August 20, 2012
What Deborah Ann Woll has to say about her character:
Deborah Ann Woll plays vampire Jessica Hamby on HBO’s supernatural hit True Blood. She took some time out of her busy schedule to talk about what it’s like to play a vampire. Woll notes that while Jessica goes through a lot of turmoil, she does get some happiness in between all of the chaos and trouble.
When asked if she ever said; “my character would never say that” to the writers, Woll answered:
“I came up doing classical theater. And when the playwrights are dead, you can’t really argue with them.”
Woll is busy advocating for a cure for choroideremia, a eye disease that causes people to lose their vision slowly until it is completely gone, that her boyfriend, EJ Scott, has. Scott, who Woll met on Match.com, says her boyfriend was legally blind when they met and she loves him desperately.
Woll, who is five feet 10 inches without heels, said she was very lucky to have the role that she has and loves the people she works with.
Want to see the whole interview? Check out the video interview in the link below!
Source Credit: Good Day LA – Deborah Ann Woll Talks Being A Vampire On True Blood
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
October 14, 2011
A Doctor Compares the Microcosmic Bon Temps to the Macrocosm of Reality:
A newbie’s interpretation of True Blood and the psychology of “why we like it” appears on Psychology Today’s “Look Around and Look Within” blog written by Dr. Susan L. Smalley. Recently enthralled with the show, like a V-addict she watched all four seasons in one week.
The points that Smalley expands on are how 1. Sookie Stackhouse is a transparent, self-aware character; 2. “the world is not always as it seems;” 3. Equality of all beings, as a theme, plays a major role; 4. “religion can fuel intolerance;” 5. the characters of True Blood are constantly questioning who they are and subsequently altering themselves for the better (or worse) and 6. the mundane is supernatural.
Smalley’s article touches on why the majority of Truebies love the show: the fictional life presented is an indubitable metaphor for Reality. The problems of Bon Temps, albeit fantastical, are a mirror of true life; the ancient axiom of Life imitating Art (and vice versa) is empirically extolled by audiences.
Check out the full article here.
Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Source: Psychology Today – True Blood and True Life
September 11, 2011
TrueBloodNet.com takes on TVDoneWright and it’s WAR!
OK, maybe not war exactly. We were a bit over excited by the attack on the witch shop last episode! Our buddy over at TVDoneWright.com has a critique of the season and while we here at TrueBloodNet.com agree with some of his points, we disagree with others so we thought it would be fun to respond point to point (although we won’t reprint his whole article here and you should head over to TVDoneWright.com to catch all his well thought out, if slightly flawed, reasoning.) We say this in a friendly way… we think TVDoneWright rocks!
Lose the witches
The season of the Witch has been a flop. We can’t blame Fiona Shaw who played Marnie, with three different accents at that. The story was just bad. It was so bad, it made me think “I sure miss Maryanne from Season 2”.
We agree for the most part. Frankly, the flashbacks were time-sucking megaboring events that slowed the story down so much that, on top of live-tweeting the show, we managed to surf the net looking for pictures of #TrueBlood #HotBottoms. It is bad enough Marnie is returning in the finale (and Fiona Shaw has been great in the role, no doubts about that) but we’d hate to see her lingering into next season. That said, we don’t want to see all the witches killed off, just break up the coven. In fact, we can imagine scenarios where the witches can be helpful here and there without being the center of attention.
The Fairies – Are they in or out?
At the beginning of the season, Sookie was in Fairy land. Then Eric kills the fairy-godmother, and then we forget about them. That’s until last week when another fairy randomly has sex with Andy.
Here we don’t agree. We liked the fairies and are fine with them popping in and out. They are like any other Supe and we don’t need to focus on them all the time for fairies to have a big part from time to time. The whole, “I was in fairyland for a year and that’s why everyone has aged” thing was a bit trite, but we here at TrueBloodNet.com are loving the new and responsible, if still boyish, foolish, and not-too-smart Jason and King Bill. With his heart, courage and new role as a policeman, Jason’s been rockin’ the show in Season 4 of True Blood. The first few seasons, Ryan did a good job acting but his story lines were lame — although we loved his interaction with Eddie. This season, he really blossomed. We just love Jason and hot, young vampiress Jessica — played by the talented Deborah Ann Woll — together and the difficulties it’s sure to cause with Hoyt. We hope True Blood doesn’t end up back in Hotshot next season though. The serial rape thing was just disgusting and went a bit too far. We’re all for pushing boundaries, but X-rated scenes with children are off-limits. We never rewatched that episode after the first night because of the EW! factor.
At the end of last season, we at TrueBloodNet.com were very concerned that Bill would fade into the background or mope around pining for Sookie. King Bill has been awesome giving the brilliant Stephen Moyer the chance to showcase his acting chops. Not to mention, he’s been vampire sexy and his character Bill, like Jason, has moved forward through the series. And it has allowed for some great Sookie-Eric scenes and it was great that the Sookie-Eric Shippers got their moments. Alexander Skarsgård is very easy on the eyes and is delivering in the acting department.
Werewolves – Give them something better
Season 3 introduced the werewolves to True Blood. When this happened, they painted themselves in a corner. You see they added another mythology creature, but they never really managed to do anything interesting with them. That was especially the case with Season 4, which saw Alcide pretty much in the background the whole time.
To which we at TrueBloodNet.com reply: AAaaaAWOOOOoooO!!! For more reasons than one, we’d like to see more of Alcide next season, preferably as the new Alpha — with lots of #HotBottom moments! While we appreciate that Alcide likes to be the lone wolf, we’d long to see the Werewolves evolve into a chaotic-good force. There are plenty of complex and challenging forces that can torture the poor wolf once he accepts the leader’s mane and has to temper his loner desires with his deeper understanding of the amount of good he can do by leading a wolf pack with true honor and fairness. On the other side of The Camera, Joe Manganiello — hot hot hot! — gave up Superman to play Alcide — he sure as heck deserves a meatier role than he’s gotten so far.
We are also really loving the Bromance between Sam Merlotte and Alcide. They are like the Starsky and Hutch of True Blood, only they can act twice as well and are thrice as yummy. Sam’s whole story line this season has been very riveting. We love that he’s got a shifter girlfriend, has grown and become more complex. His journey of self-discovery has been compelling and, as always with Alan Ball’s story lines, shows us the dark side of an adoptee’s journey to find his birth family. Sam Trammell is easily one of the best looking men on the planet and he just oozes kindness, which makes the changes in Merlotte’s character even more remarkable. His portrayal of Sam, as Tommy playing Sam, was astounding — and hilarious! Great acting chops there!
Speaking of the ill-fated and often annoying little brother Tommy — deftly portrayed by another #HotBottom Marshall Allman — anyone who didn’t tear up during his death scene needs to ask the wizard for a heart. We know Tommy was annoying, but he never had a chance; the deck was always stacked against him. We realize that Alan Ball may have been setting up the Alcide-Sam partnership, but somehow, allowing Tommy to die felt like a writer failure. Sure, it yanked at our heartstrings but what a dismal message to send to adoptees. Tommy’s death also took away a powerful tool — skin walking — that could have been used very infrequently, due to the high toll it took on Tommy. He could have infiltrated The Church of the Sun, for instance, as Steve Newlin. Hopefully, we’ll have some flashback scenes next year with some humorous memories of Tommy or a few good brother minutes we didn’t get to see in the year Sookie was in Fairyland.
And, of course, the stop and start again romance between Sam and the fiery shapeshifter Luna, adeptly portrayed by series newcomer Janina Gavankar, has been very well received by the fans, we at TrueBloodNet.com look forward to that storyline continuing to develop next year.
The Quadrangle — Eric, Sookie, Bill and Pam
Sookie – Pick one and move on
There are two scenes that annoyed me to no end this season.
The first was the dream-sequences where Sookie told Bill and Eric that they could both have her…in bed.
The second scene that annoyed me was last week when Eric and Bill were ready to kill themselves to save Sookie. Wait…what?
Here we at TrueBloodNet.com strongly disagree with the main premise but agree with one of the ‘WTFranklin‘ moments.
We like seeing Sookie torn between Eric and Bill, in fact, we’d like to add Alcide to the mix and see what happens. Personally, we don’t need to see a four-or five-way, but we sure do like it when all the Alpha males start… you know, looking for a ruler. We love the triad if for no other reason than the dialog writers, during these scenes, often have us laughing, just when we didn’t think we could stand the pathos of an episode. A welcome break. We can see where, from a male standpoint, this might not be the greatest story arc. But instead of changing Sookie and forcing her to choose, we’d suggest bringing on a real femme fatale next season for the menfolk’s pleasure — oh wait, True Blood already has one, Pam. Perhaps Alan could just let Pam and Sookie get into a mud fight… in a shared dream. And while we’re talking about Sookie, Anna Paquin‘s acting this season has been great! We just wish they wouldn’t write Sookie like a ditzy blonde…
While everyone keeps talking about this as a triad, we at TrueBloodNet.com strongly feel this is actually a quartet. Pam, played by the beautiful and talented artist, activist and actress Kristin Bauer van Straten, oozed jealousy during the season’s penultimate show last Sunday. Clearly, vampire Pam is not happy to see that, despite the curse being broken, Eric and Sookie are still a thing and no doubt that colors her later decision to fire a rocket launcher in Sookie’s general direction. We got to see a bit behind Pam’s stone wall exterior in Season 4 of True Blood, and we really felt her face-melting pain but we crave more background on Pam. Could it be in Season 5 we’ll discover how Eric chose to turn Pam and what her first reactions were to being immortal? At any rate, Pam’s lines, sharply to the point and dripping with sarcasm and disgust, are just our cuppa joe.
Which brings us to the point where TrueBloodNet.com totally agrees with TVDoneWright. When Bill and then Eric both agree to die the true death for Sookie, it was the stupidest moment on True Blood. First, if they did it, the show would be over — so what viewer believed it, even in the moment? But secondly, who would protect Sookie if they were both dead? Who would protect the other vampires? Marnie had already proven that she wasn’t trustworthy… it was just lame. If Bill was planning to kill Eric to get rid of him, stop Pam from killing him and find another way to save Sookie — only excuse for this idiotic behavior — True Blood sure didn’t do a good job of clueing in the audience. Next time you’re thinking of doing that — just say no.
An area where we at TrueBloodNet.com do agree with TVDoneWright is that there are just too many individual story lines. It’s not so much that there are too many characters, although there is some of that and we would argue that the show certainly doesn’t need any more, but that they all have so much going on it’s hard to spend enough time to fully develop some storylines. We wouldn’t advocate killing off a main character however. Rather, we’d like to see them bring back Steve Newlin and King Russell next season, give us flashbacks with Godric, Tommy and bring in Dr. Ludwig, instead of bringing in any ‘new’ main bad guys — and certainly not a whole coven of them.
Of course, True Blood, another way you could make the story flow a bit better is by giving us back those 30 minutes you cut out of this season by ending the show early on three separate occasions to air HBO commercials (Hey! HBO! We pay for your service already — a real burden for many in this economy. We don’t need an advertising miniseries to chew up True Blood’s time slot! — very bad move.) And please, dump any flashbacks with folks we really don’t care about. Then you’d have more time to spend on the story lines about the characters we love.
Focusing on the (Mostly) Positives
Scuttlebutt has it that we’re going to learn more about Terry Bellefleur, compellingly portrayed by Todd Lowe, next season. It could easily be argued that Terry is the beating heart of True Blood. Always forgiving, always understanding, brave as a lion, crazy as a bed bug… Andy’s addiction storyline has left a bit to be desired but not those scenes between Terry and Andy (we also like Andy’s burgeoning relationship with Holly — someone needs to give Andy some respect!), they’ve been great.
Terry has not only helped his cuz down from the V addiction, he’s also been good for Arlene, maybe now that baby Mikey is safe from the spirit of his serial-killer daddy, Arlene can find more time to get fired up about vampires, or werewolves or rabid armadillos — no offense, Felix. Carrie Preston is flat-out gorgeous and it would be great to see her dressing up now and again. We think it bears mentioning that Chris Bauer has stepped up his game nicely, selling the roller coaster ride of addiction, and making us cringe in sympathy. We’re looking forward to his antics as comic relief next year… you know Andy rockin’ it with the fairy isn’t going to end well.
No analysis of season 4 would be complete without a discussion of Lafayette, Jesus and cousin Tara. We have to say, while we were glad that Tara, well-played by Rutina Wesley, is no longer a door mat, her storyline was too random to be impressive. Suddenly she’s a pit fighter? Really? Sorry, but this is a profession that takes years to develop. We doubt Tara’s extensive book reading turned her into Louisiana’s Jeanne Claude Van Damme in a mere year. We at TrueBloodNet.com don’t know where they are going to go with Tara next year, but we hope it is better thought out than this year. A lot of the season felt like they put a bunch of names and occupations in a hat and pulled out two or three at a time and just went with it. Rutina is too sexy and talented to be wasted like that.
Lafayette and Jesus have just been dynamite this season. Nelsan Ellis did an incredible job with all these different personalities inhabiting his body; he and Jesus, portrayed by Kevin Alejandro, have been so piquant together. Jesus has really blossomed into a fascinating character and we’ve been allowed to glimpse his big heart –and the Bruho within. We hope that True Blood continues to grow that relationship next year — no matter what happens in the season finale. The scene with Jesus and possessed Lala in Hoyt’s house brings a tear to the eye with every watching. Very powerful stuff.
One last request: As a sympathy retcher, we sincerely hope that True Blood got vomiting out of their system this year. There was more upchucking than #HotBottoms in some episodes. Enough already; thankfully, we don’t have smellovision yet.
The Finale Predictions
OK final ‘guess’ on what ‘familiar faces’ we will see today in the finale:
Gran: Protective spirit
We don’t expect it but in the ‘wouldn’t it be fun’ category:
Rene: Everyone else has taken a shot at taking over Lafayette’s body, why not Rene?
Dawn: Zombie after Jason
Jessica’s Truck driver: Zombie after Jessica
Daphne: Ghost haunting Sam
Eddie: Protector for Jason
Godric: Protector of Eric
Eggs: Zombie after Tara
Leave your comments below and then head on over to TVDoneWright and tell them what you think too.
Photo Credit: HBO
July 20, 2010
Vampires and Werewolves are such interesting creatures, aren’t they? From my observations of these two supernatural species on True Blood I’ve learned so much about their habits, behavior and culture. Here’s some of what I’ve learned:
1. Werewolves enjoy a good howl. (And probably a good scratch behind the ears, too.)
2. Vampires enjoy a good smoke. (As long as it’s a cigar and not a woman. Huh?)
3. Werewolves have lousy fashion sense. (Understandable, I guess, if you’re always ripping your clothes off.)
4. Vampires have great fashion sense. (Though when they have the time to clothes-shop, I have no idea. Perhaps that’s what minions are for.)
5. Werewolves like to watch lame game shows like Let’s Make a Deal. (Obviously Jeopardy is too cerebral. I bet Vampires are ace at Jeopardy.)
6. Vampires are extremely messy eaters. (Ever heard of a napkin, guys!? At least werewolves have an excuse: they have no hands!)
7. Werewolves don’t do housework. (Or even decorate, apparently.)
8. Vampires don’t do housework. (Vampires will make a mess all over your carpet and expect that if they smile prettily at you, you’ll to clean it up for them. See, above, about minions.)
9. Werewolves can’t hold their V. (When they get high they tend to prance around like serial-killer schoolgirls.)
10. Vampires can hold a grudge – for an inordinately long period of time. (Oh dear Russell, you are so for it!)
So what have you learned?
April 2, 2010
HBO’s series “True Blood” has been able to bring monsters such as vampires and shapeshifters to life, and by putting their a unique spin on the story, has attempted to engender compassion and tolerance for this all but marginalized group.
What I and so many others find so fascinating about the show is that it may also be a treatise on relationships. A prime example would be Bill Compton. He is struggling to hold onto some part of his former humanity, and yet, he is still a vampire; a predator in search of blood . He greatly desires to become a better “man” for his beloved Sookie but he attacked her great uncle Bartlett. Another example is shown in episode three of season one, entitled “Mine,” when Sookie shows up at Bill’s house uninvited and sees another side of Bill. A much darker, more predatory side of him. Sookie knows that he is a vampire. She may not like it or understand it, but she accepts it because she loves him.
One thing that makes the show unique is showcasing several different kinds of monsters. To date, viewers have seen vampires, shapeshifters, maenads and zombies, like Eggs Talley, who was under the manipulative persuasion of Maryann. There certainly has been a plethora of monsters and also humans who behaved like monsters. The Rattrays in the first episode of the series are perfect examples of these wolves in sheep’s clothing. I particularly thought that this was a powerful storyline. The writers demonstrated to us that although Bill Compton is a vampire, the real monsters were Mack and Denise Rattray, who were human.
Another good example is Sam Merlotte, owner of the local bar and grill, and a shapeshifter. He is, by all accounts, a monster, a freak, but after he helped save Sookie’s life,She told him that he should let everyone know how special he is. She said, “With you, there’s not much not to love.” One has to wonder sometimes just how these guys endure things like loneliness, isolation and feeling like there is no one with whom they can commiserate with about their particular situations. One of the things which I find to be thought provoking here is that the writers leave it up to the viewers to decide who the monsters are.
What also intrigued me was in the midst of all of the local murders, no one seemed to be above suspicion. Although it seemed like Jason Stackhouse was a prime suspect in the killings, the police also kept an eye on Bill, thinking that because he was a vampire, he must have had something to do with it. For a brief moment, it appeared that Sam or maybe even Andy might be the killer. This is what great writing is all about. Holding the viewer’s interest and keeping them captivated. The real killer was not one of the “perceived monsters” but a man who worked with Jason and was insanely prejudiced against vampires and anyone who had something to do with them.
It’s quite obvious that Bill struggles with his primal vampire instincts. He desires to evolve beyond what he has become, but he is still a vampire. I think that Sam also struggles with who and what he is and how he feels others may perceive him. Bill made a very lucid point when he told Sookie in one episode of season one, that she couldn’t go through life being afraid of what she did not understand. I think that this is a powerful argument for those whom society would also reject, as no one wants to be seen as a “freak” or “outcast” just because they happen to be different. Bill and Sam may not be typical folks but that does not make them “monsters.”
Who in the series do YOU think are monsters? Please let us know your views in the comments section below.
Photo credit: HBO
Screen Capture: James
March 31, 2010
What is it about Eric Northman that draws and mesmerizes so many? The infamous vampire bar and club? The snappy attire? The bold yet casual swagger? The fact that he is an authority figure? These are all reasons that legions of fans are attracted to this charming and enigmatic vampire gent. The character also has a hard edge and a dark sense of humor, which I think makes him more interesting and fun to watch.
Each episode with Eric reveals another facet to his personality. Early in the second season, after viciously attacking someone in his basement dungeon, he asks a horrified Lafayette, “Did I get blood in my hair?” This is just one example of how Eric can be scary and funny at the same time. The scene where he, Pam and Chow prey upon Lafayette is evidence that he is a fierce predator.
“True Blood” fan Mary from New York says, “I find him to be sexy because there is an element of danger about him. There is also hope for Eric because of the way he was loyal and protective, to a fault, with his maker, Godric.”
Tommy, a writer and fan of the show says, ” I think that Eric knows his own strength and that may sometimes intimidate people around him; even viewers. He may come across as arrogant and yet it may be simply that he is comfortable with himself.”
Jaxx, an avid fan of the show had this to say, “I think that in the next season, we will see even more of a breakthrough with Eric. I believe that he is a diamond in the rough and has much potential to change.”
I think that Eric Northman, like many of the other characters on the show, is a layered and complex person. We, the viewers and fans, do not know if he is good or bad. Much of his past seems to be cloaked in mystery, too. He can be treacherous and deceptive but he can also be loyal and protective with those few he cares about. Eric is a complex character. He acts tough but in the second season of the show, he saves Sookie’s life twice. Once,when she was attacked by the Maenad and then again when Luke MacDonald bombed out a building where she and Eric were present. He is fascinated with her, and watching his desire and curiosity grow over the next year should be quite appealing.
Unlike Bill and Sam, Eric cares little about acceptance from others or about integrating vampire and human culture in society. Eric does things his own way and he makes no bones about it. He is seen by some as the consummate rebel, a non-conformist. Although, he may be just as wounded on the inside as the others, but more adept at hiding it.
Fans would agree Eric Northman may well be the hottest vampire on TV to date! He has mesmerized many with his charm and dominant personality. It will be quite interesting to see how his relationships with others, including Sookie, progress during the next couple of seasons.
With Eric there are many more layers to unravel but I don’t think his adoring fans mind that very much.
Do you have a viewpoint on Eric? Please feel free to post it in the comments below! Remember, no attacking each other, keep it civil!
Photo credit: HBO
Screen Capture: James
March 25, 2010
It is what is behind the Dark Door that draws many a person’s attention, curiosity and foreboding. It is interesting how some knock, some try simply to barge in uninvited, others use keys and yet more ignore such doors completely.
Some of us live behind the Dark Door, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a good visit. I am glad you entered…I sincerely hope you will be too.
As a member of the Gothic community, and the Vampiric Gothic community, I look to reflect upon True Blood as a fan with a dark lens.
We have something in common that is obvious to start – a love for True Blood on HBO. I am sure the specifics of that interest are as varied as the characters themselves…. like those of us that make up the Gothic community are so varied. With that said, know that I speak for myself alone and not for the whole community. The unique members that comprise it are capable of and do speak for themselves. I cannot imagine that Vampire Bill and Eric Northman would agree on every point besides their shared race. Hmmmm, I would love to see them in a political debate as a matter of fact. Very entertaining.
Let it be known that not all Goths are Vampires and not all Vampires are Goths. There are some shared interests and some individuals relate to both communities. However, it is always interesting when the mainstream wanders yet again into dark territory and we become momentarily fascinating again. Much like the vampires of True Blood making themselves known on the worldwide scale it is an exposure that is a double edged sword as some people react like our wonderful Sookie – with open mindedness and fascination, while others like Royce, Wayne and Chuck who burned Vampire Malcolm‘s house would rather destroy what they don’t understand (or assume they do).
One of the successes of the series – beyond the beautiful actors, fantastic balance of humour and horror, and edge-of-seat cliffhangers – is the presentation of vampires as suffering internal and external struggles as members of all communities do – regardless of the amount of eyeliner they wear. Seeing Eric mourning the loss of his maker Godric, Bill mourning the loss of connection with his human family, Eddie pleading with Jason for his freedom bring a fullness of character that makes me actually interested in what happens to them next. And through it all, Sookie – who is never portrayed as an unreachable saint, but rather an honest, hard-working woman whose courage, kindness and positivity are as unique as her telepathic ability – guides our eyes to give all characters, human and vampire, a fair shake.
With that introduction I am going to enjoy a beverage at my local version of Merlotte‘s and raise a glass to you until we meet again.
1. Earienne; 2. HBO screencap:James; 3. HBO screencap:James
March 4, 2010
I love Sookie: she’s smart, brave, and kills evil guys with spades (way cool), but in this article I want to take a look at some of True Blood’s other women … er …well, once were women anyway.
I’m talking about the female vampires of True Blood: Pam, Lorena, Jessica, and Nan. They are quickly becoming some of our favorite fictional vampire ladies.
Pam is Eric Northman’s number one hench-vampire and helps him run the Shreveport vampire bar, Fangtasia. Eric turned Pam about 100 years ago or so, and, to her everlasting joy, freed her from the strictures of Victorian propriety. Pam never looked back.
Pam is a no-nonsense, smart-talking, cynical, world-weary, sort of gangster’s moll type of girl. In a film noir movie she’d be the hooker with heart of gold, but neither hooker nor the heart really apply to Pam, do they?
Though she didn’t get a lot of screen time in Seasons 1 and 2 of True Blood, word is Pam will be a regular in Season 3.
Lorena is a femme fatale: beautiful, sexually dominating, vengeful and dangerous, but underneath all that she is co-dependent and so very lonely (not to mention as nutty as a fruit bat). She uses her immortality to seek out a perfect man and then enslaves him.
Lorena appeared only once in Season 1, but re-appeared in a number of Season 2 episodes just to torture Bill some more, all in the name of love. The big question of Season 3 is whether she will get her comeuppance.
Jessica is the sweet, virginal, home-schooled girl who, like Persephone, is dragged down into the underworld to be turned into a vampire against her will. (Not that I’m saying that Bill turned Persephone – at least not that I know of.)
Jessica is transformed by the change in more ways than one. Just like Pam, Jessica is freed from suffocating societal strictures and becomes a teenage vampire rebel without a cause. Just like all teenagers, she seeks an identity separate from her parents, both human and vampire, and we go along for the tempestuous ride.
Introduced as a guest character in the latter part of Season 1, Jessica stole the heart of the True Blood writers and became a regular in Season 2. In Season 2 she got to explore her sexuality, test her boundaries, and get into a whole lot of trouble by the final episode. We are all on tenterhooks waiting to find out what Season 3 has in store for little Jess.
Nan is the first female vampire we meet in True Blood. In Season 1 we see her as the talking head for the American Vampire League (AVL). In Season 2 she is revealed as a much more powerful figure when she knocks heads together after the FoTS debacle.
We don’t know much about Nan. In public she is the acceptable face of vampire society – all professional lines and cool colors. In private she is a kick-ass, black leather clad enforcer who can even face down Eric with a withering glance.
And, no, I didn’t forget Dianne who we met so briefly in Season 1. I do wish she’d return in a flashback – she is such a deliciously mean girl.
(Photo credits: HBO Inc.)
February 24, 2010
In this article we celebrate that fine, dumb as a box full o’ hair, sexabilities-god, Jason Stackhouse. And it is his mind (or lack thereof) that we love, as much as his ripped physique.
So to that end here is the collected wit and wisdom of Jason as revealed in True Blood Seasons 1 and 2…
In Season 1 we got to see the more (ahem) physical side of Jason, so the audience didn’t really have a chance to appreciate his native wit and unique take on life. However, in Season 1 Jason revealed that he was perceptive:
and witty, even under extreme duress:
Jason to Lafayette: “I got gout of the dick!!!”
But Jason‘s greatest contribution to the wisdom of the ages (and a warning to men everywhere) was his “big bad of crazy’ rule:
Jason to Amy: “I should’ve known something wasn’t right the second you walked into my life carrying that big bag of crazy! ‘Cause any woman with a purse that big’s bound to have something in it I don’t wanna know about!”
The audience discovered he was a biblical scholar in this exchange:
Luke – “Think you walk on water don’t you Stackhouse?” Jason – “I’m pretty sure that was Moses.”
And an existential philosopher of note with:
Jason to Andy: “It’s like if a tree falls in the woods it’s still a tree, ain’t it?”
and how about:
Jason to Andy: “Do you think Sam could turn into a chicken and lay his own egg. Wouldn’t that be weird, eatin’ something that just came out of you?”
We all marvelled at his musings on life, love and the nature of good and evil in these exchanges:
Jason to Sookie: “When you love somebody, you gotta love it all, or it ain’t love.”
Jason to Luke: “Evil is making the premedicated choice to be a dick”
Jason to Andy: “Do you think Sam ever turned into a dog and then made it with a female dog?”
and , of course:
And who could forget that subtle and profound question:
“Explain Europe to me?”
Wouldn’t we all like to have Europe explained. Anyone?… Anyone?… Alan Ball? … Anyone?
Ah Jason, Jason, Jason, we love you and, yes, we too “love the smell of nail polish in the morning.”
(Photo credits: HBO Inc.; screencaps by James)
February 22, 2010
True Blood is one of the few TV shows worth repeated viewings, which is a testament to the quality of the production from conception to realization. Alan Ball may claim that True Blood is popcorn television, but there’s real meat (or is that blood) in there as well.
The True Blood Season 2 episode Frenzy, written by Alan Ball, attracted a fair amount of criticism after its first airing in the US. Critics described the episode as being too wordy; filled with exposition at the expense of action and plot development.
The scenes with the vampire Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne LeClerq, were those that attracted the greatest amount of negative criticism, much of it aimed at Evan Rachel Wood whose responsibility it was to bring the wordy Queen to life.
So who is Sophie-Anne LeClerq and why is she so wordy? Does she spout philosophical wisdom or base sophistry?
Sophie-Anne is an immortal being, who in Alan Ball’s words: “very powerful, capricious, and most likely insane.” She has been a vampire for several hundred years, but was turned in her teens. She has accumulated the knowledge of several lifetimes, but interprets it all with the mind of a teenager.
We first meet Sophie-Anne in her Day House. Inside it is a luxurious confection of light, water, and desirable things (objects, humans, and vampires). Outside, dioramas of sand and sea block out the real world. It is opulent, perfect, unreal, and terribly sterile.
Queen Sophie-Anne LeClerq explains to a somewhat nonplussed Vampire Bill that everything in existence imagined itself into being. She also takes the philosophical position that there is no such thing as “good” (and by extension “evil”) or “time”. She forces her companions to play endless games of Yahtzee, which she extols as the “most egalitarian game in the world” as it is based purely on the chance roll of dice and requires no skill.
She is her own creation. She is what she imagines herself to be. The philosopher René Descartes famously posited “I think therefore I am” and Sophie-Anne appears to think she is one of Plato’s imaginary Philosopher Kings (or, in her case, Queen) and, therefore, she is.
In understanding Sophie-Anne you might remember the scene in the movie A Fish Called Wanda, where Otto (don’t call me stupid) West asserts that, that “Apes don’t read philosophy” and Wanda shouts back at him “Yes they do, Otto. They just don’t understand it.”
Now I’m not calling Sophie-Anne stupid (I wouldn’t dare), but she is a cautionary tale of knowledge without wisdom, power without limits, behavior without boundaries, life without death. She is the polar opposite of Sookie, who is wise but not learned, powerful (in her own special way) but ethical, strong but kind, and bounded by her mortality.
Source: Quote from Otto and Wanda taken from the film A Fish Called Wanda (1988) – MGM
(Photo credit: HBO Inc., screencaps by James)