Before the night is through – I want to do bad things with you…
HBO’s monster hit “True Blood” returns to Dragon*Con this summer, with appearances by series creator Charlaine Harris and stars Kristin Bauer, Denis O’Hare, Jim Parrack, and Joe Manganiello.
Based on Harris’ “Dead Until Dark” novels, “True Blood” revolves around Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures. The series, currently in its fourth season, airs Sunday evenings on HBO. Visit the official website at hbo.com/true-blood
Dragon*Con’s Dark Fantasy track will present panel programming spotlighting this cult phenomenon.
NETHERWORLD Haunted House is a proud sponsor of the Dragon*Con Dark Fantasy track.
Please visit us at our Dragon*Con booth, September 2-5, 2011, located on the Marquis level of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. We’ll have plenty of surprises and fun going on all weekend, and you can find us featured in the Dragon*Con parade Saturday morning. www.fearworld.com
Monday, bloody Monday
Sorry this one’s running late, folks. I finally managed to free myself from the freezer and slip away…
Poor Jason Stackhouse! Something’s eating at him. Literally! Suffering from the discomfort of his slow transformation to pantherhood, Jason is still strapped to the bed in preparation of his role in repopulating the panther people race. Crystal expresses her love and longing to be with him forever as she tends to his post-panther feeding frenzy.
Eric, still devoid of any memory of his past after his confrontation with the witches, attacks Sookie when the lure of fairie blood becomes too strong. Sookie is able to calm him down, and reluctantly offers to help him provided he doesn’t bite her. Arriving at her house, she invites him in, concealing the fact that he actually owns the home. Pam races to Sookie’s house and is shocked to see the timid Eric. She urges Sookie to hide Eric from Bill, as she believes Bill sent him to the coven’s meeting in hopes of getting him killed. The always resourceful Ms. Stackhouse demands compensation in exchange for babysitting. She’ll need the extra money to keep buying those Charlaine Harris hardcovers we spied her reading this week…
Lafayette, meanwhile, tries unsuccessfully to convince the wiccans to forget all about Eric’s attack, explaining that he is an ancient and powerful vamp who could cause them tremendous harm. When this fails, he resolves to go to Eric himself and ask forgiveness, much to the dismay or Jesus and Tara, who asks Sookie to implore Bill to protect her cousin from Eric’s wrath. Jesus and Tara agree to keep an eye on Lafayette and prevent him placing himself in danger of further torture at Eric’s hands. However, as Tara and Sam reunite over shots, Lafayette sneaks away. Later, he is attacked by Pam, who threatens revenge on anyone who would make a move against her maker. Tara and Jesus come to his rescue, and are given 48 hours by Pam to deliver the witch responsible for Eric’s predicament under penalty of death from feeding (and something else I can’t mention – this is a family blog!).
Jessica is distressed to find Hoyt holding her doll when she returns from feeding on a human at Fangtasia. Seems the pesky little thing has a habit of popping back up, no matter what she does to get rid of it. Taking Bill’s advice, she confesses her transgression to Hoyt, who is angered and attempts to leave. Jessica glams him into forgetting, as she cannot bear the thought of hurting him. Should the role of Hoyt ever become available for recast, I call dibs on being first in line for the part of the lovely Jessica’s love interest…. she later passes her doll onto Arlene’s future-serial killer baby, who we now know has a penchant for dismembering toys.
Bill delivers justice on an unfortunate vampire who is captured feeding on film by members of Vamp-Kill.com, an anti-vampire group. This violates vampire law, and Bill orders his death. The newly-appointed vampire king of Louisiana is propositioned and enters into a relationship with a human woman who is – gasp! – not Sookie.
We find Andy reaching out to the missing Jason as his withdrawal from V, leading him to a violent confrontation with Sam.
Sookie visits LC in Shreveport, and is shocked to find Debbie living with him, now clean and sober. She asks him to help her hide Eric. He offers to stash him in one of the empty homes in the subdivision he has built.
Tommy poses as Maxine’s son when a gentleman comes calling to offer a sales contract for rights to natural gas on the property. He confides in Sam, inviting him to help Tommy buy the house out from under her and cash in on the gas. Sam implores Tommy to tell her the truth and let her enjoy the benefits of the sale, enraging Tommy who lashes out at his brother yet again. Isn’t it about time that Sam just kicks this kid’s ass one last time?
Jason awakes to find Crystal leading a long line of eager future-panther-mothers awaiting their turn to continue their bloodline. Poor guy…
Finally, Eric feeds on Sookie’s fairie godmother, killing her in the process (fortunately, gorgeous fairie women kind of explode when they die, since they revert to their grotesque form upon dying and no one wants to leave an ugly corpse). If next week’s sneak peek is any indication, the lure of fairie blood may become too strong for Eric to resist as we witness him biting Sookie!
After three strong episodes, HBO’s monster hit gives no hint of slowing down this season. Brainless Eric, king Bill, slowly devoured Jason, a much hotter Tara (and her equally hot girlfriend), the exceptionally hottest Jessica, on-the-edge Andy, powerhouse bitch Pam and freaky fairies all add up to more surprises, shocks, and laugh-out-loud humor than ever. Almost makes me forget that whole season two vibrating bull woman thing.
Monday, bloody Monday
The July 4th holiday put me a day behind, but if you’re a true True Blood fan, you probably didn’t wait until this past Sunday evening to watch, like I did, but instead grabbed an early viewing on HBO GO. Patience, my friends, is still considered a virtue…
This week’s episode opened to find poor Jason tied to a bed, after being trapped in a freezer last week. Seems that Crystal wants to have a panther baby with him, but that requires Jason actually becoming a panther first. Which, apparently, requires a fair amount of panthers feeding on him first. Ouch!
Sookie is desperate to rid herself of Eric, who offers her protection from other vampires who may wish to feed on her fairie blood. She turns to Bill (who is preoccupied with Katarina, a witch working on the inside with the coven on Bill’s behalf), and asks that he force Eric to give her back the house and release her. She even pleads with Pam, who assures Sookie that she could do far worse than surrendering to Eric. She did, aftter all, get a new screen door and a microwave out of it.
Pam, in the meantime, has her hands full with protestors outside Fangtasia. Hoyt, in response to some unkind name-calling directed at the delicious Jessica (c’mon – she IS delicious), finds himself on the receiving end of a nasty beating from the fists of the angry mob. Later, when Jessica attempts to speed up his recovery with a taste of her (delicious, I would imagine) blood, Hoyt recoils, insulting her and sending her back to Fangtasia to seduce a local fangbanger. She is caught in the act by Sookie, who offers her friendship in assistance for overcoming the bloodlust, only to be told to mind her own business and leave Jessica alone. Seems Jessica still harbours some ill feelings toward Sookie for her apparent abandonment of Bill, while she was actually trapped in the fairie realm.
Speaking of the mysterious Bill Compton, we are treated to a couple of surprise reveals this week, regarding his past. Tromping around the 1980s in his best British-punk-rock-vampire-Spike impersonation (yeah, I invoked the holy Buffy reference – sue me), Bill is approached by Nan Flanagan (the always entertaining Jessica Tuck, who I believe may actually be part vampire in real life – I’ve been enjoying her since before many True Blood fans were even born) on behalf of the building Vampire League. She is in need of spies and enlists Bill, who surprises her with his refusal to kill his victims after feeding. Not, of course, before revealing that none other than Louis Pasteur is perfecting a new synthetic blood substitute… We also learn that it was with Nan’s help that Bill ordered the murder of Sophie Ann at the hands of humans, placing him in a prime spot to be crowned king of the Louisiana vamps. I’m kinda digging badass Bill!
Arlene is still having considerable difficulty trusting her baby, and suffers an unusual reaction to him while speaking with Sookie. Those serial killers are just so darn cute when they’re little!
Sam attempts to get closer to the lovely Luna, who is initially scared off by his flirting only to reappear at the bar with plans to seduce him. She decides to allow Sam closer and kisses him, and later confides in him and the other shifters about her life and why she is so guarded. Sam discovers Tommy spying on them, in perfect health, and gives chase to his troublesome brother. Tommy confesses that he wants to be more of a real brother to Sam, and they agree to start working toward that goal. Hmmm.
Tara reunites with Sookie and Lafayette, and joins Lafayette upon his return to visit the coven. It is here that Marnie reveals her desire to raise a human body from the dead. Bill, realizing that the witches’ control over the dead could make vampires easy prey, dispatches Eric to deal with the Wiccan clan. Eric arrives during the coven’s meeting, and menacingly warns them away from their magical practice, attacking Tara in the process. The group forms a circle, and Marnie manages to strike fear in Eric, who turns and flees. Later, we find him wandering aimlessly along the road as Sookie pulls up in her car, only to discover that he has no memory of her. He does, however, pick up an appetizing scent from the hapless barmaid – fairie blood!
HBO still succeeeds in packing a whole lot of story into an hour, while leaving us thirsting for more True Blood. A sneek peek at next week’s episode show’s Jason – who was almost rescued by the V-addicted Andy this week while searching for a fix – on the receiving end of some pretty horrific cat-nibbling. Check back next MONDAY for another recap!
Several NETHERWORLD Haunted House monsters were recently seen on the red carpet at a special midnight screening of the first episode of this seasons TRUE BLOOD! Lord Goulich was out on the town with two of his brides when he ran into a Lycanthrope and several of Merlottes staff members…Chaos ensued!
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True Blood Season Open Recap -SPOILERS!
Monday, bloody Monday…
“True Blood” returned with a bite last night, as HBO’s smash hit opened its fourth highly-anticipated season. Picking up a far jump from where it left off at the end of season three, “True Blood” delivered more of the offbeat humor and surprise twists it has become known for.
We begin by finding Sookie in the fairie land, where everyone is (usually) beautiful and has their very own fairie godmother (regardless of sex, apparently). It is here that Sookie runs into her beloved grandfather (the always fun-to-watch Gary Cole), who – although disappearing twenty years earlier – hasn’t aged a bit and has no concept of the time that has elapsed. It is soon revealed that this particular brand of fairie is a far cry from Tinkerbell’s clan, hideous and hellbent on harvesting humans. Sookie and her grandfather make a run for it, and with the help of some good(?) fairies, return to the mortal world. Unfortunately, time quickly catches up with gramps and he is reduced to ash before her eyes after passing his pocket watch on to Jason (good thing – it proves to be the only thing able to convince Jason where she’s been).
Soon we learn that although feeling like she was gone for about fifteen minutes, Sookie has been missing from reality for a little over a year. Much has changed in her absence, not the least of which is that Bill has been accused of killing her! The tortured love of Sookie’s life shows up to accept the blame for her disappearance (in exchange for a full clearing of his name in her alleged murder). He is followed close behind by Eric, who claims to be the only one in town who never gave up on her, in addition to looking a bit like Bill’s lapdog now. Guess that must be due to the fact that Bill is now the King of Louisiana’s vamps, leading us to deduce that his cliffhanger battle with the Queen ended in his favor…
Tara has fled to New Orleans, where she is getting by as a cage fighter (about time they put that ripped body into action!) and has found a new (hot hot hot!) partner, while Lafayette reluctantly finds himself involved with a group of witches, who sense great magic in him. One of the group manages to channel the late Eddie, who delivers a rose to him, much to his dismay. Through Lafayette they manage to (briefly) resurrect a bird, leaving us to wonder just how powerful he may be. Still by far my favorite character on the show, Lafayette breaks the news to Sookie that Tara has moved away, promising (half-heartedly) to tell Tara she’s back the next time he talks to her. His text to Tara to announce Sookie’s return elicits no response from her…
Andy is now hooked on V (as if he needed more reason to be wound too tight); Hoyt and Jessica (did I mention how HOT this girl is?!!!) are trying to make the most of domestic (un)life, but Pam notices a bit of building unrest in the lovely redheaded vamp; baby Mikey (half serial killer by birth) is beheading Barbies; the PR train is in full steam as the vampire nation tries to regain the trust of humanity; Sam, a bit bitter after recent events, is a memeber of some bizare shape shifter social club, where he can cut loose animal-style with his people; we learn that Eric is the proud new owner of Sookie’s house, more or less owning her as well; and Jason is now locked in a freezer by the same people he has been assisting…business as usual, I suppose.
Serving as a fine springboard for what looks to be like another amazing run of “True Blood” (looks like Eric’s fate may be in Bill’s hands now, as a sneek peek of upcoming episodes shows him in a rather grim position), last night’s episode was a nice welcome back and a great reminder why this show is a must-see each week. Although tempted to take advantage of HBO GO’s advance debut of next week’s episode, I’ve opted to wait until Sunday night to saok it in. There aren’t enough rituals left in life – I’m keeping this one alive. Or dead. Or undead? Hmmm…