Top 10 moments from True Blood season 3, episode 11

Let’s hope Eric finds a way out of the trap he set for Russell and makes it back to Sookie and Pam.

Only one episode left to go, and here’s your weekly countdown of the best moments from True Blood.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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 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 10 moments from True Blood season 3, episode 3

Alcide (played by Joe Manganiello) arrives at Lou Pine’s with Sookie (played by Anna Paquin).

The two-week wait for a new episode of True Blood is going to be agonizing. From the last episode, here are ten moments that left me wanting more.

1. The buzz from last night’s episode is all about the twisted sex scene between Lorena and Bill. And I have to agree, it was certainly the most memorable moment of the hour, hands down. I mentioned before that we are seeing a new, vicious side of Bill this season, and my how far we have come in just three episodes.

2. The second most memorable moment was the entrance of the fine Mr. Alcide Herveaux. He stole this Trubie’s heart with ten little words, “My name’s Alcide Herveaux. I’m here to look after you,” and those gorgeous eyes.

3. How awesome was Franklin’s visit to Jessica? First, the hilarious moment when he flashed fang at her door, then his reveal of the dead trucker’s head in the shopping bag. “Has someone gone missing?” Poor Jessica, she was taken quite aback.

4. “I got your rug all wet.” Sookie seemed a bit revolted when Eric bit the neck of that lupine intruder, but in the eyes of this Trubie, Eric can do no wrong. How he manages to be gross and sexy at the same time, I’ll never fully understand.

5. Pam and Yvetta. To quote Paris Hilton (not usually my first pick for quotations, but quite fitting in this case), “That’s hot.”

6. Lou Pine’s Bar was full of biker werewolves (awesome), most notably one played by Don Swayze. Perhaps my favorite of all celebrity brothers (a close second is Clint Howard), The Other Swayze accosted Sookie, got a beat down from Alcide, and set the stage for some more wild nights under the full moon this season.

7. A recap of last night’s episode wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the flashbacks to Bill’s early years as a vampire. The scene in which he reunites with his wife, only to realize his son is dead of smallpox, was heartbreaking. Whenever the vamps on this show weep tears of blood, I always get a little choked up myself.

8. Ugh, poor Sam. His family is just plain awful – from his pathetic mother, to his idiotic, thieving brother to his alcoholic father. I just wanted to scream when his father started mooching shots.

9. Dirty move, Arlene. Pregnant by Rene (serial killer of fang-bangers from season one), she went for the ultimate deception by leading Terry to believe the baby is his.

10. BFFs Tara and Sookie reunited at the funeral for Eggs. Tara gets on my nerves from time to time, but I was happy to see these two make up. 

I noticed as I was writing this, last night’s episode was a very sexy one indeed. What did you think?

Top ten moments from True Blood Season 3 Episode 1

Eric (played by Alexander Skarsgård) easily captured the number one spot in this top ten list with what will surely be an often re-watched nude scene.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.  
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

I started watching the first season of The Sopranos.

I have to apologize, dear readers, for my sporadic posting behavior as of late. The simple fact of the matter is that I am in a bit of a TV dead zone, as the normal seasons of all the shows I watch have wrapped, and I am waiting for the summer shows to start. To pass the time, I’ve been watching movies, most recently Night of the Creeps. But I digress – this is a TV blog, after all.

A couple weeks ago, I started watching The Sopranos on HBO On Demand. I’ve also been watching the final season of the Tudors on Showtime (which took a break for the Memorial Day holiday). I’m a little more than half-way through the first season of The Sopranos, which I have been meaning to watch for a couple years now. So far, it’s a pretty good watch – James Gandolfini (as Tony Soprano) is excellent, as are Lorraine Bracco (as Dr. Jennifer Melfi) and Edie Falco (as Carmela Soprano). At times, the actors who play the Soprano kids are a little annoying, but that is forgivable. I didn’t know if I would like Falco’s character, as I was never very impressed with Nurse Jackie (in spite of the wealth of critical acclaim it has garnered), but it turns out she is really quite good in this role. She portrays the wife of a mobster with complexity, and avoids the overdone clichés of such a role.

Of course, I am counting down the days for the premiere of True Blood (only 10 days left) and enjoying all of the promos HBO has been putting out for that. The newest trailer is awesome, and all of the minisodes have been really cool. I have to admit, I had little faith in these shorts, but they have been worth watching every week. My favorite is still the first one, in which Eric and Pam audition strippers for Fangtasia. Alas, even with all of the trailers, minisodes, and posters, waiting still sucks.

I’ll also be watching season 2 of Being Human on BBC, starting July 24, as well as the sophomore season of Warehouse 13 on SyFy. What will you be watching this summer?

#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!)