True Blood She’s Not Here S04E01 (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 third 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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I like to watch True Blood episodes in batches. After I finished reading all of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, I was pretty happy to see True Blood return. You quickly forget how good this show is, but just like all of the previous episodes, this one is an incredible one. The story eases you in before ending with a bang. It turns out that Sookie went missing for over a year and a lot has changed since she left.

Her time in Faerie wasn’t happy, as they use their glamor to manipulate humans. Back on the earthly plane, things have moved on quite rapidly. Tara has left, Jason is a cop, Bill is a King, and Eric is Eric.

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Sookie arrives in Faerieland. She arrived with her faerie godmother. She finds Barry the bellboy here. Everyone is eating lumière, a light fruit. She finds her grandfather Earl there. He’s been here 20 years. When he says that everything is so lovely here, Sookie sees a strange hobgoblin skulking around. The walls are getting dark and the light fruits are filled with maggots. Sookie talks with him using her mind. She tells him that this is a trap. They need to leave. All of the faeries heard this. Queen Mab isn’t happy with her. They are harvesting the people they intermingled with on the Earthly plane. Because of Sookie, a vampire breached their borders. They can’t have that. They try to force feed the light fruit to Sookie, and she uses her light powers to push their glamor away. It all turns to ash. In truth, the faeries are quite ugly as is their desolate plane. One of the faeries lobs explosive balls of energy at them while Sookie flees with Earl. Some rogue faeries help them. Everyone is flinging explosive balls. He brings them to the precipice. He’s Claudine’s brother Claude. The crown wishes to seal off the faerie world from the mortal one. He tells her to jump. Mab is there and she starts sealing the portal. Sookie and Earl arrive on Earth. Earl starts to age. He’s shimmering.

The sequence in Faerie was really cool. It was like a dream. Both Bill and Eric immediately sense Sookie’s arrival on Earth. Earl is dying. He has a watch for Jason. He turns to dust. Sookie cries and goes home. She finds that her place has changed a lot. Someone has been doing major renovations on it. She has been gone for a while. Jason comes by. Jason is a cop. She has been gone 12½ months. Jason sold her house. She gives him Earl’s watch. He was dubious about her story in Faerieland. He recognizes it immediately. Time flows differently in Faerie. She goes outside the house and Bill rushes to her. Eric arrives as well. Eric tells her that he was the only one who never gave up on her. Then he leaves. Andy Bellefleur arrives. Bill gives her a cover story. He says that Sookie was working for him on vampire business. She tells Bill that for her, it was only an hour ago that he broke her heart into a million pieces.

Andy was acting all hyped up. Jason takes him aside. He knows that Andy was using V.

Lafayette has got a Mohawk. Jesus wants to hang out with some witches. They are part of a coven. The head witch wants to talk with Lafayette. The witch channels Eddie. It freaks Lafayette out.

Mikey, Terry and Arlene kid, beheads all of the Barbie dolls. Arlene is still worried about Mikey’s heritage.

In New Orleans, Tara is fighting in an all-female octagon. After the fight, she makes out with the other fighter Naomi.

Hoyt comes home and is annoyed at Jessica for not cooking for him. She freaks out.

Pam is being interviewed by some local TV show. Nan is coaching her. It’s a PR piece. Eric steps in when Nan doesn’t like Pam’s delivery.

It looks like Bill is running for office or has become a politician of some kind.

Sookie goes to Merlotte’s. Arlene and Terry got married. They tell her that Tara moved away. Sam gives her a few shifts. Sam is very angry with her. Andy Bellefleur comes to see Lafayette, after Jesus asks him to come to their next meeting. Before things go out of control, Jason saves the day. Andy wanted V.

Tara is in bed with Naomi and receives a text from Lafayette. He tells her that Sookie is back. Tara is living another life. Naomi thinks that her name is Toni and that she comes from Atlanta.

Sookie meets with Portia Bellefleur, an attorney. AIK bought Sookie’s house. They put at least $50K into her house in improvements. Portia is thinking about Bill, murders, and vampires. Sookie inadvertently tunes in.

Hoyt is at Fangtasia with Jessica. Pam sees her flirting with some fangbanger and talks to her in the bathroom.

Sam is in anger management therapy because he shot Tommy. Tommy is in physical therapy. At some point, Sam and his pals get all naked. They are all shapechangers.

Jason is taking care of the panther community. They put him in an icebox and lock it.

Lafayette goes with Jesus to the witches’ coven. They bring a parrot back to life for a few seconds. One of the witches is working for the new King of Louisiana. It’s Bill.

Eric comes to see Sookie as she gets ready to disrobe. Eric owns her house. He tells her that she is his.

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