True Blood S01E07 (HBO)

Le Deux Cent, a provincial govt buildling on Chemin Ste-foy

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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I thought this was another great episode. It’s hard to say what exactly I enjoy so much about this show. Maybe it’s the continuing narrative. Each episode follows the other without almost no time having passed in between them. Maybe it’s the setting in Louisiana. I think that Sookie is interesting, but she’s not the thing that attracts me to this show. There are other factors. Hopefully, they won’t make the mistake of not revealing enough about the vampire society.

Jason is trying to score some and ends up in trouble in Fangtasia since Lafayette won’t sell him any. He meets Amy, with whom he has a wonderful time. Sookie is full of questions for Bill. Bill has to leave with his vampire buddies when they come to Merlotte’s. A lynching mob takes care of them at the nest.

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Sookie and Bill are in a bath together. She’s full of questions. Sookie is reminded of the creepy uncle Bartlett, who wanted to molest her. All he did was touch her. She tells Bill. She told Gran, who ran off her own brother and never spoke to him again.

Lafayette is doing another video for his site. Jason pops by. He wants more V. It gets physical when Lafayette doesn’t want to give/sell him any. He just throws Jason out.

Bill shows her where he sleeps. He tells her that she can’t go in there with him. Tara’s mom wants $400 to exorcise the demon. Tara isn’t listening. She’s either totally crazy or she is possessed.

Sookie comes home and hears someone in her house. It’s Jason. He’s selling some of Gran’s stuff for V. Sookie tells him to put down the things and get out. He was going to sell the jewellery. He leaves with some candlesticks.

Tara goes to see Sam for money. They argue. They make up. Tara gets a call from the bank. Her mom is trying to get a loan for an exorcism. She offers her body in exchange of the loan. She makes a scene. Tara arrives to take her home. Tara takes the money she’s hidden from her.

At Sam’s place, the rednecks who started trouble with Lafayette are back. Randy Sue calls Jason. She wants him to come to Mertotte’s. Jason wants to go to Fangtasia. She doesn’t like hearing about it. Everyone notices that Sookie is different. She tells Arlene. Arlene tells everyone.

Sam is acting like an ass. He takes off Sookie’s scarf. She tells Sam off for butting into her business. Now Sam is even more short staffed.

Jason tries to get into Fangtasia. A vamp is at the door. She asks him questions about Sookie. She makes him tell the truth. He wants her blood. She shows him her fangs and lets him inside.

Bill pays uncle Bartlett a visit. He drinks from him and kills him.

Tara and her mom go to the exorcism. They pay the woman who is going to perform it. She scares Tara, but they proceed.

Sookie tells Lafayette about her night with Bill. Jason is at Fangtasia. Eric toys with a mortal. Jason is trying to get V at the vampire bar. He’s an idiot. A girl saves him from making a mess. She tells him that she’s got some V.

Bill’s vampire buddies show up at Merlotte’s. Sam doesn’t want to serve them. Malcolm wants to drink from Sookie. Bill senses it. A fight starts. Bill arrives before it gets worse. They were just trying to get Bill’s attention. They want him to join their nest. He agrees to go with them. He tells Sookie that he is vampire.

Jason talks with Amy, who’s from Connecticut. They decide to hook up and do some V. Amy studied philosophy. Jason studied landscaping. She loves his place. She tells him that vamps don’t need oxygen, they just run on blood. They need aspirin to keep the blood from coagulating. Amy knows her V. She prays to Gaia and snorts the V. Immediately, they start hearing sounds of nature around them.

The witch doctor proceeds with the exorcism. When the demon is exorcised, it goes into an opossum. She then drowns it. The witch doctor tells Tara that she’s got a demon in her as well.

Sookie tries to warn Bill about the lynch mob heading the vampire place. Bill isn’t at his house. The rednecks arrive at the vampire place. They’ve got Molotov cocktails. One of the idiots lights his arm on fire. The rednecks flee. The house is on fire. They hear the vampires scream.

Andy and his friend see Sam Merlotte running naked through a field. It looks like he’s running away from something. Andy gets a call. Sookie hears sirens. There were four vampires in the house. They are dead, supposedly. I don’t think so.

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