True Blood: "Flesh Blood," Eels And Hostages

Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston.

Season 3, Episode 11: "Flesh Blood"

"We can start again."

So sayeth Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) to Sookie (Anna Paquin) moments before Season 3's Big Bad crashes their ugly yellow car and takes them hostage in order to find out if fairy blood acts as the ultimate sunscreen, allowing the vamps to go to early matinee movies and other daytime activities.

The answer then is, no. No, we cannot start again, but that's no excuse not to try.

Mark Oliver Everett, better known as E of The Eels, has certainly tried a time or three to restart his life. Even a brief biography of his reads like the most tragic moments of the Sookie-verse. Substitute cancer and suicide for vampires and were-whatevers and, frankly, the story is startlingly similar. E's never given up though, and just released the third part of his trilogy exploring desire, loss, and redemption. The trilogy began with Hombre Loco last year, and its lead single "Fresh Blood."

"Fresh Blood" ended this episode, and the message of the sick, soulful groove is quite clear. Namely, that we are often beholden to others for our redemption. When our own reserves run low, it is often the strength of those we love that pulls us through.

That's not to say it's an upbeat song. No group responsible for "Novocain for the Soul" is ever going to be mistaken as happy-go-lucky. Nonetheless, hidden within its dazzling drone is optimism. Maybe it's only because you can see nothing but up from the bottom, but in the end Gothtopia believes that E is trying to tell us that dark and dirty as life is, we'll help each other out of the mud yet.

Be sure to visit the Loving True Blood in Dallas blog, where Jef With One F will be a semi-regular contributor to the podcast this season.

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