True Blood S01E08 (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. 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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Something is up with Sam. He lies to the sheriff about his past to explain his nude run through the woods. It doesn’t make any sense to Bellefleur. Naturally, Bill is alive. He spent the night in a grave in order to be safe. Everyone likes Amy. Tara sees that her mom is completely changed since the exorcism and has trouble believing this. Tara is very angry, so she goes to see the voodoo woman at the end of the show to get her own demon exorcised.

For once, Jason is seeing that there is more to women that just sex. He’s actually bonding with Amy, but he doesn’t realize that she’s a V addict. Things go out of hand towards the end of this episode, when they try to find V.

Eric is back and we immediately learn his position in vampire society. I would like to know more of their society and the different Areas. My guess is that they carved up the world into different areas of influence. I’m surprised to learn that Eric is the sole Sheriff in Area 5. It must be hard to keep the vampire peace. Anyway, Eric calls on Sookie to help him out. They know of her gift.

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The story picks up immediately where it left off, with Sookie arriving in front of the burnt vampire nest and Andy telling her that they found four vampire bodies. The bodies are completely liquefied. They are still bubbling. If I know my vampire lore, Bill will need a lot of blood if he’s one of the so-called dead.

Tara’s mom is dumping all of her alcohol. She’s up in the morning and she’s cooked breakfast for them. Tara seems happy.

Jason and Amy are still in bed. Amy says that she’s had V partners before, but it’s never been like this. Jason agrees. Jason tells Amy that he wants her to stay. Amy tells him that they didn’t screw. They barely touched. Jason is astounded. Amy has still got her panties.

Sookie and Tara argue.

Jason tells Amy about his parent’s death. He tells her about his Gran’s death as well. He says that his sister brings out the worst in him.

Sam’s friend Terry asks him what he was doing running through the fields butt naked. Sam says that he was working on his car.

That night, when Sookie brings flowers to the Compton grave, Bill climbs out of the earth and they start to screw.

The next day, Jason brings Amy to Merlotte’s. Sookie turns up late at Merlotte’s and Sam is surprised to hear that Bill is alive. Sookie tells everyone that when he got her message, he knew that something bad was going to happen so he spent the night in the graveyard. Amy starts working at Merlotte’s.

Lettie Mae wants Tara to go back to church. Sookie warns Amy about Jason. Amy won’t hear it. Arlene apologizes to Sookie for the things that she said. Sam is throwing out his last few bottles of True Blood. Sam and Tara kiss once again at Merlotte’s.

Sookie and Bill are lounging in bed. Arlene is about to drop off the kids. Arlene is worried about her kids when she sees Bill. Sam tells Tara that she grunts when they have sex. They argue about it. Tara is an angry girl.

René proposes to Arlene. It’s Arlene’s fourth time.

The coroner Mike is told that Neil was with the vamps. Bud and Andy have some questions for Sam. They know that the lynching mob left from his bar. Andy asks him about spending some time in the woods. He tells Andy that he’s a nudist. He says that once a year, ever since they passed, he takes a naked run through the woods.

Lafayette laughs at Lettie Mae’s recuperation. Lafayette tells her that it might be good for her to get an exorcism as well. Sam sees that Sookie is taking B12 vitamins. Jason picks up Amy from Merlotte’s. She tells him that she needs V. She’s hooked. They follow Lafayette. He’s visiting a vamp named Eddie. It’s to get his supply of V. After he gets some vampire blood, he’ll have sex with him. Once he leaves, Amy plans on getting her V from Eddie. Once Eddie opens the door, she throws a silver chainmail over his head. They use silver to bind his feet. Jason is appalled.

Tara goes to see the Voodoo woman to get her exorcism. Andy checks up on Sam’s story. His parents weren’t nudists.

Bill comes home and finds Eric in his bath. He’s got a favour/order to ask of Bill. Eric says that he understands Old Norse. That means that he’s pretty old. Like 1000 years or something like that. Bill brings Sookie over to Fangtasia. Bill says that Eric is Sheriff of Area 5. Eric tells Sookie that $60,000 went missing from their books. He wants her to read the mind of the people who stole. Sookie says that she’ll read minds but only if they hand the culprit over to the police. The accountant doesn’t know who stole the money. Eric runs Fangtasia with his childe, Pam. A human named Ginger helped steal the money, but her mind is blank. She’s been glamoured. The vamp behind the bar leaps to attack Sookie.

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