True Blood – Season 1, Episode 6

April 23, 2009 at 1:39 am | Posted in TV Review | 1 Comment
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Wanting to know if Sookie’s grandother really had been murdered, I tuned into episode 6 of True Blood as air-ed in New Zealand – on Prime last night. Warning: plot revealed.

April 22, 2009 by Show_Hanger

2009 True Blood Episode 6 (season 1).

The end of Episode 5 – showed Sookie Stackhouse’s grandmother – Lois Smith – apparently lying dead on the kitchen floor. There were no plot flips at this stage; she is dead and this episode is arranged around her death and burial.

We are introduced to a number of Bon Temps traditions; like the wake. Well this really an afternoon tea of sorts where the neighbours and the curious come round with food. This is all very tiring for her grand daughter, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), finds it too intrusive – their presence in her home and in her thoughs; the visitors say one thing and generally think other things. The final straw is her brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) – blames Sookie for the death of ‘granny’; the current police theory is that the serial killer is targetting women with close associations with vampires; maybe Sookie was the intended target. Her friend Tara (Rutina Wesley) has to send all the visitors away.

Another tradition is the burial. All sorts of future plot lines are introduced: Tara’s mother claims to be possessed by a demon – is a it a real one or a metaphor; Jason has another run-in with the police; Jason’s growing dependency on ‘V’; and there is an estranged uncle – Uncle Barlett. Uncle Barlett – played by Cheyenne Wilbur – resembles Mr Burns from Simpsons.

Then when I thought they had managed to avoid it the producers bring on the sex: Tara with Sam (Trammell); Jason with who-ever; and Sookie with vampire Bill (as he is now known)!

This episode is really about the loss of innocence: Sookie’s and Paquin’s. The murder of her grandmother and the subsequent events must surely strip away much of the innocence from Sookie. Indeed, after the funeral, and once the sun has gone down she puts on a virginal white night gown and runs over to the Compton estate and gives herself to Bill (Stephen Moyer). It is a loss of innocence for Paquin too: the love scene with Moyer is very revealing – she isn’t the little girl dancing on the beach in The Piano anymore!

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I was surprised that Anna Paquin’s perfoamnce in this episode had not made more of a splash with the New Zealand media – particularly the tabloid press. Maybe it goes to show how much of the media is actually run out of Australia – where Paquin is not a household name.

True Blood – Season 1, Episode 5

April 16, 2009 at 3:00 am | Posted in TV Review | 1 Comment
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Dreading what soft-porn might lurk, I made myself watch episode 5 of True Blood as air-ed in New Zealand – on Prime last night. Warning: plot revealed.

April 15, 2009 by Show_Hanger

2009 True Blood Episode 5 (season 1).

It this episode, we find out more about Bill Comptom’s (Moyer) past – how he became a vampire. Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin) stops going out with Bill – end of Episode 4 – and goes out with Sam Merlotte (Trammell) instead. Jason Stackhouse (Kwanten) continues to experiment with ‘V’ – vampire bloody – and sleeping with the women of Bons Temp.

Bill served in a local regiment and fought in the “war of southern Independence”. On his way home, at the end of the war he is bitten by, and drinks the blood of, a vampire – turning him into a vampire. Incidentally, the vampire, in the guise of a war widow, bears a striking resemblance to Sookie’s grandmother – coincidence or plot hook to come.

Sookie, returns home from her unsatisfactory date – with Sam – to find what looks like her grandmother, her throat cut, on the kitchen floor. Oh the suspense …

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True Blood – Season 1, episode 4

April 9, 2009 at 1:26 am | Posted in TV Review | 1 Comment
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I managed to catch the last 80% of episode 4 of True Blood as air-ed in New Zealand – on Prime last night. Warning: plot revealed.

April 8, 2009 by Show_Hanger

2009 True Blood Episode 4 (season 1).

While they are questioning Jason ‘brain in his pants’ Stackhouse down at the police station and town hall (Bon Temps must be a small place), the ‘V’ – vampire blood – Jason gulped down to avoid arrest for pocession of a controlled substance kicks in; Jason suffers the grandmother of priapasm. Jason’s sleeping with women who are about to be found dead – as per the end of Episode 3 – is getting him into hot water with the townsfolk. I hope that Ryan Kwanten is not too type cast by his excellent portrayal of Jason Stackhouse.

The sex theme just keeps on rocking: Jason’s character is completely taken over by his manhood (maybe an attempt to cleverly not take his character too seriously) and Sookie goes undercover in a vampire bar. Paquin’s innocent characterisation reminds me of Susan Sarandon in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Sookie – Paquin – is now deliberately using her power to listen in on people’s thoughts to find the real killer before Jason is lynched by the townsfolk. So she talks Bill – the vampire, Moyer – into taking her to the vampire bar in a nearby town; “it’s not a date!” The bar reminds me of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s video for Relax – leather, bondage, …

Just when the leave-the-heroine-in-a-bad-situation ending was in danger of wearing a bit thin, we see Sam Merlotte – Trammell – basking, cat like, on the bed of the last murdered waitress.

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I am starting to loose interest in this series.

True Blood – Season 1, Episode 3

April 3, 2009 at 2:31 am | Posted in TV Review | 1 Comment
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Episode 3 of True Blood air-ed in New Zealand – on Prime last night. Warning: plot revealed.

April 1, 2009 by Show_Hanger

2009 True Blood Episode 3 (season 1).

Sookie – Paquin – does not get gobbled up or ravished by the three unrully vampires we saw her surrounded by at the end of Episode 2. Bill – Moyer – makes a claim on her, and all the other vampires back-off.

There just too much sex; and I am not going to bother fitting it all in. Once again, not an episode for the not-so-old ones.

There is more character development: Why Tara – Wesley – has a chip on her shoulder – her mother is a drunk; Jason’s – Kwanten- libido leads him inevitably into trouble; Sookie is attracted to Bill (the vampire); vampires who flat together become more vampirish – wanting to drink blood and have sexual gratification with humans.

At the end Sookie walks into a murder scene – the last person seen with the dead waitress was Jason. The trend of leave-the-heroine-in-a-bad-situation ending is wearing a bit thin.

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True Blood – Season 1, Episode 2

March 26, 2009 at 12:25 am | Posted in TV Review | Leave a comment
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Episode 2 of True Blood air-ed in New Zealand – on Prime last night; I saw it in the Listner’s TV programmes listing and managed to schedule my evening to watch it. Warning: plot revealed.

March 25, 2009 by Show_Hanger

2009 True Blood Episode 2 (season 1).

Another great lead-in: we see our heroine – Sookie – getting the heck kicked out of her – continuing the beating she got at the end of Episode 1. But even in the midst of terrible adversity, Sookie is able to spare some effort into stopping a dog from getting shot. Bill – the hero ? and vampire – eventually steps, as expected, and dispatches the baddies and restores Sookie to full health – by getting her to drink his blood.

The series appears to be exploring intermacy – and by drinking a vampire’s blood the drinker creates a form of intermacy. Bill will always be able to find Sookie – quickly; perhaps setting up a plot device to be used later. Sookie has her senses hightened – she finds a crumb when her grandmother is vacuuming.

There seems to be lots of sex when vampires are around, and the producers are not afraid to show the audience. Really not a programme for the not-so-old ones.

Episode 2 is early days in the Sookie-Bon-Temps universe. Some of the inhabitants of Bon Temps, that were introduced get a bit more flesh put on the bone: Adele Stackhouse (played by Lois Smith) is Sookie’s grandmother – a women who raised sookie, and who has a great interest in the history of Bon Temps; Jason Stackhouse (played by Ryan Kwanten) is Sookie’s brother – a rather simple young man, who lets his libido do all of his thinking; and Tara Thornton (played by Rutina Wesley) who appears to be Sookie’s childhood friend of colour, and who has a chip on her shoulder so large that it is amazing that she does not walk on a permanent slant.

Jason’s current plot role is to allow the audience to see, close up, attractive young women: all so that we can see the odd vampire bite on their otherwise unblemished skin. Jason is horrified; no doubt, post coitus, he fears what Sookie might be up to.

We are also introduced to the nature of the relationship between humans and vampires: they must be invited into you house, otherwise they cannot come in; they can exert a mental control on humans (has no affect on Sookie); they are very very strong; they can move very fast; there is a wider political aspect of them ‘coming out of the coffin’.

Sookie is attracted to Bill because she can’t hear his thoughts and can relax and let her mental guards down. He has a certain ruggedness and an old world set of manners – which sets him well above the young men of Jason’s generation.

At the end Sookie encounters three very unmannered vampires. For now the trend of leave-the-heroine-in-a-bad-situation ending is touchingly quaint.

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