Posts Tagged ‘Marnie’

Marcus Bozeman may face the wrath of both Sam and Alcide for his multiple sins.

August 28 – The big reveal of tonight’s action-packed episode is that Marnie isn’t so much an unwilling pawn of the vengeful Antonia as she is the instigator of Antonia’s ongoing wrath against the vampires. At the tolerance festival Eric and Bill have a death match during which Bill fends off the older Viking vamp with silver bullets.  Just as Eric gets the upper hand on Bill, Sookie zaps him with all her fairy might, breaking him free of Antonia’s amnesia spell. In an instant, Eric returns to his adorably snarky self and a look of dread flashes across Sookie’s face. Has she lost the man with whom she fell in love? Antonia’s spirit appears on Marnie’s face, momentarily startled by the carnage she had set in motion. Marnie composes herself and teleports her cronies and two vampire slaves out of the hotel ballroom. Jason has guilt pangs over hooking up with Jessica and asks her to wipe the experience from his memory. Insulted, she sets out to find a human to feed on. Alcide is rushing Tommy to the nearest hospital following his beat-down by Marcus’s goons when Tommy suddenly writhes in pain as his shapeshifting goes haywire and his bones crack uncontrollably. Foregoing medical attention, Tommy asks to be taken home to Merlotte’s where Sam bids a sad farewell to his repentant, trouble-making brother. Marcus Bozeman is a dead werewolf, Sam promises. Marcus, meanwhile, visits with a vulnerable Debbie, who’s feeling ignored by Alcide. Perhaps Marcus can satisfy her long-denied desire to have wolf pups? Eric tells Sookie that he still loves her but she can only respond that although she returns his love she also loves Bill. Pam, her face strangely waxen from the extreme facial treatments she underwent to camouflage Antonia’s deterioration spell, rushes into the arms of her maker, only to find him distracted by his romantic travails with Sook. Bill decides the only way to win the war with Antonia is to resort to an old-school witch burning and orders Eric, Pam and Jessica to join him in the assault on the coven. First the vampires must endure an uncomfortable day together silvered in Bill’s increasingly crowded crypt. The only thing the bickering vamps can agree on is how much they all hate the annoying Nan Flanagan, who returns their disdain in kind.

Can Nan Flanagan keep Bill in line?

Sookie pleads unsuccessfully with Bill to spare Tara, then shares Bill’s plot against the coven with Jason, Lafayette and Jesus.  Jesus decides to approach Antonia, hoping to release his old friend Marnie from her control. What he doesn’t realize is that Marnie is very much running the show, even convincing a conflicted Antonia to continue her vendetta against the vampires through Marnie’s body. It appears that years of being bullied for her Wiccan ways made Marnie just as bitter as the ancient Spanish witch.  Sookie, Jason, Lafayette and Jesus arrive outside the Moon Goddess Emporium and Jesus taps into the magic of his family’s voodoo-priest spirit to make it across a powerful –and painful—force field erected by Antonia. When he tries to get through to Marnie she informs him she is a willing partner in Antonia’s war against the vampires. Tara and Holly cast a spell to open the door to the Moon Goddess Emporium and run outside to meet Sookie but Antonia zaps the three back into the emporium in a blinding flash! Terry and Arlene find Andy’s stash of V and tell him to quit the stuff or he’ll never see their kids again. Terry and Andy later hash out some long-simmering family issues during an intervention that ends in their coming to blows. Having released their aggressions, the two make up and Andy promises to conquer his addiction. Speaking of aggression, as night falls, a dark van pulls up to the Moon Goddess Emporium and Bill, Eric, Pam and Jessica step out dressed in SWAT gear and carrying heavy artillery. Time to burn the house down!

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We can all agree that Antonia the Spanish witch is one angry lady. She has plenty of reason to hate vampires. During the Spanish Inquisition she was fed on, raped and burned by vamps disguised as priests in the Catholic church. Not surprisingly, now that she has inhabited Marnie’s body she is hell-bent on getting retribution on all the undead citizens of the world! We Truebies may sympathize with her plight but it’s hard not to view her as a villainess, especially the way the talented Fiona Shaw is interpreting her.  Shaw, portraying Marnie-as-Antonia, captures beautifully the fury and regal bearing of the ancient sorceress gone mad with a thirst for vengeance. Now, on True Blood we’re accustomed to viewing vampires in a more multidimensional way and we recognize, just like Sookie and other “fangbangers,” that vamps come in many colors, personalities and characters. As sorry as we are for Antonia, she kind of creeps us out. In this scene from Sunday’s episode, Tara, who can relate to Antonia’s victimization by vamps, begins to sense that the witch’s plot is more about murdering vampires than protecting humans from them. Will she rebel against the coven’s plans, and if so, will Antonia let her get away with it? We all know what happened to the last person who betrayed the coven.

Antonia is in full possession of Marnie and ready for retribution against all vampires!

August  7 – The vampire community in Bon Temps braces itself for the onslaught from Antonia Gavelan, the vengeful Spanish witch who has possessed Marnie and compelled her rapist Luis to free her from captivity. Luis pays Bill a visit and tries to kill him, then stakes himself on purpose during the ensuing struggle after announcing Antonia’s resurrection. In Shreveport, Alcide and Debbie are initiated into Marcus Bozeman’s pack although Alcide is clearly less enthusiastic about their new pack mates than Debbie. Deb agrees to let Alcide check on Sookie, whom they last saw toting a rifle looking for Jason in the woods. When the wolf couple find her, they realize that a naked and moaning Miss Stackhouse is in no need of assistance while in the company of the virile Eric Northman. The look on Alcide’s face reveals that finding Eric and Sookie in the act is more than just awkward. Deb picks up on his hurt feelings. How long can Alcide fool himself that he belongs with her? Pam is not having a good night. She attacks Tara and her girlfriend and just as she’s about to kill Miss Thornton, a crowd of camera-toting humans hunting for vampire photo ops to sell to TMZ interrupt her. She’ll get Tara eventually, the rotting bloodsucker promises before speeding away. That’s the last straw for Tara, who breaks up with her gal to protect her from the ever-present danger surrounding her. Tara is later recruited by Antonia, who’s expanding her circle of human spirits to build her power so she can destroy all the vamps just as she had done 400 years earlier. Bill prepares a defensive strategy and orders his sheriffs to command all vampires to either flee the area or silver themselves in their crypts to avoid being compelled by Antonia’s spell to walk into the sun. He even takes silver to Sookie so she can protect Eric just after the two had made love over and over in every position imaginable. Bill senses that their reunion was a “happy” one.

Can Debbie hold on to Alcide?

Eric is afraid Sookie will leave him when he regains his memory and reverts to his old personality. Sookie fears they may not have any choice in the matter. At Merlotte’s Andy has a V craving that ruins his date with Holly. Lafayette sees the phantom woman hovering over Arlene’s baby Mikey and Sam gets cursed out by Luna. When she reminds him about his rude behavior after their lovemaking, the two realize it was Tommy who took Luna to bed in Sam’s form. A livid Sam banishes Tommy from his life forever. Will Mrs. Fortenberry take him back? Hoyt is heading for heartbreak as upside-down push-ups fail to remove erotic visions of Jessica from a sweaty, shirtless Jason’s mind. Hoyt can sense he’s losing Jess, but what will he do when he discovers it’s because she’s heading right into Jason’s well-muscled arms? As sunrise approaches, the vampires in Bon Temps prepare for the agonizing process of being silvered to save them from Antonia’s impending spell. Pam, who gets the mother of all chemical peels in her ongoing quest to reverse the decaying hex Antonia put on her, is covered in a silver mesh blanket and locked in her coffin as she howls and curses a bloody streak. Sookie remains by Eric’s side as all Hell breaks loose and the vampires beg to be freed into the sun’s rays. Bill and Jessica lie side by side weighed down by silver but his decision to not lay silver over her neck enables her to break free and escape into the light just as a desperate Jason races to stop her. Have we seen the last of Jess?

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One of the things I love most about True Blood is how educational it is. Sure, it entertains us with plenty of sex, violence, romance and cool special effects – did I mention the sex? — but the show is also well written and the writers unearth supernatural themes that send most fans (like me) rushing to the dictionary, or in my case, Wikipedia.  The first time True Blood provoked me to do some research was its amazing Maryann the Maenad storyline. I had so many theories about what Maryann was, plenty of them close to being correct, but I never would have known that she was a maenad since I had no idea what a maenad was.  I experienced deja vu this season when the Wiccan coven story began and the term necromancer was bandied about by Bill &  Co. I recognized that the prefix “necro” related to the dead and Bill filled in the rest when he reminded Eric that the witches could reanimate and control dead things, including undead vamps. This fundamental threat to the vampire community is at the heart of the latest YouTube clip HBO has posted featuring interviews with Alan Ball and the cast members most involved in the Wiccan story arc — Nelson Ellis, Kevin Alejandro and Fiona Shaw. The Wiccans are set to make big trouble for the vamps and from the looks of Sunday’s closing scene, lead witch Marnie is just getting started.

Alcide led the parade of beefcake on the July 17 episode.

July 17 – There were enough shirtless scenes in tonight’s episode to constitute a Men of True Blood calendar. Perhaps that’s a new business idea for the folks at HBO. I’m sure a beefcake calendar would sell well among Truebies. Alex Skarsgard spends plenty of time in the buff as the endearingly amnesiac Eric. After draining Sookie’s fairy godmother Claudine, a drunken Eric craves more fairy blood, but stops himself from biting Sookie yet again. After a playful game of hide-and-seek with the freaked-out fairy, he ignores Sookie’s warnings about the impending sunrise and runs off into the woods where Sook and Alcide later find him skinny-dipping in a lake. The Viking vamp and the hunky wolf trade growls for a brief second until Eric becomes debilitated by the rising sun. Sookie urges him to race home and tucks him into his resting place in the cubby. Alcide is very skeptical about Sookie’s keeping Eric at her house but offers his support nevertheless. When he returns to Shreveport Debbie understands his need to help Sookie in her mission with Eric, for now anyway. When Sam surprises Luna at her home he meets her daughter Emma, who takes an instant liking to him. Emma’s father happens to be a very jealous werewolf, Luna warns Sam but he’s not going anywhere. Tommy, meanwhile, drops in on his mom and updates her on this progress back in Bon Temps. He’s livid when he learns his flea bag father Joe Lee was forcing her to compete in the dog fights and is overcome by the horrible hillbilly, who chains him by the throat like a leash and vows to break him in again to return to the dog fights.

Marnie gave Pam an anti-aging treatment that works in reverse.

In Hot Shot, Jason is being used as a stud service by all the she-panthers until he convinces a teenage one to set him loose. An enraged Fenton shifts to panther form and hunts Jason down but Jason drops in on the big cat from a tree branch and kills him with a makeshift stake. A second panther arrives at the scene and reveals itself to be Crystal, who’s happy to see Fenton go so she can rule over Hot Shot alongside Jason. Mr. Stackhouse tells the perturbed pussy she can keep stick it and leaves her standing naked over Fenton’s corpse. He’ll return to her at the rise of the next full moon, she promises him.  Jason collapses on the side of the road and is rescued by Jessica and Hoyt, who happen to be driving by. Nan Flanagan reads Bill the riot act over sending Eric into a den of Wiccans and warns him not to let any human blood be spilled during the inevitable vampire-witch clashes to come. He cross-examines Pam, who needles him about liking his new authority too much. Next he visits with Porzia Bellefleur’s mom and trades recollections of the Bellefleur family history, bringing the get-together to a screeching halt when he realizes that his daughter married into their clan, making Porzia Bill’s great great great great granddaughter! So much for their friends-with-benefits arrangement. Later, Bill show’s up at Sookie’s place just in time to interrupt Eric’s attempt to get a kiss out of Sookie.  When Bill tries to search the premises for Eric, Sookie ironically convinces him not to proceed by reminding him that she’s never lied to him… until now. It says a lot that Sook crossed that line in order to protect Eric from Bill. I suspect Eric will get his long-awaited kiss very soon. Marnie has a dream in which she witnesses the burning of a young witch during the Spanish Inquisition. The witch is the same one who helped her fight off Eric and begins chanting a spell with Marnie as the flames rise higher. When Marnie searches for a spell to recover Eric’s memory with Lafayette, Jesus and Tara, the Spanish witch’s spirit singles out a book with an incantation. Pam meets the witches to get the cure for Eric from Marnie but instead is afflicted with another hex from the Spanish witch that turns her into a walking, rotting corpse. That witch sure does come in handy for Marnie, doesn’t she?

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Will Jason become a werepanther?

July 3 – Tonight’s episode marked transformations for a number of characters in different ways. Sookie rejects Eric’s offer to protect her from all other vampires who might learn that she’s a fairy with irresistibly delicious blood that tastes “like sunshine in a pretty blonde bottle.” He gallantly refuses to take her by force but Sook still says no deal. Eric suggests she listen to her fairy half and give in to the inevitability of their being together. Doing so would ensure her survival as more vampires discover her secret. Sookie turns to Bill for help and arrives just as he’s finishing having sex with Katerina, his spy who’s keeping tabs on Marnie’s witch coven. Bill is unable to force Eric to renounce his claim on Sook’s home despite being the new King of Louisiana. When a dejected Sookie leaves, he flashes back to London in 1982, which gives Stephen Moyer a fun opportunity to use his natural British accent in a scene where he feeds off a bartender at a punk nightclub. Nan Flanagan shows up and notices how he did not kill the guy (even though his blood was pitifully low in vitamins and nutrients!). She recruits him into a secret society that infiltrates and undermines the vampire monarchies to effect positive change in vampire-human relations. Bill fails to convince Eric to give up Sookie’s house, but dispatches him to investigate the coven, warning Eric that the witches are able to revive the dead, which gives them the ability to control the undead.  Eric departs, giving Bill a sarcastic bow, and a pensive Bill recalls how he lured Sophie-Ann to her death by silver-filled wooden bullets shot by S.W.A.T.-style snipers employed by his boss Nan, who swears him in as Louisiana’s new vampire  monarch. Sophie-Ann’s deceptive schemes had sealed her fate and Bill, it turns out, is like an undead version of James Bond. Licensed to kill, so to speak, but it’s a lonely job to have indeed. Sookie, still spooked by visions of the rampaging fairies coming after her, is surprised by Tara at her house. Their happy reunion is dimmed when Sook discovers that Eric has built a cubby with direct access to her home. Time to move, the frazzled fairy decides. At Merlotte’s Arlene is aghast when Sook says her baby has an old soul. Old as the devil, perhaps? Later, Arlene stares into her son’s eyes and the arteries in her eye burst, which she immediately blames on her “evil” offspring. A naked Sam and Luna are getting cozy after their galloping session with their shifter friends but Luna stops short of any physical intimacy. Later she shows up at Merlotte’s in a skintight dress to apologize and promises to let Sam get close to her despite her intimacy issues. It turns out that the sexy teacher once shifted into her dead mother’s form, a feat normal shifters can only accomplish if they kill another shifter according to Native American legend. Luna’s mom, apparently a shifter, died during Luna’s birth. Tommy may wonder if there’s more to Luna’s story after getting caught by Sam spying on the shifters’ latest therapy session. Tommy just wants to be brothers again, he says. Can Sam trust him?  Sookie arrives at Fangtasia to plead with Eric to release his hold on her home. Pam thinks she’s stupid for rejecting her maker’s generous offer. He’s hot, rich and in his own twisted way he truly cares for Sook. And it’s only a matter of time before she is forced to bond to a vampire or perish the wise, though fashion-challenged vampire points out. Pam may be in need of a charm transfusion, but the girl always tells it like it is. When Sookie takes a bathroom break she gets the riot act from Jessica, who’s feeding off a young man in one of the stalls when she should be getting painkillers for Hoyt, who was beaten up by hate-mongering protesters outside Fangtasia. Jessica tells Sookie to stay out of her life. Sook’s brother Jason is having a rough day, too. He wakes up tied to a bed while the Hot Shot panther kids lick his wounds. Just as he convinces them to set him free, Crystal’s crazy mate Fenton shows up to stop Jason’s escape. The werepanthers have big plans for Officer Stackhouse. When Andy shows up in Hot Shot sniffing out some badly needed V, Fenton passes him a stash while Crystal gags Jason so he can’t alert his clueless, V-addicted partner. Later, the pair transform into panthers and bite Jason to turn him into one of them so he can mate with Crystal to make panther babies! When Eric arrives at the Moongoddess coven he’s surprised to learn that Lafayette is dabbling in witchcraft. Marnie refuses to give in to Eric’s demand that the coven disband, but when he bites the seemingly defenseless Wiccan her coven mates join hands and summon a powerful spirit in Marnie who hexes Eric into a state of amnesia. When Sookie comes upon a shirtless Eric wandering aimlessly through the woods, he fails to recognize her, but smells her delicious fairy blood. “Why do you smell so good?,” he innocently asks. Can a memory-deprived Eric control himself from draining her dry?

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What dark secrets does Luna have? Sam's women usually are trouble, after all.

Bill lured Sophie-Ann into an ambush.