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6 Truly True Blood Season 2 Moments

Show Defining Moments From True Blood Season 2

By Joe Oesterle     September 11, 2009
Source: www.joeartistwriter.com


6 Truly True Blood Season 2 Moments
© Bob Trate

 

 
The unforgiving rays of the morning sun are about to peak over HBO’s horizon, signaling the latest coffin-confining hiatus for Bill Compton, Eric Northman and the rest of the Bon Temps vampires.
As true fans of True Blood will attest to, a true True Blood moment isn’t just about sharpened teeth ripping through fresh, frightened flesh--it’s also about relationships, and all the humor, sadness, struggles and joy they bring. So as True Blood gets ready to close the lid on another chapter of interpersonal connections (as well as healthy doses of sex, gore and social commentary) let us take a look back at some of the Truest and Bloodiest True Blood Moments of Season Two.
 
 

6. The Queen of the Vampires

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After teasing us with her existence for far too long, we were finally granted an audience with Sophie-Anne, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana. Some fans were disappointed in Her Majesty’s general contented nonchalance and expected more of a demanding regal and lethal bitch. But come on, if you were ruler of the undead for centuries and you had that sweet pad, indoor pool, a seemingly unending supply of hot willing lesbian sex partners and at least as many Yahtzee partners, what could possibly prompt you to bare your fangs in anger?
 
Of course, after dating Marilyn Manson for years, actress Evan Rachel Wood probably felt she had to dial the decadence down a notch to make a believable immortal hedonist.
 
And for those who expected a certain sensually, slinky sadistic streak from the sexy succubus sovereign, we have no doubt she’ll demonstrate why she is held in such fearful esteem within the vampire community in Season Three.
 
Why Is this a Truly True Blood Moment? This whets our appetite for things to come.
 

 

5. Jessica Cries Blood

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 If vampires had after school specials to teach their little vampire offspring all the things that single vampire daddies were too embarrassed to share with their coming-of-age vampire daughters, “Jessica Cries Blood” would be the perfect title for such delicate programming. A TV Guide synopsis might read like this:
Sookie attempts to console young Jessica Hamby as she goes through the growing pains every teen-age vampire must endure. Reluctant vampire Bill is nowhere to be found, which leaves Sookie to explain the facts of unlife to his young hormonal charge.
 
Though we all tune to this show in for vampires gone wild moments, what brings us back are intelligent, humorous, relationship-driven scenes like this. Too bad Judy Blume was never turned. It would have been much easier on Bill to just hand Jessica a copy of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Now I’m a Vampire.”
 
Why TTBM? Clever writing, and it cemented Jessica Hamby as a multi-dimensional character.
 


4. Maryann’s Influence

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Adoring disciples of pleasure-seeking maenads seem to have a short life expectancy, especially after their work is done. Standing on the dock, awaiting her mistress, Daphne is at first delighted to feel the soft warm lips of Maryann upon her own. When black-eyed Eggs obediently shoves a knife through Daphne’s ribcage, she is at first stunned, but almost immediately accepts the knife as lovingly as she welcomed the kiss.
 
This scene was less about Daphne than it was about Maryann’s absolute influence and total power over just about all of Merlotte’s Bar and Grill. If you thought it was tough to say goodbye to summer, and fireworks and block parties last week, just think of how difficult it’s going to be for the temporarily self-indulgent citizens of Bon Temps when Sookie and company decide to shut down Maryann’s Big, God Who Comes, Meat, Sex and Sacrificial Annual Blowout.
 
Why TTBM? Well, because God is invited.
 
 

3. Chicago Bill

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Just as we were beginning to think Bill was becoming a bit of a vampiric pussy, we get a glimpse back to his carefree youth in Chi-Town. Playing piano was only one of Bill’s favorite pastimes back when he called the Windy City home. Among his other hobbies were swapping partners, cuckolding husbands, raping woman on blood-soaked sheets, devouring human flesh and stealing jewelry.
 
Yeah, Bill really knew how to live it up in the Prohibition era… especially for a dead guy.
 
Why TTBM? Showcasing Bill’s formerly wicked ways, allows us to see the progress he’s made in life... or whatever he calls it.
 

 

2. Everything About LaFayette

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For a non-vampire, that guy is a total bad-ass. Whether he’s beating up redneck homophobes, or zombified brothers with six-pack abs, Lafayette is not to be trifled with--unless you’re a vampire, and then trifle away.
 
This guy has been chained to a freaky wheel in a dungeon for weeks, watched a man get ripped apart and eaten, dug through dead muscle and meat to escape only to be shot in the leg by a overly-glamoured bar slut, feasted upon, thrown back into the dungeon, and has experienced some horrifying visions, and recently has become yet another dead-eyed slave to Maryann’s wild whims. But whenever it’s LaFayette against a non-powered mortal, we’re betting on the flamboyant butt-kicking machine every time.
 
Why TTBM? Demonstrating how powerful vampires actually are if they can make a guy like LaFayette tremble, and it also highlights the fact that every time actor Nelsan Ellis is on the screen, something memorable happens.
 

 

1. Godric Meets the Morning

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There hasn’t been a more awesome rooftop scene since John, Paul, George and Ringo gave their final live performance as a group. Father, brother and son, Godric and Eric, shared as touching a moment as any two vampires have. Together again for the last time, bathed in blue atop the Hotel Carmilla, these two very old men bared whatever is left of their souls to each other as Godric decided he no longer had any desire to exist as one of the undead eternals.
 
After 2,000 years, Godric was delightfully shocked that life had any surprises left for him, and he was touched that a human would be there to share in his final moments.
 
Why TTBM? Godric’s demise exemplifies everything about this show, and again, about relationships. This one scene brings to light smart writing, excellent acting, brilliant cinematography, and perfect pacing.
 
The creators of True Blood understand what its fans are craving, and it’s not only sex or gore or horror – it’s all about the dynamics between two or more people, living or otherwise. It turns out light moments found in dark places make for compelling television.  

 

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ponyboy76 9/11/2009 3:51:18 AM

That last paragaph sums up why True Blood is so good and why Vampire Diaries was so horrible. I watched it because I like everything vampire but it was just plain horrible. I don't know what`s worse, the stereotypical one dimensional supporting cast, the terrible vampie cliche'd dialogue, the Twilight wannabe location or the fact that every 5 minutes I felt that Iw as listening to some tweens  Itunes playlist. i can't believe that Kevin Williamson who I think is a good writer when it comes to  the horror/teen genre helped to write this.
Even without the blood, gore, nudity and cursing, True Blood is still hands down a way better, written produced and overall developed show. 

Darkknight2280 9/11/2009 4:59:06 AM

I agree 100% ponyboy! Trueblood is amazing and it gets better by every episode. The character interactions and dynamics are amazing. You care abotu the characters and you love some and hate others (For me i cant stand Mary Anne, glad shes gonna die/go away this sunday). I was feeling that this list should have included 2 other moments i thought was great. 1: Eric Flying (even though it was a small moment) and 2: Eric ripping apart that guy in the basement that hit him with the silver chain and then eating him!! AWESOME moment i was like YES! and WTF! at the same time! :)

This list is just a small reason why TRUE BLOOD is the SUPERIOR vampire franchise out there right now. Im reading the books and i watch every episode and both are GREAT. When i watch and read this series i dont feel like im watching ONE TREE HILL (with fangs). If you arent watching this show you need to go rent season 1 then see for yourself.

TRUE BLOOD RULES!!

hanso 9/11/2009 5:30:01 AM

Nice list Joe but if you have a list with "Everything Lafayette"on it, my fave character of the show btw, then you gotta have a "Everything Eric".   Eric has been awesome this season, I'm glad he was a more featured player this season.  Show wouldn't have been the same without him.

I'd give give honorable mentions to two comedic moments.  1.  Jason, Andy and Sam doing the God that Comes bit in front of the bug eye people.  2.  Andy screaming Piiiiiiiiiiiiig, from time to time.

True Blood is awesome and I can't wait for the finale though I'll be upset I gotta wait months for season 3.

Ponyboy - I saw Vampire Diaries yesterday.  Horrible is being too kind.  I can't find a word for it right now but it did make me wish I was watching Twilight instead. 

 

EvilMonkey 9/11/2009 5:50:46 AM

C'mon Hanso...we need an everything Jason as well. Best scene was Jason and Andy in the truck with Jason musing about Sam's shape changing and a female dog. No wait it was when Jason confronted Andy about why Andy doesn't like him. No wait the one where Jason shot the preachers wife with the paintball gun. Ah ^%*& it I can't decide on my favorite Jason scene.

wessmith1966 9/11/2009 6:31:51 AM

 I was on the fence about True Blood after the first season; I thought it was just ok. The second season has made me a big fan of the show for all of the reasons you've noted above. The writers have taken full use of having the show on HBO; lots of blood, sex, violence and language. The great thing about the show to me is that all of those things have a reason for being there and they're not just for show. All of the characters on the show are terrific; the Jason Stackhouse character is hilarious because he's so clueless ans while he always falls in the shit he comes out smelling like a rose.

I agree with everyone's comments about Vampire Diaries. It was exactly what I expected; playing off Twilight. Twilight is shit...Vampire Diaries is runny shit.

Wiseguy 9/11/2009 9:25:35 AM

Diaries was first by more than 10 years. Though most people will assume the opposite since hardly anyone reads nowadays.

agentkooper 9/11/2009 10:05:02 AM

 My favorite part of the season was when Jason talks about how hard it is having people liking him for his "Good looks, athletics and sex ability" but not for who he really is inside.  Sex ability has become a staple phrase at our house.

JoeArtistWriter 9/11/2009 11:20:18 AM

Glad everyone enjoyed the article. I'll be writing the review for this Sunday - the season finale, and I'm expecting it to be pretty damn intense.

I appreciate everyone who actually bothered to watch Vampire Diaries. I just threw in an old VHS copy of Dawson's Creek and drew fangs on the screen with a red Sharpie every time James Van Der Beek got a close-up. Ruined my TV set, but so would watching Vampire Diaries.

Hanso and Evil Monkey, I agree, Jason's great, and I actually felt bad about not including Tara on the list too. Too many brilliant moments in this show, but that's hardly a complaint.

agentkooper, sex abilities cracked me up too.

ponyboy, wiseguy, Darkknight, wessmith, thanks for watching so I know I never have to.

 

Chopsaki 9/11/2009 8:56:15 PM

Season 3 of True Blood needs to find ways to incorporate Jason & Andy as a team. Comedy gold!

BunyonSnipe 9/12/2009 7:39:22 AM

definatly, would be cool to see more of Eric as a viking, pre undeath, could be a mini series in that...

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