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Saturday, September 11, 2010

MY THOUGHTS ON TRUE BLOOD EPISODES 9, 10 AND 11





Episode 3.09- “Everything is Broken”  Nan Flanagan goes to Fangtasia for anwers about the Magister’s whereabouts; Bill gets to the bottom of Sookie’s real identity; Jason finds an unlikely ally in his feud with Felton and Calvin; Arlene has a pessimistic view of her future.

My thoughts on episode 9:

  Man oh man! What to talk about this time? This episode started off at a low point and slowly gained steam. It then reached a boiling point, and exploded like say... Franklin! I can't say it topped last week, but there were plenty of weird things going on. 
  Eric made it back to Fangtasia to get Pam, and wanted to get the hell out of there, but he wasn't fast enough. The V-Fed was there to question him about the missing Magister. Nan, the lady in charge of questioning Eric, put him down in front of webcams so that he could plead his case to the Authority. Is it weird that she has the same name as the nickname I have for my grandmother? Eric basically gave up the King, and told them he wants to kill the King. They placed him on lock down until they could come to a decision. So the Authority were those people who were watching the video feed from what looked like a basement. That kind of looked stupid. If they are the powerful Authority, shouldn't they have been sitting maybe in a boardroom on giant leather chairs? They looked like they were the guys that count down the launch of the space shuttle.
  Let me skip right ahead and get to some confusing, and really weird stuff. While a lot of people want to know what Sookie is, I want to know what Crystal and her family is. She just does so many strange things. She left Felton, and when he showed up to Jason’s house, she told him that Jason kidnapped and raped her. Then they tied Felton up with rope only to find out that he later escaped. There are all these clues being dropped, but I’m not sure. I still want to say werewolf, but why tie him up with rope? If he can change into a wolf, or is a shape shifter, then what does it matter? Or did she want him to escape because she can’t seem to make up her mind whether she wants to be with them or not? So this is what it feels like to be as confused as Jason.
  Another storyline that I am getting a little more curious about is Jesus and Lafayette. It didn't really get interesting until Lafayette's mother got involved. In the previous episode, she babbled on about how special her son was, and how she needed to protect him. Then after a night of fun between Jesus and Lafayette, his mother told him she could finally see him, weird. There is something telling me that maybe Lafayette is not just a regular guy. Also, Jesus probably knows what that is, and wants something from Lafayette. He would know after spending all that time with his mother. That can’t be just a coincidence. Did they really say there are only 3 episodes left?
  Does anyone else think it was weird how a show with vampires, werewolves, blood, and guts wants to give public service announcements all of the sudden? First, Holly and Arlene talked about Arlene’s pregnancy. Holly got her to admit she didn't want her baby. Then Holly mentioned going to the clinic, but Arlene said no. Ok, I guess she is against abortion. Later we saw Tara go to a rape support group in order to get over Franklin. Come on, can't we keep the seriousness out of the show. They are important issues, but is this really the place for them?
  Onto some good news, Franklin was alive. It was a total shock to me. First, I didn’t think he was dead, but after Talbot mentioned him last week, I thought he really died. I guess they fooled me. So Franklin came back to confront Tara. He was upset that Tara killed him, and didn’t believe it when he was told that she did it. There was an odd moment where he seemed to want to sink his fangs into her, but kind of froze up with his mouth open and fangs up in the air. Apparently he wasn’t sure what to do with Tara after finding out she didn’t love him. Now some bad news, Franklin was killed. What a tease you are True Blood! Dead then alive, alive then dead. At least he went out with a bang!
  Lets keep the weird stuff rolling! Now they want to make Hadley more important all of the sudden. She called Sookie from an aquarium to find out if Sookie had escaped the King. She told Sookie to meet her at the aquarium so that they could talk. It was there that we found out that Hadley had a son, who happens to have the same power as Sookie. When Hadley realized that he had the power and dragged him away, the boy was saying that someone already knows. What was that all about? Was he talking about his mom, dad, or someone else? Really, just three episodes?
  So if you thought it was funny that Sookie ended up in some dream world, what did you think when Bill ended up there? If it wasn’t bizarre enough that his door opened over the pond, did you notice Bill walked on water? After performing that miracle, Claudine found him, and thought that he had killed Sookie. She ran away from him, but he quickly caught her. For a brief moment, he wanted to bite her, but he got blasted away. Someone needs to teach that to Sookie, and I mean right now! I want to see her blasting more people away like she did with that one wolf. Bill somehow convinced her that he was only trying to protect Sookie, and that he needed to know what she was. Apparently she told the darkness what he wanted to know.
  I could go on and on with all the weird stuff. I mean, what is up with Summer and her dolls? Ok, I guess that wasn’t as odd as the King and his jar of Talbot guts. And what was with the supposed coffin for Pam that really looked like a tanning bed? So let me get to my favorite line of the night before I get to the ending. It really wasn’t the line itself, but more the circumstances that it was said. I laughed the most when Jason made his call to the police to let them know that a guy was tied to a tree. After he told them that the guy had V on him, they asked him if the guy needed “medical assistance.” Jason had to ask Crystal if the guy needed medical assistance, and she told him to hang up. It wasn’t the funniest thing ever, but I got a good kick out of it. One, two, three…three episodes, and that’s it!
 Now I have to mention another great conclusion to an episode. After the King saw that the Authority was going to let Eric get away with killing Talbot, he finally went over the hill. While on her way to Oregon, Nan took a moment to have a bite, and watch some news. Just as her meal was getting good, she looked up to see that the King had interrupted the newscast. He punched a hole in the newscaster, and pulled out part of his spine. Come on now, who hasn’t felt like doing that to some of these annoying newscasters? I’m sure you were having visions of that happening to some newscasters, or even reporters. Back to the point, the King then gave a great speech about how vampires are better than humans. He held the piece of spine through half the speech, which was different to say the least. The King wanted people to fear vampires instead of befriend them. He got his point across when he said “we will eat you after we eat your children.” The King, being the King, then ended his speech by saying, “Now time for the weather, Tiffany.” With Franklin dead, the King is going to have continue this kind of craziness.
  Why did I think this episode had so many weird things? After all, it is a show about vampires, and other types of creatures. Plus, nothing was weirder than that woman from last season that hypnotized the whole town. Maybe I’m just weird? Onto more important questions. Does Bill really know what Sookie is? If he does, will he really tell her? How will Eric kill the King without the help of the Authority? When are we going to find out what Crystal is? Being as confused as Jason is not fun. Will someone buy Sam a punching bag? Can Jessica please just sink her fangs into Summer already, and get it over with? Will we find out what Tiffany’s forecast was? Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, there are only three episodes left this season!


Episode 3.10- “I Smell a Rat”  Sookie gets a dire warning from Bill; Sam’s emotional outburst takes him on an unpleasant trip down memory lane; Arlene asks Holly for help with a dilemma; Jessica faces a romantic conundrum; Russel vows revenge on his foes.

My thoughts on episode 10:

  All right, I guess it was time for everyone to exhale before the last two episodes. This episode clearly didn’t measure up to the pass few episodes. I kind of had a feeling that might happen after last week’s show. This one was lighter on the action, and was more about spilling the beans. It seemed like everyone let out his or her secret, which hopefully will lead to an exciting conclusion to the season.
  Speaking of concluding the season, I am somewhat surprised that they didn’t save the secret of what Sookie was until the last episode. Instead, they are going to use it to set up the final scenes of the season. I guess they figured that a good amount of their audience already knew what she was, so why make it that big of a deal. Hell, even Sookie said it was “lame” when she found out what she was. It was actually funny reading some comments from people that didn’t know what she was because they basically called it “lame” too. I kind of wish I didn’t know. Maybe it would have made the moment a little more dramatic.
  Oh well! Now that the cat is out of the bag, the show can move on. After Bill told her that she was a fairy, I found it interesting that Bill told her that vampires had pretty much killed off fairies whenever they found them. Of course, Bill had to reassure her that he didn’t want her because she was a fairy, but because he loved her. She seemed to buy what he was selling for now, but she was still a bit cautious.
  Can I get a moment of silence for Franklin? No, not really. Ok then, moving on. We saw a flashback of Sam, and a woman in 2003, where he had apparently just stolen some jewels for her. Right as they were celebrating his latest heist, the woman’s real boyfriend came out of the bathroom with a gun. Sam had been double crossed, but we would find out later that was not a good idea. Sam snuck up on them in the woods, and beat the boyfriend up much in the same manner that he beat up Crystal’s father. The flashback kind of felt as if it came out of nowhere. I wasn’t expecting to see a flashback of Sam, nor did I expect to see that Sam had a dark side. Not such a good guy after all, huh Sam?
  Have you ever been to a fair, and gotten on one of those rides where a small cart throws you around as it travels through a haunted house, or some kind of funhouse. That was what it felt like after Jesus and Lafayette took a taste of V, and were seriously tripping out. They did a good job of making you feel like you were on that ride with them. I didn’t notice until I watched it a second time that sometimes Lafayette would speak, and it was Jesus’ voice, and vice-versa. It was just a really crazy scene topped off by meeting their spiritual family members. I knew there was something not right about that boy, and now we know there was also something weird in Lafayette’s family as well.
  It was good to see best friends reunited again. Bill and Eric shared a handshake, and then a hug before catching up on good times. Ha ha, just kidding. It was nothing but high tension when the two of them met again. The topic of conversation was Sookie of course. Now that they both knew what Sookie was, it just gave them another reason to fight over her. What is really driving me nuts is that Eric keeps saying that Sookie shouldn’t trust Bill, but never gives a reason. Give it up vampire! Didn’t you get the notice that this was the episode where everyone spills the beans?
  All right, how many beans have been spilt so far? Sookie a fairy, Sam has a dark side, Jesus and Lafayette have some interesting family members, and Eric knows for sure what Sookie was. So what else was there to find out? Well, there was Jason’s secret. Of all the secrets out there, you just knew that he wouldn’t be able to hide his much longer. I was surprised that he told Sookie first, but it was even more shocking that he told Tara. He had no choice after seeing how upset she was over the whole Franklin thing. Her emotions were all out of whack. So much so that she unexpectedly kissed Jason. For a second, I was thinking about what a train wreck those two would make as a couple. Any ideas of that happening went out the window when he told her that he killed Eggs. Poor Tara, she has had such a rough time this season.
  Arlene was also a candidate for most likely to spill the beans. She has been an emotional mess for weeks now, and finally told Terry that her baby wasn’t his. In a split second, Terry’s life crashed, but he quickly picked himself up. Without giving much thought to it, he told her he would still love the baby, and wanted to marry her. I felt so bad for him. With all these crazy people, and vampires around, he has been one of the only somewhat normal guys. I hope things work out for him, but it looks like Arlene still wants to get rid of the baby.
  It was good to see that Hoyt broke up with biscuit making, creepy doll collecting Summer. Yes, I’m still upset that I didn’t get a biscuit. He professed his love to Jessica again, and again she shot him down. I thought she was becoming less of a screw up, but she did it again. When she couldn’t tell him that she loved him too, he left the bar, and had a run in with Tommy. Man did Sam make a mistake when he took in his trouble-making brother. Tommy shifted into a dog, and attacked Hoyt. I’m not for animal cruelty, but it was cool when Jessica sped over to Hoyt and threw the dog off him. See what happens when you make up your mind too late Jessica! And now the nice southern boy had to drink Jessica’s blood. It is all down hill from here.
  What a nut job the King has become! He paid that guy to sleep with him just so that he could reenact being with Talbot when he died. That was some serious craziness. Did you notice how much blood exploded out of the guy when the King stabbed him? Even with the simplest of kills, there has to be a lot of blood. And no, I’m not complaining at all. The King made it clear that he was out for revenge now.
  Sookie, Sookie, Sookie, why do you always let Eric draw you in when he gets into your dreams? You just had to go and see him didn’t you? Sookie didn’t get the notice that Eric was the only one in the episode that wasn’t going to spill the beans. He wasn’t going to tell her what he meant when he said he wasn’t going to be around much longer. Nor was he going to tell her why she shouldn’t trust Bill. After Pam interrupted and planted a good idea in his head, Eric decided to drag Sookie downstairs, and chain her up. That is not the way to a woman’s heart Eric.
  A couple of things before I count the beans. My favorite line of the week goes to Pam. We all know what that line was right? “Blah blah vampire emergency blah.” That was some great vampire code right there. I need to find a way to use that around the house. Also, I have to mention this because we rarely get to see it, and I think it should be done more often. Bill was upset at Jason for losing track of Sookie. It got to a point where Jason had enough, and uninvited Bill into his house. At that point, we saw Bill kind of glide out of the house. That seems like such an easy way to get rid of a vampire, but no one ever does it. It was refreshing to see it done.
  So I guess I have to count all the beans that hit the floor. The biggest bean, Sookie’s secret, is finally out the way after almost three full seasons. It will be interesting to see what she does from here on out. To little surprise, Jason and Arlene couldn’t hold onto their secrets. Does this mean the end of Jason’s friendship with Tara, and will Arlene lose a good man? Thanks to a flashback, we now know Sam has a dark side. Does this mean he is the next Luke Skywalker? I think I may have spilled some beans when Jesus and Lafayette where spinning around the room. Which one of them will be practicing witchcraft first? Wow, there was a bean I almost forgot to count. Crystal finally showed Jason what she was. Now was the secret that she was a shape shifter, or just a panther? See that was why I had to count all the beans again.


Episode 3.11- “Fresh Blood”  Bill tries to earn back Sookie’s trust, but ends up bringing her face-to-face with fresh dangers; Knowing he’s no physical match for the King, Eric tempts Russell with the “ultimate vampire dream;” Jason tries to wrap his head around Crystal’s revelation; Sam embraces his dark side, alienating everyone except Tara; Hoyt and Jessica take their romance to the next level; With Holly’s help, Arlene puts her future in the hands of a goddess; Post V-trip, Lafayette struggles with new demons

My thoughts on episode 11: 

 One down, one to go. This season is winding down already. It is hard to believe that all the blood sucking fun is almost over. Again, not an awe inspiring episode, but it set things up for hopefully a dramatic and exciting finish. 
  Sometimes I just have to give credit where credit is due. What a cool idea it was for them to arm Pam with a form of vampire mace. A mix of silver and water to slow down those nasty vampires. That was what Pam used on Bill when he stormed in the bar, and almost found Sookie. Fortunately for Bill and Sookie, Yvette sold out Pam, and helped Sookie escape. Too bad when they left the bar, they didn't take the vampire mace with them because it would have come in handy later. Wait, Sookie did have it in her hands. I guess she just forgot to use it. Maybe she’s saving it for another day.
  Then sometimes I have to take that credit back. Jason was talking to Crystal, and all I heard was "blah blah werepanther blah!" Crystal is a what? A werepanther! What in the hell is a werepanther? Same thing as a werewolf, but with a panther instead? Ok, they have over thought themselves this time. That is the kind of garbage I would expect from Twilight.
  Wow, True Blood actually got me to jump. I don't know how that happened. Maybe I was to busy taking notes, and it caught me off guard. Did you also jump when Lafayette and Jesus were talking, and all of the sudden Lafayette saw Jesus with this weird mask on? They were talking about that fun ride they went on last time. Jesus wants buy another ticket for that ride, but Lafayette said once was enough. I'm glad he sent Jesus home. I think that little scare was another tip that Jesus is up to no good. Too bad for Lafayette that his fun wasn't over yet. Later on he had these little dolls calling out to him. C-R-E-E-P-Y!
  Summer was in cahoots with Hoyt’s mom. I didn't see that coming. That kind of explains where Summer came from, and why she seemed so desperate for him. I don't think she stands a chance of getting him back now. Jessica told Hoyt that she killed a trucker to feed on him, but that didn't stop Hoyt from loving her. He was so into Jessica that he agreed to be her meal. I guess that will save money on taking her out to dinner. He drank her blood, she drank his: nothing good is going to come from that. How about some parenting Bill?
  Hey, can someone please tell Sam to cool it? I'm trying to write over here. Now where was I? Oh yea, Arlene continued on her crusade to get rid of her baby. She went with Holly into the woods to prepare a special drink. Arlene would need to take it for a couple of days, and that would supposedly get rid of the baby. All it did was make her bleed, and freak out Terry. She didn't lose the baby, and I'm glad. Terry doesn't deserve that. 
  The show decided to make another public service announcement. Jason watched Kitch as he threw football after football to his teammates. He got stronger as he was throwing, eventually throwing one out of the field. For someone who was supposedly going to break all the passing records, he needs to work on his throwing motion. Sorry that is the football fan in me. So Jason confronted him, and we found out he was taking V as opposed to steroids. There it is kids, don't take V, or steroids to enhance your athletic skills. It is unfair and dangerous. Really, can we stop with the public service announcements True Blood? 
  All right Sam! I'll talk about you now if you shut the hell up. Sam went crazy cursing, and insulting people. He was losing customers, and his friends' respect by the second. Welcome to the dark side Sam Skywalker! For a moment, I thought he did a good thing when he told Tommy to get lost. It was good to see Tommy be put in his place, and beg for his job. However, Sam may regret it because Tommy is up to no good again. Speaking of regrets, is he going to regret sleeping with Tara? Tara picks another winner! 
  Now to the most important thing that happened. Eric came face to face with the King, who was still holding Talbot’s remains, to give him an offer he couldn't refuse. He tempted the King with a chance to walk in the sun. That would truly make him the most powerful vampire around. In the middle of this intense conversation, Eric got a call from Pam. It was funny because of the ridiculous ring tone. Kind of reminds me of the Geico commercial about the worst ring tone. 
  After the call, the two took off, and landed smack in the middle of the road to end Bill and Sookie's wonderful conversation. When the King stopped the car, it kind of reminded me of Superman. That's a good idea; maybe Superman can kill the King? Hey, is that really anymore ridiculous of a thought than a werepanther?  So they took Bill and Sookie back to the bar, where Eric told the King that Sookie was a fairy. A drink of her blood, and they will have vampire sunscreen. The King was all in, so in the morning they drank. Eric had to go first to prove to the King it wasn't a trick. He walked outside, and didn't immediately burn. The King was amazed, and walked outside too. Gotcha! Eric handcuffed himself to the King so that they would burn together. Oh say it ain't so Eric! 
  Some miscellaneous thoughts as usual. While the ring tone wasn't a line, it came close to making my favorite line of the week. However, it was beat out by the King in a moment you may have missed. When Eric and Pam were having a conversation on the side before drinking Sookie's blood, you could barely hear the King asking questions to Sookie. My favorite line was when he asked her "Do you have wings?" The King does it again. Too bad he’s probably going to die. Speaking of the dead, you didn’t want to give Franklin the moment of silence I asked for last week, but at least the show did. I enjoyed the tribute to all the characters that have died over the past 3 seasons. It's rare that you see a show do that, and I thought it was pretty cool. I found the postmortem interesting. They discussed fairies, and some of the things we may expect from them. I can't help but think they did that because they knew some people would think that the whole fairy thing was "lame." 
  So in two weeks we have the grand finale of season 3. Anyone want to make some predictions? I think I will make mine in a separate posting so that I can see how wrong I really am. Take for example, wanting an epic werewolf-werepanther fight is probably not going to happen. They better go somewhere cool with the werepanther thing, or I’m going to make fun of it every time I see it. Now that I have given True Blood another warning, I think I’m going to go out and find some vampire mace. Why is that a vampire has vampire mace anyway? Shouldn’t humans have that? Seems a little unfair. Where did Pam say I could find some?

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