Archive for May, 2010


“Just tell me what you want, daddy.” That line alone makes watching HBO’s latest minisode worth it. This one gives us a much-needed glimpse of Bill (Stephen Moyer) sometime before he vanished. A rather randy jewellry saleswoman nearly forgets why she is visiting Sookie’s vampire paramour when she gets a load of him in an open robe. Unfortunately for her, he’s wearing pants. The salacious salesgal doesn’t get what she wants, but our guy Bill manages to use her lust to work out a nice price on the ring he got for Sook. The lady is a stitch. I hope she’s featured in the upcoming season.

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I feel bad for True Blood’s poor shapeshifter Sam (Sam Trammell). That maniacal maenad Maryann tortured him all season long last year, messing with his mind, body and heart. It’s no suprise that he has some pent-up rage that needs to be released, even after getting the satisfaction of impaling her in his bull form in the season finale. So it is that the latest minisode shows Sookie’s canine sidekick letting loose and throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Maryann’s horned Mardi Gras mask, literally relieving himself in the process. Looks like Sam’s bite is actually worse than his bark.

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Can True Blood get any gayer? Apparently, yes. This week’s TV Guide has an exclusive peek at Talbot, the young male vampire companion of the Vampire King of Mississippi. It seems there’s going to be a little extramarital nibbling between Talbot (Theo Alexander) and one of the show’s resident hunks. Columnist William Keck hints that the lucky Greek vamp will canoodle with the character we True Bloodies would most want to see in a boy kiss. Swedish meatballs, anyone?

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Is being afraid of vampires the same as racism? That’s the issue debated by Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Tara (Rutina Wesley) in the latest True Blood minisode released by HBO. The scene, which apparently took place sometime during season two, reveals how Tara isn’t totally convinced that Sookie’s relationship with Bill (Stephen Moyer) is a good idea. A touchy Sook compares her love affair with Bill to Tara’s ill-fated relationship with Eggs, who is still alive when the argument transpires. The ladies get a bit testy while Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) looks on, then scolds Tara for giving Sook a bad time. Tara, as usual, won’t stand for Lafayette’s sass. It all makes you look forward to some more bitchy interactions when season 3 starts June 13. Watch the scene here.

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I may be risking the wrath of a lot of Eric fans when I say that I think Joe Manganiello is going to make a big impact as Alcide Herveaux the werewolf on True Blood. Believe me, though, it’s a good thing. I looked him up on IMDB after seeing the shot of him looking like a lumberjack as Alcide with Sookie (Anna Paquin) in Entertainment Weekly and realized that I’d seen him on the CW Network romancing Sophia Bush on “One Tree Hill.” He looked a lot more clean-cut in the role of Owen Morello, but no less hot. I’m guessing Alcide will fill a spot somewhere in between Sookie’s supernatural suitors; i.e., he’ll be more rugged than Bill (Stephen Moyer) but not as polished as Eric (Alexander Skarsgard). Time will tell. Still, there’s no denying his sex appeal. A scene I found on YouTube showing him as some sort of commando in a 2009 movie called “Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia” reveals that Joe is going to be one buff werewolf who’s more than capable of handling any action scenes that may come his way. Check out the scene here.

The thing I love most about the minisodes HBO is leaking to promote the new season of True Blood is how true the scenes are to the characters we know and love so much. Last week’s bit with Eric and Pam so captured their respective traits — Eric’s brooding air of danger and seduction, Pam’s acidic, snarky humor — and this week’s (R-rated) installment follows suit with a showcase for Jessica. Our favorite teen vamp, played by the luminous Deborah Ann Woll, has a surprising encounter with a self-righteous, Bible-thumping geezer and things don’t go as we might expect. The scene combines two central elements of Jessica’s story: a heartbreaking glimpse into a new vamp’s journey into self-awareness and resigned acceptance combined with the suspense of an impetuous savagery that can explode at any moment. Deborah Ann Woll’s baby-doll beauty masks a terrific bad-girl soul that hits all the right notes in this inspired subplot by the True Blood writers. I didn’t expect Jessica to be a major character when Bill turned her. I assumed the scene when he was forced to do so had more to do with his love/hate relationship with being a vamp, but I’m glad the writers had more in mind. Jessica’s story is one of my favorite parts of the show. Click on the image above to view the clip at YouTube. Kudos to Deborah Ann. The men of Bon Temps had better watch their backs.

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The new issue of TV Guide got the scoop on how Sookie’s hunky new buddy Alcide (Joe Manganiello) the werewolf will look as his lupine alter ego. Check it out on page 10. It turns out that the True Blood producers opted to use real wolves rather than CGI effects. It should be interesting to see how well-trained the show’s hairy costars turn out. Werewolves have been a big pop culture trend recently and the approaches to their depiction have varied wildly. I liked the CGI wolves the Twilight movie series unleashed in “New Moon” and Benicio Del Toro’s updated tribute to the old-school Lon Chaney interpretation of “The Wolfman” was pretty chilling. I just hope True Blood at least gives us some cool transformation scenes. Sam (Sam Trammell) morphs into his dog form pretty seamlessly, but I personally like those messy man-to-wolf transitions that involve good-old-fashioned howling, stretching snouts and extending fangs and claws. Kind of like this scene from the ’80s classic “An American Werewolf in London.” Beware, it’s pretty intense!

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True Blood minisodes can be seen at the HBO website.

Greetings to my fellow True Blood fans. I am picking up the Biting Remarks blog where I left off last September in anticipation of the season premiere of True Blood on June 13. It’s good to be back. I’m seeing a lot of “blog-worthy” material now that the countdown to fresh episodes has begun. HBO’s PR campaign is hitting its stride with magazine features on our favorite True Blood stars (more on that in future posts) and YouTube is chock-full of teasers. HBO has produced some fun mini-episodes that are posted to the official website and on YouTube. The one I just saw shows Eric and his hysterical sidekick Pam auditioning potential strippers for Fangtasia and it’s a sidesplitter. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet. Also make sure to check back regularly for fresh episode recaps, analysis and all sorts of True Blood-related material that I find online. I’ve given the blog a new look and added my Facebook and Twitter links. I hope you’ll touch base frequently and give me your feedback. Let’s celebrate the return of our Bon Temps pals together!

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