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8:55pm July 25, 2014

Fragmented scenes - Adilyn and Wade

Andy’s proposal to Holly means that Adilyn and Wade will be step- brother and sister. So when Holly and/or Andy find them in bed together, they are not glad to put it mildly. The couple is forbidden from seeing one another so they need another place to meet. Adilyn knows just the place, Fort Bellefleur where she was with her sisters and where Terry lived after the war. It’s a safe place now that the hep v vampires are gone, or so they think. That’s where they are when Violet finds them. Is she offering them a place to meet or is she just out to use them for her own revenge game? I fear the later even if the synopsis for 7x7 says she offers them refuge. 

6:47pm July 25, 2014

Some visual parallels from S2E5 and S7E5. The woman looking for job at Hotel Carmillla is not Amber Mills, but from what she tells Eric about her life, it might have been. Sarah Newlin is still in a hoody, but a different color. Sookie’s mood might be different, but she’s still wearing a robe. Stan might be dead, but there’s still a vampire in a cowboy suit in Dallas. 

5:47pm July 25, 2014

Bill and politics:

1.05

Bill: Uneducated as we were, we knew little of the political or ideological conflicts that had led to this point….But going to war was not a choice for us. We believed to a man that we had a calling to fulfil. A destiny handed down to us  from above.

7.05

Charles: That’s right, William, war. Everyone’s going to enlist. Based on our education and you and me being from prominent families, we’re all but guaranteed to be made commissioned officers. Isn’t that thrillin’?

Charles: You see, we cannot, we must not let them destroy our way of life. We have no choice but to fight. Crowd: Yeah! Bill: With what? This is a lost cause. The Yankees have better artillery. More sophisticated weaponry than we do. What they will destroy is our town, scorch our land, our livelihoods.

Charles: You let that man serve as a warning of what we do to any and all deserters, no matter what their color. Hyah!   

Bill to Caroline: I don’t want to fight. But I don’t see a way out. Do you?

I simply can not overlook the discrepancies in the above scenes. Bill and politics is a prominent parallel in ep 5 through the seasons, but S1 and S7 specifically deal with Bill’s Civil War flashbacks. In S1, at Gran’s request, Bill is a special guest of honour at the DGD meeting and he reminisces of his human life and quite a bit about his service in the Civil War. In S1 scene Bill presents himself as a proud patriot who was honoured to serve as a Lieutenant in the 28th Louisiana infantry. His S7 flashbacks are at odd with some of the things Bill stated back in S1.

(1) In S1 speech, Bill states that ‘they were uneducated and knew little of the political or ideological conflicts that led to that point (of war)’. In S7 flashbacks Charles bumps into Bill on the street and states that based on their background, namely education and prominent families, Bill and Charles are guaranteed to be made commissioned officers. I am certain that men from the prominent families would have been reasonably educated by the time they reached Bill’s age and that several years prior to the breakout of the Civil War, the political and ideological questions leading to the war would have been widely discussed in the parlours of their wealthy homes. Further, Bill protests in the saloon, after Charles’s speech and gives enough account about the Yankee weaponry to lead me to believe that he indeed informed himself well enough about the state of affairs on both sides to be able to make such a confident statement and in such a place and time. If he was not thrown out of the bar we would probably hear even more about pros and cons of going to war or strength/sophistication of the Yankee army or disadvantages of the Southern army.

(2) In S1 speech, Bill states that going to war was not a choice for them and that all to a man believed they had a calling to fulfil, that it was the destiny handed down to them from above. Bill speaks to the crowd of the Descendants of the Glorious Dead and his words imply pride to be called to the war to fight for their land, that it wasn’t even a matter of choice but fulfilling a destiny, a higher calling, and that all men, without exception believed it to be so. Very appropriate for the place and the audience in question. Yet in S7 flashbacks, it is Charles who states that they have no choice but to fight and protect their way of life, while Bill calls it a ‘lost cause.’ S7 Bill didn’t sound like someone who believed that he was handed a destiny from above and that there was never a question in his mind but to proudly join the army. There may be a case that S1 Bill simply appropriated Charles’s words too.

Also, in S7 flashback Bill is in the group of people (incl. his family) trying to escape into the safe house for a short shelter and then continue further up north. Charles surprises them, Minus is killed and Charles then states that it is a warning how the deserters, no matter the colour of their skin, would be dealt with, i.e. Bill is branded a deserter. In the next scene at his parents’ graves, Bill explains to Caroline that he doesn’t want to fight but he doesn’t see the way out. This suggests that Bill was forced to join or face the consequences and that his words in S1 about fulfilling some higher call/destiny and being faultlessly loyal may have again been at least exaggerated if not completely false.

Perhaps S7 flashbacks of Bill will start revealing some other truths too.

5:26pm July 25, 2014

Parallels across seasons, episodes 5

Fire plays an important part 

1x5 Lorena making toast for Bill

2x5 Eric on his pyre, waiting for him to die

3x5 Franklin in front of RE’s fireplace 

4x5 The Micken’s dead around the fire

5x5 Dead Iraqi family burning to hide evidence of a murder

6x5 Lilith burns to death after Ben bringing the sun to her

7x5 Bill burns Minus’s map

5:16pm July 25, 2014

A really warm welcome, new followers:) Some vintage Eric for you to enjoy!

10:00am July 25, 2014
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Sookie’s party
I was cringing at the scenes of the party held in Sookie’s house for many reasons. As mentioned before, there were shades of MA’s parties, Gran’s wake etc. but in this post I would like to focus on one particular moment, the notion that it was a mainstreaming party. Bill says to Sookie: You’ve done well. You’ve done more these last several days than I’ve managed to achieve in decades. Mainstream. Sookie is initially a bit incredulous but finally agrees. Sookie: Thank you. Bill: For what? Sookie: For seeing me the way I can’t see myself sometimes. We wrote previously about the concept of the closed circle and how it can be applied to post time-jump season 6 finale Bon Temps, a different, dystopian kind of town.
http://mametupa.tumblr.com/post/57160884743
http://mametupa.tumblr.com/post/59032610708
This party for me did not represent mainstreaming in that classic TB sense. Mainstreaming was a very important political concept which was made possible with the scientific progress and research and discovery and production of the synthetic blood drink which would replace the human blood. The necessity for the vampires to feed on humans would be eliminated and as such the two species would be able to coexist peacefully without the element of blood being involved and all the implications of it. It is a long term solution and requires hard work on all sides and from the top to the bottom of the participants’ scale.
At Sookie’s party, the vampires and humans mixed, but these were the characters whose relationships were and continue to be influenced by blood, this is the mixer of the participants of that awful feeding programme devised by Bill and his mayor Sam. The innocent vampire is stabbed for her blood, sex is rampant and an alternative to discussion, people are getting seriously drunk in order to cope and liable to make costly decisions. There was nothing about this party that signalled to me that any level of mainstreaming was achieved. The atmosphere was dangerously volatile; I was worried that, after the party was finished, Sookie would still quietly grieve or feel sad. I also felt that the idea of this party was imposed onto her, so the writing failed to weave seamlessly the transition from an unwilling and sad host to Sookie, the triumphant mainstream party host. We explored the theme of the Danse Macabre in some earlier posts which can of course easily apply as an academic theme, but I would mainly describe the idea of the party as ‘grotesque’.
Two elements influence Sookie through this episode: the town people and Bill.
A bunch of people whose thoughts Sookie reads (representatives of the ‘town folk’ trope) is a staple when the writers want to use this to determine Sookie’s next course of action or sadly how she feels about herself as if this should even be relevant at this point of the show (I see it as an impediment to her character’s progression). This bunch of people is very opinionated and changeable and because their influence is such on the heroine, she seems to be feeling guilty or elated depending on the thoughts of the townsfolk. This is a huge disservice to Sookie’s character IMO. It takes away from her own integrity as if she can not maintain her own independent self-worth but instead relies on the judgment from a very questionable source. An unforgivable error with only 5 episodes left. 
The second influence, Bill, is equally horrendous at this point of the show. Bill had a brief stint as the show’s mainstreamer, presented as such in S1, a self-label that didn’t escape Eric, then the sheriff of area 5 (In 1.09: “Well, if you’re their poster boy, the mainstreaming movement is in very deep trouble.”) It was not until S5 and flashback of Eric meeting Pam (and Bill) that we find just why Eric would be so ‘oddly’ dismissive of Bill’s mainstreaming back in S1. Another brief love affair with mainstreaming would be during Bill’s short reign as a King, although this was more about toeing the Authority line as per Nan’s orders since Bill obviously had a nice supply of blood donors through his own procurers, which then made a mental picture of Bill drinking bottled TB almost laughable. Other than that, Bill had far longer episodes where his relationship with human blood was distinctly not mainstreaming (life with Lorena, procurer of humans for QSA and finally Lilith’s Chosen One). While Sookie is likely never to know about this side of Bill, who drained countless humans with Lorena or procured countless humans for QSA, she should well remember Bill who gave one of the most chilling speeches about the depravity and emptiness of his own soul and calling Sookie an abomination and her light ‘a handicap’ before downing that vial of blood in S5 finale or Billith who forced his way into her home in S6, slamming Jason against the wall, demanding her blood and claiming that he was playing by different rules and she was dead to him. She should also be more aware that 3 innocent girls with fairy blood like hers were lured and killed in Bill’s house. He is one character that the show singled out to depict as not just a simple Sanguinista zealot but Lilith’s own prophet (and self-proclaimed vampire God); the whole season 5 was dedicated to this extraordinary rise of Billith who became an antithesis of mainstreaming as he destroyed the facilities for the production of TB drink, a condition upon which the mainstreaming became more than a dream, it became a reality. I have always wondered at the ease with which Bill turned away from his mainstreaming convictions, literally as soon as he found himself within the walls of the Authority. This signalled to me that his convictions were very weak to start with.
The sad thing is that Sookie does not need Bill to convince her that she is a mainstreamer or congratulate her on her efforts. Sookie has always been a person who accepted the vampires and she has always tried to make those efforts to include everyone. He is right that he hasn’t managed to achieve much in decades and it’s something he needs to ponder on, regarding his own efforts and this should be something that the writing of the redemption arc should prevalently focus on. I worry about the way Sookie sees herself and in addition how she perceives others if she is so quick to award Bill with gratitude that he somehow knows her better or best. 
However, right now, the whole town is trapped in its own bizarre world and I still think that this almost bewitched state of affairs in Bon Temps can only be truly dispersed by some external force in order to move forward in any believable way.
I am more excited with Eric’s s/line in Dallas, because even if this S7 arc may initially be motivated by Eric’s own (selfish) reasons, the story itself has larger political overtones and the results yielded through this s/line could have deciding effect on the future of many, if not all (on a global scale), if indeed any progress is made in resuming the production of TB or resolving the issue of Hep V cure, vampires feeding etc. It could easily redefine human/vampire relations and usher a new era for everybody. At some point Eric’s and Sookie’s s/lines may converge (pursuit for the Hep V cure), both initiated by very own reasons but both contributing greatly to a positive outcome.

Excellent post.  Sookie’s house emanates a sense of magic with all the lit candles literally everywhere.  Also, there was an obvious change in Sookie’s attitude towards Bill after their blood exchange, which was predictable.  Alcide dies and immediately Bill is her new best friend.  (It did not go unnoticed that Alcide died almost immediately after he threatened to kill Bill.  Just sayin’.)

It also didn’t go unnoticed that Sookie says I have a boyfriend. And that Bill says I covered our tracks Alcide won’t be able to track us. Well Bill, you lied failed again.

And Bill’s vampire speed and reaction after the first shot was pretty nonexistent. Alcide may have still died from the first shot to the chest, but the second shot to his head is suspect. Bill didn’t move, except to turn his head in the direction of the shot. Shouldn’t he have been able to shove Alcide out of the way, or do something other than look? Sookie’s reaction was quicker and she was in the pond with her eyes closed. Too convenient for Bill and for the writing staff.

Everything is too convenient for Bill so far, isn’t it? The party felt like some bizarre, eerie dream. I was almost expecting Sookie to wake up, seeking approval of the very fickle people of Bon Temps and Bill are bad signs this late in the game. I hope something shifts on that score.

I know, right? A few days ago they were hating her and she was accepting all the blame. Now they’re thinking nice thoughts and she’s all smiley.  I get wanting to be accepted, but I think being the town’s whipping post and adapting how you feel about yourself based on the whims of the ignorant, bigoted towns people is messed up. I really thought the story of Sookie Stackhouse was going to be so much more than this.  It’s season 7 and this is where she’s at. Blech.

But it is the same place she was in the books, only caring what people thought about herself .. it is sad.

It’s her dependence upon the townspeople that is worrying me. They aren’t a good influence, as they seem terribly fickle. One moment Sam’s the mayor, the next they turn on him. Sookie’s the worst person ever, then she’s their hero. When she slept with Warlow last season, it was partly in response to them always judging her.
This is very immature behavior on her part. It’s almost like she’s regressing as the seasons go on, at least in her sense of self-worth. Mature people are internally-motivated—they listen to themselves and what they think is right, more than outside influences. Immature people are externally-motivated. They follow whatever media or popular people tell them to do, instead of thinking and deciding for themselves. Early season Sookie stood up to outside influences and did what SHE thought was right. She dated Bill, though everyone disapproved. When Godric wanted to meet the sun, she stood up to Bill and went along. She wasn’t always right, but she had courage and followed her own convictions. Now she often seems numb and adrift. She does things to spite others. Instead of being a proactive, courageous person, she’s become reactive and just goes along. 
There were times at the party when I just wanted her to throw all these insensitive people out. They all want to hook up and cheat on their partners and stab people and cause major drama? Fine! But not in her house. Arlene can stay. They’ll commiserate together. Everyone else needs to leave. 
This dependence also turns her back to Bill. She needs someone to build her up and make her feel OK about herself, and there’s Bill. Ready to blow smoke up her ass and tell her the semi-disastrous wake is really a successful political experiment! No one has to work at diversity anymore! Sookie’s fixed all our problems (and given us world peace). 
It was nice to see humans and vampires socializing together. But this is a baby step toward mainstreaming, not a social achievement. But Bill is all about the flattery when he wants to get something. He wants Sookie, and he’s more than willing to butter her up in a vulnerable, drunken moment to get brownie points with her. 

ohiogurl:

the-mum-me:

hsm7:

switchbladekiller:

hsm7:

pbt1:

trueblooddiaries:

mametupa:

Sookie’s party

I was cringing at the scenes of the party held in Sookie’s house for many reasons. As mentioned before, there were shades of MA’s parties, Gran’s wake etc. but in this post I would like to focus on one particular moment, the notion that it was a mainstreaming party. Bill says to Sookie: You’ve done well. You’ve done more these last several days than I’ve managed to achieve in decades. Mainstream. Sookie is initially a bit incredulous but finally agrees. Sookie: Thank you. Bill: For what? Sookie: For seeing me the way I can’t see myself sometimes. We wrote previously about the concept of the closed circle and how it can be applied to post time-jump season 6 finale Bon Temps, a different, dystopian kind of town.

http://mametupa.tumblr.com/post/57160884743

http://mametupa.tumblr.com/post/59032610708

This party for me did not represent mainstreaming in that classic TB sense. Mainstreaming was a very important political concept which was made possible with the scientific progress and research and discovery and production of the synthetic blood drink which would replace the human blood. The necessity for the vampires to feed on humans would be eliminated and as such the two species would be able to coexist peacefully without the element of blood being involved and all the implications of it. It is a long term solution and requires hard work on all sides and from the top to the bottom of the participants’ scale.

At Sookie’s party, the vampires and humans mixed, but these were the characters whose relationships were and continue to be influenced by blood, this is the mixer of the participants of that awful feeding programme devised by Bill and his mayor Sam. The innocent vampire is stabbed for her blood, sex is rampant and an alternative to discussion, people are getting seriously drunk in order to cope and liable to make costly decisions. There was nothing about this party that signalled to me that any level of mainstreaming was achieved. The atmosphere was dangerously volatile; I was worried that, after the party was finished, Sookie would still quietly grieve or feel sad. I also felt that the idea of this party was imposed onto her, so the writing failed to weave seamlessly the transition from an unwilling and sad host to Sookie, the triumphant mainstream party host. We explored the theme of the Danse Macabre in some earlier posts which can of course easily apply as an academic theme, but I would mainly describe the idea of the party as ‘grotesque’.

Two elements influence Sookie through this episode: the town people and Bill.

A bunch of people whose thoughts Sookie reads (representatives of the ‘town folk’ trope) is a staple when the writers want to use this to determine Sookie’s next course of action or sadly how she feels about herself as if this should even be relevant at this point of the show (I see it as an impediment to her character’s progression). This bunch of people is very opinionated and changeable and because their influence is such on the heroine, she seems to be feeling guilty or elated depending on the thoughts of the townsfolk. This is a huge disservice to Sookie’s character IMO. It takes away from her own integrity as if she can not maintain her own independent self-worth but instead relies on the judgment from a very questionable source. An unforgivable error with only 5 episodes left.

The second influence, Bill, is equally horrendous at this point of the show. Bill had a brief stint as the show’s mainstreamer, presented as such in S1, a self-label that didn’t escape Eric, then the sheriff of area 5 (In 1.09: “Well, if you’re their poster boy, the mainstreaming movement is in very deep trouble.”) It was not until S5 and flashback of Eric meeting Pam (and Bill) that we find just why Eric would be so ‘oddly’ dismissive of Bill’s mainstreaming back in S1. Another brief love affair with mainstreaming would be during Bill’s short reign as a King, although this was more about toeing the Authority line as per Nan’s orders since Bill obviously had a nice supply of blood donors through his own procurers, which then made a mental picture of Bill drinking bottled TB almost laughable. Other than that, Bill had far longer episodes where his relationship with human blood was distinctly not mainstreaming (life with Lorena, procurer of humans for QSA and finally Lilith’s Chosen One). While Sookie is likely never to know about this side of Bill, who drained countless humans with Lorena or procured countless humans for QSA, she should well remember Bill who gave one of the most chilling speeches about the depravity and emptiness of his own soul and calling Sookie an abomination and her light ‘a handicap’ before downing that vial of blood in S5 finale or Billith who forced his way into her home in S6, slamming Jason against the wall, demanding her blood and claiming that he was playing by different rules and she was dead to him. She should also be more aware that 3 innocent girls with fairy blood like hers were lured and killed in Bill’s house. He is one character that the show singled out to depict as not just a simple Sanguinista zealot but Lilith’s own prophet (and self-proclaimed vampire God); the whole season 5 was dedicated to this extraordinary rise of Billith who became an antithesis of mainstreaming as he destroyed the facilities for the production of TB drink, a condition upon which the mainstreaming became more than a dream, it became a reality. I have always wondered at the ease with which Bill turned away from his mainstreaming convictions, literally as soon as he found himself within the walls of the Authority. This signalled to me that his convictions were very weak to start with.

The sad thing is that Sookie does not need Bill to convince her that she is a mainstreamer or congratulate her on her efforts. Sookie has always been a person who accepted the vampires and she has always tried to make those efforts to include everyone. He is right that he hasn’t managed to achieve much in decades and it’s something he needs to ponder on, regarding his own efforts and this should be something that the writing of the redemption arc should prevalently focus on. I worry about the way Sookie sees herself and in addition how she perceives others if she is so quick to award Bill with gratitude that he somehow knows her better or best.

However, right now, the whole town is trapped in its own bizarre world and I still think that this almost bewitched state of affairs in Bon Temps can only be truly dispersed by some external force in order to move forward in any believable way.

I am more excited with Eric’s s/line in Dallas, because even if this S7 arc may initially be motivated by Eric’s own (selfish) reasons, the story itself has larger political overtones and the results yielded through this s/line could have deciding effect on the future of many, if not all (on a global scale), if indeed any progress is made in resuming the production of TB or resolving the issue of Hep V cure, vampires feeding etc. It could easily redefine human/vampire relations and usher a new era for everybody. At some point Eric’s and Sookie’s s/lines may converge (pursuit for the Hep V cure), both initiated by very own reasons but both contributing greatly to a positive outcome.

Excellent post.  Sookie’s house emanates a sense of magic with all the lit candles literally everywhere.  Also, there was an obvious change in Sookie’s attitude towards Bill after their blood exchange, which was predictable.  Alcide dies and immediately Bill is her new best friend.  (It did not go unnoticed that Alcide died almost immediately after he threatened to kill Bill.  Just sayin’.)

It also didn’t go unnoticed that Sookie says I have a boyfriend. And that Bill says I covered our tracks Alcide won’t be able to track us. Well Bill, you lied failed again.

And Bill’s vampire speed and reaction after the first shot was pretty nonexistent. Alcide may have still died from the first shot to the chest, but the second shot to his head is suspect. Bill didn’t move, except to turn his head in the direction of the shot. Shouldn’t he have been able to shove Alcide out of the way, or do something other than look? Sookie’s reaction was quicker and she was in the pond with her eyes closed. Too convenient for Bill and for the writing staff.

Everything is too convenient for Bill so far, isn’t it? The party felt like some bizarre, eerie dream. I was almost expecting Sookie to wake up, seeking approval of the very fickle people of Bon Temps and Bill are bad signs this late in the game. I hope something shifts on that score.

I know, right? A few days ago they were hating her and she was accepting all the blame. Now they’re thinking nice thoughts and she’s all smiley.  I get wanting to be accepted, but I think being the town’s whipping post and adapting how you feel about yourself based on the whims of the ignorant, bigoted towns people is messed up. I really thought the story of Sookie Stackhouse was going to be so much more than this.  It’s season 7 and this is where she’s at. Blech.

But it is the same place she was in the books, only caring what people thought about herself .. it is sad.

It’s her dependence upon the townspeople that is worrying me. They aren’t a good influence, as they seem terribly fickle. One moment Sam’s the mayor, the next they turn on him. Sookie’s the worst person ever, then she’s their hero. When she slept with Warlow last season, it was partly in response to them always judging her.

This is very immature behavior on her part. It’s almost like she’s regressing as the seasons go on, at least in her sense of self-worth. Mature people are internally-motivated—they listen to themselves and what they think is right, more than outside influences. Immature people are externally-motivated. They follow whatever media or popular people tell them to do, instead of thinking and deciding for themselves. Early season Sookie stood up to outside influences and did what SHE thought was right. She dated Bill, though everyone disapproved. When Godric wanted to meet the sun, she stood up to Bill and went along. She wasn’t always right, but she had courage and followed her own convictions. Now she often seems numb and adrift. She does things to spite others. Instead of being a proactive, courageous person, she’s become reactive and just goes along. 

There were times at the party when I just wanted her to throw all these insensitive people out. They all want to hook up and cheat on their partners and stab people and cause major drama? Fine! But not in her house. Arlene can stay. They’ll commiserate together. Everyone else needs to leave. 

This dependence also turns her back to Bill. She needs someone to build her up and make her feel OK about herself, and there’s Bill. Ready to blow smoke up her ass and tell her the semi-disastrous wake is really a successful political experiment! No one has to work at diversity anymore! Sookie’s fixed all our problems (and given us world peace). 

It was nice to see humans and vampires socializing together. But this is a baby step toward mainstreaming, not a social achievement. But Bill is all about the flattery when he wants to get something. He wants Sookie, and he’s more than willing to butter her up in a vulnerable, drunken moment to get brownie points with her. 

10:38pm July 24, 2014

Fragmented scenes - Violet

Jason sits in his car, trying to gain enough of courage to break things up with Violet. What he doesn’t know is that she heard him and Jessica and is planning her own seduction. I think Jason tells her it’s over and that she needs to find somewhere else to live and then he leaves, avoiding her glamouring him by not looking into her eyes.  

We then see a furious Violet trash up her room in the basement but I also think she’s one of the women that believe in the old saying “don’t get mad, get even”. When she’s finished destroying things, she starts planning. Jason is hers for life and she won’t let go of him this easy. So how do you go about getting Jason back? One way of doing that is to get rid of Jessica or make her give Jason up by blackmailing her. And how do you do that? You need to find some kind of leverage and use it. And in Jessica’s case, her weak spot is Adilyn. As we see Violet calling for Adilyn, I think that is exactly what Violet is planning. 

8:58pm July 24, 2014

Parallels across seasons, episodes 5

People are treated like trash or made feel like trash

1x5 Tara trows trash over Jason copulating with Randy Sue after telling Tara he loves her

2x5 Tara feels like trash when MA makes everyone in Merlotte’s angry with her

3x5 Sam’s family moves into his apartment house with their things in dustbin bags

4x5 Sam’s mom and dad’s dead bodies are disposed of in dustbinbags

5x5 Human bodies stacked like garbage in RE’s hideout 

6x5 Sookie feels like trash after finding out her dad was going to kill her

7x5 At Fangtasia, the remains of hep v vampires are put in dustbin bags

7:45pm July 24, 2014

Well, I’m a Virgo. I like to be neat.

Yes, I believe you are :D

6:34pm July 24, 2014
I’m still here, Sookie.

I’m still here, Sookie.

6:12pm July 24, 2014

Parallels across seasons, episodes 5

Infiltration

1x5 Royce & Wayne infiltrate DGD meeting

2x5 Sookie decides to infiltrate FOTS

3x5 Eric infiltrates KRE’s mansion

4x5 Katerina infiltrates MGE (again)

5x5 Sookie and co infiltrates RE’s hiding place

6x5 Eric and Tara infiltrate the vampire research facilities 

7x5 Eric and Pam infiltrate the republican fundraiser party

6:11pm July 24, 2014

A really warm welcome, new followers:) Enjoy! 

5:06pm July 24, 2014
Agreed! Very good post mametupa ;)

Thank you dear :D

4:56pm July 24, 2014
Sookie’s party
I was cringing at the scenes of the party held in Sookie’s house for many reasons. As mentioned before, there were shades of MA’s parties, Gran’s wake etc. but in this post I would like to focus on one particular moment, the notion that it was a mainstreaming party. Bill says to Sookie: You’ve done well. You’ve done more these last several days than I’ve managed to achieve in decades. Mainstream. Sookie is initially a bit incredulous but finally agrees. Sookie: Thank you. Bill: For what? Sookie: For seeing me the way I can’t see myself sometimes. We wrote previously about the concept of the closed circle and how it can be applied to post time-jump season 6 finale Bon Temps, a different, dystopian kind of town.
http://mametupa.tumblr.com/post/57160884743
http://mametupa.tumblr.com/post/59032610708
This party for me did not represent mainstreaming in that classic TB sense. Mainstreaming was a very important political concept which was made possible with the scientific progress and research and discovery and production of the synthetic blood drink which would replace the human blood. The necessity for the vampires to feed on humans would be eliminated and as such the two species would be able to coexist peacefully without the element of blood being involved and all the implications of it. It is a long term solution and requires hard work on all sides and from the top to the bottom of the participants’ scale.
At Sookie’s party, the vampires and humans mixed, but these were the characters whose relationships were and continue to be influenced by blood, this is the mixer of the participants of that awful feeding programme devised by Bill and his mayor Sam. The innocent vampire is stabbed for her blood, sex is rampant and an alternative to discussion, people are getting seriously drunk in order to cope and liable to make costly decisions. There was nothing about this party that signalled to me that any level of mainstreaming was achieved. The atmosphere was dangerously volatile; I was worried that, after the party was finished, Sookie would still quietly grieve or feel sad. I also felt that the idea of this party was imposed onto her, so the writing failed to weave seamlessly the transition from an unwilling and sad host to Sookie, the triumphant mainstream party host. We explored the theme of the Danse Macabre in some earlier posts which can of course easily apply as an academic theme, but I would mainly describe the idea of the party as ‘grotesque’.
Two elements influence Sookie through this episode: the town people and Bill.
A bunch of people whose thoughts Sookie reads (representatives of the ‘town folk’ trope) is a staple when the writers want to use this to determine Sookie’s next course of action or sadly how she feels about herself as if this should even be relevant at this point of the show (I see it as an impediment to her character’s progression). This bunch of people is very opinionated and changeable and because their influence is such on the heroine, she seems to be feeling guilty or elated depending on the thoughts of the townsfolk. This is a huge disservice to Sookie’s character IMO. It takes away from her own integrity as if she can not maintain her own independent self-worth but instead relies on the judgment from a very questionable source. An unforgivable error with only 5 episodes left. 
The second influence, Bill, is equally horrendous at this point of the show. Bill had a brief stint as the show’s mainstreamer, presented as such in S1, a self-label that didn’t escape Eric, then the sheriff of area 5 (In 1.09: “Well, if you’re their poster boy, the mainstreaming movement is in very deep trouble.”) It was not until S5 and flashback of Eric meeting Pam (and Bill) that we find just why Eric would be so ‘oddly’ dismissive of Bill’s mainstreaming back in S1. Another brief love affair with mainstreaming would be during Bill’s short reign as a King, although this was more about toeing the Authority line as per Nan’s orders since Bill obviously had a nice supply of blood donors through his own procurers, which then made a mental picture of Bill drinking bottled TB almost laughable. Other than that, Bill had far longer episodes where his relationship with human blood was distinctly not mainstreaming (life with Lorena, procurer of humans for QSA and finally Lilith’s Chosen One). While Sookie is likely never to know about this side of Bill, who drained countless humans with Lorena or procured countless humans for QSA, she should well remember Bill who gave one of the most chilling speeches about the depravity and emptiness of his own soul and calling Sookie an abomination and her light ‘a handicap’ before downing that vial of blood in S5 finale or Billith who forced his way into her home in S6, slamming Jason against the wall, demanding her blood and claiming that he was playing by different rules and she was dead to him. She should also be more aware that 3 innocent girls with fairy blood like hers were lured and killed in Bill’s house. He is one character that the show singled out to depict as not just a simple Sanguinista zealot but Lilith’s own prophet (and self-proclaimed vampire God); the whole season 5 was dedicated to this extraordinary rise of Billith who became an antithesis of mainstreaming as he destroyed the facilities for the production of TB drink, a condition upon which the mainstreaming became more than a dream, it became a reality. I have always wondered at the ease with which Bill turned away from his mainstreaming convictions, literally as soon as he found himself within the walls of the Authority. This signalled to me that his convictions were very weak to start with.
The sad thing is that Sookie does not need Bill to convince her that she is a mainstreamer or congratulate her on her efforts. Sookie has always been a person who accepted the vampires and she has always tried to make those efforts to include everyone. He is right that he hasn’t managed to achieve much in decades and it’s something he needs to ponder on, regarding his own efforts and this should be something that the writing of the redemption arc should prevalently focus on. I worry about the way Sookie sees herself and in addition how she perceives others if she is so quick to award Bill with gratitude that he somehow knows her better or best. 
However, right now, the whole town is trapped in its own bizarre world and I still think that this almost bewitched state of affairs in Bon Temps can only be truly dispersed by some external force in order to move forward in any believable way.
I am more excited with Eric’s s/line in Dallas, because even if this S7 arc may initially be motivated by Eric’s own (selfish) reasons, the story itself has larger political overtones and the results yielded through this s/line could have deciding effect on the future of many, if not all (on a global scale), if indeed any progress is made in resuming the production of TB or resolving the issue of Hep V cure, vampires feeding etc. It could easily redefine human/vampire relations and usher a new era for everybody. At some point Eric’s and Sookie’s s/lines may converge (pursuit for the Hep V cure), both initiated by very own reasons but both contributing greatly to a positive outcome.

Sookie’s party

I was cringing at the scenes of the party held in Sookie’s house for many reasons. As mentioned before, there were shades of MA’s parties, Gran’s wake etc. but in this post I would like to focus on one particular moment, the notion that it was a mainstreaming party. Bill says to Sookie: You’ve done well. You’ve done more these last several days than I’ve managed to achieve in decades. Mainstream. Sookie is initially a bit incredulous but finally agrees. Sookie: Thank you. Bill: For what? Sookie: For seeing me the way I can’t see myself sometimes. We wrote previously about the concept of the closed circle and how it can be applied to post time-jump season 6 finale Bon Temps, a different, dystopian kind of town.

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This party for me did not represent mainstreaming in that classic TB sense. Mainstreaming was a very important political concept which was made possible with the scientific progress and research and discovery and production of the synthetic blood drink which would replace the human blood. The necessity for the vampires to feed on humans would be eliminated and as such the two species would be able to coexist peacefully without the element of blood being involved and all the implications of it. It is a long term solution and requires hard work on all sides and from the top to the bottom of the participants’ scale.

At Sookie’s party, the vampires and humans mixed, but these were the characters whose relationships were and continue to be influenced by blood, this is the mixer of the participants of that awful feeding programme devised by Bill and his mayor Sam. The innocent vampire is stabbed for her blood, sex is rampant and an alternative to discussion, people are getting seriously drunk in order to cope and liable to make costly decisions. There was nothing about this party that signalled to me that any level of mainstreaming was achieved. The atmosphere was dangerously volatile; I was worried that, after the party was finished, Sookie would still quietly grieve or feel sad. I also felt that the idea of this party was imposed onto her, so the writing failed to weave seamlessly the transition from an unwilling and sad host to Sookie, the triumphant mainstream party host. We explored the theme of the Danse Macabre in some earlier posts which can of course easily apply as an academic theme, but I would mainly describe the idea of the party as ‘grotesque’.

Two elements influence Sookie through this episode: the town people and Bill.

A bunch of people whose thoughts Sookie reads (representatives of the ‘town folk’ trope) is a staple when the writers want to use this to determine Sookie’s next course of action or sadly how she feels about herself as if this should even be relevant at this point of the show (I see it as an impediment to her character’s progression). This bunch of people is very opinionated and changeable and because their influence is such on the heroine, she seems to be feeling guilty or elated depending on the thoughts of the townsfolk. This is a huge disservice to Sookie’s character IMO. It takes away from her own integrity as if she can not maintain her own independent self-worth but instead relies on the judgment from a very questionable source. An unforgivable error with only 5 episodes left.

The second influence, Bill, is equally horrendous at this point of the show. Bill had a brief stint as the show’s mainstreamer, presented as such in S1, a self-label that didn’t escape Eric, then the sheriff of area 5 (In 1.09: “Well, if you’re their poster boy, the mainstreaming movement is in very deep trouble.”) It was not until S5 and flashback of Eric meeting Pam (and Bill) that we find just why Eric would be so ‘oddly’ dismissive of Bill’s mainstreaming back in S1. Another brief love affair with mainstreaming would be during Bill’s short reign as a King, although this was more about toeing the Authority line as per Nan’s orders since Bill obviously had a nice supply of blood donors through his own procurers, which then made a mental picture of Bill drinking bottled TB almost laughable. Other than that, Bill had far longer episodes where his relationship with human blood was distinctly not mainstreaming (life with Lorena, procurer of humans for QSA and finally Lilith’s Chosen One). While Sookie is likely never to know about this side of Bill, who drained countless humans with Lorena or procured countless humans for QSA, she should well remember Bill who gave one of the most chilling speeches about the depravity and emptiness of his own soul and calling Sookie an abomination and her light ‘a handicap’ before downing that vial of blood in S5 finale or Billith who forced his way into her home in S6, slamming Jason against the wall, demanding her blood and claiming that he was playing by different rules and she was dead to him. She should also be more aware that 3 innocent girls with fairy blood like hers were lured and killed in Bill’s house. He is one character that the show singled out to depict as not just a simple Sanguinista zealot but Lilith’s own prophet (and self-proclaimed vampire God); the whole season 5 was dedicated to this extraordinary rise of Billith who became an antithesis of mainstreaming as he destroyed the facilities for the production of TB drink, a condition upon which the mainstreaming became more than a dream, it became a reality. I have always wondered at the ease with which Bill turned away from his mainstreaming convictions, literally as soon as he found himself within the walls of the Authority. This signalled to me that his convictions were very weak to start with.

The sad thing is that Sookie does not need Bill to convince her that she is a mainstreamer or congratulate her on her efforts. Sookie has always been a person who accepted the vampires and she has always tried to make those efforts to include everyone. He is right that he hasn’t managed to achieve much in decades and it’s something he needs to ponder on, regarding his own efforts and this should be something that the writing of the redemption arc should prevalently focus on. I worry about the way Sookie sees herself and in addition how she perceives others if she is so quick to award Bill with gratitude that he somehow knows her better or best.

However, right now, the whole town is trapped in its own bizarre world and I still think that this almost bewitched state of affairs in Bon Temps can only be truly dispersed by some external force in order to move forward in any believable way.

I am more excited with Eric’s s/line in Dallas, because even if this S7 arc may initially be motivated by Eric’s own (selfish) reasons, the story itself has larger political overtones and the results yielded through this s/line could have deciding effect on the future of many, if not all (on a global scale), if indeed any progress is made in resuming the production of TB or resolving the issue of Hep V cure, vampires feeding etc. It could easily redefine human/vampire relations and usher a new era for everybody. At some point Eric’s and Sookie’s s/lines may converge (pursuit for the Hep V cure), both initiated by very own reasons but both contributing greatly to a positive outcome.

4:10pm July 24, 2014
Now this is interesting. Is this just a figure of speech Keith is saying, or is it finally a proof of a shared dream theory? Do vampires somehow partake in the dreams humans see of them after drinking their blood ?

Now this is interesting. Is this just a figure of speech Keith is saying, or is it finally a proof of a shared dream theory? Do vampires somehow partake in the dreams humans see of them after drinking their blood ?