Archive for August, 2010

What horrible retribution does Russell have planned for Eric and the gang?

Who You Callin’ a Fairy?

August 22: It’s official — Sookie is a fairy. Technically she’s half fairy and half human, not that she’s terribly impressed by the revelation coming from Bill. She’s further irked by the insinuation that the reason all the vamps are going bonkers for her, including Bill, is because fairy blood is particularly delicious to their undead palates. Bill assures her that although his attraction to her may have been provoked by this, their bond has evolved beyond mere bloodlust. For some reason, Bill isn’t totally honest about the cold reception he got from Sook’s fellow fairy Claudine in fairyland. Does he have something to hide? At least Sook can take consolation in the fact that she’s a kick-ass fairy. A bitter Tara certainly wouldn’t mind kicking Bill’s ass along with those of vamps everywhere. She gets some solace from Sookie when she tells her the whole story about her nightmare with Freaky Franklin, but her gratitude toward a guilt-wracked Jason quickly dissolves upon hearing his confession that he was the one who fatally shot Eggs last season. The drama between Jason and Tara distracts them from looking after Sookie as Bill had requested and Miss Stackhouse pays Eric Northman a visit. Eric, preparing for his inevitable showdown with King Russell, is getting his affairs in order and drafts a new will leaving his entire estate to Pam, who is not pleased with her sire’s pessimistic attitude. Give Russell what he wants — Sookie, she urges, reasoning that the King will get her anyway. Maybe and maybe not, thinks Eric. Sookie, who continues to have sexy dreams about Eric, finally gets a taste of the real thing when the Viking vamp hungrily plants some kisses on her and she responds. Remembering the potency of her fairy blood, she pulls away before things can progress further.

Russell’s Unfinished Business

The gang at Merlotte’s is in emotional upheaval, as usual. Sam’s attack on Crystal’s white-trash father stirs memories of his larcenous past when he used his shapeshifting ability to pull off thefts. When he was betrayed by a beautiful woman, his revenge on her and her lover was deadly. Tommy, who shares Sam’s rage issues, gets into a tussle with Hoyt after he shows up at Merlotte’s trying to reconcile with Jessica yet again. Hurt by her most recent rejection, Hoyt wastes no time in clocking Tommy when the annoying brat teases him. Tommy, however, strikes back in pitbull form and mangles Hoyt’s hand. Pulling Tommy off her man, Jessica admits that she still has feelings for Hoyt and gives him her blood to heal his wounds. Tommy’s not pleased by their touching reunion. Arlene confesses to Terry that her baby is really Rene’s, but Terry vows to raise the child as his own. Arlene, despite her incessant whining and bad dye job, really lucked out with that guy! Lafayette and Jesus take Crystal’s battered dad to Lafayette’s place after realizing he’ll never make it to the hospital alive. After Lafayette saves his worthless life by giving him V, Crystal’s dad can only spew homophobic slurs at this saviors and reads his daughter the riot act for daring to “mix” with Jason when her “mate” was already preselected. Lafayette and Jesus take hits of V, which takes them on a psychedelic mindtrip that reveals witchcraft figured in both their family histories. Perhaps Lafayette is some sort of shaman. Bill confronts Jason about losing track of Sook, only to be banished from Jason’s place when he rescinds the welcome he granted Bill. Jason’s next visitor is a striking black panther who turns out to be Crystal. Is it my imagination or is Bon Temps becoming some sort of zoo for supernatural animals? What’s in the water, anyway? King Russell’s TV tantrum is causing all sorts of havoc nationwide and Nan Flanagan is back on air trying to put out the fires being fanned by the likes of the zealots from the Brotherhood of the Sun, who are jumping on the PR disaster to push along their anti-vamp agenda. Russ, meanwhile, takes a moment to bid his beloved Talbot a proper farewell by using the body of a lookalike hustler as a vessel for his lamented consort. At Fangtasia, Eric scoops up Sookie and leaves her shackled and screaming in the hidden dungeon. I’m convinced he loves her.

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I get that the show is called True BLOOD and not True Confessions, but did the cover shot of this week’s issue of Rolling Stone take the whole edgy/sexy/cool thing too far? As you have probably heard by now, Anna Paquin, Alex Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer are posing buck naked, their bodies intertwined with limbs strategically placed to pass newsstand censors in what seems to be a media-bating, and timely, twist by Rolling Stone’s editors on the media’s love affair with HBO’s pop-culture phenomenon. If getting free press was the goal, they accomplished it handily. This blogger couldn’t resist the bait of such an arresting image. As you can see, Rolling Stone’s effort to make the cover shot not just another run-of-the-mill True Blood photo op required covering the protagonists of the show’s central love triangle in what appears to be chocolate syrup sprayed artistically over their lithe bodies so as to appear as if they had just emerged from a blood-splattered three-way. The way the show’s plot has been moving along may have provided inspiration for the photo. Sookie is increasingly torn between the two vampire studs, so one might conclude that a “compromise” of sorts may be in the offing among the three at some point. True Blood has already shown practically every other possible sexual permutation, so it’s a distinct possibility. But back to the cover. Is it sexy? Like white on rice. I have to say, however, that as a purist, I think they look sloppy with their beauty sullied by the syrup blotches. Notice that Rolling Stone’s stylists went easy on their faces. True Blood is all about people who are sullied, both physically and emotionally, so perhaps this creative statement by star photographer Matthew Rolston is a literal interpretation of the underlying themes of the show. Then again maybe it’s just a dirty-sexy image meant to get people talking. Go figure.

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How can Eric hope to come up against a vengeful 3000-year-old vampire?

Authority Rules

 

August 15: Nan Flanagan, the eerily mainstream spokesperson for The Vampire Authority who appears on TV lobbying for passage of the Vampire Rights Amendment, shows up at Fangtasia looking like a military dominatrix and demanding answers about The Magister’s murder. She’s not too pleased to have been dragged to Louisiana by Eric’s latest shenanigans and makes him testify via cam for the mysterious members of the Authority. As Pam sits close by with extraordinarily buoyant hair, Eric shares King Russell Edgington’s mad plans to put an end to the Authority’s diplomatic relations with humans and his role in killing the Magister and Eric’s father. Nan isn’t totally convinced and puts Eric and Pam under coffin arrest while the Authority mulls over his testimony. Bill and Sookie are having a far better time washing off the bloody signs of their vigorous makeup sex. Arriving downstairs, they encounter the naked corpse of one of the wolves killed in the previous night’s battle. Sook laments that their relationship will never be free of life-threatening encounters and dead bodies floating around. Bill’s not sure that’s a bad thing. Still, Sook’s not comfortable with the secret file he was keeping on her and her family. Bill tells her that it’s important to learn the secret to her true nature in order to protect her from the supernatural beings so intent on using her abilities for their own gain.  Clues to Sookie’s identity come from Cousin Hadley, who asks her to check out her little boy, and is terrified to learn that he has gifts like Sookie, too. Bill comes closer to learning the truth about Sook when he wakes from his rest to enter the mystery world Sookie had visited earlier and encounters the same fairylike woman who urged Sook to dump him. When the woman attempts to flee, Bill’s vamp instinct kicks in and his fangs flare out as he tackles her. Unlike Sookie, this woman has mastered her light power and blasts Bill with enough force to fling him a good distance away from her. She warns him not to mess with Sookie, despite his assurances that he means her no harm. 

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Arlene is having a rough day at Merlotte’s, as usual. She accuses Tommy of stealing half her tips and confides in the new waitress Holly that her unborn child is Rene’s. When Holly suggests the possibility of ending the pregnancy, Arlene resigns herself to giving birth to what she believes will be an evil child. Does Holly have plans for it? Tara, still traumatized by her experience with Freaky Franklin, is happy that Lafayette is dating Jesus, but attends a support group for rape survivors where she runs into Holly. Tara has good reason to be on edge. Sam has his hands full trying to reign in Tommy and the pressure gets to him so much that he nearly beats Crystal’s father to death when he shows up at Merlotte’s to take her back home. Crystal’s “people” want her back badly. Her ex shows up and she clocks him with a rifle when Jason distracts him. Crystal makes sure they bind her ex with ropes rather than handcuffs when they leave him tied to a tree by the road. When they call the precinct to have him picked up, he’s missing, and the deputy who showed up on the scene was beaten to a pulp. Jason can only wonder how Crystal’s ex got free of the ropes. Shapeshifting, perhaps? When the ambulance takes Crystal’s dad to the hospital, Tara is confronted by Franklin, who hasn’t quite yet met the real death. Shivering with fear, a defiant Tara faces down her psychotic tormentor and Jason shows up just in time to blow him to bloody smithereens with a wooden bullet through the heart. Is Jason finally getting some smarts? Can Franklin room with Lorena in the vampire afterlife? Also dealing with a bloody mess is King Russell, who screams in agony upon seeing what’s left of Talbot back at the mansion. He vows to Talbot’s innards that he will take revenge against his Bon Temps enemies. Nan makes things easier for Russ by ordering Eric to clean up the mess he made with His Royal Toupee. As far as The Authority’s concerned, Eric is on his own. On her way out of town, Nan’s snacking on a sexy girl’s thigh is interrupted when Russ takes over a national TV newscast, rips out the anchorman’s spine and puts the human race on notice that vampires will rise up to eat them and their children. Then he introduces the weather segment.

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Will Sookie miss Alcide's bodily warmth?

Visions of the Past

August 8: Sookie and Bill realize their relationship is doomed and break up at the hospital. When Bill returns home, Jessica is happy to see him and won’t let him set her free, begging him to not leave her alone. Bill teaches his vampire offspring to move at superspeed in preparation for King Russell’s anticipated return to retrieve Sookie, but he won’t reconsider their break up despite Jess’s urging. A vengeful Debbie and her wolf cronies burn down Alcide’s sister’s beauty salon, so Alcide has to return to Jackson. Hesitant to leave Sookie unprotected, he nevertheless has a very warm farewell scene with her. Luckily we fans know that Joe Manganiello has been upgraded to series regular next season. Things are hopping over at Merlotte’s where Arlene, who’s having visions of her murderous ex Rene, hires a new waitress named Holly – who suspiciously knows that Arlene’s with child – and promptly warns Sam not to sleep with her. Sam is too preoccupied with looking after Tommy, who is in Bon Temps to stay now that Mama and Daddy Pickens have left. Tommy’s dogfighting instincts are still kicking in whenever Hoyt shows up and both he and Sam sniff some animal scent on Crystal’s dad and ex-fiance when they show up looking for her. Crystal’s too busy seeking solace from Jason, who confronts her dad with a shotgun and a warning to stay out of her life. Dad’s not planning on accommodating Jason’s request anytime soon. Tara is tormented by visions of Franklin. Lafayette is visited by his mom, who escaped from the old folks’ home, and Jesus, who shows up to reclaim her. When Lafayette explains to Jesus that quitting V pushing isn’t easy, Jesus just pulls him in for a kiss… and more.

Eric Gives it to Talbot

Speaking of man love, Talbot is having a hissy fit over the fact that Queen Sophie-Ann is moving in to his increasingly crowded mansion. Maybe she can have Lorena’s old room? To placate Talbot while King Russell travels to Bon Temps to recapture Sookie, Eric agrees to stay behind and keep him company. I wonder how they’ll kill the time? Eric knows what he’d like to kill. Sookie gets a warning from cousin Hadley – sent by Eric — that Russell is on his way. When His Royal Toupee arrives with Debbie and a pair of werewolves, Sookie’s home becomes a battleground. Sookie and Deb finally go mano a mano in Sook’s bedroom while Bill and Jessica show up to protect her from the wolves downstairs. When one of the werewolves leads Jess out of Sook’s house, Russell grabs her and offers her life to Bill in exchange for Sook. Bill goads Russ into hand-to-hand combat, but he’s again no match for the much older vampire king. Just as Russell prepares to finish Bill, he’s pulled away by the sudden destruction of Talbot, who was staked by Eric just as their naked encounter was getting interesting back at the mansion. Sookie’s knockdown brawl with Debbie ends when Sook lets the skanky she-wolf leave.  All the fighting leaves everyone in a frenzy. Jessica drains the wolf that dared hunt her down while Bill and Sookie have a heated reunion and go at it like monkeys on a honeymoon.

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Can Sookie forgive Bill for nearly killing her?

Bye Bye, Bad Guys

August 1: This episode is clearly a game changer for True Blood as a number of villainous characters meet abrupt ends and we delve deeper into the mystery of what Sookie truly is. Although it looked like Lorena’s attack on Sook was what sends her to the hospital in grave condition in last week’s episode previews, we quickly learn that Sookie actually turns the tables on the tiresome cow with Bill’s help, staking her into a pool of blood after Lorena is momentarily distracted by the delicious taste of Sookie’s blood. Tara and Alcide, who unfortunately found some clothes to put on, arrive as Sookie tends to her nearly dead man (or is that nearly un-undead?). Their escape is interrupted by a gun-toting, V-crazed Debbie, who has no intention of letting them take Bill – and his blood — anywhere. Alcide tries to reason with her and Tara jumps her, taking away her gun. When Coot arrives, Alcide shoots him dead, leaving a vengeful Debbie locked with her dead lover’s body. At least she has Lorena’s blood to keep her from going hungry. Making their escape in Alcide’s truck, Tara and Alcide let Sookie stay in the back with a dying Bill. To keep Bill alive, Sook gives him some of her blood, but his natural instincts kick in and, starved for blood, he grabs her and begins to drain her. When Tara discovers that a revived Bill’s left Sookie near dead, she literally kicks him out of the truck into the sunlight, but he doesn’t fry as she had hoped. At a hospital, the doctor tells Tara Sookie’s prospects are not good and that she has no blood type. Jason tries to find out more information about Crystal from her cousin in jail, but the slime won’t share any details until Jason can score him some meth.

Fairy Tale

Naturally, Jason turns to Lafayette, who is insulted by the prospect of being considered a meth dealer. The two join Tara and Alcide at Sook’s bedside while an unconscious Sookie makes an out-of-body visit to a gardenlike world inhabited by beautiful dancing people who drink glowing water coming from what seems to be a mystical pond serving as a portal to another universe. When Bill arrives at the hospital, the fantasy world goes dark and Sookie’s new friend warns her not to let the “dark one” take her light. Could the online rumors I’ve seen be true? Is Sookie some sort of fairy? Eric knows the answer to that question now that he drained the secret out of Sook’s cousin Hadley at Queen Sophie-Anne’s home. Later at Fangtasia, he arrives just in time to stop the Magister from further torturing Pam with a new set of silver earrings he picked up at Tiffany’s. King Russell, unintimidated by the Magister’s threats of reprisal from The Vampire Authority, forces him to perform the marriage of His Royal Toupee to Queenie and then beheads him. In the world of shifters, Sam infiltrates the dogfighting ring in the form of a pitbull and sets the captive pooches free to interrupt Tommy’s latest fight. Disgusted by the Mickens’ abuse of the boy, Sam convinces his baby brother to leave them, but Daddy Mickens ain’t so sure Tommy’s fighting days are over just yet. Back at the hospital, Tara and Jason grudgingly allow Bill to save Sook’s life by giving her his blood. When he lovingly greets her after she regains consciousness, Sookie screams her head off. She does that a lot, doesn’t she?

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