Link To Roth’s My Own Show for Oprah’s Network: http://bit.ly/rothoprah
I feel a little duped I gotta admit. But Ill tell you what Lorena scene is good for. Two words. Aversion Therapy. Okay everyone, you know that guy or gal you’ve been giving the green light to for the last few months who still hasnt asked you out? Well the next time you find yourself thinking maybe theyre shy. I want you to march your little but straight home to your couch and watch that scene on repeat. Friend of folks dangerously close to the crazy phone with their crush. Heres what you do, commander your besties cell and program it so that every time they try to text or call the object of their unrequited affection it plays that scene. Please cue to the point where Lorena pleads tells Bill how much she loves him Lorena is a walking endorsement for the The Rules. Guess Bill gave her a new definition for having it both ways.
We were granted glimpses into more of Bills eternal suffering this episode. This is something I have often wondered about. There has been a search for some kind of fountain of youth or eternal life from time immemorial. A search that has never made sense to me. Sighing up for centuries of life would be signing up for centuries of suffering of one kind or another unless you had no emotions at all. I enjoyed the Bill flashbacks, further establishing his relationship with Lorena, what he has lost, and his motivations for his royalty loyalty switch and his impending concern over his relationship with Sookie. I thought the scenes were beautifully played. Though I originally I had wished for a more complex relationship for Lorena and bill rather than the simplistic crazy love/abject hate relationship they have I do like the level of angst and darkness that its taking his character to as illustrated by some of the least sexy sex ever depicted on television. It gives him more to play and more for us to watch.
Now, Eric and Sookie. But first, since this week is all about teams and sides – a quick foray into the eternal question: Team Eric or Team Bill? Okay all I am going on the record and officially say; I play for both teams. I am team good television. I think one of the most fun fantasy storylines we can have as ladies is the idea of the love triangle. Because exactly how many time do you have two sexy men fighting for your hand? Im gonna go on record and say exactly none. As great as the men I have dated are, and they are, none of them has ever thrown down for the honor privilege of bedding me. Pretty much all it takes is a gin and tonic and as solid sense of humor. Its fun to give over to the fantasy because in reality who would want all the drama! I dont know about you but in my reality Im looking for like an engineer that likes to come home at night and wants a nice life. Much of the time I really just want to be able to be on Team Sookie to have her character be one that I can relate to and root for.
As long as each of the characters continue to evolve as do their relationships I am good. For a minute during season two it looked like they had gone to extremes with each of these characters. Making Bill almost painfully holier that thou and Eric his counterpart villain. There was a course correction towards the end of season two which thankfully has continued on this season. Bill is given back some of his season one internal struggle and heady vampiric nature. And Eric is given dimensions of conflicting emotional pulls and motivations. This is making for good television, television where we are not sure what the characters might do. Or how they might react to things.
As far as the scenes between Sookie and Eric this week. I enjoyed watching somewhat of a friendship develop between them. The great thing about their relationship in the book is that they have a friendship. They share a similar sense of humor and somewhat sardonic wit. Id love to see more of that brought out in the series. We can see him be flirty and playful and dangerously broody with Sookie and manipulative with Lafayette in one episode. The more that the three of them are given to play in terms of internal dimensions and external play the better.
As far as the three way of romantic goes this is a fun series and this is certainly one of the most titillating and enjoyable aspects. But the support cast is pretty phenomenal and I love so many of their storylines and character interactions.
Alright on to the rest of the episode! Tara once again becomes a pawn for the forces of evil. This poor girls brain must be Swiss cheese at this point. I am reserving judgment but I wasnt crazy about the path Taras character took last season and was hoping for better for her this season. I dont know about you but I cant tell if I am terrified or enthralled by whatever Franklin Mott has going on downstairs. Now that was some crazy sex. But I certainly dont like whatever it is hes plotting in his upstairs head. Though, speaking of heads, I did enjoy his welcome me to the neighborhood gift to Jessica. You sure got some pretty lips GF. Last week I had been pretty certain he took the body to get to Bill, which looks like exactly what happened. So who is he working for and why? This is an area where I do not think the show is following the books and to be honest Im not sure where this is going. Love to hear your theories.
Alcide and Sookie. Poor Ms. Sookie is forever cleaning up some kind of blood spill. I like what Im seeing with Alcide and Sook. They have a nice dynamic and feels like a good chemistry between them. I loved her little lacy top and skirt and her sass a frass attitude in the bar. I enjoyed her scene in the bar and think its great that she is such a tough cookie but I do wish that they would balance it more often with a dose of healthy fear and vulnerability. Keeping her relatable.
An example of the vulnerability I am talking about happens in the scene in that car with Lafayette and Eric. You can see him keep his distance in fear and still attempt to hold his ground . Speaking of Lafayette loved his comeback to Jasons comment that he Had a lot on his mind. That must feel new
There are two kinds of people in the world, people who got no dreams, people who got dreams and dont do nothing about it and people who go out and fulfill their dreams and Im the third kind. Oh Jason, you just have to love his heart and the way he tries so. I was especially fond of his interaction with Tara this week. This is the best of Jason. Vulnerable, sincere and hopelessly, helplessly stupid. Really liked Tara in this scene as well, they have a good dynamic that I hope the show will explore more.
Good think this town doesnt have many other bar options At least Sam in self aware. Im continuing to enjoy the band of merry hicks that is Sams family. Great casting. His mother has a sweetness that is somehow also so sad that just melts my heart, that mixed with his brothers green eyed monster sibling rivalry and thievery and his dads girly alcoholism (did you see the color on those shots) are all bound to create some juicy drama.
Arlene and the demon baby. Well carrying the spawn of a New Orleans serial killer is great motivation to lie I have no doubts that poor Mr. Terry of the if I had a nickel for every time I heard that Id have fifteen cents is bound to get his near crazy heart broken. Overall, looking forward to seeing how things shape up in the coming weeks.
Okay those are my thoughts let me know yours. You can post your comments below here or on YouTube. Make sure to subscribe to the ThinkHero YouTube account. Follow ThinkHero on twitter @ThinkHero and me on twitter at @JRothC. And for all the latest True Blood news go to our friends at the vault at true blood-online.com and follow them on twitter @The_Vault.