HBO begins their encore presentation of Season 4 of True Blood. Tonight, they begin with 401 – She’s Not There and 402 – You Smell Like Dinner. 401 starts at 9:00 p.m. ET & 402 will follow at 10:00 p.m. on HBO. Feel free to comment here if you want to discuss the shows live.
I want to introduce a new contributor here at TB-N; please welcome Crix Lee! Crix is Editor-in-Chief of GirlGamer.com; staff writer at DreadCentral.com; film/tv columnist (“The Frame Rate”) at PopGalaxy.com; contributing writer for GeekWeek.com and guess what else? A huge True Blood fan! Here’s her take on what the hell went down on the season premiere. Welcome to TB-N Crix! – Liv
Okay, darlings. It’s my first day and last night was a bit of a doozy so be gentle :)
And away we go!!!
Season 4 opens with a party…a very strange party…sprinkled with faery/human hybrids and faeries so beautiful that a Victoria’s Secret model would look somewhat plain. While the faeries stand around looking really, ridiculously good looking, the humans eat something that resembles a radioactive peach called a lumiere (a.k.a. “light fruit”) like it was crack.
My Godmother is sexier than your Godmother!
In a flash of light, Sookie and Claudine appear in the middle of it all where she runs into Barry the Bellhop (from the vampire hotel) with his “faery godmother” or as I like to call him, “faery HOTmother”, Lloyd (I know, right?). Claudine then explains to Sookie that she’s her “faery godmother” to which Sookie replies ”Well if your job is to look after me, can I just say, you suck?” Not to be outdone, her Claudine retorts that Sookie seems to find trouble wherever she goes…and Sookie can only smile in a “touche” kind of way.
Barry and Sookie talk and each take a light fruit from a server’s tray. As Sookie scans the room she realizes that only some are eating it and the strange behavior it creates, she advises Barry not to eat it just yet – but it’s too late, he’s sunk in and enjoying the fruit immensely. As she turns away she notices a familiar face sucking on a light fruit and upon closer inspection…it turns out to be her Granddaddy Earl (played by Gary Cole) who disappeared without a trace 20 years earlier and hasn’t aged a day.
As she and Grandaddy sit on a bench and talk, flashes of not so nice things like sludge oozing from the walls and rotting fruit are beginning to appear… Sook then (although I’m not sure WHY) telepaths to Granddaddy “We gots to get the EFF out of here. IT’S A TRAP!” but she might as well just said it out loud as EVERYONE there can read minds and are aware of what she said.
As if on cue, the Queen of the faeries, Mab, arrives. As Mab and Sookie gab, Sookie is noticing that Mab goes from beautiful to Gollum with breasts. When Mab gets all up in Sookie’s grill to try the light fruit, Sookie tells her to step off – slapping the fruit away and everything gets ugly; the fruit, the faeries, the scenery, EVERYTHING. Turns out the faeries are “harvesting” the faerie/human hybrids because they feel they shouldn’t be allowed to return to Earth because Vampire Bill followed Sookie into fairyland.
When Mab tries to put her badly manicured hands on Sookie to force her to eat the stupid fruit, Sook uses her luminating bitch slap to get free of her grasp and it quickly goes from True Blood to “Saving Private Sookie” as Granddaddy Earl and Sookie run for the hills (literally) while faery grenades explode around them.
Not sure where to go next, they receive help from a rebel sect of faeries (turns out the leader is Claude, brother of Claudine) who helps them jump the portal to home but warns that it will only be okay if they’ve not eaten the light fruit. As Sookie contemplates the meaning of life, Granddaddy pushes them both through the portal and seals his own fate. The very NANOsecond they hit the ground in Bon Temps cemetery, Bill and Eric feel her presence but it’s daylight, so…sucks for them.
Anybody else think it's weird these two sleep in their clothes?
According to EW, the 4th season True Blood premiere on Sunday drew in 5.4 million viewers (that’s a tie with the highest viewership of the series). 6 % more fangers came out than for the season 3 premiere.
An additional one million viewers came out for the later showing on Sunday for a combined 6.4 million viewers.
OK, so by now everybody knows that Tara is the character that is involved in a same sex relationship. I know a lot of you saw this coming. Was anyone shocked that Tara Thornton is now a lesbian cage fighter (or at least a bi-sexual one)? It for sure is a turnaround for her, but damn… I dunno where this is going.
Rutina Wesley, Alexander Woo & Alan Ball discuss Tara’s transformation in this article. Here’s some comments from Rutina:
Wesley tells us that she really only worries about one message her character’s lesbian relationship may send to viewers. “My main thing is I don’t think it’s because my character has such bad luck with men,” she says.
“I hope that people can understand that,” she continues. “Because I know people, of course, are just going to go to the ‘Oh, they’re just doing that, because she had that relationship and all of a sudden she’s gay.’ No, no, no, it’s not that. It’s just something that happened and she ended up being open to it, which I think is really cool. It’s nice to see Tara a little more Zen and open to things. And she just seems more carefree about life. It feels good to see her smile for a change.”
So, that of course brings us to the question of is “gay” even the right word to call Tara at this point? “I’m not entirely sure that Tara is gay,” Woo says. “In the case of Tara, she has decided to take on an entirely new identity which also includes sexual identity. We’ll see how well that works.”
Head to KCRW if you want to listen the song that gives name to Season 4 first episode, “She’s not there”. Originally from The Zombies, the new version is performed by Neko Case and Nick Cave. I’m a big fan of Nick Cave and I’ve been really surprised to not find the southern style listening to the song, but y’know, I never cease to be amazed by True Blood twists.
At the source you can read the wonderful process of the song, written by the one and only Gary Calamar.