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21 July 2009 @ 06:56 pm
True Blood 2.05  
Ok, now that I know that being glamoured can involve disco music, I'm a LOT more scared. ;)

See you at work
I was pretty amused by the inter-work politics and bickering resulting from so many people sleeping with colleagues at Merlotte's. While I'm definitely backing the Terry/Arlene ship, I'm a little wary of Daphne. While she made a cute fawn, I kind of wanted those doe eyes to hide something more sinister. She's in the 'too good to be true' category to which I have also assigned Eggs. Perhaps they're both there to be dispensed with at some point?

Certainly Maryanne's handywork seems to have escalated tensions in Merlotte's--I almost felt that she didn't need to manipulate things further, but the fact that she rocked up in her convertible and exercised some kind of mind control over them makes her seem like the ultimate manipulator. Her emotional blackmail on Tara was really horrible. While she's fascinating to watch, I found that did make her a lot less sympathetic to me. I'm not a fan of emotional blackmailers. And I want angry!Tara not emotionallybeaten!Tara back.

Oh, Maryanne! GET OUT of Sookie's house!! I miss Grandma so much. But I have faith that Sookie will crack the shits sufficiently when she finally returns.

Lafayette's low-key re-entry into Merlotte's was appropriate but I got left wanting more.

Ditto with Jessica, though at least we got the late-night call of CUUUUUUUUUUUUTE to Hoyt. That was the episode highlight for me. Those two could not be more adorable. I had wondered where Hoyt was when the party was going on, but now we know! At home reading comics. Aww.

I'm going through a stage where I'm having issues with Sookie. I don't know if it's her or me. I found Barry instantly sympathetic and kind of, er, sane, in his attitude towards vampires (and their disco music). I do love Sookie's determined way of facing horror head on, but she's starting to drive me mad with her 'I don't want to get killed or attacked but I will every second episode by putting myself in danger constantly' attitude. Bleugh. Heroines. *eyerolls* Barry was refreshingly frightened and I liked his character details: he works with vamps for the brain silence, but has therefore seen how dangerous they are, he hasn't learnt to control the voices so he's more self-protective than Sookie. I hope Barry's not just there as the 'see what happens to telepaths that cross vampires' lesson for Sookie.

Bootcamp was a bit boring for me. My eyes glaze over when muscled dudes start yelling shit. How that motivates anyone I will never understand. I spent the whole fence scene wondering why no-one thought to go round the fence (it was only about 2 metres long!). I also felt it was a bit stupid of the Church to link leadership qualities and physical ability when the two leaders (Sarah and Steve) look like a strong wind would knock both of them down in an instant. Oh well. I just hope the vamps show up soon and slay them (sparing Jason, of course!), they're getting tedious.

Probably the most interesting development in this episode was the Eric flashback. ERIC flashback! Wow. I didn't know we'd get those. The whole Viking thing managed to edge in just under the comedic bar, thanks to some very restrained acting. And ok, now I totally understand why Eric's so haunted by Godric's disappearance. I'd want that cute little evil dude back too! My, Godric's name was misleading. I was picturing a kind of lumbering dwarf with a pickaxe or something, not this little death pixie with a taste for hot warriors. I am officially invested in Getting Godric Back. I also liked the implication the flashback gave of so much more lying beneath the surface where Eric is concerned. This is something I've previously only gleaned from the frenzy that he seems to generate in fandom, but I feel like I'm finally finding him interesting and not just a comedic device myself now.

Now was that Bill's maker showing up at the end? That should make things interesting!
 
 
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Tigress35tigress35 on July 21st, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
The only thing even vaguely interesting in this episode was Eric. Everything else was soooo boring.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on July 21st, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
Hee. There was quite a bit of boring, yes, but I enjoyed Barry and Jessica/Hoyt.
Laura ☂: trueblood:  sookieericcrashstarryeyedmagic on July 21st, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
There needs to be more than one Jessica/Hoyt scene per episode! They're too adorable for words.

I hope Barry's not just there as the 'see what happens to telepaths that cross vampires' lesson for Sookie.
Unless they drastically change something...I wouldn't worry. I've always loved Barry.

I also liked the implication the flashback gave of so much more lying beneath the surface where Eric is concerned. This is something I've previously only gleaned from the frenzy that he seems to generate in fandom, but I feel like I'm finally finding him interesting and not just a comedic device myself now.
There's actually quite a lot lying beneath the surface with Eric. I feel like that frenzy over him is just from the people who have read the books since they know the character pretty well. And on the show we haven't really gotten to know him that well yet.
Personally, when I first started reading the books I enjoyed Eric, but it wasn't until I got to the end of book 2 (or what will be the end of s2) that I really fell for him as a character (it wasn't until then that I really got into the entire book series for that matter).
Eric is pretty much the entire reason I read all the books. They're not the well written, but gosh, Eric makes it 100% worth it.

Another reason for the Eric frenzy is probably because he's played by Alexander Skarsgård, who has a pretty large fan following from his work on Generation Kill. Plus, he's easy on the eyes. ha.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on July 21st, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's ENTIRELY from people who know the books. I don't think Eric on the TV series is enough alone--although he's enjoyable it isn't obvious that there's heaps more going on with him, other than that he's more connected with vampire politics than Bill.

I just watched Generation Kill and Alexander was brilliant in that, and it's amazing how much my love for Eric bounced as a result, but I've got to say I think he was more appropriately cast in that than here... at least if we're supposed to already be feeling the Eric Adoration. But maybe we're not meant to be fully hooked yet, if what you say is true. Don't get me wrong--I always want more Eric, but he's one of many characters I have equal interest in. The actor does understated brilliantly but I'm wondering if that's actually detrimental a bit here? I definitely feel like I'm not seeing what a lot of other people are seeing in him. Or do you think that it's just that people that have read the books are projecting book!Eric onto TV!Eric when they watch?
Laura ☂: trueblood: eric bloodstarryeyedmagic on July 22nd, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
at least if we're supposed to already be feeling the Eric Adoration. But maybe we're not meant to be fully hooked yet, if what you say is true.
We're not. I mean, I'm sure you're meant to be mildly amused, but you're definitely not meant to love him as the fandom as whole does just from the show.

In the show we are about mid book 2, plot wise. It wasn't until the very end of book 2 that I really began to appreciate him. And my admiration for him only grew from book to book after that. And there's 9 books, so that's a lot of Eric love if it keeps growing. haha!

The actor does understated brilliantly but I'm wondering if that's actually detrimental a bit here?
Not really, I think I had the same impression of him that you have now in the books at this point. I feel like the only thing really missing from Eric is that he's a bit...snarkier. I mean, not that he doesn't have funny lines in the show, but I almost think they could step it up a bit since he has some hilarious 1 liners in the book. Although I was impressed that he was able to make a joke while dying in the flashback, that was very in character.

Or do you think that it's just that people that have read the books are projecting book!Eric onto TV!Eric when they watch?
Most definitely. I know I do. Book!Eric is probably one of my favorite fictional characters in anything. Seriously.

And also the opposite goes for Bill, hence the fandom hate. He's not my favorite character, but he hasn't done anything on the show yet to deserve the hate, besides being kind of dull and a bit controlling. And he may never do the things that people hate him for. I kind of hope they change it up drastically because Bill does some really unforgivable things in the books.

I also find TV!Sookie to be really obnoxious but I love book!Sookie. She's such a strong character. Of course when I look back on the book series I realize that she didn't really become strong until she stopped seeing Bill, haha so maybe the same thing will be true of the show. She already seemed a bit more assertive in her scenes with Eric in 2.03.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on July 22nd, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
That's kind of reassuring. I am glad to know that I don't have to feel the Eric love right now to miss out. I've found he's had some of the funniest moments in the series, but they are often very understated. Like that time he was just randomly in the bathtub of Bill's house!

I'm torn on the books... this Eric thing makes me very intrigued but on the other hand, I know the world through the TV series and like its construction of the characters (including Bill) and I kind of don't want to mess with that. I vary between indifference and active fangirling of Bill so it would be pretty weird to hate him! (Though I've totally picked that up from book people.) I really like the actor though, so I'd be conflicted about falling into simplistic hate of him.

And it's so weird about Sookie! Because I see her as very assertive, just naive. In fact sometimes her lack of fear really shits me. I'm like 'dude, you've been nearly dead twice, everyone around you has been killed and your boyfriend's a blood sucker': demonstrate some humanly anxiety once in a while! I thought they did this well in season 1 when they showed her as genuinely in shock (e.g. cleaning gran's blood off the floor) but this season she's all sunshine and daisies and smooches with Bill and seems very hand-wavey about the threats she's facing. I do think she has this uncanny inner strength though, but it's hidden under that very middle-aged attitude, conservative attitude to life. I wish they'd let her hang with Tara more because I feel Tara is a healthy contrast to Sookie. She's full of fears (next to Sookie's courage) but she's also more grounded, more age-appopriate in her views and more street-smart, for lack of a better description.
Laura ☂: trueblood: eric + sookiestarryeyedmagic on July 22nd, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
haha yes, the bathtub thing was amazing. It's not in the book, but it's so perfectly in character for Eric. He does a lot of similar things like that in the books.

Well, I don't hate Tv!Bill because as I said, he hasn't done anything wrong yet. And his old fashion ideals can be rather adorable at times. Plus, I also love Stephen Moyer.

And actually, I don't hate book!Bill either. I just don't really like him anymore (although to be fair, in books 1 and 2 I did like him, so it's not like TV!Bill is any different at all from the books thus far!)

I think TV!Sookie says a lot of assertive things but just...in the future books she's so "GIRL POWER!" almost to the point of hilarity. haha. I mean, if I gave you a list of all the crazy stuff she's done/accomplished/people she's saved in a crisis you'd be appalled. Book!Sookie is a really strong character. I feel like we haven't seen a lot of that yet. (Although again, to be fair, at this point in the books we hadn't seen a lot of it either).

But I just felt really proud of her about how she handled everything regarding her breakup with Bill and every other crazy thing she's done to defend herself and her loved ones.

If I had to go into a supernatural battle I think I'd pick Sookie over Bill to go with. He's stronger, but she has a tendency to be really clever when she needs to be. And she has a better track record, haha. So it does grain on me when he tries to "protect" her. All I can think is "plz, she's so much more competent than you are!" haha.

ITA about Tara. I think it would definitely be better for Sookie if they spent more time together.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Retro girlbop_radar on July 23rd, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
his old fashion ideals can be rather adorable at times. Plus, I also love Stephen Moyer.
Yeah, Moyer brings a lot to the role. I was trying to think what I like about Bill and all I can really say is that he's just so ... Bill. Faintly absurd, defensive, old-fashioned, limited, struggling with morality and ever so slightly daft.

Yeah, ok, I didn't realise book!Sookie was quite so GirlPower! If that's so I can see how TV Sookie could seem a let-down. I have found that TV!Sookie is working pretty well at leading the viewer through an unknown world--with layers of it starting to be revealed. I'm kind of fine with the director leaving the possiblity of character development into her being more 'girl power' in the future. But I do wish the Tara-Sookie friendship was on screen more often. That photoshopped childhood pic with Gran ain't cutting it!
Laura ☂: trueblood: Pam is HBICstarryeyedmagic on July 24th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
I don't know if it's really a let-down. I mean, all of her "girl-power" simply comes later in the series. We're just not there yet.

I think a lot of book fans in the fandom tend to forget how early in the series we really are right now. Everyone grows and changes and gets more developed as time goes on. People need to give everything time.

Like the people complaining about the lack of Eric/Sookie are just silly. That's a relationship that develops really slowly, hence why it's probably the most significant relationship of the whole series. There's no need to jump the gun!
Bill/Sookie are supposed to still be happy right now, there's no need for the trouble start any earlier. I'm sure it'll still come in some form really soon.

I think we'll see more Tara/Sookie towards the end of the season when Sookie/Eric/Bill come back from Dallas. I'm sure Sookie will have to save her from Maryanne's clutches or something like that.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on July 26th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Thanks for the interesting discussion! I really appreciate you sharing your perspective (and sorry we don't see eye to eye on TW--just a case of wanting different things, I think). I hear what you're saying here about it being ok for the relationships to develop over time. And I do look forward to Sookie's return from Dallas, so she can boot Maryanne out! That could be a good 'female power' reunion for Tara and Sookie! ;)