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True Blood 4 Episode 1 with video recap – **spoiler warning**!!

You’ve been warned ‘kay? So if you don’t wanna know, don’t read on!

I was tempted to save up all the episodes and have a marathon, like I did with seasons 1-3 but….I’m sooooo weak!

I watched episode 1 last night and was gutted when it ended – I have no doubt this feeling will haunt me on a weekly basis till the season ends – so many questions!

Gotta say I was really pleased with the first episode. It can’t be easy…making sure you give newcomers enough of a background to the storyline (3 seasons worth!) and also set the scene for the current season. So yeah, bearing that in mind, I was happy.

Very cleverly the writers have managed to manipulate a jump forward in time by having Sookie visit faerieland for what she thinks is a couple of hours. However everyone else back in Bon Temps think she’s been missing for a year. This was needed I think for a bit of breathing space after season 3 and to give the characters, who had been through a lot in a short-ish period, time to get back on their feet.

So Sook’s away with the faeries (literally) and it’s all striking her as a little weird, this paradise garden where everyone is chowing down on Lumiere fruit. She meets her ‘dead’ grandad who has been there 20 years but is convinced it’s only been a day.

To confirm her suspicions of this beautiful garden where everyone looks like a supermodel, she spots a weird ork-like looking creature and clicks on that this fruit is of the ‘forbidden’ variety and doesn’t eat any.  She psychically communicates her fears to her grandad but is overheard by mind-reading queen faerie Mab who is none too pleased to have been rumbled. Apparently everyone there is part of some harvesting project with the aim of eventually closing off faerieland from the rest of the human race.

There’s a bit of a fight, some running away and eventually Sookie and her grandad are pointed in the direction of a portal (by some renagade faerie) through which to return to Bon Temps.

Ok so….back in Bon Temps. Sookie returns to find that her house has been sold to a mystery buyer…..hmmmm! Jason is a fully fledged cop with a uniform and e v e r y t h i n g and is still taking care of the Hot Shot folk (who kindly show their gratitude by locking him in a freezer (!).  Andy has a serious V habit, Lafayette has a cool new ‘do’ and boyfriend Jesus is getting him into witchcrafty stuff, the head witch seems to think there’s something a bit ‘special’ about Lafayette, Tara is now ‘Toni’ living in New Orleans with her girlfriend and cage-fighting to pay the rent, Bill Compton has planted his bum in Russell Edgingtons throne as the new King and Eric is trying to lure humans into Fangtasia in an attempt to further integrate vampires and humans.

Hoyt and Jessica have been living together a year and are having the normal ‘honeymoon-period-is-definitely-OVER’ tiffs. Jess appears a bit bored of the whole human lifestyle and is getting urges to hunt.  Hoyt’s mamma seems to have adopted Tommy (to keep her busy since Hoyt and Jess still don’t speak to her) and is trying to guide him on the straight and narrow whilst his older brother Sam is taking anger-management classes…he says. Turns out he meets up with a few other shifters and they all have dinner, drinks then strip off, turn into horses and go for a canter! Arlene’s baby is showing definite homicidal tendencies – according to Arlene – because he ripped off the heads of some Barbie dolls! She is convinced he’s going to grow up just like his father Rene.

Turns out the buyer of Sookie’s house was Eric so that in owning the house he also owns her as she can’t resend any invitations to enter his own property! Interesting though was that whilst Bill thought her dead, Eric was always sure Sookie was alive, hence investing in the house.  Sookie gets Portia Bellefleur to act as her solicitor to revoke the offer/sale of the house and overhears Portia thinking about Bill.  Seems they’ve been ‘hanging out’ a fair bit….not sure how far their relationship has gone though.

Roll on episode 2!

So….if you’ve read all that then there’s absolutely no harm in watching the video recap by clicking on the link below…nothing I haven’t already told you!

True Blood 4 episode 1 recap **spoiler**

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Finally finished my Mad Men marathon.  I must admit I was a little apprehensive when I double-clicked on S04E13 knowing that there were no more waiting to be transferred from my dropbox folder. It was a hectic couple of days, what with trying to fit in work (the kind I get paid for!), bathing, eating etc. around finishing Season 4.  I powered through however and now just have to sit twiddling my thumbs until summer (ish) and new seasons of True BloodSons of Anarchy and hopefully…Mad Men.   Or do I??

Of course not! There’s  a whole new w o r l d  of shows waiting for me provided by my HBO dealer who keeps feeding my FX habit….PLUS some other series that I found on Sky Atlantic – a channel I’ve only just, accidentally, noticed to be honest. They’re showing Big Love, another HBO offering about a mormon family headed up by Bill Henrickson,  his three wives and nine (combined) children, living in Utah, U.S. (where else?).  I’ve only seen the first episode up to now and it was pretty much an introduction to the family, ascertaining the individual members roles and basically introducing anyone who was unsure about it, to an initial overview of what polygamy involves…as accurately as can be done in a fictional tv drama created to entertain!  Drawn in enough to make me want more, I think it’ll take a couple of episodes to get into this one. Unlike the next little gem….Treme (HBO).

I was actually on my way to bed (after a hard nights MM drama)when I heard the music of the opening credits. Curious, I came through from the kitchen, plonked myself down on the beanbag (yes I know – ‘grow up’ right?) and then couldn’t actually drag myself away. The music may be what did it originally but the storyline had me hooked surprisingly fast, as well as the great cast.  A group of actors about whom I found myself saying (out loud mostly….to myself) ‘oh my god I love him/her’ but couldn’t name them. Apart from John Goodman of course, I knew his!

My inability to name them though was no reflection on their talent. It was simply because I’ve seen them in small roles, which have obviously had an impact, but also because……I’m sure there was another reason….oh – because I have a terrible memory.

Treme (pronounced tray-may – French accent entirely optional) is set in New Orleans 3 months after Hurricane Katrina.  It follows ordinary people living in Treme setting about putting their lives back in order after the devastation of the storm but also explores, from a political angle, the real-life issues and controversies surrounding the aftermath. It is not however, a documentary remember! It’s fictional drama based on true events. It is effective and emotive though. Not that any of us who have never experienced such a tragedy could fully understand…Treme certainly encouraged me at least, to empathise and be reminded of how fragile we are at the same time as being able to show amazing strength and an ability to pull together as communities when it hits the fan.

So there it is. Thats why I’m watching it anyway!

Now, as in right this minute,  I’ve gone and started watching The Closer. A little different to the other shows…I don’t usually go in for cop shows, but I really really like Kyra Sedgewick, so I’m giving it a go. Couple of episodes in and all is going well. More about that some other time though…

By the way…you can ‘Mad Men’ yourself here – if you’ve got 5 minutes to kill and want to create a Mad Men inspired avatar!

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