Reality Bites–Session 5: It’s Bleeding Men

July 18, 2010 by  

“Reality Bites” Panel
Session 5:  It’s Bleeding Men!

Every week, a diverse panel of Bon Temps residents gather to watch and discuss each new episode of HBO’s True Blood. The sessions are moderated by Nina Harken, PhD candidate interested in finding out what the real folks of Bon Temps think of the portrayal of their town and their people on HBO’s hit series.

NINA
I hope everyone enjoyed their break. It’s good to be back. So, episode number four. Open forum.

[Everyone looks at Madison]

MADISON
…what?

ELIJAH
Come on, darlin’, let’s get it out of the way.

NATHAN
Yeah, I know wh– we know what you’re thinking… just say it.

MADISON
…. well seriously, floating outside the window? Awesome.

NATHAN
There it is.

MADISON
But the best part was it wasn’t even one of Sookie’s dreams. It was Eric’s fantasy. He’s fantasizing about her. That’s insane.

CHUCK
Yeah, ‘specially with that dancin’ girl right there. Who cares about some crazy blond when you got 24/7 access right in front of ya.

ELIJAH
Oh, Charles, really. You have no appreciation for the hunt.

CHUCK
Sure do. But why hunt when the prey comes to you?

HENRIETTA
If you ask me, that Sookie Stackhouse is just lookin’ for trouble. Her grandmother would roll over in her grave if she knew that Sookie was allowing herself to be sullied by demon spawn.  And she ain’t even married.

MADISON
Bill asked her. She was gonna say yes.

HENRIETTA
Mm-mm. Marryin’ a vampire.

MADISON
Oh! And how cool was it when Eric came to Lafayette’s rescue?

NATHAN
They do make a great team.  How is it neither of them got an Emmy nomination?

NINA
But at least the series did.

BYRON
You know, there is one thing I’d like to add about Mr. Northman.  I know for the most part, and gentlemen please excuse me, that vampires are self-serving and conceited…

ELIJAH
Well, I never…

CHUCK
Sounds about right.

BYRON
But I was impressed with how Mr. Northman actually risked himself to go back and make sure Pam wasn’t in harm’s way when Fangtasia got raided.  He is even going to try and save her.  There is undeniable loyalty there and that is somewhat admirable.

MADISON
And you wonder why I love him?

ELIJAH
Eric is quite complex.  I bet you wonder why I love him, too.

NINA
Tracy, you’ve been quiet.

TRACY
I think it’s stupid that the only werewolves we’ve met so far are Nazis who actually drink vampire blood, who are seemingly ruled by a vampire King.  I mean come on, why can’t we learn about other werewolves?  The only other one we know is Alcide and he’s somewhat associated with this pack anyway because of Debbie.

NATHAN
She’s right.  In the first season, we saw several different types of vampires, like Eddy and the Vampire League lady…

NINA
The Magister…oh and technically Lorena in that flashback…

BYRON
Bill, Eric, and Pam…

ELIJAH
Malcolm, and his two friends that wanted Bill to nest with them…

MADISON
Chow and Longshadow…

HENRIETTA
That poor Christian girl Jessica, whom Mr. Compton robbed of her humanity….

CHUCK
and the vamp in the first episode who was at the convenience store.

NATHAN
Every single one of those characters portray vampires different light.  Each werewolf we’ve seen, again, except for Alcide, has been the same.  It would be nice to learn a little more about the wolves.

TRACY
And see some that weren’t insane V users.

ELIJAH
Speaking of the King, I do believe dear Russell may be more of a prick than the Magister.  At least the Magister holds the blood to be sacred and doesn’t associate with werewolves.

MADISON
But he kind of agreed to kill Lorena, or at least it seemed like he did. Which is really good for Bill and Sookie down the road.  Still can’t believe he broke up with her over the phone.

HENRIETTA
One-hundred and fifty some odd years of life and unlife and Mr. Compton still doesn’t know how to treat a lady?

TRACY
Well at this point, if I were Sookie, I’d say “screw you Bill, you’re not worth this,” when she has all those guys after her…Eric, Sam, and now Alcide.  She can have whoever.  Bill ain’t worth the trouble.

HENRIETTA
She’s turning into a whore of Babylon.

BYRON
Another disturbing portion of this episode is Franklin’s treatment of Tara.  I’m uncertain as to why he is so interested in her, but the way he has been treating Tara is almost akin to torture and that is reprehensible.  I’m not even certain what purpose Franklin serves.

MADISON
I was so excited that Tara smiled when Franklin mentioned Jason’s name.  I’m glad there’s still hope for them.

NINA
What about Sam’s story, anything anyone wants to add?

[Silence]

TRACY
I don’t really care about Sam’s story.  It’s just family issues, and everyone has those.

ELIJAH
Agreed. I liked it better when we had some Bill on Sam action.

NATHAN
I think this was the first time all season where they actually put more emphasis on the main plot.  Like we saw more of the main plot than we did of the side plots.  There was wasn’t as much Jason or Sam in this episode, but it’s okay.  We still got enough of those plots, which aren’t quite as complex, to keep us interested, while still giving enough time to explain the main story line.

NINA
Well, that time sure flew by.  We have to wrap it up for tonight.  To encourage more True Blood fan feedback, our Bon Temps Residents panel has agreed to field questions and comments from fellow “Trubies.”  Leave your question or comment in the space below and perhaps someone from our panel will respond directly to you.  Thanks and good night.

This column is a parody of the Gothic fantasy series, True Blood, and as such, is presented here for your amusement. “Reality Bites” and the various writers that contribute to it, have no relationship/affiliation to HBO, True Blood, or any of the cast or crew of said nor any relation to Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels.

Author Credit:  Cory Brin & Sarah Pugh

Header Credit:  K. Rose

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  • Tracy (Panelist)

    Okay ladies, put the fangs away. I was just saying it seems like being involved with Bill Compton seems like it’s a serious health hazard without an equal payoff. Clearly, she can attract any guy. Why waste her time, and her life by the way, with Bill? Just sayin’ is all.

    PS: Better hope Madison doesn’t see your thoughts about the show’s Eric. She will find you.

  • D.Reilly

    Of course, ‘Bill” is worth it!! ( the “Bill” show…) I’m looking FOWARD to ERIC’s past…more flashbacks..and some really good scenes for Scarsgard..So he gets to ‘stretch his actors legs”..The really ‘meaty’ scenes go to “Bill”..or Sookie ..and still waiting for Alexander Scarsgard..(some action/romance/’drama’..) there’s pleanty in novels!! True Blood made lots of great changes,,the biggest being; Bills roles…kind of ‘changed’ him ..from boring (novels) to DYNAMIC in tv series. ~~on other side~~ “Eric” is so much less on tv..his personality is not as “developed” as Bill…yet in the books, ‘Eric’ ..cares for Sookie..sends her ‘gifts’and “courts” her in his fashion..and saves her life…(he’s ‘always’ in Sookie’s life..and ‘thoughts’..)To me,IMO; ‘Eric’ is a real macho man, a hero..etc. We’re now 5 episodes into season 3…still ‘downplaying’ Eric. WHAT A WASTE !!!! Sam, Tara, Jason etc. ..you need lots of ‘characters’ to keep show going …But It should really be called…True Bill….(I watch because I’m an avid SCARSGARD fan !! HE sold me on True Blood…(especially after ‘maenad’ debacle…!! If AB doesn’t do right by the “ERIC” character soon…I may even lose interest…CANNOT stand how they’ve portrayed ‘Eric’…especially when they have a “talent” like Scarsgard !! `~~and ‘fans’ are crying out for MORE of him..!! HBO..??? what’s the deal??? Go Get Awards~~ and give the ‘fans’ more of what they want..”ERIC” !! ps. ,…”Bill” will always be a part of Sookies heart…but NOT SOOOOO MUCH BILL !!!!

  • lizzie1701

    Sorry, but Bill is worth it! Every bit of it!

  • Danielle

    love it!