True Blood I’m Alive and On Fire S04E04 (HBO)

Season 4 poster, via Wikipedia

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. This show has an addictive quality. After the third season started, I bought all of the books and read them. They were quite good, albeit short. The TV series is quite faithful to the books, which is always nice. There are some differences and the ‘adult’ factor makes for something that is interesting to watch on American TV.

Thanks to the books, there will be a lot of material available for the screenwriters for the story arcs in this show.

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. I can see how they have woven in elements of the book, Dead to the World, into this storyline.

This was a pretty good episode. Tommy got what he deserved for being a dick and Jason finally made it out of Hotshot. Meanwhile, Bill discovers something about the Bellefleurs, and Marnie shows Pam that she isn’t to be messed with.

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Eric is drunk on Claudine’s blood. He just keeled over.

“It’ll be dawn soon.”
“I don’t care.”
Sookie and Eric

Bill wants to find Eric. Pam says that she doesn’t know where Eric is. He doesn’t believe her.

Nan isn’t happy with Bill. They aren’t supposed to send vamps after Wiccans. He is told that he isn’t allowed to kill any humans. He says that he’ll take care of this personally. Bill meets Portia’s grandmother. He discovers something. There is a Harris in her lineage. Bill says that he cannot see Portia anymore. Portia is his great-great-great-great granddaughter.

Jason is being ridden by some of the other inbred hillbilly freaks.

“I don’t know why you’re crying, I’m the one getting raped!”
Jason

“Breed, Ghostdaddy, breed!”

Jason gets free.

Felton talks with the girl Beckie and finds out that Jason has escaped. Felton plans on killing him. He shifts and calls in some reinforcements. The panthers are coming after Jason. He collapses near a road. Jessica and Hoyt find. Jessica feeds him her blood.

Jason uses a stake to impale Felton. Felton dies after scratching him. Crystal arrives and says tells bye to Felton. She says that she’s Big Momma Kitty. Jason hobbles away and tells her that he doesn’t want to see her again.

Marnie has a vision of the spirit getting burned back when she was alive in Spain. Now, she’s got fire in her eyes. The witch is Antonia.

Lafayette, Tara and Jesus talk with Marnie, who believes in her own delusions. She tries to do something.

They find a book, thanks to Antonia. They convene Pam and try to do the spell while Tara has a gun on Pam. When Pam isn’t happy with the success, Marnie putrefies her face. Then Marnie collapses.

Sookie calls Alcide to find Eric. He transforms into a wolf to track him. It’s day. They find him taking a dip. After baring his fangs a bit to a naked Alcide, Eric starts to burn up. Sookie is able to convince him to go back home. Alcide tells Debbie what happened.

Bill comes to see Sookie while Eric is hidden in her house. He wants to search her house for Eric. Sookie refuses. She manages to convince him to leave.

Tommy goes back to see his mom. She says that she left Joly. That’s a lie. They will probably force him to dogfight again. Yep, it doesn’t take Joly long to put a chain on Tommy.

Sam goes to see his friend Luna and meets her daughter. Luna says that her ex is a werewolf.

Arlene finds that Mikey scrawled ‘Baby not yours’ on the wall.

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