Monday, September 15, 2008
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It's really hard to go too in depth on a review without giving too much away, so i'll try and keep these short and fairly spoiler free.
Episode 2 picks up right where the first episode left off. Sookie (Anna Paquin) is being beaten within an inch of her life by Mack and Denise Rattray, the couple who attempted to drain the blood of vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) and were subsequently beaten up by Sookie in episode 1. As expected, Bill comes to her rescue, nurses her back to health (a process which, lets say, 'changes' her), and the continuing adventures of Bill and Sookie, well, they continue. Sookie's brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), is cleared of the murder of Maudette Pickins and he thinks perhaps Bill is responsible.
This episode reveals some more information about Bill, such as his birth year and his past, and it also delves into the childhood of Sookie. Many fans have been wondering just what the "vampire rules" are in the context of this series. In episode 1 it was revealed that vampires have a weakness to silver and that, apparently, their minds cannot be read. In this one, we find out that they must be invited inside in order to enter a mortals home, they can hypnotize, they cannot turn into bats, and they appear to not eat human food. Although Bill cannot, he mentions that some vampires can shapeshift.
Much like in the first episode, the scenes between Sookie and Bill are mesmerizing and really start to heat up this time around. One of the more interesting 'couples' i've seen on the screen. The dynamics between Jason and Sookie's best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Jason and Bill are highly entertaining. Speaking of Tara, I really didn't like her in the first episode and even through much of this one, but I think she's starting to grow on me as her stereotypical qualities are fading and we're getting more of a glimpse into who she really is. Like I said after watching the first episode, it's still very early and everything is still being fleshed out. We must give it time.
"The First Taste" proves that the first episode was not a fluke. The series continues to be very entertaining and very unique. I'm glad they picked up right where the last one left off and I really hope this is a trend that continues throughout the show. It's like we're being taken through this whole crazy experience right along with Sookie and I hope they don't do any jump aheads. We're left off on another Sookie in peril cliffhanger in this one and I expect to see Bill come to the rescue once again at the start of episode 3, which will air next Sunday night on HBO.
Check out my review of Episode 1