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Why True Blood’s “V” Effects Make Absolutely No Sense

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Alan Ball's HBO series, True Blood, involved some of the wildest storylines on television and dealt with vampires, shapeshifters, werewolves, fairies, and many other supernatural beings. However, with all that lore and myth, the many, ever-changing effects of vampire blood made absolutely no sense.

True Blood ran on HBO for 80 episodes from 2008-2014. The series starred Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, and Nelsan Ellis. The talented ensemble cast spent seven seasons in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, which was home to numerous supernatural beings. The series was based on Charlaine Harris' books, The Southern Vampire Mysteries, which were first published in 2001. In the show, waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), falls in love with Bill Compton (Moyer), who is trying to find his place amongst the humans after vampires "come out of the coffin". Part of the reason why vampires co-mingle with humans in True Blood is because their food supply has been bottled in a synthetic version called Tru Blood, allowing them to fully sustain their nutritional needs without feeding off humans.

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However, just because they are able doesn't mean they are willing, and many integrated themselves into human society without retracting their fangs or lessening intent to harm. It was here where a strange relationship developed between humans and vampires, particularly when humans discovered that ingesting vampire blood resulted in some wild side effects.

Vampire blood, commonly known as "v", is an illegal drug in True Blood's universe that has some pretty powerful side effects on humans when ingested. Though vampires can - and do - give up their blood willingly to humans to heal them or help them in some way, particularly if they are involved romantically, many humans choose to obtain small vials of the blood like any other street drug. Vampires, too, sell their blood for money. When injured, ingesting vampire blood allows humans to heal from almost any wounds. While under the influence of "v", humans will see increases in strength and libido; it also causes a bond between the vampire and the human when a certain amount of blood is exchanged where the vampire can sense the human, and the human has vivid dreams - and often a romantic draw - to said vampire.

"V" is highly addictive, and has intense symptoms of withdrawal. "V" can also cause vivid hallucinations, almost like LSD, and grant feelings of euphoria during. True Blood explains that, the older the vampire, the more potent their blood is as well. Some of this can be chalked up to "v" affecting people differently, but it doesn't always make sense. Humans can be healed by vampire blood by having it rubbed into their wounds or drinking it, but don't seem to have the same, hallucinogenic side effects after doing so. The drug's hallucinogenic effects seems to be the biggest issue, as it doesn't always correlate with the amount taken.

Vampire blood also seems to have different effects based on species, which would make sense if it didn't seem so situational. As different species were introduced, along with very ancient vampires, the effects of "v" got very confusing. Werewolves, for example, seem to only get a boost to libido and strength, but stay relatively clear-headed during use; this was a major aspect of one storyline where a vampire controlled a pack of werewolves. Fairies get similar reactions as humans, yet drinking fairy blood allows vampires to walk in daylight; this became even more strange when vampire/fairy hybrids were introduced. Vampires aren't supposed to feed off one another, but feeding off certain vampires can cause the same effects that humans experience. It's all very circumstantial, despite blood being a major part of True Blood's universe.

Next: True Blood: Everyone Who Became A Vampire

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Is Adding A Time-Machine So You Can Play Old Quests

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is giving players a free update that adds in a time machine and allows them to travel back to old quests and complete additional objectives. The new Dragon Ball Z title released on January 17th, and has been praised for its interesting combat and story presentation. The game follows the first four storylines of the show (Saiyan, Frieza, Cell, and Buu), but most of the fluff has been cut from those arcs. New explanations have been proposed as well for long standing fan questions about the series.

The battle system is very similar to that of other Dragon Ball Z titles. Players throw punches, charge their ki, and launch powerful special attacks at their enemies. Combat has been simplified a lot though for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Most of the time players get in close for a combo until they see an opportunity for a special attack. To switch it up, some enemies are capable of countering any of the attacks that players throw at them.

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Bandai Namco announced on their official Twitter page that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot would be getting the new time machine feature. The new update will give players a sub quest to complete that will unlock the time machine. From there players can use the machine to travel back to any of the older arcs and even complete side quests that they may have missed or skipped out on. The title is full of quests that are easy to miss, so this will make sure players can access everything that Kakarot has to offer.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot features a fairly big open world that players can explore at their leisure. The game doesn't actually force you to do anything outside of the main quests though. Players are perfectly able to just rush through the main story beats and barely even scratch the surface of the open world. If they so choose players can also spend hours fishing, collecting materials, or just flying around the beautiful landscape. If players get bored enough they can even take up modding in characters like Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

The Dragon Ball Z franchise seems to constantly be churning out new games that rehash the same story points. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot doesn't improve much over its predecessors, but does change the formula by adding in new RPG elements to the franchise. Players may find the entire world a lot to take in at once and therefore accidentally miss a lot that the game has to offer. Luckily with the new time machine update players can rest easy knowing that anything they miss can be always be checked out at a later date.

Next: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gets Day One Patch

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot can be played on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One now.

Source: Bandai Namco

Sex Education: What Isaac Deleting The Message Means For Otis & Maeve

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WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Sex Education.

Sex Education season 2 ended with another cliffhanger regarding the possible romantic relationship between Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve (Emma Mackey), as Isaac (George Robinson) deleted a message of love from the former to the latter. Unlike Sex Education season 1's ending first kept the would-be lovers apart, which was purely chalked to bad timing, things are a bit trickier this time with Isaac in the mix.

After successfully running an underground sex therapy business in season 1, Otis and Maeve's dynamic progressed throughout Sex Education's first eight episodes. However, as with high school romances, things didn't go according to plan. In such a cliched case of bad timing, by the time Maeve decided to profess her real feelings for Otis, he just got officially together with Ola (Patricia Allison).

Related: Sex Education Season 2 Ending Explained: Maeve & Otis’ Future After The Voicemail

Netflix's Sex Education season 2 continued to play on this will-they/won't-they dynamic, although not as blatantly as in season 1. The latest outing mostly kept Otis and Maeve apart. Otis was busy sorting out his relationship with Ola and the fact that his mom is dating his girlfriend's dad. Maeve, on the other hand, dealt with maternal problems as she's reunited with her recovering addict mother. Despite their individual lives pulling them apart, it's clear that both still have mutual feelings for each other. Maeve came clean about her real feelings for Otis, prompting for Otis to do the same. Still, the circumstances didn't permit them to act on their attraction. After a few more snafus, season 2 ended with Otis seeking out Maeve - telling her that her loves her through a voice message.

Just when it seemed like everything is finally falling into place for Otis and Maeve, the situation gets so much messed up with Isaac's meddling. Maeve's new caravan neighbor, Isaac is a disabled boy who has a penchant for causing minor ruckus. He was kicked out of an orphanage with his brother, leading them to the same campsite as Maeve. Despite his playfulness, Isaac seems to be a good person. He quickly became friendly with Maeve after he dragged her to a dance class that he and his brother run. It was clear that Isaac had genuine concern for Maeve, after all, he was the one who tipped her about Erin (Anne-Marie Duff) not really going to work (although that kind of backfired). And while he's not the type to give Maeve pep talks and be emotionally supportive, the fact of the matter is, he's a friend to her.

Isaac's genuine concern for Maeve prompted him to get in the way of her and Otis' potential relationship. In the last few moments of Sex Education season 2, Otis goes to visit Maeve in the hopes of   finally getting together in light of the voice message he sent her. Unfortunately, he'd just missed her, and instead of waiting for her return, he asked Isaac to tell Maeve that he passed by. He also emphasized on checking her voice messages. Isaac assured him that he'll do just that, but in the ultimate act of betrayal, he went behind Maeve's back, checked her phone for the voicemail, and unceremoniously deleted it before she got the chance to hear the message of love herself.

What Sex Education season 2 failed to clarify is if Isaac's urge to protect Maeve stems from a platonic or romantic love - perhaps it's something that will be fully explored in Sex Education season 3. Regardless of what it is for now, it makes sense that Isaac isn't thrilled at the prospect of Otis creeping back into Maeve's life. She has just lost her mother and baby sister, and is obviously still a bit guilty about ratting Erin out; he doesn't want her to feel worse than she already does and she's afraid that Otis would end up only hurting her. It also didn't help that the only other time that Isaac had an interaction with Otis was during his disastrous party where he made that scathing drunk speech. So, while Otis is typically a good guy, Isaac only knows him at his worst. No wonder, he doesn't want Maeve with him.

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Ironically, the way season 2 wrapped up is somehow reminiscent of the events of season 1 finale - however, instead of Maeve left pining for Otis, things are reversed and Otis is left out in the cold. Like its predecessor, the game-changing last moments of Sex Education season 2 effectively sets up its follow-up, albeit we can expect a much more convoluted season 3 when it comes to Otis and Maeve's relationship with the involvement of Isaac. Depending on where the next chapter of the show picks up, the Netflix original can continue to draw out this this will-they/won't-they dynamic between the pair. Considering that this romantic trope has time and again proved to be effective as seen with Cheers' Sam and Diane, and of course, Friends' Ross and Rachel, the series can stretch out the narrative in the hopes that viewers will be more invested to their story. That said, the longer they hold out on making the pair official, the higher the expectation is for the pay-off.

Whether or not the stars finally align for Otis and Maeve in season 3 remains to be a big question. It's tied up to the consequences of Isaac's deception. No matter how well-intentioned, what Isaac did was wrong and should be reprimanded. If anything, deleting the message only put him at a disadvantage in the event that he wants to pursue Maeve. Once his ruse is discovered, Maeve's perception of him will be tainted, likely resulting in their friendship ending. He wasn't even sure that she'd forgive Otis, so there's really no pressing need to go to the lengths that he did to keep them apart. Given that both Otis and Maeve attend the same school, it's very easy for them to bump into each other. And with Otis expectedly waiting for Maeve's response for his love declaration, the matter about the lost voice message could be easily brought up. Regardless of the specifics, what's clear is the the fallout of Isaac's scheme will be a focal point of Sex Education season 3.

Netflix has yet to officially order a third year for Sex Education. However, if its viewing numbers are as impressive as they were during its debut outing (where it was one of Netflix's most popular shows of 2019), chances are that it's only a matter of time before an announcement is made. The show's creatives are obviously looking at another year considering the number of unresolved plot lines the show has to address for a satisfying conclusion.

More: Why Sex Education Season 2's Ending Is So Divisive

Bachelor Nation Thinks Alayah Is This Season’s Luke P.

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Eliminated contestant on The BachelorAlayah Benavidez reminded Bachelor Nation fans of Hannah Brown's resident villain, Luke Parker. After Alayah was accused of not being genuine on Monday night's episode, Peter Weber struggled with whether or not to send her home. His inner turmoil gave some fans flashbacks to Hannah's up and down relationship with Luke P.

On Hannah's season of The BacheloretteLuke P. immediately stood out as the season's frontrunner. He received the first impression rose, a surefire sign that Hannah really liked him. However, he quickly rubbed the other guys in the house the wrong way. On his very first date with Hannah, he confessed that he was falling in love with her in front of all the other men. Since he barely knew Hannah and had spent only a few short minutes with her at that point, the confession rubbed people the wrong way. After that moment, things continued to devolve. Hannah and Luke couldn't get on the same page, and Hannah even tried to send him home midway through the season. Luke returned, however, and begged for a second chance. Caught up in her emotions, Hannah allowed him to rejoin the house. Things fell apart for good during Hannah's fantasy suite date with Luke, where he told her that he would end things if she slept with anyone else. Hannah turned on him immediately and sent him home, although he still tried to convince her that they were meant to be together. Now, fans are drawing comparisons between Alayah and Luke P.

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On Monday night's episode of The Bachelor, Sydney Hightower accused fellow contestant Alayah of being fake and turning on the charm for the camera. Sydney brought her concerns to Peter, who immediately tried to talk things out with Alayah. Although Peter wanted to believe that Alayah was being genuine, his talks with many of the other women planted seeds of doubt in his head. He ultimately sent her home, though he struggled with the decision and admitted that he didn't know if it was the right move. According to Yahoo, Peter's inability to make a decision surrounding Alayah reminded fans of Hannah's past relationship with Luke P. One fan tweeted, "Peter don’t pull a Hannah B and fall for Alayah like she fell for Luke P." Another added, "I didn't know Luke P's sister was on the show."

The similarities between Alayah and Luke P. don't end with Peter's inner struggle. In the preview for next week's episode, Alayah returns to talk to Peter while he's on a group date with some of the other women. It's a move Luke P. pulled multiple times, despite the fact that Hannah was often frustrated with him. The impending return only made fans angrier and they took to Twitter to draw similarities between the two contestants. One fan used the beloved Spider-Man meme pointing at each other to get his point across, captioning it, "When Alayah and Luke P meet at stage coach this year."

While Alayah has certainly been keeping some secrets from Peter, as her relationship with fellow pageant queen Victoria Paul, comparing her to Luke Parker is overly harsh. Luke P. displayed toxically masculine behavior on more than one occasion, often turning to aggression and intimidation to get his point across. Not only that, he harbored outdated views of women and sexuality, which he then tried to impose on Hannah. He was truly a toxic presence in the house and Hannah's inability to see his somewhat dangerous characteristics was concerning. Alayah, on the other hand, changes her voice in front of the cameras and acts a little more put together than she is. The two situations are incomparable. The fact that Alayah has rubbed some fans the wrong way doesn't mean she deserves to be compared to Luke P.

Next: Twitter Trolls Bachelor’s Hannah Ann Sluss for Her Mispronunciation of ‘Fiasco’

The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8pm EST on ABC.

Source: Yahoo

Bachelor Nation Thinks Alayah Is This Season’s Luke P.

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Eliminated contestant on The BachelorAlayah Benavidez reminded Bachelor Nation fans of Hannah Brown's resident villain, Luke Parker. After Alayah was accused of not being genuine on Monday night's episode, Peter Weber struggled with whether or not to send her home. His inner turmoil gave some fans flashbacks to Hannah's up and down relationship with Luke P.

On Hannah's season of The BacheloretteLuke P. immediately stood out as the season's frontrunner. He received the first impression rose, a surefire sign that Hannah really liked him. However, he quickly rubbed the other guys in the house the wrong way. On his very first date with Hannah, he confessed that he was falling in love with her in front of all the other men. Since he barely knew Hannah and had spent only a few short minutes with her at that point, the confession rubbed people the wrong way. After that moment, things continued to devolve. Hannah and Luke couldn't get on the same page, and Hannah even tried to send him home midway through the season. Luke returned, however, and begged for a second chance. Caught up in her emotions, Hannah allowed him to rejoin the house. Things fell apart for good during Hannah's fantasy suite date with Luke, where he told her that he would end things if she slept with anyone else. Hannah turned on him immediately and sent him home, although he still tried to convince her that they were meant to be together. Now, fans are drawing comparisons between Alayah and Luke P.

Related: The Bachelorette's Most Disappointing Breakups 

On Monday night's episode of The Bachelor, Sydney Hightower accused fellow contestant Alayah of being fake and turning on the charm for the camera. Sydney brought her concerns to Peter, who immediately tried to talk things out with Alayah. Although Peter wanted to believe that Alayah was being genuine, his talks with many of the other women planted seeds of doubt in his head. He ultimately sent her home, though he struggled with the decision and admitted that he didn't know if it was the right move. According to Yahoo, Peter's inability to make a decision surrounding Alayah reminded fans of Hannah's past relationship with Luke P. One fan tweeted, "Peter don’t pull a Hannah B and fall for Alayah like she fell for Luke P." Another added, "I didn't know Luke P's sister was on the show."

The similarities between Alayah and Luke P. don't end with Peter's inner struggle. In the preview for next week's episode, Alayah returns to talk to Peter while he's on a group date with some of the other women. It's a move Luke P. pulled multiple times, despite the fact that Hannah was often frustrated with him. The impending return only made fans angrier and they took to Twitter to draw similarities between the two contestants. One fan used the beloved Spider-Man meme pointing at each other to get his point across, captioning it, "When Alayah and Luke P meet at stage coach this year."

While Alayah has certainly been keeping some secrets from Peter, as her relationship with fellow pageant queen Victoria Paul, comparing her to Luke Parker is overly harsh. Luke P. displayed toxically masculine behavior on more than one occasion, often turning to aggression and intimidation to get his point across. Not only that, he harbored outdated views of women and sexuality, which he then tried to impose on Hannah. He was truly a toxic presence in the house and Hannah's inability to see his somewhat dangerous characteristics was concerning. Alayah, on the other hand, changes her voice in front of the cameras and acts a little more put together than she is. The two situations are incomparable. The fact that Alayah has rubbed some fans the wrong way doesn't mean she deserves to be compared to Luke P.

Next: Twitter Trolls Bachelor’s Hannah Ann Sluss for Her Mispronunciation of ‘Fiasco’

The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8pm EST on ABC.

Source: Yahoo

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