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Zombies on the Brain (Pun Intended)

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As I’m writing this post, I’m watching the zombie romantic comedy Warm Bodies, starring Nicholas Hoult, John Malkovich, Teresa Palmer, and others. While I’m watching this for my enjoyment, I’ve been wanting to write something concerning zombies and their surge within mainstream media. Though this movie and others are one facet of this, comic books (The Walking Dead springs to mind and others),  novels, movies, television programs (again TWD comes to mind) continue to fill the mainstream and do not appear to be losing steam. However, I’m still mulling over what could be a good “in” for me into the conversation of zombies.
Right now, I’m reading Kyle William Bishop’s American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture, which follows the rise of the zombie from its roots in Haiti to the zombie’s more modern iterations. While this book is giving me some insight, I’m don’t know what would be the most interesting way to probe the “zombie” problem in literature and culture… I know that many have looked at the zombie as a figure of consumerism, others a fear of death, and much more…. Although these theories have been played out a little, I’m still intrigued by the zombie as a figure of…something… It can hold so much connotative possibility. What do I see it as? I’m pondering on that one.

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June 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

True Blood Post-Mortem: The End of Season Blues and the Body Count *Spoilers*

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So, I’m sure that all of you out there that count yourself among the “Truebies” watched the season finale with a mix of excitement and sadness because everything finally fell into place and resolved for the most part. However, other wounds have opened that leave the fate of season 5 hanging in the balance. Moreover, it will be another year before our questions are answered, and we know what happens with the characters that we love and those that we love to hate. However, I want to pause to take a look at the end and the body count that followed the denouement

1) The Pam / Eric divide– I’m sad at how the season ended for my favorite daddy / child pairing of the vampires. While it was humorous that Pam wonders why he fell for someone named Sookie, the fact that they were left in a state of animosity made me feel a little uneasy. I love Pam and will admit such. Furthermore, I hate when negative things happen to her. I also question what they plan to do with the fact that she is still rotting…will this come back into play or will this be swept under the rug of the season??

2) What’s the deal with Eric and Bill being chummy all of a sudden? Honestly, they have never seemed to mesh well, but  I also don’t think that the love of Sookie can ally them for long…even though they did off Nan Flanigan (sad day…I like her character). Additionally, what are they going to do now that Sookie spurned them? I believe that Eric should win this simply because he is the lesser of two evils…I mean come on Bill completely betrayed her…so yeah…

3) Sookie’s Choice and the Aftermath of the Season– I think that it’s kind of bull shitish that Sookie couldn’t make up her mind about her men…We all know and feel who she should be with so why is there any question of what direction she should go in. I also applaud her for offing Debbie in response to Tara’s being shot…(However, I think that someone will swoop in and help Tara in the nick of time…although I would be okay with this character dying).

4) Sam’s stabilization–I’m glad that the Mickens bit it. I’m also glad that Sam is getting to be happy with Luna…that’s about it.

5) Jessica and Jason– Again, I’m happier with this story line than I have been in a while…I can only hope that Hot Shot doesn’t come back into the picture anytime soon…I don’t know if I can deal with the Ghost Daddy thing anymore…Also, Steve Newlin appearing as a vampire makes me kinda antsy…

6) Lafeyette’s Mess he’s in– Honestly, I was sad to see Jesus get offed…that being said, I’m glad that he’s no longer possessed but wonder what is going to happen with him now that he’s all suped up with brujo power.

7) Alcide and the discovery that Russell is gone– I like Alcide, but he will never be that important to me because he is not a center of focus in my opinion…I do wonder what is going to happen with Russell being released though…I’m both excited (Denis O’Hare is back!!!!!) and scared because I don’t know how they will handle him…

I think that this might have been their best season yet. But one thing that I was impressed by was the body count at the end of the season with a lot of semi-major characters being offed or in a transitive period as we wait to see if they will make it. This list includes Marney, Tommy, the Mickens, Jesus, Claudine, Debbie, Nan, and several others…this shows me that they understand how to make conflict with death and that they are trying to keep the cast number down to prevent a veritable nightmare mess of characters. Whatever might happen, I’m glad that they did thin the herd and serve up a heap of emotion. I look forward to next season with both apprehension and excitement as I look back on this season with aw.

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September 18, 2011 at 12:12 am

Crystaline Clear

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My mentality slips

Just a particle more everyday.

Between each palpitation

Of my still beating heart.

What is right and good

Never comes into play

Because of the insanity,

The instability that I flaunt.

Inside my crystal cage,

The key hangs from her fingers

Beckoning to me to grasp it…

Alas, I reach for the wrong key in this

Hall of mirrors, and

She laughs at me unmercifully.

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August 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

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Terra

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The earth moans beneath

My feet.

The all-mother cries with tears that are

Innocent blood.

Centuries her children have poured their

veins out.

Each sect fighting, killing the others

For nothing.

Religion, race, political affiliation,

Our differences.

She cries because we hate that which we

Choose not to

Understand.

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May 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm

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Underworld: Vampires and the Werewolves who Love Them

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I am a big vampire buff all the way around, and I think that my blog probably says this about myself on a regular basis because I am constantly referencing vampires in some way form or fashion. A particularly interesting vampire movie that has come out in 2003 is Underworld. This movie stars Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, and Martin Sheen, each of which play supernatural characters with drives and motivations that are a little odd to say the least (however, I mean odd by human standards…who is to say that they’re odd by vampire or werewolf standards).

In the movie, you are introduce to the sexy Selene played by Beckinsale who is trying to figure out why the werewolves (the vampires’ sworn enemy) are trying to get a human Michael Corvin (Speedman). In the movie, we meet the seeming antagonist Lucian (Sheen). He is the head of the werewolf army that has massed and Viktor (Nighy) the most powerful of the vampires. Turns out their story is one based on deceit and betrayal, murder and violence which leads to Viktor and Lucian being killed fairly brutally and with Selene and Michael (now a hybrid vampire werewolf…a vamwolf or a werepire…but they don’t have time to argue about the name for the new creature) going off to an odd cliffhanger-esque ending.

The movie itself is fairly well put together. There is an ancient blood feud. We have the idea of star-crossed lovers. We have friends becoming enemies and enemies becoming friends. I would suggest watching it to get more of a feel for the actual movie because I’m not going to rehash the plot for you here….that’s not my intent with this particular post. My true intent is to talk about some of the plot ideas that bother me.

There’s actually only one that really peeves me. Why did Amelia the Elder vampire go down so quickly to the mass of werewolves? I can see the argument that some people would make for this saying that she was simply overwhelmed. However, there was a train full of the oldest, most powerful vampires. Surely to God…or whomever, they could have at least put up some sort of a fight. But no, they are ruthlessly slaughter so that the werewolves might get Amelia’s blood to produce the hybrid species and fuse the two lines: vampire and werewolf.

Why does this whole epic murder scene bother me so much? It’s because Viktor in the movie is not a vampire to be messed with. He breaks the neck of a werewolf that charges him and then spears it with his sword. He doesn’t flinch. He doesn’t hesitate. He just kills. Shouldn’t Amelia have this sort of power? I mean in the sequel they show her being a key figure in taking down the first and most powerful of the werewolves.

So, how does this mangy rag-tag group of werewolves all but sweep seemingly defenseless uber-vamps? If it were just sheer number, I could understand. However, there doesn’t appear to be a semblance of a struggle. I don’t recall seeing any werewolves dead on the train…just the vampires…the powerful council of the vampires….the oldest and wisest of the coven…the ruling body….

Please, someone explain this to me. Then, I will be able to have some peace of mind in the movie and to more fully enjoy it without having to see this gapping hole in the logic of the movie (granted I know that it’s not Oscar worthy…I’m just looking for a logical answer to this question).