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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 likeĀ  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

Even better than the real thing

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Well, now we know. Sookie is a fairy. Perhaps to satisfy the part in all of us that couldn’t help but feel a little let down by the revelation after so many weeks of teasing, Sookie herself responds with skepticism. It takes Bill’s earnest insistence that fairies are no laughing matter, but are in fact powerful, important, and oh so delectable. It does help explain why every vampire Sookie meets drools over her, follows her around, and puts up with her nagging and whining. But honestly, I couldn’t help feeling a little “so what?” about it all. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 23, 2010 at 10:35 am

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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