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I met Sam Merlotte!

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Dear MothChase friends,

I can’t resist posting on this, even though it’s not technically tv procrastanalysis! I was super bummed to have to roll out of bed this Sunday morning early for an early morning flight – but then in line at the airport I saw this guy who looked a whole lot like Sam Trammell from True Blood. After a little staring, a few accidental moments of awkward eye contact, and one much-too-loud exclamation of “yeah, that’s definitely Sam!” to my husband, Tyler, Read the rest of this entry »

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October 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

The end is only the beginning

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If it is possible for a season finale to act more like a prequel to the next season, I haven’t seen it in a long time. Not, perhaps, since the hatch was blown open at the end of season 1 of Lost did I think that everything I had just seen was only for the purpose of something yet to come. That is not to say I didn’t like the episode. I did. It had enough resolution of some central stories and enough momentum of its own to prevent the drag that has slowed some of the last episodes. But it didn’t really feel like a finale. It felt like Alan Ball and writers have finally figured out what they want to do with various story lines and then they ran out of time. There wasn’t even a cliffhanger that left me absolutely on the edge of my seat: Read the rest of this entry »

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September 13, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Here comes the sun

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I am sorry it took me all day to get this post up. It was one of those days where every free moment evaporated like  a three-thousand year old vampire whose fairy blood is wearing off. Yes, let’s go ahead and start there, because that was by far my favorite part of an otherwise overcrowded episode. As much as I hate the thought of it being so, I think this is the end of Russell. But not, I think, of Eric. Not only would that destroy one of the best possible plot developments from the books headed our way next season (mum is the word), but True Blood without Eric? No, I cannot imagine it. My husband and I were debating how it might go down and I have two suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Where do we go from here?

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I have said this already, but let me reiterate: one of the best things about this season is Denis O’Hare. Russell Edgington is incredible and while I am not sure how he will survive this season without throwing us into some kind of apocalyptic showdown, I will mourn his passing like psychopath Franklin promises to mourn Tara. Let us pause to appreciate that this episode ended with Russell holding a human spine on national television. This, after he wept angry, forlorn tears into the bloody urn of his lover… while wearing a cape. Could there be anything campier? Read the rest of this entry »

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August 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

Like a century old child

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Episode 8: Night of the Rising Sun

I suppose it is inevitable that after two amazing roller coaster weeks, things had to slow down a bit. And until the very end of the episode, this felt like a sleeper episode to me. Bill and Sookie break up. Bill sheds blood tears. Sookie weeps: on Alcide’s shoulder, on Tara’s shoulder, in a bathing suit in the sun she thought she had forsaken. Bill mopes with Jessica, while also teaching her some pretty kick-ass fighting moves. Though one of my favorite lines of the season thanks to Steven Moyer’s deliver was Bill’s “way” to Jessica’s “no way” in hearing that things are really over with Sookie. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm

What are you, Sookie Stackhouse?

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Episode 7: Hitting the Ground

After two fantastic weeks in a row and the promise of a rollicking fast pace through the rest of the season, I am prepared to say this is my favorite season of True Blood yet. I continue to be very impressed with the way the writers are taking material from the various books and weaving them together, with some genuinely fantastic improvements, to make story-lines as full of juicy melodrama as a vampire’s head, ready to pop. For instance, in the third books (roughly the basis for this season), Sookie’s dispatching of Lorena with a swift stake to the heart takes place near the very end of the novel, and without Bill’s help. In fact, we learn almost nothing about Lorena in the novels, and we certainly aren’t privy to her little torture fest. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 2, 2010 at 9:04 am

Tainted Love

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Episode 6: I Got A Right to Sing the Blues

I know that this photo is from an episode a couple weeks ago (what is up with the dearth of good season 3 photos on-line?!), but I had to choose it from my scanty options because one of the most exhilarating moments of this kick-ass episode was the girls-on-the-run escape masterminded by Tara and Sookie (presumably using telepathy in one of the coolest forms of secret communication ever). It was high time that Tara started using her survival skills to, well, survive, and like the daughter of a life-long addict, she proved her education was not wasted on her. Placating a psychopath is probably the first step in survival, but tricking him into letting you drink his blood so you can imbibe superhuman strength and then bash his skull in with a silver mace is definitely an advanced technique. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

The Attraction is Electrifying

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This episode really moved the season along for me, even though it left far more questions for next week than solid answers this week. Perhaps the best (most psychotic, troubling, over-the-top?) thing we saw this week was Franklin’s psychopathic courtship of Tara, ending in his creepy proposal. I’ve expressed my reservations about writing the only black woman on the show into one abusive relationship after the next and I continue to be wary of what might come of it. But Franklin’s speech to Russell did a lot to clue us in that the writers are at least aware of what they are doing: Franklin is attracted to Tara because she is equally as screwed up as he is. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Communion of the non-saints

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Well, if I was worried that Alan Ball wouldn’t have the guts to show us the dark side of Bill, those fears have been completely put to bed. Into a blood-soaked bed of betrayal and heartbreak nonetheless. This week we see the dramatic fruits of separating Bill and Sookie – namely, they both get a lot more action, though not necessarily for the good of either of them. To this point, we haven’t been given any indication that Bill is faking his dark turn in an elaborately long con to undermine Lorena and Russell. In fact, he “hears” Sookie’s distress as she flees a bar full of vamped-up Weres shifting on demand and purposefully ignores it. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

Blood Like a River

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Vampires, and shifters, and Nazi werewolves, oh my. True Blood is taking us into the supernatural underworld with all the camp and panache we might expect from a show that is not afraid to wallow in the bloody bath of murderous sex or town-wide maenad induced orgies.  And I have to say, the more over the top it gets, the more I love it! Perhaps the best thing about this season so far is the separation of Bill and Sookie. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm

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