True Blood Evil Is Going On S03E12 (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 was pretty good, although I’m dubious about the faeries. As a veteran of vampire fiction, from Anne Rice to Vampire, the Maquerade, I find that it ruins vampire fiction to include faeries. Werewolves work well, as do shapeshifters, but faeries, WTF? I didn’t like it when Anne Rice did it, and it almost makes no sense in True Blood. Eric and Russell make Bill look like a perverted addict. I doubt that Sookie will get back with him, or will she?

I probably need to buy these Southern Vampire Mysteries books. The plot is based on what happens in the books, as well as the characters, but I get the feeling that the TV show is a bit more polished than the novels, from the short excerpts that I’ve read at least. I’ll be able to judge by myself when I get the series later this week.

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Godric appears to Eric. He tells him to forgive Russell. Sookie wakes up and goes to save Eric. Russell goads Sookie into using her powers. In a flash, she breaks the silver handcuffs that bind Eric to Russell. Russell expects to be dragged to safety, but Sookie just flings him away. She drags Eric back inside. She makes Bill bite her so that she can feed him. Once Eric regains his faculties, he asks Sookie to go out and get Russell. He says that Godric appeared to him and told him to forgive Russell. Sookie runs out, grabs a silver chain and drags Russell back inside. Eric chains him to a pole. He doesn’t want him to be staked or killed. He’s probably going to hand him over to the Authority.

Eric called Alcide. He arrives with his van. Eric drags Russell out with the silver chain. Sookie rescinds the invitation to all vampires present, so neither Bill nor Eric can go into her house.

Russell offers Sookie 5 million dollars and he will kill Eric as well as Bill. Anything she wants. She also wants his house in Mississippi. He’s being an ass, so she takes Talbot’s remains and puts them down the sink. The garbage disposal does a good job.

Jason goes to the station. He finds it creeping with DEA agents. Bellefleur blurts out that the DEA is going into Hotshot today. Crystal and Jason warn the hillbillies that the DEA is coming. Felton arrives. He’s been drinking V as well and doesn’t want them to get rid of it. He shoots Crystal’s dad. Felton wants Crystal to go with him. He’s got V and a gun. She wants Jason to take care of the hillbillies.

Sam tells Tara that he’s a shapeshifter. Tara wants to start a new life. Sam goes to apologize to Terri, but he finds him crying on the porch. He goes to see Tommy and finds the place trashed. Tara goes to see her mom and finds her screwing the Reverend. Tara leaves. It sounds like she is saying goodbye.

Tara goes to Sookie’s and cuts her hair. Sookie arrives. She hasn’t got the courage to tell Sookie that she’s leaving.

Alcide brings them to one of his dad’s construction sites. Eric told Alcide that if he did this, his dad would be out of debt. They are burying Russell in concrete. Eric is talking to Godric. Godric went to heaven and wants him to forgive Russell. Eric couldn’t bear it that Russell would get some form of redemption in the afterlife. After the deed is done, Bill wants to shake Eric’s hand. When he does so, Bill puts his plan on motion. He’s got silver or something like it in his hand. It incapacitates Eric for a moment. It’s long enough for Bill to fling Eric into another hole, which he promptly fills with concrete. He calls Ruben and utilizes Eric’s voice to tell him to kill Pam.

Sam goes to Merlotte’s and finds that his safe is gone. His brother took it. Lafayette is seeing visions. He sees Arlene’s ex talking about being inside of Arlene. He also saw Sam, with his hands covered in blood and saying that if anyone crosses him, they are dead. Lafayette calls Jesus. Jesus arrives. Jesus tells him that the experience opened something up to him. Jesus says that he sees things that people were trying to hide. It comes out that Jesus is a Brujah, a witch.

Hoyt goes to work and finds his mom and Summer waiting with some dude. They are staging an intervention. It doesn’t work. Hoyt tells Jessica that he wants to marry her. He found them a place to live together. Hoyt’s mom plans on shooting Jessica.

After being disrespected by the DEA agents, Bellefleur considers taking V. Jason comes back in handcuffs. Jason totally ruined this for both of them. Jason says that it’s about the bigger picture.

Bill tells Sookie that he will bring the true death to anyone who knows what Sookie really is. She’ll never be safe with them being alive. Eric shows up on Sookie’s front door.

Eric reveals that Bill was tasked by the Queen to get Sookie. He also hired two goons to beat Sookie within an inch of her life so that he could feed her his love. Sookie rescinds the invitation. Eric says that he is sorry that she has to suffer like this, but he thought that she had a right to know.

Eric comes back to Fangtasia. Pam is fine. She killed Ruben.

Sam finds Tommy and goes after him. Tommy doesn’t think that Sam will shoot him, but he does.

Sophie-Ann comes to see Bill. They fight it out, Matrix-style. They actually start floating and go after each other.

Claudine appears to Sookie. She goes to her and they touch hands. There is a lot of glowing light and they vanish.

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