Monday, July 11, 2011

"True Blood" recap: Good Eric, bad Bil

The show's two main vampires shift power dynamics and personalities, while Sookie continues to suck

I can't tell you how long I have waited for this moment. Not even a minute into the show, and "Dazed and Confused" Vampire Eric refers to Sookie as "Snooki." It's amazing. Don't tell me you've never thought about how these two annoying pop culture caricatures have incredibly similar-sounding names! Finally, one of the writers on the show has recognized this, which also means that "True Blood" is now in-universe with "Jersey Shore." (Fingers crossed on Bon Temps being the surprise location for the sixth season of MTV's reality show.)
Hopefully this joke, tossed as a casual aside after Sookie punches Eric in the nose (like a shark!) for trying to eat her, is a harbinger of the return to "True Blood's" better writing days. King Bill's whole scene where he lays out that any vampire caught feeding on YouTube will meet "the true death" is pretty baller, if only because it reminds us (and not in a bonk-you-on-the-head kind of way) that these characters live in a world where viral videos, along with "Jersey Shore," exist. The concept of the Internet having a place in the world of "True Blood" is 20 times more interesting than ghost were-panthers. Let's 2.0 this bitch up! Give Eric back his cellphone for texting!

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