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10 November 2008 @ 08:31 pm
1.10 I don't wanna know  
It's time for my new favourite show again. \o/

One of the things I've found about True Blood is that it gets increasingly amusing. It isn't a show that regularly makes me laugh aloud (though it *did* do so a couple of times in this episode) but I'm regularly smiling internally at the absurdity.

Also, every episode seems packed full of material. It's not always that a lot happens or a lot of time passes (when I sit back and think about it afterwards it's often a very short space of time in the actual timeline), but I always feel like there's a lot to, er, digest, afterwards. This episode was no exception!

So Sam's a shapeshifter. Intriguing! It wasn't quite a decoy dog, but he isn't a werewolf either. Seeing the flashbacks of his history made me 'buy' his story--I do not think he is lying about his powers, and clearly his life has been a very hard one. His foster family leaving him behind was particularly awful. I also no longer think he is the killer (but I did like that Sookie leapt to that conclusion because you would!). However there are still gaps in his history if what the detective said is true. I'm intrigued by those and getting glimpses into his journey has just made me want more.

As far as his powers go, there's some intriguing aspects there--he claims that humans are too complex. That's kind of hard to buy since their physical aspect is clearly no more complex than an animals--but perhaps he meant the behaviour patterns were too hard? it would be too obvious? Not being able to shapeshift into a human makes them much less threatening to other humans, so that does seem an important restriction.

I'm also interested in the fact that Sam feels it easiest to mimic dogs. Dogs are a good choice, as he says, but it seems like his affinity for them developed very early in life. Do all shapeshifters find it easiest to take a particular form?

Sookie had a tough episode. I found her anger at Sam out of proportion with what he'd actually done but it was also clear that everything was accumulating on her shoulders and she was lashing out at him for all the confusion and fear in her recent life. Secrets being kept by those close to her, at a time like this, would feel like even more of a betrayal than usual. Bill is gone, she's estranged from her brother, she has very few people to turn to, and is treated as an oustider at the party (though fair enough: she really was a buzzkill, huh? hee!). It's understandable but I guess I must be more sympathetic to Sam than I realised because I didn't think it was fair for her to take it out on him. It was a big deal that he told anyone, but Sookie evidently doesn't understand that.

Speaking of difficult times, oh wow, will Tara's life ever get any easier? I confess I was happy for her when her exorcism briefly 'worked', she needed her emotional burden lessened so desperately. Though I found her being BFFs with her mum kind of creepy! I was still angry for her that it was faked, though I thought it was a good twist. Faith and belief are powerful--and Tara wanted/needed so desperately to believe that there was something that could take away the pain in her life. Her vision was interesting--she 'killed' her child self, the self that was abused by her mother. I guess that's a dark twist on learning to love your inner child. ;)

Tara at the party was kind of painful to watch. She was so superficially pretty in her dress, but her behaviour was all ugly drunk (very well acted).

Amy is a confirmed psychopath. Wow. That 'I'm an organic vegan' speech was one of the amusing instances I mentioned above. But also totally psychotic. I'm glad she got caught out--I was really scared that Jason wouldn't see her true face. However, I'm obviously devastated that it ended in Eddie's death anyway--I really wanted him to get away. On the other end of the emotional spectrum, Jason provided my biggest LOL moment of the ep with his confession 'I think I lost the upper hand in the relationship'. Huahahaha, no SHIT!

I wasn't really on board with the whole 'tell women how it is' thing, but given that both Rene and Hoyt are actually lovely and not shits, it managed to avoid being completely objectionable. However I really don't think Jason needs that advice!

Amy liking Jason's simple, surface, WYSIWYG nature amuses me. It's strangely fitting for her vacuous form of psychopathy.

Tribunal
We finally learnt a lot more about vampire culture. Yay! And eeeeep, scary. The junkyard setting was very atmospheric. I really liked the Magister--he was so convincingly evil and while his little throne and staff thing were cliched, I liked that he was in a business suit. Hee! 'Back your shit down' was so wonderfully delivered as well. :)

Eric earned my respect by disclosing the truth about Longshadow fairly. Within his own code he isn't unnecessarily vindicative--that's good. I was amused by him saying that Bill was 'mostly' loyal, when it counted. I wonder when/where Bill has been loyal in the past?

And omg, I love Bill more and more! I was so totally 'in' his perspective in the Tribunal because it all seemed so alien, unfair and literally 'inhuman'. I loved that he at least tried to say that there were some vampires who did not think humans existed only to serve. Of course, the scene also served to show how impossible it is for him to resist the overall vampire culture on this matter. But I'm intrigued... how the hell do ANY of the vampires think this whole 'go public, live as equals' thing is going to work if they view humans as inferior?!

Bill having to turn that human was confronting but compelling.

I am quite honestly confused about what Sookie saw in the bar. Someone attacked her, but she also had vision flashes which looked like someone dying? But were they from the attacker or from the person dying? I thought someone was dying in the bar! But given that Sookie didn't mention that, I'm guessing now they were flashbacks?

And speaking of the weird and unexplained: PIG WOMAN?! *blinks*

The support cast:
- Terry was adorable telling Sookie that there were only no nasty surprises from him because she didn't really know him (hee! not what Sookie needed to hear). Double adorable for saying there were some dead people he wished were still around too. Awww, Terry!
- Rene and Arlene's engagement party was wonderful--it was great to see them having so much fun.
- The prize award of the episode goes to LaFayette for telling Jason some home truths. A big 'hell yeah!' to that speech about Jason thinking life is a game he always wins. But that line about not being next struck fear into my heart. I CANNOT LOSE LAFAYETTE! Just: NO!!!!
 
 
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Luminositysockkpuppett on November 10th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
This show has flown to the top of my list of guilty pleasures. It's just so bad that it's good. I wondered if Amy was going to kill Eddie with a red Swingline stapler though, which actually says more about me, doesn't it? LOL

The vampire casting is brilliant, too, IMO.
serenography: KKgiggleserenography on November 10th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
I wondered if Amy was going to kill Eddie with a red Swingline stapler though,

Sorry to butt in on your conversation, but, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

:D
Stephanieeinaphets on November 10th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
I wondered if Amy was going to kill Eddie with a red Swingline stapler though,

Bwahahaha!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on November 11th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
You're right--the vampire casting IS brilliant. And it really is the perfect guilty pleasure: just the right blend of quirk and melodrama.
serenography: ckexodus/patserenography on November 10th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Gah! I have to go to work (I'm SO late!), but I can't wait to come home and read your comments in detail.

I'm always a bit sketchy on Bill and Sookie, but I adored him at that tribunal. I felt like he was finally a bit more "defined" to me - and I liked him, a lot!

Sookie - still working on it. *grumbles*

Lafayette, Tara, and Jason are the ones that grab my interest the most on this show so far. I just LOVE watching them and am totally invested in their stories.

I'm really glad that Sam's secret is out now. I'm finding him a lot more interesting with some backstory.

*needs TB icons*

Edited at 2008-11-10 01:42 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on November 11th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've been sketchy on Bill and Sookie. They were not really 'my' ship, though I appreciated their chemistry at times. I agree that Bill is way more defined now--we've seen him in his 'home' context with other vampires and I understand better how he differs from them: and yay! he is an idealist and an anti-vampire-establishment figure and he believes in human-vampire equality. That's bound to get me on board!

Sookie was not very likeable in this episode, imho.

Lafayette, Tara, and Jason are the ones that grab my interest the most on this show so far. I just LOVE watching them and am totally invested in their stories.
Lafayette and Tara were my big drawcards to begin with and Jason snuck up on me--he's just so entertaining and now I find myself invested in seeing him get out of this quagmire he's got into.

I'm also glad Sam's story is out there--I have wanted to like Sam from the start but found it hard not knowing his 'deal' because I didn't want to invest in a character I didn't fully know yet.
Call Me OneTrack: lafayette dancingcallmeonetrack on November 10th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
I totally agree that there was so much happening in this episode (and in most episodes) but I still want so much more! This week especially, it felt the end of the ep came so much faster than i wanted it to.

I'm probably going to post big rambly comments later but quickly I will say:
I'm so glad they had Sam come straight out and tell--ok and show!--Sookie what he is. I thought they might drag out the werecollie suspicions longer. And I'm so sad for his 15-year-old self and want to know so much more.

And then Tara, Oh Tara. What is going to happen to my girl? I knew the exorcism wouldn't stick (because that'd be boring) but she can't keep up this level of misery. (Dude, even Starbuck at her lowest wasn't this bad.)

Sookie was so unsympathetic to Sam and though I know it's in character for her to react badly to proof of the supernatural, I want her to be a little more mature considering she herself CAN READ MINDS AND SEE VISIONS. I wish the show did more with that aspect of Sookie's nature actually overall.

Poor Eddie. It'll be interesting to see what changes (or not) this brings in Jason.

Oh and I think Sookie's visions in the bar were actually happening and that next episode we're going to find that girl dead in the back room. It ended kind of abruptly with her trying to escape the killer. So I think when it picks up she'll tell Sam she saw the girl being killed.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on November 11th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
the end of the ep came so much faster than i wanted it to.

Yes! I instantly begin craving next week's ep. It's been ages since I've felt this way about a show, even my long-term ones.

Sookie what he is. I thought they might drag out the werecollie suspicions longer. And I'm so sad for his 15-year-old self and want to know so much more.
I know! I was glad they leapt straight to confession. It actually felt like Sam had been hoping Sookie would 'notice' about him for some time--he really seized the opportunity to tell her the whole story. It must be lonely having no-one know and wow, I felt sorry for him re. the rejection because it seems like he's been rejected a lot of times before (and by his adopted family--eep!).

t she can't keep up this level of misery. (Dude, even Starbuck at her lowest wasn't this bad.)
I seriously started to think the same thing. But the Starbuck call is a BIG one! ;) Though when she and Sam had their 'let's have sex, omg no, let's fight'/*flail*/WTFdoyouwantfromme/Nothing! *storm off* moment (again!), I really thought 'they're like a dysfunctional Lee/Kara'. Which is the saying something given that Kara/Lee is built on the premise of dysfunction and bad timing. ;) But Sam/Tara makes Kara/Lee look 'good'! (Though I guess Sam/Tara have the trump card on actually being more of a couple than Lee/Kara ever managed... already.)

I want her to be a little more mature considering she herself CAN READ MINDS AND SEE VISIONS
Yeah. She sure ain't a 'hero' character. I thought Sam's speech on the dancefloor about his worst fears re. her judgemental nature being confirmed was justified. I can see why he would have thought that she would understand and she just totally didn't. Ok, his timing sucked because she is terrified and jumpy and neurotic right now, but even so... I do hope she comes around and admits she was a bit fast to judge.

next episode we're going to find that girl dead in the back room. It ended kind of abruptly with her trying to escape the killer. So I think when it picks up she'll tell Sam she saw the girl being killed.
Ok, cool. That's what I thought was happening but then I second-guessed myself.
Stephanie: TB gif einaphets on November 10th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Great recap. This is not a campy show per se, and I wouldn't call it a comedy by any stretch, yet every episode ends with me just tickled by the whole thing.

I had a large LOL when Sookie saw Sam's transformation and told him 'shut.the.fuck.up'.

I found myself liking/understanding both Bill and Eric more after the tribunal episode. I think Bill wants to think of himself as human as much as possible but his world just is not going to allow that. I'm curious as to what his 'creative' punishment is going to be.

And I don't get the restaurant thing either. I thought it was like the time at Fangtasia when Sookie could see the guy getting chomped by the vamp in the bathroom and that there was a girl being eaten right then in Merlotte's. But maybe this is the murderer and she's seeing his most recent victim.

I think Terry is too sweet to be believed. Somethin's gonna happen to/with that boy.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on November 11th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
I had a large LOL when Sookie saw Sam's transformation and told him 'shut.the.fuck.up'.
That was a great intro! :) They do some fab teasers on this show.

I found myself liking/understanding both Bill and Eric more after the tribunal episode.
Same. I understand both of them better as characters because we saw them in their own environment and each of them had personal integrity in terms of their personal 'codes'. Bill does seem naive to think he can get away with staying as 'human' as possible but I really sympathise with him wanting to.

I thought the 'creative punishment' was him being forced to turn the human chick. That was psychological torture because the Magister had worked out that he had sympathy for humans and seeing as he'd never turned one I think he rightly guessed that Bill was averse to doing so. Forcing him to do so will tie him tighter into vampire culture (especially as we saw that once he was drinking from her his darker/vampire side kicked in) so it seems very 'smart' in evil overlord fashion. It was cool to see Bill beg for the silver coffin instead.

I think callmeonetrack may be right above--perhaps the girl was being killed in Merlotte's and that's where the show will pick up next time (a case of awkward editing rather than anything else).

I think Terry is too sweet to be believed. Somethin's gonna happen to/with that boy.
Do you think he's the murderer? This episode seemed to imply he might be. He sloped off after speaking to Sookie and seemed to be in 'flashback' mode thinking about dead comrades in arms. Perhaps he has visions and blackouts and doesn't know what he does during them? (I suck at picking who the bad guys are usually so I'm probably wrong.)