Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cold Grey Light of Dawn-Post Mortem

"Everyone's tested in the entire episode." Writer Alexander Woo and director Michael Ruscio discuss the emotions Marnie's spell has wrought

WSJ Speakeasy Blog
Antonia has successfully entered Marnie’s body and in a Voldemort-meets-Quirrell sort of way, uses her human host to try to achieve her ultimate end: the destruction of every living (er, you know what we mean) vampire around. Her first step is to take mind-control of her Inquisition-era torturer and rapist, Louis. She forces him to kill Bill’s lieutenant and finally fulfils the vampires’ fear that humans will be able to control the dead. Of course, Marnie probably wouldn’t have been moved to call upon Antonia if Eric hadn’t provoked her in the first place, but we’ll put that aside for now as we understand plausibility is not a chief aim of this show.
Pam, still in deterioration mode, attacks Tara and Naomi, but Tara gets lucky when a bunch of tourists come by and start snapping photos. “Is that a zombie?” one of them asks excitedly. To protect her vanity probably more than anything else, Pam releases Tara but warns her she’ll come after her once more. Poor Tara. There is literally no one on this show who can get behind her. Naomi is nice and all, but part of us really wishes Eggs might be able to drop by from the dead for an episode or two. (Alan Ball, it is not too late to make this happen. Think of the shirtless opportunities!)
Back to the least compelling plotline of the series, Lafayette and Jesus, who are still holed up in Mexico and who have just realized Lafayette is capable of being possessed by spirits. After Jesus feebly tells his grandfather that he won’t stay there any longer, the evil old man reveals to Lafayette that he, that is, Lafayette, is a medium. “You have the magic,” he whispers conspiratorially to him in Spanish. We guess we’re supposed to be shocked, but instead it just comes off as OBVIOUSLY.
Marcus the werewolf leader has rounded up his pack and is busy anointing Debbie and Alcide with deer (elk? Speakeasy isn’t too familiar with the Cervidae family) blood. Debbie is thrilled but Alcide is more reluctant to join in the festivities and sits himself away from the pack. He feels badly about it, but is visibly relieved when Debbie says there’s time to look for Sookie in the woods. This turns out to be a terrible idea, as the duo stumble upon a vigorously-moaning Sookie and Eric, who are still frolicking (is that word still in use? Maybe?) beneath the moonlight. The sight makes Alcide even more depressed, which Debbie immediately picks up on, because hey, what girl doesn’t realize when her boyfriend is obsessed with someone else? This can’t possibly end well for anyone involved.

Bill is pouring True Blood from an impressive-looking decanter when Louis wanders in on Marnie’s orders. A struggle ensues and Louis ends up forcing a silver stake into his own heart, whispering the word “resurrection” before predictably exploding over Bill’s spiffy king threads. Bill’s face falls, but we’re too busy noticing how much better he looks this season with a proper haircut to care very much.

Tara tells her girlfriend to get the hell out of town because as long as she sticks around, she’ll be at risk when the vampires come. Just like “24,” when everyone close to Jack Bauer ends up dying.

Across town, Jason is home recovering from being raped by many were-panthers but has luckily dodged the bullet of actually turning into one. He begins to fantasize about Jessica, a pairing that makes it seem like the show is taking one of Gossip Girl’s tricks, the one where all the people who haven’t slept together eventually do so. We hope for Hoyt’s sake this doesn’t end up happening, though his confession that it would kill him if he loses Jess is slightly alarming.

Meanwhile, Bill explains to his sheriffs that Antonia/Marnie will cast a spell to force every nearby vampire to meet the sun. To avoid mass incineration, he instructs the vampires to bind themselves with silver in their coffins, which will prevent them from heeding the call to turn up the sun.

Sookie and Eric are still having sex, though it’s been well over 40 minutes by our count. They cuddle in post-coital bliss, with Eric tenderly telling her, “I’m listening to your heartbeat. I can feel it…every pulse.” Oh, gross. Can we get Eric Northman back yet, please? The real one who sort of reminds us of Putin in an extremely terrifying but good way?
Pam calls in an expert to administer “six shots four times a day” for the next, well, forever. The nurse helpfully says she can get Pam a bulk discount on the shots. Oh OK phew, we’re sure Pam was worried about the health care premium.
Tara runs into Antonia/Marnie in the woods and joins forces with her, of course, because there wouldn’t be a plot/it’s so like Tara to do that when she should just clearly RUN to New Orleans. The vampires are busy shackling themselves in their hidey-holes in what amounted to a truly touching scene with Jess and Bill. Jess confesses she just isn’t into Hoyt, and attributes her lack of interest to the disappearance of her human heart. Not so, Bill says. Her not loving Hoyt “doesn’t mean you’ve lost your humanity. We’re all, at our core, human.” We knew Bill still had it in him!
                               Pam looks like My Vampire Barbie in her pink quilted coffin.
Sam realizes all isn’t right when Luna tells him to eff off when he calls her to chat. Doesn’t he realize by now he should always blame Tommy when in doubt? He and Luna realize Tommy has skin-walked, which accounted for his high fever and blood-laced vomit. Still, Sam has had it up to here with his brother and kicks him out once and for all. Is it just us or has this happened several times before? We think it’s time to wrap up this plotline.
We finally get some comic relief in this episode with Andy and Holly’s date. He’s brought her Winn-Dixie flowers that he got on sale (how sweet! He shouldn’t have) but he’s freaking out because he hasn’t had a hit of V yet. He ends up dashing out of the bar, sale-flowers in tow.
The show realizes it needs to make Lafayette somewhat relevant so a strange woman shows up in his kitchen whom only he and Arlene’s demon-baby can see.
Antonia/Marnie, Tara and Co. get together for a fun afternoon of chanting Latin and force the nearby vampires to feel an irresistible pull toward the sun. All of them are able to fight it except for Jessica, who writhes against the chains and stumbles toward Bill’s front door. But wait! Jason is on his way to save the day like he did at Steve Newlin’s joint. Will he save her? Will they fall in love? Or in his case, lust? Will Sookie and Eric beat the odds and will Bill let them?

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Jody chimes in with Alcide's scenes

OH MY PAM!!!!! She suffers for beauty, as so many of us do.

The lovely Janina did a short interview with, she made up her own back story of how she met Sam.

True Blood’s Janina Gavankar reveals the dark secrets of shapeshifter dinner parties

On this season of True Blood, one of the new faces around Bon Temps is Luna Garza, a skin-walking elementary school teacher who gets mixed up in the unceasing train wreck that is the life of shapeshifting restauranteur Sam Merlotte.
At Syfy's Comic-Con party, actress Janina Gavankar gave us her theory of how Luna and Sam met. Janina also expressed a desire to see more odd-toed ungulates round out the show's cast.
This season, Sam, Luna, and the other Louisiana shifters formed a shapeshifter supper club. Will we ever learn the origins of this magical dinner party?
I don't think so — this season takes place over a short amount of time. We had a time shift, so about a year went by, but this season happens over 10 days or so. But I've made my own backstory to how this comes about!
Oh? And what is this backstory?
Well, it takes one to know one, and [the shifters] all meet each other because one of us has fabulous friends and cooks fabulously. It's not so much a support group as it is a group of friends. We're all shifters, and we all like to get drunk and shift.
Luna's let Sam Merlotte into her life, but Sam's a guy who just can't get his act together. Will we see more of Good Sam or Bad Sam?
Luna has backbone, but she's also very vulnerable. This season you get to see him try to balance it out. It's good that he got his dark side back because he's been too much of a pushover. As I fan I say, "SAM! MAN UP!" But as Luna I say, "It's okay! Everything's fine! Let's just be happy together!" It's nice to see him have both sides.