True Blood If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin S04E03 (HBO)

Season 4 poster, via Wikipedia

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. After I finished reading all of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, I was pretty happy to see True Blood return. You quickly forget how good this show is, but just like all of the previous episodes, this one is an incredible one. The story eases you in before ending with a bang. It turns out that Sookie went missing for over a year and a lot has changed since she left.

Her time in Faerie wasn’t happy, as they use their glamor to manipulate humans. Back on the earthly plane, things have moved on quite rapidly. Tara has left, Jason is a cop, Bill is a King, and Eric is Eric. I can see how they have woven in elements of the book, Dead to the World, into this storyline.

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This is the part where Sookie falls in love with Eric.

Eric takes out his fangs and moves closer towards Sookie. She says that she isn’t in the mood and drives off.

“I know I’m a vampire Snookie!”

He chases her a bit and then she socks him on the nose. He doesn’t remember anything.

At the witches’ circle, the witches won’t bow down to the vamps. Tara tells them otherwise. Marnie doesn’t remember what she did and how she did it.

Jason is worried that Philton will kill him. Jason doesn’t realize that he’s becoming a were-panther.

We see a YouTube video of some hillbillies going after some vamp. Bill is telling the vamp in question that he will have to pay the price. He pays for his stupidity with the True Death.

Jessica comes to see Bill. She fed on some human at Fangtasia.

Sookie phones Pam and tells her that Eric is at her house and doesn’t remember anything. She immediately comes running. Pam arrives and tells Sookie the she has to hide him from the witches. She doesn’t want Bill to know. Pam tells Sookie that Bill probably tried to get rid of Eric or framed him into going to check out the witches’ coven. Sookie wants to get paid for babysitting Eric.

Jessica tells Hoyt that she fed on a guy at Fangtasia. She tries to glamor him. She’s stronger than him and it works.

Sookie brings Eric down to his bolt hole. He keeps asking what she is. He doesn’t remember. his fangs pop out again.

Lafayette thinks that they need to visit Eric at Fangtasia.

Andy Bellefleur is looking for Jason. He lets him know that he’s used V again. He’s become a V addict. Bellefleur is right outside Merlotte and ends up getting socked by him. Then he pulls a gun and drives off.

Sookie goes to see Alcide, who is living in Shreveport. She wants him to look after Eric, but she makes a double-take when Debbie is there. He offers to put up Eric in one of the homes he’s been constructing in this new subdivision. Sookie leaves with the matter unresolved.

Tommy is learning to read. Some guy comes by to talk to Maxine about leasing out her land for natural gas exploration. He pretends he’s her son.

Tara goes to see Sookie. She wants her to square things between Eric and Lafayette. She learns about the witches and the spell that they put him under. Sookie agrees to talk to him.

While Tara and Jesus are distracted, Lafayette escapes to go to Fangtasia.

Bill is meeting Portia Bellefleur. She wants to have sex with him. Sounds like she is giving the King of Louisiana an order. They consummate a bit later.

Jessica gives her ugly doll that keeps coming back to Arlene.

Tommy tells tells Sam about the natural gas and tells him that he wants them to buy Maxine’s house without telling her about the gas. Sam tells him that he either tells Maxine or he will.

Lafayette is being mishandled by Pam. Tara and Jesus arrive. Tara has got a gun with wooden bullets. Pam tells them that they have got 24 hours to bring the witch to her.

Meanwhile, Marnie is offering herself up again to the spirit which possessed her. It is watching her pathetic attempts.

Jason wakes up and finds Crystal riding him after rise gave him some Viagra. All of the freaks are watching this.

Sookie is reading a Charlaine Harris book(!).

Claudine comes to see her. She wants to keep her safe. Sookie says no and tells her to leave. Eric whooshes her away and drains her blood. Claudine can’t do anything as the light fades out of her. She shifts into her faerie appearance and then vanishes into dust.

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