Waiting sucks

Last week was an especially lame week for TV. It seemed like just about every show on every network took a break. And while FOX can blame it all on American Idol, there is just no excuse for the other networks.

At least Big Love was on. And boy was it good. I’m not sure how the writers are going to wrap all of the drama in just a few more episodes, but I’m excited to see them try. It’s nice to know that when the other networks are off, HBO is on.

Thinking about the end of Big Love, and anticipating Game of Thrones (more on that later), makes me even more excited for True Blood in June. And to be quite honest, the shirtless Eric promo that HBO posted this week doesn’t hurt either. Very nice. You’re welcome.

The fourth book in Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series has always been my favorite (a consensus among fans). Without spoiling anything, let me just say that everything changes. The storylines that began at the end of last year (Sookie’s troubles with Bill, witches in Bon Temps, werewolf politics, Jason’s relationship with Crystal, werepanthers in Hotshot, and more) will likely all be important plots in season four. 

The anticipation is killing me. Perhaps a True Blood seasons past marathon is in order. With HBO Go, a new service for  cable subscribers, you can watch any episode of any HBO show online. It’s not available for Time Warner yet, but if you have another cable provider, you should look into it. It sounds pretty cool. For my part, I think I’ll queue up the DVDs on Netflix old school style, and try to ease my True Blood withdrawal symptoms.

Top 10 moments from True Blood season 3, episode 6

True Blood episodes are sometimes so action-packed that it’s hard to know where to begin with my weekly top 10. Things are getting interesting in Bon Temps with Jason and Crystal, as well as Sam and his biological family. This week, I’m less interested in the storyline with Lafeyette and Jesus, which seems a little soft for a show where romance usually involves vampires, werewolves, V, or some other supernatural element.

  1. What a bloody good episode it was. The number one most memorable moment for me has to be Tara biting off a solid chunk of Franklin’s throat, more zombie-esque than vampiric.
  2. In other blood and guts True Blood news, how about Tara bashing Franklin’s head in with a mace? Tara reclaimed her tough-girl reputation and it looks like she will live to see another day. But what about Franklin? Even though his head was smashed, he wasn’t staked or burned. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him.
  3. Death by banister. I’ve seen dozens of vampire films and TV shows, but True Blood’s vampire death scenes always take the cake. Whenever a vampire gets staked and collapses into a bloody, chunky puddle I always cheer.
  4. In spite of all the blood and gore, the scene between Bill and Lorena was sad and haunting. At this point I would not have anticipated feeling sympathy for Lorena, but as Bill described her savage maker and lonely, unhappy existence, I could feel the emptiness in her. Kudos to Mariana Klaveno, who plays Lorena, and Stephen Moyer, who plays Bill, for conveying so much emotion in this scene.
  5. I loved it when Tara and Sookie beat the crap out of Don Swayze. Way to go, girls!
  6. Sophie Ann, Queen of Louisiana, apparently has a gambling addiction of sorts – I had to laugh at her sitting in a pile of scratch-off lottery tickets, rejoicing over a $100 instant win.  
  7. Bad baby vamp Jessica is learning to control her feedings, and taking care of bad customers in the process. I wasn’t sure if that woman in the curlers was ever coming out of the ladies’ room, but she emerged, probably a pint or so lighter, but alive nonetheless.
  8. Speaking of Jessica, have you Truebies been following her at http://babyvamp-jessica.com? This is Jessica’s video blog, complete with a super-cute post on the aforementioned moment of newfound control from last night’s episode. I love all the great HBO extras – from Jessica’s blog to the Postmortems to the Inside the Episode features to the Truebies and Newbies interviews. Waiting still sucks, but these really take the edge off of a hardcore fangover.
  9. Initially, I wasn’t too interested in the situation with Sam and his family. This week, we got a few more details on their situation, and it’s clear that they are more than just interlopers. A supernatural dog fight could be pretty interesting.
  10. It’s apparent that Jason and Crystal have some issues to work out, but I stand by last week’s blog post in my assertion that they are the cutest thing since Sookie and Bill in season one. I thought it was sweet as pie when Jason asked her not to hurt him. Even if it was a line, it was a good one. Aw.

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.

Top ten moments from True Blood season 3 episode 2

Jason came in at #1 this week in my list of the top ten best moments.

Without further ado, my top ten from last night’s episode of True Blood, a funny, exciting and enthralling hour of TV.

  1. “Santa!?” Jason Stackhouse, how I love you. The best moment of this absolutely awesome hour of True Blood was when Jason replied to Sookie’s revelation about the existence of werewolves with questions about the existence of Bigfoot and Santa.
  2. Second best moment of the night, also a funny one, goes to Terry Bellefleur. The three reasons he listed for being trustworthy with children included nurturing an armadillo back to health and “I’ve never killed anyone by accident.”
  3. Chainsaw shopping with Jessica Hamby to conceal the dead trucker in Bill’s hidey hole, now a couple days ripe. Need I say more?
  4. Eric and Godrick were in the SS. The flashback scenes (as well as the post-mortem special feature propaganda video that you can watch here) revealed an interesting side of Eric and his maker, who believed that vampires should not be controlled by emotions. I loved that Godrick was back, even if only in flashback. Although he was a short-lived character, the dynamic between him and Eric was undoubtedly one of the highlights of season two. I cried when he met the dawn in Dallas.
  5. Who knew Bill could be so brutal? Of course, we have seen vampires covered in blood before on this show (remember the beginning of season two when Eric ripped that redneck to pieces?) but this was the first time I can remember Bill killing in such an animalistic way. He handily dispatched those werewolves in Mississippi and really set the stage for a bloody good episode.
  6. Dinner with Bill, the King of Mississippi and Talbot was interesting, to say the least. The sparkling blood and blood bisque were just a little gross, but did anyone else think the blood gelato looked a little delicious?
  7. There’s a new vamp in town, and he has his eye on Tara. The scene where Tara kicks redneck butt in the parking lot with the help of this handsome stranger (otherwise known as Cromwell from The Tudors) was a stand-out moment.
  8. It wouldn’t be True Blood without a cliffhanger, and this episode had a few (disappearance of the dead trucker’s body and the scene at Sookie’s house), but the moment that really had me amazed was Bill’s attack on Lorena.
  9. The introduction of Hotshot, a community on the periphery of Bon Temps. For many of you, this doesn’t mean much yet, but for those of us who have read Charlaine Harris’s books, this brief scene at a trailer park meth lab is just the beginning of things to come.
  10. “Oh Sookie” by Snoop Dogg. Thanks, for that, Snoop.