True Blood S01E02 (HBO)

We Are Wolves
We Are Wolves

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. It ends in such a cliffhanger. 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.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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Jason is released after being questioned by the police. They don’t suspect him anymore, they do suspect a vamp. Tara has problems at home. Bill and Sookie get to know each other better, but Tara and Jason don’t like her going out with a vampire.

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Sookie is getting beaten up by the vampire blood junkies. Bill comes around to save her. He kills the two vampire junkies. She isn’t looking good.

Sookie’s brother is shown a video of him fucking a girl to death. She wasn’t really dead. She was just playing dead. They think that Maudette was killed by a vampire. They know that Maudette was being sucked by vampire. He describes the vamp that he saw on the tape.

Bill makes her drink some vampire blood when Sookie says that she can’t feel her legs.

Tara comes home and finds her mom drunk and passed out. She phones her cousin to come and pick her up. They are going to a party.

Jason comes to see another girl named Dawn. He tells her his problems. He starts kissing her. Bill is cleaning the blood from Sookie. He says that she tastes different from other people. She says that she’s telepathic. She can’t hear his thoughts at all. It takes a few minutes and Sookie is completely healed.

Tara and her cousin are at the party. She watches him hit on the straightest guy at the party.

Jason is having some more animal sex with Dawn. Bill says that he was made a vampire in 1865. He was 33. He was in the civil war. She asks him to talk to her grandmother’s club. He asks her when he can call on her. She says that she gets off work tomorrow. Sookie notices that Sam is still up. Bill agrees to talk to Sookie’s Grandmother, since it would make her happy.

Jason notices a pair of fang marks on his latest lover. The next morning Sookie is watching TV. Tara walks in. Sookie notices that her taste has changed. She notices more complex tastes. Gran tells the kids that the two vampire junkies were crushed in their trailer last night, when a twister hit. Sookie goes to see the crime scene. She has a little argument with the sheriff and the coroner.

Sookie comes home and notices that her sense of smell has improved as well. Tara has got the hots from Jason, but he doesn’t even notice. Bill shows up while Sookie is sweeping the floor. He says that she has to invite him in. She asks him if she withdraws her invitation, will he have to leave. He says yes. Jason picks a fight with the vampire. He’s being an ass. Bill wants to take Sookie for a walk. Gran tells Jason that he looks the fool.

Sookie says that she went to the trailer. Bill says that vamps get stronger with age. Bill says that Sookie drank a lot of his blood. She will have keener senses, a stronger libido and he’ll always be able to feel her.

Bill says that he can glamour people into giving him blood. They will then forget about the incident. She dares him to glamour her. It doesn’t work. We see vignettes of Sookie’s childhood when she discovered her talents. She lost both her parents in a flash flood when she turned 8.

I can smell the sunlight on your skin.
Bill to Sookie

When they start kissing, Bill loses control and his fangs come out. He wants to bring her home.

Jason is tied up in Dawn’s place. She leaves him tied up. Tara s at Sam’s place. She gets him to agree that she doesn’t need to wear a uniform. The reverend from the TV show that she saw a few days earlier has died in an accident. Sookie comes to the old Compton place and finds a car with the vanity plates ‘Fangs 1′. She hears music from the inside. A woman with an afro answers. They look like vampires. Another vampire comes in from inside and says that Sookie smells fresh. The vampire that Jason suspects of having killed Maudette is there as well and goes all crazy eyed.

That was a great episode.

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