True Blood: When Sean Lennon Is the Best Thing Going On, You're In Trouble
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. Much thanks to True-Blood.net, who has offered to help us with tracking down the songs of True Blood post-episode.
I have to confess that I spent 90 percent of the time I was watching True Blood this week constantly whispering, "They're not going to turn Sookie into a vampire, are they?" That does indeed seem to be the direction we're heading, and if so then it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that the show will have squandered all the trust it has rebuilt since last season.
First, there's Warlow, for whom I legitimately feel bad since he has been chained up in a graveyard for three straight episodes now. Maybe that's not such a high price to pay to have a naked Anna Paquin wriggling on top of you, but I somehow doubt it's what Robert Kazinsky signed up for.
Bill is still determined to avert the coming Vampire Holocaust, which is already unraveling around the state of Louisiana's head since Bill pulled off the governor's head. Sarah Newlin is trying to assume power, but mostly ended up beating a representative of the Tru Blood company to death with her shoe after the rep stumbled into the concentration camp that was built.
Nonetheless, it looks like all the pawns are in place to meet the sun. Meanwhile, Sookie does some soul-searching and agrees that she'll enlist Warlow's help for Bill and in doing so will become Warlow's vampire bride.
It was legitimately painful to watch Sookie throughout the episode descend into complete, hopeless despair. Paquin does it well, but you can almost see the exhaustion behind her eyes for this increasingly unnecessary story arc that seems to be aiming her towards everything her character is not.
Sookie, at least the character we fell in love with in the books and the early part of the series, is a creature of light. She was drawn to vampires not because of darkness or self-destruction or a desire for something more than normalcy, she was drawn to their ability to offer her the normalcy of not knowing what the hell everyone around her was thinking. You get the analogy? Someone who had grown up ostracized sought out others who were marginalized to achieve something like the typical life she craves and enjoys.
And I swear of they pull some sort of surrender-to-darkness bullshit I'm bowing out of this gig.