‘Interview with the Vampire’ recap: Le bon temps are not roulant

‘Interview with the Vampire’ recap: Le bon temps are not roulant

Interview with the Vampire

The bloom is off the rose for our two lovers, and like most things involving vampires, it ends in blood.

Louis’ (Jacob Anderson) guilt over his new diet is settling in, and he wonders aloud if he and Lestat (Sam Reid) should be more selective about what they eat. If not animals, then maybe just humans.

Louis, based on his criminal thoughts, identifies a possible one as they walk. Lestat doesn’t waste time in breaking the man’s neck and offering him to his sulky boyfriend. But Louis ultimately chooses a cat. Upsetting! I’m team eat the bad guy, leave the cat alone. It was clearly someone’s pet, and it was chubby! I fear for the feline population in New Orleans,” Lestat sneers when Louis announces his plans to eat a human-free diet. Lestat, despite being frustrated by Louis’ denial of his killer nature, still heckles the Azalea piano player and takes his place to play a killer Ragtime riff on Bach’s “Minuet in G.” It turns out that Lestat is a bit of an virtuoso.

Afterward, he tells Louis that it kept the piano player from leaving for a gig in Chicago, and in fact, Lestat inspired the man to write “Wolverine Blues. “

Daniel (Eric Bogosian) pipes up in the present, skeptical that Lestat inspired Jelly Roll Morton and overall is coming off as less of a villain in this retelling. As proof, he plays clips from their 1973 interview, in which Louis insults Lestat up and down.

“The more nuanced version we are referring to now is the one we are referring to,” Louis states. Daniel suggests that he is celebrating the abuser in their toxic, gothic romance.

Interview with the Vampire

Jacob Anderson as Louis De Point Du Lac and Sam Reid as Lestat De Lioncourt

| Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC

Louis insists he’s not a victim, and in turn reads from Daniel’s memoir to prove the pitfalls of memory and recollection. He asks Daniel for permission to go on his odyssey. Daniel throws the tapes in trash and Louis lights them on fire with his mind. It’s a clever trick!

In 1917, Lestat’s killing when Louis isn’t around, and Louis’ taking deliveries of rats to eat. It makes him weak and his libido so low, he barely objects to Lestat taking club singer Antoinette (Maura Grace Athari), to bed.

Louis then discovers Lestat lighting the body of a dentist in town to celebrate a convention. Antoinette survived because of her talent and he asks him, “Aren’t I enough?” ” This amused Lestat who reminds Louis that they will be together forever and that he enjoys a little variety from now to the end. Louis asks Lestat if he can enjoy the same freedom. Lestat replies, “Ofcourse, of course…of course!” in a growing squeaky voice clearly filled with regret about the whole conversation. Oh, you hot French dummy. During this time, New Orleans becomes the last stop for soldiers heading to France for WWI. However, the town leaders try and cut Louis’ legs by signing an ordinance that requires prostitutes of color from moving along Canal Street. Louis is insulted but he’s also an savvy businessman so he gives 5% of his profits to his daughters, making them all owners, and invoking Constitution’s equal protection clause. I… don’t know if I fully understand the equal protection clause. But you do. Bricktop Williams (Dana Gourrier), in her expensive new gown. Yes, your majesty!

Louis is warned by a few friendly aldermen at the Azalea that Woodrow Wilson’s pressure on the skin trade is causing problems. The city council is inclined to hammer down with another ordinance. Is it possible that Louis refused to do business with Alderman Fenwick, John DiMaggio? It’s both, maybe.

That’s when Louis’ old friend Jonah, Thomas Antony Olajide, shows up in uniform and is close to shipping out. They share a history and go on a drive to the swamp where Louis explains their open relationship. It’s not perfect. We do have some agreement.

As Jonah kisses Louis’ body, he bites his own wrist to stop him from killing him.

Things are downright frosty back at home. Louis asks Lestat about Antoinette. Lestat replies that it’s over. They make awkward plans for a date night, after Louis attends a Du Lac family gathering, which goes… horribly. His mother tells Louis he’s not allowed and mutters that the devil walks at nights. Louis’ brother in-law attempts to keep him out, but he kicks the doors in. It is a massive overreaction due to Louis’ vampire strength, which terrifies Grace (Kalyne Cole) and the twins. After revealing a part of himself to his family, Lestat runs home to find Lestat playing the piano in a house full of drunken military men. The new city ordinance had caused the Azalea to close and the electricity to be cut off. Lestat smiles and says that he has figured out Louis’ type. He suggests that he can screw the soldiers and then eat them. (LOL, Lestat wouldn’t say “screw” — it’s all for the benefit of the readership. )

When Louis gets upset, Lestat forces their guests to leave. “What can you say? I’m a lot. He snips.

He was jealous of Louis’s actions in the swamp. He also drained two rats and a dog. “This is not a way to live!” He screams.

Interview with the Vampire

Jacob Anderson as Louis De Point Du Lac

| Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC

“That’s because you took my life!” Louis shouts back. He’s about to lose everything he cares about, the Azalea. Fenwick offers to buy the property back at 15 cents on the dollar, and with his mother’s words still ringing in his ears, Louis is overwhelmed — particularly because he’s been neglecting his hunger.

He puts a “no whites permitted” sign on the Azalea. This invites harassment from the police and the elders of the town. Take a Black man in America and make him a vampire. Let’s see what happens,” Daniel thinks. You’ll be amazed. This is an adaptation. You can take a beloved older property and keep the core of its speciality, but inject the current concerns and conversations into it. It gives it a new meaning. If done with the same care as this series, it elevates the themes that are already present in the material.

So yeah, the Black American vampire sneaks into Fenwick’s home that night. He waits with frightening stillness as Fenwick calls Fenwick arrogant, tiny, and mentions Fenwick’s sodomite townhouse.

We’re all okay that Louis kills this man, right? Cats, no. Yes, smug racists.

Louis does not even flinch when Fenwick pulls a gun on him and shoots him. He even offers to let him reload. He then attacks, screaming that perhaps he is arrogant. He’s also a vampire.

He leaves Fenwick’s corpse hanging outside St. Louis Cathedral, with his intestines spilling onto a “White Only” sign.

Of course, the city responds by burning the Azalea. Lestat comments that although it is against his teachings, he is happy that his mentor was killed with such grace. Louis is thrilled that Louis has finally accepted his dark gift. But Louis claims it’s proof that they will never work together. He says, “That’s why your always gonna be alone.” Lestat didn’t attempt to stop this from happening.

Louis walks through the streets, where there are fires and people running and screaming. He hears a cries for help from a fiery bedroom. He can’t save Storyville or the Azalea, but he can save her by saying “My light.” My Claudia. My redemption. “

Blood droplets

  • “Ken Burns can choke on the footnotes.” Imagine KB getting ahold these interview tapes. We’d love to see the slow pans across these sepia-colored photos.
  • Louis mentions meeting Jonah years in the future, with him reacting the way his past acquaintances all do. Louis couldn’t possibly put that one down to the moonlight.
  • My kingdom for a full scene of Lestat reading New Orleans trivia out loud to a clearly unimpressed Louis.
  • “What do you imagine confines us to a single note? Why not a chord? Why not a cluster? My, Lestat is a master of words. Although the murder is not particularly shocking, the talking is just as good.
  • Next week: Claudiaaaaaaaa!

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