Archive for September, 2010

The season finale of True Blood is barely a week old and already I’m experiencing Bill-and-Sookie withdrawal, as I’m sure are most of my fellow Truebies. Well, if rewatching the episodes from this past season isn’t enough to satiate your appetite for some fresh Bon Temps-themed bon mots, there’s a clever book that you might want to pick up and I don’t mean one by Charlaine Harris. A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger’s Guide is an unauthorized collection of insightful essays that ponder the fascination the world of True Blood holds for Truebies around the world. Although Charlaine’s books are mentioned, the focus is more on her tale as interpreted by Alan Ball on HBO, and the writings, from a diverse group of contributors that includes authors, media pundits and even a psychotherapist, are as thoughtful and passionate about True Blood as are the show’s fans. No topic is left unexamined as pithy ruminations are made on the sociological significance of the show’s characters and plotlines, ranging from the class wars waged among the economic rubble of Bon Temps, to Bill Compton’s seemingly fading heroism, to a Freudian analysis of the dynamics of Bill and Sookie’s tortured romance. It’s all good fun and makes for a thought-provoking read without drifting into dullsville. The book includes an episode guide for the first two seasons with call-outs of the most memorable quotes from each episode. To ensure accuracy, although the authors clearly seem to be Truebies themselves, the publisher consulted with the popular True Blood blog The Vault. At just over 270 pages, it’s a breezy read and makes a good gift idea.  Here’s a link to their site.

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Is this the end of Queen Sophie-Anne?

Riveting Revelations

September 12: Eric and King Russell are smokin’ like two strips of bacon on a frying pan outside Fangtasia when Eric’s maker Godric appears urging him to forgive Russ and set him free. Eric ponders his predicament for a second or two before Sookie rescues him, using her fairy blast to free him from the handcuffs he had slapped on himself and Russ. Sook then revives Eric by letting him feed on her blood while Bill sulks. Although Pam and Sookie balk at the idea, Eric decides they should spare King Russell’s life and Sook drags him inside and subdues the charred vampire monarch with heavy silver chains. What will they do with him now? Tara and Sam are basking in the afterglow of their tryst when you can practically hear the screeching tires after Sam confides that he’s a shapeshifter. Tara can’t seem to avoid dealing with supernatural beings any where she turns. She walks in on her annoying mom getting frisky with the pastor who had previously tried to minister to her. Although initially shocked at her mom’s indiscretion, Tara nevertheless wishes her well, wistfully hoping she, too, can find someone who is human and can actually touch a cross for a change. Sam tracks down Tommy and demands he return the Merlotte’s loot. When Tommy turns to walk away, Sam shoots him! Like his cousin Tara, Lafayette is making some uncomfortable discoveries now that he can see visions of the secrets haunting the residents of Bon Temps. Spooked by his new talent, he turns to Jesus, who confesses that he himself is a brujo, a male practitioner of witchcraft. As they say, birds of a feather!  Hoyt’s mom Mrs. Fortenberry stages an intervention to separate him from Jessica once and for all. The gamble fails and Hoyt buys a house to shack up with Jess. Mrs. Fortenberry’s response is to buy a rifle. Might it have silver bullets? 

Can Sookie really be happy in Fairyland without Bill or Eric?

Cementing King Russell’s Fate

Jason hightails it over to Hotshot to warn its residents of the DEA’s impending raid. Crystal’s ornery dad is no help, as usual, but gets the tables turned on him when Crystal’s V-addicted ex shows up in a craze and shoots his face off. When he demands Crystal leave with him, she agrees, asking Jason to take responsibility for looking after the panther people. Jason vows to get her back. At Fangtasia, things are jumping. Alcide visits Sookie and tells her he’s been thinking about her. Sook, who’s just about had it with the chaos that comes with dating vampires, may just be receptive to his overtures. Bill senses that he has a new rival for Sookie’s affections. The first order of business for the team, however, is figuring out how to imprison King Russell without ending him. Sook has no sympathy for him and responds to his attempts to manipulate her by trashing Talbot’s remains in Fangtasia’s garbage dispenser while Russ screams in agony. His Royal Toupee has worse problems when Eric and Bill dump him in a remote construction site and immobilize him with silver while burying him undead in cement. Ever the drama queen, Russell vows to get even with them all when he returns… glug, glug, glug. With Russ swimming in concrete, Bill ambushes Eric and pushes him into a slot right next to the King, telling Eric that he can never have Sookie. He then orders a hit on Pam. Bill intends  to eliminate anyone who learned that Sookie is a fairy to keep her secret from spreading, but Eric escapes Bill’s trap and tells Sook how Bill manipulated their romance from the start at the instructions of Queen Sophie-Anne, who wants to taste her coveted fairy blood. A fed-up Sookie rescinds her invitations to both vampires and orders them out of her life. Eric seems genuine when he apologizes to Sook for tattling on Bill. Bill, still intent on protecting Sookie, lures the newly widowed (and loving it) Queen Sophie-Anne to his house for a death match. Later, a lonely Sook visits her grandma’s grave and is approached by her fairy friend Claudine. After all the drama and danger that accompanied her romance with Bill, Claudine’s outstretched hand is a welcome sight that’s too good to resist.  In a blinding flash, Sookie and the fairies disappear. Will Bill and Eric ever see her again? Tune in next summer. The Biting Remarks blog is taking a break until then. Have a great fall!

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Is Jason heading for a cat-astrophe with Crystal?

So now we know that Crystal is literally a catwoman. As part of the were-panther pride in Bon Temps’ neighboring town of Hotshot, Crystal is bound by her people’s laws to mate with her half-brother (ewww!) and keep the panther lineage pure. The problem is that Crystal, though rough around the edges like the rest of her white-trash kin, doesn’t relish the prospect of inbreeding with her kind when the delectable Jason Stackhouse is just within paw’s reach. Her panther pop may dictate that there will be no interspecies mingling with the hunky human, but Crystal’s plenty hot for mixing the gene pool! Jason certainly has a bad track record with women. They’re either V-crazed junkies  or prudish, vamp-baiting Evangelicals. But maybe things could work out with Miss Kitty. After all, Sookie had a flirtation with Alcide the hunky werewolf. And with Joe Manganiello set to return as a regular next season, odds are Alcide will complicate the Bill-Sookie-Eric triangle even further, so maybe Jason should hook up with the panther girl. Everyone in Bon Temps seems to have a supernatural secret anyway! I’m not terribly impressed by Crystal even though her loyalty to her people is admirable.  Jason’s no brain surgeon, but I think he could do better. Still, I do like panthers. I think they’re majestic creatures and certainly have a sexy, dangerous allure. This new storyline reminds me of the 1982 film Cat People, which starred Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell. As in True Blood, the panther siblings of the film played by Kinski and McDowell were destined to mate or be doomed to kill any humans with whom they dared make love.  I’d have to say that the panthers are sexier than the werewolves, in animal form, anyway. Wolves hunt in packs, but panthers sneak up on their prey, so I expect some tense moments coming up in season four if Jason’s were-panther story continues. Still, they can’t beat the transformation scene from Cat People. It was far cooler than Crystal’s shifting. See for yourself (Note: there’s a flash of nudity).

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Will Sam and Tara regret their latest fling?

Acting on an Impulse

August 29: Pam gets a little action when Bill shows up at Fangtasia to rescue Sookie. During the ensuing melee, she compensates for not being as old and strong as Bill by spraying him in the face with liquid silver. While Bill and Pam tussle upstairs, Fangtasia’s stripper, still fuming at Eric for calling her a gold-digger, unshackles Sookie and the Sookster sneaks up on Pam, choking her with a silver chain. Sook makes a getaway with her man while Pam pleads to not be left alone with “the immigrant.” Not a smart move if you ask me, Pammy. The stripper isn’t the only one ticked off in Bon Temps. Sam shows up at Merlotte’s totally plastered and insults everyone within sight. Tara, still smarting from learning that Jason and Andy covered up the truth behind Eggs’ death, is hittin’ the sauce pretty hard and sticks around when Sam throws out the patrons and staff. It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to predict what happens next. Sam and Tara are too busy doing naked gymnastics to notice an alarm set off by a vengeful Tommy breaking into the Merlotte’s safe. Sam’s drunken tirade will cost him dearly! Also heating things up are the newly reunited Jessica and Hoyt. Jess confesses to Hoyt that she is addicted to human blood, he offers himself up to satisfy her craving. He seems to enjoy it when she lustily accepts his gallant offer. Hoyt’s annoying mom, who recruited the mousy gal whom he dated for a blip to try to get over Jess, is still determined to keep him away from her. Something tells me her plotting will soon take a dangerous turn.

Is this really the end for Eric Northman?

Sunburn

Holly and Arlene conduct a Wiccan ritual to concoct some mystical solution to Arlene’s unwanted pregnancy. When Arlene bleeds out in bed, the baby survives the emergency to her consternation. Was the blood some sort of spirit draining from the child orchestrated by Holly? She’s a freak, if you ask me. Her interest in Arlene is spooky and too conveniently timed. I suspect she’s a relative of Rene’s plotting to resurrect him or exact revenge upon the Bon Temps residents responsible for his death. In other Bon Temps news, Jason comes to terms with the fact that Crystal is part of a community of were-panthers (so what else is new?) and deduces that the smarmy jock who’s been breaking all his sports records is using V to enhance his performance. Lafayette comes down from his V trip with Jesus and has a horrible vision of a monster in place of his newly addicted boyfriend. Could it be Jesus’ true nature? Bill and Sookie have a heart-to-heart about the ramifications of recent events on their relationship. Sook admits that she has feelings for Eric but that she still loves Bill. She also acknowledges that she’ll have a hard time trusting either of them after the Russell Edgington thing, not knowing that the final act in that drama is about to play out.  Eric pays Russ a visit and shares his quest for revenge, which tickles the vampire monarch with its silliness. Before His Royal Toupee can administer his punishment, Eric promises to share with him the secret to walking during daylight in exchange for letting him live. Next thing you know, the two literally stop Bill and Sookie in their tracks and hightail it back to Fangtasia, where Eric fakes a fight with Bill to distract Russ while he clues Bill in on his plan to double-cross the king. Eric tells Russ that Sook’s blood will grant him immunity from sunlight. The two feed on Sookie while a tense Bill and Pam look on. Russ, crafty as ever, makes Eric test his theory first. The Viking vamp walks out into the sunlight and smiles into the security cameras as if all is well. In truth, Eric’s skin is slowly frying, but he covers his agony to dupe King Russell into joining him outside. As soon as the evil vamp takes the bait, Eric handcuffs them together as they drop to their knees like two vampire eggs on a frying pan! Tune in September 12 for the season finale!

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