True Blood (2008–2014)
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Cold Grey Light of Dawn 

With Marnie empowered by spirits of the dead, Bill issues an unpopular order to save vampires from the light. Eric embraces his amnesia; Luna discovers Sam is not the man she thought he was... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Sookie Stackhouse
Stephen Moyer ... Bill Compton
Sam Trammell ... Sam Merlotte
Ryan Kwanten ... Jason Stackhouse
Rutina Wesley ... Tara Thornton
Alexander Skarsgård ... Eric Northman
Kevin Alejandro ... Jesus Velasquez
Marshall Allman ... Tommy Mickens
Chris Bauer ... Andy Bellefleur
Kristin Bauer van Straten ... Pam De Beaufort
Lauren Bowles ... Holly Cleary
Nelsan Ellis ... Lafayette Reynolds
Janina Gavankar ... Luna Garza
Todd Lowe ... Terry Bellefleur (credit only)
Joe Manganiello ... Alcide Herveaux


With Marnie empowered by spirits of the dead, Bill issues an unpopular order to save vampires from the light. Eric embraces his amnesia; Luna discovers Sam is not the man she thought he was; Lafayette expands his consciousness; Pam gets a body peel; Andy's date with Holly doesn't go as planned; Jessica has doubts about her future with Hoyt; Alcide and Debbie join a new pack. Written by Anonymous

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Tara Thornton: Oh, hell, no. You're the second-to-the-last person I wanna see.
Marnie Stonebrook: [as Antonia] Now, don't be too hard on Marnie. Marnie's spirit is pure.
Tara Thornton: And Tara ain't so crazy about Marnie's new way of talking about herself.
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How to succeed in the popcorn industry (Foreword by Ms. Pam-pam) plus a free cinematographic wondårwful journey featuring the Fangtastic Four Sins
14 August 2011 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

The past two episodes featured some funny and exciting scenes but you know it's time to give up on a show when you don't dream about it nor await its next installment. It's actually the "True Blood: Vampires Are Our New American Heroes" [1] story on that convinced me to give it one last chance because Lily Sparks passionate words and witty analysis made the episode just irresistible.

This se7enth episode finally delivered what I always wanted True Blood to be, a production that is both entertaining and profound enough. It can make you laugh or surprise you in the most disturbing ways but when it came to harvesting the power of our wicked neurons the show was weak most of the time. Indeed Cold Grey Light of Dawn proved that it's possible to merge the best of both worlds, guilty pleasure and emotional intelligence. What I enjoyed the most were the eternal dialogs. Those were delightful moments of empathic character development and good acting. That's probably why the drunken editing didn't frustrate me as much as usual. Moreover these long and timeless sequences were plunged in a boiling cauldron full of hilarious and soul reaving ingredients.

Lección I : You can't be wrong when mixing English, Español and Français in the same episode !

Leçon II : Jason is one hell of a naughty boy. Girls you have to see him wearing boxing gloves while working out ! As always Ryan Kwanten performance felt like dancing in the rain and the psychedelic flashes featuring Jessica were as arousing as the title sequence sexy babes.

Unterrichtsstunde III (Don't ask) : Kristin Bauer van Straten aka Pam was back to finish what she started with Tara-Toni and her girlfriend. One zombie joke to rule them all ! And they even found room to point out how some people become passive rotten potatoes when they trade their brains for cellphones. As for the screaming blonde on the coffin she tasted like the following refreshing cocktail : ½ Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally…, ½ Clint Eastwood as Blondie in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The only thing missing was a cowgirl hat ! Last but not least Kristin atrocious make-up deserves an award because the artists pushed the horrific barrier even further this time. They definitely succeeded in turning her ravishing beauty into a monstrous pile of stinky melting Roquefort ! And please stop by her official website for some close-up shoots.

Otherwise beneath its tasty surface they're still plenty of elements that keep preventing True Blood from reaching the hell of cult TV shows. First something was revealed about Lafayette and I couldn't care less. Seriously what's going on with all these miraculous developments ? It would be so much more captivating if the writers had carefully left breadcrumbs behind them to surprise us. Instead our only choice is to play dumb and believe they planned it all from the very start. And the most disappointing is that the novels probably cover all these missing pieces in great details ! An other weakness would be the multiple anecdotic arcs. From the cop who is a drug addict to Sam the shapeshifter they should just get rid of them or better, elegantly intertwine them with the other stories. Sam could join the different werewolf-panther clubs in town for instance ! The third con would be the way silver chains were used. I'm not asking to trap Jessica into some shibarynthic web but all along I had a giant question mark – you know like ?! - raised right above my elephantic head. The last undead worm in that shiny, beautiful and juicy red apple would be the fairy. Or should I say, the non-fairy. I mean the only event related to the pilot was the killing of Sookie's godmother four weeks ago.

But in the end once you have washed over all these minor issues this episode was the best and most refreshing of the season. Sookie & Eric's arc was nothing strange compared to the third installment but their relationship definitely has potential. Fiona Shaw also gave a convincing performance as Antonia and I also quite enjoyed how Tara was involved in her vendetta. In general the aftermath could be even more dazzling than the time jump between seasons 3 & 4. Like if it wasn't already enough the chat between Maker Bill and Baby Jessica was almost philosophical and should wow you if you're fascinated by vampires and specially what separate them from humans. Last but not least the ending couldn't have been more cinematographic. From the dual pace, both slow and furious, to the distorted vision effect my only complain would be that 48 intriguing hours separate me from the next feast. All in all a bittersweet fruit you'll definitely want to bite a second time !

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7 August 2011 (USA) See more »

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