True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 7 – “Cold Grey Light of Dawn”

August 10, 2011

Soundtrack for a Somber Episode:

Anna Stephen Alex HBO S4 promoAnd so they are to meet the sun…

The vampires, under an intense spell cast by the spirit of Antonia and some fellow witches, were desperate to burst free from their protective silver chains and greet the daylight. Poor Jessica made it to the door, even though Jason made a mad dash to save her. Sam realized exactly what made Tommy so sick… and he was not happy about it. Debbie questions Alcide‘s feelings for Sookie, Tara hurts Naomi to protect her, and Sookie refuses to let Eric meet the sun.

Anybody else sad that we’re more than halfway through the fourth season?

Below is the soundtrack used in episode 7 of True Blood’s fourth season, “Cold Grey Light of Dawn.”

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

Steven Casper and Cowboy Angst – Where You Are
Pam tries to kill Tara outside of Merlotte’s. Naomi struggles.

The Black Angels – Yellow Elevator #2*
Plays on the boom box while Debbie and Alcide are in the woods.

Patti Scialfa – Town Called Heartbreak*
Naomi and Tara sit in their truck outside Merlotte’s. They may be breaking up.

Alejandro Escovedo (feat. Bruce Springsteen) – Always a Friend*
Jason fantasizes about Jessica. Hoyt comes home and Jason feels awkward.

Steve McComb – Come See Me*
Sam visits Luna.

The Shake – Dyin’ Ain’t the End of the World*
Sam and Luna talk at Merlotte’s and things are starting to change.

Scott Hall – Send Mary a Letter
Alcide and Debbie are in bed.

Nick Lowe – Cold, Grey Light of Dawn
Plays over end credits.

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True Blood Season 4, Episode 6 “I Wish I Was The Moon” – Review/Recap

August 6, 2011

 

Witches, Shifters and Weres, Oh My!

Eric & Sookie S4 Ep6Eric. Sookie. ‘Nuff said.

Okay, not really. There’s a lot more that needs to be said about this episode. And it’s not all full-moon-romps-in-the-woods, if you know what I mean…

After teasing us last week with Eric and Sookie locking lips, we picked up right where we left off (thank Godric). Hot. Hot until Bill interrupted. His mix of emotions and reactions here was true to form. Eric and Bill’s fight was full of delectable tension, until Sookie informed Eric he was about to stake his King. Again, Bill Compton’s reaction to Eric’s sudden turnaround was pitch-perfect confusion.

While we’re on the subject, I’m just going to skip right to the ending. Eric’s final requests were quite touching. His reasoning for releasing Pam sounded a lot like the old Eric. His statements about Sookie, however, were a little heavy-handed, but I went along with it. The hook-up at the end was steamy and all, though I still contend that the opening scene was sexier. Maybe that’s just me… Did anybody else think Bill could’ve shed a single blood-tear while he was standing on his porch with a snifter of TruBlood? Come on.  He supposedly still cares about Sookie. He supposedly still hates Eric. He set Eric free knowing what was going to happen, probably purposely, considering Eric’s words about Sookie deserving to be happy with whoever can provide it for her. Didn’t that affect him in the slightest? All season, Bill’s actions have been throwing me. Not all that thrilled with him.

Elsewhere in Bon Temps —

Witches, witches, witches. Terrible stories about witches and vampires in Spain, wreaking havoc on each other. There’s major history here with the vampires infiltrating the Catholic church, torturing witches through the Spanish Inquisition. While the scenes themselves were well done and visually effective, I’ve decided that the only time “history” works in True Blood is when it involves characters we know and care about. And I don’t know these characters, so the history lessons feel… well, like history lessons. As hard as I’ve been trying all season, I just cannot get into the witch story. It’s becoming too much. Vampires and weres and shifters all have their own issues. Must the witches get involved? Though I got to admit, Jesus’s abuelo is one screwed-up dude. Terrifying, really.

Tara’s girlfriend finally busted her for lying, forcing Tara to ’fess up about her real life. The most interesting thing about her story was she seems pretty well set on staying in Bon Temps.

Very upset about the Tommy skin-walking situation. This is because I love Sam and hated to see Tommy ruin Sam’s life in less than 24 hours. Though kudos to Sam Trammell’s mad acting skills. He totally had the Tommy Mickens walk and talk down pat. As the skin-walker, “Tommy-Sam” left quite a wake – fired Sookie, slept with Luna and subsequently dissed her.

Really, did anybody actually play their own characters? Tommy was Sam (meaning Sam Trammell was playing Marshall Allman as Tommy trying to be Sam Merlotte… whew…), Lafayette and Marnie were each possessed by another spirit, Eric was still amnesia-ed …

“I’m a police officer! And a werepanther! Back off!”

On the plus side, this was Jason’s best episode all season. He was so innocently scared at the potential of becoming a werepanther, it was adorable. And his heartfelt conversation with Jessica was absolutely endearing. I’m not sure where they’re going with this, but I’m admittedly curious. I love Jess and Hoyt, but this could work as something, too.

Arlene and Terry’s house erupted in flames. Baby Mikey was already outside with that damn doll. Who was that lady? She looked too pretty to be evil. But why else would Mikey see her? Very creepy. Glad Terry’s armadillo made it out okay.

A little bit of Alcide is better than no Alcide at all. And with Debbie joining the pack behind his back, it’s only a matter of time before she does something crazy. Right? Right??

 

Clearly, this was not one of my favorite episodes, despite the Eric and Sookie situation. And that’s kind of depressing. Sorry if this was ultra-negative. Maybe I’m being too harsh. What did you guys think?

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True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 6 “I Wish I Was The Moon”

August 5, 2011

Soundtrack for “I Wish I Was the Moon”:

TB Season 4 poster-redJason and Jessica shared stories in the woods, Debbie joined the pack without telling Alcide, and Tommy walked a mile in Sam‘s… skin…

We learned the truth behind the spirit possessing Marnie, which makes the Spanish Inquisition a lot more interesting. But let’s not kid ourselves. This episode started and ended with Eric and Sookie. And below is the soundtrack to take you back through the events as they unfolded.

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

El Son Que Faltaba – Las Olas Del Mar*
Don Bartolo tells Jesus to bring him a sacrifice.

Lance Miller – What’d I Do*
Sam (Tommy), fires Sookie.

Brooks & Dunn – Brand New Man*
Sam runs into Mrs. Fortenberry at Merlotte’s and she tells him to tell Tommy that he is dead to her now.

Hayes Carll – Hide Me*
Alcide and Debbie argue over joining the pack after Marcus suggests that they do.

John Hatton – The Soul of a Man Never Dies*
Naomi and Tara are having a bite to eat at Merlotte’s. Jessica senses Jason’s fear.

The Spares – KMA Mexico*
Pam goes after Naomi and Tara in the parking lot of Merlotte’s.

Neko Case – I Wish I Was the Moon*
Sookie and the vampire make love in the woods/ End Credits.

Source: HBO.com

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True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 3 – “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

July 14, 2011

Soundtrack for Episode 3:

TB Season 4 poster-redIn an episode that put Pam in a tizzy over Eric’s erased memory, and left Jason helpless as he was forced to breed werepanthers, we have a solid music list to back it all up. Alcide reappeared for the first time this season, but with Debbie by his side. And Bill’s professional relationship with Portia Bellefleur expanded to a sexual relationship, at Portia’s request. Tara protected Lafayette and caught up with Sam. And Marnie sacrificed her own blood, offering herself as a vessel for another spirit.

Below is the soundtrack for the third episode of season four, “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

J. Novak – The Wreck of Us
Pam feeds on Jethro at Fangtasia.

Boxing Gandhi’s – If You Love Me (Why Am I Dyin)*
Lafayette, Tara and Jesus have a beer and discuss their next move regarding Eric.

Ohio Sound Machine – Montgomery Moonlight
Sookie visits Alcide.

Michelle Malone – Restraining Order Blues*
Tara enters Merlotte’s and asks Sookie to talk to Eric. Sam comes over.

G. DaPonte – Nowhere
Sam and Tara talk at Merlotte’s.

Astrud Gilberto (Thievery Corporation remix) – Who Needs Forever*
Upscale restaurant, Bill leaves Eric a voicemail; Portia Bellefleur rejoins him at the table and they discuss the nature of their relationship.

Dave Pezzner – Child’s Play
In Fangtasia’s basement, Pam speaks with Lafayette about Eric’s memory issues.

Karen Elson – Season of the Witch*
End credits.

Source: HBO.com – True Blood Music

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True Blood Season 4, Episode 3 “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?” – Review

July 13, 2011

Alcide is Back and Eric is “Gone”:

Skarsgård as Eric Northman (ep. 39)“I know what I am, Snooki.”

Whew. After his initial monologuing, Amnesia Eric was a delightful surprise. Finding Debbie in Alcide‘s pretty new house? Horrible surprise. But more on that later…

I’ve seen/heard a few complaints that this season “isn’t as good” or “it’s gotten weird.” Let me just say – #1, We’re 3 episodes in, haters! Don’t judge a season so quickly. And #2, I just have to plain disagree. Season 4, so far, has been at least on par with previous seasons. And I’ll tell you why.

True Blood has been loved from the very beginning for its soapy-meets-campy tone. Fluffy meta moments lighten up the drippy drama of a faerie living in a vampire hierarchy. Hence, Sookie reading a Charlaine Harris novel. Look, whenever a series throws in new characters, or changes characters drastically – either temporarily or permanently – fans are always quick to turn on their favorite show. All I’m saying is give it time before you start trolling comment threads. You can’t judge a whole season until it’s over. And I don’t know about you, but I’m in no rush.

Rant over. On to the good stuff —

Eric’s newly innocent state has proven to be the most adorable thing ever. I know I said that last time about his wooing Sookie with appliances, but I mean it even more this week. Between his apologies (“sorry”) and the ever-so-sincere tone when he asked Sookie “Would you like to be mine?”- sigh. Alexander Skarsgård did an outstanding job making Eric vulnerable without being too ridiculous.

Pam was quick to panic when she learned the news, and now she’s all uber-suspicious of Bill. Is it really possible that Bill would set up Eric like that? True, he already tried once. And yes, Sookie did ask Bill for help with Eric’s home-owning situation. But Bill’s angry voicemail makes me think otherwise.

Jessica and Hoyt are having relationship issues, yes. And while it was nice to see Jess reunite with her maker, the scene felt a little awkward. Seeking relationship advice, Bill and Jessica’s talk didn’t feel “father-daughter” “brother-sister” or “best friends.” It just felt weird. Although it did garner one of my favorite quotes from the episode: “Vamp up.”

What about that doll? It freaked me out the first time we saw it on the floor of Jess & Hoyt’s new place, then seeing Hoyt holding it was a whole other level of creepy. At least Baby Mikey seems to be enjoying it.

So Tommy wants to steal from the woman who has taken him in. Charming. I liked Tommy best when he worked at Merlotte’s – he had great chemistry with Jessica and he could be involved without some contrived storyline. Now, Tommy’s character just seems lost.

Bill and Portia, huh? Like her or not, you got to respect Portia’s bluntness. Girl knows how to get to the point.

I’m not sure why, but I just can’t get into Lafayette and Jesus. I’m bored when their wiccan ways are discussed. Sure, Marnie is fascinating and I’m curious to see if the spirit will accept her sacrifice. But otherwise, eh.

Poor Jason! For real, that boy just can’t win. His entire storyline was disturbing this week. That scene with all the girls watching? Yikes. I hope Jason gets to spend an episode not tied to a bed soon.

Finally, Alcide. I was so happy to see him. He and Sookie are all cute and then who walks in, but former V-addict/Russell Edgington dog Debbie. Blindsided by that one. Clearly, Sookie wasn’t thrilled, either. Totally ruined her plans. Where will that relationship go?

Sam and Tara had a cute moment. It’s nice that they’re still friends. That’s really all I have to say on the matter.

So Eric drained Claudine, huh? I was a little confused – did Eric appear because he heard Sookie yell at Claudine or just because he smelled her or something?

This was a good episode for certain characters while others stalled out in the background. But with only 55 minutes or so, we can’t always see everybody.

What’d you all think?

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True Blood Season 4, Episode 2 Review – “You Smell Like Dinner”

July 9, 2011

Amnesia, anyone?

Bill Compton Punk RockerNow that we’re all caught up after losing a year, we actually had the chance to delve a little deeper with some of these storylines.

We began with Sookie finding herself in a predicament. Eric smartly bought her house, to her horror, with the intention of owning her. And while he came on a bit strong in the first episode, Eric made some very good arguments here. Sookie’s rare Faerie blood makes her a huge target for vampires. Eric can provide protection. Sookie didn’t, or couldn’t, go along with it. And I can’t really blame her. After all, her experience with Bill was pretty scarring. It can’t be easy to just go along with a new vampire.

Can I just say, has Eric been any more adorable than with his “Out with the old” “In with the new” notes? I mean, okay, it’s an appliance, but still… adorable. Though Sookie did not seem to agree. Her reaction to Eric’s built-in hidey-hole, or “cubby” was priceless. And even the grand ol’ King can’t help Sookie. Bill tried though, sort of. While I wasn’t thrilled with his cool response to Sookie, Bill’s flashback to his London days in the early 80’s was genius. Bill rocked the punk eyeliner and spiked hair of the underground scene like a champ.

So we learned that Bill’s been working to mainstream vampires with Nan Flanagan since the 80’s. Interesting. But it was disappointing to know that Queen Sophie-Anne’s demise was brought on by a well-planned, well-armed human regiment of the AVL, and not an epic vampire battle to the death. Come on, Bill. Fight your own battles.

Anyway —

The rest of the Bon Temps crew had their own issues. Sam’s new love Luna revealed just how twisted she is… and the idea of “skin-walkers” freaks me out. Arlene’s baby bursting a blood vessel in her eye… or so Arlene seemed to think, was also pretty scary. I’m very curious to find out more about that baby.

And Jason! Forced to procreate with Crystal (on account ‘a Felton’s infertility), but only AFTER he becomes a werepanther? Bummer. I knew this is where Jason’s story went in the books, but if this all follows through, then we’re down another human in Bon Temps. And if everyone’s supernatural, then they don’t seem so super anymore.

Speaking of the books, I knew the amnesia story was looming over Eric this season; I just had no idea it would happen so quickly. It was unsettling to see a wandering, confused, shirtless Eric. Marnie’s terrifying spell-casting was intense. I love Fiona Shaw as Marnie. She’s believable, weird, creepy. Perfect.

The episode as a whole was strong, if a little heavy on story and light on action. But good stories are important, so I can live with that. Sure we didn’t have a lot of blood and gore, but that’s not what it’s always about, people!

Anybody else really been missing Alcide? I’m eagerly anticipating his arrival this season…

What’d you think of “You Smell Like Dinner?”

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True Blood Music: Season 4, Episode 2 – “You Smell Like Dinner”

July 8, 2011

The Soundtrack for Episode 38:

Stephen Moyer as King of Louisiana Bill ComptonAfter last week’s “one year later” catch-up, we were treated to stories from the past and the present. Bill‘s underground punk days in London in the 80’s reveal his history with Nan Flanagan, the main vamp behind killing Queen Sophie-Anne. Sookie is fighting Eric for control of her house, but Eric is not in a fighting mood. After all, he built himself a hidey-hole. Jessica is acting out from the difficulty of her home life and Sam‘s new interest Luna reveals she can shift into a lot more than a horse. Poor Jason was chosen to breed with Crystal (on account of Felton‘s infertility), but he’s got to become a werepanther first. Ouch.

Long list of music in this episode. Below is that very list, from episode 2 of season 4, “You Smell Like Dinner,” along with the correlating plot point, courtesy of HBO.

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

Zack Tempest – Dominatrix
Pam emerges from Fangtasia.

Flying Lotus and Thom Yorke – And the World Laughs With You*
Lafayette and Jesus are in the kitchen late at night.

See Spot Kill – Trash This Place*
(London, England Early 80’s). Bill is at an underground punk rock club looking for someone to feed on. He chats up the bartender Marcus.

John Etkin Bell & Mike Farmer – Lift Off
(London Punk Flashback continues). Plays at the underground club with Bill and Marcus.

John Etkin Bell & Mike Farmer – Make Some Noise
(London Punk Flashback continues). Outside the club, Bill feeds on Marcus.

N/A – A Life On the Ocean Wave*
(London Punk Flashback continues). Drunks sing at the bar. Nan Flanagan talks to Bill about “mainstreaming” vampires.

Tom Heyman – Fat City*
Sookie is back at work at Merlotte’s.

Eric Corne – Trampolines*
Sam carries booze to the office at Merlotte’s. Luna is waiting for him.

Kanude – Wheels-Part One*
Tommy and James think Luna is pretty.

Craig Campbell – Family Man*
Jessica decides to drive over to Fangtasia for some excitement.

DJ Acucrack – Clown Darker*
Protesters are outside Fangtasia.

DJ Acucrack – Coming Down
Jessica walks in slow motion towards her prey.

Jenny O – Well OK Honey*
Tara calls Naomi. They miss each other.

N/A – Shoot First
Sookie goes into the girls room at Fangtasia to find Jessica.

Jinx Titanic and the Super 8 Cum Shots – You Smell Like Dinner*
End credits.

What song will you download?

Source: HBO.com – True Blood Music

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Joe Manganiello Cries Wolf in GQ

July 3, 2011

True Blood’s Werewolf Discusses the Show and Past Jobs:

Joe Manganiello GQ Summer ’11Before he was known as protective werewolf Alcide, Joe Manganiello had a number of odd jobs including delivery man for a masonry company. But his successful turn as Alcide made him a regular on True Blood.

Joe’s incredible physique isn’t really a secret. It’s kind of a highlight of the show, really. However, Joe swears he’s just playing the character as written.

“If Alcide was described as weighing 300 pounds with a comb-over and missing his front teeth, that’s what I would look like.”

Let’s all thank our lucky stars that’s not Alcide’s description.

Joe’s the center of GQ’s Summer Vacation Style Guide so be sure to check him out. Seriously, check it out.

Manganiello GQ Summer ’11

Source: www.gq.com – The Summer Vacation Style Guide with Joe Manganiello

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True Blood Season 4 Music: Episode 1 “She’s Not There”

June 30, 2011

 

Soundtrack for the First Episode:

Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman (4.1)Happy Season 4, everybody!

And what a way to start. After spending “10 or 15 minutes” in Faerie World, Sookie returns to Earth a whole year later. Jason is now officially a cop and is still looking out for the Hot Shot kids. Arlene is monitoring baby Mikey’s every move, Sam is hanging out with a new group of shifters, Jessica and Hoyt are dealing with domestic life as best they can, and Tara‘s got a new hobby and a new relationship. Bill has moved on to bigger and better things, while Eric takes advantage of Sookie’s situation. Oh, and witches! Jesus and Lafayette join Marnie‘s group for some meditation and spell-casting. Fun all around.

Below is a list of songs from True Blood‘s episode 1 of season 4, “She’s Not There,” along with its correlating plot point, courtesy of HBO.

(Songs marked with a [*] are available for purchase at HBO.com)

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Real Wild Child
Tara is fighting at a lesbian bar.

Soda Jerk – What’s On Your Mind
Plays outside the Lesbian bar in the alley in New Orleans.

Danny Wilde – Better Get On
Sookie is back at Merlotte’s. Arlene welcomes her and tells her about the baby. Lafayette has a few updates as well.

Misisipi Mike Wolf – Calling the Shots
Maxine enters Merlotte’s.

Blakroc (Feat. Billy Danze, Jim Jones, and Nicole Wary) – What You Do To Me
Tara and Naomi make love.

El Camino – Dues
Portia and Sookie chat at Merlotte’s.

Slick Idiot (remixed by Schneider of Rammstein) – Xcess
Jessica dances at Fangtasia. She has an admirer.

Neko Case and Nick Cave – She’s Not There*
End Credits.

This is only the beginning. What did you think?

Source – HBO.com – Season 4 Music

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True Blood Season 4, Episode 1 Review – “She’s Not There”

June 30, 2011

Spoiler Alert:

Anna Paquin as Sookie (4.1) Finally! After months of blood-thirsty anticipation, we were treated to the first episode of the fourth season of HBO‘s True Blood“She’s Not There.

*Spoilers* if you haven’t watched the episode yet.

So… you spend a few minutes in the Faerie World, catching up with Granddaddy Earl (Gary Cole) and you get back to Earth to find a whole year has gone by. A whole year. Wha???

Up until now, True Blood’s timeline has been difficult to keep up with. While we’ve been watching the series for three years, in Bon Temps it’s only been three months (give or take.) Remember – Rene was killed at the end of season 1, but Arlene just found out she was pregnant with his baby in the middle of season 3.  So to pick up a whole year after last season makes for some interesting discoveries. And as we learned, a whole lot can happen in a year.

To me, I think the biggest surprise (at first) was Jason. Now officially a cop and helping out the kids that Crystal left behind, Jason seems to be on the straight and narrow. Bill and Eric both arrive at nightfall to check on Sookie, though neither of them stay long enough to explain their current whereabouts. Jessica and Hoyt are dealing with domestic life, while Sam is meeting with a group of shifters. Jesus convinced Lafayette to check out his witches’ hangout – “It’s not a coven” – where we meet Marnie and fellow witches. Arlene’s baby, named Mikey, is having a blast decapitating Barbies and Andy Bellefleur is hooked on V.

Tara‘s story was the biggest change from where we left her last season, I think. Now a cage fighter in New Orleans, Tara has taken on a romantic relationship with her fighting partner. And we see the tangled web of lies Tara’s been weaving, probably in a desperate attempt to completely demolish any memory of her former life.

And how about Tommy? Taking Hoyt’s place, he seems to like the life of a Momma’s boy. His testy exchange with his brother appears to show thier relationship isn’t in a great place right now.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the faerie opening on its own. It wasn’t until the time lapse was revealed that it all made sense. It makes for a convenient plot device, making the audience figure out what’s going on and not boring us to bloody tears with exposition.

When Eric reveals that his “company” bought Sookie’s house, I felt I should have known. I already had some suspicions when Portia revealed the real estate company didn’t have an actual office, but I didn’t think about it leading back to Eric. Very clever.

My favorite part of the whole thing was the last few minutes. Seeing Bill in his new position of authority and Eric craftily figure out a way to make Sookie his, I was in True Blood heaven.

Season 4 – you have my attention.

What did you guys think?

PS – I haven’t read all of the books, so I can’t say how well the story is following the novels. If anybody can help me out, I’d be happy to hear about it.

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