RPW Can’t Miss This List 2014 – TV

Ready for 2014 Rock Paper Watchers? To celebrate the new year, we are releasing our “Can’t Miss This List” so you know our picks for upcoming shows, movies, albums, and books.  Check back tomorrow for our top 2014 movie picks!

True Detective

Airs January 12, 2014 on HBO

True Detective is a new HBO drama about Louisiana State Police Detectives Martin Hart and and Rust Cohle.  In 2012, they are brought in for separate interrogations about a murder case they solved in 1995.  As they narrate their story, each detective is pulled back into the case as questions begin to arise about the outcome of the peculiar murder.

Reasons to Watch: Reason #1 = The cast.  The detectives are portrayed by Matthew McConaughey (Cohle) and Woody Harrelson (Hart). Enough said.  Michelle Monaghan also stars as Maggie, Detective Hart’s wife.  By the looks of the trailer, they all put on riveting and gut-wrenching performances.  Reason #2 = The writing.  True Detective was written and created entirely by Nic Pizzolatto.  Pizzolatto is best known for writing two episodes of AMC’s cop-drama The Killing, including Season 1’s shock-filled finale.  The Killing is one of my favorite television shows (and one of the most underrated IMO) so I was thrilled to learn of this connection.  After conducting a little research, I discovered that Pizzolatto actually quit working for the series because he didn’t like “serving someone else’s vision.”  With True Detective being his first major solo project, I’m thrilled to see what this young and innovative writer has to offer.


Airs January 20, 2014 on Discovery Channel

Klondike is an upcoming historical mini-series by the Discovery Channel.  The six episode long series is the network’s first-ever scripted drama.  It follows two childhood best friends, Bill (Game of Throne‘s Richard Madden) and Epstein (Augustus Prew), in the late 1890s as they flee west in pursuit of gold.  Their journey leads to a land full of undiscovered wealth, but surrounded by unpredictable weather and dangerous characters, including greedy businessmen and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their land.

Reasons to Watch:  Richard Madden, hello!  Also, the production details of the series hint at great action scenes.  For example, over the course of 55 days, the actors faced severe conditions.  From freezing temperatures, to high altitudes; Madden and Prew literally hung off the side of a mountain for 16 hours straight for one scene.  That’s dedication.

Orphan Black  – Season 2

Airs April 19, 2014 on BBC America

Season 1 was a whirlwind.  At the season’s end, all of our favorite clones were forced to choose sides after meeting Rachel, their fellow clone and child of Neolution. Cosima discovered that the clones are property, owned by Neolution leading to Sarah’s decision to ignore Rachel’s threats in the greatest diss of all time, “Up your’s ProClone!” Cosima followed suit, but her illness will be front and center in Season 2. Allison, on the other hand, agreed to cooperate with Neolution.  What does this mean for her relationship with the other clones? Viewers can look forward to getting to know Rachel and the world of Neolution, as she takes the place of Season’s 2 “Big Bad.”  Suit’s Patrick J. Adams will be joining the cast in a very secretive guest spot, as well as Nashville’s bad boy (and the new Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones) Michiel Huisman.

Reasons to Watch: More clones!  We’ve already seen Tatiana Maslany play seven (YES, SEVEN) clones and the creators promise there will be more.  Also, I’m going through Felix withdrawals.

Penny Dreadful

Airs Spring 2014 on Showtime

Penny Dreadful is an upcoming pyschosexual horror series that will weave together the origin of literary horror characters, including Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s monster, Dorian Gray, and Count Dracula, in Victorian London.

Reasons to Watch: Y’all, I have a confession to make. I used to be IN LOVE with Josh Hartnett. I remember seeing Pearl Harbor and The Faculty and thinking he was going to be my first kiss. Like seriously. So naturally with Hartnett cast as the lead in Penny Dreadful and perfectly positioned for a career comeback, I’m all in!

Masters of Sex – Season 2

Airs Fall 2014 on Showtime

We know that Masters of Sex Season 1 just finished wrapping up, but we can’t help but be excited for the shows sophomore season. In the season finale, Dr. Master’s entire professional and personal life begins to unravel and the only person he wants to turn to is Virginia (Lizzy Caplan). After a few drinks, Master’s show up at Virginia’s door soaked from the rain and finally lays his feelings on the line.

“I have nothing to offer you except maybe the truth: I finally realized that there is one thing that I can’t live without — it’s you. You.”

Reasons to Watch: In its freshman season, Masters of Sex racked up 2 Golden Globe nominations. One for best drama, and the second going to Michael Sheen for Best Actor in a Drama Series category. I’m still rolling my eyes at the fact that Lizzy Caplan got shafted (ha-ha) for her portrayal of Virginia Johnson in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category. Between the story, the acting, the costumes and that ending…that ending is enough to leave us yearning for more.

Homeland – Season 4

Airs Fall 2014 on Showtime

I have a confession, my confession is I jumped onto the Homeland wagon a little late. In fact, I didn’t binge watch Season 1&2 until right before the Season 3 premiere. The worst part is, it’s literally filmed out behind my apartment. I mean, I could probably start my own “Homeland” set tour company at this point.

After binge watching of Season 1&2, my feelings towards all the characters were pretty cemented. I wanted Carrie and Brody to be together, to have that happy ending, but as Season 3 started up I realized thats not what needed to happen, this show is not about happy endings. The show is at its best when the storyline sticks to Carrie and her obsessive need for the chase with the CIA, which is what I hope Season 4 is going to set up for us. If you haven’t watched the season finale of Season 3, shame on you, I’m going to ruin it for you.


Reasons to Watch: For obvious reasons, what Homeland needs in Season 4 is a Renaissance. With Carrie moving to Istanbul as a station leader, Quinn, Max and Virgil are sure to be in tow. Of course a big piece of the puzzle that will be missing in said gang will be Saul. Mandy Patinkin is a phenomenal actor and outside of Quinn (hot), my favorite part of the show. I do hope the writers find a way to incorporate him into show in a way that makes sense next year….or possibly just bring him back into the fold of the CIA. So why should we watch? No more Brody, no more complications. During the season finale, it became pretty clear that they are going back to the basics. Carrie and the gang, doing what they are good at, catching the bad guys.


Airs 2014 on AMC

“Turn” tells the story of Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a New York farmer who bands together with a circle of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring,  George Washington’s ring of American spies who ultimately help America defeat the British in the Revolutionary War.  The show is based on the true story told in “Washington’s Spies” by Alexander Rose.

Reasons to Watch: Since my focus in college was Colonial America, I’m thrilled about the storyline and historical content.  But I’m also intrigued to see how non-history loving audiences will receive the show.  As much as I want it to be great, Turn has potential to be a train wreck.  It doesn’t help that the story is based on a war of which the outcome is already known.  So why should you watch?  It’s on AMC.  It’s potential to be bad is just as great as it’s potential to be phenomenal, considering the channel’s recent track record (i.e. Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Hell on Wheels).  And who knows, you might even enjoy getting a fun history lesson because, let’s admit it, you don’t remember learning about The Culper Ring in elementary school.

Honorable Mentions

House of Cards Season 2, Netflix available February 14th

Orange is the New Black Season 2, Netflix available TBD

Looking Season 1, HBO airing January 19 at 10:30pm

Boardwalk Empire Season 5, HBO airing Fall 2014

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Season 1, BBC America premieres January 19 at 10:00pm


HBO releases ‘True Detective’ Trailer

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey Team Up

“You don’t pick your parents and you don’t pick your partner.  A smart guy who’s steady is hard to find.  You know, I was steady.  Rust, was smart.”

True Detective, HBO’s upcoming mystery series, follows two detectives, pessimist Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and family man Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), on a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.  The series follows the relationship between the detectives over this 17-year period, starting with the first murders in 1995.  In the trailer, we see flashbacks to each of their past lives and early work on the investigation.  Towards the end, a more recent, ragged version of McConaughey’s character is revealed saying, “like a lot of dreams, there’s a monster at the end of it.”  Oooooh.

Watch the trailer below.


Top 12 Worst TV Deaths Countdown

If you don’t already know, we here at RPW really enjoy a good countdown.  After discussing an entertaining evening of television on Sunday, and freaking out about the possible untimely and fiery death of Eric Northman during the True Blood finale, the idea for this list hit us.  We are counting down the 12 worst deaths in television history.  By “worst deaths,” we don’t mean the ones that made us sad because we loved the character or the ones that were heartbreaking to watch.  We mean the downright disappointing ones.  The ones that make you question the sanity of the writing team,  the ones that make you say, “Oh my gosh, are they really dead?  Did that seriously just happen?  They can’t be dead?  They deserve a much better death!”  If a major character is going to depart a show, the death should be gut-wrenching, appalling, and downright difficult to watch but it also needs to make sense.  And so our list begins:

12. Charlie Harper, Two and a Half Men

So we all knew the death of Charlie was inevitable after Charlie Sheen’s sudden departure from the show.  But being hit by a subway car?  Really?  Wouldn’t it have made more sense for Charlie to die surrounded by prostitutes?  We guess It was a nod from the creator that Charlie Sheen would never, ever return.

11. Russell Edgington, True Blood


For being one of True Blood’s biggest and baddest villains, his death was shockingly boring.  He was killed by Eric Northman in the opening scene of Episode 5×12 but his death was ultimately way overshadowed by the death and rebirth of Bilith.  They really should’ve stepped up their game and given Edgington a more fitting True Death.

10. Jimmy Darmody, Boardwalk Empire


Jimmy Darmody’s death still sparks debates among critics and RPW writers alike, so it wasn’t a complete disappointment.  But there is one thing that everyone can agree on – the ultimate success of this show was hurt by the death of Jimmy.  Michael Pitt was a stellar actor and his Jimmy was beloved by many.  It was too soon for the show to say good bye to the second lead character, and the third season was noticeably weak without him.  It also felt unfair to see Jimmy die at the hands of Nucky, his make-shift father, as Nucky’s other enemies (Eli and Manny, just to name a few) escaped with their lives.  The argument can be made that Nucky finally became a full gangster, but did he really?  Did he murder Jimmy and walk away without guilt?  Did he take out all of his enemies, or just the one that was easiest to target?

9. Matthew Crawley, Downton Abbey

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Many argue that Matthew’s death was unavoidable after Dan Stevens decided not to return to Downton Abbey, but it doesn’t make his death feel any less bogus.  After two seasons of waiting for him and Mary to get together, they finally get their happy ending…only for him to die almost right after.  #Disappointing.

8. Andrea, The Walking Dead


No one was more pleased to see Andrea die on the season finale of The Wakling Dead than me.  But come on writers, there wasn’t a better way to do it?  In a horrendously stupid scene, where Andrea has to fight for her life against Milton using her (perfectly manicured) toes and a pair of pliers, Andrea finally comes up short and is bitten by a walker.  She then has all the time in the world to sit and bleed out and wait for Rick and Co. to show up and mercy-kill her.  It would have been 1000x better to see Rick & Co. arrive to find zombie-Andrea munching on someone.

7. Bill Henrickson, Big Love


We have one giant complaint about the way Bill was shot.  After all the enemies he made through the years, it’s the neighbor that offs him?!

6. Robert McCallister, Brothers and Sisters 


HE HAD JUST SURVIVED CANCER!… only to die in a car crash.  Everything about it felt SO WRONG.

5. John Locke, LOST 


Our biggest complaint isn’t the fact that John Locke, the biggest believer in the magic of the island and most obvious replacement for Jacob, died before the series finale.  No, we can deal with that.  Our biggest complaint is the way Locke died!   The scene in which Ben pretends to want to help Locke and then suddenly turns on him to kill him was so sudden and so forced that it was almost unbelievable.  And it especially threw off the audience when Locke’s body was suddenly alive and well and perusing the Island.  In a series that posed more questions than it answered, this curveball was unnecessary and hurt the storyline more than it advanced it.

4. George O’Malley, Grey’s Anatomy


He got hit by a bus and spent majority of the episode as an unrecognizable John Doe surrounded by his best friends as they half-assed operated to save his life.  When they realized that the John Doe was George it was too late and his actual death got wrapped up in Izzie’s almost-death.

Watch the clip below but be warned, you’ll probably feel annoyed just reliving it.


3. Lady Sybil, Downton Abbey


Probably one of the most unexpected characters to be killed off on TV, Lady Sybil was a cast favorite.  Revolting against her families wishes and expectations, Sybil set out to form her own life.  After a difficult childbirth, the audience knew Sybil made it out alive, however toxemia claimed the best of her post-pregnancy, leaving TV viewers reeling the death of a beloved character.  Once word spread of the sudden, unexpected death of Lady Sybil, the ratings of Downton spiked, bringing in many new viewers just in time for them to be let down by the (expected) unexpected death of Matthew Crawley.

Watch the heartbreaking scene unfold below.


2. Rita Morgan, Dexter


We get that the death of Rita was inevitable (she’s married to a seriel killer!).  And the shock factor for this death was definitely there.  No one, Dexter included, thought that Trinity would break his cycle and go after Rita.  All of that aside, I have some major beef with this death.  My biggest complaint is that the audience didn’t see it happen.  Rita was such a big part of the show and it felt unfair that we didn’t get to see her live her final scenes.  I get the shock factor wouldn’t have been there, but couldn’t the writers throw in a flashback somewhere?  Or even a flash of memory from Harrison?  Because we didn’t get to see the interaction between Rita and Trinity, we will never know if Rita died knowing the truth about Dexter.  #ThingsThatKeepMeUpAtNight

Watch the [disturbing] clip of Dexter finding Rita below.


1. Ned Stark, Game of Thrones


Ned Stark’s death could be viewed as the best death ever on TV (I mean, who can argue it’s epicness?) or the worst death.  For our purposes, we think it was the worst.  Why?  Because Ned’s death meant that the Lannisters (AKA the dad guys) won.  Ned’s death was such a shock because it directly defied everything that viewers come to expect from a drama – the hero faces trials and tribulations, the hero suffers, the hero finds a way out, the hero is victorious.  Game of Thrones took the opposite route.  They killed off the main character and protaganist in the first season, throwing everyone for a major loop.  Not only that, but Ned’s death meant Joffrey won and who the hell wants that to happen?

Watch the chilling scene unfold below.

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Who’s That Kid?! (True Blood Edition)

In Sunday’s episode of True Blood (recapped here), we met a new character –
Nicole Wright, Human & Supe Rights Activist Extraordinaire


Okay, maybe not Extraordinaire. Anyway, as Nicole was talking to Sam, I wasn’t really listening to her.  I was too busy trying to figure out where I knew her from! Finally, without the help of IMDb, it hit me.


Trubie Fans, meet Denise Frazer.  That’s right.
Nicole is Denise from
the ’90s class, Full House


 The same Denise that was BFFs with Michelle Tanner

You may also recognize Jurnee Smollett-Bell from her days spent portraying Jess Merriweather on Friday Night Lights


There you have it!  Another “Who’s That Kid” mystery solved by RPW.  Be sure to tune in to True Blood this season to find out what happens with Nicole.  New episodes air Sundays at 9pm on HBO.



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True Blood 6×2 Recap

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True Blood 6×2 entitled “The Sun” starts with audiences seeing Warlow escape the fae prison that he was locked in (we find that out later). Warlow looks terrifyingly disturbing and scarier than any vamp I’ve met on True Blood to date.  Sookie better watch out, because she has no idea what’s coming for her.  Speaking of Warlow…

The episode then picks up right where Episode 1 left off – Jason in a car careening towards the side of the road with “Warlow” having fled the driver’s seat. Except “Warlow” shocks us and saves Jason with a faerie blast. That’s because he’s not Warlow. He’s Jason and Sookie’s f*cking faerie grandfather, Niall Brigand (portrayed by Rutger Hauer). He’s quite knowledged on the Stackhouses’ and knows about Jason’s greatest football moments and juicy porn collection. Niall scolds Jason for the same thing I thought last week – yapping his mouth to a complete stranger.  Thank goodness he’s not Warlow, or else Jason would have just handed him Sookie on a silver platter.

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We next stop by Fangtasia where Tara has a bullet in her and isn’t healing(!).  Don’t fret though, Eric shows up and saves the day by removing the bullet with a glass bottle.  Turns out it’s a silver bullet emitting UV light which prevents vamps from healing – ouch.  Humans have apparently figured out vamps more than they realize.  This frustrates the vamps.  After growing tired of listening to Pam and Nora bicker over their current crisis, Eric demands Nora get back to work investigating the vampire bible and he heads out to handle some unknown business.  Boy, Eric Northman is sexy when he shouts.

The next stop is Bilith’s house.  We find Jess listening to Bill scream about feeling other vamps in pain. He sees vamps being whipped, burned, and one being drug by a vehicle. Suddenly, his body goes limp and Jess is left staring at Bill’s lifeless body. Bill is apparently in “No Place” with Lilith (who finally doesn’t look bloody and nasty).  He was escorted there by the “Lillites(?)” and they vanish into thin air after Lilith dispurses them.  Lilith tells Bill he’s there because certain events have been set in motion, and that he has a job to do.  Finally, we’re learning what Bill is, sort of!

Cut to Arlene waking up Sleeping Beauty aka Sookie who overslept her shift at Merlotte’s after the eventful evening with Bilith (remember, we’re only at the morning after last season’s crazy finale). I’m not going to lie, I sort of enjoyed seeing someone yell at Sookie for being irresponsible. But, I wish the folks at Merlotte’s could have a more serious role in this show.  It’s currently feeling like their scenes are detached from the bigger picture.  Hopefully, they find a way to pull it all together.  I’m over this Patrick/Ifrit story line like yesterday. Give me something more juicy with Arlene and Terry.

Sookie decides to walk to work and as she walks, she notices someone writhing in pain and bloody on the ground.  Normal.  She stops, against her better judgement, and quickly realizes the stranger on the ground is a fellow fae.  She learns through her special powers that he was injured by a vamp and the two of them conduct a mini-brain wave convo. (love when they do that).  She brings FaeStranger into her house (Has she learned NOTHING?!) and treats his injuries.  The two hare some cute banter before FaeStranger passes out, convincing me that we just met Sookie’s latest love interest.  I just hope that he doesn’t turn out to be an evil faerie infiltrating the Stackhouse clan on someone elses orders, or something like that.  Things haven’t quite been what they seem this season, and I hope this doesn’t turn out too ugly.

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We head back to Merlotte’s and catch up with Arlene waiting on a group of out-of-towners.  Did anyone else think it was weird that she opened the conversation with asking them where they’re from?  Just how friendly are waitresses in Bon Temp?  The girl at this table (recognize her?!) is looking for Sam Merlotte.  This girl, who we learn is Nicole Wright, wants Sam to help support shifters and other supes as they “come out of the coffin.”  She argues that the government won’t stop at exterminating the vamps, and that the supes are in danger unless they join together and fight for their rights.  She is the daughter of freedom riders; her grandparents initiated the civil rights movement and she is an advocate for weres, vampires, and all other supernaturals.  Unfortunately, Sam has no interest at all in supporting this movement and dismisses Nicole as quickly as he met her.

Back in “No Place,” Lilith tells Bill that a tyrant is rising, and it is the beginning of the end.  Bill has to complete her work.  Bill asks if he’s a god.  Lilith tells him no, that he isn’t nor is she.  She said Bill may be worshipped as a god, but there is only one God, but she again tells him that he will know what he must do.  Stupid Jess disrupts this moment by ordering Bill a Human Edible (yuck).  Jess brings her to Bill, but he’s still unconscious.  The girl tries to leave the room after staring creepily at frozen Bill, and suddenly Bill mentally warps her back in front of him and proceeds to suck all of her blood straight from her mouth until she falls over, dead. All while unconscious. WTF?! Still Bill, my ass.

Speaking of stupid women, Sookie is now watching FaeStranger sleep and she discovers that two faeries can play magic lights when they touch.  Cute.  FaeStranger wakes up and Sookie talks about her desires to give up her light and become a normal person.  She finally asks him his name as he’s leaving.  FaeStranger is named Ben.  They exchange pleasantries and then Sookie decides to point him in the direction of the faerie safe haven in the field.  She walks him with him as she continues her trek to Merlotte’s.  As they walk, they can’t help but hear each others’ thoughts.  Imagine how awkward that first date would be.

Since we mentioned the field last scene, it made sense to cue the Faerie Field.  Andy is running around with his 4 rapidly aging little girls, and it is hilarious.  He’s desperate for Morella to appear and help him with his band of fae children, but she is a no-show.  This is what you get when you let the little man swim with no cap, Andy!  My only complaint with this scene is it feels completely detached from the rest of the episode.  Again, writers, we need to tie this stuff together!

Finally, we see Grandaddy Niall and Jason arrive at Sookie’s house and inspect the bathroom where Warlow tried to break through.  Apparently, there is a portal from another realm hidden in the upstairs bathroom.  This is the entrance into Warlow’s prison.  Niall goes in to see if Warlow has broken out and discovers he did.  How many of you jumped and hoped Jason didn’t disappear when he tried to follow Niall?!  Thankfully, he didn’t and Jason just falls to the ground, but we know now that this is foreshadowing.  Over spaghetti, Niall tells the Stackhouse siblings about their history.  Niall is one of the original fae and he is the king of the remaining royal fae clan.  “That makes you a faerie princess, and that makes me a faerie prince,” quips Jason.  But that’s not the case.  Niall tells Jason that the gene skipped him and he is actually not a fae.  Niall continues and explains that Warlow has been after Niall’s family for centuries.  He slaughtered Niall’s village and killed his parents.  Therefore, Niall has been out for revenge ever since.  Warlow showed himself to Niall’s son, John Stackhouse, when he had John sign over the first female-born fae (aka Sookie).  Warlow showed himself again to the Stackhouse clan on the night when Sookie’s parents died.  That means Warlow killed all of their parents, giving Jason, Sookie, and Niall all big reasons to want to see him die.

Niall then tells them that killing Warlow will be no easy task.  Warlow has already been to the house, and will be back again very soon so they must learn how to defend themselves quickly.  Niall teaches Sookie about their special fae power – the supernova sun.  Niall and Sookie can focus their light into a single ball of energy.  They can pour all of their emotions, dreams, and pain into it and when they release it, the supernova will kill any vampire it touches.  But Sookie has to be careful.  She can only use this once and if she does, she will lose her light forever.  I wonder if she’s going to have to use this to kill Warlow or Bilith.  I know a major character is going to die this season.  How fitting would it be to see Sookie kill Bill and become human, all at once?

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We check back in with the rest of the vamps.  Nora is tediously pouring over the vampire bible and makes some sort of discovery – a mistranslation about people leading Lilith to the sun.  Who knows what that means.  Before she leaves, we have a little bit of a Pam/Nora break-through.  Nora tells Pam that Eric only kept secrets from Pam to protect her.  Truthfully, Pam is Eric’s greatest accomplishment and he loves her very much.  He just doesn’t know how to show it.  How cute!

Speaking of Mr. Northman, it turns out he was on a mission to disrupt the plans of Governor Burrell.  Eric infiltrates the mansion by posing as a geek.  Let me just tell you, it was uh-maze-ing.  Eric tries to warn Burrell about the dangerous “whooping crane” until he finally reveals the real reason for his visit – he attempts to glamour the governor.  It seems like such a clever move, until suddenly the governor starts to laugh.  The humans have figured this out too, and have developed anti-glamour contacts.  Such a shocking moment!  Burrell has guards come to escort Eric to “camp.”  We aren’t sure what this means, but something tells me Eric would not have enjoyed himself there.  The guards bring Eric outside and he’s able to escape by flying away, must to their dismay.  Interesting.  They haven’t figured everything about vampires out just yet.

Eric learned that the governor has a weak spot – his daughter.  So Eric heads to her house and cleverly waits outside until she takes out her contacts.  Then, in what felt like vintage True Blood, he hovered outside of her window looking dangerously handsome and was able to glamour himself into her room.  Those whooping cranes sure are shifty!

We finally get a little were-action when Alcide and Co. show up at Sam’s apartment where Uncle Lala was babysitting Emma. The pack shows up and demand that Sam and Lafayette let Emma go home with them, since she’s a werewolf and Martha’s granddaughter.  Despite Sam’s claims that Luna and Emma both want Emma to stay with Sam, the pack jumps Sam and Lafayette and kidnap Emma.  This is utterly ridiclous.  Who is this person and what have they done with Alcide?  Side note – while this is happening, Nicole and her friends catch the whole thing on camera. Thank gosh no one shifted!

The episode concludes with an amazing monologue by Jess as she says a prayer to Bill/God, still under the impression that Bill is god.  I have to give it up for Deborah Ann Woll this season.  She has produced some of the best Jessica scenes to date.  I used to think her character was sort of pointless, but I’m really liking her this season. Keep it up, Jess!

Jess’s prayer to God is beautiful.  She confesses all of her sins, including wrath and lust and murder, and then she asks God to bless everyone in Bon Temp.  As she goes over each individual person (including Hoyt!), we get a glimpse of what they are each up to.  The scene was a really nice way to calm the episode down before amping it up for a shocking ending.

Bill finally returns from his conversation with Lilith, after she tells him that he will know what he must do and that he should trust what he sees.  As Bill wakes up and rejoins Jessica, the news cuts on and the two of them see breaking news – a vampire has been chained to a vehicle and is currently being drug through the streets.  This is the same vamp that Bill saw in the start of the episode.  Jessica quickly realizes that Bill can see the future.  As Bill comes to the realization himself, he is hit with a vision.  We see all the vamps we’ve come to know and love – Jessica, Tara, Pam, Eric – all together in one room, burning.  The episode ends as Bill reveals “they’re all gonna burn!”

As a huge fan of both the show and the novels, I was growing more and more tired of the complete stray of the storyline from the books.  I understand things need to change, and some things worked better to adapt to TV than others, but I have to give it to the writers for this episode.  They’ve managed to change the story and remain true to the books (at least a little bit!) all at the same time.  I really appreciate the many subtle nod to the books – Eric’s smooth and conniving strength, Sookie’s endless time spent cooking for Jason and whoever visited her house, Niall as the faerie grandfather, Pam’s endless devotion to Eric  – it was all very fitting and appreciciated.

Favorite Line –  “Down here organic means you play the fancy piano at church.” ~ Arlene in response to the out-of-towners who asked for organic food.

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James Gandolfini Passes Away at Age 51


Today is a tragic day in Hollywood. Actor James Gandolfini, age 51, passed away yesterday of an apparent heart attack while traveling in Rome.  The tragic death appears to have occurred suddenly, and there is little news to share about his passing.  However, we here at RPW wanted to pay our respects to James Gandolfini.  We truly admired his work, and will forever be grateful for his talents and contributions to the television and film industries.  James Gandolfini gave so many phenomenal performances, but none more iconic than Tony Soprano from the smash hit, “The Sopranos” (which is still HBO’s #1 rated series ever with 13.4 million viewers tuned in for the Season 4 premiere in 2002).  Gandolfini gave us a character that will live on in American history for generations to come, so in turn we say thank you and may you forever rest in peace.  James Gandolfini is survived by his wife and two children. 

In honor of Mr. Gandolfini, we are sharing a beautiful tribute video of his work, created by the MovieClips Trailer channel on YouTube.

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Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey Team Up for ‘True Detectives’

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey Team Up

Sunday night before the Game of Thrones finale (read the RPW recap here) we got our first look at the new crime series True Detectives.  First of all, I about came off the couch in excitement.  Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, talk about a dream team!  Secondly, can you imagine the fun they’re having on set?!

True Detectives follows two detectives, pessimist Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and family man Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), on a 17-year hunt for a serial killer.  The show follows the relationship between the detectives over this 17-year period, starting with the first murders in 1995.  The eight episode series starts early 2014.  Is it too early to start a count down?  I’m gonna say no.  Check out the teaser below.


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