True Blood S01E12 (HBO)

Beautiful autumnal 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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This is the season finale of the first season of True Blood. The story has been told as a continuing narrative and revolves around Sookie Stackhouse and the murders in her little part of Louisiana. A lot of women around Sookie have been dying, all because they have been involved with vampires. Since Sookie is involved with Bill, she is the obvious target of these attacs.

Sookie and Sam made some progress in finding the killer. In Sookie’s mind, she’s already found him, but no one will believe her. Sam is a shapeshifter and he knows Maryann, who’s been looking for him. The endgame is near and it’s riveting. Sam, Bill and others are all involved.

This season of True Blood was really great. It was one of the best shows on TV and I truly enjoyed watching it. Naturally, it’s for adults and it’s nice to see that these adaptations are so entertaining.

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Renee tells Jason that he didn’t kill a bunch of innocent women. He killed a bunch of fangbangers. Sookie turns up. Jason says that he doesn’t remember anything. From the point of view, it looks like Renee might be the killer. Sookie says that the killer is Drew Marshall. Jason doesn’t want to hear anything more. He asks Andy to get Sookie out. Sookie says that there is no way that Jason killed anyone.

Tara wakes up in a big bed. She gets served breakfast. She sees Maryann. Tara says that she totalled her whole life. Maryann says that this is an opportunity. Maryann says that she deserves a chance and that she’s in a position to give her that. Maryann’s mute manservant makes Tara’s bed and switches off her cell phone when Sam calls her.

Sookie turns up at Merlotte’s. Jason gets a visit from a member from an anti-vampire church. They want to help him get off.

Tara decides to make the most of her time at Maryann’s. She meets Eggs, another one of Maryann’s rescues. Something is definitely going on at Maryann’s. Maryann is in front of a pig. She’s shaking, getting fuzzy around the edges.

Renee is happy that he’s got Jason’s truck. What an ass! He goes to Merlotte’s. Everyone at Merlotte’s is thinking bad thoughts about Sookie and Jason. Sookie leaves. Her car won’t start and Renee offers to stay with her until Sam finishes. It looks like Renee cut the wires to her carburetor or something like that. Renee gives her a ride home in Jason’s truck. Sookie tells Renee that his thoughts don’t have an access. That means that he’s pretending to be Cajun

Cody and Lisa are watching a video of the tattooed vampire screwing Maudette. They got it from Renee from the garage. Arlene finds the box filled with tapes and a tape to learn the Cajun dialect. Renee and Sookie arrive home. He spots the shotgun. She goes to make ice tea.

Renee left his vest at Merlotte’s. Sam smells it and recognizes the scent. It’s from the killer. He runs to Sookie’s place. Sookie hears Renee’s thoughts. She sees that he killed her Gran. He’s onto her though. She grabs the shotgun. He took out the bullets. She hits him on the head with the gun. He was taking off his belt. While she runs away, she sees Drew Marshall murdering Cindy. He strangled her with his belt. She sees Maudette’s murder. She sees that he killed Amy. Sookie runs to Bill’s place. Bill wakes up. Sam arrives at Sookie’s place. Sam follows the scent and disrobes. Bill gets up. He gets burned. He goes out in the sunlight to save Sookie. Sookie is hiding in a grave.

Renee isn’t stupid. He knew that she was reading his thoughts. He dupes her and starts to strangle her. Sam arrives and attacks Renee, but he takes him out. Bill is burning up. He can’t make it and Sookie knocks Renee on the head with a shovel. She kills him with it. Bill is completely charred. Sookie should bring him blood so that he can recuperate. Sam carries him to the grave and buries him.

Sookie wakes up and sees Tara, Sam and Lafayette. Arlene arrives with flowers. The DA is dropping the charges on Jason. He orders Andy to release Jason. They have evidence that links Renee to the murders. His belt. Arlene apologizes to Sookie. Tara is talking with Sam. She’s evasive about where she’s been. Maryann picks her up. Sam knows Maryann. She’s supernatural as well. She was looking for Sam and she finally found him.

Jason arrives. His time in jail seems to have changed him. Lafayette is at Merlotte’s and gets attacked by something. Something comes to see Sookie. It’s Bill. He’s fed and he’s healed. They kiss and make up.

Two weeks later, Vermont has declared that vampire marriages are unconstitutional. Lafayette hasn’t returned.

Your hair is like a sunset after a bomb went off. Pretty.
Terry to Arlene

Jason is at the Fellowship of the Sun church. They preach anti-vampirism. Tara is doing well. She’s also looking a lot better. Jessica, Pam and Erik come to see Bill. They dump Jessica there. Sam is all agitated. He goes into his office and retrieves a lot of cash from his safe.

Sookie and Tara bring Andy to his car. He’s completely drunk. They’ve called his sister, but he wants to leave. He opens the door of his car and they find a body in his backseat.

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