What We’re Watching: Endings and Beginnings - True Blood & Doctor Who

During my blogging hiatus, I realized I had already started skipping Wednesday posts. At first I thought it was because Wednesdays are the middle of the week and work is crazy and computers are stupid. Then I thought about it a little more and realized it was more likely due to not having a go-to post for the day. Yeah, I could do the Waiting on Wednesday meme, but it seems a little like a copout (and it was making my TBR list even longer).

I pondered what I could write about on Wednesdays instead. And usually this pondering happened while watching television or Netflix, so it’s a little embarrassing that it took as long as it did to figure out a good Wednesday theme.

Welcome to What We’re Watching Wednesday, where I will babble on about this or that thing we’ve been watching. Maybe it’ll be a review of a show or a rant about stupid characters or a glowing recommendation for a new movie. Whatever it is, there will be gifs. Like this one.

You don’t have to be a fan of True Blood to appreciate that gif. The Skarsgard can be appreciated by everyone, especially when he’s jamming out to techno music in a stolen car with a bunch of dead bodies in the backseat. He’s a universal source of blond goodness. Enjoy the gif. I’ll wait for you to return.

Now that you’re in a happy mood, let’s move on. In this inaugural What We’re Watching post, I’m going to focus on an ending of a series and the beginning of a new chapter in a different series. First up, let’s talk about True Blood. Be warned. There are spoilers for the finale (like, big ones) and all other episodes.

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Random Tuesday: Why Being a Nerd Is Awesome, Girls Create Better Superheros & Cuddly Daryl Dixon

This vid is going to fly through the geekosphere at lightning speed, but in case you haven't seen it, a lady at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo this past weekend asked nerd king Wil Wheaton to answer a question on video for her newborn daughter to watch sometime in the future: Why is being a nerd awesome?

It's a little long, but he gives the perfect explanation on what makes a nerd and why it's really awesome to be considered a nerd. (Found via Laughing Squid)

I was a huge Anne Rice fan in high school, but even I thought Pandora wasn't that great. A blogger posted an honest review and Rice had her fans go balistic on the poor blogger. Bad form, Anne Rice.

Be still my heart! There will soon be a Funko Daryl Dixon plush for all your cuddly zombie protector needs.

Thank you TheMarySue.com for introducing me to the greatest thing ever - Little Girls Are Better at Designing Superheroes Than You.

There is a website that recaps Game of Thrones episodes as Facebook timelines. It's kind of awesome.

A fan attempted to map the TARDIS. It is really detailed. (From Tor.com)

And finally we've been watching Hemlock Grove on Netflix and it stars Bill Skarsgard, who happens to be the younger brother of Alexander Skarsgard (from True Blood). Fernando or I will probably review it when we finish, but in the meantime, have a picture of the elder Skarsgard for the hell of it (and because he may be in the remake of The Crow).

That's a lot of pretty right there. Have you found some interesting random things lately? Send me links!

Trailer Park Friday: Angel Fighters, Vampires, Gods & Minions, Oh My!

It's been yet another crazy week and now we get to wind down with trailers for future awesome things. This week have some movie and television trailers for fun summer time entertainment.

It only makes sense to start with the trailer that rocked the book lover community this week. I was kind of meh on City of Bones and the first trailer didn't make me anymore interested in the movie. But this one looks pretty interesting and now I might be just a little excited for City of Bones release on August 23.

 

I've never seen the first Percy Jackson movie or read any of the books, but when I saw Nathan Fillion's name attached, I had to at least check out the trailer. This looks like an impressive use of special effects. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters comes out August 16.

I completely forgot how the end of last season of True Blood ended until I saw the trailer for the upcoming season. I hope I get lots of Viking Vampire this season. He's my favorite. True Blood comes back June 16.

And then because minions are adorable, here's the new trailer for Despicable Me 2, which comes out July 3.

That's what I have today. Any trailers I should be watching that I missed?

Comic Con 2012: Fernando's Five Favorite Things

Comic Con 2012 ended four days ago. Here are my five favorite moments from this year’s Con.

5. HBO swag bags

My adoration of Game of Thrones is well documented. Leslie and I also enjoy True Blood. We decided to attend the panels because of how much we enjoy both shows. Along the way we discovered the fantastic tradition of the HBO swag bags. Each show gave a small pull bag, the book equivalent of the current season, a T-shirt, a month free on Xbox Premium, and a small trinket (Game of Thrones keychain, a True Blood stress ball). It needs to be pointed out that each item can be purchased from the HBO store, putting a value of approximately $50 per bag. That is how you show fans you appreciate them. Thank you, HBO! The HBO bags are easily the best promotional swag at the Con. 

 


4. Twitter giveaways

This year Leslie and I were sporting iPhones at Comic Con. Each of us has a twitter account and Leslie created a wonderful list that kept each of apprised of all the Twitter happenings. That small app and list was the reason we won two Twitter giveaways! The first was a Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones surprise, surprise) Mondo poster giveaway that involved us being one of the first 100 people at a specific spot at a specific time in order to win. The next was done as a promotion for The Dark Knight Rises (because that movie needs more hype) done by @batsignalsearch that involved a similar right place, right time tweet with the added caveat to tweet a picture of a bat signal that was projected at the location. The big prize was a premiere viewing in your home town with runner-up prizes of Mondo posters. In both cases we walked away with Mondo posters. If you are not familiar with Mondo's art, check it out here

 

3. Panels 

 

As always the panels at Comic Con are amazing. This year seemed like it might be a let-down with big hitters like Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki missing from The Big Bang Theory panel and Peter Dinklage and Jack Gleeson both missing from the Game of Thrones panel; however, neither panel was a disappointment. The Big Bang Theory made up for it with funny banter from the remaining cast as well as a surprise announcement, where one of the lucky attendees got a ticket to go to SPACE! The best panel for me had to be from the cast of Fringe. Watching Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick and Jasika Nicole each giving insite into their characters was fascinating. The highlight was a poorly placed pause on Torv's response to a question on what she’s learned from Olivia: " I think it's to come…" Jackson’s immediate laughter helped the crowd realize the pun which lead to a red faced Torv. 

 

2. Hotel Location (see picture above for the view from the hotel room)

This year two things helped us get the hotel we wanted: luck and timing. We could not have gauged the differences a close hotel makes in the overall Comic Con experience back in March. The Hilton Gaslamp was where we laid our heads to rest and it quickly became the biggest blessing for out 2012 pilgrimage. We could see the lines forming, we could drop off loads of books/swag, we could recharge our phones/selves and best of all we were in the thick of it in under two minutes! The hotel proximity enhanced our 5 days in Comic Con land and made our time there extraordinary. 

 

1. Signings

I don't chase movie stars but I have to confess at Comic Conm there are some exceptions. At our first Comic Con in 2009, I stopped dead in my tracks when I got a glimpse of the great Leonard Nimoy, I immediately got in line to get a signature. In 2012 I was lucky enough to draw tickets that allowed me to get a poster signed from the cast of Fringe and from Game of Thrones author George RR Martin. This was last appearance at Comic Con for the cast of Fringe and having been a big fan of the show that poster and interaction while getting their signatures was a once in a lifetime chance. Martin’s signature means something to me on a different level - I NEVER READ. George RR Martin changed that and his epic novels are a true joy to my day and meeting him was just as epic. 

 

Comic Con 2012: Leslie's Five Favorite Moments

Comic Con is a giant jumble of crazy moments, where at any given moment, you’re going to run into a celebrity or find someone in the most elaborate, crazy costume you’ve ever seen. You’re always missing something, but at the same time, you’re having so much fun that you probably don’t care that much. Here are five of my favorite moments from San Diego Comic Con 2012, in no particular order.

Random Celebrity Sightings

A lot of celebrities just sort of roam around during Comic Con. They visit people who sleep outside all night to see certain panels and they eat in restaurants with all the normal people. I’ve never been big on meeting celebrities, but I always get a huge jolt of giddiness seeing one near me. This year we crossed paths with Mark Sheppard and Jim Beaver of Supernatural one night when we were crossing the street back to our hotel. I’m pretty sure Jim Beaver saw my jaw hit the ground when I recognized them, but I was too dumbstruck to say anything.

Seth Green nearly ran me over while filming something with his phone in the exhibit hall. Comic Con isn’t really Comic Con if we don’t have the annual Seth Green sighting. And speaking of people nearly running into me, apparently I nearly had a collision with this dude from Alphas while I was eating gelato and (once again) walking back to our hotel. All I saw was a plaid shirt very close to my face and then he was gone.

I went by the Simon & Schuster booth to talk to my contact there, only to turn to my right to find John Barrowman sitting five feet away from me. I met him during my first Con, but it was still giddy shock the moment I saw him. And then if you follow us on Twitter, you might have seen me mention that one Misha Collins ran by us in the Hall H line on his morning jog Sunday. That just made me grin.

 

Meeting Marissa Meyer

I love Cinder. I loved Cinder before I ever read it and I tell everyone I know that likes YA to read Cinder because it is super awesome and has an android lead character. Marissa has been generous enough with her time to chat with me via email, Twitter and Facebook over the last year or so. She also suggested that Working for the Mandroid be used on her debut author tour, which left me a little dumbstruck and incredibly excited. So it was incredibly exciting to finally meet Marissa in person at her signing of Cinder. Yes, getting a copy of Scarlet also added to the greatness of the moment, but for me one of the highlights of the Con was to finally meet her and tell her how much I love her work in person.

 

The Trifecta that is Fringe, Supernatural and Doctor Who Back to Back

I really hate Hall H. It’s a giant cavernous room that holds about 6,000 people and our first year, I made the big mistake of camping out there all day. By the time the day was over, my inner rage monster had snuck out and I hated just about everyone. From then on, I try to take Hall H in small doses and this year the line to get in seemed to be longer than it has ever been, but I was willing to put in the line standing time and site in that cavernous room to see the casts of three of my favorite shows. The cast ofFringe was delightfully funny and emotional about their last season. The boys of Supernatural did their level best to entertain while saying absolutely NOTHING AT ALL. And of course Matt Smith doesn’t know how to be anything other than charming. All together it was three hours of humor and cast mates showing exactly how much they loved being in the company of each other. Plus we got to see footage of DINOSAURS on SPACESHIPS! So, you know, that’s a win.


 

Finally Seeing Ian Somerhalder in Person


It seems like I miss The Vampire Diaries panel every year for one reason or another, but not this year! I finally got to see Crazy Eyes, the Boring One, and Elena in person. While they might not have best utilized their panel to appeal to the audience filled with mostly True Blood fans, they managed to – just like the boys of Supernatural – be entertaining and hilarious without saying a single thing about the upcoming season. The True Blood panel might have had more content, but I think The Vampire Diaries panel was more fun.

 

Getting a Commission from Katie Cook 

I love Katie Cook. She manages to make everything adorable, but everybody else seems to love her too. Her booth in Artist’s Alley was always swarming with people. That makes it difficult to get original art from her, but luckily I was able to get to her early Saturday morning and make a request for my very own Katie Cook original:

BATWOMAN!

 

There were so many great things about Comic Con, but those are the moments that will best distinguish this from the ones I’ve attended in the past and the ones I will hopefully attend in the future. Yes, I wasn’t in any of the super big panels, but I feel like I did more than those people who slept outside and stood in line for hours upon hours. Plus now that I’m home, I can catch up on all the giant robots versus monsters news and all the other things I was too busy to see.

Random Tuesday: True Blood Is Ridiculous

At some point during the middle of True Blood’s first season, I received the pilot episode on a DVD as a bonus with some other television series I purchased from Best Buy. When Fernando and I watched it, I spent most of those two hours cringing, my ears threatening to bleed from Anna Paquin’s Southern accent. The rest of the time was spent laughing at either the way the creepy stalker rapist vampire said things or the pure stupidity that is Jason Stackhouse.

And yet, four years later, I felt compelled to watch this series from the beginning. Despite having heard that it only gets more ridiculous and pornographic as the series goes on, I felt intrigued. True Blood is such a thing at Comic Con. It’s such a thing in popular culture in general and people kept telling me to watch it because it’s so much better than The Vampire Diaries.

Well, having watched the first 18 episodes of True Blood, I can confidently proclaim that I will take Crazy Eyes and the Boring One over Creepy Stalker Rapist Dude and the Stupidest Person on Television™ any day of the week.

Spoilers through episode 02.06.

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