that he has spoken to him at great length, and despite being an unpopular decision, he understands now why Bill is choosing to die. He tells Sookie that she needs to go and talk to Bill, and she replies that she will not, so long as he is choosing to die. Eric gives her a gentle nudge, telling her that she is the one acting like a toddler, and that Bill has requested to speak to her, and that she really should grant him this last request so that he can explain it to her himself. Eric flies her to her house, and her phone is ringing, and it is indeed Bill, calling to see if she had spoken to Eric, and wanting to know if he can “call on her” tonight, and of course, she tells him yes. Cut to Fangtasia, and Ginger is sitting alone at the bar, with the song “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star playing on the radio. I mention this, because I both love, and hate this song. This is such a beautiful song. that has caused memorable moments in my life, both good, and apocalyptic, but, I digress.

As I mentioned, Ginger is sitting alone at the bar at Fangtasia, and in walks Eric. She’s mad, because he has been cured, and he didn’t even bother to tell her. She begins to rant about how he’s never cared about her, when he interrupts her, telling her that he’s been dealing with other people’s problems all day and night, and that he’s done. He then surprises her by telling her that he is going to fuck her. She is shocked, and asks him to verify his claim, to which he replies by asking her where she would like for them to fuck. She tells him that she wants to fuck him on the throne that she bought for him, back when they converted an old video store into Fangtasia. Ginger is finally going to fuck Eric. The funny thing is, once it starts, Ginger cums within seconds, and it’s over just like that. All that waiting, and the actual act lasted about 15 seconds. Granted, she probably just had the climax of her lifetime, but still, 15 seconds? Anyway, she quickly falls asleep, and Eric fixes himself, and walks off to find Pam. He soon learns that Pam is being held hostage by Gus Jr. and his Yakuza henchmen. Gus wants to know if Sookie knows about Sarah, and exhibits to Eric that he has no problem killing Pam if he doesn’t tell him. Eric hesitates, but once he learns the seriousness of Gus’ threat, he tells him the truth. Gus then asks him to tell him where Sookie lives. Whether or not he tells him, will have to wait until the finale.

The episode ends with Sookie, sitting alone at her house, waiting for Bill to show up so that they can have the uncomfortable discussion about Bill choosing to die. As you can tell by my recap, this was a beefy episode. It wasn’t overtly action-oriented, but there was so much information to take in, and in a lot of ways, even the slow conversations and happenings between the characters were just as exciting as any action scene would have been. True Blood has never been about the action, anyway, it is about the characters, and how the action, and the deaths that come as a result of the action impacts their life. I know that the next hour of True Blood will be the last, and I’m hesitant to watch it, because I’m truly sad to see the show go, now. True Blood managed to do something that most shows I’ve watched from start-to-end couldn’t. It jumped the shark, but managed to bring things back to reality, and rope in the fans that tuned out because of aforementioned shark-jumping.

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And here it is, the last episode of True Blood EVER! Are you sad? I am, as weird as that feels to admit. It’s like thinking back, and missing a girlfriend that cheated on you. You know they wronged you, but mmm, did they smell good. True Blood had a troubled couple of seasons towards the end, but in my eyes they redeemed themselves, by taking the show out with a bang. They really stepped their game up this season, all for the sake of instilling a positive image in long-time viewers head before we say goodbye. The final episode continues from the end of the last episode. Sookie enters the living room where Bill is waiting for her, so they can have a conversation about why he is choosing to die, when the cure is right in his face. Bill explains to Sookie, that if he lives, she will always be drawn to him, and he to her. This suggestion enrages her at first, but as he continues to talk, the more it makes sense. He tells her that since he contracted Hep-V, he has begun to feel more human than he ever has. He has been reminiscing the days when he was a human, and had a family, for almost the entire season, so it makes sense.

Bill also tells Sookie that he doesn’t wan to prevent her from experiencing the most important parts of life. Such as, settling down, having children, meeting your children’s children, and passing on, leaving only a legacy behind. It makes since to Sookie, because she knows he’s right, but she still doesn’t want him to die. She tries to convince him to just “break up” with her, but as he says, he loves her too much to let her go, even if he knows he has to. If that wasn’t enough, Bill has a favor to ask. He wants Sookie to use her light, to give him the true death. But, it comes with a catch. In doing so, she would be getting rid of all of her Fae energy, thus giving her the “normal life” that she has always wanted. However, it doesn’t appear that she is interested in that any longer, as she quickly asks Bill to leave.

Back at Fangtasia, Eric, Pam and Sarah are in the dungeon, and Eric stuns both of them  by divulging his plan to let Sarah go free. There’s a twist, though. Eric glamours her into drinking Pam’s blood, so that she can sense her, so that the two can catch up to her later. Also, Eric has decided that it’s time to take Gus Jr. the fuck out, and steal his “New Blood” product from him. Pam agrees to the plan, and Eric, continuing to glamour Sarah, informs her that everyone she will ever meet from here on out, are going to want to kill her. He tells her if she wants to survive, she most communicate with only the two of them. He sends her on her way through some sort of ventilation system, and out the building through a boarded up window.

At the abandoned fair grounds, Sarah hides in an empty ride cart, as she eats some leftover food that she dug out of a garbage can. In an instant, Pam appears, and Sarah explains to her why she is there. She explains to Pam, that they are at the location that Eric turned Willa, apparently in an attempt to make her feel resentful towards Eric. She’s doing this, so that she can convince Pam to turn her into her lesbian progeny. Pam excitedly informs Sarah, that she wouldn’t let her go down on her for a billion dollars. But, what she does want from her, is her blood. She forcefully jams her fangs into her neck, and does what she refers to as her immunization.

Back at his house, Bill sits in his living room, as he tries to figure out what to do next. A knock at the door brings Jessica into the house, Hoyt is following behind her. As Hoyt and Bill exchange pleasantries, Jessica interrupts them to tell Bill that she doesn’t want to die. But before he could respond, she interrupts him again to tell her that she will be fine after he’s dead. That she’ll never understand why he’s choosing to die, but she’ll learn to accept it eventually. Bill turns to Hoyt, to ask if Jessica is the reason for his decision to stay in town. When Hoyt tells him that she is the only reason, he asks him if he plans to marry her. Jessica rushes Bill into the other room to tell him that he’s ruining the way she would be proposed to, by forcing the conversation. He explains to her that he didn’t get to give his daughter away at her wedding, so he wanted to give her away before he died. She tells him that she’ll ask Hoyt if he wants to get married right this second.

And right on cue, it’s time for a Sookie flashback. I’ll admit, as much as I’m enjoying this final string of character development, designed to wrap as many characters as possible within one hour, it’s becoming a tad exhausting. It’s a double-edged blade, though, as I do like the fact that they’re doing the best they can to fill as many gaps as possible before disappearing forever. Sookie remembers herself as a child, and she is in the kitchen with Tara and her grandmother. Sookie’s grandmother overhears her telling Tara that she doesn’t think she could ever have a normal life, so she explains to her that the only limits to what she can do are set by her, and nobody else.

Back at Jason’s house, Brigette is still there, and washing dishes, when Sookie arrives a the door. Sookie tells her that she needs to talk to Jason, as she awkwardly tries to figure out who Brigette is and why she is in her brother’s house, wearing his underwear. As Jason and Sookie talk, both of their phones ring, it is Hoyt and Jessica, asking both of them to help them with their wedding. At the wedding, Andy, Arlene and Holly arrive, because Andy has been asked to perform the wedding. Bill calls him into his office, and explains to him the situation with his will, in which he can’t leave his house and belongings to Jessica, which means the house will become property of the Sheriff. He asks Andy if he would please rent the house to Jessica and Hoht for $1.00 per month, and he agrees to do so. I like how this was handled. Sometimes, even with good TV shows, little details like this go unresolved. They’re doing a really good job at answering as many questions as possible.

This next scene is finally going to resolve the differences between Jason and Hoyt. Hoyt has asked him to be his best man, so as the two of them get ready for the ceremony, Jason gives him the pep-talk he needs to find his confidence, and for a moment, we get to see them as their old selves again. This series is coming to a close, almost entirely different than I thought it would. The first half of this season made it seem like it was going out with a bloodbath, and while some characters are certainly dying, the series is coming to a more peaceful conclusion.

At this point in the episode, I’m conflicted between enjoying the final bits of character development, and being annoyed at the formulaic structure of a rushed series finale. Have you noticed that this review has been like, super long? That’s because they have crammed so much shit into these final two episodes, and almost all of it is important to mention. The True Blood wedding commences. All of the characters gather together, and say nice things to one another, while two second-tier characters are getting married. Sounds familiar, huh? Only every major TV comedy/drama ever in the history of forever have done this. Still, though, it is a tremendously performed sequence, despite the cheesy, contrived nature of the concept.

After the wedding, Jason drops is about to drive Brigette to the airport. Sookie tells him that he should try and sleep with her, because she had listened to her thoughts earlier in the morning, and she knew that she liked him, and that he liked her. Sookie tells Bill that if he really wants to die, to meet her at the cemetery at sundown. When he arrives, Sookie tells him that what he is asking her to give up for, is everything that she is, and eventually, admits that she wasn’t going to do that. This is a weird segment, because at first, it draws back to some of the sillier elements of the show during its downfall. I’ll admit that I wasn’t a fan of the revelation that Sookie was a Faerie. The show jumped way over the shark at that point, so for this to remind me doesn’t exactly leave me with the most positive feeling about the finale of the series. Thankfully, at the last minute, it switches tones and reminds me why this show was so great in the first place. It reverts back to its gritty, grimy nature, as Sookie drives a stake into Bill’s heart after asking him if he still wants to die, and after he’s gone, she sits in his empty coffin, covered in his gore.

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This brings to an end, the Sookie & Bill saga, and shortly after she buries the body, the screen fades to black to signify the end of that chapter. It skips forward a year later, and Eric and Pam are doing a TV commercial for their new product, New Blood. I could understand some having a problem with this montage style ending, as it flashes to different times and between different people, but I like that they’re giving us an extra few minutes to help us create the post-True Blood universe in our heads. After two flashes forward featuring Eric and Pam, it cuts to Thanksgiving, 5 years in the future. We see that most of the characters have lived happily ever after. We see Sookie, and she’s apparently pregnant and married, and Jason is apparently married with kids. Sam even arrives at Sookie’s house for for Dinner, along with the whole Stackhouse clan and more. And then we’re taken to Fangtasia, Where Eric sits on his throne again. Pam has Sarah in the dungeon, and is charging people to drink her blood straight from her body. Sarah, by the way, is still batshit insane, seeing visions of her ex, Steve Newland, smirking at her in the corner.

And the final moments of True Blood, as cliche as it is, ends with the entire remaining cast of characters, all together at Sookie’s massive Thanksgiving Dinner. There is no real dialogue in this scene, we just see the characters interacting as the camera backs away. It’s an effective way to conclude a large group of characters with no time left for any actual exposition. It’s cheesy, but it works. I have to say that I can agree with some of the people that were disappointed in the finale, because there are definitely some things that I would have preferred differently. Earlier in the episode, as Eric speeds away in the stolen Yakuza street-car, bobbing his head to music, covered in blood. I would have enjoyed a little bit more of that. I understand they couldn’t show Eric and Pam taking down the entirety of the Yakuza, but it was such a cool scene – one of his best for a long time – that I wanted more. Other than a few minor complaints, though, I think True Blood went out with a pretty good mixture of the way it began, and what it had become. A fitting ending, despite those complaints. This concludes our coverage of True Blood FOR-EV-ERR, but I’ll be back with long-winded recaps of several more shows, as the fall season begins.

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The Lottery: “Crystal City” - Sunday, August 17 at 10 PM

Finally, the lottery of The Lottery begins – or at least, the beginning of the beginning of the lottery. “Crystal City” is surprisingly not focused on Dr. Alison Lennon or her efforts to find a cure for infertility. It’s not even really looking to explore that mystery about why a doctor would publish an article about an infertility virus and then inoculate against it; these things come up, but they’re sidelined in comparison to the other stuff that happens in this episode.

In a way, it’s a good thing that The Lottery is attempting to expand outward from where it first began, because let’s be honest: the first four episodes of this show have stunk. Sure, the pilot was intriguing because it was setting all of this stuff up, but from there, the show has lingered so long on non-compelling political drama that the actual tension of infertility, the effect it has on the general public, has been lost.

Enter Perry Sommers and Angela Maria Perez, two girls out of 200 picked to be in the final lottery for the 100 embryos. Now The Lottery isn’t hiding anything from its audience; since these two girls out of 200 are the only ones that the show features, it’s apparent that they’re the most important. While adding new people is a good thing for this show, they don’t make much of a difference yet, and their backstories are way too bland right now. It also leaves no room for surprises; they’re most likely going to get picked for an embryo, and we’re going to follow them every step of the way.

In other news, Kyle has his hearing in front of the board about whether his ex can have custody of Elvis. Since The Lottery is all about corruption in government and the terrible things that Darius Hayes does in his spare time, they’re overruled despite compelling evidence that they should keep custody.

The problem with The Lottery‘s brand of intensely evil government officials is that it’s all so predictable that there’s no twist to work with. Darius Hayes as a character is boring, and obvious; The Lottery has not done anything to make him seem anything more than a crazy guy who wants as much power as possible. “Crystal City” introduces his daughter, but that’s not a character trait – it’s just a ploy to make him seem more human.

But at least The Lottery is getting to some meat in its story. Now that the lottery has begun, you can bet that there’s going to be more political turmoil – the girls will be held like prisoners, Big Brother will be watching everything – and Vanessa Keller will get closer to the truth about corruption in office. But it remains to be seen whether The Lottery can introduce anything that’s actually surprising and original, or if it will just walk in the footsteps of other shows with utopian dilemmas at the forefront of their plot.

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The Strain: “Occultation” - Sunday, August 17 at 10 PM

This week’s new episode of ‘The Strain’ marks the sixth episode in the first season and the series as a whole and is titled ‘Occultation’. The episode begins with an overview of the planet as we hear news broadcasts from all over making note of the strange occurrences happening in New York City and also mentioning the upcoming eclipse. We then jump to Eichhorst who is in his natural (vampire) form and walks into a room containing a man chained up who begs for death, to which Eichhorst informs the man that that’s exactly what he’s doing.

The episode focuses largely on Eph as he makes a desperate attempt to get inside his house (now being watched by the FBI) to warn his wife of the virus. In this at least he succeeds. He attempts to warn his wife about what is happening in the city and begs her to take their son and go to her mother’s at which she is naturally skeptical. Her new boyfriend (to no surprise) calls the FBI and turns Eph in. At the same time Setrakian starts to feel his age as he begins taking on more than he can handle; Gus goes through a number of trials after unsuccessfully trying to terminate his business dealings with Eichhorst and Vasily begins to get a better understanding of the menace threatening the city and starts taking steps to warn and protect those he loves.

Now nearly half way through the first season of ‘The Strain’ and things are really starting to pick up. I continue to be more and more thrilled with the television adaption of the fantastic book trilogy every week and it’s a real treat seeing it come to life in such near perfection. For those who felt things started a bit slow, I’m hoping you are starting to get more on board with things (such as but not limited to the pace) significantly picking up at this point and I hope you will continue watching as I know I certainly will be.

‘The Strain’ is currently airing its first season Sunday’s at 10:PM on FX.

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The Leftovers: “Cairo” - Sunday, August 17 at 10 PM

We’re not talking about Egypt here, but Cairo has some Biblical connotations in and of itself which makes it a suitable area for The Leftovers to explore in this episode. Kevin Garvey experienced his own father’s insanity in the previous episode, when he found him escaped from the mental institution and harboring an old issue of National Geographic. But in “Cairo,” Kevin sees the surge of craziness in himself, almost like an inevitable genetic swing towards mental instability.

The show has been giving us clues that Kevin’s not doing so hot; he can’t remember the night he brought the dog back and chained it up in the backyard, and he can’t remember if he slept with Jill’s friend Aimee. The blackout periods are getting longer, and The Leftovers has been building to a point where Kevin’s intense anger gets the better of him. Unfortunately, it happens at a time when things are going pretty well in his life.

Kevin’s been seeing Nora Durst, and they seem very happy together. Kevin even brings her home for dinner with Jill and Aimee. Jill ends up giving her the third degree about the gun she saw in her purse, ending in embarrassment for Jill: the gun is not there anymore, indicating that whatever pain or mourning Nora had been going through has left her.

For Jill, that’s not the case, and “Cairo” embarks on an existential journey with her. She gets into a huge fight with Aimee after accusing her of sleeping with her father, then heads to Nora’s house to look for the gun. In the end, she finds it in a metaphorically cringe-worthy Trouble box. But the show leaves that symbol a mystery, both to how the audience should understand it and how Jill takes it. Is it that Jill recognizes Nora has no need for the gun, because the pain is gone? Does the show imply that the gun, still in the house, is a remnant of pain that Nora can’t quite get rid of?

“Cairo” doesn’t give us those answers; it just poses questions. That’s the one detriment in this episode (the first not co-written by Damon Lindelof) – it presents things that could be taken as answers, but without any definitive feelings behind them. Jill finding the gun doesn’t tell us much, because she’s still the same mopey girl who refuses to apologize to Aimee. But the change occurs when she decides to let the dog go, join her mom, and become part of the Guilty Remnant, a decision that seems to indicate her need to remember the great vanishing, and to embrace that pain she feels.

On the other side of things, “Cairo” follows Kevin after he makes a great error during one of his blackouts. He kidnaps Patti, holds her hostage, and beats her up; all of it he doesn’t remember, but he’s told he did it by both Patti and Dean. Patti won’t let it go, saying that Kevin had better kill her or else she’ll ruin his life and get him fired.

So there’s a crisis Kevin has to undergo; he has a choice to make, and it’s not an easy one. Should he kill Patti? Should he let her go and allow her to slander him? Killing her is what she wants, she explains. She wants to die, she’s been thinking of October 14 (the day of the vanishing) every single day since then, and she’s lived her life attempting to get more people to remember that day, to cut out the other things in their lives after and just remember.

She wants Kevin to understand. She thinks he does, and he says he doesn’t. There’s a moment here where things get lost in confusion, where it’s not entirely clear what Patti is talking about. Is it just the spouting of a lunatic, one who would actually murder her own GR peer via stoning to make people remember? I’m not sure after “Cairo,” and I don’t know if we’re supposed to know.

That’s what bugs me the most about this episode. It’s not the not-knowing things about the GR. It’s the not-knowing if I’m supposed to know or not-know that feels like a flaw in “Cairo.” This episode is too eager to give answers that don’t give the audience any conclusions, and that’s a course that requires correction for next episode.

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Teen Wolf: “Perishable” - Monday, August 18 at 10 PM

This week’s new episode of ‘Teen Wolf’ marks the ninth episode in the fourth season of the series and is titled ‘Perishable’. The episode begins with Deputy Perish tied to the steering wheel of his parked patrol car as one of his fellow officers sufficiently douses both the car and Perish himself with gasoline and explains that it’s nothing personal, but he’s worth a lot of money, making it obvious that the man knows about the Deadpool. After unsuccessfully trying to talk him down, Perish and the car are set ablaze to horrifying screams. Perish should quite obviously be dead, but apparently he is on the Deadpool for a reason because shortly after he walks back into the police station surprising everyone (none more so than the man who tried to kill him and who is currently in the process of trying to collect payment), clothes burned away but himself completely unharmed.

The episode focuses largely on Stiles and Lydia as they try to put new bits of information together in order to hopefully discover the true identity of The Benefactor at long last. Lydia, now having convinced herself that her grandmother is actually still alive and also likely The Benefactor, heads in that direction which leads her and Stiles to shocking new revelations, especially once their new investigation eventually leads them to Eichen House for answers. Meanwhile Scott is forced to put himself and Liam in danger by attending a ritual team bonfire. If being exposed at the bonfire alone wasn’t enough, the discovery that the Deadpool has been altered and widely distributed makes things far more dangerous and they must be extra careful, because the attack just might come from where they would least expect it.

This week’s episode of ‘Teen Wolf’ delivered all the goods if you ask me. We were treated with a few surprises, some huge revelations and secrets being revealed and more than enough intense and action-packed moments. The level of intensity in the episode clearly provides an example of the heightening danger and imminent shit hitting the fan as only three new episodes remain in the fourth season. I can’t wait for the last few episodes to see how things play out and I hope to see you all back here again next week for our continuing DEADtime coverage of the series.

The fourth season of ‘Teen Wolf’ is currently airing Monday’s at 10:PM on MTV.

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Under the Dome: “Awakening” - Monday, August 18 at 10 PM

This week’s new episode of ‘Under the Dome’ is the eighth episode of the shows sophomore season and is titled ‘Awakening’. The episode begins with Big Jim looking ready and determined, then beginning to holster a gun and grab the badge, clearly making the decision of appointing himself the currently vacant slot of Sherriff. Meanwhile at the school, the kids receive the email from Barbie and pass it along to Julia. Initially skeptical and needing more proof of the fact that it really is Barbie, she is hesitant to jump on a leap of faith just yet, especially with the egg.

The episode largely focuses on Barbie and Julia as they both try desperately to find their way back to each other. After not believing Barbie to be truly alive at first, his second email clears any doubts she might have had and they embark on a mission to meet each other at a certain time, but as always everything will be working against them. At the same time Sam tries to convince his sister to leave Chester’s Mill behind, but she of course insists that they must go back in order to get Junior, unable to leave her son to the fate of the dome and Barbie makes an unlikely acquaintanceship with a man that just might be able to not only help him get back, but protect him from his father’s games.

The second season of ‘Under The Dome’ has definitely improved quite a bit when compared to how much things seemed to dwindle for a while there following the season premiere. The whole concept of there being ways in and out of the dome is definitely an interesting way to go and something never touched upon in the book, therefore I’m quite excited to see just where it might go. The series has my attention once again and I hope you’ll all continue watching along with me, as well as keep checking back here each week for our continued DEADtime coverage of the series.

The second season of ‘Under The Dome’ is currently airing Monday’s at 10:PM on CBS.

Next week, The Last Ship closes out its first season. The rest continue, with The Leftover’s penultimate episode on the way. Stay tuned!

About Ryne Barber

Ryne Barber writes primarily for his own horror blog, www.TheMoonisaDeadWorld.net, but he also does '80s horror movie reviews for Horrornews.net. His love of horror started as a child, amid the vast rows of horror VHS boxes at his father's video store. An overwhelming passion for coffee and beer keeps him fueled.
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