Monday, August 16, 2010
True Blood: Everything is Broken
Unfortunately for Eric, he is stopped from making his escape to human quarters by Nan Flanagan. He is forced to tell the details of what transpired over the last few days to "the authority" via live video streaming. It seems that the death of the magister did not go unnoticed. Nan does not believe Eric, because Russell just made a rather large donation -- proving that no matter the realm, money talks.
The last episode ended with a steamy sex scene between Sookie and Bill and so of course they have to clean up (read: fuck like rabbits in the shower). Beyond the sex this is an interesting scene, because their blood, as well as the werewolf blood is shown by the camera to be washed away. It reads like some sort of re-birth or cleansing of their relationship. This moment of passion does not last because Sookie quickly realizes that once again her house is a mess and there is a dead body lying on the floor. She finally questions Bill about the secret file that he created on her and he responds, it was because he wanted to know why Eric is so interested in her. It was for her protection. Thankfully Sookie does not bat an eye and says, "Okay see, I don't know how you do things in the 1800's, but keeping a file on the woman you love is creepy." Well it is about time she acknowledged his must protect Sookie, creeptastic nature. This is not romantic. This is the stuff stalkers are made of. I hope you took a hint Stephanie Meyer. She follows with, "You have to stop thinking of me as a thing to be protected. I'm not afraid to spill a little blood anymore. I took care of Debbie Pelt by myself." I think the most important word in that exchange is thing. Sookie is asserting her autonomy and her unwillingness to simply play damsel in distress.
Early the next morning Jesus prepares to leave with Ruby. She comments that Lafayette does not have his mask on and that she can see her son shining through. Ruby then asks if Jesus is responsible, and Lafayette says yes. Her response is classic, "I'll be damned, I guess God loves fags."
I suppose I have to mention this, those that actually like Jason. He goes home to find Crystal being held against her will by Felton. When Jason accidentally drops his gun, Fleton presses him up against a wall and Crystal proceeds to hit Felton over the head with it, knocking him unconscious. They drive him up to a secluded area and put a vile of V in his pocket. After calling the cops they leave. In the morning Jason brings Crystal to the police station, where he learns that Andy considers what happened to be an ambush, because the cop who answered the call was "smashed like a pinata". Leave it to Jason to escalate the situation. He informs Andy that they are now dealing V in HotShot. I have to say once again, the way the characters from HotShot are being treated is completely different from the book and it is extremely painful to watch.
Sookie gets a call from Hadley asking her to meet at the aquarium in Monroe. Once there she learns that Hadley has had a relationship with the vampire queen. She also meets her nephew and discovers that he can hear people's thoughts just like her. Hadley gets very upset with this knowledge, grabs her son and says she has to leave to protect him.
One of the most interesting conversations of the night happens between Holly and Arlene, after Arelene runs off crying when she learns that Tommy has stolen her tips. Arlene admits that the child is carrying does not belong to Terry and that the father - Rene was evil. When Holly asks Arlene if she wants the baby, she says no. She did however reject the offer of support during an abortion saying it was, "wrong, plain wrong." I certainly believe in a woman's right to choose, but the very idea of Arelene choosing to have the child of a serial killer, that she did not want did not sit right with me. I highly suspect that as with all television drama, they will solve the problem by letting her character have a miscarriage. Really, heaven forbid a woman actually choose abortion on television, no matter how terrible the circumstances are.
Alone in a room together Pam and Eric await their fate. Eric does not want Pam to take the blame for what happened, while Pam so clearly finds the situation surreal. We learn that Pan has been with Eric a hundred years (book readers groan) and she is surprised that he did not share his burden with her. Of course in typical Eric fashion he says, "You didn't need to know. What good would it have done to share my pain with you? I am not weak. I was the sole survivor. The burden is mine alone" He finishes by telling her, "If I cannot go on, you must make a new vampire. It is your time to be a maker." Before this scene, the story has only ever hinted at the close relationship between Eric and Pam and now we can see that there is actual love between them. When Nan returns, they are told that they have permission to kill Russell -- but it will be completely off the books, without any sort of aid from the officials.
Back at Merlottes, Jessica learns that Hoyt cannot stand his new girlfriend and is just going through the motions. I suppose, seeing her biscuits wasn't as great as it first seemed. Crystal learns about the impending raid and tells Jason that they have to warn everyone. She tells Jason that "there are folks up there that don't touch the drugs. And they're kids they don't know nothing else. You can't send them into the system". This is a great piece of commentary regarding the way in which the poor are often shepherded into the penal system.
Vampire Cromwel aka Franklin separates Tara from everyone and tells her that if she loved him at all, she would have mourned him. Tara makes it clear that she never loved him saying, "Come on, if you are going to fucking kill me, kill me. You wanna hear me beg for my life, is that it? It's the only thing y'all can feel, the destruction of life, 'cause you ain't got none in you. You sick motherfucker. I won't give you the satisfaction". When they are interrupted by Jason, who is brandishing a rifle, Franklin informs him that he is a vampire and will heal from every single shot. Jason responds by shooting his gun which contains a wooden bullet, causing Franklin to explode in a mess. I suppose Jason does occasionally have his uses.
What did you think about last night's episode. Love it, hate it?
Editors Note: I just wanted to remind everyone that Talking True Blood At Merlottes will be live once again at 6pm tonight. Please feel free to join us live, join the chat room, or call in and chat. For those that miss it, I will be posting it here at the end of the show.