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Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 

The mayhem in Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be Maid of Honor at the bloody nuptials. Meanwhile, Sophie-Anne ... See full summary »



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The mayhem in Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be Maid of Honor at the bloody nuptials. Meanwhile, Sophie-Anne warns Eric to keep the lid on Bill's inquisitiveness; Jason leads Andy into the heroic abyss; and Hoyt has a hard time swallowing Maxine's endless stream of insults. Deliberating on what may be his final move to save Sookie and the town, Sam is forced to put his trust, and his life, in a most unlikely ally. Written by HBO publicity

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13 September 2009 (USA)  »

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The tee shirt Terry Bellefleur wears in Merlotte's near the end of the show says: "WARNING: Beaucoup Dien Cai Dau: I suffer from occasional loss of mental stability and become very violent with only slight provocation. The Veterans Administration has determined that both mental and physical harassment of my person may be hazardous to your health and well being. So stay the hell out of my face. Thank you." Pronounced "boo-coo din-key-dow", "Beaucoup" is French for "very much", and "Dien Cai Dau" is a Vietnamese saying that is the equivalent of "crazy as a kicking rooster", much like the American expression "mad as a wet hen". It is common jargon adopted by the US soldiers during the Vietnam War, and is still used to some extent by some in the armed forces to this day, just like "Gung-ho" became common USMC jargon after WWII. So it is likely Terry Bellefleur became familiar with the phrase as an Iraqi War veteran with self-acknowledged PTSD. See more »


Maxine Fortenberry: [tranced] What would it do you to keep your own mother locked up in her own house. Norman Bates!
Hoyt Fortenberry: You know I'm going to take everything you've said for the last two days, about me, about daddy and I'm gonna lock it up in a little box and I'm gonna forget it ever happened.
Maxine Fortenberry: [growling] This is bigger than your petty little feelings. A god is coming into our midst. Does any part of your puny brain understand what that means?
Hoyt Fortenberry: We're stayin' home!
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Season 2: Ridiculously gaudy stuff that works fantastically by creating (and keeping the viewer in) a world where it all makes sense (SPOILERS)
1 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I finished season 1 of True Blood I had little but good things to say about it but yet for some reason it took me a while to get round to watching season 2 (so long in fact that the third season will soon be starting in America). I'm not sure why it never rose to the top of the pile but once I started it I immediately was into it and all too soon it was all gone, with one episode a night seeing the whole season watched in less than two weeks. Unlike season 1 I did not have any hesitation over what to expect and as a result I was right there from the start (albeit the internet had to help me a little bit by refreshing my memory over some of the detail of the conclusion to last season).

As with the previous season, the second has just as much going on. Bill and Sooki's relationship is as complicated as ever; Jason has found himself joining an anti-vampire church and before he can say "amen" is clocked as leadership material and sent away to a training camp; a missing vampire in Dallas sees Eric requiring Sooki's unique skill-set; Bill's teenage "protégé" turning out to be the handful he feared she would be; Tara's new friend Marie-Anne gradually turning out to be too good to be true as we suspected; Lafayette being held by Eric for crimes against vampires – and it goes on. It is no surprise that there is hardly a dull moment in it and, even if some of the cliff-hangers are a little disingenuous at times, their "conclusion" is followed by yet more stuff that is engaging.

Of course the show is taking a big risk in some regards because if you took someone who had never seen the show and sat them down in the middle of this season for one episode I suspect their conclusion would probably be "nonsense" – or at best, "amusing nonsense" because it is rather daft. They would be right because here we have a show that has threads of romance, sex, vampires in the real world, shape-shifters, cult membership, suicide bombing, vampire politics, a whole town turned destructively crazy by a mythical creature and the sweet blooming love between two young, slightly awkward people. It does all these with a mix of comedy, horror, emotional drama, sex, violence and gore. To put it bluntly there is a huge scope for bits of this season (or large chunks of this season) to simply not work for one reason or another. The comedy could hurt the drama, the sex could detract from the relationship part, while the sheer scale and nature of the characters could be such that the viewer is kept at arm's length in terms of getting into it. But yet it works.

It does this by yet again making the show a believable world where all of the stuff it is doing in terms of tone, plot and characters just makes sense – so once on the inside as it were, the viewer can easily accept everything that is happening because it rings true. To a foreigner the Deep South setting, with its dense greenery, humidity, accents is perfect for the material and it certainly helps in the same way that a urban setting would not. The direction (and overall production) gets the mood just right and you can feel the humidity and heat in the air even as you watch it. The cast also "get it". Paquin maybe grates a little as she constantly gets into trouble, but she is good at the many facets of the material she has to deal with. Moyer continues to be good and has more to work with here than in the previous season (a lesser man would have said "get his teeth into"). Kwanten is great value in his threads and he gets his comedic value just right, producing great laughs without detracting from the plot or his part in it. Wesley is good but as with season 1 I thought she overdid her face in terms of playing out her feelings there although it is effective when used sparingly. Trammel's performance is good while Ellis continues to impress even if he has less unabashed flamboyance than in season 1. Forbes is strong throughout, while Skarsgård, Sanderson and many others are equally good – "getting it" across the cast.

If I did have reservations it would be about the final episode, the second half of which is a little bit of an anti-climax once the Marie-Anne situation is sorted out, and the way that some things are done seemingly for no other reason than tidiness (Egg's fate doesn't really ring true to me and seems to have been done to remove the character and not much else. Otherwise though I enjoyed all 12 hours of this season. It is gaudy and daft but yet also dramatic and engaging; it is filled with blood and gore that does have some horror to it, but yet manages to be funny and engaging. It walks a fine line and makes it look effortless – I hope season 3 can maintain this perfect balancing act.

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