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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:34 AM

This Week in True Blood - lots of good stuff and yes *SPOILERS* and a poll!

Sorry for the delay, been swamped and when I finally wrote about 8 paragraphs of my rambling I then proceeded to hit the back button and lost ALL OF IT.

So True Blood fans what do you think so far? I know that I'm loving this season and that's because TB writers are focusing about 80% on what really works. However let's face it there is still that 20% out there that sucks. And even in a week when they cut back on one of the really sucky storylines (Arlene/Terry/and that crazy marine buddy friend of terry whose name I can't remember) they find a way to add other suck (Jason and his high school teacher - really? Did we need that?).

But lets start off off with what is really good and that's the vampires. I think the TB powers to be realize that they only have a few good seasons left of the show so this year they decided to bring out the big guns and make this season better than ever. And guess what - they did it! First is with the absolutely fabulous casting of Christopher Meloni as Roman, the leader of the Vampire Authority. Whomever thought 'Let's cast Meloni as this ancient vampire guardian leader' should get like a massive pay raise because that was probably the best casting since the season starting (although close runner-up will always be Denis O'Hare as Russell Edging and Joe Mangiello as Alcide). BTW anyone notice that Meloni got his name bumped to the top of the list? Opening credits have always been Paquin, Moyer, Kwanten, Trammell, Wesley, Skarsgard. Been like that since beginning of season 2 when Alexander Skarsgard was bumped to the top. After the big names in the opening credit it then goes alphabetical starting with Chris Bauer (andy). But I guess even the powers-to-be at TB recognize what a major acting gain they got with Christopher Meloni and they put his name in the credits after Skarsgard but before Bauer. I mean doesn't Meloni look like the descendants of roman gods? I remember he use to be on HBO's 'Oz' as this psychopathic serial killer in the prison who had all this charisma. Meloni acting just exudes power and authority and I think any other actor would have not been able to make this storyline work. I just hope that by putting him in the top credits section that it's a sign that Meloni will be with the show for the rest of the duration. And btw hats off to that italian actress they hired to play Salome. I couldn't figure out why she got her name in the opening credits but after this week's seduction of both Bill and Eric - she earned it. Salome is a vampire with biblical importance - she is the woman that wanted John the Baptist's head on a platter and history has made Salome one of the historically bad girls of history. So it was brilliant that she was the one who was to work it with both Bill and Eric to find out if they were members of the resistance (both came out clean). But what fun it would be to have to seduce that pair and I loved Bill's comments to Eric when he found out that Eric slept with her (about getting sloppy second again). I also love the fact that they are slowly reintroducing Russell Edgington - it's really helping to build the story. Even though we've only see a brief although scary look of him last week, he's been a big presence each week. We know he's out there and he's pissed - so when will he appear? Who knows but I can't wait!!!!!

And I love how modern vampires have become with iStake (there's an app for it although when I searched on my iphone all I got was a bunch of LDS/Mormon apps - go figure).

Steve Newlin - boy did I call that one. I figured he was a tool of the authority and turns out he was. I'm thinking it was Roman (Meloni) that turned him because I noticed when Roman was ripping Newlin a new a-hole he made a comment 'i made you into a vampire'. I'm going to watch it one more time to see if that's what he meant. But Newlin was the perfect choice as the new Vampire spokesperson because alot of people came to know and trust Steve Newlin - he's a slick used car salesman first posing as a Reverend and now as the spokesperson of the vampire authority. You had to love Newlin's lil speech about how to fool humans and boy that hit close to home! Just use fear and then promise them heaven. Sounds like what ever Faux News host and GOP candidate is trained to do! But I keep having to wonder if Sarah Newlin is soon coming back!

How about Sookie showing Pam she's not some dainty fairy to mess around with. With Sookie worried about the fate of her newly turned vampire friend Tara, she went running once again to Pam (Pam turned Tara) hoping that Pam would help out again. Obviously Pam is getting annoyed that she even did this especially since she still hasn't heard from Eric (a promise that Sookie said she would help out with). Pam figured she was the stronger woman and threatened Sookie with draining her but Sookie showed she wasn't to be messed with and fired back with a shot of that fairy lite. Best line of the night - Pam, after being hit by the fairy lite in front of everyone at Fangtasia, telling everyone to 'go back to dry humping and buying the overpriced drinks'. THat was classic Pam.

But I'm loving the backstory of Pam & Eric and now we find out just why it was important to show this - Eric didn't want to turn Pam into a vampire. But she forced the issue by slicing her wrists so Eric had no choice to either turn Pam into a vampire or let her die. Irony that 100+ years later Tara was in that same exact position - turn her or let her die and Pam was now the vampire who was not really too excited to have a progeny. Nice writing! I'm thinking if Pam isn't able to patch things up with Eric that she might use Tara as her new 'partner in crime'. And interesting that Pam, a bisexual who prefers women, turned a girl whose last relationship was with a girl (before that Tara seemed like she was men-only but they made her bisexual last year). It's like True Blood spent 5 years creating the new Pam/Tara bonding and this is going to be one fun rollercoaster ride.

Speaking of Tara, don't you love it how they showed what being a vampire is thru the eyes of Tara? I thought that was some great scenery. I don't think Tara is brain damaged but just scared and pissed and that was a touching scene with Sam helping Tara and feeding her all those True Bloods. ANd how funny was it for Sam to try lying to the one person that can tell when he's lying. Boobs Boobs Boobs Boobs just don't think about what's in the freezer. Tara should have known that Sam couldn't keep a secret from Tara. But it was a great build up to the clash where the secret was out - Debbie was killed by Sookie. Sookie should have gone to police right away even if she wanted Debbie dead. Lafayette summed it up best in the first episode when he said 'You're white - you can get away with self defense'. It was heartbreaking to see Sookie tell Alcide what happened but I hope that doesn't end the friendship. I'm sure Debbie's parents won't let this one slip away into the night.

It was nice to not have alot of Arlene/Terry/that friend of Terry whose name I keep forgetting. I don't think we even saw that nameless one this week - just Terry saying he was going out of town and for how long well I hope at least 9 more weeks (that's the end of the season). Then Arlene slipped back into the role she does best - background filler at Merlottes that adds a bit of spice to the scenes she is - point in case when she walked into the cooler where Tara was sleeping. Even though it was just a dream sequence it was a great use of Arlene.

I was a little disappointment we didn't have a few scenes with the Werewolves and Luna. Last week they left us with Luna's daughter Emma a lil tiny wolfpup and this week nothing. And let's face it - Martha Bozeman has become a new favorite of the True Blood Crowd!

Couple of the week - Andy & Holly. What a nice pairing between two really messed up people. I hope the writers don't ruin them like Terry and Arlene.

Speaking of Did we really need to know that Jason had an affair with his HS teacher. We know Jason is a stud and figured he was probably boning girls at a young age. But that was just the stupidest 5 minutes of TB history outside of Jason being gangbanged by werepanthers. I mean I know the writers are trying to show Jason growing as a person and I love the scenes where Jason and Jessica hang out together. But we really didn't need the high school teacher thing. That was just a waste of talent and time.

So let's do a poll - who is your favorite new/returning character this season?
5 votes, 1 pass | Time left: Unlimited
Roman, the head of the Vampire Authority
3 (60%)
Salome, the legendary biblical seductress and right-hand of Roman
0 (0%)
Steve Newlin, former right-wing religious nutjob now right-wing spokesperson of the Authority
1 (20%)
Russell Edgington, 3000 year old vampire and hero to the Vampire Resistance
0 (0%)
Martha Bozeman, Mother of former Shreveport Packmaster Marcus and she ate her dead son's innards
0 (0%)
Nora, Eric's half-sibling Chancellor of the Authority who double crossed them with the resistance.
0 (0%)
That dude hanging out with Terry and Arlene. Please someone tell me his name
0 (0%)
I think LynneSin is a DU Goddess! She RAWKS my world and btw Perry County is way cooler than Cumberland County
1 (20%)
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Reply This Week in True Blood - lots of good stuff and yes *SPOILERS* and a poll! (Original post)
LynneSin Jun 2012 OP
nolabear Jun 2012 #1
LynneSin Jun 2012 #2
Baitball Blogger Jun 2012 #8
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #3
LynneSin Jun 2012 #4
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #5
solara Jun 2012 #6
LynneSin Jun 2012 #7
nolabear Jun 2012 #10
LynneSin Jun 2012 #12
Baitball Blogger Jun 2012 #9
LynneSin Jun 2012 #11
Baitball Blogger Jun 2012 #13
LynneSin Jun 2012 #14
Baitball Blogger Jun 2012 #15
LynneSin Jun 2012 #16
Baitball Blogger Jun 2012 #17
michreject Jun 2012 #18
nolabear Jun 2012 #19
michreject Jun 2012 #20

Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:48 AM

1. I voted Steve but only because we don't have much Russell yet.

I wonder if there's going to be a Russell/Steve thang going on, which would cause all sorts of strife for Steve if Roman did turn him and he and Russell get into a fight over who's in charge.

I hope Lafayette's line isn't stupid. Bleach in the Gumbo? Sacrilege! I know it's an inside joke but I LOL at the spice rack, full of Tony Cachere and Slap Ya Mama and a host of Cajun/Creole mixes.

Tara/Pam! Good call! I'll bet it happens. Love, love, love the backstory on Pam and Eric. Does that man look good in period dress or what? So does she. Where was that brothel, btw?

You mean Salome was THE Salome? I didn't twig to that. It kind of bugs me that they claim Lilith, just because I like the Biblical character who didn't play dat with God and so got replaced by a more pliant model. Men...I swear...

Maybe more later. I love these debriefings. Thanks Lynnesin. You're my pick for Queen of the Lounge.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:47 PM

2. You could put Eric in a Sponge Bob squarepants sweatsuit and he'd look hawt!

Forgot about Lafayette and the bleach. I wonder if we'll see Jesus' grandfather again since Lafayette is gonna need help channeling this mess. But I did read that we would see Lafayette's mom back played by the great Alfre Woodward. That was another one of those amazing castings that TB had done. I lessor actress would have ruin Ruby Reynolds before they even had a chance to find her a storyline. As for Tara's mom, I'm sure we'll see her soon but with her it's 'hit-or-miss' if she adds to the storyline. We really only saw her last year when her and her new husband (the married pastor she had an affair with the end of season #3) did the exorist on Terry & Arlene's house.

If you watch the episode again pay attention to the conversation that Bill and Salome had. She talks about John the Baptist and other stuff she was accussed of by biblical scholars but she says she is the one.

If they hooked up Steve Newlin and Russell Edgington that would be the absolutely best romantic pairing EVER in the history of televison romances. And Steve Newlin is a big enough weasel to think he can play both sides of this battle.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:15 PM

8. If Eric were younger he could play Finnick in Hunger Games.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:03 PM

3. You needed a "kitteh" option for those of us who don't watch TV.

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:15 PM

4. So that's why you voted for that last option

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:21 PM

5. Exactly. But I liked it better when poll votes were anonymous.

 

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:29 PM

6. I think I might look forward to your synopsis and review almost

as much as I do TB.. Note that I said almost..


I loved that Sookie used her faerie power.. things are definitely ramping up

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Response to solara (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:01 PM

7. awww thank you but do you know where Cumberland and Perry county are located?



I love rambling on about TB. And I'm so glad Sookie is finally figuring out her Fairy powers. Pam needed a good fairy zapping wake-up call.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:29 PM

10. What was that line...

"Now go back to drinking my overpriced drinks and dry humping one another"?

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Response to nolabear (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:35 PM

12. I think dry humping came first and then the overpriced drinks

which in a nutshell is just about any drinking establishment in the world

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:18 PM

9. I'm surprised you didn't give us a Pam-Tara option.

Every time I read your synopsis it makes me want to see the recorded show to pick up the things I missed.

Thanks.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:34 PM

11. That'll be next week's poll when we talk about favorite new couple



Pam and Tara have been with us since season #1 so they aren't a new or returning character. Returning character I define as being here one season and then disappearing for a season. I think we saw a few catches of Steve Newlin in season #4 but for the most part he was gone.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:36 PM

13. Ah! Thanks for the clarification. Missed that.

I'm actually starting True Blood as we speak.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:46 PM

14. BTW True Blood HOT FLASH - Anna Paquin is expecting twins

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0844441/news#ni30941457

Anna Paquin expecting twins


Anna Paquin is pregnant with twins. The 29-year-old actress is expecting for the first time with husband Stephen Moyer - with who she stars in 'True Blood' - and their co-star Sam Trammell, who is also a father of twins, has confirmed the pair will be having two babies. He told Us Weekly magazine: ''I'm so excited for them. We sent them a special gift. It's so interesting that 'True Blood' has become like, the 'twins' show.'' Giving his advice, Sam urged the pair just to ''hold on tight'' as it is tougher having multiples but he admitted he didn't know any

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:36 PM

15. Okay, just saw it again. My thoughts.

(1) Still don't understand the conflict between the Authority and Eric's sister.

The Authority wants to be civilized with humans (Mainstreaming), but at the same time, they have a ritual based on the old testament which means they glorify Lilith?

And, yet, Eric's sister is a Sanquenista who also worships Lilith? Are Sanquenistas vampires believe that humans should be hunted as meat like Russell Edging?

(2) What's with the bleach and the gumbo?

(3) I know why they brought in Jason's high school teacher. She is the one that molested him when he was a student and taught him how to be good at the one thing he would learn to excel at: sex. But after having sex with her as an adult, he realized that he was young when it first happened and learned to use sex to fill whatever was lacking in his life. However, that is no longer working for him as and adult. It was pretty good acting, actually.





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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #15)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:20 PM

16. My thoughts

1.) Nora is a member of the Sanguinistas, those are the vampires who oppose mainstreaming because they feel they are better than humans and humans are nothing more than just food. But since Nora was also a member of the Authority council (she was a Chacellor which I'm assuming is the same thing as Salome and those others that sit around the table) she basically doubletimed them.

You have to go back to season 4 to find out remember how this started. Bill was basically blamed for the fuck up with the Tolerance festival where the vampires controlled by Marnie went crazy and killed a bunch of humans. It seems Nan laid the blame on Bill (even though Bill wanted to cancel it since he knew the witch was causing havoc) and the Authority had to spend a shitload of money to glamour everyone so the violence wouldn't get out in the press. Plus they found out about how Bill/Eric/Pam/Jessica used weapons on humans (remember when Pam fired that missile launcher into the Moon Goddess emporium. The last episode it seems that Nan was being relieved of her duties as the spokesperson for the authority but her last duty was to give the True Death to Bill & Eric, who were being made scapegoats in all of that above mentioned mess. But before Bill staked her, Nan had mentioned she was also a part of the growing movement against the Authority (remember Nan only drank True Blood in public but she fed on humans in private - she was drinking from a human when she saw the TV show where Russell despined that guy. BTW notice how True Blood is always on the table with the Authority). So I guess the Authority found out that not only was Bill & Eric not staked but that Nan Flanigan is now missing (I don't htink they know yet that Bill staked her). So Nora and another Authority member were sent to bring Bill & Eric in except Nora is Eric's sibling and wants to protect Eric. When Eric and Bill almost got away with the sanguista, the Authority caught them and assumed Nora was a part of the Sanguistas (which she finally admitted but Bill and Eric never knew).

2.) Lafayette was in his Brujo state when he was pouring the bleach into the gumbo. The Brujos were the Mexican witches, which is what Jesus was. Last season when Marnie inhabited Lafayette's body (he's also a Medium) she managed to aquire Jesus' Brujo powers. I'm guessing that even though Marnie is gone the Brujo spirit stayed in him. But since he's had no training as a Brujo (Brujos are suppose to be very dark magic users), Lafayette may act out like the bleach in gumbo scenes. I'm kinda hoping we see either Jesus or Jesus' grandfather show up and help Lafayette understand and control his new powers.

3.) You do have a point but I still think the scene was a bit corny. However if it's a one-time only thing with the teacher then it works. If she is hanging around all season it's gonna ruin Jason storyline again.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #16)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:38 PM

17. Thanks for the info.

I don't think you'll see the teacher again. Deviations like that are used to bring out background information in the character that you can't do any other way.

For example in the movie, 48 hours you keep seeing Nick Nolte putting off his girlfriend through most of the movie. The point is to show how committed he is to his job.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:50 PM

18. Just watched it again

The name of Terry's Marine buddy is Patrick.

Roman didn't tell Steve Newlin that "I made you." He tells him that "I need you."

Pam was in San Francisco.

Love your recaps. Keep up the fantastic work.



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Response to michreject (Reply #18)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:59 PM

19. So the question of who made Steve is still before us.

Any main character would have fessed up. Russell, maybe, though he looks pretty incapacitated right now.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:08 PM

20. As Eric explained to Pam

Being one's maker is something not taken lightly.

Roman mentioned that Steve had only been made 4 months prior.

These two factoids make me think that Steve's make is someone local and known.

Nan Flanagan before she was poked, maybe?

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