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. Much thanks to True-Blood.net, who has offered to help us with tracking down the songs of True Blood post-episode.
I have to confess that I spent 90 percent of the time I was watching True Blood this week constantly whispering, "They're not going to turn Sookie into a vampire, are they?" That does indeed seem to be the direction we're heading, and if so then it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that the show will have squandered all the trust it has rebuilt since last season.
First, there's Warlow, for whom I legitimately feel bad since he has been chained up in a graveyard for three straight episodes now. Maybe that's not such a high price to pay to have a naked Anna Paquin wriggling on top of you, but I somehow doubt it's what Robert Kazinsky signed up for.
Bill is still determined to avert the coming Vampire Holocaust, which is already unraveling around the state of Louisiana's head since Bill pulled off the governor's head. Sarah Newlin is trying to assume power, but mostly ended up beating a representative of the Tru Blood company to death with her shoe after the rep stumbled into the concentration camp that was built.
Nonetheless, it looks like all the pawns are in place to meet the sun. Meanwhile, Sookie does some soul-searching and agrees that she'll enlist Warlow's help for Bill and in doing so will become Warlow's vampire bride.
It was legitimately painful to watch Sookie throughout the episode descend into complete, hopeless despair. Paquin does it well, but you can almost see the exhaustion behind her eyes for this increasingly unnecessary story arc that seems to be aiming her towards everything her character is not.
Sookie, at least the character we fell in love with in the books and the early part of the series, is a creature of light. She was drawn to vampires not because of darkness or self-destruction or a desire for something more than normalcy, she was drawn to their ability to offer her the normalcy of not knowing what the hell everyone around her was thinking. You get the analogy? Someone who had grown up ostracized sought out others who were marginalized to achieve something like the typical life she craves and enjoys.
And I swear of they pull some sort of surrender-to-darkness bullshit I'm bowing out of this gig.
This week's song was honestly the best thing about the whole episode, and I am in no way a Sean Lennon fan. I always thought he was a second-rate talent, and not just because he wasn't his dad. What son is his father, really?
"Dead Meat," though, showed off tremendous songwriting, though. It's off an incredible 2009 video album called Friendly Fire. The whole thing was based around the death of his friend Max LeRoy, who died in a car crash before the two could settle a fight over Lennon's girlfriend Bjiou Phillips' cheating on Lennon with LeRoy.
The result was this incredibly personal series of music videos that really should have gotten more attention for its excellence. It really showed off what someone could do with having his heart broken with no way to resolve it. Its about moving forward over broken glass.
You know, like maybe Sookie should try doing. I'm sorry her parents tried to kill her because she was going to get turned into a vampire, but that's no reason to just give up on owning your own life.
I never thought I'd say this, but more people should pay attention when Sean Lennon is talking. He knows his stuff.
Jef has a new story, a tale of headless strippers and The Rolling Stones, available now in Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds; watch for an excerpt on Rocks Off this week. You can also connect with him on Facebook.
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