Top 10 moments from True Blood season 3 episode 8

Goodbye, Talbot. I’ll miss your hissy fits and flamboyant ways.

Heartbreak, sex and violence is what True Blood does best, and last night there was a whole lot of all three, often simultaneously. Here’s the Top 10.

  1. That’s what I call make-up sex. I didn’t think Sookie was going to take Bill back, let alone have a wild, passionate love-making session with him. Even though I am ambivalent about Bill (I mean, come on, Sook, he cheated on you and tried to kill you in the same week), that was one hell of a reunion.
  2. Sookie v. Debbie Round 1 (or would this be Round 3?) was just the kind of catfight I love. Two gorgeous, tough women going at it, no holds barred. This round ended in a draw, but Sookie left Debbie with a gruesome, Joker-esque wound that will no doubt fester until the next round.
  3. All weirdness aside at seeing Eric’s make-out session with Talbot, it was completely badass when he whipped it out (the stake) and drove it home (through Talbot’s heart).
  4. Bill finally stepped up to the plate when it comes to being Jessica’s maker. I loved their super-fast, werewolf-defense training session.
  5. There were a lot of “aw” moments last night, but the sweetest by far was between Jason and Crystal. She may be from Hot Shot; where the residents smell supernatural, manufacture meth and become betrothed as toddlers, but she makes Jason feel like home. And that makes her OK in my book.
  6. Speaking of sentimental moments, Sookie and Bill’s break-up was heart-wrenching. Say what you will about the means by which he came to know Sookie, in the end I do believe he loves her.
  7. Yet another sweet moment came when Bill returned home to Jessica. Their relationship has always been strained by Bill’s inability to be a good maker, and Jessica’s frivolity, but they really connected over their mutual hardship of love lost. The lesson: when you love someone, you want what’s best for them.
  8. “Maybe you can flirt some sense into her.” Thanks for being the voice of reason, Tara. Last season, I was perpetually annoyed with Tara’s constant waffling between tough girl and pushover. This season, the trauma of losing Eggs and getting caught up in the whirlwind of Franklin Mott seems to have shocked Tara back to her old self. And she isn’t sparing Sookie’s feelings – she is being a good friend.
  9. I’m always rooting for Jessica. In true underdog fashion, she barely escaped Russell’s clutches, darted off into the woods, and kicked some werewolf butt in the woods. R.I.P. Don Swayze.
  10. Speaking of Russell, I am just itching to see what happens next week. His reaction, a mix of unadulterated rage and total heartbreak, to feeling Talbot’s death was awesome. Things are about to get really interesting between him and Eric.

Top 10 moments from True Blood season 3, episode 5

Lindsay Pulsipher plays Crystal Norris, Jason’s sweet and mysterious new love.

It’s time for your weekly fangover top 10 list. Here goes.

  1. Jason and Crystal are the cutest thing since Sookie and Bill circa season 1. The scene in the woods was beautifully shot, romantic and mysterious all at once, and reminiscent of the first time Bill and Sookie exchanged blood (still one of my all-time favorite True Blood moments).
  2. Remember when Sookie blasted Maryann with her magic shock fingers in season 2? I knew that we would be seeing more of Sookie’s other ability this season, but it was surprising and thrilling to see her fend off Coot with a good jolt.
  3. Who doesn’t love a good True Blood flashback? This week, we learned several things about Eric – his father was a Viking king, his family was murdered by Russell (who is apparently older than dirt) and his werewolf minions, and he has always been a ladies’ man (duh).
  4. How do you occupy a gorgeous, somewhat dim, guy for eight hours? I could think of a few ways, but I suppose one sure-fire answer is with a large box of paper clips. Jason’s day job in law enforcement was hilarious.
  5. Franklin Mott becomes more manic by the episode. His blood-soaked, teary-eyed ramblings upon learning of Tara’s attempted escape really showed his obsessive personality.
  6. As I’ve said before, I’m firmly in the Team Eric camp. However, Bill has his charms. His reunion with Sookie was touching, although short lived as the bad guys busted in soon after.
  7. Jason had a lot of funny moments this week, and I had to laugh when he pulled Crystal over, frantically looked for something in the police car to make him seem legit, and settled on the aviator sunglasses. Did his shirtless approach remind anyone else of Reno 911?
  8. Franklin, a somewhat unlikely source of humor, had me rolling with his super-fast texting abilities, and his pronunciation of “hookah.”
  9. Keep the postmortems coming, HBO. These hilarious snippets help to flesh out the True Blood universe. This week’s postmortem was a mockumentary about archeologists uncovering the bones of Eric’s family. 
  10. When the maker is away, the baby vamp will play. The rivalry between fiery redheads Jessica and Arlene is awesome, and adds a new, fun dimension to Merlotte’s. It’s clear that Jessica is taking some liberties with her powers, and I’m wondering if she will meet a tragic end.

Top 10 moments from True Blood season 3 episode 4

And the award for most insensitive break-up in TV history goes to…Bill Compton in “9 Crimes.”

It’s been about a week since I last posted. Along with cookouts, fireworks and pool parties, the Independence Day holiday weekend brought a break from True Blood. I didn’t have much time to post, or watch TV for that matter.

Last night’s episode was a welcome return to Bon Temps, or Jackson, depending on which storyline you are most involved with right now. For me, I am on the edge of my seat when it comes to Sookie, Bill, Eric and Tara, but less interested in the sub-plot involving Jason wanting to be a police officer.

Before I start the list, let me say that I am not very happy about Sheriff Bud Dearborn retiring. I really hope this is not William Sanderson’s departure from the show. He’s a great actor, honorable Deadwood alumni, and a fun, minor character on the show who balances Andy Bellefleur’s nonsense shenanigans. I don’t want to see him leave.

That being said, everything else about last night’s episode was satisfying. Here’s my top 10.

  1. Eric’s fantasy about Sookie was steamy, but sweet. Initially, Eric’s interest in Sookie seemed to be selfishly motivated – my impression in the first season and early second season was that he wanted to use her telepathic abilities, and it didn’t hurt that she is smoking hot. But since the middle of season 2, when Sookie stayed with Godric as he met the sun, I think Eric has developed a deeper interest in her. His growing affection becomes clearer with each episode, first with the conversation at Fangtasia, then his late night visit on the eve of Sookie’s departure to Mississippi, and now with this dream.
  2. My second favorite moment of the night revealed even more of Eric’s emotional depth. When Pam was being tortured by the Magister, his concern was palpable. “There is nothing more painful than the loss of child,” is obviously true of vampires and their makers.
  3. How about that communion courtesy of the King of Mississippi? The scene couldn’t have been more tense, as the King bit his wrist and bled into those glasses and the werewolves responded by shifting en masse.
  4. Extreme Makeover: Sookie Edition was awesome. What’s not to love about Sookie with black hair, corset, leather pants and temporary tats? And Alcide’s sister was pretty cool too, so let’s hope she makes another appearance on the show.
  5. Breaking up is hard to do, unless you’re Bill Compton, and you have just finished some really bizarre sex with a psycho. Then you just call the love of your life and let her have it. I felt just awful for Sookie, and I have to give props to Anna Paquin for portraying the crushing reality of such a call from one’s first love.
  6. Ah, Debbie Pelt. Readers of Charlaine Harris’s series know all about you. Brit Morgan brought this character to life – in all her desperate, bitchy, trashy glory. Not since the Lorena vs. Sookie stand-off in season 2 have we seen a good old fashioned redneck woman cat-fight of this magnitude. The meeting between Sookie and Debbie at the bar is just the beginning.
  7. Merlotte’s new hostess is Jessica. Nice hiring, Sam.
  8. Franklin has turned out to be much more sadistic than I originally thought. The flowers, duct taped to Tara’s hands, were a nice touch to show just how weird this new vamp really is.
  9. Bam! Even if he was callous in his break-up with Sookie, Bill was amazing when he punched Lorena in the face.
  10. I couldn’t make a True Blood top 10 list without giving an honorable mention to at least one of the resident hotties on the show. This week’s prize goes to Alcide (played by Joe Manganiello), in all his beautiful, shirtless glory.

Thanks, CW, for a bloody good time

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev do a great job with their respective characters, Damon and Elena. I’m guessing we will see a lot of these two young, talented actors in the future.

As you may know from previous posts, I am a die-hard Truebie. So at the end of season two, I was suffering some severe depression. Then came Vampire Diaries (CW, Thursdays at 8 p.m.), which immediately lured me in with the hope that I could somehow survive eight months without Sookie, Bill and Eric.

When Vampire Diaries was announced I thought it had potential, but I was a little worried that it might be Gossip Girl with fangs. I was even more worried when I picked up the books, which are really quite ridiculous. Trust me, as an avid reader of science fiction and horror, I can say with confidence that the show’s writers have done remarkable things with the weak material from the books by P.C. Cast.

As the first season progressed, it became clear that the show was much more than a teen romance drama that happens to involve vampires. It’s got some great young actors – Nina Dobrev (as Elena Gilbert) and Ian Somerhalder (as Damon Salvatore) really stand out, and the story has mystery and intrigue. And it’s not afraid to take risks. This season major characters like Vickie, Pearl, Anna and John Gilbert all bit the dust.  

Of course, last week was the season finale – and what a finale it was with the return of Katherine, Damon’s newfound conscience, Jeremy’s suicide, John Gilbert’s murder and the revelation that Tyler is more than a high school football player. As with all shows, you can’t really judge it until a few seasons in, but the final episode really has given fans a lot to think about and look forward to.

Throughout the course of the year, I tried a few new shows (Eastwick, Parenthood, Funny or Die and Happy Town) but none of these held my interest. Except Vampire Diaries. So if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and catch the first season online, on DVD, or on re-runs. I think you’ll be sucked in.

#waitingsucks

The newest True Blood promo poster features Bill's missing person ad.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting season three of True Blood all year. As I mentioned a few posts back, this show was the deciding factor in my switch from Netflix-only TV viewing to full-on cable subscription. Of course, there are a lot of other shows I love to watch as they air each week, but if I had to pick just one show, True Blood would be my favorite. So with only a little more than a month to go, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to suppress my desire to talk about the show. Ergo this post.

Waiting sucks, but HBO has done a great job of building the anticipation through teasers, trailers, promotional items and behind-the-scenes footage. Right now, you can see in-production 30-second spots at the end of the weekly encore airing of season two (Sundays at 8 p.m.) and these are also posted on HBO.com. Last week, the network announced that a mini-episode would air at the end of each upcoming encore episode. I wasn’t exactly sure what a mini-episode was, but I definitely tuned in. Turns out, it’s a 3-4 minute clip not aired in seasons one or two, and not to be aired in the upcoming season. You can see the first one on Yahoo! TV with Eric and Pam hiring new Fangtasia dancers.

HBO has also made some pretty cool promo posters to go along with the new season – my favorite being the one that says “VILF.”

The newest teaser trailer is an updated version of the in-production trailer that came out a few months ago, with the bottles of Tru Blood coming off the assembly line. But this time the bottles are printed with a missing person advertisement for Bill.

I am a faithful fan of the Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris on which the show is based, so to a certain extent I know what is going to happen in season three. But the show has been a lot different than the books, so there are bound to be surprises. I think I know who took Bill – but I may be wrong.

Do we have any Truebies out there? Have you been keeping up with the hype surrounding season three?

As a side note, sorry about my absence from the blog for the last few days. I was in the Big Apple visiting some college pals and didn’t have access to TV/computer (gasp!)