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True Blood: Frenzy

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 31st 2009 4:55AM
True Blood - Frenzy
(S02E11) "I am gonna kick that bitch's evil ass out of my gran's house, and then you are gonna shoot her." Sookie to Lafayette, about Maryann

Well, they didn't make us wait, and picked up with True Blood right where we left off last week, with Bill walking in on the vampire queen, played deliciously by Evan Rachel Wood. And ... is the vampire queen a lesbian? There were certainly some sexual overtones with her sucking blood out of the girl's leg, and then later saying, "I haven't enjoyed sex with men since the Eisenhower administration." Then again, she did ask Bill if he wanted to have sex, and he politely declined. He also declined her suggestion that he feed on the girl.

"What gives you the right to say no to the femoral blood of a good woman?" she asks. "You know what your problem is, William? You're a snob. Tiny, tiny souls. Or penises. Or both."

Meanwhile, poor Jessica. Losing Hoyt after she just couldn't take it anymore and went after Hoyt's mom's neck. Hoyt is not amused, even though his spellbound mom says, "I actually enjoyed that." That boy needs to cut the apron strings there.

Loved seeing Lafayette cuff Tara with his purple fur handcuffs, then the interior of his car decked out with purple/animal print decor. I'm quite sick of Tara at this point, though. Here's my recap of Tara: "Let me rescue Eggs ... whine whine whine ... get away from me ... whine whine whine ... that doesn't work on me anymore ... whine whine whine ... [SMACK!] ..." I was sort of glad that Maryann smacked her.

It appears that someone major dies at the end of the next episode (the finale), and I'm really hoping it's Tara. That wouldn't bother me at all. But it certainly was creepy when Lafayette envisioned Eric in Mrs. Thornton's dress, pointing the gun at him. Poor Lafayette.

I continue to be amused by the Jason-Sam-Andy shenanigans, and Jason saying, "Guys, I read a book about this. This is Armageddon. This is the oral history of the zombie war. We need weapons. Lots of 'em." Then he brings up his leadership conference and paramilitary training, right before he runs smack into a tree. What a dolt. But a loveable dolt.

Those kids of Arlene's are cute as the dickens, asking for "Vampire Bill," and being awed by Eric's fangs. Sam's tender side magnified itself when he was taking care of them as Arlene continued her dive off the deep end.

Other fun stuff:

  • The conversation between Jason and Andy about Sam and beastiality.
  • The "Sorry, We're Dead" sign on the Fangtasia door.
  • Hoyt watching wrestling on TV.
  • "Here, chickie, chickie" - Lafayette leading Arlene and Terry away from Sookie's house with drugs.
  • Eric calling the kids "tiny humans" and Pam saying how happy she was never to have had any kids.
  • Eric can fly!
  • Ewww ... fingers being cut off as a "present" for Maryann. Or the God. Or something.
  • The vampire queen's lineup of people, then forcing Bill to feed on a young guy and play Yahtzee with her in her movie star palace.
  • Hmmm ... Sookie's cousin is hanging with the vampire queen.
  • The vampire queen suggesting that Bill and Eric have sex and get it over with, and she'll watch.
  • Eric and Bill facing off outside the vamp queen's palace, and Bill threatening to tell her that Eric is forcing humans to sell vampire blood for him, unless he stays away from Sookie.
  • Andy and Jason's talk in the pickup, and Jason saying why he's such a good catch: "I watch a lot of porn, I learn stuff."
  • The vampire queen explaining to Bill about the Maenad's powers: "Never underestimate the power of blind faith," she says. "It can manifest in ways that bend the laws of physics or break them entirely."
  • Sookie getting a text message from Bill - five hours late. "I'm getting a new phone as soon as Eric pays me."
  • Whoa! I did not see that giant egg coming at the end, though I suspected that Lafayette might fall under her spell.

I'll leave you with this:

Sookie: "How's your leg?"
Lafayette: "Better than ever."
Sookie: "How'd that happen?"
Lafayette: "Eric made me drink his motherfuckin' blood is how that happened."
Sookie: "Me, too! He tricked me."
Lafayette: "Somebody needs to slap that bitch."
Sookie: "I have."
Lafayette: "Well, look at you..."

It appears that someone dies in the True Blood season finale. If so, who do you think it is?
Tara181 (14.0%)
Eggs460 (35.6%)
Lafayette84 (6.5%)
Maryann321 (24.9%)
Sam158 (12.2%)
Arlene20 (1.5%)
Andy27 (2.1%)
Jason7 (0.5%)
None of these; I'll tell you in the comments33 (2.6%)

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If you ask me, Evan Rachel Wood was a little too self aware in this episode.

She's pretty hot and a great actress, but the queen seemed a little off. I expected something cooler. I want to see her exercise her power.

I'd love to laze around like she does all the time. It seems pretty easy to become a well-off vampire in TrueBlood...probably everything they're saving on food.

Here are some reasons it would rule to be a vampire to make my point:

I'm going to make the following shirt: TURN SOOKIE!

September 09 2009 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love this show just as much as Dexter, won't miss either since I have 'in demand channels'. Now I wish the writers changed the way Tara is being portray lately, what happened to the family connection she had with Sookie. If someone needs to go, hopes is MaryAnn. Although her acting is great I'm sick and tired of her 'grandiose' attitude. Someone needs (Sookie) to slap her down or get rid of her eventually. Why not paralizing her to suffer and then have her kill herself? Since she is the type of person that will be killing herself if not in control. I will tune in for next season anyhow.

September 07 2009 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I couldn't place the face until I read this blog - ah, Ms. Wood, from Across the Universe. What a disappointment! I loved her in A/U... LOVED her... but her acting in T/B was so BAD! It was stiff and repetitive.... and I did not read the books, so I'm not going by a preconceived notion of Sophie-Ann. "Talk...flip-head-back...scant-sarcastic-smile...throwaway-quip" - and repeat... blah blah blah.

I didn't hate last this episode, but I was really kind of like - "ok... what is up with the egg?" LOL - maybe it is Eggs junior? Maybe they'll have scrambled egg for the finale? Did Maryann push that out? OUCH!!

I agree that the Jason/Andy comic-relief team is getting sort of sore. They're the Laurel/Hardy of the show at this point. Maybe that's an insult to Laurel & Hardy? It's just getting old, though some of the lines are still slightly funny (ie - porn being a resource for learning things).

I did like how the tied in the "young Tara" from her hallucination with how/why Maryann came, but it doesn't explain how/why she already knew Sam.

The vamp bar caretaker chick... REALLY? Is that who they would REALLY pick to care for the place while they're asleep? Between her and Jason, they might share a brain cell.

"Sorry, We're Dead" LMAO...

September 01 2009 at 9:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it seems like the only people that didn't like Sophie-Anne are the people that read the books who have preconceptions about casting and characterization. If you looks at her performance objectively, Evan Rachel Wood does a great job. Her character much like Glory from BVTS is supposed to be detached and care-free. There are some absolutely charming moments and I was not disappointed. Full review of the episode on my blog


August 31 2009 at 9:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to The1337's comment
Backing Logan on this one

Screw your blog, and screw you for using these forums to advertise it.

September 01 2009 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amanda Rae

I agree w/ the Glory comparison. That was the comparison I was looking for but couldn't put my finger on.

September 01 2009 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have a theory, when I saw bill go to sam, I thought that Bill knows Sam is a shifter, so what is stopping Sam from "shifting" his organs around so when maryann stabs him? its not fatal and he can kill her when she is most vunerable?

August 31 2009 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where is all of this Tara hate comming from??????? I could think the same things about Sookie or Jason at various times throughout these episodes.

August 31 2009 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The writing is getting sloppy. Bill ran out to investigate those two kids without even a hint of those two other guys getting interested in what was going on. One minute, Lafayette was gun traumatized and then at the drop of the hat, he helped Sookie unarmed Tara's mom.

I just quit watching after that. This show is getting stupid and the writing/acting is sloppy as hell.

August 31 2009 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sophie -Anne, The Queen is 1100 years old people. I would say old enough to be the Queen. She died in her early teens in france.

In the book sookie describes her as "beautiful and pale as milk, with reddish brown hair, large and tilted brown eyes. Sophie-Anne is also portrayed as an elegant woman, around five foot two, always groomed down to the last eyelash. Makeup, dress, hair, stockings, jewelry-the whole nine yards"

She is the Queen of Lousiana only, not of all the vampires obviously.

August 31 2009 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After Episode 10 last week being the culmination of the three best episodes of the season (even though it ran short), Episode 11 had to be the absolute worst episode of the entire series. Except for a couple of revelations such as Eric being able to fly, the Stackhouse cousin being the queen's consort and Hoyt's father committing suicide, it was all filler leading up to the finale. People were acting out of character, the Eric/Bill confrontation outside of the queen's home was contrived, and the Jason/Andy comic relief was way below the standards already set. The best scene of the show was the conclusion of the Jessica/Hoyt/Maxine scene where it left off last week.

A clunker was bound to happen, especially after almost two full seasons, but it's too bad it came in the penultimate episode of this terrific second-season story arc.

August 31 2009 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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