Archive for September, 2011

Marnie exacted a terrible revenge on Jesus and Lafayette.

September 11 – Halloween descended on Bon Temps, marking the reappearances of several faces from the past and the departures of a few current ones. Marnie, who has taken possession of Lafayette’s body, prepares for the Wiccan festival of Samhain, during which the line between the living and the dead becomes blurred and, for tonight, the body count will be mighty high. When Jesus wakes up and apologizes to “Lafayette” for getting him involved in witchcraft he learns that breakfast is served with a side order of revenge. Kissing his boyfriend goodbye as he prepares to leave for work, Jesus realizes Marnie has invaded Lafayette, but she traps him by driving a fork through his hand into the breakfast table. She then ties him up and forces him to transfer to her all his dark magic, killing him with a knife after she has absorbed the voodoo demon that dwells within him. (Body count: one). At Sookie’s house, Sook is unnerved by a vision of her grandma’s murdered body. She shares with Tara how lost she feels without her grandmother and the two muse about how she would advise them to stay out of trouble. This, alas, is not in the cards for the girls today. Sam is joined at Tommy’s grave by a grieving Mrs. Fortenberry, who asks him to call her mom now that they don’t have any family left. Maxine spoke too soon, however, because Sam’s gal Luna and her daughter Emma take her place by Sam’s side after she leaves. When Sam returns to Merlotte’s, he gives Sookie her job back and a pair of bunny ears to wear alongside fellow waitress Arlene, who makes a cute zombie couple with Terry. A handsome marine friend of Terry’s shows up at Merlotte’s to reminisce. He looks harmless enough, which can’t be good. While throwing out garbage later on, Arlene is spooked by the ghost of Rene, who tells his cher that the ghosts of Terry’s past will bring her trouble. Sook is startled by Holly decked out like a fairy and smoking some pot, or “Mother Nature’s Valium,” as she puts it. Tara, having discovered Jesus’ dead body at Lafayette’s house, tells Sookie and Holly that Marnie has returned and is in possession of Lafayette. The three dash to warn Bill and Eric, whom Marnie has already captured and chained up in silver for a burning at the local cemetery. When Tara, Sookie and Holly arrive, Marnie launches into one of her long-winded rants about how vampires victimized witches for centuries. Eric and Bill egg her on to distract her while Holly encircles them in a protection spell and Sook blasts Marnie, who turns mega-demonic in her rage, her tongue flicking like a hungry serpent. Holly joins hands with Sookie and Tara to conjure the spirits of the dead buried around them. Among the conjured souls is Sookie’s grandma Adele, who reaches into Lafayette and yanks Marnie out. Antonia appears and blows out the fires burning Eric and Bill. She convinces Marnie that death is preferable to life and that vengeance against vampires is pointless since they are already damned to live forever. 

Has Sookie lost her best friend forever?

In the aftermath of the final confrontation with Marnie, Pam is mourning the loss of her maker Eric to Sookie and her “precious, fairy vagina.” Her blood-stained tears prove premature, however, when Sookie, who feeds Eric and Bill her blood simultaneously to heel them from their burns, chooses not to be with either of them. She forgives Bill for lying to her when they first met and pledges her love for him. Likewise, she admits to Eric she fell for him long before he became the gentle Emo Viking who annoyed a good portion of Truebies all season long.  It’s the best for all of them, she promises before breaking down in tears. Does Alcide have a chance with Sookie after all? The hunky werewolf made his bid for the fairy’s heart at Merlotte’s, telling her he had made a final split with Debbie. For now, Alcide has to deal with the discovery that Russell Edgington’s cement prison, now a parking lot, was excavated and all that’s left at the scene are Russell’s empty silver shackles! Also in for a scary discovery is Jason, who gets punched out by Hoyt after telling him he did the deed with Jessica. Jess shows up at Jason’s house dressed in a provocative Red Riding Hood cape. After a steamy round of sex, they agree to remain friends with benefits for the time being. When a hungry Jess leaves to feed on a stranger, Jason answers a knock on his door and opens it to reveal Reverend Steve Newlin of the Fellowship of the Sun. It turns out that Rev. Newlin has been vampirized. Is he in cahoots with Russell? In another Bon Temps cliffhanger, Sam says goodnight to Luna only to be confronted by a snarling werewolf out to avenge the death of Marcus Bozeman. Nan Flanagan storms Bill’s home with a platoon of troopers. Enraged that she’s been “retired like a fat first wife” from the AVL by the Vampire Authority, Nan tries to recruit Bill and Eric into a mutiny against the Authority. She makes the lethal mistake of telling them she knows that Sookie is a fairy to get leverage against them and Eric decapitates her goon squad while Bill stakes her into a gooey pile of blood and guts. (Body Count: two). Violence visits Sookie’s home yet again when a vengeful Debbie shows up with a shotgun meant for Sook.  Tara pushes her friend out of the way, taking Deb’s bullet instead. Sookie wrestles the gun from Deb and shoots the she-wolf dead. (Body Count: three). Cradling Tara’s body, Sookie cries out for help. Is the Bon Temps body count up to four? Tune in next summer!  The Biting Remarks blog is taking a break until then. If you’re a Vampire Diaries fan, please follow my episode previews and recaps starting September 15 at www.nightbites.wordpress.com.

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Will King Russell return to terrorize Bon Temps?

There’s just a little over a week left until the fourth season finale of True Blood and the Web is buzzing with speculation about the identity of two returning characters, which, according to Alan Ball in the current issue of TV Guide, include a beloved character and a despised one. Tommy is arguably a bit of both depending on whom you talk to, but it’s too soon for Sam’s brother to make a miraculous return from the dead. The list of possible sympathetic characters who might turn up in Bon Temps include Sookie’s grandma, Tara’s ex-boyfriend Eggs and my personal favorite, Eric’s maker Godric. What I’m more interested in, however, is which villain is slated to pop up to terrorize Sookie & Co. in season five. The list of possible suspects is endless but my top picks are: Lorena, Bill’s obsessed maker, Russell Edgington, the vampire king of Missisippi whom Eric and Bill buried in cement, and that maniacal maenad from season two, Maryann. Sizing up each villain’s probabilty of returning, I’d look at how the True Blood writers would explain their sudden reappearance. In the cases of Lorena and Maryann, I would think that Marnie, being a necromancer, possesses the ability to reanimate the ashes of one of those lethal ladies. Marnie, who’s hellbent on revenge in the after life, would love to leave the residents of Bon Temps a nasty parting gift. Maryann, being a twisted version of Mother Earth, is a better candidate for this theory. Then again, she’s been gone for over two years so those maenad ashes would be pretty hard to find much less revive. Lorena, on the other hand, got her black heart staked last year so perhaps resurrecting her is an easier feat to pull off. Russell, of course, was last seen vowing to return for revenge on Eric and Bill. The smart money is on King Edgington being the returning baddie. But does that make him too obvious a choice? This is True Blood after all. Tune in September 11 to find out — and don’t miss my recap following the show!

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Is Maryann returning to get her claws into Sam again?

Will Sookie have to deal with Lorena again?

You all know I loves me a good recap (wink), but I’m also well aware there are many other creative Truebies out there keeping the faithful up on the latest Bon Temps scoop. Today I give props to Krystelle Lorraine, the producer and host of So Social TV, a YouTube video series serving up fun updates on cool TV shows like Glee, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, of course. I met Krystelle on Twitter where she tweets as @LoveKrystelle. She showed me the latest edition of So Social TV’s True Blood update, which includes a recap of last Sunday’s “fall of Marnie” episode and Twitter mentions that include a version of the infamous Rolling Stone cover doctored to illustrate a scenario between Eric and Bill that Lafayette has probably envisioned once or twice. Take it from me that ArleneFowler’s tweets are hysterical. Make sure to follow her feed. Mention her and chances are she’ll tweet you back. In the meantime, tune in to So Social TV on Sunday at 8 p.m. to see an interview with a True Blood cast member that will run prior to the season finale. Here’s a link to their channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/KrystelleLorraine

Jason nearly died during Marnie's climactic battle with the vampires.

September 4 – In tonight’s episode we learn that Lafayette’s power as a medium makes him vulnerable in an inconvenient, and possibly deadly, way. Just as Bill, Eric, Pam and Jessica prepare to launch their attack on the Moon Goddess Emporium, Jason arrives and alerts them to the fact that Sookie is trapped in the witches’ coven along with Tara and the others. Bill and Eric decide it’s time to come up with a plan B. Inside the emporium, Marnie continues to experience resistance from her reluctant coven mates. When one of them tries to leave, Marnie hexes a knife and sends it plunging into her heart. Alarmed at the lengths Marnie is going to, Jesus pretends that the dead coven member still has a pulse and, with Lafayette’s help, carries her body into a bathroom where he can privately prepare a spell to force Antonia’s captive spirit out of Marnie’s body. Holly and Sookie try to reason with Marnie to no avail and when Marnie uses Sookie as a bargaining chip with Bill she commands the vampires to step into the force field to burn to death. Bill and Eric fight off a sneak attack by Marnie’s zombie vamps but Pam puts a stop to the negotiations by shooting an RPG at the shield, which causes an explosion of flames that nearly burn Jason to a crisp. Jessica acts fast and saves him by feeding him her blood.  Marnie pulls out her own big gun by joining the coven—including Sookie—in a circle to conjure a necromancing spell to force Bill, Eric, Pam and Jessica to walk toward the force field while a desperate Jason struggles to stop them. Jason’s thoughts alert Sookie to the danger and she zaps the entire coven, interrupting Marnie’s latest attack. Eric, furious that Pam put Sookie’s life in danger, banishes her from the scene. An enraged Marnie traps Sook in a circle of flames that starts to close in around her. Lafayette warns Jesus to speed up his spell and Jesus’ demon persona kicks in, breaking the mystical bond between Marnie and Antonia and setting the grateful Spanish witch free at last. With Antonia’s spirit out of her, Marnie’s power is reduced and the vampires enter the Emporium where Bill shoots her dead. In the aftermath of the battle, Sookie glances over at Bill and Eric. She has a decision to make!

How will Andy's encounter with the fairy figure into next week's season finale?

In Shreveport, Alcide and Sam learn that Marcus is visiting Debbie. An angry Luna is also hunting Marcus down for taking Emma. Marcus is trying to convince Deb to leave Alcide and become a mom to Emma when Sam, Alcide and Luna arrive. Sam and Marcus have an old-fashioned fistfight sans powers and Sam emerges the victor. When Marcus tries to sneak attack Sam in wolf form, a vigilant Alcide charges him, killing him in the process. Alcide then formally breaks things off with a devastated Debbie. Walking back home after his intervention at the hands of Terry, Andy encounters a beautiful fairy in the woods who makes love to him and elicits a promise from him to protect her, touching his finger with her glowing one. When he later relates the tale to Arlene, she tells him to forget it and concentrate on his new sobriety and his pursuit of Holly. At home, Lafayette comforts a guilt-ridden Jesus by praising his heroism in rescuing everybody from Marnie’s crazed plans. As an exhausted Jesus drifts off to sleep, Marnie’s floating spirit leaps into Lafayette’s body. Talk about sleeping with the enemy!

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