Sunday, 2 August 2009

What is it exactly that you want, Maryann?

No fear, no limits, just Love. - Daphne

True Blood Episode 02x07 Release Me. :: Reviews - Reactions - Recaps - Quotes

Yet another episode is almost upon us. Again, eager reviews will be added as they come in:
Betrayed by Daphne, Sam finds himself in an unenviable predicament at the hands of Maryann and her wild-eyed minions. Imprisoned with Hugo in the F.O.T.S. church, Sookie uses her telepathic powers to reach out to Bill, who’s being detained at the hotel by a stubbornly obsessive Lorena. After crossing a line with the Newlins, a fearful Jason tries to sever his ties with the Fellowship of the Sun, but gets plenty of resistance from Steve and his enforcer Gabe.

In the meantime, enjoy a short interview with Michelle and Sam Trammell...

...and some related news:

During the 25th anniversary of the Television Critics Association, 200 members, that included newspaper, magazine and online TV critics across the U.S. and Canada, gathered to hand out awards to the top new television programs including Battlestar Galactica (Program of the Year) and True Blood (Outstanding New Program) amongst others.

Michelle Forbes was present along with True Blood cast members Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Deborah Ann Woll, Nelsan Ellis and Alexander Skarsgard, as well as the series' creator/executive producer Alan Ball, who accepted the award.

HBO has also announced that True Blood will be going into third season which will premiere in June next year. Whether we will see more of Maryann, we do not know.

In Treatment, I have heard, is 'very likely' to continue as well.


I slept outside last night and I communed with my animal nature. - Maryann

Michelle Forbes was born to play this vampire drama's menacing Maryann

It may well be that Michelle Forbes, like grappa, is an intoxicating substance best enjoyed in moderate portions lest you wake up 48 hours later with no idea where (or even who) you are. She's one of the few actors who's managed to make a name for herself via guest-star runs in TV series ("24," "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "In Treatment" among them), the latest being HBO's southern vampire gothic, "True Blood." Although the exact nature of her character, Marianne, has yet to be fully explained, her cultic jones for chaos, lust and aggression suggests much to the attentive student of classical literature.

The part provides Forbes with an excellent showcase for her silken menace, and it's when she's plying Rutina Wesley's impressionable Tara with self-actualization nostrums and pyramids of tropical fruit that she attains the optimal pitch of blended threat and seduction. Forbes was born to play beautiful, evil queens; imagine the film version of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" with her -- instead of that popsicle, Tilda Swinton -- as the White Witch.
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She is driving them like funny little remote control aeroplanes. - Daphne

I think most of us are trying to be good human beings, so if you're like me, it's hard to reconcile all of this as non-villainous, especially when people are getting attacked. Plus, unlimited amounts of [fill in your favorite vice here] might be nice for a while, but there are consequences. Eventually, you have to rein things in and re-gain some self-control and willpower. Otherwise, the world would be a mad place to live, right?

So if, indeed, Maryann isn't a villain, we have to set aside our own beliefs of right and wrong and just enjoy True Blood for what it is. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out, and what will happen to Maryann. Part of me wants to see her go down in flames, if for no other reason than her ridiculous shaking drives me a little batty.
Source: Tv Squad

Spoiler Warning

She's immortal. - Daphne

I'm frustrated with the Maryann storyline, since it highlights the show's tendency to turn smart characters momentarily stupid. Is Tara really such a moron that she can't see how dangerous Maryann is? Because let me tell you this: If I blacked out, and my fellow waitress blacked out, and the town deputy came in screaming that everyone was at an orgy in the woods, and my weirdly witchy new mentor rolled up with bloody feet and a dead rabbit in her arms, then I might just put it together.

And Tara's smart enough to put it together, so why insist on keeping her in the dark? She deserves a story that lets her take action instead of being victimized, and her passivity is even more irritating because the writers have to ignore her well-established shrewdness in order to keep her ignorant.

Likewise, can Sam Merlotte take an action?...I appreciate getting some clear information from Daphne about Maryann...but when Daphne tells Sam the truth, why doesn't he do anything? Again, this is inconsistent with a character who is hungry to open up about himself. His perpetual inaction suggests the writers see him as a character who gets "told things," and not as a central part of the story.

That said, I don't hate these scenes. I could watch Michelle Forbes' loopy performance as Maryann all day, and that scene where she chases Sam in her Minotaur head, and he escapes by turning into an owl, literally puts me on the edge of my sofa. Bravo to director Michael Ruscio (and his editing team) for crafting such a nail-biting moment.
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She's like a pyro in a room full of matches. - Daphne

"Feeling sorry for things is just an excuse not to celebrate your own happiness." Add Maryann to greatest TV characters ever list
Just saw #True Blood. Wow. Great ep. This show rocks w/ the twists. Michelle Forbes is great.
wonder if Michelle Forbes had ANY idea what she was signing up for when she took the part on #trueblood.
Michelle Forbes as a Goddess... that's hardly a stretch.
I absolutely love Maryann's character on True Blood.
MaryAnn is god? That just seems blasphemous.
GOD!? GOD!? I don't like god! Not if God is Maryann
If Maryann is God, send me to hell.
I wonder "who" the bunny was maryann killed?
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