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Catch the Season 5 finale recap here before reading below!

We enter this new season with the aftermath at the AVL compound. Eric and Sookie run away from Bill at the same time that the other half of the gang (Pam, Jessica, Nora, and Jason) escape from the building.

Trueblood S6E1 Tara, Sookie, and Nora

The compound explodes and the gang outside worry that Sookie and Eric are dead inside the building. Just as they begin to get hysterical, Eric and Sookie pull up in an SUV next to them, urging them inside. As they are driving away, they see a bloody Bill exit the compound building and stare at them. Eric punches the gas right as they see Bill fly straight up into the sky – he let them go.

Escape and Death

Sam, Luna, and Emma escape the compound before the explosion, but Luna cannot run from the guards any longer. The skinwalking is causing her to die and she knows it. Luna tells Sam that he must protect Emma and that she belongs with him. Sam promises to look after her and we watch as Sam and Emma depart as Luna dies in the grass. Sam really can’t have anything good.

We see the Louisiana governor hold a press conference where he announces that vampires in the state will be required to stay indoors during the night hours and that he is ordering that all vampire businesses be shut down. The crowd cheers him on until a protestor throws a balloon full of blood at the governor that explodes all over his suit. He doesn’t seem too fazed and has the protestor removed.

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Relationships Shatter

Pam gets upset when Eric tells her that Nora is his sister. Pam and Eric grow quite distant this episode when Eric leaves Pam behind to go with Nora on a mission to see Bill.

Trueblood S6E1 Pam and Eric fighting about Nora

Pam gets upset and walks down to the beach where Tara follows her. Pam is crying and doesn’t want Tara to see, but Tara insists on being there for Pam. When the pair return to the group, they are buttoning their pants. We know what happened on the beach.

Trueblood S6E1 Pam and Tara on the beach

Nora asks Jason what he knows about Warlow, as he is a figure in the vampire bible – Lilith’s progeny. Well, that’s a bummer to hear since that means he’s like the oldest, most powerful vamp ever. Nora and Jason begin to fight when she glamours him for information and Jason pulls a gun on Nora. Sookie steps in the middle and Jason leaves, betrayed that his sister would choose a vampire over him.

Trueblood S6E1 Jason pointing his gun at Sookie

Walking home, Jason hitchhikes with none other than Warlow. Jason spills his guts about his family and Sookie only for Warlow to reveal who he is. Jason tries to shoot Warlow, but he disappears into air and the car is about to wreck with no driver.

Power Trip

Meanwhile, Alcide partakes with the pack and eats J.D.’s body. Danielle, a she-wolf in the pack, approaches Alcide and offers covert sexual favors. The pair are in the woods making out when Rikki comes upon them. The two are embarrassed and apologize, but Rikki starts a three-way and tells Alcide that she is his number one.

Andy is having a hard time raising his four babies and Arlene reassures him about the difficulty of parenting. Andy warms up to the babies, but when he wakes up the next morning, they are small children. They age just as rapidly as the pregnancy did apparently. That seems like good news. You’ll only have four kids to take care of for a few days, Andy.

Trueblood S6E1 Sam and Lafayette at Merlotte's

Sam sneaks back into Merlotte’s with Emma, but Lafayette is there drinking alone. Lafayette promises to never speak of this night for Sam and Emma’s safety and takes Emma to the kitchen to eat.

Trueblood S6E1 Bill in a rocking chair on his porch

Bill summons Jessica and it is so painful that Jessica must go to him. Sookie and Jessica show up and Bill looks normal – not covered in blood. We see the extent of Bill’s powers when Sookie stakes Bill after he threatens Eric. Bill pulls the wooden rod from his chest. It does not affect him.

Trueblood S6E1 Bill pulling the stake from his body while Eric looks on in disbelief

Jessica is appalled that Sookie tried to stake Bill and pledges her allegiance to him, telling Sookie, Eric, and Nora to leave. Inside, Bill brings Jessica a glass of blood. It slips from the side table and Bill catches it with his mind. It is clear that Bill does not know what he is and what his powers are, but he’s definitely some kind of god now.

Secret Deals

The Louisiana governor meets the packaging superintendent of Tru Blood. He offers her a packaging and bottling plant free of charge to get Tru Blood back out there for the vampires. He reveals that what he gets in exchange is that the vampires will return to being normal, tax-paying citizens. Nothing suspicious here.

At Fangtasia, Pam and Tara fight about her loyalty to Eric. Suddenly, a SWAT team bursts in and asserts that they are shutting down the bar. Tara gets upset as they point guns at Pam and moves, making the team shoot her. Tara writhes on the floor in pain.

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Relinquishment

Eric and Sookie go back to her house, where Eric signs the house back over to her to keep her safe. Sookie revokes his invitation to her home, just wanting to feel like the woman she was when the show began – the girl in the white dress, they call it.

Trueblood S6E1 Eric signing Sookie's house back over to her in his own blood

The final scene of this episode is one where voices call to Bill, leading him to his living room. Three Lilith-like female figures wait for him and all run at him, entering his body. We don’t know who these women are, but I’m sure they’re bad news. 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Stay tuned for more!

Sarah Moon is a stone-cold sorceress from Tennessee whose interests include serial killers, horror fiction, and the newest dystopian blockbuster. Sarah holds an M.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing. She works as an English professor as well as a cemeterian. Sarah is most likely to cover horror in print including prose, poetry, and graphic forms. You can find her on Instagram @crystalsnovelnook.

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Fallout, The End

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Launching with worldwide excitement, Fallout is based on the extremely popular game series of the same name. Fans of the series have waited with anticipation and trepidation to see if the Prime series would live up to the game.

Having now watched the first episode I can say that, so far, it’s successful.

The story

Our story begins with a children’s birthday party. A performer is there with his daughter, giving horse rides and taking pictures with the kids.

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As much as the adults try to focus on the party and the kids, it’s impossible to ignore the looming threat of war that’s on everyone’s mind.

Of course, it’s during this party that war comes, and the bombs drop.

We then cut to after the war and into one of the vaults established to protect humankind and the American Way. For future reference, this is Vault 33. We meet Lucy, our first main character, who’s petitioning to be married to a man from Vault 32 to ensure DNA diversity.

On the wedding night, though, Lucy and the rest of Vault 33 are met with a horrible surprise. The group they let in is not in fact from Vault 32, but is instead a team of raiders from the surface. The raiders kill a lot of the vault dwellers and kidnap Lucy’s father.

We are then introduced to our second main character, Maximus. He is in training to become a Knight in the Brotherhood of Steel. And, well, he’s not doing great.

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Things get worse when his best friend Dane becomes a squire before him. But when Dane is hurt, Maximus gets their spot.

Aaron Moten in Fallout.

We then go back to Lucy, who has decided to leave the vault and find her dad. Of course, the council of her vault doesn’t want her to go. So she is aided by her brother Norm and cousin Chet in a wild escape.

What worked

The first thing that deserves attention is the exceptional character work. Our three main characters are fleshed out and relatable right away. We feel sympathetic for The Ghoul before he’s even introduced as such. We love Lucy’s nativity and selflessness. And we love Maximus for his honesty and passion for his cause.

While these characters are their own people, they also exhibit the three responses we might expect to see in a post-apocalyptic world. We have the hopeful optimist who doesn’t understand how bad things are. We have the aspiring hero who wants to make the world better by force. And we have the self-serving individual who’s given up on the rest of humanity and is only focused on surviving.

Another thing I enjoyed about this episode was the balance of humor and gore. Because there was certainly enough blood and guts for even the most hardcore horror lover. We had a violent sabotage, a brawl with raiders, and even several nuclear bombs.

But there were a lot of funny moments as well. Usually from Lucy. Her overall goodwill and fearless gumption are absolutely hilarious, especially given the horrors she’s facing. It never ceases to amuse me.

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Ella Purnell in Fallout

Both of these aspects are done perfectly. The jokes land and the bloody scenes pull no punches. It was delightful.

All in all, this was an exciting start to a much-anticipated series. Here’s hoping they’re able to stick the landing.

For more tv shows based on video games, check out my review of Witcher. 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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American Horror Story Delicate, Ave Hestia

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Episode seven of American Horror Story Delicate was a classic AHS flashback episode. If you were excited to see what Preecher had to say to Anna at the end of the last episode, I’m sorry to say that you will not get that satisfaction. However, we did learn all sorts of other fascinating things about the strange coven hunting Anna. And, we learned all sorts of things we didn’t know about Dex’s first wife, Adeline.

The story

We begin our story with a woman giving birth alone in a barn. When it becomes clear that she’s not going to be able to deliver vaginally, she pulls out a knife and cuts her stomach open to pull out her children.

For whatever reason, this is when the coven of witches decides to make themselves known.

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Ashlie Atkinson in American Horror Story.

We then cut to 2013, when Dex was still married to Adeline. In true Dex fashion, he’s surprised her with a puppy.

While that sounds great in theory, dogs are something a couple should talk about, not gift each other with as a surprise. An adult would know that. A trust fund boy like Dex does not.

Adeline owns a vegan restaurant called Ave Hestia. Love that name. She seems to be living a great life. She has a career she’s passionate about, friends who love her, and a husband she seems kind of fond of.

Maybe that’s why she didn’t want a puppy. She already had one.

Of course, things aren’t as good as they appear. We soon find out that Adeline was one of those babies we saw at the start of the episode. The other baby was Sonia, the painter.

Annabelle Dexter-Jones in American Horror Story.

And yes, both of these characters are played by Annabelle Dexter-Jones.

Adeline has stepped away from their family, and whatever dark things they do. But the family isn’t happy with her decision. And if she isn’t going to come back willingly, they’re going to make her.

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What worked

To start with, I loved the character, Adeline. She is fierce, she is fearless, and relentless. I feel like this would have been a far different story if Adeline had been our main character. It was astounding to see her interact with the same people Anna has, and get a completely different response. It’s clear now, how much everyone around Anna resents her for simply not being Adeline.

I also appreciated that there was just a shocking amount of blood in this episode. From the start when Adeline and Sonia are born, to the climactic end of Adeline, this episode is just drenched in blood.

Finally, I’m fascinated by the changes in this season from the book it’s based on. Because absolutely none of this was in the book. Compared to this, the book is heartwarming.

The book is kind of heartwarming even without the comparison.

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But I love the fact that, even with just two episodes left in the season, I have no idea what’s going to happen. I do not know what Anna is carrying. I do not know if she’s going to survive this. I do not know what these people want with her.

But I can’t wait to find out.

What didn’t work

All that being said, it is a bit frustrating to have no forward momentum in this episode. This was all backstory, and it felt like there wasn’t enough backstory to fill a full forty minutes. Because of that, it dragged. There were a lot of scenes that just didn’t need to be as long as they were. It felt like they could have cut that down considerably, and had some time to check in with our main characters at either the start or the end of the episode.

There are only two episodes left in the season, and I can honestly say I have no idea what’s going to happen. But so far the story has been dark, bloody, and provocative. So I hope they can manage to end it on a high note.

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4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: An Eggs-celent Time

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The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs returned March 29th for the first ever Easter-themed episode. Debuting the new series format, hosts Joe Bob and Darcy the Mail Girl presented only one film. The Drive-In can be watched on AMC+ and Shudder every other Friday during the season.

This week on The Last Drive-In, Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy the Mail Girl hopped onto our screens to include us in their Easter party. Festivities include decorating eggs, blowing noisemakers, cuddling mutilated stuffies, and of course, swigging down Lone Star beer. You’re invited to consume whatever substances you like best to enhance the viewing experience of this week’s film, Brian Skiba’s Rottentail (2019).  

Season 6 poster for The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.

As Joe Bob opens the episode, there is hope he will remain focused and on topic. He begins with innocent rabbit behavior patterns before taking a turn into the best methods of hunting them. Darcy grows increasingly uncomfortable as he delights in giving pointers to would-be hunters. She incredulously asks, “Are you talking about killing rabbits right now?” 

Believing the audience is on her side, she throws up a Twitter poll. It was a close split, but 50.2% of viewers who responded do agree with her. See? Every vote does count. (Seriously, make sure you are registered to vote in this year’s elections.) 

Ch-Ch-Changes

Calling out the elephant in the room, Joe Bob reminds viewers about the new one-movie format of the series. Instead of two movies every Friday, this season has been stretched out with one movie showing every other week until Labor Day. 

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If you want someone to blame, Joe Bob says you can point at us tired folks on the east coast struggling to stay awake past midnight. However, between the new format and specials, we have been assured there are actually more movies this season. 

Thankfully for the audience, Rottentail is packed with action and hits multiple genres to the point that it feels like at least a movie and a half. 

A poster for Rottentail (2019) featuring the mutated Peter Cotten and the tagline "Hippity Hoppity Homicide."
A poster for Rottentail (2019).

Rottentail tells the story of unassuming scientist Peter Cotten (Corin Nemec) being transformed into a rabbit-human hybrid after receiving a bite from a genetically-engineered rabbit. He embarks on a journey of revenge against those who wronged him in his childhood such as Pastor Jake Mulligan (William McNamara). He even finds time to rekindle a past romance with Anna Banana (Dominique Swain).

The Drive-In Totals include but are not limited to: 4 dead bunnies, 1 mad army general, mutated bunny rampage, lettuce nibbling, heart tossing, 1 mutant bunny baby, and erection fu. “Four stars. Joe Bob says, ‘Check it out.’

No Animals Were Harmed

It goes without saying that there are a few depictions of animal cruelty within this film. Darcy feels it is prudent to warn the audience. Whenever an animal dies on screen, Twitter is flooded with upset viewers expressing their distaste. Dragging the warning out of Joe Bob, she reminds him of the gentle nature of the #MutantFam. We’ll watch humans be slaughtered all day, but don’t you dare hurt that animal.  

Joe Bob seems to not understand the need for the warning as, “this whole movie is about taking revenge on people who harm animals!” He insists no animals are actually harmed and implies that being bothered is indicative of good effects. To demonstrate, at one point he “snaps” Darcy’s neck with the assistance of a sound effect.

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Joe Bob demonstrates the use of sound effects as he fake kills Darcy.
No mail girls were harmed in the filming of this episode.

Pages to Print

The film is based off of the graphic novel Rottentail by David C. Hayes and Kevin Moyers. Initially self-published, Source Point Press picked up the novel and are responsible for its translation onto screen. The film is very stylized and Joe Bob says it gives Re-Animator (1985) vibes. 

Nemec is a big fan of graphic novels, and had read the story prior to the film’s production. He ended up becoming a co-producer of the film. Joe Bob believes Nemec should get more praise for his role as Peter/Rottentail, and the hosts bemoan his lack of availability to come on the episode.

Furthering my belief that Joe Bob is secretly a huge fan of Lifetime Christmas movies, he highlights that director Skiba is perhaps best known for his work on the network. I am continually baffled at how many of these Christmas movies he can name and refuse to believe he doesn’t actually cozy up to watch them.

Tis The Season?

Speaking of Christmas, this week’s mail call features a letter originally sent back in December. Joe Bob immediately senses what is going on and chides Darcy, “I do not want letters that make everyone cry.” Brad from Loretto, Kentucky writes in to share his Halloween memories with his daughter. Unfortunately, she passed away at the age of 20 before Brad had a chance to share The Last Drive-In with her.  It’s a sobering reminder that we truly do not know how much time we have left to spend with someone.  

No, Wait, Come Back!

It is understandable why some folks were upset with the new format change of the series. However, the episode is still full of The Last Drive-In spirit. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but it feels as if there was more time & space for host segments. At points, Joe Bob and Darcy were breaking in almost every 15 minutes. It’s very much still the same show we love, just now featuring more anticipation.  

My rating for Rottentail: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

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My rating for the episode: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

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