True Blood Fresh Blood S03E11 (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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I like to watch True Blood episodes in batches. I finally caught up on True Blood last week and I have to say that it’s a really interesting season. The most uninteresting part is the plot that involves Sam Merlotte. I don’t really care much about this. The Sookie storyline is really good. I’m enjoying seeing flashbacks of Eric’s life as well as how werewolves were integrated into it. Top notch.

The main reason why I watch these episodes in batches is because a lot of them end in cliffhangers, which is interesting but you just can’t wait to see the next show. This episode comes to no surprise. Eric finally tries to make a move to save himself. With a true antediluvian vampire after him, one that is over 3,000 years old, and as such, it’s surprising that he has a Southern accent, because vampires are notoriously set in their ways, Eric puts his affairs in order. However, Pam is able to talk some sense into him. He’s got a plan and it involves Sookie. Russell Edginton is hot on his trail.

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Arlene wants to get an abortion. She asks the new waitress.

Bill comes barging into Fangtasia. Pam confronts him. She sprays him with silver nitrate or colloidal silver. It burns him.

Yvetta comes to see Sookie. She’s about to leave. She helps Sookie out of her bonds. Sookie smartly takes some silver chains. Upstairs, Bill is still fighting with Pam. Sookie arrives and chokes her with the silver chain. The links are quite big. Yvetta holds Pam down. Sookie wants to know why Eric imprisoned her. Yvetta says that back home, she is a cardiologist and strangles Pam with the silver chain.

Jesus wants to get high again on V. He wants to learn about his past. When he turns around, Jesus has got a goblin-like face. It freaks Lafayette out. Chupacabra? I’m not that sure. I don’t remember much about Mexican folklore. Lafayette sends him home.

Crystal tells Jason that she’s a were-panther. He says that he’s got to find Sookie. Tara is at Eggs’ grave. Arlene is told that Nicole will take care of this after work. Sam comes to Merlotte’s. He’s drunk. Jason finds the football team practicing. The star is on some drugs. It’s either V, amphetamines, or steroids. He’s wearing down his teammates. He says that his parents are paying for the V. His coach is giving it to him. Jason goes back home and tells Crystal that he loves her. He wants to be with her. She says that she’s going back to Hot Shot and he’s coming with her. She wants to stop the DEA raid. Felton and her daddy will blow up the complex.

Tara goes to see Andy. She says that she knows about Eggs. Andy says that he’s sorry. Sam kicked out all of his patrons and employees. Tara and Sam hook up. Tommy steals Sam’s money. Nicole makes some kind of incantation to abort Arlene’s fetus. She has some kind of a lucid dream of some kind. She wakes up with blood between her legs. At the hospital, they are told that the baby is still alive.

Jessica and Hoyt are hooking up. Hoyt is full of V. Jessica says that she killed a trucker. She drained him dead. She says that she drinks human blood, and she isn’t going to stop. Hoyt tells her to drink from him. She does so. Summer comes to see Hoyt’s mom and says that Hoyt broke up with her. Summer reveals that she was working with Hoyt’s mom to get Hoyt off vamps.

Eric finds Russell at an art museum. Eric reveals that he brought his wolves among the humans 1,000 years ago. He killed his family for his father’s crown. He tells him about daywalking. There have been recent advances.

Pam is out of her bonds. She phones Eric and has a drink. She tells him that Sookie escaped and that Yvetta took the money.

Bill and Sookie are driving away. Bill is asking her about Eric and why she went to see him. They fantasize about making a fresh start until Eric and Russell appear in front of them on the road. Russell stops the car with one hand.

They drive back to Fangtasia. Eric has got Bill by the hand. He whispers to him that he should hit him. As soon as Russell is inside with Sookie, Eric tells Bill that he has got a plan.

Russell has trouble believing that Sookie is a faerie. Eric says that she’s a human-faerie hybrid. Drinking her blood will make him invulnerable to the sun. Bill tells Russell that it’s true. Russell tells Eric to drink first. Eric and Russell both drink from her. Eric goes out in the sun for the first time in a millennia and he doesn’t burn. Russell soon follows suit, after he has seen him on the monitors. Eric starts to burn up. Both Pam and Russell are crying. Russell goes out.

Eric is burning up, and cuffs Russell to his wrist. They both collapse. Eric tells Russell to be brave, they will die a final death together.

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