Trublood Season 6 discussion *spoilers*

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  1. Q2UnME

    Q2UnME Commodore Commodore

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    Well, Season 6 of Trublood premeired on HBO last weekend.

    Didn't see a thread started on the series, not sure how many folks out there are still watching this, but I figured there might be a few of us left so I started this thread for season/series discussion. Figured I'd mark is as "spoilers" so that discussion of the episodes can be open and folks that havent seen the episode yet can shy away if they wish.

    I thought the premeir episode was decent enough. Acting, pacing and direction was good. "Billith" is no longer a naked man running around dipped in roadkill, so that was nice to see. They've already shown that staking doesn't kill him like a normal vampire and he has some sort of new ability to move and control things with his mind. Wondering what else the new and improved "Billith" can do.

    Sookie was less annoying this outing, which is good. Still have some T/A tossed in to remind folks "Hey, we're HBO!"

    Anyone else?

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  2. Tom

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    I saw it last night, the episode itself was not bad but the series as it goes on seems to get more and more ridiculous. Anyway as for Bill's powers, in the previews they also show him in the sunlight as well.

    I think the show is wearing a bit thin here on Trekbbs, but we will see how many people want to chime in about it.
     
  3. Locutus of Bored

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    I figure the whole point of Billith's transformation is that they're going to toy with him being an adversary or source of fear for the cast for a while, having him being tempted by the dark side with his powers, before Jessica and Sookie ultimately bring him back to the light side where his powers will be the only thing able to stop the equally or nearly as powerful Warlowe (since he's Lilith's son).

    I don't know why the woman who runs TruBlood distribution would trust the governor's story about wanting to secretly finance TruBlood production because he needs pacified, taxpaying vampires. If vampire tax revenue was a chief concern of his he wouldn't have shut down all vampire owned businesses, which also has the side effect of not giving the vampires something to be preoccupied with. Unemployed vampires with lots of free time are a recipe for disaster. I'm guessing that he secretly wants to gain control of TruBlood production to either hold it hostage when the time comes or to poison the TruBlood somehow and kill all the vampires en masse.

    I love Rutger Hauer, and he's a great, sinister addition to the cast, but he looks nothing like the glimpses of the Rob Zombie-looking Warlowe we saw previously (but that's no big deal). Also, I know Jason is a dumbass, but if I saw Rutger Hauer pull over and offer me a ride, I'd say "fuck this!" and run the other way. He's The Hitcher for Christ's sake. I'm pretty sure that was Sookie's and Jason's parent's station wagon he was driving too, which was a nice touch.

    Sookie has this Warlowe guy appearing as an apparition in her house, her ex is a dangerous blood god who can track her anywhere, she insists on remaining in the same house where people and supernatural entities have tried to kill her multiple times (and killed her grandmother), and she just rescinded the invitation of the one vampire who has sworn to protect her. Jason is rapidly becoming the less moronic sibling. Plus, you know she's just going to have to allow Eric back again later, though I'm sure it will come after some drama where she's in danger in the house but Eric can't get inside.

    Maybe I'm misremembering, and granted he was under the influence of V this time, but didn't Alcide take some kind of stand against eating their own kind or eating humans last season? He didn't want the kid to be stalked and killed, I know that, but I thought there was more to it than that. But here he chows down on his (albeit already dead) rival to become Packmaster. I would have preferred to see him ditch the old ways and act as a more progressive leader.

    The human SWAT teams with their new anti-vampire weapons are cool, but it's still reliant on the vampires standing there like idiots and forgetting that they can zoom around with superspeed or fly.

    All in all, the episode was just alright to me. There was some fun stuff (Pam's always great, and Andy as Mr. Mom is amusing), but mostly it was just mediocre. Hopefully it was just set up for some better stuff later.
     
  4. Tom

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    The show is basically just a fun romp these days, some blood and guts there, some full frontal nudity (not that there is anything wrong with that LOL) that's pretty much it.
     
  5. Shurik

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    Beginning of the episode, Eric to Sookie - "Let's run away from this weird blood creature that's going to eat you because you are a delicious fairy!"

    Middle of the episode, Jessica - "Bill is summoning me, I have to go". Sookie - "I'll join you because it's such a wonderful idea to be a fairy near that weird blood creature!"

    The writers are not even trying anymore to be consistent at least within the same episode.
     
  6. Savage Dragon

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    It was a decent episode but there were a lot of plot lines to follow so it ended up feeling a bit too busy for me.
     
  7. Q2UnME

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    Then Game of Thrones must make your head explode! ;)

    From what I've read in the media, this season should be called: TrueBlood: The Humans Strikes Back

    It will be interesting to see the vampires, warewolves and shifts go from be the hunters to being the hunted.

    Yea, lots of plot lines to follow, but a fun little romp just the same.

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  8. Savage Dragon

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    Well Game of Thrones tends to alternate plots between episodes, and I've read the books so it doesn't feel as busy to me. I can understand how someone who hasn't read the books would feel that way though.
     
  9. stj

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    Gratuitous nudity, gore and vulgar language is ninety percent of what cable has to offer. Isn't True Blood the highest rated premium cable program?

    Sookie isn't supposed to be able to read vampire minds at all (being dead and all) and only sense emotions of shifters and werewolves. But she can read human minds. The only reason she doesn't know Jason is hallucinating is because she doesn't care enough to pay attention. The showrunner handover seems to be shaking their grasp on their mythology, though. I noticed that Jason remembered being glamored, which was supposed to be impossible.

    I know Sookie is a prude, who only approves of sex When It's True Love (like when she does it,) but still. Even crazy, Jason still was right when he called her out. (Incidentally, she never wondered whether Jason had problems with the uncle, not even as an adult, although Jason certainly displayed enough symptoms that could stem from early childhood sexual abuse.) Being so alienated from humanity because of their sexual thoughts carries this rather far I think, and it's become very unappealing.

    Overall, I much prefer the other human characters, esp. Jason, Andy, Terry, and once, Tara. I wouldn't really mind if the governor wins!;)
     
  10. Mister Fandango

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    If they're following World of Darkness's vampires rule (and they basically are for the most part), and Warlow is Lilith's child, then they needed someone who can actually fight him. Hence "Billith" drinking her blood and basically insta-becoming his near equal. It's really that simple.
     
  11. ToddKent

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    I'm wondering if the Andy/magic kids subplot is going to be completely separate from the rest of the plots the way last years' Terry/Iraqi smoke monster plot was last year. I hope not. The show is best when everyone's stories intermingle.
     
  12. stj

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    ^^^Warlow seems to be interested in fairies. Oddly, he does not seem to be particularly antagonistic to Jason. He's a little condescending but everyone is condescending to Jason, so what does that matter?
     
  13. RJDiogenes

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    It was good. Just what it's always been: A lurid, uncensored EC comic. The worst thing about it was that Luna died. I really liked Luna. Maybe it's a fake out and she'll be back.

    Having Bill come down from super-monster to his old self with magic powers was a bit weird, but I think the final scene with Lilith bodes badly for that status quo.

    Since Warlow is interested in fairies and Andy's offspring are maturing faster than humanly possible (unsurprisingly), I'm guessing those plots will intertwine eventually.

    And that new Werewolf babe is hot.
     
  14. Count Zero

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    Who else thought the threesome scene was quite awkward? I thought that someone would be killed in a gorey manner any second. But maybe that will happen later. :lol:

    I did like how Bill got seemingly back to normal from being that weird monster, albeit with superpowers. Like Locutus I also think that eventually he'll fight Warlow. By the way, when was it established that Warlow is Lilith's son? I must have missed that.

    All in all, I think we're off to a good start.
     
  15. Locutus of Bored

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    Nora mentioned it to Jason when she was asking him what he knew about Warlow.
     
  16. stj

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    I do wish they'd listen to the dialogue sometime. If the gene (just one?:guffaw:) skipped Jason, it didn't skip Sookie. Since her fairiness depends on her gene, what's this about losing her powers if she zaps a vamp?

    I'm also not sure about not using Rutger Hauer as a villain.

    This show is so wacked that fairy boy Ben may be Warlow, whose done enough fairy blood to walk in daylight. And of course, people commonly smell of what they've eaten.
     
  17. Q2UnME

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    stj - Well, since Sookie is a half-ling, they've established that her fairy "light" powers are finite and will run out at some point. Grampa RutgerFairy was showing her how to channel her remaing power into something that could potentially take out Warlow, but in doing so, she would exhaust the last her powers and be Fairy no more..

    Another fun outing last night. The scene with "Billith" mentally twisting and braking up and then feeding to completion the "Feeder Donor" was unique but disturbing. "Eric's" meeting with the Govenor was humorous at the same time gave us insights into the new human countermeasures and their agenda.

    All in all, I think the directing and, for the most part, the wrting has taken a step up.

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  18. stj

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    ^^^Yes, and that "explanation" worked as well as these things ever do in fantasy. Naturally Sookie got the light and Jason didn't, because sluts like Jason don't deserve the light. Suddenly talking about a gene is even worse than talking about midichlorians. We know a gene doesn't do magic!

    They're certainly moving along. They're hitting the vampires=gays, oppressed minorities generally really hard. Unfortunately for the metaphor these vamps still are monsters, so that also means gays, oppressed minorities generally=monsters, too. Ick.
     
  19. Savage Dragon

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    Wow. That' really how you're seeing it?
     
  20. RJDiogenes

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    I took the remark about the gene as a snarky joke. Gramps is not too impressed with Jason.

    Things are definitely moving along-- which is good, since there are only ten episodes this season. It was surprising to see Alcide kidnap the kid, and I presume this is meant to show a negative change in his character, but the weres are probably right that she is safer with them. It won't be long before the law comes after Sam.

    Bill's adventure in Nowhere was interesting. Lilith decided to wear clothes, but apparently her handmaidens go naked and covered in blood. :rommie:

    The most interesting parts of the episode, though, were Eric's. The anti-Vamp squad now has silver bullets that emit UV radiation and glamour-suppressing contact lenses. Nifty. I wonder what else they've come up with. :D

    And that girl was putting in contact lenses just before Eric arrived.
     

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