True Blood S01E10 (HBO)

More nice autumn trees

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’s vampire tribunal isn’t going well. He’ll be punished, but the Magister is pretty creative when it comes to dealing out his sentence. Tara and her mom have been conned by the “witch doctor”. Sam tries to protect Sookie, who actually is confronted by the killer stalking her family and the other women in town.

Jason and Amy head into trouble when Jason wants to release Eddie.

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Sookie is still screaming. Sam tries to explain. She locks herself in the bathroom. He turns back into a dog and then changes back in front of Sookie’s eyes. He says that he’s a shapeshifter. Tara is getting her exorcism. Apparently demons travel through technology, cell phones and microwaves. Meanwhile, Amy is still draining Eddie. Amy finds the True Blood bottles. Eddie tells her that if she kills him, Jason will never forgive her.

Sam comes from a family of shifters, but he was adopted so he never knew them. He can turn into cats and birds. He can’t turn into humans. He tells her that werewolves exist too. They are nasty and dangerous.

Tara sees herself as a child. The witch doctor wants her to kill the demon. The witch doctor couldn’t see it, but when Tara strikes the demon with a knife, it becomes bloody.

Amy talks with Jason. She wants to make Eddie love them. She wants to use Stockholm syndrome. That would let them let Eddie live with them and keep him like a pet.

-We could visit the Dalai Lama…
-And snowboard naked!
Amy and Jason

While setting up Arlene’s engagement party, Sam remembers a time when he shifted into a dog. On the way back from the restaurant, Tara finds that the witch doctor was a hoax. They were conned. She’s pissed at discovering that everything was fake.

Eddie tells Jason that Amy is playing him. Eddie tells him that she found the True Blood bottles. She still plans on killing him. Lafayette calls Eddie. It doesn’t take Lafayette long to find out that Jason is involved in Eddie’s abduction.

At Arlene’s engagement party, Jason is getting woman advice from his friends Renee and Hoyt. Hoyt stands up to his mom. Renee has told Jason to stand up to Amy.

Andy corners Sam and wants to know more about his past. He says that he ran away from home, but actually one day, Sam came home and his parents were gone. They just left him. They took everything else, but the things in his room. Tara is drunk and tells Sookie off. Tara kind of rescues Sam from the conversation. Things don’t go well. Lafayette turns up on a mission to talk with Jason. Lafayette is worried that other vampires will find out that he’s been selling V, he’s dead.

The lights go out when Sookie goes into the bar to get some ice. She hears someone around. Someone tries to strangle her, but she gets away. She’s getting glimpses from his mind, of the women that he killed. That means that it’s not a vampire. She runs out and runs into Sam. The attacker runs off. Tara is drinking and driving. She has an accident when she sees a naked woman walking her giant pig.

After the party, before Jason can free Eddie, Amy kills him.

Bill and Bill are at the tribunal. They bring a coffin. It’s not going to be good. The vampire before had his fangs removed for feeding on a human that belonged to another vampire. Erik testifies that Longshadow was a thief and a liar. Erik says that he called forth the girl. Bill steps on the Magister’s toes, but Erik reins him in. The usual sentence is five years in a coffin lined with silver. The Magister is feeling creative. They’ve kidnapped a girl. They want Bill to turn her. She’s a beautiful young blue-eyed redhead. According to vampire records, Bill has never made a childe. The Magister orders him to proceed. Her name is Jessica. He glamours her, but the Magister stops him. Bill starts to drain her.

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