True Blood S01E05 (HBO)

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 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.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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Sookie and Bill have trouble in their relationship. Sookie realizes that Bill is a vampire and he’s completely different from any other man. We also learn more of Bill’s past, how he was turned into a vampire. Jason continues using V and explores different avenues of experiences. This episode ends with another cliffhanger.

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Sookie doesn’t like Bill’s vampire habits. She tells him as much. The story starts up almost at the same time as it left off in the last episode. Bill says that he won’t call on her again, since she made it plain that she doesn’t want him anywhere nearby.

Sam’s dog is watching the whole scene. Something weird is going on there. There is most definitely some kind of werewolf or shapechanger involved. Tara goes to see Lafayette. She’s upset that he sold V to Jason. He goes to see Jason. Lafayette says that V is a great thing. He tells Jason that he can show him how to use it properly. Used right, it’s incredible. This is after Lafayette tells him that Tara has been madly in love with him for years. Jason had no idea.

When Sookie tells people at work that she isn’t going out with Bill anymore, Sam asks her out. All of the customers look at her. The detective Andy checks out Jason’s story, and Sookie doesn’t confirm it. Things are rapidly going on.

Tara and Sookie talk about Jason and Sam. Things don’t go well there either. Tara is able to stop Sookie from reading her mind with a little mind rote. It works well and Sookie can’t find out more. She warns Andy off from going after her brother.

It’s the night of Bill Compton’s talk to the congregation. Bill is in the office hearing all of their conversations without being in the room. It’s a little creepy, especially when Sookie walks in with Sam. Jason is still on V. He starts to experience what the enhanced senses of a vampire are really like. Bill starts his talk. An old man asks about his relative. Bill talks about Tolliver Humphries. Something is happening to Jason.

Mayor Norris has a picture of Bill and his family. Bill gets emotional.

At Merlotte’s, some of Jason’s friends want to try out True Blood. Jason is still on V. Jason tells Tara that she showed him love, and that’s the most important thing ever. She was there for him when he needed someone the most.

Sookie tells Sam that he doesn’t think like others. Sometimes she just feels waves of emotions from him. He doesn’t talk about his family. Later, Sam and Sookie get frisky. She refuses his advances in a manner of speaking. They start arguing. He gets a bit rough and he hates vampires. Sookie’s attraction for Sam vanishes. She decides to take a cab home.

A bunch of rednecks stir up trouble at Merlotte’s with Lafayette. Lafayette takes care of business and beats them up a bit to make a point. Jason likes what he sees. Hoyt makes a move on a hot divorcée. She asks him to come home. He thinks about it. He takes a drink of True Blood.

Andy Bellefleur and Sheriff Bud Dearborn come to see Bill. They want to ask him a few questions. He invites them in. Bill says that a fresh corpse full of dead is irresistible to vamps. A vampire would have drained them dry. After they leave, Bill looks at the toaster he showed them. He remembers something from his past. He was a wounded soldier asking for help at a cabin. A woman feeds him. She uses the same toaster. She lost her husband in the war. She wants him to spend the night with her. He refuses. He’s got a wife and child not far away. She persists and he has to refuse her again. She talks about the other men that she’s had, mostly deserters. She’s a vampire and drains him. It’s the story of Bill’s turning. Bill wakes up later in her bed. He sees the bodies that she’s drained before him. She makes him drink blood from a gash from her neck.

He later makes his way home with her following him. She tells him that his family will grow old, feeble and die. He’ll remain the same. She orders him away. She’s brought him here to show her.

At Merlotte, Tara finds Jason screwing Randy-Sue doggie style. Jason doesn’t stop, even after Tara dumps rotten veggies on them.

Someone is spying on Sookie. She comes home and finds her Gran Adele with her throat cut and blood everywhere.

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