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TRUE BLOOD

 

After watching the first 15 or so minutes, my initial thought was WTF?  I know Alan Ball said he was traveling away from the books, okay that’s fine and I understand imaginative creativity.  But he took the books and ran sideways with them.  True Blood is about as far away from the books as humanly possible.  This show is so sideways I can’t tell if it’s going in the right crocked direction.  So now that I have wrapped my head around the first couple of episodes, and I think I have a general idea of the direction he is going (vague direction), let’s talk about what’s happened so far in the story.

 

Well it truly is great to be back in Bon Temps, although the beginning scenes take place in fairy land.  From Sookie and Barry, to Sookie’s grandfather, everyone seemed to be in Fairy.  How’d they get there?  That answer is still quite unclear, but from the look of things once entered, no one leaves this time warp.  And as usual, things are not always what they seem and those sweet innocent looking fairies turn out to be nothing more than supernatural crazies out to capture Sookie.  So how does our lovely MC escape her impending doom this time?  Her grandfather pushed her off a cliff of course.  And alas he did not survive but was however successful in saving his sweet granddaughter and passing on a pocket watch to her brother Jason.  Tear.

 

Now, it’s been twelve and a half months since Sookie “disappeared”.  Which in turn mean our beloved show returned with our favorite characters living out their lives as if she died and never existed.  Even her brother Jason didn’t waste any time selling the family house to the highest bidder.  Sad, but funny nonetheless.  So what have the characters been up to for the last year?  Here’s a quick rundown of what everyone’s been up to.

 

Bill is the new King of Louisiana (surprise, surprise) and loving every minute of it.  He’s a natural-born leader and wearing his new crown with nothing but pride and a smile.  Lafayette and Jesus are still together and holding on strong, and Jesus is still trying to bring the witch out of him.  Tara on the other hand is an ass kicking, super hot, lesbian cage fighter named Toni living in New Orléans.  Thank goodness they changed her hair, giving her the sexier and edgier look that she deserved.  Eric and Pam are still the same.  And can I say Pam is looking hotter than ever! I don’t know if its make-up or Botox, but Pam looks a few years younger (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing).

 

 

Sam is running with a new pack of shifters, making friends and freeing himself from all of his anger.  Shooting his brother rattled him to the core and I honestly think he’s trying to change for the better.  Tommy is becoming a Hoyt in training thanks to Mrs. Fortenberry.  She’s training him right, even has him praying over their meal.  A little creepy but I am sure Tommy has an ulterior motive and does not mind being used for the time being.  Jessica and Hoyt moved in together,

 

but life for the love birds appears to be less than satisfying.  As we see in the second episode, Jessica is having a rough time adjusting to only drinking from her human lover.  As put so eloquently by Pam, she was not meant for monogamy.  She’s a hunter and needs to hunt.  As for Jason, well if you have read the books then you knew this was coming.  Even though it happened in a twisted way, he’s in the process of being turned into a panther.  Good gracious.

 

For this season I predict we as fans are not going to be disappointed, slightly confused, but not disappointed.  I hoping (at least for this season), Alan Ball will keep some of the major book plot points in.  Dead to the World, the fourth novel, was by far one of my favorite novels out of the series and I hope that the creative minds behind the show will do it justice.

 

 

 

 

Steam

 

 

Raise your hand if you have Steam.  Okay now quickly put it down before your console gets jealous.  For this Independence day Steam is having a massive sale, putting some of the oldies and new goodies on sale for a delicious 4th of July treat.  If you haven’t picked up Portal 2, Black Ops, or Braid, now is the time to fork out a small chunk of cash and load up your PC for some slaying, sniping, puzzle loving fun.  Check out all the games on sale here .

 

 

 

Steam on Sale

 

  • Publisher catalogs 10%-90% off
  • Publisher packs on sale (Valve, Telltale Complete $49.99 each)
  • Total War: Shogun 2 — $29.99 (from $49.99)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops — $40.19 (from $59.99)
  • GTA Classics — $7.49 (from $29.99)
  • Just Cause 2 — $4.99 (from $19.99)
  • Braid — $2.49 (from $9.99)
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic — $2.49 (from $9.99)
  • Borderlands Game of the Year Edition — $20.09 (from $29.99)
  • Portal 2 — $33.49 (from $49.99)
  • Terraria — $7.49 (from $9.99)

 

 

 

 

And for those of you who don’t like Steam or prefer to get your games through another avenue here is a list of other competitors bringing on the 4th of July sales.

 

Amazon: 4th of July Sale – buy one select game or accessory, get one free

 

  • DualShock 3 — $35.99 (from $54.99)
  • Xbox 360 wireless controller — $35.99 (from $49.99)
  • Mortal Kombat — $39.98 (from $59.99)
  • Alice: Madness Returns — $39.99 (from $59.99)

 

Direct2Drive: Summer sale — new deals every day

  • The Witcher 2 — $37.45 (from $49.95)
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 — $9.95 (from $19.95)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops — $40.15 (from $59.99)
  • BioShock — $7.95 (from $19.95)
  • BioShock 2 — $7.95 (from $19.95)

 

GamersGate

  • Civilization V — $16.98 (from $49.95)
  • Painkiller games — 50% – 66% off

 

GameStop

  • Alice: Madness Returns (360/PS3) — $39.99 (from $59.99)
  • Alice: Madness Returns (PC) — $29.99 (from $49.99)
  • MLB 2K11 — $39.99 (from $59.99)

 

Good Old Games

  • Interplay games 50% off

 

Impulse

  • Tropico 3 Gold Edition — $9.99 (from $19.99)
  • Civilization IV: Complete Edition — $9.99 (from $39.99)
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 — $9.99 (from $19.99)
  • Battlefield 2 Complete Collection — $14.99 (from $29.99)

 

 

 

 


 

 

TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon

 

 

 

I know some people/blogger/critics have given this movie an unbelievably low score, but I thought Transformers was anything but a flop.  Yes it was over-the-top, action packed, and covered in 3D killing with a busty blond taking up to much screen time.  But all in all, to end a trilogy Michael Bay created a top-notch masterpiece with this movie.  There were a few mini plots taking place throughout the entire movie.  Without giving too much away for those of you who are hesitant to see it, I will say that the overall story arc took what happened in the previous two movies and summed it up in this two-hour destruction/explosion frenzy.  It introduced new characters like the ominous Sentinel Prime (voiced by the great Leonard ‘Spock’ Nimoy), and also brought back some of our old favorites.  At times it had you wanting to cry, I won’t say why, and at others it had you cursing at the screen, cheering on the good old citizens of Earth.  It was a crazy wild ride that I will gladly be taking again because I think the movie is worth the hype and expensive 3D glasses.  I loved Transformers and I am really sad to see the franchise come to a close but I am glad it went out with a bang, literally.

 

 

 

As usual I am going to conclude this post with this (and last) weeks new releases in video games.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

New Releases for the Week of July 4, 2011 to July 11, 2011:

 

 


 

 

PC

 

 

  • Polar Sports Ice Pack by Mumbo Jumbo – July 5, 2011
  • Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition by Capcom USA – July 7, 2011

 

 

 

Xbox 360

 

 

  • Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon by D3 Publisher – July 5, 2011

 

 

PlayStation 3

 

 

  • Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon by D3 Publisher – July 5, 2011
  • Resistance Greatest Hits Dual Pack by Sony Computer Entertainment – July 5, 2011

 

 

DS

 

 

  • Mystery Quest: Curse of the Ancient Spirits by Maximum Family Games – July 5, 2011

 

 

 

 

New Releases for the Week of June 27, 2011 to July 3, 2011:

 

 

PC

 

  • Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse by Her Interactive – June 28, 2011
  • Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising Collector’s Edition by Heatwave Interactive – June 28, 2011
  • Glowfish by Mumbo Jumbo – June 28, 2011
  • My First Trainz Set by Maximum Family Games – June 28, 2011
  • Storm: Frontline Nation by Viva Media – June 28, 2011

 

 

Wii


 

  • Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident by Nintendo – June 27, 2011
  • Maximum Racing: Super Karts by Maximum Family Games – June 28, 2011
  • Wicked Monster Blast Bundle with 4 Blasters by InterWorks Unlimited – June 28, 2011
  • Wicked Monster Blast Bundle with 2 Blasters by InterWorks Unlimited, Inc. – June 28, 2011
  • Wicked Monster Blast by InterWorks Unlimited, Inc. – June 28, 2011

 

 

Xbox 360


 

  • UFC Personal Trainer [KINECT Compatible] by THQ – June 28, 2011
  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition by Capcom – June 28, 2011
  • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 by KOEI Corp – June 28, 2011.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops LTO by Activision Inc. – June 28, 2011

 

 

PlayStation 3


 

  • UFC Personal Trainer by THQ – June 28, 2011
  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition by Capcom – June 28, 2011
  • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 by KOEI Corp – June 28, 2011
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior by City Interactive – June 28, 2011
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops LTO by Activision Inc. – June 28, 2011
  • Kevin VanDam’s Big Bass Challenge by Zoo Games – June 28, 2011
  • INITIAL D EXTREME STAGE PLAYSTATION3 [Japan Import] by “Sega of America, Inc.” – June 28, 2011
  • Power Smash 4 [Japan Import] by “Sega of America, Inc.” – June 28, 2011
  • SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV ARCADE EDITION [Japan Import] by Capcom – June 28, 2011

 

 

 

DS


 

  • Jewels of the Ages (Jewels of Olympus / Jewels of Ancient Pharaoh’s) by City Interactive – June 28, 2011
  • Jewel Match by Atari Inc. – June 28, 2011
  • Fishdom by Atari Inc. – June 28, 2011
  • Einstein’s Brain Power by Zoo Games – June 28, 2011

 

 

3DS


 

  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries by Capcom – June 28, 2011
  • Reel Fishing Paradise 3D by Natsume, Inc. – June 28, 2011

 

 

PSP


 

  • Elminage 3 -Ankoku no Shito to Taiyo no Kyuden[Japan Import] by Starfish – June 28, 2011
  • INITIAL D STREET STAGE PSP the Best [Japan Import] by “Sega of America, Inc.” – June 28, 2011