True Blood 4×12 “And When I Die” TV Review

And the last of my True Blood reviews for Season 4 that I did pre-GeekGirlCon.

For some reason, I thought this season had more episodes than 12. Huh.

Jesus makes breakfast and gives Lafayette a massage.
Pretty much after he's won the award for the best boyfriend in the world, you know Jesus is doomed.

Marnie apparently hates kisses from Jesus. How sad it that? Also doesn’t Jesus notice something’s up when Lafayette isn’t be all chatty? Yeah, PTSD, blah, blah, blah. But seriously. Also Jesus is giving a massage when he had to cut his arm open, doesn’t that hurt?

Good to know that Sookie still thinks of her grandma sometimes. You’d hope they’d be better memories. Oh, Tara, that was a good comment about Gran. But it is nice for Tara and Sookie to have a conversation like they’re friends who actually care about each other. Awe. Continue reading “True Blood 4×12 “And When I Die” TV Review”

True Blood 4×06 “I Wish I Was the Moon” TV Review

Tommy is Sam.
OMG, Sam missed his True Blood reviews so badly.

So lately, True Blood has been “meh” for me, a bunch of set up. It hasn’t done anything except make me want to go on another rant about how much Ball hates the backwoods white trash. Also, when can Pam be pretty again?

(Seriously, gentle readers, putting on a con is hard work.)

My live-cap of True Blood “I Wish I Was the Moon.”

Finally some Sookie and Eric sexing. (Yes, I greatly appreciated the shirtless Eric swimming and playing Viking god against the gaters a few episodes ago.) Oh, Bill, you’re the biggest cockblock ever. Again. Continue reading “True Blood 4×06 “I Wish I Was the Moon” TV Review”

True Blood 4×02 You Smell Like Dinner TV Review

True Blood 4x02 Sookie and Eric
Sookie, with tall guys like that, you climb them like trees and then you, you know...

Raise your hands if you think the first two episodes should’ve been condensed into one? *raises hand* There was a lot of set-up, which maybe I’m just antsy because I’ve read the books so I kind of know the major plots. Or just where they are most likely headed. Or maybe there just hasn’t been enough naked Eric.

Thus, friends, you get an extremely short review. Continue reading “True Blood 4×02 You Smell Like Dinner TV Review”

A female character that needs more screen time: Pamela Swynford De Beaufort (Day Seven)

Pamela Swynford De Beaufort from The Southern Vampire Mysties by Charlaine Harris and True Blood

Pamela Swynford De Beaufort
Pamela Swynford De Beaufort lives the fulfilling life of the undead.

There is no way that I couldn’t love a cold, sassy queer vampire who frets about getting blood stains on her designer heels and prefers pastels over stereotypical gothic clothing.

Pam is sadly little used in Harris’ books. She mostly serves as Eric’s right-hand woman, taking over the business when he is otherwise occupied, and she briefly dates Sookie’s roommate Amelia. Pam also helps save Sookie a few times, and she refers to Sookie affectionately as her human friend. However, when reading the books, I often question if Harris actually knows what to do with a woman like Pam, who is not Southern and is supposed to be a little classier than the human women.

In True Blood, Pam has much the same duties. (Though the show hasn’t gotten to the part with Amelia.) However, Kristin Bauer has really stepped up into this role. As the series has gone on, Pam has been given a more prominent role on screen. Though I still want more backstory and plots for her.

My favorite parts with her are those exploring her relationship with her maker, Eric. Pam was turned in Victorian England by Eric. Harris’ books claim that she was a wild young girl off sneaking around, while Alan Ball’s canon places her as a prostitute from the time. Pam is very close to Eric, but I appreciate that she both defines her own destiny — she’s said to be helping out Eric with Fangtasia because she wants to — and that she and Eric have a platonic relationship. Of course, that may not be true for her entire existence, but Pam is portrayed as a lesbian and Eric states that he chooses not to sleep with other vampires.

In the latest season of True Blood, Pam is used as a pawn of the Magistrate to get information from Eric. When Eric feels that she’s in harm, he rushes to her. Likewise, when Eric fights Russell and believes he’s going to die, Pam refuses to stand by and let him sacrifice himself. Instead, Pam creates a plan to help Eric. I loved the scene where Pam refuses to listen to the lawyer about what she will inherit at Eric’s death.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with Pam next season. Watch Pam snark while wearing pink, buy True Blood: The Complete First Season.