TV Review: True Blood 1.9 – Plaisir d’Amour

True Blood: Plaisir d’Amour

True Blood, HBO, Airs Sunday 9pm

Episode: “Plaisir d’Amour” (Season 1, Episode 9)

Synopsis: Bill (Stephen Moyer) breaks a vampire taboo in protecting Sookie (Anna Paquin) – and must pay a steep price as a result. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Amy (Lizzy Kaplan) break their own taboo by kidnapping a vampire named Eddie (Stephen Root) in order to harvest his blood. With Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) apparently cured, a skeptical Tara (Rutina Wesley) consults with Miss Jeanette (Aisha Hinds) about exorcising her own inner demon. Sookie returns home to yet another horrific tragedy, prompting Bill to enlist an unlikely bodyguard – Sam (Sam Trammell) – to protect her while he’s away.

Review: Like any good editor would do, I am stepping in to take over the reviewing of True Blood for Roberto Fure this week, as he has experienced some technical issues. And it works out, because it gives me the opportunity to talk a bit about one of my other favorite new shows — with Sons of Anarchy clearly being the other. For weeks now, I have been a big fan of Alan Ball’s vamp-drama and its leading lady, the now oft half naked Anna Paquin.

And what is great about this show is that it continues to stick to its big guns — sexiness, vampires and blood, lots of blood. In this particular episode, we open with Sookie (Paquin) getting absolutely covered in blood. It was an intense kick-off to another solid episode. If the first five minutes of this show doesn’t get under your skin, then there is no hope for you. As well, we see another episode in which the story continues to become more complex. One of the long-running storylines that I’ve been keeping an eye on — the connection between Sam Merlote (Sam Trammel) and the dog — finally boils over this week, giving us more answers as to why he has been seen running naked through the woods. I have a feeling that there is even more to Sam’s story, but I don’t dare speculate at this point. What I do know is that where there are vampires, there are often other creatures who have the ability to change their appearance. I will leave you to piece together the rest of that puzzle.

As for the rest of it — well, you can’t deny that the addition of Cloverfield’s Lizzy Caplan has been a welcome addition to the cast. Aside from the fact that she has been doing the nude thing in the past three episodes, her character is an interesting mystery. With her propensity for kidnapping and draining vampires of their blood, she could end up causing quite a bit of trouble — and dragging Jason Stackhouse down with her as well. Its all very interesting and not to mention, very sexy. Overall, sexy is probably the best way to describe this series — it has a very unique, sexy aesthetic. Combine that with writing that is top notch, mixing social relevance with often intense drama, and we’ve got a show worth watching week in and week out. And this week’s episode was certainly no exception.

Up Next Week: Caught in a compromising position, Sam shares a secret with an incredulous Sookie. Thinking she’s been purged of her demon, Tara celebrates with Lettie Mae – but goes off the deep end when she uncovers Miss Jeanette’s true intentions.

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Did you watch True Blood this week? If so, feel free to discuss below.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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