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True Blood Post-Mortem: The End of Season Blues and the Body Count *Spoilers*

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So, I’m sure that all of you out there that count yourself among the “Truebies” watched the season finale with a mix of excitement and sadness because everything finally fell into place and resolved for the most part. However, other wounds have opened that leave the fate of season 5 hanging in the balance. Moreover, it will be another year before our questions are answered, and we know what happens with the characters that we love and those that we love to hate. However, I want to pause to take a look at the end and the body count that followed the denouement

1) The Pam / Eric divide– I’m sad at how the season ended for my favorite daddy / child pairing of the vampires. While it was humorous that Pam wonders why he fell for someone named Sookie, the fact that they were left in a state of animosity made me feel a little uneasy. I love Pam and will admit such. Furthermore, I hate when negative things happen to her. I also question what they plan to do with the fact that she is still rotting…will this come back into play or will this be swept under the rug of the season??

2) What’s the deal with Eric and Bill being chummy all of a sudden? Honestly, they have never seemed to mesh well, but  I also don’t think that the love of Sookie can ally them for long…even though they did off Nan Flanigan (sad day…I like her character). Additionally, what are they going to do now that Sookie spurned them? I believe that Eric should win this simply because he is the lesser of two evils…I mean come on Bill completely betrayed her…so yeah…

3) Sookie’s Choice and the Aftermath of the Season– I think that it’s kind of bull shitish that Sookie couldn’t make up her mind about her men…We all know and feel who she should be with so why is there any question of what direction she should go in. I also applaud her for offing Debbie in response to Tara’s being shot…(However, I think that someone will swoop in and help Tara in the nick of time…although I would be okay with this character dying).

4) Sam’s stabilization–I’m glad that the Mickens bit it. I’m also glad that Sam is getting to be happy with Luna…that’s about it.

5) Jessica and Jason– Again, I’m happier with this story line than I have been in a while…I can only hope that Hot Shot doesn’t come back into the picture anytime soon…I don’t know if I can deal with the Ghost Daddy thing anymore…Also, Steve Newlin appearing as a vampire makes me kinda antsy…

6) Lafeyette’s Mess he’s in– Honestly, I was sad to see Jesus get offed…that being said, I’m glad that he’s no longer possessed but wonder what is going to happen with him now that he’s all suped up with brujo power.

7) Alcide and the discovery that Russell is gone– I like Alcide, but he will never be that important to me because he is not a center of focus in my opinion…I do wonder what is going to happen with Russell being released though…I’m both excited (Denis O’Hare is back!!!!!) and scared because I don’t know how they will handle him…

I think that this might have been their best season yet. But one thing that I was impressed by was the body count at the end of the season with a lot of semi-major characters being offed or in a transitive period as we wait to see if they will make it. This list includes Marney, Tommy, the Mickens, Jesus, Claudine, Debbie, Nan, and several others…this shows me that they understand how to make conflict with death and that they are trying to keep the cast number down to prevent a veritable nightmare mess of characters. Whatever might happen, I’m glad that they did thin the herd and serve up a heap of emotion. I look forward to next season with both apprehension and excitement as I look back on this season with aw.

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September 18, 2011 at 12:12 am

True Blood Season 4: The Season Thus Far, *Spoilers*, and My Thoughts

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So, I betting by now all the “Truebies” (their term not mine) out there are thoroughly invested in what is happening within the framework of the supposed “Season of the Witch.” Some of you may be perplexed as to why the season isn’t following the fourth book nearly as well as some of the last seasons, while others may be taking the show on its own merit. Whatever your opinion of the show may be, I think we can all safely say that this may the best season to date as far as not spreading the limelight as it were between several of the peripheral characters and bringing the focus back on the ones that truly matter (i.e. Sookie, Eric, and Bill…and believe me I think that this has been a couple of seasons in the making too because I found myself last season upon my first watch through feeling that the show was becoming disconnected. Yet, now I feel that they are doing a better job of focusing again.) But all my bantering aside, I feel that some things in season 4 are wonderful while others I could just put to the true death and leave it at that.

1) Sookie as a fairy–While I’m glad to some degree that they did make Sookie a little less helpless in the show (sparks from the hands), I do not like the fairy story arc much at all. Why one might ask? Well, I have read the books and the fairies aren’t monsters trying to take Sookie away to their land for all eternity…this in the show is problematic to me (Also, killing Claudine, while it did make for a cute scene with the childlike Eric, bothered me on some level too). Honestly, I am okay if they do nothing more with this storyline because I find it a little ridiculous at times…

2) Tara the Vampire Slayer…of the Scoobie Gang?–I have to admit that I haven’t liked Tara in a while. I know that she’s been through some shit. However, by that same token, I miss the smart ass, sassy Tara from the first season before she gets involved with the vampires and werewolves and maenads (oh my!).  She is someone that I like as a side-kick to Sookie and nothing more…

3) Jason as Ghost Daddy–Again, another storyline that I’m not sure I care about…partially because Hot Shot isn’t the Hot Shot of the book and partially because the character of Crystal Norris annoys the hell out of me (I know that she should; however, I wish I could see a little more depth from the actress playing…). Still, I am liking the conflict caused by the Jessica / Hoyt / Jason triangle that has been formed and expect something pretty spectacular to come of it.

  4) Eric and Sookie– Wanted it to happen from the beginning because Bill has always seemed like a fishy character to me before I found out that he was sent to procure Sookie…Now, I feel that she is with someone who is a little more upfront with her…even though he is a thousand-year old bad ass  with the potential to break her heart in the future.

5) The Witches–I think that this storyline is shaping up to be one of the more interesting antagonistically in the series of seasons. Marney /  Antonia is a pretty hefty villain (except for the incompetent Marney who also happens to be competent…don’t understand this characterization). The fact that they have the power to toast the vampires at will and control them makes them a bit scarier than the Fellowship of the Sun, Mary Anne, Russell Edgington, or any of the other main or sub-villains. I’m hoping that the end of the season is as good as what’s happened thus far.

6) Rotting Pam–As I’ve said before, if Pam dies, I will quit watching the show. However, I don’t think that this is going to happen. I believe that Lafeyette is going to be able to heal all the vampires and others that Marney has affected. But Pam holds a special place in my heart. I hope that she continues to get more screen time throughout the remaining four episodes.

So, there you have it…my thoughts and some of the goings on of season 4. You may have notices that I left off some people like Lafeyette and Sam…I think they are best served as side characters like Tara and should fill that role again…Overall, I hope that True Blood keeps it up because I can’t wait to see where they go with season 5, due to all the changes they have made and will probably keep making…

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August 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

True Blood Quandaries: Season 4 The Season of the Witch

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So, as some of you may know, I like the True Blood series because I enjoy the books and because I’ve been a long time fan of vampires in general. Moreover, the vampires of True Blood are the closest things I’ve seen to what I believe to be a good representation of vampires that has been in the media of late. Yes, I do not like Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Being Human (the American version…I like the BBC; and while it does follow the storyline fairly well, I think that advertising it as a new series is entirely ludicrous) because they all represent the vampires as broody teenagery things that long for the love of girls who are nowhere close to their age…it’s a thing because they want to treat the humans as others and worship their beauty or something of that sort. However, the True Blood vampires are grittier and treat humans like you would expect them to be treated…as cattle. Yet, this talking about other vampires is not what this blog is intended to accomplish…yeah…I’m planning on a little conjecture about what is going to happen in Season 4 from where we left off at the end of Season 3 and what I know from the books and from the clips that are available online. From this point on, I issue the *SPOILER ALERT* warning.

1) I see from the clips available online (see below) and from the introduction of the witches (Holly, Jesus, Lafayette) that they are going to do the Eric has amnesia plot line. Eric has a spell cast on him and Sookie and Pam must help him get himself back. Moreover, Sookie and Eric will get it on.

2) Hopefully, Sam’s family troubles are dealt with. I don’t know about everyone else, but his issues with Tommy and the others is getting quite annoying. And he has a girlfriend who is or did date a werewolf…does anyone see where this might be going? Honestly, I hope that they get back to the Sam that is present in the books and do away with the angsty Sam. So, yeah…

3) Jason is going to get turned into a werepanther…however, it will be through Crystal’s choice somehow instead of the jealous other Were in the books. Really, I hate this storyline. I didn’t like it in the book and the way that they are producing it on screen is working even less for me. I also know that Jason is my least favorite character…strike that….Crystal is my least favorite and the girl playing her really isn’t Crystal Norris. Plus, they manipulated the character of Calving Norris (Crystal’s uncle) and killed him…(he’s a nice guy in the books…not on the show). Read the books to get a better interpretation of this story line.

4) Bill is not going to die from his fight with Sophie Anne (even though if we were talking about the books he would…Sophie Anne is over a thousand years old in the book…not the weakling that she is now…). However, while he doesn’t play a huge role in the fourth book, it looks like he is going to be filling in for a higher up in the show. I think that maybe it will be for the newly deposed Russell Edgington or Sophie Anne, whom he has killed…again, I hope that he hasn’t killed her, but what he did at the end of Season 3 amounts to sedition and treason…yeah…

http://www.inside-true-blood-blog.com/blog/2011/3/26/waiting-sucks-bill-and-eric.html

5) Tara…after last season, I don’t know that anyone really wants her to be around this season…she’s massively damaged goods, and I feel that the time away from Bon Temps would do some good for her. Let’s face it boyfriend being killed, kidnapped and held by crazy vampire, and best friend almost dying will lead anyone to going over the edge. So, yeah….

6) Sookie…She’s going to help Eric. However, I don’t know how or when she will get back from Faery…but she’ll play a major role in the Witch War that will take place this coming season…however, that’s about all I can see happening with her, other than the Eric relationship and the sex with him…yeah…anyway….

7) Pam, Jessica and Hoyt–Jessica and Hoyt are together for now…and Pam is going to have a huge roll in the new season, and I’m excited because she’s my favorite character…it’s the dry wit and smart-ass attitude…

My biggest hope for Season 4 is that they move back to the more streamlined storyline (more streamlined anyway). Because as they branch out and make the storyline more convoluted in an attempt to interest more people, they cause a chaos of the story arcs that both detract from the main storyline and cause unnecessary weirdness. So, here’s looking forward to the Fourth Season of True Blood. I hope that you all enjoy watching as I know that I will…I leave you with the song they have been using to hype the new season: “Season of the Witch” performed by Courtney Love. Enjoy!

True Blood: A Quandary *Spoiler Alert*

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Yesterday, I watched the finale of season 3 of True Blood and was curious about how they chose to end the season. The multi-cliffhanger ending really wasn’t a good step for the show in my opinion. However, who am I to say what will work or what will not.

In the show, I am glad that they spared Russell Edgington because I like him as a progressive villain. If they had wasted him this early, I would have felt left down in the storyline. He is an interesting character that they have created, and I want to know what they plan on doing with him in the future. Let’s face it; he is not going to stay locked in that cement for very long.

I’m glad that the whole thing with Bill being a deceitful bastard finally aired out. I don’t like Bill…he is a shell of a vampire. I don’t necessarily want to see him die (as in the fight between him and Sophie Anne); however, he is one of those vampires that I don’t care for as much because he is whiny and lackluster.

The whole Sookie going to be with the fairies thing does not set with me. I don’t like the whole thing…I don’t know what exactly is going to happen because they are playing fast and loose with the books. I am wondering what the hell they are planning on doing with the books as a whole…are they planning on following the books or are they divulging from the storyline entirely.

Honestly, these are my gut shot reactions to the finale…I don’t know what is going to happen. However, when Bill said to kill Pam, my heart sank, and I thought that would be the end of the finale. I was glad that they proceeded to screw all the characters’ personalities in the show…I wonder what their thoughts are for the next season. Will they go with what the books predict or will it be something else?

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September 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm

“Humans” in Sci-fi and Fantasy TV

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In the past year, I have been introduced to several shows in which the human beings seem like monsters and the creatures in the shows seem to be the most human. True Blood and Battlestar Galactica are two of the show I am speaking about. In these shows, there is quite an obvious distinction between the humans and non-humans, especially in the eyes of the human characters. It’s a classic case of prejudice.

In True Blood, the vampires, shifters and other creatures are oftentimes looked down on by the other characters in the show because they are different. The shifters are viewed as lower life forms by the vampires because they aren’t nearly as good of supernatural creatures as them. They aren’t as strong or fast. However, they can pass as humans and aren’t under the prejudice of the “normal” people. However, later in the book series, *SPOILER ALERT* the shifters come out to the community just as the vampires did and are met with massive scrutiny and prejudice too. They are killed and tortured because the world does not understand them.

The vampires of True Blood are also treated in a similar manner. The vampires are treated poorly because people think they drink human blood. While this is true for some of them, not all of them do this. They are all stereotyped into the blood-thirsty, human killing monsters. Bill, Eric and some of the others actually seem more human than some of the human characters. For instance, when Eric’s maker proposes to kill himself, the viewer sees him break down as a child lamenting his “father.” Bill loves a mortal girl (some might say for the wrong reasons, but he does fall in love with her after the fact). Jessica is a mixed up baby vampire. Their humanity is exemplified because they are not human (Whereas the human characters’ problems seem to be less than fantastical because they are normal).

In Battlestar Galactica, you are introduced to the cyborg race of the Cylons. Throughout the series, the humans revile them because they tried to commit the total genocide of the human race. However, they acted mainly out of fear themselves making a preemptive strike because they lived for years with an uneasy peace with the humans. Before that, they were enslaved to the humans because they had created the Cylons. Over the course of the series, several of the start to become human as they interact with humanity. They seek to understand how to be “human.” As in the first episode, one of the 6’s breaks the neck of a small baby as she exams it.

 

In the show, these groups are ostracized and forced to be on the outskirts of society because of their differences. However, is it really that we as humans cannot take the mirror being held up to ourselves? They are human analogs which we use to places these fears of the unknown within ourselves onto. The people inside their universes don’t really fear them. They fear becoming them. They fear being so human that they lose themselves into the abyss of the other.

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September 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Weird Reasons that I Like Vampires in Fiction

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So, there are a lot of reasons out there why people like vampires. They’re sexy, powerful, etc. However, I would like to say that I liked vampires before the whole True Blood/Twilight/Vampire Diaries phenomena entered into the picture. Why? Because I like a creature that can span the millenia, blend in, and tell tales about it. It’s interesting for me to read about a character who cannot die by normal body degradation. But here are some of the reasons that I like them that are weird.

1) They practically like superheroes–They bridge two of my loves superheroes/comics and folk lore. I find it fun when a vampire uses their powers for good or evil and becomes a hero or villain of sorts. It also intrigues me  because although superheroes and villains are bound by natural laws vampires are not due to being something other than human.

2) Just like in the first season of True Blood, I would like to be able to have an actual “living” being to ask questions about the past. I am somewhat of a history buff when it comes to certain eras. This would allow me to actually hear and catalog actual events from a survivor of the event which is pretty amazing because some events happened lifetimes ago.  In theory, it would be pretty cool.

3) The idea of something that is not human that exemplifies certain human needs and desires. Any vampire in fiction in the past 150 years has feed off blood and been the monster. However, since Anne Rice, there has been a movement to humanize the creatures. We are allowed to see into their world which is something that Bram Stoker or Sheridan le Fanu didn’t do. We see that they need companionship and feel to sometimes higher degrees the feelings of loneliness because it stretches out before them for all eternity.

4) The fact of how their deaths make me feel. If I’m watching a television show or movie or reading a book, I always feel a little sad when an immortal character dies. Why? They will never be able to make more history or influence anything else. They have been found by the “true death” as True Blood calls it. I guess in some ways it makes me wonder about my own mortality and what I might get accomplished in the brief span of life that I have…whereas that creature may have done nothing but maim and cause carnage for its existence.

Sookie’s Milkshake Brings All the Supes to the Yard

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So, I’ve recently been reading a lot of the Sookie Stackhouse books and watching the new season of True Blood and a question popped into my mind. What is it about Sookie Stackhouse that make all sorts of supernatural creatures fall in line to die for her. I mean seriously, it’s a veritable who’s who of creatures that begin to interact with Sookie as the books go on (and the series if they decide to keep making it).

*SPOILER ALERT*

If any of you have read the books or watched the show, you know that everyone asks what is “different” about Sookie or “What are you?” They seem to be popular questions that are haphazardly answered within the framework of the narrative. First, Sookie is attractive by mortal standards. She’s blonde, has a tan, and has enough bosom to go around. She is the ideal American woman (kinda coming across as a bit of a “Barbie” in some ways).  These looks keep getting continually enhanced by the vampire blood that she consumes throughout the course of the books. All this would make her attractive in some sense. However, it does not explain the corpses, dust, and muck of the creatures that seem to keep laying down their lives for her.

Two, if you’ve read the books, you know that Sookie is at least partially fairy. In the books, the fairies are a race that humans find intoxicatingly beautiful and are drawn to. The vampires and some other supes find their scent irresistible. The would love nothing better than to snack on a fairy. Yet, even with this factoring in, does Sookie have enough fairy in her to tip the scales to her favor? The reason I say this it the fact that not all the supernatural creatures seem to notice her in the same way that others do. The vampires seem to have an attraction to her. However, this may all be a pissing contest as to who can nail the human and have her telepathic powers to themselves. The weres have an attraction to her because she seems fresh and otherworldly. The fairies know that she is part fairy…it’s just an increasing conundrum of what might cause this loyalty to a mere mortal.

While everyone agrees that Sookie is something more than human, I am not inclined to believe that she is simply attractive because she is partially fairy. This ideal does not seem to connect all the dots for me. It seems like to quick and reasonable of an answer to deal with the larger idea that is floating about that Charlaine and HBO have not touched yet. Is she going to be something that is exceptionally rare in the world? Or will she turn out to be just a sheer victim of circumstance? I don’t know. However, I am interested to see what happens as the show and the books continue to be produced.