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20 October 2008 @ 08:44 pm
True Blood 1.07 Burning House of Love  
Not my favourite episode, but lots of interesting developments. I had expected more angst between Bill and Sookie about him biting her, but she got into it. And while I don't really 'get' that (I'm more in the LaFayette mindset), I liked that she stood up for herself so much. She's a tough little thing and having made her decision, I'm glad she had no regrets. The only thing that made me sad is that grief for her grandmother appeared to be completely swept away. When she walked back into her house, I expected her gran to be there. :(

callmeonetrack, you were right: the uncle abused Sookie. Though not very much in the scheme of things. I don't mean to be dismissive of what must have definitely been a disturbing experience for a young girl, but Sookie herself seemed well adjusted about it, and I didn't think it warranted the vengeance kill. I guess that was/is going to be the point though--we got to see the dark side of Bill's uber-protection.

I'm glad LaFayette drew a line with Jason. Yay. What a shit Jason is. Stealing now? And trying it on like that with LaFayette? Grr. Two hits and he's a total junkie... I'd be more sympathetic to his jitters if he was a long-term addict, but man, that guy needs some self-control. Gaia chick has not been helpful for that! (And MAN was she annoying. The most boring kind of addicts are the ones who wank on and on about how spiritual and amazing the experience is. *yawn*) I rather wanted Jason to get in some serious shit with the vamps in the club so I guess I'm a bit disappointed she 'rescued' him from that fate. ;)

I looooed Pam psyching Sam on the door. And wow, Eric is hilarious! I want more of them--they're just teasing us so far.

Poor, poor Tara. Yikes. This episode was really confronting for her storyline, I felt. I hated seeing her tear-up when her mother went nuts at the bank. I am sure Tara could see the attention-seeking behaviour for what it was, but at the same time there comes a point where it's too hard to fight it. Having to see her mother in such a state is a state of constant pain for her, and I can understand why she decided to do whatever she could to end it. And if her mother believed it that much, then there was a chance that it could prompt a new start for her. (However, I really REALLY wish that there'd been some dialogue about Tara trying to get social support/mental health help for her mother first. I'm going to fanwank that she's tried that and there just aren't the resources where she lives to handle it properly. Because I really felt like her mum should be admitted after that bank incident...)

I liked the exorcist, even though I'm a sceptic. It's an older way of looking at the world, and at one level there's truth in what she says about Tara. Tara is haunted by her own 'demons' and self-awareness doesn't help her vanquish them, it just makes her more painfully aware of the nature of her struggle. She doesn't need an exorcist to get rid of them, but she may need *something*. I don't want Tara to buy into the idea that she can magic her issues away, but it seemed like they were setting things up for her to return to the exorcist.

Tara and Sam yelling at each other is painful to watch, but I still kind of hold out hope that they will get it together.

Sam IS a werewolf! Woot! This pleases me. Full moon + nudity? Definitely a werewolf. Is the dog then just a pack-buddy? Guess so.

The trashy gang are back. Them busting up Merlotte's was pretty scary given that it allowed us to see how powerful even a small number of them could be. The response from the rednecks seems like it would be pretty typical as a human response to that sort of threat on a small, local level. Vampires may be on the path to integration on the global political scale, but they still provoke primitive fears and aggression in people, especially the uneducated and those inclined to violence anyway.

Poor Terry! *sniffles* I really liked that little scene of him angsting about not doing anything--he's a great minor cast character.

Bill CAN'T have been in the house, surely, but this show is great at cliffhangers. I will not be sad if the other three are toast though.
 
 
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Tigress35tigress35 on October 20th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
I think that Sookie was grieving so much for her grandmother that she was willing to do a lot with Bill that had previously turned her off. Perhaps at that moment, in her grief, she liked the idea of belonging to someone, especially someone who can't die. (Well, not very easily!)

I wonder if the uncle did some serious molesting, not just what we saw in the flashback.

I'm getting pretty tired of the vampire blood addiction plotline. I hope it pays off in a way that makes the many scenes of Jason trying to get a fix worth it.

I'm a little upset that Tara saw the dog and then Sam was right inside, because I thought Sam would be the dog. But maybe it wasn't supposed to be so much of a literal translation as a hint that he's a werewolf and the dog is his.. friend? I dunno.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on October 21st, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Perhaps at that moment, in her grief, she liked the idea of belonging to someone, especially someone who can't die. (Well, not very easily!)
Nice idea! I had expected it to go in a different direction with her having a death wish, but I like your argument.

I wonder if the uncle did some serious molesting, not just what we saw in the flashback.
Mmm, I don't think so because Sookie said it wasn't as bad as what some girls had experienced and they could have easily used that line from her to hint more deliberately that we'd only seen the tip of the iceberg. But it's possible.

I hope it pays off in a way that makes the many scenes of Jason trying to get a fix worth it.
Oh, I just want to see him get the comeuppance he deserves. I'm not quite out of patience yet because I quite enjoy the trippy effects and the handling but I will get tired of it if it doesn't move somewhere else soon.

I thought Sam would be the dog.
I think that was debunked in ep 2 or 3 where we saw Sam pat the dog and call it 'brother'. So I think there is a connection between Sam and the dog and it was meant to be a hint, yeah.
elzedelzed on October 20th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'd love to be as sanguine (haha) about Bill not having been in the house but he is only credited as being is 7 or 8 eps according to (the very often wrong, but worryingly not always so) imdb, which is making me VERY jittery.

Otherwise pretty much with you on the rest. Including cute little werewolf Sam. And Tara, god, she is such a fantastic character...

I do like how Sookie's dealt with the whole thing though (and we got a vamp sex scene with her and Bill, woohoo, that was fun).

Sigh. Another week to wait... ack!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: bsg kara eeek!bop_radar on October 21st, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
which is making me VERY jittery.
AAAAAAAGGGGHHH!

serenographyserenography on October 20th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Not that I had any sympathy for the child-molesting Uncle, but I was a little thrown when Bill *murdered* him. I'm surprised they went there with his character, and I'm not sure that it's a direction I particularly like.

I really liked the exorcist storyline for Tara and her mother. The thing is, this show has established the existence of things outside the normal realm - so there is some support for the possibility that there was an actual demon, and that it has been exorcised. However, there is always the more realistic scenario of Tara's mother being "cured" simply because she believes that much - a placebo effect. I kind of like the ambiguity of the entire situation.

I do think that Tara had previously verbalized about her mother's non-compliance in getting any sort of help or treatment for her problems. Getting her into a facility would be nearly impossible without her consent as long as she's still coherent enough to refuse treatment and isn't causing harm to herself or others.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on October 21st, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
I was a little thrown when Bill *murdered* him.
Oh yes, totally! I have had the feeling for a long time that there's a dark side to Bill that they will only show us once we're well and truly hooked on his character. ;) I kind of expected it to come out after sex with Sookie but not in *this* way. I think we got a sneak peak of it when he glamoured that police officer.

kind of like the ambiguity of the entire situation.
Same. I like that it works on both levels.

Getting her into a facility would be nearly impossible without her consent as long as she's still coherent enough to refuse treatment and isn't causing harm to herself or others.
Well she's coherent enough to refuse, but I felt she was causing harm to Tara when she threw stuff at her, and she seemed to be very close to violence in the bank if Tara had not shown up.
Romanyromanyg on October 20th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I liked the exorcism scene too, for its grey areas, because we as viewers couldn't be *sure* whether it was real or not. Nothing flashy. And we could see Tara clinging to her skepticism; its her strength. We see the scene through her eyes (and in a world where vampires exist, demons might. So who knows?). You're right though, real or not, her mother believed it so she needed it. Her desperation, and manipulation because of it, was just so painful. We'll just have to see if the 'demon' is truly gone.

I giggled during the fishing scene and Sam running naked through the woods. Terry's shrug of "I've done that" as nothing untoward was just hysterical. *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on October 21st, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
and in a world where vampires exist, demons might. So who knows?
True! (Though it totally sounds like an excuse!) And yes, I'm in suspense to see if Tara's mother is really cured.

Terry's response to Sam streaking was wonderful--it seemed so true. There was I thinking he was about to see something related to the burning of the vamps' hideout, and no, it was just a false alarm!
Call Me OneTrack: Oh Kaycallmeonetrack on October 21st, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Yay I can finally join the party because I watched TB tonight.

I liked that she stood up for herself so much. She's a tough little thing and having made her decision, I'm glad she had no regrets. The only thing that made me sad is that grief for her grandmother appeared to be completely swept away.
I didn't notice the marked change in Sookie I was hoping for (I was sure that the innocence lost allusions last week were really going to point to a more mature, sadder but wiser Sookie), but I did like that she stood up to Sam when he grabbed her neckerchief thing off. I was also surprised they didn't give her a little more time to mourn Gran's death. She was so about the afterglow, I almost wondered if she remembered Gran at all.

I really felt like her mum should be admitted after that bank incident...
I know what you mean. That scene seemed to hint strongly that Tara was going to have to call someone to carry her away. Just the look on Tara's face...
Rutina Wesley is so impressing me I have to say. She's bringing more depth and layers to the character--a character I really disliked in the pilot as one-note and abrasive--each week. She was heartbreaking about her mom and with Sam. I kind of love her and Sam. I hope they get it together too.

What a shit Jason is.
He is, but...I have a soft spot for him despite his frakked-up-ness. I do think they need to do something right quick to redeem him just a little.

Poor Terry! *sniffles* I really liked that little scene of him angsting about not doing anything--he's a great minor cast character.
Terry was awesome. As was Rene with his one line. No Hoyt this week sadly.

And on a shallow note: God there was a lot of nakedness in this episode. Actors must really trust/have faith in Alan Ball.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on October 22nd, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
the innocence lost allusions last week were really going to point to a more mature, sadder but wiser Sookie
I think we did--subtly. And I'm personally glad that we didn't get a marked change because I would have found that hard to believe. But I liked her manner in the bathtub scene, for instance--that felt real and more mature than the melodrama of the actual consummation.

I did have that issue re. the grandmother as well but I liked the point that someone made above about Sookie wanting to bury her grief and loneliness in belonging to someone else.

I'm glad you are liking Tara now and finding the actress as good as I am--I agree, she's putting in a very layered performance and I want her and Sam to work it out.

God there was a lot of nakedness in this episode.
HA! The first three weeks I kept wondering around saying/thinking 'there's a lot of sex. really. a LOT of sex'. Yeah, the actors must be very trusting and/or have been clear about what they were getting into. ;) I'm particularly amused by the actor who plays Jason since he came from a very 'family hour' TV soap in Aus. ;)