True Blood I Will Rise Up S02E09 (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 of the first season. 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.

The third season just premiered on the weekend. It takes off right when the last episode stopped. Things are going to get interesting.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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Excellent way to start the 3rd season. The 2nd season was amazing. I just don’t understand how I missed watching the last three episodes of season 2. I remedied that last night. I really enjoyed them.

It’s really interesting to see the twist on the werewolves. We don’t know much about them, but they don’t look friendly to vampires. The maenad or Bacchantes from last season, Maryann, was completely bonkers. I truly enjoyed this episode. I give it an A. I’ll be posting the remainder reviews/recaps of season 2 in the coming days.

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Luke went all suicide bomber on the vamps. Bill and Lorena were outside. She is crying blood tears. The bomb detonated. Eric covered Sookie. She’s only been stunned by the blast. Eric tells Bill to get the humans from the FoS. Eric is dying. He’s been covered with silver pieces of shrapnel. He asks Sookie to suck them out. While Bill is out scaring the FoS, Eric has got a smile on his face as his blood enters Sookie.

Isabelle says that Stan, Paolo and Catherine are dead.

Bill tells Sookie that Eric was in no danger. He lied to Sookie. He forced her to drink her blood. He will now be able to sense her thoughts. Godric tells the vamps to go to the Hotel Camilla. Security is in place there.

At the hotel, Bill tells Sookie that Eric has got 1000 years of practice deceiving humans and vamps. Bill tells her that she will feel some sexual attraction to him. It only took a drop or two of his blood. He was determined to form this blood bond.

Hoyt tells Jessica that he wants her to meet his mom. It’s a big step. She needs to go to bed. The sun is rising.

Tara and Eggs are covered in bruises. Mary-Ann spouts her nonsense. She doesn’t like how people are choosing to expunge chaos. Mary-Ann tries to explain the blackouts.

Sam is still in jail. Sookie comes to see Jason. She can’t sleep. They make up. They watch TV and see Steve and Sarah on TV.

Arlene is managing to cope at Merlotte’s. Terry was acting weird. He’s not acting weird anymore. They also make up. Tara arrives with Eggs. Lafayette sees the bruises on Tara. He confronts Eggs. Eggs goes after him and hits Tara.

Hoyt is talking with his mom. She wants the old Hoyt back. He tells her that she is full of hate. He says that Jessica is the one for him. She’s been mothering for too long. He freaks out on her and leaves.

Sookie is in bed and images seeing Eric. He wants to turn her. She also sees Lorena telling her that she has already abandoned Bill for another. She sees herself making love to him and wakes in her bed.

Mary-Ann comes to the Sheriff’s office. The people in the cages are going nutty. Sam notices a fly leaving through a grille. She uses her abilities to take over the Sheriff. She takes his keys and comes to the jail. She finds Merlotte gone. She liberates her followers. Sam must have shifted into a fly.

Jessica, Hoyt and his mom are having dinner at Merlotte’s. Hoyt’s mom is terrible. He tells her that he is never coming home. Sam is spying on Tara, Mary-Ann and Eggs as a fly. Lafayette and Tara’s mom come to see Tara. Mary-Ann tempts Mrs. Thornton with some vodka. They have come to take Tara away. Things don’t go as expected when both Tara and Eggs shift. Their eyes become black. Tara attacks her mom. Eggs attacks Lafayette. Lafayette is stronger than expected and they get Tara away. Sam saw all of this.

Flannigan from the Vampire League is here to talk with Godric’s coterie. He tells her that he offered himself to the FoS. Eric doesn’t like her. She fires Godric as Sheriff. He wants Isabelle to take over. Sookie tries to defend Godric. Flannigan insults Godric continuously. It provokes Eric. Bill and Isabelle have to restrain him. Godric apologizes to everyone and he will make amends. It’s like Godric is saying goodbye. He’s going to kill himself or something like that. Bill comes up to Eric after everyone has left. They have a score to settle. He punches Eric. He leaves. Sookie says that she is going to find Godric. She says that he is in pain and suffering. She has to go to him. She says that Bill can’t come. The sun is coming up soon. She comes to the roof and finds Eric arguing with Godric. He is trying to convince him not to kill him. Eric begs him not to do it. He is on his knees. Eric says that he won’t let him die alone. Eric is crying blood tears. Godric commands him to leave. Sookie tells Eric that she will stay with him for as long as it takes. She says that the FoS part wasn’t very smart. He says that he doesn’t think like a vampire anymore. He says that he doesn’t deserve forgiveness. He asks her to take care of Eric. She says that she isn’t sure. She says that she is afraid for him and starts to cry. Godric is surprised. In this, he sees God. He steps into the sun and his body bursts into flame. He doesn’t scream, but spreads his arms as if he is ascending into heaven.

Mary-Ann comes to Merlotte’s. She wants her sacrifice. No one has seen him all day. She commands everyone to bring him to her. They all shift. Their eyes turn black.

Merlotte shifts into human form. He’s meeting with Andy.

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