True Blood: Of Wolf and Anton Newcombe
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston.
Music Director Gary Calamar choose Percy Mayfield's "Hopeless" as title track and credit song. I've found the tune under the name "Roadhouse Blues" by the legendary Albert King and "If I Were a Lucky Man" by Robert Plant. Frankly, all three are stellar renditions, and I have no idea which is the original.
Regardless, aside from a sense of despair it doesn't really help bring the episode to life, so I'm forced to dig deeper.
First off, what's happening? Not much, friends and neighbors. Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) have managed to track down Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) and have delivered him into the hands of the vampire authority. While this seems like a fortuitous turn of events, any person with half a brain could have seen where this was going.
First, Chris Meloni as the Guardian in the Vampiratican was just too awesome to live... much like O'Hare's Edgington, but he got a reprieve. Second, I don't think anyone could miss the fact that the whole thing was a twisted plot by Salome (Valentina Cervi) to bring abut some fanatical vampire religious fundamentalism. The whole things was wicked obvious, and all the episode did was play that out.
On the other hand... God bless whoever thought that casting Tina Majorino as vampire tech support would be a good idea. She is too cute for words, and I certainly hope she survives the coup.