The Season of the Slut

Well, True Blood continues the downward spiral. I know we didn’t see anything of Russell in all this time. Which is a shame, but completely understandable. I mean, if he’s only going to kill a small amount of people, then you’ve got to save him until the end. Last time, he killed what, five people tops? If you bring him out now he’ll look like the paper tiger he really is. Never have I seen much ado about nothing. I predict that they’ll have to have him screaming about his evil from the rooftops for a while, and then doing essentially very little. Fuck. Marnie caused more deaths than Russell Edgington. But at least his character has style.
Glamour Squads

I think I’ve discovered just exactly where the glamour squads do on their nights off from glamouring. As discussed previously, those suckers would average out in Shreveport to staggering numbers, but whoa boy, you think that’s big? New Orleans and surround has a population of 1, 214, 932 and that means 4050 members for their Glamour Squads. You know. Because that makes fucking sense.

What do they do on nights where they don’t have to glamour the latest clusterfuck vampire PR move out of everyone’s memories? They stand around looking pretty at the Authority headquarters. I counted about 20 vampires standing around and doing nothing. Yep – that’s how riveting and challenging the foregone conclusion that Bill and Eric cannot die for fucking things up made the whole story. Oooh – they’re never really in peril and the plot conveniently twists to keep them alive? I’m shaking in my boots. The glamour squads were even standing in formation in little rooms looking at the fucking wall.

Hey Roman, I’ve got a suggestion for you. You think you’ve learned? Took me about two fucking whole minutes to think “You know, if you want people to think vampires are cool, you could have sent those vampires to clean up litter instead of stand in interesting formations.” All this crap about how vampires rely on humans. Pfft. Why not put these useless, resource heavy pretty statues to stopping fucking car crashes instead of standing there patently not killing anything as your primary PR move? And then of course, when that is a spectacular failure, then glamouring it away. Jesus. Vampires are deeply stupid.

Not to mention, how much would it suck if you were made to be an ornament. 100 years of standing around, looking at the wall, escorting prisoners and then going back to standing around looking at the wall. One night a week, some vampire fucks up in a truly epic manner, and you’re talking to humans and glamouring everyone you can lay your eyes on. Sure does make the Sanguinistas sound better, by default of not standing around bored out of your fucking head at staring at that bit on the wall while Roman swans around like a person, and fucks women in sumptuous bedchambers.

Influence in the Right

Yes, Roman, turning Steve Newlin will get the right to listen. Nothing like a former friend who wanted all vampires dead, and called them soulless monsters to really have a chance at persuading his former friends that now, no, he’s not a soulless killer, he just drinks blood and fucks men.

I know that AB has confessed he’s putting a political spin on the whole season. Let me just say Thank fucking Christ Alan Ball will never run for office. He’s bad at this. You do not in fact, persuade the right by turning their poster boy into a minion for Satan. You persuade the right by undermining their arguments and removing popular support. For goodness sake, go and glamour them into liking vampires, and having a secret fangbanger lifestyle. I’m pretty sure the minute Reverend Newlin comes out and says just how wonderful it is to be a vampire, and how they help society by leeching off it or whatever (because none of these suckers works for a living) than Mrs. Sarah Newlin will pop up as the puppet of some new right-wing conservative and talk about how they killed her hubby and made him into a bum loving killer.

I kinda think it’s overall insulting to utilise the old and tired stereotype about how intolerant people are secretly gay. It just reinforces the idea that being gay is a bad thing, and of course you would fight it with extremist behaviour. Intolerance comes from being twisted and from hatred being okay – and the predominant privileged paradigm supporting said hatred. It is not the stupid and overused excuse of “You’re just jealous”. If Mr. Ball thought for a second, he might have realised he’s used that he co-opted the brilliant method of shutting down dialogue straight from the pages of the How to Fight like a Fuckwit by Sarah Palin. Hatred gets shut down when it gets challenged as to how right it seems, dude, not when you make fun of it.

Sssttssszt I Want to Help You

Never have I been so glad to see Tara run the fuck away from her “friends”. Because nothing says help like spraying you in the face with silver. Unfortunately, she picked Sookie’s annual working day to go to ask Sam for help. Poor thing.

I did really appreciate that half the people she spoke to acted like Sookie working was some unusual thing. From Arlene’s “You workin’ today, Sookie?” to Sam’s “I didn’t know it was your day to work” there’s nothing like the writers and everyone else knowing that the invisible trust fund doesn’t exist, and Sookie’s about to starve to death.

I was kinda sad to see Tracy’s Togs. This Tara is now free as a vampire (as the vampires keep telling us how fucking wonderful it is to be them) and now Tara can get betrayed by her friends and sprayed with silver instead of having babies and working at a shop. Poor Tara will never have that now. It’s all terrifying monster, starvation, and a possible future standing in formation…or it would be if she wasn’t one of those crappy, crappy women (none of those in formation – because even as a vampire, they’re perceived as weak).

Why’d you hide that body anyway?

You know, Book Sookie made sense in why she hid Debbie Pelt’s body. Yes, she could have called the police that night, but with Bud Dearborn not believing her brother and hauling him off to jail, and her reputation for weirdness, not to mention a hidden vampire with a bounty on his head, who couldn’t be explained away because his absence would be noted (due to trajectory of Debbie’s bullet and the blood all over the floor) it made sense why she covered up the shooting. Not only that, but she couldn’t really reveal the existence of weres and explain the whole abjure thing to them as to why Debbie broke in, not that Sookie staged an ambush to look like a break-in. It would have made Book Sookie’s life a living hell to have reported to police that night. But you know, Book Sookie treated it like an actual secret.

Not so Show Sookie. I don’t really understand why she tried to hide it, or how she hoped to hide it by telling everyone and turning Tara. I really don’t. I can’t even contemplate what stupid logic they’re operating under. Unless it is the fact that if she is told something, or hears something from someone’s head, she’ll just blurt out the damn answer….that could be it. She held up under the five minutes of grilling Andy gave her, but I reckon, two more minutes and she would have cracked.  Her brother is now part of Bon Temps’ finest. She’d get her story heard for goodness sake. But no, she’s off doing stupid shit, hiding something, and if Andy had asked, “So did you hesitate before you shot her?” Sookie would have said “Yes! I could have stopped….no wait! I totally shot her immediately!” Fucking idiotic is this storyline.

And the Award Goes To…

Andy Bellefleur for acting like a rational human being. I vote him new leader of the Authority. It could be that he doesn’t have a truck to slam around like Alcide – or it could be that someone likes the Bellefleur family. Catherine had class too. I’m building her a parlour. Who’d have thought that when you don’t have whacked out superpowers, you can deal with wrongs done to you by shrugging it off? I was waiting for him to pull out a shotgun and go round and shoot Holly’s kids. And they didn’t even inherit that weird gurning thing. But unlike every other character, he acted like having something bad happen to you could actually be dealt with and gotten over by not getting your jocks in an epic twist made of feelings.

I think Andy should have some sort of talk with Eric and Pam to explain to them that if someone dumps you after a week, or if your Dad leaves home for two whole days, then you can actually move on and not have an epic baby tantrum about it and hurt people.

Overpriced Drinks and Dry Humping

Never have I heard a better slogan for a bar. You know – a bar where you might go see vampires? Yep. That’s Pam’s slogan. And people inexplicably go back to buying said drinks and dry humping whoever. I hope someone pees on her coffin sometime, just to get their money’s worth.

I must say, the actress has a lovely face (if altogether way too old for the Pam I see in my head) but you have to wonder just how wonderful it must be to wake up with dried blood in your hair because you’ve been crying in your sleep. Hell, she got what she wanted – she was made vampire. Why is she bitching about it now that Eric has been gone a few nights? Or was Pam always looking for a protector, so that she’d forget she was a capable person, and going back to being cared for like a little girl? How long has Eric been epically fucking his job up as a Maker? She’s fucking regressed from what she was like when she was alive. But it’s good to see that one night with the Northman peen, and you’re in love for hundreds of years. I think Pam reads too much goddamn fanfic.

I’m not feeling the epic connection I saw mentioned in the positive spoilers. Nothing says “We’re destined to be together and love one another” by giving the stupidest ultimatum to a vampire ever. “If you don’t give me blood, I’ll put mine on the floor” and guilt you because you’ve never felt guilty right? It just shows how really, really deeply stupid Eric is. That’s how you get turned see – you schtupp him once, and then slit your wrists and he makes you be with him forever. This was Yvetta’s classic error – she didn’t show Eric just how worthy she was of investment by acting like a complete dickhead. Run like the wind with that bastard’s money, Yvetta – you made the right decision, and like all good True Blood characters, he forgot you took all his money!

Jason the Moral Arbiter and Area Slut Shamer

Oh, how I missed Jason off his high horse. It’s so nice that when he wants to have sex, it’s all good, but when someone else wants to have sex with him, it’s all depending on his mood at the time. He can initiate it, but later on, you’re going to pay for giving into your lust, as Jason was persuading you to do. And the good thing is that you’ll be portrayed as being bad because you thought of Jason that way. Even though he said out loud how he wanted you to think of him that way. Last week some poor college girl, this week he did it to Jessica and possibly his teacher (I don’t know how old he was when their affair started – and her guilt tells me she’s no Mary Kay Letourneau).

I’ve gotten sick of the fucking “hole” inside Jason – you know – the “hole” that’s been there for about 3 years at this point, that Amy first discovered and Jason has been going on about ever since. I think AB has had a nice little whisper into the writers’ ears – and they listened well. It’s the season of the slut, and Jason isn’t now one of them – he’s being cut to the quick by sluts. They’re hurting him by not being telepathic and just carelessly listening to the words out of his mouth.  Clearly, they should be sitting around thinking of Jason and how Jason feels. Not their own selfish selves! That’s for men to do – not fucking women! Bow your head bitches!

What’s even better is that this character arc really is a character loop, as I said. Jason is right back to Season 1 Jason. No growth, no change, no sight of Crystal. I’m now holding out hope she returns on surprise and eats the fucker.

A True Gentleman uses the words “Sloppy Seconds”

So he does – thanks to the “All women who have sex are desperate sluts” theme they’ve got going on this season, we can see that if one woman sleeps with a man, she’s a slut who is “sloppy seconds”, while the guy is just a guy who’s hurting or being trapped, and forced into it. And a true gentlemen tracks down when you stuck it to said slut so he’ll know if she was appreciably clean enough for him. Ugh. Fuck you Bill Compton, chauvinist pig WHO FUCKED HIS GRANDDAUGHTER. You ain’t got no moral high ground.

Bill sure does like to hear crap spouted about him though – he’s already forgotten the baby eater he met in lockup, and the prostitutes he drained with Lorena in order to believe that noble vampire he is, he’s far less savage than some human guy who raped a teenage virgin. I mean, Bill just killed one of them. He didn’t rape them. Oh, but he glamoured and raped, and then ate prostitutes during his term with Lorena? Noble creature – you believe all the good stuff you hear about yourself and how epic you are.

Salome was sure feeding Bill and Eric shit they want to hear about themselves though – she knows that Eric is the favourite of Godric, and Bill has heart. I think she got hold of last season’s DVDs, so she could talk them up about how wonderful they are. It’s unclear to me why the sex was involved. Unless Sanguinistas scream roar (it is a man after all) Lilith is Queen! at the height of their orgasms, and that’s how they reveal their true selves. I mean, she already knew every fucking nuance of their egos and fed it, while painting herself as a victim to feed their ideas about silly women. I don’t think that’ll be how it’ll play out though, cause we all know True Blood has no respect for the wimmens, and definitely not sluts.

My Recommendation

My next recommendation for a horror/fantasy movie with a message is The Horde (English name). It’s a French film, but well worth tracking down. Now, like some zombie movies, it’s all about the fear of what would happen if society were to break down. That we would not unite in a common cause, but turn on our fellow man in self interest. If you can’t get the French movie, then take a look at Dawn of the Dead, which is a remake of the original Romero movie, and has these themes in them.

The Horde is a pretty impressive piece of production – and it plays on the idea of the self interest in a new way. For a start, cops team up with criminals in order to escape the zombies. Now that society has broken down, crimes committed in pre-zombie society hardly make a difference now, do they? And that’s really when it invites you to deconstruct how similar police and criminals really are, and get you to question why the arbitrary line of what is right and wrong falls as it does.

But what is arguably the most powerful scene is an allegory of the gang rapes that happen in French banlieues. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re a real problem in France. Even though The Horde doesn’t show any rape, it really captures the terror of the situation, and will make you squirm in your seat. Underneath the veneer of society is the misogyny that’s always been there, but without the constraints of “what is right” there’s no reason to hide it any more. It’s a really gross scene for the weight of what it represents – and it does it all without having to bare the female or have sex on screen. It’s the one time that I’ve felt sickened for a zombie, and every single other female in the vicinity. It’s all the ugliness of rape and where the mindset that rape is okay comes from, with none of the titillation. See where this whole slut thing leads people to devalue life, and treat sluts like an object and make it okay to rape them. See what Alan Ball and his wonderful writers contribute to with the slut rhetoric.