Monday, July 11, 2011
Before we dig into the inter-species bloodfest of this week’s installment, “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”, let me thank everyone who emailed me with their nominees for Sucker Punch of the Week. It’s great hearing from you all… because it reminds me that I’m not the only dork who sits at home on Sunday night getting really, really into this show.
Be warned, though, that I cannot be bribed into picking a Sucker Punch of the week. Cannot! Unless you can get Little Debbie to revive their long-dormant Spice Cake flavor, which was my favorite in the 80s. If you do that, then I will happily anoint any Sucker Punch you choose.
But before I write another pleading/angry letter to McKee Foods, let’s carry on… because I’m anxious to talk about Eric. His sudden “loss” at the hands of the witches—loss of memory, loss of self, loss of control—could be the greatest arc of this season.
Have you checked it out yet ? This is what the vampire hunters were saying was their website
Last week left us hanging, the image of a shirtless Alexander Skarsgard forever burned — as if it weren't already — in our collective conscious. Not a bad thing, but questions need to be answered! Powers have shifted in the vampire community, Jason’s in a bind, and there’s a new coven in town that looks like trouble. Tally ho! To the recap!
“What are you?”
Eric’s shirtless, shoeless, and acting a fool. He gives Sookie the old “you smell like wheat and honey and sunlight” line, but she’s not buying it. He comes at her with fangs bared to prove his point and she makes a run for it. Too bad, Sooks. Eric moves faster than you'd like to admit. A brief chase ensues and ends with a punch to the nose. “I’m not your fuckin’ dinner!” Sooks chirps.
Jef will be joining me Sunday night on Talk Blood- please tune in and listen!
Each season of True Blood is based on a corresponding novel by Charlaine Harris. The first season was based on the first book, the second on the second, etc. The fourth book in the series is our favorite, so it would stand to reason that the fourth season would be or favorite.
Despite a rocky start, this would seem to be the case. We are now well into the circumstances that made that book stand out. The cocky, manipulative Eric Northman has been replaced with a sad amnesiac struggling to find his way in a world of which he, in many ways, was formerly the master. He's basically the protagonist of Coldplay's "Viva la Vida," except without the desire on our part to invent to ways to injure the human body with a weed whacker after listening to it.
However, there are indicators, at least to your humble narrator, that series creator and executive producer Alan Ball is not planning on doing this gig much longer.
I loved this song soooo much
The show's two main vampires shift power dynamics and personalities, while Sookie continues to suckI 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!
Ha- I really can't believe the physical transformation that Skarsgard if pulling off with Eric this season, by changing his facial expressions, walk and physical stoop. Amazing ...real acting
As the voice of pure vampire on HBO's True Blood, Pam gets to say and do things on the show that others wouldn’t. She doesn’t care if she offends someone and isn’t interested in playing any reindeer games with the American Vampire League’s Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck) and her mainstreaming movement. She’s true vampire through and through and that means being bloodthirsty, loyal to her maker, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), and being fabulous.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Kristin Bauer, who plays Pam, about the challenges her character will face this season with Eric’s amnesia and the relationships she will or won’t develop with the other women of True Blood.
THR: We’re seeing that Pam isn’t quite into the vampire politics.
Kristin Bauer: Right. It’s very fun to find out this year that she’s not a strategist. She really is the least apologetic of anybody about being a vampire it seems. She’s just not a team player. She feels that this whole thing is ridiculous. She’s a reactor. She can't think two steps ahead, which of course is what is needed now in this post-Russell Edgington world. She’s smart, but doesn’t want to be in charge of making the bigger decisions. You know, Eric has patience. He can work angles. It was a thousand years or something to track down Russell Edgington last year. He bided his time and hung out with him and, you know, had a love scene with his lover. He can really play the game and he knows Pam can't. He doesn’t expect her to and doesn’t ask her to. It’s kind of an amazing perfect relationship.