- What a cliffhanger! Eric’s plan to kill Russell includes sacrificing himself to save Sookie. The final scene left us with the two vampires, handcuffed together, smoking in the sun. How will Eric escape? Will Russell finally meet the true death? The anticipation over the next two weeks is going to kill me.
- Last night’s was a somewhat Eric-centric episode in that we saw his walls come down, twice. First, his touching goodbye with Pam. “I love you more when you are cold and heartless.”
- Then, I found Eric’s hesitation in biting Sookie to be tender, in spite of the circumstances. It is pretty clear that he is in love with her for reasons no one; including myself, my co-blogger Mark, Sookie, Bill and Eric himself, fully understands.
- I have lauded Denis O’Hare a couple times for his ability to convey real emotion in the extraordinary True Blood universe. He deserves kudos yet again for his reaction to seeing the sunlight for the first time in millennia. His blood tears of joy made me realize that hidden deep underneath the monster is a man.
- Remember when Alice drank the potion labeled “Drink me”? That’s what I thought of when Hoyt and Jessica took their relationship to the next level. He can’t possibly understand the consequences of the blood bond. Will it bring them closer or pull them apart?
- Something Wiccan this way comes. Arlene’s attempt at aborting Rene’s baby by drinking a potion and invoking the mother goddess has me so intrigued for next season. Merlotte’s newest waitress will surely play a pivotal role in season four.
- Cheers for the In Memoriam segment that came before the episode. It was not only funny, it refreshed my memory on some of the True Blood characters who have come and gone. R.I.P. Tina and Gran.
- Anyone who has experienced a relationship rough patch knows what it’s like to want to start over. That’s why the conversation between Sookie and Bill on the way home from Fangtasia was so memorable, haunting and realistic.
- Doctor by day, dancer by night. Yvetta is not just sexy, she’s smart and pretty sassy, if you ask me. And not one to be scorned – she even got the best of Pam in last night’s episode.
- Pam versus Bill. Round one. Fight! I love it when the vampires fight amongst themselves. You always know someone is going to play dirty, as was the case with Pam’s pocket size silver spray.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The wait for the new season of True Blood is officially over as of last night. I think we can all agree that the first hour of what promises to be a great season delivered on the hype and then some. And that’s noteworthy, given the unprecedented level of hype for this show, not only by the zealous marketers at HBO, but also the plethora of fan and professional reviews.
I always love it when a show picks up right where it left off in the previous season – no lull in the action and no unexplained events. In the case of last night’s episode, all of the storylines from season 2 (except for Marianne’s, which was obviously resolved with her death) continue to develop and intrigue the audience. In particular, the relationship between Sookie and Eric, the kidnapping of Bill, and Jessica’s indiscretions are the most exciting storylines for me. But I’ve also really bought into the other characters – Jason, Sam and Tara are all quite fascinating. As a long-time fan of the books, I really appreciate how Alan Ball has beefed up the minor characters.
Instead of rambling on like a drunk coming off of a wild bender, as my coworkers and friends have known me to do with True Blood talk, I have decided to make my next-day True Blood hangover posts somewhat organized in the form of top ten lists following the show. I always re-watch the episodes, so more analysis may be forthcoming, but here goes.
- Being a straight female, my favorite moment from last night’s episode was of course the nude shot of Eric. Thank God for the DVR – I’ll be replaying and pausing that scene in the very near (or should I say rear?) future.
- Immediately following Eric’s nude shot came my second favorite moment from last night, the stand-off between Sookie and Eric. What’s not to love in Eric’s devilish reply to Sookie’s question about his whereabouts? Something (ahem, the numerous previews) tells me their sexual tension is going to go from fantasy to reality by the end of this season.
- As always, Jason stole the show with some wicked funny scenes, especially the ménage á trois with those two college girls. I laughed my butt off when he actually told them he was seeing bullet holes in their heads, and their hilarious reply “We’re outta here.” Smart girls under the circumstances but, if you ask me, it would never be easy to walk away from Ryan Kwanten (even if he was crazy).
- Jessica has certainly been a bad baby vamp – I won’t soon forget the morbid, yet still humorous, moment when she tried to turn that trucker, and instead woke up with his dead, stinking body.
- What an excellent addition to the cast Evan Rachel Wood has turned out to be. The scene with the Magister, Eric and the Queen was played perfectly by all – the Queen overdramatic in her pretending, Eric nervous and defensive, and the Magister slightly suspicious but cool as a cucumber.
- Even for someone as firmly Team Eric as me, it was hard not to be completely charmed by Bill’s gentlemanly behavior toward the old woman who harbored him. I was touched by the scene in which he gave her money.
- I’ve heard that Pam is going to have a bigger role this season, and last night we got a taste of her personality, as she argued with Eric over whether or not to tell the Queen about Bill. You could have cut the tension between master and child vampire in this scene with a knife.
- Yet another scene with Pam, and the always hilarious and outrageous Lafayette, makes this list. I loved their confrontation in the freezer over the V. Pam is the ultimate female badass – so demure outwardly, yet so deadly. I don’t think Lafayette will make the mistake of referring to her as “hooker” again anytime soon.
- The scene with Hoyt and Jason on the road crew was classic. Hoyt, ever the polite sweetie, trying to hint around about staying over and Jason just too dim-witted to get it.
- And the most awkward moment goes to the homoerotic scenario played out in Sam’s dream about Bill. That was just too weird for words.
I watched it today, on the lookout for anything related to the next season of True Blood, which I am absolutely addicted to. As a matter of fact, I didn’t have cable until True Blood came to HBO – I had been a long-time fan of the Charlaine Harris books, and was thrilled when she announced the show. And, true to form, HBO delivered. The first and second seasons were great – and I can hardly wait until June when season three begins.
Needless to say, this short trailer is not giving too much away. But, we do see Jessica at the very end dragging a body into what looks like Bill’s house. So we can assume she’s a girl gone wild (which seemed evident in the last episode of season 2). I just hope it’s not poor Hoyt she’s dragging in – they make such a sweet couple on the show. Nice shot of Eric in there, by the way.
Other items to note about the trailer:
- Ricky Gervais Show: I’ve been watching this season and it’s pretty hilarious. Karl Pilkington, Monkey News – it’s all good and definitely makes me chuckle. Is anybody else watching this?
- Funny or Die Presents: Thus far, I have been disappointed in this latest effort from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Aside from a few funny bits (Drunk History and Snakes come to mind) the show is just plain silly – and not always in a good way. Its saving grace is that it has about a 26-minute run time. Sometime’s I’m astounded that HBO actually went for this.
- Boardwalk Empire: I’m going to give this show a try when it comes on. It looks to be a hard-edge drama, along the lines of the Sopranos (which I never watched, but have been thinking about checking out on DVD). I’m a fan of Steve Buscemi, so I have high hopes for this one. Is anyone else going to tune in?
- Where is Kenny-effing Powers? I really hope HBO isn’t going to abandon Eastbound and Down.