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07 July 2009 @ 04:19 pm
True Blood Tuesdays  
I haven't been posting on it (yet) but I have been watching the new season of True Blood and greatly enjoying it--what a relief to have some TV escapism back! And today I just finished a big job so I thought it would be a good chance to recap on the first few eps while waiting for the new one.

Apart from overwhelming relief that it was NOT Lafayette in the back of the car, I was a little underwhelmed by the first episode. I liked that it picked up exactly where we left off but at the same time I didn't feel like we got that much further... Jason has a religious epiphany (yes, that was signalled last season), Bill is burdened with Jessica (yes, we know) ... we did get a bit of backstory on Sam and Maryanne but it was tantalisingly incomplete. We still have no idea what her real agenda with him is. And, of course, Sookie found out Bill killed her granduncle, but I'm not that into their on-again, off-again thing--they're fine as the narrative the rest of the series rides on but I'm not here for them, really. So meh.

However, the second episode seriously made up for it! First of all: Eric! Rocking that tracksuit. I am loving Eric this season and am very glad we're getting more of him. The dungeon was disgusting and they're definitely milking the gore this season, but I loved that it made Eric both comedic and scary. Ditto Pam, still much love for Pam.

Jason's Jesus Camp proved to me much more entertaining than I thought it would be, thanks to the repressed homsexuality and the Lukeinator. 'Some Muslim Buffy with a dick!' = best LOL of the season so far.

Tyra's hot dude is going to be evil, isn't he. Something is seriously too good to be true about that guy, especially with his shirt off (distraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacting!). But while I was sad to see the death of Tara/Sam last season, I'm finding Sam too cranky all the time for me to really want to see Tyra with him. Also his Maryanne plot suffers from the 'just TALK to her about it!' problem--if he actually told Tyra even part of the truth (leaving out the dog bit) then she might not think he was mad. I guess Sam is just that scared of being found out to be a shapeshifter, but I have to keep reminding myself of that. He's frustrating me.

My favourite part of the episode was Maryanne getting everyone dirty dancing in Sam's bar. Hee! (I always like to mess with non-dancers too--so that really appealed to me! I mean what is with people that don't dance?!) I'm loving her Bacchanalian vibe and am going to be really sad if she turns out to be a disgusting evil monster (which she so is, no doubt! the stuff with her servant is a tip off). I also like that we get to see how she always says just the right thing to those around her, bolstering everyone's esteem. But black eyes of zombie-tude to not bode well. Sigh.

Jessica too proved to be LOTS more enjoyable than I expected. I was fearing a one-note character played for laughs alone, but the actress has terrific range (and does a great Bill impression) and I found myself alternately moved, amused and mesmerised. I like the way her naive teenage girlhood and monster-hood are at war with each other, and while the sulking and blood tears could get old fast, the storyline with her family was intense, and I have confidence that she'll continue to be interesting to watch.

Even though I like Maryanne, I'm glad Tara got a clue in the third episode, firstly because Tara is smart and her blindness to Maryanne was starting to annoy me, and secondly because sunny, laidback Tara turns out to be not that much fun as pissed off edgy Tara. ;) I look forward to finding out what she uncovers for here--I'm guessing it's going to be hard to get away from Maryanne.

It seems too easy that Maryanne is the minotaur, doesn't it? Maybe Tara's too-good-to-be-true dude? Maryanne wanted to take Sam under her wing, maybe she collects other strange beasties? But that doesn't explain why she collected Tara... so I'm not sure yet. And how did the waitress survive an attack? or DID she? Is she the minotaur and actually the poison turns you into one? (ok, maybe not, but I like that the show is still leaving me with mysteries to puzzle over each week)

I'm greatly relieved Lafayette got out of the dungeon but was a bit disappointed when he wasn't turned into a vamp, after the end of episode fakeout. I had psyched myself up for that! Hmm. Where to from here, Lafayette? I did love that Sookie sussed on and got him out of there--her bargaining with Eric was rather awesome and I like that we've had enough from Eric's point of view now to see that he finds Sookie amusingly direct and unafraid for a human.

Sookie in a Fangtasia t-shirt really cracked me up. Wow, how fangbanger-trailertrash did she look? (also how much hypocrisy in her telling Jessica to get changed in the previous ep? Have you seen the cut of your own shorts, Sookie?!) Also, how much vamp blood has that girl drunk now? Isn't it sending her a bit mental?

Jason continued to be mesmerising--I like that he's haunted by Eddie and what happened to him (aww, poor Eddie!) and that he at least tried to get out of the Jesus Camp. Unfortunately he seems to have a very poor grasp of logic because blondeJesusfreakchick talked him out of it with THE most illogical argument ever. However, Ryan is such a damn good actor I was still sucked in by that scene and seeing how Jason's guilt is activated. Ahh, guilt, the religious nuts will prey on that like blood...

Highlight of the third episode though was Jessica and Hoyt. WOW! I am totally shipping those two now. Jessica turned all cute and girly around him and I was totally crushing on Hoyt when he was all 'don't be ashamed of your fangs!' I kept expecting things to go horribly, terribly wrong--I love that this show makes me think they really might!--but they didn't and YAY. I don't know how long this bubble of adorable will last, but I enjoyed it.

Not sure what I think about Sam clearing out of town... I don't really get what's going on with him this season, but I'll wait and see.

In short it leaves me anxious for more!
 
 
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Nickyobsessive24 on July 7th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
I'm enjoying TB too this season.

First of all: Eric! Rocking that tracksuit.
Word! The gay thing in the store was hi-larious.

Hoyt's crispy delicious baby line had me in stitches for ages.

Lafayette on that sofa broke my heart.

There's more at the time, but that's all I remember in hindsight. I was gutted to find no episode this week.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on July 7th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
What?!! No episode this week?! I'm all psyched for it! I cleared my schedule and everything. *pouts*
redteekal: Tru Bloodredteekal on July 7th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
The highlight of the first three epis has to be Eric getting his highlights done and the whole discussion about blood in his hair LMAO!!! Eric is tall and buff and droll. And has it all over Bill as far as I'm concerned.

Although new found respect for Bill when he solved Sookie's little situation with Jessica's family - bout time he grew some balls around her.

Sookie - I was torn between being righteously outraged at her lack of respect for Eric and admiringly gobsmacked by her gutsy display. All I kept thinking was 'Girl he can detach your head from your neck if he so chooses'!!!

Awww - Jason such a conflicted soul who is as malleable as butter. But still kind of begrudgingly adorable with it.

I see Hoyt now and am conflicted because all I keep seeing is Nick the Siren from *that* episode of Supernatural. And I wonder if Hoyt has a hidden side in there that is gonna explode....but yes Jessica/Hoyt = Extremely shippable.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on July 7th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
Eric is tall and buff and droll. And has it all over Bill as far as I'm concerned.
Hee. I think Bill is a good straight man to Eric's droll though. I can't say I actively fangirl either of them yet, but I find Eric more like chocolate topping and Bill like vanilla icecream. ;)

I always find it amusing when you and other Eric fans comment on the series because it's from such a different perspective. I only just managed to see that there was anything amazing in Sookie standing up to Eric, anything more than normal assertiveness. So yeah, fascinating to hear your take!

But yeah, don't mess with a man who gets foils!

Thankfully I do not watch Supernatural so had no idea Hoyt had been in it. His image as the charming, shy boy next door remains unsullied for me. ;)
Kate: True Blood: Eric - promomskatej on July 7th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
Yay for your True Blood commentary! I am also enjoying the show a lot this season, mostly thanks to increased Eric screen time (GUH) and Maryanne, who is so awesome I hope she never leaves. Love Jessica and I totally agree that Ryan is an amazing actor. I'm actually glad Lafayette didn't get vamped because I find his amorality really fascinating, and if he were to turn evil he'd become a far less compelling character to me.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on July 7th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
You know I haven't quite found the 'guh' about Eric yet, which is weird because he's so tall and I usually go for that. And he's so sarcastic and I love what he brings to the show... but I don't know if I find him attractive. Maybe it's the blond thing. Hmm.

You're right about Lafayette's amorality being interesting--I guess I hadn't thought that that would disappear with him being a vampire, but you're right--it would have probably tipped the balance. I do wonder if Eric will come back some time and say he wants to take him up on the offer though!
Call Me OneTrack: lafayette dancingcallmeonetrack on July 7th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
TB! Random Impressions:

I'm so happy Lafayette is sticking around (although surprised too that they didn't turn him and wondering what is next.)

Still don't care much for Bill, Eric or Sookie.

I thought the flag football scene with Jason in the first episode was hilarious with the choice of sappy music in the background.

Jessica is more interesting than I expected and I'm enjoying her/Hoyt.

I wish we were getting more Sam. Or less silliness and more smart Sam.

Maryann is great. I remember watching Michele Forbes way back in the day on Guiding Light. She's always played a quasi-villain so very well.

I miss sarcastic Tara too.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on July 8th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
Yup, I must post more often on True Blood. *nods* Still finding my feet with posting again...

Flag football was lolarious--I felt like we were in FNL for a moment there! And I found the cheesy teen-pop-virginity-for-Jesus song amusing as well.

Sam is troubling me. I used to like him! But they write him as cranky all the time and I think that's supposed to be cute or funny but it's just pissing me off and feeling one-note! I feel like they could be doing so much more with him... he's interesting, damn it! So I vote for less Sam or more smart Sam--but not more of pissed-off-but-not-very-smart Sam, which is what we seem to be getting at the moment.

I have come to a place of TOTAL ADORATION for Michelle Forbes, after seeing her in several different series. She always steals the show, and I am staggered that she's never been given her own lead role... I mean if I was a TV director I would be sleeping on her doorstep until she agreed to work with me! The woman is GOLD.

I think sarcastic Tara will return: I have high hopes after her mid-party tantrum.
hoolia goolia: TB - OM NOM NOM Ericboom_queen on July 8th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I always love how articulate your reviews are--you always make it fun to read :)

And! I'm totally with you on the yay-for-more-Eric, sad-for-not!vamp-Lafayette and instashipping-Jessica/Hoyt!

Sookie/Bill leaves me pretty lukewarm as romances go, but the rest of the characters are so interesting that it more than makes up for it. I'm really really enjoying how much this 'verse plays around with amoral characters and predator/prey. So many delightful gray areas :) And SOOOO much delightful snark to accompany them!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on July 8th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
Is that an icon of Eric nomming?! *dies*

Thanks dear! I'm glad we're on the same page. I'm lukewarm on Bill and Sookie too, but the 'verse is so fascinating and the support cast is magnificent. The combination of sarcasm/snark/humour with schlock-horror gore and high melodrama and dark morality is so unique: I love it!