True Blood S01E11 (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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Bill is having trouble with his new vampire childe Jessica. He hasn’t got the stomach to raise her the vampire way. Since he’s decided to go mainstream, he wants his childe to do the same thing, but she won’t have it. He tries to drop her off with Erik so that he can go take care of Sookie. Things are happening between Sookie and Sam. Tara is arrested, but the naked chick pig comes and saves her. Jason is once again a suspect in the murders and Sookie’s line of inquiry drops on deaf ears.

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Bill is digging a grave for the newly created childe of Bill. Pam is watching over him, to make sure that he abides by his sentence. Once she’s planted in the earth, the transformation will begin. Pam is burying them both. He has to, otherwise she’ll go insane or something like that.

This reminds me of the creation rituals of the Sabbat of the World of Darkness.

Sam is trying to call Tara. He’s worried that she’s drunk in a ditch somewhere. Which she probably is. Sam is watching over Sookie. She tells him about the women that she saw from the killer’s mind. Sookie thinks that Bill isn’t coming back. Well, one thing’s for sure, he isn’t coming back alone. Red-headed hottie new vamp Jessica will be coming along for some fun.

Tara has gotten arrested. The deputy doesn’t believe that Tara saw the naked chick and the pig. The next day, Tara calls her mom to bail her out. Lettie Mae arrives and tells her that she isn’t going to bail her out. She can’t come home.

Amy and Jason argue over Eddie’s death. It’s pretty gruesome work and Jason pukes his guts out. Amy tries to rationalize Eddie’s death. He didn’t really die. He was already dead. Amy dumps what’s left of Eddie down the garbage disposal. Jason tells her that he wants V out of his house. If Amy doesn’t like this, she can just pack up her shit and go.

The next morning, Sookie remembers more about the girls that she saw. They worked at Big Patty’s Pie shop. She plans on going there. At the pie shop, they don’t know any girl named Cindy. A man there gives them the information that they seek. He tells them that Cindy was murdered. Her brother Drew Marshall was a suspect, but there was no evidence. People were talking that Cindy was carrying on with vampires. The deputy will fax Drew’s photo to the sheriff in Batons. On the way back, Sam says that he’s trying to love Tara, but she isn’t making things easy. Sookie has grown closer to Sam since Bill left.

Lafayette discovers that one of his tricks is state senator David Finch. David Finch is against gay rights, vampire rights and immigrants. Lafayette is pissed off. He goes to see him. He’s cleaned up nice. He warns him to be careful.

Jason wants to have a good time with his friends, but they aren’t interested. He tells them that Amy does V. Renee says that he didn’t even try yet to work things out with Amy. Jason comes home and finds that Amy cleaned everything up. She has supper waiting for him. She saved a vial of V. She wants to do V one last time. While they are high on V, someone comes into their place. The man sees them and takes off his belt. He’s wearing a hoodie and strangles Amy in her sleep. He doesn’t do anything to Jason. Later, Jason wakes up and finds Amy dead. Jason calls 911.

Bill is out of the grave already. He’s waiting with some True Blood for Jessica. She comes out of the grave in a strange state. Jessica doesn’t really understand that she’s a vampire. Bill tries to explain. She cannot go back home. Jessica is pretty happy about this news. Jessica wants to kill people. Bill wants her to go mainstream, like he does. She thinks that True Blood tastes like shit. It’s like he’s got a teenager. He brings her to see Erik. In exchange for a favour, Erik takes her in.

Mary-Anne Forrester comes to bail out Tara. She’s the naked chick pig woman. She offers to take her home, since Tara doesn’t have anywhere to go. Bellefleur brings in Jason Stackhouse for Amy’s murder. Jason thinks that he has to have done it. The sheriff tells Andy to lock Jason up. The fax with Drew Marshall’s photos and prints arrive via fax at the station, but no one looks at them twice.

Sam kisses Sookie just when Bill comes back. He attacks Sam. Sookie rescinds Bill’s invitation and kicks him out.

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3 thoughts on “True Blood S01E11 (HBO)”

  1. I missed this episode and couldn’t find it anywhere. Thanks so much for the overview. I really appreciate it!

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