True Blood S01E09 (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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Bill is in trouble when he kills Longshadow, the vamp at the bar that was about to kill Sookie. He doesn’t admit it to Sookie at first. We definitely have confirmation that something is up with Sam. Before leaving for the vampire tribunal, Bill asks Sam to look after Sookie. It’s apparent that he knew what Sam was, or at least suspected.

Jason continues on his path with Amy. He doesn’t like what she’s doing with Eddie, their pet vampire. Amy is filled with contrasts and Jason hasn’t seen all of them.

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The last episode ended with a bang. The vamp at the bar, who’s name is Longshadow, is trying to strangle Sookie, but Bill stakes him before he can bite her. Sookie is covered in vampire blood. The vamp is dead. Sookie washes the blood of herself. Ginger is cleaning up the vamp body while Erik, Pam and Bill watch her. Erik orders Ginger glamoured.

Erik has a talk with Bill. Bill has trouble since he killed a vampire for Sookie. Erik makes Bill admit that he loves her. Sookie is still cleaning up. Pam comes by with some fresh clothes. Pam tells her that Bill is in trouble. Ginger’s been glamoured again and can’t recall what happened.

Amy and Jason have kidnapped Eddie. Jason discovers that Amy has done this before. They bring the vamp to Jason’s house. Amy plans on drinking from Eddie for a while. Jason can’t drink like this, but Amy indulges almost immediately. Amy asks him to come with her. He drinks and they start having sex. It’s a strange mystical experience. Eddie is bleeding blood on the ground.

Tara is with the witch doctor. She wants to know what exactly happened to her mom. The witch doctor says that her soul sick. Tara says that her mom believes in stuff like this, but she doesn’t. She wants to make sure that it works. The witch doctor says that it will cost her $799.95. She’s worse off that her mom.

When they arrive home, Bill assures Sookie that everything is fine. They find Sookie’s cat hanging from the ceiling fan spreading blood everywhere.

Amy and Jason are relaxing in his yard and listening to the tree. Amy tells him that he needs to eat raw food. It will clean his body and his soul. Jason is worried about Eddie. Amy says that she loves him. After a bit of prompting he says that he loves her too.

Sam wants to apologize to Tara, but show won’t hear it. Arlene shows off her ring to Amy. Sam offers her to have her party at Merlotte’s. Sookie tells Andy Bellefleur that her cat was killed by some killer. Amy is nice with her. Jason is at work and feeling good. He’s acting loopy around his friends. He tackles his pal when he tries to cut a root of a tree. Jason comes home. Eddie is still crying out. Jason comes down to see him. He talks with him. Eddie tells his story. He had a family. His son got beat up at school when another kid told him that his father was gay. When his wife told him, he didn’t react the way that he was supposed to, she left him. He found a vamp to turn him. Eddie tells Jason that Amy is a psychopath. She’s extremely dangerous.

Tara has a pile of money waiting for her at her job. It’s from Sam. Bill is playing Wii Golf. He gets a visit from Erik, Pam and Chow. He’s Longshadow’s replacement. Bill is going to be gone for a while. Bill comes to see Sookie with the vamps. Bill has to have a talk with Sam. He asks Sam to watch over Sookie. Bill knows that Sam is the only one who can protect Sookie while he’s gone. Erik and Pam do some promo for Fangtasia. Sookie learns that Bill has to get to a tribunal. Erik warns everyone at Merlotte’s that they know when humans wrong them.

Bill doesn’t know what’s going to happen to him. They kiss and Bill has to leave. She makes up with Tara. Tara and Sam have a talk about the money. He wants her to have it so that she can get the demon out of her. They kiss. Sookie sees them fooling around. Sookie leaves Merlotte’s and asks Amy to cover for her. Sookie is very weary. She knows that someone is after her. Sam learns that Sookie left and he runs after her. He is stopped by Andy Bellefleur. He wants to clear up the story about his nudist family. Sookie is being followed. Sam manages to duck back into the bar and a few moments later, a dog comes running out. It’s Sam’s dog. He finds Sookie pretty quickly. When she undresses to go to bed, the dog looks away. She invites the dog to bed. The dog is Sam. He’s a shapechanger.

Jason arrives back home with some beers. He bought some True Blood for Eddie. He makes him drink. Sookie wakes up during the night and finds Sam in the dog’s place.

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