True Blood Nothing But the Blood S02E01 (HBO)

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This series is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris. It tells the story of how humans and vampires co-exist in a small southern town. Personally, I’ve never read the books, so I don’t know how accurate the adaptation is. However, it is quite interesting. It’s a good twist on the mythos.

There are loads of vampire shows out there. Most recently, Moonlight was canceled from CBS. Some of them are successful, others aren’t. The pilot was interesting. I’ve never seen a show explore the relationship between vampires and humans.

The series is adapted by Alan Ball. He also produced it. Alan Ball is the man behind Six Feet Under. The setting is interesting as well. Thanks to HBO, the show does have some mature content. It makes the whole thing more interesting.

I don’t really know what to say of Anna Paquin’s acting. It seems to me that she played a southern belle already in X-Men as Rogue. She does do the same thing in this show. It’s hard to see the difference. As with her role as Rogue, Sookie has never been in love or had men in her life. It’s funny how you can draw parallels between Paquin’s different characters.

New Orleans and Louisiana are a hotbed for vampire fiction. Lestat of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice makes the city his home.

I was completely blown away by the second episode of the first season. It ends in such a cliffhanger. The third episode partly resolves this, but it was still really good. The sex scenes between Jason and his lovers are also quite interesting. The show is infused with an animalistic fervor which is appealing. I recommend this show. Along with Fringe, this is one of my favorite new shows on TV this season. The show has gotten a lot of great reviews and only ten days after it premiered, HBO ordered another season. It’s one of the few shows who’s audience share actually climbed for the second episode. The fifth episode also ends with a bang, something that I didn’t think would happen.

The second season just premiered on the weekend. It takes off right when the last episode stopped. Things are going to get interesting.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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It’s strange to see that Lafayette is a prisoner. We found out who holds him towards the end of the episode. Mary Anne is playing strange games. She isn’t fully human and she used to help out Sam, before he betrayed her. He was still young back then.

Sookie isn’t happy to discover that Bill has kept some nasty secrets from her. She doesn’t know how to react. Jason finds God.

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Sookie and Tara found a body in a car. It’s the body of the fake psychic. Her heart is missing. Sookie hears the thoughts of the people all around. She knows that Tara knew the psychic, but Tara is denying it. Andy was at the scene. He tells the Sheriff that the body is in full rigor.

Sookie tells Tara that she needs to tell the cops. She spends the night answering questions. Andy is very hostile because he is drunk. The Sheriff dismisses him. Tara didn’t want the cops to call her mother.

Bill is putting down the rules for his new protégé. Sookie is coming over. He wants Jessica to get cleaned up. Sookie confesses to Bill about the noise that she had trouble keeping out. Sookie meets Jessica and learns that her vampiric existence is due to Sookie. He killed a vampire to save Sookie and he was punished to create a vampire in reparation. Sookie doesn’t like that he kept this secret from her for 2 weeks. If he hadn’t picker her up from Eric’s, she would still not know about this. Jessica has trouble finding the right True Blood for her taste. She likes real blood, not fake blood.

Jason is reading the Children of God book and thinking about his dead girlfriend. The Rev. Newlin is blaming the vampires for the death of his father. He is on a talk show with Nan Flannagan of the American Vampire League. Newlin is the head of the Fellowship of the Sun. Jason joins the church. He meets Newlin. They want him to go to a leadership conference, which will cost him $1200 plus class fees. Jason is quite taken by their message.

Lafayette and a few others are being kept prisoner by Eric. They are chained to a wheel. They are also being questioned. Lafayette has to turn the wheel around and around. The new prisoner wants to talk with him a lot. The other guy wants to confess his sins. He’s one of the three rednecks that Lafayette punched out at Merlotte’s.

Tara gets picked up by Mary Anne, who gives her mother a talking to. Sam goes to see Mary Anne. He touches an artifact and has a vision of another shapechanger coming near it. Mary Anne is there to meet him. Sam leaves when Mary Anne isn’t available.

Sookie starts packing up Grannie’s stuff. Mr. Lancaster tells Sookie that her uncle Bartlett passed away. He drowned and has been dead for weeks. There isn’t much of a body left. Bartlett wanted Sookie to inherit all of his money. Sookie gets $11,000 from the pedophile.

Tara is hanging out with her new friend at Mary Anne’s place. Mary Anne has got a plan going on. She wants her other housemate to seduce Tara. She decks Carl for breaking the mood by bringing them towels.

Jason is trying to convince his buddy Hoyt to join the Fellowship. He’s a Christian and won’t be swayed so easily. Sookie drops by and tells him that Bartlett is dead. She tells Jason that she doesn’t want the inheritance. She wants Jason to have it. This is the sign that Jason wanted to get from Jesus.

We see Mary Anne having sex with the same young shapechanger. Something is happening to her. She starts fluttering. The young man is obviously a younger Sam.

A new waitress is about to start at Merlotte’s. Jason turns down sex from a hot girl. Jason tells Sookie that he is going away with a church for a leadership conference.

Sam isn’t feeling too great. Sookie goes to see him and tries to make him feel better. She wants to head out to see Bill because they had a fight.

Andy is drunk and questioning everybody at Merlotte’s. He’s making a fool out of himself and the Sheriff takes him off the case.

Young Sam tries to steal some of Mary Anne’s stuff while she is in the shower. He spots a drawer filled with money and leaves. In the present, Sam is jolted awake by Mary Anne. He gives Mary Anne a garbage bag filled with money. Sam apologizes for what he did back then. Mary Anne says that she doesn’t want money. It’s not about Sam.

Tara’s friend is here and kisses her right at the bar. Sam sees her making out with him. Mary Anne looks quite satisfied.

Bill is still trying to find the right True Blood cocktail for Jessica. She wants some time alone with Bill. Once she is gone, she asks him about Bartlett. She finds out that he killed him because he hurt her. She doesn’t know if they can be together. She can’t have people dying each time she confides in him. Bill says that he cannot lose her, but he is not sorry for what he did. He tells her that for the first time in 140 years, he can feel something. He thought that he had lost the will to feel. He says that he loves her. She loves him too and they have sex. There are a couple of shots of Anna Paquin’s breasts.

Eric comes to question the redneck. He tries to use a cross against Eric, but it doesn’t work. It only aggravates him. He dismembers the redneck and drinks his blood.

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