Monday, September 15, 2008

True Blood - Recap & Review - First Taste

True Blood
"First Taste"

Original Air Date: September 14, 2008

Andi M - TwoCents Reviewer
andi@thetwocentscorp.com

Please see the words flashback and exposition in your handy dictionary prior to reading this recap. You will need to know them, as this week’s episode is heavy on both. Oh, and while you’re looking in there, you might want to look up stupid and see if there’s a picture of Jason Stackhouse next to it. There will be a test.

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  1. True Blood
    "First Taste"

    Original Air Date: September 14, 2008

    Andi M - TwoCents Reviewer
    andi@thetwocentscorp.com

    Please see the words flashback and exposition in your handy dictionary prior to reading this recap. You will need to know them, as this week’s episode is heavy on both. Oh, and while you’re looking in there, you might want to look up stupid and see if there’s a picture of Jason Stackhouse next to it. There will be a test.

    If you watched last week you know that we ended on a cliffhanger, wherein Sookie was busy having the daylights kicked out of her in the parking lot of the bar. Episode two picks up just where episode one left off.

    And holy Moses that looked like it hurt. Sookie’s not looking so hot, what with the blood and all. Then there’s that mysterious dog again, the one I raised my eyebrow at last week. Mack Rattray takes a break from playing Sookie Piñata to aim his revolver at the dog, which makes anyone over a certain age instantly angry with him for threatening Lassie like that. See if Lassie helps you out of the well next time, you big jerk.

    But Mack and Denise aren’t going to have to worry about that because some odd blurry object makes mincemeat out of them. Three guesses who it is?

    If you guessed Vampire Bill, give yourself a cookie.

    Bill scoops Sookie up and carries her away into the woods. He finds a nice place near the creek and they stop for a picnic – it’s unnerving how accurate that statement is, actually. He feeds her his blood to heal her wounds, which are pretty extensive and she sure seems to enjoy herself. It’s mildly disturbing how much she sucks down, which is a big statement coming from me, self-proclaimed vampire nerd that I am.

    Meanwhile, Jason, Sheriff Dearborn and Detective Andy Bellefluer are awkwardly sitting at the police station watching the sex tape of Jason’s romp with Maudette, the recently dead girl. It shows their sexcapades, wherein he strangles her and she gets in touch with her inner doggy and plays dead. But the tape clears him of the murder, as she was alive at the end of it, laughing at how moronic he was for falling for that.

    And this is where we get flashback number one. I think I’ll keep a running tally.

    The cops say that this was the only tape in the apartment and that it could have been left because it cleared Jason of killing her then, but not that he didn’t do it later. Jason responds, appropriately, “I’m not that smart.” And he’s not.

    Okay, guys, with Jason out of the running as the murderer, who did it?

    Sookie and Bill, having had a lovely time on what I am going to consider their first date, walk back to her car and make arrangements for him to visit her the following night at her home. Oh, and she has herself a little flashback about dating when you’re telepathic, then another about being telepathic.

    That same night Tara comes home to find Mama Tara passed out drunk and to make herself feel better she calls Lafayette and goes to a party, presumably to get drunk. That’s the kind of logic that isn’t.

    Jason winds up at Dawn’s house and seeks comfort in the way only Jason can – by rubbing his face in her cleavage. Maybe we should keep a running tally of Jason’s women too. He notices that Dawn has some bite marks on her neck. I don’t know about you guys, but I think I see a pattern developing.

    The following morning Sookie is experiencing the effects of drinking Bill’s blood. Her senses are heightened and she’s kinda horny. She learns that a tornado destroyed the Rattray’s trailer. Sookie swings by the trailer to see the destruction and be sarcastic and generally amusing. Oh, and to show us just what a vampire can do, since we all know this was no tornado.

    Jason and Tara manage to score themselves an invite to the Stackhouse home that night for the big vampire viewing, which is clearly not awesome as far as Sookie is concerned.

    Bill ends up being charming and generally adorable, but Jason is not impressed and runs his mouth too much, prompting his grandmother to tell him he needs no help looking like a fool. Bill and Sookie excuse themselves for a walk and we have more flashbacks. We’re up to four.

    Lassie has also decided to take a walk and now I am certain that there is something fishy with that mutt.

    The next day finds Jason tied to Dawn’s bed, Tara harassing the customers and playing the sexist card to get out of wearing a uniform, Rene defending Sookie’s butt from wayward hands, Arlene fearing she’s pregnant, and Sam and Sookie having an open conversation about her telepathy. It’s this last piece of information that makes me curious because everyone else seems so spooked by Sookie. What’s up with Sam?

    And in the last few minutes of the show, Sookie heads to Bill’s only to be confronted by three other vampires, one of which is the crazy bald man that was having scary sex with Maudette on her tape. This can’t be good.


    What we learned:

    Vampires are very strong
    There is such thing as a voyeur dog
    Bill has a hair fetish
    Dawn is fond of bondage and vampires
    Jason looks stupid almost all the time
    Bill has some questionable friends

    Running Tally of Women Sleeping With Jason:

    2

    Running Tally of Flashbacks:

    4

    You thought I was kidding about the tallies, didn’t you?

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  2. Great review. I liked the flashbacks in this one. I feel like I am really starting to get a grasp on the horror of her telepathy. That scene with her parents was really touching.

    I really liked Gran in this one and Bill really needs to stop being so good.

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  3. That was a great recap - funny and smart.

    Give Jason some of your smarts, he truly needs them.

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