With every episode of True Blood, a little more of the story is revealed. There are few TV shows on the go at the moment that have such a focus on the over arching story line and effectively act as a mystery the audience have to solve. This is partly why True Blood is such compelling viewing; we just have to know what happens next.
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Posted by brogen on July 23, 2010
Posted by brogen on July 14, 2010
Episode 4 of the new season of True Blood and the pace is not letting up. At the very beginning of the episode Bill calls Sookie and breaks up with her. He tells her that he does not wish to be found, so she should stop looking. Sookie being Sookie though, does not accept that and continues to look for him – with Alcide’s help – and finds herself at the were bar she was at the night before. This time, however, she thinks she is crashing Debbie – Alcide’s ex – and Coot’s engagement party. Instead she finds herself in the middle of Debbie’s initiation into Operation Werewolf. A rite that is performed by Bill’s new employer; Russell Edgington. The plot thickens.
Bill, on the other hand, seems to be settling into his new kingdom very nicely. He asks Russell Edgington to kill Lorena when the time is right in exchange for information that will help him to take Louisiana from queen Sophie Anne.
The other main story of the episode – and the season – is shaping up to be Tara’s relationship with Franklyn Mott. Franklyn pumps Tara for information about Sookie then kidnaps her and brings her to Russell Edgington. The fact that he does not see this as kidnapping and sees Tara as ‘his’ is obviously something that she objects to, but there is not much she can do about it.
Eric and Pam find themselves in trouble when the magister raids Fangtasia and finds that they have been dealing V. Rather than turn their Queen in, however, they blame Bill – seeing as he is missing already. The magister gives them 2 days to find him or Pam will face the consequences.
Meanwhile, Sam is dealing with his new family turning up on his doorstep, Jason is blackmailing Andy Bellefleur – in his new role as Sherriff – to make him a cop and Jessica is made a hostess at Merlotte’s but is recognised from her human life almost straight away.
Another fantastically fast paced episode of True Blood this week. The story is pulling together nicely with what seemed like scattered elements of the story fitting together nicely. There are still a lot of strings that need to be tied in – mainly with the background characters – but there is still plenty of time for these stories to play out.
There are several very cool moments in this week’s episode. It has been hinted before that Eric can fly, but seeing him actually floating outside Sookie’s window is very cool. As is the sequence where Franklyn has Tara glamoured. She is on the phone to Sookie and as Franklyn speaks his words come out of Tara’s mouth. Franklyn is probably one of the most honest vampires in the show – he does not seem to want to hide behind what he is, he is just evil. He is shaping up to be one of the characters to watch in the show.
True Blood is staying close enough to the books to keep puritan fans happy, but the added element of Operation Werewolf gives the show a pace that is needed after the first two action packed seasons. Again, the only complaint could be that there is a little too much going on at times. Some of the background characters could be allowed to fade out, to allow the main story lines to come to the fore. This is a minor complaint though, and we know from previous seasons of the show that it all comes together in the end, so it is probably better to wait and see.
Posted by brogen on July 4, 2010
Beautifully Broken is the second episode in the long awaited season 3 of True Blood. The episode picks up immediately from the one that preceded it. Bill finds out that the werewolves who abducted him were in the pay of Russell Edgington – the vampire King of Mississippi – but their behaviours toward Bill was not what they were paid for. Russell takes Bill to his home and, over the course of the episode, offers Bill the job of Sherriff of Area 2 of Mississippi – a job that Bill studiously refuses, until his maker Lorena is brought into the mix and Edgington threatens Sookie.
Sookie, in the meantime, is still dealing with Bill’s disappearance, but has stopped actively looking for him as she has realised this was getting her nowhere. She visits Eric with the information she has learned about Operation Werewolf. Eric eventually tells her of his experiences during World War II when he and Godric encountered what appeared to be actual Werewolf Women of the SS – who knew Rob Zombie’s faux Grindhouse trailer was so on the money?
Meanwhile, Jessica is still dealing with her dead trucker, and she consults Pam for advice on how to not kill people, and get rid of dead bodies. Jessica is also still dealing with her feelings for Hoyt who she appears to be pushing away for his own sake.
Sam is still in Arkansas, he has found his family and is trying to spend some time with them and find out more about the shifter side of himself. Jason is still struggling with the killer side of himself and Arlene is struggling with the notion that she is pregnant and how to tell Terry.
Finally, Lafayette brings Tara to see his mother, who is in a mental home – this finally explaining some of the questions about why Lafayette needs to work two jobs – and explains his fear of Tara becoming like his mother because there is “darkness in this family”. Tara also manages to befriend a new and mysterious vampire (who fans of the books will know as Franklyn Mott) who is seen searching for information on Sookie before he darkens the door of Merlotte’s.
All in all, this is a much less muddled episode of True Blood than the season premiere. Many of the smaller characters – such as Lettie Mae, Pam, Sophie Anne (even though there is a lot of talk of her) and Couter the werewolf – are pushed to the background to make room for the other storylines. It’s a welcome relief, as the screen was definitely getting too crowded in the first episode. The stories that have been established are beginning to draw the characters together into their respective groups, and the lines drawn by the book – Club Dead – are beginning to become clear. Of course, Jessica, Lafayette and Tara are still not doing what the books say they should, but this has been accepted by now. The book also tells the story from Sookie;s perspective only, and it is a nice change to see what actually happens to Bill in Mississippi.
The most interesting development in this episode is the introduction of Franklyn Mott. It seems that he is going to be one to watch through the season. The fact that he is played by The Tudors veteran James Fray is one that is a good move for True Blood as he is a strong actor, well capable of carrying a storyline.
Fans will be pleased that this episode seems to have settled down from the break neck speed of the first, and the stories are being allowed to develop on their own. It is sure that this new mix of werewolves and vampires is going to be a fun and interesting one.
GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes
Posted by brogen on July 4, 2010
Season 3 of True Blood picks up exactly where season 2 left off. So what happened in season 2? Let’s have a quick recap.
Bill, Sookie’s vampire paramour, was abducted from a restaurant – moments after he asked Sookie to marry him. Eggs was killed after Jason saw him waving a knife at Andy Bellefleur. Andy took responsibility for the killing, to keep Jason out of prison. Sookie’s house is still wrecked from a pesky maenad infestion, in the form of Mary Anne, who seemed well on the road to making most of the town crazy until Sam, Bill and Sookie stopped her. Lafayette is selling V for who he thinks is Eric, but is actually Sophie Anne – Queen of Louisiana – operating through Eric. Jessica attacked a trucker and drained him, but is still in love with Hoyt, and Hoyt is still in love with her. Finally, Sam has decided to search for the family that gave him up for adoption in the hope they can give him some answers.
All caught up? OK!
Sookie spends this entire first episode running from human contact to vampire ally trying to find a way to track Bill down. She doesn’t have much luck until she realises that Bill can compel Jessica – as Bill’s protégée – to go to him. It turns out that Bill has been taken by some vampire drainers (including Ugly Betty’s Connor). Bill escapes by killing his captors and – much weakened by the loss of blood – literally goes to ground for the night.
Sherrif Bud Dearborn and what seems like the rest of the staff of Merlotte’s manage to get Tara’s back up by not showing the compassion she would like for the death of Eggs. Lafayette takes her under his wing and calls her mother –Lettie Mae – to look after her. As her mother flirts with Reverend Daniels Tara locks herself in the bathrooms and takes a whole bunch of pills.
Jessica, as well as Bill being missing, has her own trouble in the form of the now dead trucker who is stinking up her basement. She tries to turn him, but it is too late, so she is left with no one to turn to for advice and a corpse under the stairs. Hoyt is still in love with Jessica and pestering her to see him.
Jason is suffering major anxiety at the killing of Eggs, but is persuaded to ‘act normally’ by Andy Bellefleur. Even though he picks up two girls in Merlotte’s Jason has a hard time sealing the deal as he keeps seeing them with bullet holes in their heads.
Sam is in Arkansas looking for his real parents, and manages to find them.
Finally, Eric and Sophie Anne are facing some trouble of their own. If they are ever found out to be selling V they will face the wrath of the Magister, so the pressure is put on Lafayette to get rid of the V and get the IRS of Sophie Anne’s back.
A complex episode of True Blood, it seems that the stage has been set for the season through this one episode. The episode could seem to have too much going on for those joining for the first time, but those who have followed the show from the beginning will be all too aware of the complicated relationship that these characters have with one another.
Sookie and her search for Bill – even though this is sure to be the main storyline of the season – is forced onto a back burner for most of the episode, instead her presence is used to link all the characters together as she looks for help. Anna Paquin’s accent flickers on and off through the episode as normal, but it is enough to keep us going for the moment.
The rest of the characters behave as we would expect them to. There are no surprises here, but this is not a bad thing. The reason that the show is so popular is the cool indifference of Pam, Sophie Anne’s unpredictability, Jason’s adorable stupidity and Tara’s volatile temper.
The big thing, for the fans of the books, is how different the show is from the book that it is based on. Almost from the start of the episode things are every different. The show has been deviating from the books more and more with every episode, and now that characters that have been killed in the books are mainstays of the TV show it seemed to be only a matter of time before the show went in a very different direction from the books. This is not a complaint – the show is enough of a self contained world to accept this – merely an observation.
The episode is complicated and the relationships between the characters are getting more and more tangled, but this is why we love True Blood. It looks as though season 3 is gearing up for all the thrills and spills of the previous two seasons.
There are also some fantastic one liners – as always. The best being Sookie’s quip: “Pam, I am in no mood for lesbian weirdness right now”.
Welcome back True Blood. We missed you!
GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes
Posted by geeksyndicate on October 1, 2009
TRUE BLOOD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Thou Shall Not Crave Thy Neighbour
RELEASED ON BLU-RAY AND DVD BY HBO
26 OCTOBER 2009
‘Stylish, scary and darkly comedic. A modern classic.’
‘Story lines that would make Sarah Michelle Geller blush’
‘HBO’s biggest hit since the much-missed Sopranos’
‘Addictively pulpy Vampire raunch’
Credit: HBO Home Entertainment
Release date: 26 October 2009
Running time: 720 minutes plus special features
Format: DVD and Blu-Ray
Disc configuration: 5-Disk set
From the creator of Six Feet Under and the Academy Award® winning writer of American Beauty (Alan Ball) and featuring the sexy, eclectic cast of Academy Award® winning Anna Paquin(The Piano, X-Men), British actor Stephen Moyer (NY-LON), Alexander Skarsgard (Generation Kill) and Ryan Kwanten (Home and Away) TRUE BLOOD is the show that everyone is talking about.
A sensation in the US, winning a Golden Globe in its first season (Anna Paquin, Best Actress) True Blood has already made its (fang)marks on the flesh of British viewers pulling in huge viewers on FX and threatening to glamour even more when it makes its terrestrial debut on Channel 4 in October. Feeding our fascination for vampires, Alan Ball looks at a lascivious world occupied by the dead in the provocative setting of the deep American South.
Welcome to Bontemps. Thanks to a scientist’s invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures “coming out of the coffin.” Religious leaders and government officials around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out. Local waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), however, knows how it feels to be an outcast. “Cursed” with the ability to listen in on people’s thoughts, she’s also open-minded about the integration of vampires — particularly when it comes to Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old living up the road. But as Sookie is drawn into a series of mysteries surrounding Bill’s arrival in Bon Temps, that tolerance will be put to the test.
The DVD is packed with special features including Audio commentary with Alan Ball, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. The Blu-Ray contains even more bonus material including enhanced viewing, episodic recaps and previews.
EPISODES (12 x 1 Hour)
- Strange Love
- The First Taste
- Escape from Dragon House
- Sparks Fly Out
- Cold Ground
- Burning House of Love
- The Fourth Man In The Fire
- Plaisir d’Amour
- I Don’t Wanna Know
- To Love is To Bury
- You’ll Be the Death of Me
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Anna Paquin and Scott Winant (Director)
- Audio Commentary with Brian Buckner (Writer) and Michael Lehmann (Director)
- Audio Commentary with Stephen Moyer and Dan Minahan (Director)
- Audio Commentary with Marcos Siega (Director)
- Audio Commentary with Nancy Oliver (Writer)
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
As on the DVD plus
- Enhanced Viewing Mode – BD-J Feature including PiP, text-based facts and maps
- Season Index
- Episodic Previews
- Episodic Recaps
Posted by geeksyndicate on September 24, 2009
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Posted by geeksyndicate on July 31, 2009
It seems the second season of Tru Blood must be going down well with the big boys at HBO as they have picked up the show for another season.
I not had a chance to check out season two as yet but I’ve been hearing good things about it.
GS Reporter: Nuge