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 10

The biggest revelation of the night was that Sookie is a fairy.

Only two episodes left and then we have to wait months for season 4. If it’s anything like the books, it will be the best season yet, and last night we got a glimpse into the new waitress at Merlotte’s whose Wiccan beliefs will likely play a role in next year’s storyline. Before I give too much away, here’s your weekly True Blood top 10.

  1. Sookie’s a fairy! OK, I already knew that, but it was still a landmark moment. Going forward, if the show follows the books, this will shape the course of events to come.
  2. I’ve been waiting a long time for a real-life, non-dreaming kiss between Sookie and Eric. Last night’s quick smooch in Eric’s office delivered, and it’s clear that even though Sookie is in love with Bill, her feelings for Eric aren’t exactly platonic.
  3. Crystal is a werepanther! OK, I knew that too (sorry if that’s annoying to those of you who haven’t read Charlaine Harris). As a side note, props to Alan Ball for using live animals instead of ridiculous computer-generated imagery (CGI). It’s just another reason why this show is in a class of its own, and it will ensure that it stands the test of time. If you aren’t sure what I mean, watch a movie or show with CGI from the ‘90s (say Charmed or Lawnmower Man, for example). Looks pretty silly right? 
  4. Sam has a past, and what a past it is. A stint as a slick con artist? Although Sam’s story lines have seemed somewhat random this season, this one has more potential than his annoying biological family members being involved in a dog fighting ring.
  5. Russell’s prime time debut last week left no doubt as to his mental state. However, we did get to see the depth of his pain over the loss of Talbot in last night’s episode. As brutal as it was, the scene in which he killed the Talbot look-alike was a glimpse into how powerless someone can feel over the sudden loss of a loved one.
  6. Jessica shared blood with Hoyt for the first time, after Tommy (in the form of a pit bull) gave him a good chomp on the arm. This moment was almost easy to miss in this jam-packed episode, but I think it’s significant. I’m not sure how sweet, down-home Hoyt will like the experience or the resulting bond.
  7. Speaking of Jessica, I think I speak for all Truebies when I say that Arlene had it coming, and Jessica’s little spat with her was long overdue. My only question is, will Arlene heed her advice and keep her mouth shut, or will she continue to poke the bear?
  8. Terry has got to be the kindest, gentlest guy in the world to take so well the news that Arlene’s baby was fathered by René. I expected him to go nuts when she blurted out the truth, but instead he gives her a big hug and plenty of reassurance. Apparently, his kind words fell on deaf ears as Arlene is still exploring her options, but it was touching nonetheless.
  9. Jason let the cat out of the bag, in a big way. Now that Tara knows he shot Eggs, and Andy Bellefleur covered up the incident, there’s going to be hell to pay.
  10. The most bizarre moment of the night was probably the trippy V-induced delirium experienced by Lafayette and Jesus. I’m not sure where the writers are going with this storyline, as it is not one from the books, so at this point it just seems like True Blood with a side of weirdo Voodoo.

Top 10 moments from True Blood season 3, episode 9

Russell is the best True Blood villain yet, and quite the news anchor, if you ask me.

                My summer seems to be flying by, and I can’t believe there are only three True Blood episodes left. In what has been an outstanding season (the best of the three in my opinion) it’s never hard to recall 10 moments from any given episode. As a matter of fact, it is often more difficult for me to rank them, with the exception of last night’s ending.

  1. “Do not turn off the camera!” The most memorable moment of the night was, of course, the ending sequence in which Nan Flanagan incredulously watched Russell de-spine (to coin a phrase) Anchorman Jerry McCafferty. Gross, scary, ironic, humorous – it was a classic True Blood moment.
  2. The second most memorable moment was a toss up, but in the end it goes to Franklin, Tara and Jason. I have to say, I thought Franklin was going to be around for the rest of the season, so I was pretty surprised when Jason showed him the true death via a wooden bullet. And again, I can’t say enough about how much I love those goopy True Blood vampire deaths.
  3. Speaking of surprises, I was shocked at Sam’s reaction to Crystal’s father. Typically mild-mannered (as evidenced by his animal of choice, a collie), I was taken aback as Sam pummeled Calvin.
  4. Kudos to Denis O’Hare (who plays Russell), who gave his finest performance of the night at the beginning of the episode. Sure, it was gross when he grabbed a handful of Talbot, but it was also heart-wrenching. While his TV appearance was the most memorable, this moment showed his acting chops and conveyed his devastation over the loss of his lover.  
  5. You may have noticed, from these True Blood lists as well as other posts, that I love love. Therefore, I appreciated the steamy shower scene with Sookie and Bill. He’s a jerk, but (sigh) she loves him and he’s quite charming at times. The bloody water circling the drain reminded me of Psycho, and that all is not wine and roses in this relationship. It is passionate, but people get hurt.
  6. “Stop being a whiny bitch.” I never thought I’d hear Eric be called a bitch, and I had to laugh at this line. I enjoy Jessica Tuck’s deadpan delivery. Although a minor character, her portrayal of the public face of vampires is essential to the True Blood universe, and she is the perfect opposition to Russell.
  7. “Talk to the hand” took on a new meaning last night when Claudine used the magic fingers of light on Bill. Another beautifully shot scene in this golden, dream-like world brought us one step closer to find out what Sookie is. But can Bill be trusted?
  8. What a touching moment between maker and progeny. Pam’s heartache for Eric’s loss of his family was palpable. These two characters have had a few important, revealing moments this season that allow fans to see the softer side of Fangtasia’s usually tough management.
  9. I thought Bill’s line held a tinge of irony when he asked Sookie, “Would you rather be sitting on the couch watching TV?” If it’s HBO, count me in.
  10. The forward motion of True Blood is due in large part to the awesome cliffhangers in every episode. Case in point, Bill: “I know what you are.” Tell us already! Okay, I already know (I read the books), but I am still on the edge of my seat.

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 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.