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29 July 2009 @ 06:53 pm
True Blood 2.06  
I liked this one!

Ahh, I knew that doe-girl was too good to be true. I'm pleased she turned out to be a Maryann minion. (And the PIG, no less!) The thing was, I felt like the pool table scene was the most real, convincing scene she'd had with Sam. I enjoyed the sense of intimacy between them and it made the twist within the episode more of a twist. I'd just begun to think 'well, maybe her purpose is to loosen Sam up a bit'. So what's the deal with Sam, they're going to kill him? I still feel like it's not clear why he's such a Big Deal to Maryann. Does she just like messing with him, or what? It was a lot of effort, surely, to send her shapeshifter to set him up... hmm.

Given that doe-girl wound up evil, I'm fine with Eggs being a more innocent victim of Maryann, as that seems to be the way it's playing out. The plumbing and convertible scenes were probably my favourites between he and Tara so far, and his discovery of the disturbing ring--only to be led back to a live one--was well played.

The whole possessed-fucking thing was really creepy. A kind of mass rape? At least the couples we knew were ones that were drawn to each other even outside the black-eyed possession. But I'm mostly disturbed for Terry who seems to be uncomfortable around Arlene still, and who already has a lot of psych. damage. (I sort of feel like the possession poses a Dollhouse-like question: would it be better if they never found out about it, since their bodies have been whored out to someone else, and that's the kind of shit that could screw someone up permanently?)

This was, in fact, a big Terry episode: I loved the scene with him and Lafayette. What a hero! It was so convincing that he'd know what to do because he recognised the signs of trauma in Lafayette that he usually exhibits himself. Lafayette is very raw from things still, whereas Terry's settled into a pattern of living with flashbacks. I want to draw hearts around Terry.

Ditto Hoyt. Those two have become two of my favourites (and I've long ago forgotten that I ever had mutual affection for Rene!). While again the Jessica-Hoyt storyline progressed only slowly, I found their scene absolutely adorable.

I liked new-character Hugo as well. The first glimpse into Hugo's mind was a bit disturbing (who ambles around thinking 'forever, forever' like that?) but then his obsession with getting turned made that make more sense. I really liked that he slapped Sookie's naivety in the face. And I'm with him: surely it IS an inevitable part of dating a vampire?

That said, I liked what their exchanges drew out about Sookie as well: she could see the sense in a 'just smile and nod' approach but was unable to carry it out. Ha! I like that. I can overdo it when I'm nervous too. ;)

I liked Sookie's 'vanilla pudding' call too. The fake-kiss-kiss Sarah-Sookie meeting was sickening! And I liked how the sunlit Church turned really really creepy (despite looking gorgeous). Bit less into Sarah's angst though: is she really that dumb? psychotic? She feels like more of a caricature than most of the characters, but I'm cool with it if it pushes Jason's plot there along a bit. And I'll be interested to see how Sookie and Hugo get out of the basement. (Will it be as scarring a basement as Eric's?)

The Bill backstory was probably the most 'meh' part for me. I didn't feel like we needed to see it to know that those two romped around the world killing humans for a couple of centuries--I'd kind of assumed that anyway. I'm more interested in finding out why they fell out so hopefully that's coming.

Still ridiculously invested in Eric/Godric. They haven't seen each other in over a century, you say? Hmm. The reunion could be interesting. *hopeful*
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hoolia goolia: TB - OM NOM NOM Ericboom_queen on July 29th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Still ridiculously invested in Eric/Godric.

Me too! I am very curious about how that will play out in the show (it's already a totally different direction from that relationship in the book so I am 100% intrigued!).

Also loved the Terry+Lafayette scene. I love Lafayette's sass soooo much, but I'm glad to see that his vulnerability and trauma is just as well played. Makes him a more interesting character.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on July 30th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
Hee! I had a hunch (without knowing at all) that Alan Ball had put a twist on Godric. It just gave off that vibe. And man, I gotta say: GOOD CALL! I want Godric back!

Yeah, I thought a weak Lafayette would bother me, but it was really moving. And I kind of love his quieter self. He's had some fanTAStic glances--that actor can do so much with his eyes, I'm dying to vid him.
hoolia goolia: TB - Bitch plz Lafayetteboom_queen on July 31st, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
I'm dying to vid him

Oooh, I can't wait to see that!
xgirl2222xgirl2222 on July 29th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Terry/Lafayette for the win. Seriously, that scene was golden with Terry standing up to Andy then comforting Lafayette as only someone whose been thru such a traumatic experience could. I'm also loving the Jess/Hoyt's scenes, their cuter then cute. I could eat them up with a spoon.

I actually liked the flashbacks for Bill and his maker since they established why she would want him back. For good for ill she really did love him. It also shows just how far Bill has come and why he justifiably has back slides.

I love Maryann but I don't just get her interest in Sam or Tara. As for the possessed orgy scene. It was much more disturbing then hot. Like you the underlying theme of lack of choice and rape just really bothered me.

Finally, I loved Sookie tonight. Her "vanilla pudding" comment had me LOL! Since I've been thinking the exact same thing about Sarah Newlin for a while now. Plus, since I also babble when I get nervous I felt Sookies pain.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on July 30th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
Terry/Lafayette and Jess/Hoyt = so much love!

I'm glad the flashbacks worked for you! I guess I'd filled in that blank in my own mind any way, but I think the intention was as you describe.

Yeah... I am definitely at the point of impatience with the Maryann plot. I need to know her Deal with Tara and Sam now. Also the rape aspect was confronting. :/

hee, you're like me about Sookie! and vanilla pudding is so apt for Sarah! (I keep wanting to call her 'Sarah Palin'! Palin/Newlin--so close!)
Tigress35: Eric Foiltigress35 on July 30th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
It was so convincing that he'd know what to do because he recognised the signs of trauma in Lafayette that he usually exhibits himself. Lafayette is very raw from things still, whereas Terry's settled into a pattern of living with flashbacks.

THIS. This was my favorite part.

I'm totally for Jessica/Hoyt.