So, HBO has received 99 prime time Emmy nominations, eh? And several for True Blood? There better not be a nomination for make-up in there. Good grief, Bill has looked positively horrible this year. And not horrible as in “Ooh, scary vampire!” but horrible as in “Geez, that make-up is so fake and overdone.” Granted, I’m watching this season in high-def, but even last year I noticed Eric’s pasty face abruptly end at his hairline. You’d think for such a popular tv show on a premium cable channel, they’d at least find a way to blend vampire coloring into the scalp, wouldn’t you? And how is it that Bill looks paler than Eric, who’s 900 years older? And Godric, whose 2000 years old? Well, maybe Godric is still going through puberty.
Oh! And let’s not forget Arlene’s hideous heavily applied green eyeshadow. Yikes!
If you’ve read my True Blood reviews at the previous SciFi Chicks [site is gone], you know I love me some Raelle Tucker. She wrote last year’s two best episodes, and then this year’s fabulous “Scratches.” So I expected “Release Me” to be an excellent episode. For the most part, it was. It looks like the Church of the Light Fellowship of the Sun (whatever the heck it’s called) crap is finally coming to a head. I was actually able to watch some of the Jason Stackhouse moments without fast-forwarding. “We know who you’re working for!” “The road crew?” Ha! The spy was revealed. Maryann was revealed (but still not “outed”). But the Lorena and Bill crap has gone on way too long. I don’t care if it’s only been one episode, that’s way too long. And please! Enough with the flashbacks!
I really felt Raelle Tucker’s Supernatural roots in the scene where Daphne tells Sam about Maryann. So, she’s a maenad. That means jack-squat to me, so I pull out my Bullfinch’s Mythology (oh, like you don’t have copy in your house!), which tells me zip. But, it does mention Dionysus. (Ack! Too much information, Mr. Bullfinch!) And while Bullfinch doesn’t say so, Daphne tells Sam that Dionysus is also known as the horned god. Sam makes the leap from horns to devil. So does that mean that wine is evil?
Of course, Hoyt and Jessica are just too stinkin’ adorable for this world. I really disliked Jessica when she first turned, but she’s grown on me. (Maybe it’s the humanity that Bill is teaching her. I don’t think she got any of that while living with Eric and Pam.) I love how, even though she’s a vampire, she’s still at heart a teenage girl.
I think I’m beginning to see the appeal of gay fanfic. Two words: Eric, Godric.