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 Episode 40 Review – “I’m Alive and on Fire”

July 25, 2011

The Plot Thickens:

Sookie & Alcide episode 40So many good storylines this episode – where do I start?

“You just killed my fairy godmother!” –Sookie

“Sorry.” –Eric

This seems to be Eric’s catchphrase for Season 4. It sums up his loss of memory and his new childlike quality just perfectly. But after this conversation, we discover the exact effect large doses of fairy blood have on vampires – Eric is drunk! While the saying goes: “It’s all funny until someone loses an eye”, in this instance, it may be apt to say, “It’s all funny until a vampire sees the sun.” While Eric is fine for a while in the sun, Sookie is not entirely convinced and has to enlist the help of Alcide in order to find the runaway viking.  Needless to say, there are several scenes that involve both Eric and Alcide without their shirts. And Sookie telling off the pair of them like they are small children is simply hilarious. It should be interesting to see how this little love triangle pans out. Noteworthy, also, is the fact that while Eric may seem childlike, Alexander Skarsgård is playing this role with enough gumption for us to see past this trait and see the old Eric we know and love underneath it all. And on the subject of Alcide, is anyone else finding Debbie even scarier as a good girl, than a V addict, or is it just me?

Meanwhile, Bill is still trying to break in his crown. There seem to be cracks appearing between him and Nan, now that he is King. While we are all happy to hate Bill this season for all the hurt he has caused Sookie, it appears that there might still be some sympathy to feel for him, when Nan gets stuck into him for mixing Eric up with the witches. She is panicky about another incident akin to the Russell Edgington one in Season 3 occurring, and threatens Bill with his life.

Speaking of Bill, those of you who have read the Charlaine Harris books, would have been aware of the special relationship between himself and the Bellefleurs. Fans of the HBO series only found out in this episode that Bill is actually Portia’s great-great-great-great-grandfather. While there are a lot of greats in front, it still adds up to a whoopee spoiler for Bill. There goes another great girlfriend!

And, of course, being True Blood, that is not the only warped family tree going on this season. Can anyone say ‘brother-husband’ quite like someone from Hotshot? While I got a big giggle out of this one (I was a fan of HBO’s Big Love, which is about fundamentalist Mormons and refers to multiple wives as ‘sister wives’), it is still disturbing to see the levels to which Alan Ball will take this show. Hotshot is just a whole other level of trailer trash. I must say, I was so glad to see Jason finally escape from this town and kill Felton in the process. Crystal, I might add, is becoming more delusional as the weeks progress. Another thing I noted is that when Jason is found by Jessica and Hoyt, it seems that while Hoyt does not want to be healed by Jessica’s blood, it is okay for her to give it to Jason. Makes him seem like a bit of a hypocrite there, doesn’t it?

Speaking of weirdos, this leads me into a storyline that I must admit I have not a lot of time for – the Mickens. I am pleased Sam has family, and in true HBO style, that family is complicated, but I just wonder where this is all leading. Once again, fans of the books may be wondering if the Mickens are being mixed up with another storyline which may very well show up in Season 5. But for fans of the TV series, it just seems to be running around in circles. I mean, it was obvious that Tommy was going to be set up like that, and what exactly is going on between him and Mrs. Fortenberry?

For a more ‘normal’ relationship, I turn once again to Sam Merlotte and his new relationship with the shape shifter, Luna. Or so I thought, right up until Luna started to talk about her jealous ex, who also happens to be a werewolf. Wonder if he’s a friend of Alcide’s? Whoever he is, it looks like he may be stalking her, which puts Sam in danger, no doubt.

Now for Marnie.  She seems to be possessed by some witch who was burned at the stake, but only in moments of clarity. I suspect that this possession will get more intense as the weeks pass. And, my, what a can of worms she has opened by casting a spell on Pam at the very end of the episode which resulted in Pam getting a face full of rotting corpse. I can’t imagine that will go down well!

So what did you all think of this episode?

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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 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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Reality Bites – Session 11: The Clot Thickens

September 7, 2010

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
Well, I suppose we should start by saying welcome back everyone. After last week’s full moon issue —

[Tracy squirms in her seat.]

NINA
— it was probably for the best we didn’t meet.

CHUCK
Aw, hell, is that what happened? I was here last week, all ready to go. It was almost daylight when I figured nobody was gonna show.

NINA
Sorry about that, Chuck. But we’re here now and we’ve got a lot to talk about. So?

MADISON
Eric isn’t gonna die, right? I mean, I know they want you to think he is… but, he’s like the best character. They can’t kill him, can they?

ELIJAH
No, I suppose they cannot. Kind of softens the impact, doesn’t it?

NINA
There is something to be said about that. It’s hard to build tension when the whole viewing audience is aware that Alexander Skarsgard is signed on for next season.

MADISON
Right. You’re right. Whew.

NATHAN
Well just becaused Alexander Skarsgard is signed on doesn’t mean that Eric is alive.  I mean look at Godric.

MADISON
Oh-no…You’re right.  Why did you have to say that?

TRACY
Doesn’t look good for the King, though.

CHUCK
Good riddance.  At least Eric will finally get revange.

ELIJAH
Oh who cares about revange?  Eric is so focus on revenge that I don’t think he would pay any attention to me.  I think I’ll turn my attention to Lafayette.  Or Jesus.  Or both.

MADISON
*Eyes tearing up*  But, Eric is sacrificing himself for everyone.

HENRIETTA
Don’t make the mistake of mislabling heroism for selfishness.

NATHAN
Kinda how like your Chuch is one hundred percent pure and just?

HENRIETTA
The Fellowship of the Sun is a group of devout, God-Fearing people who think that vampires are the embodiment of evil.

NATHAN
I’m just glad you actually think that.

BYRON
I admit I’m very confused by the notion of whether or not Bill actually cares about Sookie.  I’m glad he saved her from Fangtasia, but is it for love or her blood?  It is hard to get a character read from someone who has had hundreds of years to mask intentions.

ELIJAH
Whats that saying about buying the cow if the milk is free?

MADISON
And always seems like Sookie’s the one left dying or bleeding or screaming…

NINA
Now what about the newest character – Holly? What do we think of her?

HENRIETTA
Evil woman.

TRACY
We don’t know that yet, lady.

NATHAN
Evil or not, her “spells” don’t seem to work. Arlene is still pregnant.

ELIJAH
Or is the baby just that powerful?

BYRON
Either way, it is a terrible situation to be in. One can’t blame Arlene for doing what she did.

HENRIETTA
I think she’s just over-reacting. There’s absolutely no reason to terminate that pregnancy.

TRACY
Yeah, that’s it. Let’s just bring another mass murderer into the world. Great idea.

HENRIETTA
That Terry is right in every way. If you love that child and raise it right, it’ll be fine.

MADISON
But what exactly is Holly? A Wican? That means she’s a witch.

ELIJAH
Not necessarily, although I’m sure that’s where this is going. What I do not understand is the situation with Mr. Jason Stackhouse and his little football friend. Really, what is the point there?

TRACY
That the kid’s on V.

ELIJAH
So?

TRACY
And, at least according to him, his coach and parents are cool with it.

NATHAN
So what, there’s some big corruption ring going on?

BYRON
That’s a possibility. Most likely a lead-in for next season. I’m also concerned with Sam’s mental state. He has such a dark past and it’s all coming to light now.

MADISON
And he’s a lot like his dad, even though Joe Lee didn’t raise him.

TRACY
See? You wonder why Arlene’s all worked up? Doesn’t matter if Rene’s alive or dead – the kid has his blood! He’s doomed. Sam’s the perfect example.

HENRIETTA
That’s just because Sam was drinking to excess. Ain’t no good comin’ from that.

TRACY
I guess that’s Tara’s excuse, too.

NINA
Why don’t we move on to, uh, oh Jessica and Hoyt?

MADISON
So cute!

CHUCK
I like how she just admits she likes fresh blood. We all wanna say that.

HENRIETTA
Oh, Lord.

ELIJAH
Question:  What is going on with Lafayette?  I mean I’ve let humans have my blood before, and that’s never happened.

BYRON
Maybe he is still experiencing mental trauma from being used by Eric, first as a prisoner, then forcing him to sell.

CHUCK
Yeah, I mean he did get the crap kicked out of him by Crystal’s family the first time he tried to sell it to them.

MADISON
Oh, yeah:  OMG Were-Panther!  That’s amazing.  That was a pretty kitty.

NATHAN
I know that some of the people in this  room are…

ELIJAH
Easy now…

NATHAN
…different…

ELIJAH
Good boy.

NATHAN
…but Crystal’s family is messed up.  They want her to have her half brother’s baby?

CHUCK
Like you said, messed up.

TRACY
At least Jason still wants to be with her though.  It’s not easy to be someone who is…out there.

BYRON
I don’t see things ending well for Jason being that he is now going to go against the law.  Poor boy is always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

HENRIETTA
Going against the law eh?  What about what Tommy was doing after Sam yelled at him?

TRACY
Yeah, what was he doing?

NATHAN
Clipping some sort of wires?

ELIJAH
I’m not entirely certain that I can even say that was Tommy.

NINA
Interesting.  Well how about we call it a night there to build a little suspense.  Next time we meet, we’ll get to see how all of these stories come together.

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.

Authors: Sarah Pugh & Cory Brin

Header: K. Rose

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Reality Bites Session 10: Watch Your Back

August 20, 2010

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.

NATHAN
Whoa.

NINA
You could say that again. Okay. Where to begin?

MADISON
I can’t believe he just ripped out his spine like that. That was so gross.

CHUCK
I ain’t never seen anyone do that. You?

ELIJAH
Can’t say that I have. And I have seen quite a bit.

HENRIETTA
Disgusting. See? See what those vampires really want? To eat our children. Lord save us all.

NINA
Remember, Henrietta, this is just a TV show. It’s not necessarily true.

NATHAN
Why don’t we ask them?

[Elijah and Chuck share a glance]

ELIJAH
While I understand the fear this may cause, I can tell you the vampires in the real Bon Temps are not planning any such event.

CHUCK
Right.

NATHAN
How can we trust you, though?

ELIJAH
You will just have to take my word.

BYRON
It was also a great play on today’s media. With 24-hour news channels, people are rarely shocked by any breaking news anymore. That was certainly shocking.

MADISON
And then he throws it to Tiffany with the weather. Hilarious.

NINA
Let’s move the discussion a little bit. What about the other vampires?

MADISON
Eric and Pam? How sad was that? And they were locked down and everything.

BYRON
The vampire guards or, I believe they were referred to as the V-Fed? They were quite impressive.

MADISON
Like Robocops. And now Eric has permission to kill Russell. You know, I actually felt kinda bad for Russell. He was so sad when he found Talbot.

TRACY
What was left of him, anyway.

MADISON
But Franklin came back.

TRACY
Only to be killed.

BYRON
Tara was very strong to go seek help with a support group. That isn’t easy for anyone.

HENRIETTA
It is about time that poor girl finds some help. And it was none other than Jason Stackhouse to come to her rescue. Sent by God.

TRACY
That Sam finally flipped the hell out, beatin’ that guy to death.

CHUCK
He wasn’t dead yet. Close, though.

TRACY
He’s no good. He deserves it.

NATHAN
He does? We don’t even know anything about him except he’s Crystal’s dad. I wish they’d just spill out that storyline already. They’re clearly something.

MADISON
Same thing with Sookie. Seriously, what is she?

NATHAN
Yeah…

ELIJAH
Now, I have partaken in my share of blood types, but I have never traveled to another world.

NATHAN
Yeah… No, yeah. It felt like kind of a cop out so Bill could learn what the hell she is. He’s had her blood before and never went to … wherever…

MADISON
But he had a lot. I thought that was the point.

NATHAN
I guess. Just seemed like, cheap.

CHUCK
Speakin’ of cheap – how ’bout that Tommy-boy’s date?

ELIJAH
Right up your alley, Charles?

CHUCK
Can’t blame the boy for havin’ a good time.

MADISON
But I thought he liked Jessica. Then Hoyt still likes Jessica.

TRACY
Hoyt’s “girlfriend” — she’s got to die. Soon.

MADISON
Maybe Jessica will kill her! Her fangs popped out when she was gonna shake her hand.

NINA
It’s nice to see a human story — even though it technically involves a vampire. What else?

BYRON
I am curious to know what the jaguar tattoo symbolizes with Jesus.

MADISON
Is he a shifter? Or a were… something?

NATHAN
That seems kind of obvious.

ELIJAH
I thought those kind were known to be obvious.

TRACY
What does that mean?

ELIJAH
Well it seems to me that the Weres… as portrayed in the show, of course… they are all very clear. Rather gruff, if you know what I mean. Jesus is… not.

TRACY
You mean white trash, don’t you? That’s what you mean by gruff.

[Tracy snarls and Elijah bares his fangs.]

NINA
Tracy, Tracy, please. Elijah?

[Elijah retracts his fangs.]

ELIJAH
My apologies.

NINA
Maybe this is a good place to stop. We’ve only got a few episodes left, folks.

NATHAN
Let’s hope they bring together all of these stories. Feels like everything’s set up. Just has to fall into place.

NINA
We’ll just have to wait and see. See you all next week.

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.

Authors: Sarah Pugh & Cory Brin

Header: K. Rose

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Reality Bites – Session 9: Crazy Love, My Crazy Love

August 17, 2010

Reality Bites in Bon Temps

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.

MADISON
Mom, stop.

[MADISON’s Mother is using her hands to block MADISON from seeing the sex scene in the final moments of the episode. MADISON is trying to swat away her mother’s hands.]

HENRIETTA
Now that’s what call a good Christian Mother.

CHUCK
And that’s what I call a nice ass.

NINA
Alright people, let’s talk about the episode and not body parts. What did we like?

ELIJAH
Oh come on now, did Eric really have to kill Talbot? I’m for revenge as much as the next vampire, but poor Talbot was just looking to add some meaning back into his life.

MADISON
Yeah, not cool.

TRACY
What? Someone is upset with the high and mighty Eric?

NATHAN
Is Mr. Perfect no long perfect.

BYRON
Those vampires are fighting a war, there’s bound to be casualties.

NATHAN
But still, that was pretty harsh.

CHUCK
Speaking of harsh, yee-haw to Debbie and Sookie dukin’ it out. The only thing that could have made that better was some chocolate pudding.

TRACY
You are disgusting.

CHUCK
Would thought you of all people would enjoy a good bitch fight.

TRACY
I ain’t her.

NINA
Please, remember, we’re talking about the episode.

MADISON
I totally thought Sookie and Alcide had a great moment and that something would happen, but then he just left her…

TRACY
He went to help his sister, you’ve gotta protect your…family.

NATHAN
Hey, you were going to say…

TRACY
I said exactly what I meant to say.

HENRIETTA
Speakin’ of protecting, it was good to see that Jason Stackhouse keepin’ some tokens from the Fellowship, you know, in order to protect.

NATHAN
Actually, I was kind of surprised he still had that stuff.

HENRIETTA
Well it is a good thing.

MADISON
But I thought Jason was trying to protect his girlfriend who is clearly something. You like that?

HENRIETTA
I do not approve of such a relationship, so there really isn’t much for me to like. However, Jason is just tryin’ to do right by this Crystal and his sister, askin’ her to press charges against that vampire Bill.

MADISON
Oh, you just like him.

HENRIETTA
Child, you don’t know.

NATHAN
He never has a shirt on. How could you not like him… I mean, right, Henrietta?

HENRIETTA
M-hm. Gives me something to look forward to in this program. Enough vampires and such.

ELIJAH
Careful, darlin’.

MADISON
Seriously, do you guys know what Crystal is? She keeps saying “I can’t tell you,” “You don’t understand,” blah, blah, blah. Why won’t they just reveal it already?

NATHAN
Sam and Tommy noticed the scent of the father and the other guy — maybe a shifter like them?

BYRON
That’s an astute observation. Considering that Crystal’s father knew what Sam was, there’s probably something to it.

TRACY
Thank god Sam got rid of those awful parents. I was sick of seeing ’em.

ELIJAH
They did seem to bring the whole elegant mood down, didn’t they?

CHUCK
I liked ’em. Good folk.

MADISON
No they weren’t.

TRACY
Doesn’t matter. They’re gone now.

NATHAN
Are they? I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought back Joe Lee for one more round with Sam.

MADISON
I don’t know why Tommy was picking on Hoyt like that. That was mean. Hoyt still loves Jessica.

NINA
Speaking of Jessica —

MADISON
I know! I love that Bill’s teaching her stuff. Finally.

HENRIETTA
I must say I agree. Nice to see a vampire takin’ responsibility for his creation.

MADISON
It was so cool to see them flying around the room. And then Bill’s telling his story – “No way.” “Way.” I loved that!

CHUCK
See? That’s why I ain’t in no hurry to go creatin’ a vampire. Too much work.

ELIJAH
And you can barely take care of yourself.

CHUCK
Exactly. Wait. No. I mean… aw, shoot.

ELIJAH
I’m just glad that Franklin popped in to say hello. He’s my kind of crazy.

TRACY
I don’t understand why Tara is still freaking out. I mean yeah she went through a lot, but its over now.

BYRON
She’s going through her own form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, kind of like a soldier after war. Also, don’t forget that not a lot of time has actually elapsed in the world of the show. Eggs has only been dead for about a week.

NATHAN
Not to mention the whole Maryanne thing…and her mother coping with her demon before that. I think if anyone has a right to freak out, it’s Tara

MADISON
Nope, if anyone has the right to freak out it’s Arlene.

CHUCK
That’s right cupcake, I don’t scare easy, but seeing Rene Lenier talking to that baby gave me the creeps.

ELIJAH
I do agree… there’s creepy for the sake of being creepy, and then there’s just plain evil.

HENRIETTA
Interesting that you should be the one to say that.

ELIJAH
I know, which is why we should all be disturbed.

TRACY
Almost as disturbing as that new waitress Arlene hired.

NATHAN
Speaking of disturbed, why does Ruby Jean think that Lafayette is powerful?

BRYON
Which was confirmed by Jesus, who seems to be a bit askew himself.

MADISON
I don’t care about any of that, I just think it’s cute that they kissed and made up. Just like Bill and Sookie.

CHUCK
Hoo-boy they did more than kiss.

NATHAN
But I mean, Hadley came over to give Sookie that message, remember? “The king is coming. Don’t trust Bill.”

HENRIETTA
Can’t trust anyone nowadays.

NATHAN
And it was Eric who sent the message. What could that mean? Is he serious or just trying to get Sookie for himself or something?

TRACY
Whatever it was, Sookie didn’t seem to care. She was real quick to make up with Bill.

BYRON
There is certainly more going on than we can see, which I assume is the show’s whole point.

MADISON
I know but I want to figure it all out right now.

NINA
But, Madison, we just don’t have that kind of time. Actually, we’re out of time for tonight. Good discussion, everyone. Same time next week.

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.

Authors: Sarah Pugh & Cory Brin

Header Credit: K. Rose

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True Blood 3.08 “Night on the Sun” Review

August 9, 2010

True Blood sets the standard on shock factor, but always seems to outdo itself. This week, it delivered an episode full of heartbreak, violence, and sex, that left us crying, cheering, and running for a cold shower.

In the hospital, Sookie and Bill tearfully realize that, even though they love each other, they can’t be together anymore: “I keep waiting for us to be happy, to start our lives together like a normal couple. But it’s never gonna happen, is it?” She’s been in constant danger since they met, and the near-draining in the back of Alcide’s truck was the last straw for Sookie. She understands how weak and hungry Bill was at the time, but she doesn’t think she can forgive him, even in the face of a man who says, “I will love you forever.”

Bill wants Sookie to be happy, so he starts trying to do what’s best for her–to let her go. When he returns home, he receives a big, adorable hug from his “child,” but he’s miserable. He releases Jessica from his control as her Maker, but she doesn’t want to leave: “I drained someone. I was hungry, and I was sad, and it was an accident, but I didn’t know how to control myself because you never taught me. No! I need you, you’re the only Maker I’ve got!…I don’t want to be alone anymore.”

At the Paley Center writers panel, Raelle Tucker said that Jessica is her favorite character to write for, and it showed in “Night on the Sun,” which gave Deborah Ann Woll some great material after a few episodes sadly lacking in our favorite baby vamp.

Bill is not going to let his break-up with Sookie prevent him from protecting her when Russell inevitably comes for her. He and Jessica practice their cool vampire fighting skills so that they can be ready for Russell‘s werewolves. This was such a fun scene, but the distraction was brief. Bill and Jessica may be separated by age and experience, but they are feeling the same pain–she admits that she’s still in love with Hoyt, but knows he deserves someone better.

Sookie is trying to distract herself, too, by getting back to a normal life, lying out in the sun like she used to do all the time. Tara thinks her best friend should be glad to be rid of Bill–her trauma has justifiably made her want to get as far away from vampires as possible. Like other characters have learned before her, Franklin’s blood is giving her unwanted dreams. But for Sookie, getting over Bill is not so easy: “It might be over between me and Bill, but what we had was real. I can’t just flip a switch and turn my heart off.”

Life would be so much simpler if she and Alcide could fall for each other. They have formed a bond of friendship over the past week, but they are both dealing with a broken heart. Alcide returns to Jackson to guard his family against Debbie and her pack. He and Sookie share a nice hug and part ways, knowing that they will see each other again.

Terry singing to Arlene‘s stomach: sweet. Arlene having a nightmare about Rene, saying the baby is going to be just like him: not sweet. This subplot is approaching a potentially devastating place whenever Terry finds out the truth. I think he’d be the kind of guy who would raise the child like his own, and if Arlene doesn’t know that, I wonder why she’s even with him.

Sam underestimated the effect that kicking his parents out would have on Tommy. Even though things will undoubtedly be better for him, his issues don’t magically disappear. He’s led a life of anger and alienation, so he can’t just turn off his fighting instincts, like when he encounters Hoyt at Merlotte’s. How ANYONE could be mean to Hoyt, I don’t know, but Tommy makes him feel bad about Jessica. We only see Hoyt briefly later in the episode, but he’s crying. Sam tries to explain to Tommy that he doesn’t have to be so defensive and full of rage. He can begin to think about what he wants for his life.

Jason‘s reaction to what Bill did to his sister is typical–he wants to rush in and kill him. He breaks out the old Fellowship of the Sun kit with the wooden rounds for his shotgun. Thankfully, Crystal shows up before he can go anywhere. She has a black eye and wants to run away in Jason‘s truck. Even though Jason has no idea what he’s up against with Calvin Norris and the other rednecks from Hot Shot, he can only see the benefit right now of getting to be with this girl he’s so drawn to. After they make love, he goes to tell her family to stay away and thinks his threats will be powerful enough to make them listen (Ha!). Later, Crystal‘s father and fiance come into Merlotte’s looking for her. Sam and Tommy immediately smell something on them and kick them out. They’re only just getting to know each other, but I liked seeing the brother tag team action.

Lafayette is surprised to find his mother waiting for him when he returns home from the ordeal with Tara and Sookie. She’s escaped from her hospital because she thinks the supes are trying to get her–apparently, vampires, witches, and shifters are all after a crazy old woman… Lafayette calls Jesus to come pick her up. She pulls a knife on the two of them, but Jesus manages to calm her down. Whatever is wrong with Ruby Jean, Jesus tries to convince Lafayette that it means something that she tried so hard to come to see him. Lafayette doesn’t really believe that, but he does try to explain to Jesus about the drug dealing. Just as he’s about to walk out the door, Jesus turns around and they kiss again (it doesn’t look like anything’s going to stop them this time, unless Ruby Jean wakes up and sees them, which is a hilarious/terrifying thought).

Debbie has promised to hunt Alcide down, but first she is on a mission with Russell to retrieve Sookie. The King accompanies her to Bon Temps himself (after seeing the “pack of imbeciles” mess too many things up, he probably doesn’t trust them to do his dirty work anymore). Talbot wasn’t happy at being left behind again, feeling like he’s always second to Russell‘s work. He was already upset enough about the bloody mess left behind by Tara, Sookie, and Alcide upon their escape.

Eric still needs to keep the King‘s trust until he can exact his revenge. It was undoubtedly very difficult for the proud Viking to kneel before the one who massacred his family, but the end of his vendetta is finally within reach. We can see the emotion hiding behind Eric‘s eyes: “I have been searching for you for a thousand years…a true leader. One strong enough to unite us all… Just give me the chance, and I will show you how deep my loyalty runs.” We don’t know exactly what his plan is at this point, but he clearly does have a plan. For one thing, he sends Hadley to deliver a message to Sookie: “Russell is coming for you. Don’t trust Bill.” As to why he tells Hadley to tell Sookie not to trust Bill is very odd as Eric knows Bill would do anything to protect Sookie.  Is it a ruse to get Sookie to distrust Bill and run into Eric‘s arms?  We will have to wait and see on this one. Then, Eric offers to keep Talbot company to appease his anger, seemingly out of his desire to help the King.

When night falls, Sookie knows an attack is coming. She hears howling in the woods, as Debbie and a couple of her were buddies approach. Sookie is ready. And so are Bill and Jessica. The two vampires and wolves face off downstairs, while Sookie waits upstairs with a shotgun. Debbie kicks the door in and the cat fight ensues!

Meanwhile, in Jackson, Eric and Talbot play chess by the fire when Talbot says, “I’m bored. Take off your clothes.” Off come the clothes, and out come the fangs.

Back at Sookie’s house, Bill kills his wolf quickly, but Jessica‘s escapes out the front door. Before Bill can stop her, she steps out of the house, into the waiting arms of Russell, about to rip into her neck. Bill provokes him: “You are 3,000-years old and a King! Yet you hide behind guards, wolves, a baby vampire… Are you a coward? Or are you just lazy?” Russell releases Jessica, who runs off followed closely by a wolf. Bill is no match for Russell. Burned with silver spurs and kicked across the ground, Bill is close to being killed, but at the same time, Eric turns Talbot over in the heat of passion (but Talbot thinks a different kind of passion is coming…) and raises a stake: “Russell took my family. Now I take his.”

Russell senses the death of his lover and cries out, immediately taking flight. Sookie gains the upper hand on Debbie when she slashes her face with scissors and picks her shotgun back up: “Get outta my house, bitch!” Debbie jumps out the window and runs off. With the fighting ended, Bill comes upstairs to check on Sookie. In that moment, they forget about why they shouldn’t be together–she loves him, he loves her and he’s sorry for what he did, and that’s all that seems to matter. The episode ends with them having steamy sex on the floor with Sookie being in control in the lovemaking.

All in all, “Night on the Sun” was extremely high on tears and blood shed. It fills me with excitement and dread to think about what they’re saving for the rest of Season 3!

What did everybody else think about this one?

(Photo credit: HBO Inc.)

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Reality Bites – Sesson 8: Shortcomings.

August 6, 2010

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.

NATHAN
Hey, wait a minute! It ended ten minutes early! That’s not fair.

NINA
Hmm… you’re right.

NATHAN
And started two minutes late.

TRACY
Rip off.

ELIJAH
Oh I can’t believe your quibbling over just a few minutes.

NATHAN
Well that must be easy for you to say when you live forever.  We don’t have as many minutes.

CHUCK
Oh yeah…I always forget about that.

NINA
Well even though the episode was a little bit short, what did we think?

MADISON
A lot of people died…like Lorena was gone with the first minute.

TRACY
And that bastard Coot was dead within the first five, thank God.

NINA
Speaking of Lorena, that reminds me:  Before we get too far, we had a question from one of our viewers…User name BrattylilAngel asks:  “I just was wondering as to why Sookie‘s power didn’t work against Lorena?”  Any takers?

ELIJAH
With a name like BrattylilAngel, I will certainly be a taker.

NATHAN
I think it was because she didn’t have time to get scared, Lorena moves a lot faster than Coot or Maryann did.

TRACY
Didn’t need to use her power when she had a stake and another vampire holding Lorena down.

HENRIETTA
Now let’s not sing praises about Mr. Compton so quickly, after all we almost did lose Sookie thanks to him.  How long have I been sayin’ that she needs to get away from that vampire?  Even that Claudine lady said so.

CHUCK
Yeah who the heck was she?  And why were they all prancing around like some kinda hippies?

BYRON
That was indeed very strange.  It almost didn’t seem to go along with the rest of the show.  Clearly something special is going on with Sookie on the supernatural level, but the rest of the supernaturals on the show are all dark and realistic.  Or at the very least serious.

CHUCK
It was pretty awesome that when Bill showed up that it was all darkness.  It makes me proud of who I am.

MADISON
I’m still sad that Bill almost killed Sookie, I mean I know he was dying and everything but still–not cool Bill.  Eric wouldn’t have done that.

ELIJAH
You don’t know that.

MADISON
I do too know that.  And OMGodric,  Bill in the sun?  How did that work?

HENRIETTA
I’ve always been told that the sun was the purging light, why did it not effect him?

[Everyone’s gaze turns toward ELIJAH.]

ELIJAH
What?  It’s a television program. nothing like that’s ever happened to me.

MADISON
But you’re the vampire, shouldn’t you know these things?

NATHAN
Chuck’s a vampire too.

ELIJAH
There’s a reason I was asked, dear Nathan.

CHUCK
You know what pretty boy, I ought to report you to the Magister for being such a prick.

TRACY
Just so long as the real King of Mississippi doesn’t kill the real Magister.

BYRON
I was wondering about that myself.  From what we know the Magister is clearly high on the vampire chain of command.  With a sudden and unexpected removal of such power, typically there is a rush to fill the power vacuum.  I wonder what the process is to replace the Magister or what will happen to the vampire community with his removal.

[Everyone is looking at either CHUCK or ELIJAH.]

CHUCK
…um…

ELIJAH
No comment.

NATHAN
Really, you’re not going to open that big mouth of yours?

[ELIJAH Opens his mouth and his fangs descend.]

NINA
Now boys, play nice.  When Russell killed the Magister, it was after a pretty lengthy speech, how do we feel about his play for power?

HENRIETTA
Evil child of Satan!

CHUCK
I didn’t really follow him.

NATHAN
I wonder how many vampires will actually let that come to pass.

BYRON
Sounds like vampire insubordination.

MADISON
I just can’t wait for Eric to get revenge.

ELIJAH
He can be my King.

TRACY
Dick.

NINA
And how do we feel about Tara now that she is seemingly free from the clutches of Franklin?

MADISON
Total girl power!  She was awesome, she saved Sookie twice and was all like, “No Bill, you can’t give her your blood, that’s what happens when you try to kill her.”

HENRIETTA
She killed one vampire and almost killed another.  Now who says that she does not know the path of God?

CHUCK
Ma’am in the entire time we’ve been doin’ this, have I ever done anything to you?

HENRIETTA
No, but that’s only because I’ve been wearin’ this.

[HENRIETTA points to her silver crucifix.]

CHUCK
If you want me to keep leavin’ you alone, you should stop sayin’ things like that. Besides, we don’t know that Tara killed any vampires…yet.

NINA
And what about Sam’s storyline?

BYRON
If you had the gift of being able to shift, why would you waste it by doing something like that to yourself, even at the request of your parents.  No real loving parent would willingly put their child in harm’s way.

MADISON
I was sad that they showed the pile of dead dogs.  I know they like to be shocking…but I didn’t like that.

TRACY
Agreed.

BYRON
Though, I was proud of Sam, actually watching out for Tommy.  That’s true brotherhood there.  Reminds me of my military days.

NATHAN
Yeah, but that story isn’t over.  Joe Lee is up to something.  I can just tell that he won’t be happy with how things ended up.

MADISON
Even if something does happen, Sam will protect Tommy.

CHUCK
Guess nothing’s thicker than blood.

[ELIJAH licks his lips.]

NINA
Well I think that’ll be all for tonight.  Please tune in for next week’s session.  Also, please don’t hesitate to ask us questions in the comments section, one of our panelists may actually answer you.

Authors: Sarah Pugh and Cory Brin

Header: K. Rose

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.

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Reality Bites – Session 7: Gory Days

July 30, 2010

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:
Wow…that was quite an intense ending…anyone care to share any thoughts?

[CHUCK and ELIJAH both have their fangs out and are staring at the TV screen intently.  ELIJAH’S gaze shifts toward MADISON.]

ELIJAH
Would you like to step out for a drink?

MADISON
I’d love too.

[MADISON’S Mother smacks MADISON on the shoulder.  MADISON shakes her head and blinks a couple of times.]

NINA
None of that, Elijah. That was the deal.

[ELIJAH’S fangs retract as he looks somewhat defeated.]

MADISON
How cool is it that Eric is that close to fulfilling a 2,000 year old promise of vengeance?

BYRON
It is quite interesting to see Mr. Northman maneuver around all of the players in this game.  We clearly know what he wants, but it is fascinating to see what he will do to achieve it.

CHUCK
They better not kill off that Sookie girl.  Not only is she hot but she’s one of the few main girl characters who will actually get naked.

NATHAN
I mean, I know they won’t kill her. You can’t kill off the main character of the series. But… man, they sure know how to make you nervous, showing clips of her in the hospital…

MADISON
Yeah! That was freaky.

NATHAN
But supposedly they’re going to kill someone. Or a few someones.

NINA
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here. What about this episode?

NATHAN
I don’t know… I thought the King’s whole plan of world domination seemed a little lame. He sounds like a bad comic book villian.

ELIJAH
Russell had a point, though, about the human race destroying itself. Sad, really.

NINA
Was he right about supernaturals not getting along?

[Silence]

TRACY
It just ain’t that easy.

BYRON
Supernaturals, as I understand, are just like nationalities, very set in their ways, their traditions. It makes adjusting to each other unnecessarily difficult.

ELIJAH
And humans do not make anything easier with their judgements and self-entitled attitude.

MADISON
Excuse me?

ELIJAH
Sorry, darlin’, but it is true.

MADISON
What about Lafayette and Jesus? It’s so sad that Jesus left him.

CHUCK
Can’t say I was too comfortable with that whole situation.

MADISON
Seriously? They were adorable.

HENRIETTA
But that Lafayette is a drug dealer. That boy is only trouble. Even Jesus couldn’t save him.

MADISON
We don’t know that yet.

NATHAN
Is Jesus something?

NINA
What do you mean?

NATHAN
Like, a supernatural of some kind? Clearly not a vampire, but a shifter or something?

TRACY
Don’t think he’s a were.

BYRON
It is very possible he is some kind of supernatural, perhaps one we haven’t seen yet.

NINA
Well, we can’t discuss this any further until we see more episodes.  How about the whole Tara story line?

HENRIETTA
How could Tara not know to use a stake?  Heaven Almighty, the good Lord grace that child with several weapons that could have easily been used as a stake and she chose that?

CHUCK
Easy there grandma.

TRACY
Yeah, Tara’s pretty much screwed.  Though it was awesome how she out-thought that werewolf from Coot’s pack to save Sookie.

MADISON
I was also happy to see that Alcide didn’t abandon Sookie.  And OMG, we finally saw him as a wolf!

TRACY
Oooo, thats so exciting…it’s like we haven’t seen any other wolves yet.

ELIJAH
So here’s a query:  I’m ecstatic that Jessica is feeding like we ought to be feeding, but if she is so upset that she’s going to kill her dinner, why doesn’t she just drink True Blood?

CHUCK
You can actually suck that stuff down?  I thought you were better than that.

ELIJAH
You thought?  Most impressive.

MADISON
Is there really that much of a difference between human blood and True Blood?

ELIJAH & CHUCK
Yes.

NATHAN
Elijah is right, they do stock True Blood at Merlotte’s.  Why doesn’t she just drink that?

HENRIETTA
I gotta say this: The people who make this show finally got something right about Bon Temps.  That lady in the bar who was there ’til all hours of the evening is just like that Tillie Thibedeaux.  Walking ’round town with curlers in her hair, in her night gown. Mmm-mmm.

MADISON
Oh, I know that lady! My friends say she likes to come into the diner right before they close and orders a huge meal.

HENRIETTA
In’t she something? Rudest woman to walk this good earth.

NATHAN
Was anyone honestly surprised about the whole dog fighting thing with Sam’s brother? I thought that one was too easy.

TRACY
Dogs fighting is one thing. It happens. Dogs will be dogs. But to be forced to do it for money? Horrible.

BYRON
That Tommy needs to stand up for himself. No man, shifter or otherwise, should be forced into something so violent at someone else’s behest.

MADISON
Is there really dog fighting around here?

BYRON
No there is not.

NINA
Oh, I just thought of something. This episode was awful bloody. Too bloody?

ELIJAH
Never.

MADISON
I don’t know… Tara biting into Franklin’s neck was pretty gross. Really gross.

NATHAN
Lorena messed up Bill real good. It had to be like slow torture.

ELIJAH
I’m just assuming that was her point.

MADISON
Would a vampire really do that?

ELIJAH
… I don’t know. I do know that the show has properly indicated the bond between a vampire and his maker. Whether it is like a parent and child, or two lovers, there is blood shared. The relationship is a lasting one. To kill your own creation cannot be easy.

CHUCK
Yeah, what he said.

MADISON
But why would she let the werewolves drink his blood? That seemed mean.

TRACY
Those two weres are trash.

CHUCK
I’m the drinker. I don’t want nobody drinking from me.

TRACY
Who would want to?

NINA
Alright, alright. I’m glad these conversations can go on their own without too much intervention on my part. I appreciate it. 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.

Authors: Sarah Pugh and Cory Brin

Header: K. Rose

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.

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