Monday, August 2, 2010
True Blood: Hitting the Ground
This episode had quite a bit of Jason, which was enough for me to want to fade out. Having read all of the books, I am hyper aware of what is in store for him, and yet I cannot drum up any interest in this character, and am happiest when he is not on the screen. Proving that he has a lot in common with his sister, Jason has fixated on Crystal and will not be satisfied until he has ingratiated himself into her life. At least Sookie's early obsession with Bill can be explained with her drinking his blood, but no such reason exists for Jason, other than the heart wants what the heart wants. Once again, we are treated to another display of classism in "True Blood," when Hoyt says, "She's from Hotshot, she's probably named after that drug that keeps that whole town afloat. I bet you a hundred to one, her middle name's meth." Of course Jason is not willing to accept that Crystal has clearly told him to leave her alone and goes to question her cousin in jail, who promptly demands meth. And who does Jason go to? Everyone's favorite Black drug dealer.
When we last left Sam he was hot on the tail of Tommy and his parents, who he suspected had set Tommy up to take part in a dog fight. After being stymied by someone guarding the entrance, even after declaring that "cards are for pussies" (what would and episode be without some sexism), Sam changes into a put bull and allows himself to be drawn in by some men. He quickly returns to his human form knocking one man unconscious, releasing the dogs and sounding the alarm to chase the gamblers away.
Unfortunately, we got very little of Eric last night. We first see him threatening the Queen, who is in a cage. He starts to feed on Hadley, who fearing for her life she tells him what Sookie is. The audience is not made aware, but those of us who have read the books already know.
Back at the hospital, Tara, Jason, Lafayette stand vigil after Sookie body rejects the blood transfusion they attempted to give her. Sookie lies close to death because in attempting to save Bill she offered him her blood and he in turn drained her almost to the point of death.Tara takes satisfaction in exposing Bill to the light but is unaware that he failed to burn from it. Sookie is in a coma goes to this place of light, where she meets Claudine. She tells Claudine that she cannot swim when she is invited to go into a pond and is scared of the water because that is how her parents died, and Claudine responds that they did not die that way. Claudine asks Sookie to join them and the area begins to darken causing everyone to flee. Sookie refuses to go with Claudine stating that she doesn't know her. Claudine tells her not to let him and by him, I assume she means Bill put out her light. Sookie awakes screaming.
Editors note: Please feel free to listen to my live podcast with Tami from What Tami Said about last night's episode of True Blood this evening at 6pm EST. For those of you that miss it, I will be posting the podcast on the blog later tonight.