Season 4 Blu Ray Extras

My notes from the blu ray discs.

Just a reminder that I’m only transcribing the stuff I care about.  There’s a lot more on the disc that I am not taking the time to write down.  That said, if it involves Eric or Eric and Sookie relationship, I’m including it.  What I’m skipping are things like Arlene’s, Andy’s and Lafayette’s opinion on things (funny though they sometimes were). I ended up including almost all of Godric’s quotes, and a surprising number of Nan’s and Don Bartolo’s since they seem relevant to what will happen to Eric and Sookie.

I’ve put everything that is a direct quote in quotations marks; everything else is my summary/interpretation.

If you want to hear the voiceovers, check out Merjatb’s Youtube page, as she has begun posting the clips with the extra audio overlaid!

Blu-ray extras, 4.1: She’s Not There

  • Faerie godmothers are assigned to certain humans and all faerie-human hybrids to help with matters on the Earthly plane.  Godmothers are only supposed to intervene in life-threatening circumstances and strive to do so in ways that keep their presence a secret.
  • Faeries are creatures made of light.  A single light fruit gives a full faerie enough energy to last for years. Light fruit’s effect on human-faerie hybrids is to elevate their faerie nature, but at a steep price.
  • In the blu-ray version, you can really tell that faery light comes in different colors.  Yellow seems to be general attacking light, while purple-pink can be balled up and thrown like bombs.
  • Claude Crane is the twin brother of Claudine, Sookie’s faerie godmother. From an early age, he was the “black sheep” of his family, refusing to become a godmother. He instead took on a carefree life of exploration and wandering between the faerie and human worlds. When Queen Mab began her campaign to stop travel between the two worlds, Claude joined those opposing Mab’s decision, channeling his passionate belief in freedom against Mab and her followers.
  • Eric is way scruffier in BR.  Definitely not shaved, hair all askew.  He must have hurried like hell.
  • Bill Compton was the number one suspect in Sookie’s disappearance.  Much to the Renard Parish Police Department’s surprise, he cooperated with the search efforts and underwent tedious interrogations, denying his guilt the entire time, yet never losing his cool.
  • Andy did undercover work at Fangtasia. 😉
  • Lafayette and Jesus have been living together for a year.
  • Throw cushions on the couch are vivid red. Eric’s choice?
  • Because of the PR needs in a post-Russell Edgington world, Nan Flanagan hasn’t had a night off in 12 months.  They are flying all over making PSA commercials and the AVL bought more air time than Obama during his campaign.
  • In the last year, Bill has given over 75 speeches and made nearly 100 appearances, including as many as four events in one night.  Although he enjoys writing his own speeches, Bill simply doesn’t have the time to write them all. He employs a human speechwriter named Charlotte Tanks to help write drafts and keep his lingo up-to-date.
  • Nice little story of how Jesus and Lala celebrated their anniversary.
  • Portia went to boarding school and mixed with the upper crust of Louisiana society.
  • Once Pam got so irritated with Jessica that she nearly staked her with a beer tap.
  • Sam spent some time in therapy after shooting Tommy, but met fellow shifter Suzanne in passing in Merlotte’s.  She works at the local VA hospital and she introduced him to the shifter group she runs.
  • Becky in Hot Shot is 13, has never been out of Hot Shot, and when they are alone, she and Jason have a secret handshake they do that he taught her. Timbo is nearly 16, but he doesn’t know that because Hot shots folk don’t keep track of birthdays.
  • What Marnie says when she raises Minerva the bird: Here in spirit but not in body, I call up the ghosts of the dead – by force of decree, from the angel Balberith from Hell inescapable.
  • Katerina Pelhem (short bio) Her only chance at college was the military so she went to West Point, then into the FBI. Shortly after moving to Quantico, she was hired by Bill.
  • AIK does refer to the soccer team in Stockholm.

Blu-ray Extras, 4.2: You Smell Like Dinner

  • Crystal’s take on what traveling “all over this wide world” on the “honeymoon” she took with  Felton entails: They went to Texas, then Mexico, then Texas, then back to Louisiana.  Super romantic – if you’ve never been out of Hot Shot. 😉
  • “Eric found out that Jason had reluctantly put up the house for sale just a few days after the announcement.  Pam saw it in the local paper, and thinking it was funny, showed it to her maker.  Much to her surprise, Eric decided to buy the house.” [So, either the TB writers don’t know about property laws that don’t allow a relative of a missing person to sell a house out from under the person until they’ve been declared dead; or the vampires have gotten those pesky kinds of laws changed.  If you go missing, perhaps your family can now do whatever they want to with your stuff without waiting 7 years.]  
  • “Katerina [Pelham, Bill’s female security staff member he is sleeping with] first met Bill Compton when the King of Louisiana’s vampire security advisors suggested he take on a human female agent for help with his various reconnaissance missions.  He was so impressed with her training and field expertise that he offered her the job within the first 15 minutes of their meeting.”
  • According to Pam, the protestors outside Fangtasia have been doing it for a year and are always the same group of people.  (She notes that they all look alike, which makes her wonder about in-breeding.) And a great Pam line: “And what the fuck is a Twitter? Sounds like something a New Amsterdam streetwalker would do for an extra hundred.”
  • “Bill’s security detail was carefully selected by a committee within the Authority in charge of protecting important constituents. Bill was also personally involved in this selection process.  The team consists of both human and vampire guards. Many of the humans are ex-military, but some are simply mercenaries of the world.  Although it’s a dangerous job, the benefits are so great that it’s a hard position to turn down.”
  • When Bill tells Sookie that Eric has friends in high places, the DVD popup comments “Even Bill does not know the true extent of Eric’s ‘friends in high places.’ “
  • When Nan Flanagan finds Bill in 1982 London, she admits she had been following him for several years, as well as several other vampires.  She felt he had more “potential” and “charisma” than other vamps, however, which would make him useful for a project assigned to her by the Strategic Planning Committee of the Authority. They wanted new leadership to infiltrate the monarchies and follow the influence of the Authority to implement mainstreaming.  “Bill Compton was a part of that plan.”
  • “Nobody really knows when the vampire monarchs came about, or how they rose to power. The only vampire who might be able to explain these matters is buried under a cement foundation… “[So, Russell is the oldest vampire in existence?]
  • When the Flashback option offers to show you what kind of gifts an “old soul” like baby Mikey might have, it shows his ability to see the ghost Mavis. I thought his ability to see ghosts was more of a “baby” thing, but perhaps they will do something with it later on, then.
  • Felton got Crystal hooked on V while they were in Dallas as part of their baby-making plans.
  • The skeletons in Luna’s closet include “lots of sex, drugs, rock-n-roll and bad boys.”
  • Great Arlene line when talking about the value of family: “Family is family; not counting my first four husbands.”
  • “Eric wanted a cubby that simple and modern, but also reminded him of his homeland.  He had Pam hire a well-known vampire designer from Chicago and the cubby was built in a week.”
  • [Off Jessica crawling out of her crawlspace in the closet] “A vampire’s cubby is not very different than a human’s bedroom. Some prefer to decorate and personalize the space, while others look at merely as a “crash pad.” Some vampires opt out of cubbies entirely, and remain committed to the old way: coffins.  But since the Great Revelation and mainstreaming, coffins have, for the most part, but thrown by the wayside.”
  • [As Bill orders his goon squad to kill Sophie-Anne.] “When the details of this initiative to kill the Queen were worked out and actually put into motion is known only within the higher ranks of the Authority, who ultimately signed off the on the execution.”
  • Nan Flanagan explains that the monarchs derive their power from the Authority – now. The monarchies used to have more power and consequently abused it, but the Authority has worked hard to change that power structure over the centuries. Nan likes Bill because he respects the Authority’s power and “plays the game with a smile on his face.”
  • Pam really hates Sookie, referring to her as a troublemaker who has only been back five minutes and is already raining on a little vampire’s (Jessica’s) parade. Pam earlier had said she would never pick Sookie to be a pet for Eric.
  • ­[After Sam discovers that Tommy’s leg has healed.] “No one really knows how long Tommy’s leg has been in working condition.  He has kept this hidden from everyone, including Maxine Fortenberry.  Although he initially felt pangs of guilt for lying, that quickly subsided and Tommy basked in the sympathy and attention his injury brought him.”
  • “Eric’s ability to instill fear within not only humans, but vampires alike, has given him a reputation that precedes him. The residents of Bon Temps, Shreveport, and even a handful of those from New Orleans know better than to mess with him.”
  • When Marnie casts the spell on Eric, she is saying, “Now I command and charge you, O evil spirit! That you immediately bring! [sic] Having been brought, and the circles I depart, without the noise, terror, tumult, and stench, as well to all the damages, without of my both body and soul…” [WTF? Did they use Google translate to come up with this? I found a better translation online after the episode aired.]
  • Crystal tells the story of how she got pregnant while she was of the age to go to junior high (if she had ever actually gone to school) by a boy from Bon Temps. She got an abortion in Shreveport.  Since she hasn’t gotten pregnant by Felton when they are having sex constantly (thanks to his V use), she thinks that Felton must be sterile.

Blu-ray Extras, 4.3: If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?

  • According to the blu-ray, what Eric is saying in Swedish when Sookie asks him what he last remembers is this: “The joyous cries of the birds. The wet sand giving way beneath my feet, as I ran straight into the freezing surf.”  That was, indeed, what was written in the script.  However, what Alexander Skarsgard wrote on the side of the page – and what a native speaker has said he actually says on screen is this: “The wet sand between my toes. The wind against my shoulder blades.”
  • Pop up Lafayette tells the story of Nelly somebody, a waitress or fangbanger at Fangtasia who stakes some “nobody vampire who gets a little rough” with her when feeding one night.  Even though Eric didn’t know the vampire, he “made Nelly pay for it in the most painful way possible.”
  • [After a certain vamp is caught feeding on camera] Nan Flanagan explains how the law mandating the True Death if a vampire is caught feeding was implemented.  Great line (somewhat paraphrased): “It’s just like a traffic violation.  It only counts if you get caught.  Only people aren’t normally executed for running a red light.” I’m going to miss Nan. J
  • When Pam refers to the fangbanger she is biting in Fangtasia’s office as “Jethro,” she means it. His name is Jethro Skinner, who “had big dreams of becoming a porn star, but on his way from Jacksonville, Florida to California’s San Fernando Vallye, he stopped in Shreveport to get his vampire fix and never quite got back on the road.” Awwwwwwwww.
  • Pop up Pam tells the viewer that Eric and Bill’s rivalry predates both the Great Revelation and Sookie and that Bill has “had it out for Eric” for some time now.  She observes that Bill is probably plotting to have Eric removed for his personal reasons – which is the problem with almonarchs.  [Ironic that Bill is meant to be subverting the monarchy, isn’t it, but it all goes back to that old saw about the corruption of power.]
  • Pop up Pam is surprisingly misogynistic in a segment that comments on Jessica glamouring Hoyt after she confesses she has fed from someone else.   Pam talks about glamouring as useful for dealing with “overly emotional people” – like women, who she claims cry a lot. “Especially in bed.” (!!!) Although she suspects that in Hoyt and Jessica’s relationship, Hoyt is the crier.  I can hear the wails of the SVM fandom now as they read this version of Pam, which is absolutely nothing like Book Pam.
  • Since I’m still new to blu-ray, I am astonished to realize how clearly you can see that as Eric is climbing down into the cubby with Sookie, his hair is still wet from the shower.  That detail was lost in my previous viewings! That and the fact that Eric has light chest hair, despite the manscaped look.
  • Debbie Pelt got clean and sober (um, right) through ATV – Addicted To V, a 12-step program. She has been sober 10 months at the time of the witch incident.
  • Maxine Fortenberry taught Tommy Mickens to read using infomercial and the microwave instructions on TV dinners.
  • Pop up Pam pronounced Sookie as terrible at three things: Lying, waitressing and staying the fuck out of Pam’s way. She says Sookie needs to curtail her involving Eric in her problems because she drags him – and by association, Pam – into her “little predicaments.” [Again with the Pam-hates-Sookie thing – a bit heavy-handed at this point.]
  • “When Bill took on the crown, one of his first actions was to retain an attorney.  Despite offers from firms as far reaching as New York City, Bill wanted someone local.  When Portia Bellefleur took over for Sid Matt, she made quite an impression on Bill with her ambition and intelligence.  It wasn’t long before she was handling all of his local business affairs.”
  • Worth quoting, Andy Bellefleur’s comments on why his sister Portia (who has previously always been “sensible”) would want to go out with Vampire Bill.  “She’s got the same sickness all the other women in Bon Temps got: Vamper fever! …How’s a law-abiding, upstanding citizen supposed to compete with someone like Vampire Bill? He doesn’t eat, so he’ll never get fat.  And he’s got money and a big house and a limo-sine [pronounced that way] and years of know-how in the “marital arts.” His deck is stacked and there nothing us regular guys can do anything about.  Except maybe Stackhouse. He seems to do allright.”  Why, Andy, I’m sure many a guy has wondered how he is supposed to compete with the vampires his woman is interested in for those very reasons… 😉
  • When Tara, Lafayette and Jesus confront Pam in the basement of Fangtasia, Pop Up Pam comments that she may think Tara is a little c***, but that she respects her because she is tough. Fore-shadow!
  • [As Claudine appears in Sookie’s yard to ask her to return to Faerie] “Claudine got special permission from Queen Mab to return to the human plane and retrieve Sookie.  She’s trying to appeal to Sookie’s sense of family before taking more desperate measures.”
  • [When Eric drains Claudine, the following “Hint” appears] “Where did Claudine’s body go? Did it return to Faerie, dissipate back into light or disappear forever?” [So does this mean we may see Claudine again? Not as Claudette, as expected, but as herself? But then why are the fae so certain they will be hunted to extinction if death is not permanent?]

Blu-ray Extras, 4.4: I’m Alive and On Fire

  • “Although being drunk on alcohol is not the same as being high on faerie blood, it is the closest comparison humans can make to this vampire sensation.  Many imagine it is like the feeling that came with turn of the century absinthe, before it was distilled into the kitschy and legal substance that can be found in the United States today.”
  • Jason says that he viewed Becky from Hot Shot as being like a little sister, so he viewed the possibility of sex with her like the possibility of sex with Sookie.  “And that’s disgusting – even for small-town Louisiana.” Hah!
  • “The Salem witch trials were created [my emphasis] to target anyone practicing the capital felony of witchcraft in the Massachusetts counties of Essex, Suffolk and Middlesex in the late 1600s.  Records show that nineteen people were executed, and several more passed away in prison, serving or awaiting sentences.”
  • In the scene where Antonia is burning at the stake and Marnie has the vision seeing it, they both begin to chant the following in Latin: “It is the dead that I seek, come to me, from wherever and everywhere, come to me, o dead ones.”
  • In case you weren’t listening closely the first time, Felton is, indeed, Becky’s uncle-daddy and Crystal is her sister-cousin.  I assume that Becky’s mom is perhaps Crystal and Felton’s sisters, although it would take someone more astute than me to figure out that incestuous little tree.  The blu-ray points out that almost everyone in Hot Shot is related in more than one way and that inbreeding is basically the only way anyone reproduces, which is precisely why the blood line is dying out.
  • Pam’s threat of how she’ll kill Sookie if anything ever happens to Eric: “I’m going to drain every last inch of her, bottle it in these little vials, sell it on the blood black market for at least $50,000 a pop, and then, I’m going to take her hollow, spindly skin and turn it into a Sookie-skin rug for the new house I’ll buy with all that cash; this way, whenever I pass through my living room, I can walk all over her. In heels.”
  • According to Andy Bellefleur, all grandma Caroline Bellefleur has now is the house and her name; the money has all run out!
  • Luna and Marcus got divorced because he was jealous and spent too much time with the pack without checking in.
  • “Instead of the term “living room,” many wolves opt to call this space in the house the “den,” a throwback to when their ancestors lived in actual dens.”
  • Pam tells a story about Eric: “This one summer in 1973, Eric and I went trolling for women on the boardwalk in Cape Cod and we found these twins, Samara and Chelsea.  God, I’ll never forget those girls; they didn’t stop giggling but they had this dirty blonde hair and legs like you’ve never seen. Anyway, Eric made a toast while he was drinking from Chelsea.  He said, “Pam, to c*nt and gunpowder” then we drained the little tw*ts in unison.  Sookie wouldn’t be getting all mushy-gushy over this sweet, mild-mannered version of my maker if she only knew what the real Eric was like.  She wouldn’t be so smitten.” [Ouch. Just, ouch!  On the other hand, this Eric didn’t seem real impressed with the ‘real’ Eric he was hearing about, so I still think that who Eric is will change in season 5. Pam isn’t going to know who he is.  Maybe he isn’t going to, either!]
  • “Eric owns multiple properties, including Fangtasia, Sookie’s house, a farm in Trondheim, a farm in Oland, an apartment in Paris and a plantation in Barbados.” [So, does this mean Bill doesn’t know about the farm in Trondheim, Norway? And I still wonder why the hell Eric Northman would pick Shreveport over Paris. And where does he stay in Shreveport when he is there? The basement of Fangtasia? Unanswered questions…]
  • “Hoyt and Jessica were on their way to Fangtasia for another date night when they found Jason by the side of the road.  Hoyt has been making a pronounced effort to show Jessica a good time, and she, as always, was thrilled to get out of the house.”
  • When Marnie casts the spell on Pam, she says, “Die, die, die, liquefy, fade, rot! Corrupt, unsanctified corpse who walks, behold your true self!”

Blu-Ray Extras, 4.5: Me and the Devil

  • Pop up Godric speaks while Eric is dreaming about biting Sookie: “Many believe who we are is defined by our choices, so what happens when we lose all memory of this? When actions and choices are erased from the mind, are we then nothing? Is Eric to believe he is devoid of character simply because he cannot access his memories? In a way, he is like a child: a clean slate.  He has feelings, yes, but feelings are like the ether; they come and go and disintegrate and reappear at the call of random and often meaningless triggers. But his core remains: his depth, his soul, his love. These are traits that were always there. No spell can rid someone of these. Despite the tough exterior Eric worked so hard to portray, he is showing the human side of himself that has been buried for a very long time.”[BTW, Pop up Godric’s hair is much longer, which is distracting!]
  • “The daylight incident exhausted Eric. He has been sleeping on and off since Sookie put him to bed, but now, a few hours before dawn, he’s awakened by his dream. “[Excuse me while I preen, but I wrote this into my story because that was the explanation that made the most sense to me. I love it when I get a speculative detail right.]
  • According to Pam, who is commenting as Eric cries in Sookie’s bed: “Eric has only cried twice in his vampire life: once, when Godric met the sun, or so I heard; and once when he got a toothpick in the eye in a diner fight back in the ‘90s and those were involuntary tears.  When I get my hands on those fucking witches, I’m going to carve out their eyeballs and turn their tear ducts into h’ors deuves for a dinner party.”
  • Pop up Godric says [as Sookie comforts Eric after his dream]: “Vampire dreams are a rare thing, to be treasured, remembered, poured over. That Eric has had this dream speaks to the torment he’s experiencing. And yet, through this pain he might transcend, transform, evolve. I do not envy him this suffering and I wish I could be there for him to alleviate it.  When I left Eric on the roof, I departed believing he too would find himself on the path I had only just begun to travel, one of rediscovering the human within and not to turn away from it. I felt sorrow in abandoning my child, but I knew that it was necessary.  He is one of the last old world vampires, and that is a difficult, almost impossible loneliness to bear. Maybe this …connection…with Sookie will remind him of the good inside him.” [Godric pauses before saying the word connection and emphasizes it in the way he says it, which I am assuming will be significant in the long run. I can’t wait to see if there is any information on the blood exchange later in the season. On another note, in my story I gave Eric two nightmares that night because I thought that he was under such psychological stress, it made sense for him to rest poorly. Glad to know I was at least right about the psychology if not the likelihood of frequency of such a thing.]
  • Nan Flanagan: “The Authority and its highest ranking members assembled within two hours after Russell Edgington appeared on national television to eviscerate that poor anchor.  We had a two-day summit and emerged with nearly eight new vampire laws as well as multiple changes to already existing laws. We also put together a memo, which we’re still striving to get in front of the heads of the Republican and Democratic parties. Humans generally don’t like to mix in our politics, if that wasn’t already obvious from the recent failure of the Vampire Rights Amendment. But at a certain point, with all of the anti-vampire sentiment taking over the lives of even the most peaceful and civil vampires, it’s about time the religious right and the US government paid us some attention.”
  • “When people ask Jason how many women he’s slept with, he has two different answers. To most people, it’s “around ten.” To himself and Hoyt, it’s 42, a number that hasn’t changed in several years.”
  • “Bill’s prison can hold up to six prisoners. It was designed to be effective for incarceration of both humans and vampires. It features closed-circuit TV that allows two-way communication as well as titanium bars coated in silver. It’s rumored that Bill spent close to a million dollars on this state-of-the-art facility.”
  • Re: Luis’s maker, Padre Santiago: “Don Santiago was an ancient vampire who helped found a group of vampires with a plan to infiltrate and prey on humans from within their own institutions. Don Santiago joined the Church in the mid-1400s.  While never one to discuss his origins, his myriad progeny all assumed he came from Russia.” [The interesting thing about this revelation is that when you hear Bill talk about infiltrating powerful institutions, it sounds like something all vampires do; but this makes it sound as if Don Santiago was somewhat rogue in these plans.  Does this tell us anything about the various factions among vamps?]
  • Nan Flanagan, on Bill going to glamour Marnie in her cell, thus putting himself at risk since she was suspected of being a necromancer: “When I was touring palaces in the Rajasthan state of India a couple of hundred years ago, I met this man who tried to explain their nobility system. He said that some of the ancient maharajas, meaning great kings, would fight alongside their armies, and the commoners respected that, sure, but while they were risking their lives, they were also risking the stability of their people. Other maharajahs, sometimes less respected, would stay at home for the battle, in safety, so they could continue to rule from afar. I guess the point is, while I respect Bill’s willingness to take responsibility for his own poor choices, I’m a little baffled by his proximity to this witch. She’s shown us how powerful and dangerous she is to vampires, and he is a king. His safety is paramount. He has people who work under him whose lives are worth far less than his own. Bill Compton is either a moron or a lot ballsier than I thought.” [I vote for both.]
  • Pop up Pam, speaking while Eric and Sookie have their heart to heart about his past, just before he walks out her door: “I keep having this fantasy that all of a sudden, Eric clicks his fangs out and drains the fuck out of that Barbie. But just before he dies, he whispers in her ear, ‘Just kidding. I’m still me.’ And then she dies a slow, horrible death, knowing that their little flirtation was all a manipulative joke. *sighs* A girl can dream, can’t she?” [I hate to say it because I have always enjoyed Pam’s acerbic tongue, but her non-stop Sookie hate in the commentaries is actually making me start to dislike her. I imagine many people in the SVM fandom are going to be very unhappy with this.]

Blu-ray Extras, 4.6: I Wish I Was the Moon

My usual disclaimer: these notes are based on what interests me in the blu-ray commentary, so they are not complete.  Of course, everything about Eric interests me. 😉  If it is in quote marks or italics, then it is a direct quote from the blu-ray, otherwise, it’s my paraphrase. This disc alone made buying the blu-ray worth the extra $$$ for me because I’m a big fan of spirit guide Godric who thinks Eric can follow in his path.

  • Pam, on Eric and Sookie making out just before Bill interrupts them: “It’s about time she gave him some of her goods. Eric’s never been interested in someone for more than a few hours.  That’s usually how long it takes for him to get them undressed.  She put up a good fight, though. Hope he finds out it was worth it. Want my opinion? If it weren’t for that fairy blood, he’d have been on to the next one the instant she opened that pouty little mouth.”[To which I have to say that if this is really Eric’s MO with women  – and I believe it is – then it just shows how differently he has treated Sookie all along. And I still don’t believe it was about her blood, or he’d have found a way to drink her already. Poor Pam. She doesn’t get it. That is going to bite her in the ass someday.]
  • Nan Flanagan, speaking about Bill arresting Eric: “While Bill Compton may have a personal agenda in the capture and removal of Eric Northman, he is appropriately fulfilling his role as king of Louisiana. He took an oath to the Authority and technically, he’s carrying out that sworn statement.  The way I see it, Bill has not crossed the line. Yet.  Sophie-Anne? Well, she was famous for letting her personal endeavors interrupt her role as queen. She would go on random quests to find exotic birds or week-long blood binges in the lower Caribbean. It got to the point where it was impossible to rein her in. And her personal and legal [possibly illegal – hard to hear here] activities, as much as she may have enjoyed them, became detrimental to her dominion. As far as fallen nobility goes, corruption and wasted opportunities, she wasn’t the worst we ever had. But she was definitely up there.”
  • How Pam feels when she is talking to Eric in their shared cell: “I’m vain. I know this about myself. I love this about myself. So, not only is this rotting spell killing me, literally disintegrating my body, it is also destroying my soul and everything that is important to me.  And for Eric, my maker, the only person I hold dear in the world, the only person I’ve ever held dear, for him to not understand that – [Pam’s voice chokes a little here] um – I – I’m at a loss.” [Okay, so she has my sympathy there for the first time in a few discs.]
  • Nan, commenting on Bill’s request for a warrant for the true death for Eric: “Issuing a warrant for the true death used to be incredibly complicated: paperwork, approvals, red tape; it could take weeks, months even. But with some of the new laws that came about after Russell Edgington, and with a few hidden loopholes known only to select vampires within the ranks, its become a much easier process. Its not entirely different in practice from Bush’s Patriot Act.  I can’t really go into it, but let’s just say that if I need someone offed, give me three hours and I’ll have a warrant.” [Foreshadowing!]
  • When Maxine Fortenberry is dissing Tommy to Tommy-as-Sam, the following information pops up: “Maxine worked with Tommy on his reading for an hour a day for a little over six months. Under her tutelage, Tommy reached a second-grade reading level.”
  • Godric’s take on the Spanish Inquisition: “The witch trials of the Inquisition: a dark period of bloodshed from which neither human nor vampire emerged untarnished. Though I was not in Western Europe at the time, there were whispers concerning a faction of aggressive vampires who were not content to hunt from outside human society. They were known as Ticks – an ironic name, considering how powerful they eventually became. They embedded themselves wherever human weakness made it advantageous to their agenda. The state of things in Spain in the Middle Ages provided one such opportunity. One of the architects of this plan, Don Santiago, delighted in a particular kind of cruelty: fear-based feeding. Santiago believed that torture caused a definitive – and his words, ‘delectable’ – change that sweetened human blood. He and his devotees devised famous torture devices employed by the Spanish Inquisition All in the name of turning their victims into human apertifs.”
  • [This is, of course, the night of the full moon, and the woods are fully of weres, other creatures – and Jason Stackhouse.] “Although a full moon carries significance to the were and shifter communities, it has nothing to do with “turning.” This is a fact commonly mistaken by the werepanthers of Hot Shot.”
  • Pam talks about an area where she tends to agree with Russell Edgington: “Now, I know Nan Flanagan would unleash on me if she heard me say this, but I think there was something to what Russell Edgington was trying to say. I don’t entirely disagree with his philosophy. Vampires are superior to humans, so why is it that so many feel we need to ‘level the playing field’ and take care of the lesser creatures? Especially in the South. It’s a real trend around here. I just can’t get my head around it. I heard that out West there is a big underground movement of vampires who also agreed with Russell. Most of them never mainstreamed, so it’s a lot easier to take that kind of stance when you don’t have any fiscal or social value to lose.  But I’m glad there’s still some vampires out there willing to stand by the truth: We drink. We fuck. We drain. We don’t owe humans anything more than that.” [Two speculative thoughts here: This again makes me think that Pam is being set up to become a vampire fundamentalist while Eric moves further towards mainstreaming, causing even more inter-personal angst between maker and child. Second, what if the rumored ‘new kinds of vamp’ are these underground, living-outside society ones?]
  • Pop up Godric speaks as Eric is about to be executed by Bill: “I lived two millennia.  In those years, I killed, I eviscerated, I slaughtered, I murdered; I could turn the waters of the great lake [indecipherable] crimson with the amount of blood I spilled. Yet even I found my way to a place of grace and peace. So, its not for me to condemn anyone, much less Eric, for the atrocities committed while he dwelled in the darkness. Being around Sookie has made Eric, for the first time in a long while, more human himself. He’s fully capable of moving beyond his past and finding some sort of redemption.”
  • As Don Bartolo cuts his arm, saying that this is the kind of magic Marnie is doing – blood magic – this pops up: “The blood magic of Don Bartolo usually involves the blood of an “other.” Marnie’s blood magic involves her own blood. The two, while related, have vastly different purposes and effects.”
  • Nan Flanagan on Pam: “Pam has been a tremendous liability to the AVL’s publicity campaign. She’s no Russell Edgington, but her snarky and dangerous posturing could set us back another hundred years at least. For a little while, she was on board with the agenda, protecting the protestors outside their little business, checking cameras and phones at the door, allowing us to shoot promotional spots inside Fangtasia; but off the record, we paid her a nice little sum to cooperate with those requests. And rumor has it she spent it all on white gold from South Africa. I don’t really give a damn how she lives her personal vampire life, but when it comes to the humans, she needs to cool her fucking [indecipherable – birks?]”
  • When Marnie enslaves Luis in her cell, she is saying in Latin, “Be my slave. Submit to me.”
  • Pam, on Bill setting Eric free: “Well, this might be the first time in my life that I can say something nice about Bill Compton. I don’t like to say nice things about people in general; just a rule of thumb for me. But I’ll make an exception in order to thank Bill for releasing Eric from his custody.  He could have let his ego drive the outcome of this debacle, but I’m grateful that he acted like a real man. I hope all this sudden touchy-feely shit isn’t because I’m running out of time.  The last thing I want to do is start saying nice things about everyone because the end’s coming. Sookie’s a slut. Maybe I have a little time left.”
  • As Bill drinks blood on his porch in the moonlight, the following info: “Unlike wine, blood does not get better with age. If it cannot be taken straight from the source, it is best enjoyed as soon as possible. This particular blood that Bill is drinking was drained and poured into his glass within the hour.  There are donors on site at Bill’s house at all times, should the King or any of his constituents need a ‘pick-me-up.’”

Blu-Ray Extras, 4.7: Cold, Grey Light of Dawn

  • Antonia didn’t want Luis shedding Katie’s blood because bloodshed would alert other vamps such as Bill to her escape.
  • Don Bartolo knew that Lala was a medium as soon as he met him, but he felt the only way for Lala to recognize that was to come face to face with death and be forced to take a spirit into him.
  • Werewolf packs range from 5 or 6 wolves to as many as 40.  Because they are secretive, there is no exact number of packs in Louisiana, but a ballpark would be around 150.
  • Pam, commenting on Eric listening to Sookie’s heart while they are in bed in Sookie’s bedroom: “If and when Eric gets his memories back, Sookie’s going to be in for a rude awakening. The Eric that I know – the real Eric – he doesn’t have a heartbeat, doesn’t care about having one, and doesn’t care about anyone else having one for that matter. So, whatever it is that Sookie is feeling right now, it’s fast and fleeting.  She should enjoy it while she can, because I am thoroughly going to enjoy the return of my Maker and the shitstorm that will come with it.”
  • “Dr. Patricia Ludwig purports to be human, though her patients often have their doubts. Her uncanny ability to figure out cures to supernatural elements speaks to a life spent among the otherworldly. She calls New Orleans home but often travels around the country in response to paranormal emergencies.”
  • On Dr. Ludwig treating Pam for the rotting spell: “Dr. Ludwig has given Pam a cocktail of powerful steroids, human growth hormone, and a secret ingredient from her own private stash of medicinal plant extracts. Pam’s rate of deterioration makes it necessary to inject the cocktail as often as is safely possible.”
  • When Marntonia meets Tara on the road: “Marnie’s power has been boosted greatly by Antonia.  With this comes the power the power of empathy, which allows Marnie to make Tara see and feel what she (and Antonia) went through.”
  • Commentary while Jessica is being silvered in her cell: “Eden[Jessica’ sister] and the Hamby family were glamoured by Bill and therefore have no idea that Jessica is a vampire. They haven’t given up the search for her, and Eden tries her best to keep her life as normal as possible despite missing Jessica greatly.”
  • Nan Flanagan, explaining being silvered: “How to explain what being silvered feels like to a human? Well, I imagine it’s similar to modern techniques of torture used in the People’s Republic of China:freezing and exposing, tiger bench hell shaft [??].  Basically, you feel like you are slowly but surely losing all strength, mobility, feeling and life while also bearing the psychological effects of impending death. But you’re already dead. It’s confusing and overwhelming. It’s definitely more difficult for young vampires to handle, but I’m used to it by now. [Pause] Don’t ask.”
  • “Pam is rotting from the inside out. She can treat the exterior symptoms and mend her appearance, but eventually the rot will return.  As long as Pam remains cursed, she’ll require debridement, peels and Dr. Ludwig’s prescribed regimen.”
  • Pam, on Sookie refusing to take Eric out of silver on the day of the sun spell: “Sookie’s doing a better job of protecting Eric than I thought she would. Eric can be very charming; talks his way out of almost everything. Usually he can do it without even glamouring his subjects. Sookie’s not giving in. I dare say I’m mildly impressed.”
  • Luna teaches freshman and senior biology at Greenlawn High School in Shreveport.  She’s been there for six years.
  • What Marnie is chanting during the sun spell: “Hellspawn demon, Creature of death, fire shall take away your very breath.”
  • Godric on what happened at Logrono: “During the Great Massacre of 1610, this spell cast by Antonia Gavilan spared nobody.  Even the oldest and most powerful were unable to resist this suicidal walk into the light. Of course, the difference now is humans themselves. Ironic that one human, determined to destroy inspires others to try and save. This is something I wish I’d understood earlier in my life: that humans have an almost infinite capacity for good and as once humans, we vampires can attain that.”

Blu-Ray Extras, 4.8: Spellbound

  • Nan Flanagan on human guards: “Any human that chooses to work for the Authority is more than well-compensated.  The benefits include a hefty start bonus, health and dental for all immediate family members, college tuition paid for up to three immediate descendants, as well as a half-a-million-dollar life insurance policy. This is more money than any of these people would see in their lifetimes, if you chose to work elsewhere, but it’s a dangerous job with a lot of casualties, so most humans shy away from it. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.”
  • A Hint that pops up while Marcus is telling the Shreveport pack to stay out of the vamp-witch fight: “How does Marcus know about the vampire-witch wars? Is his source Debbie, or does his information come from elsewhere?” [That they would bring this up makes me think his source is not Debbie, who is too obvious and denies it.]
  • When Sookie pulls the silver off Eric after the sun spell, he is saying in Swedish, “Helvetes jävla fan!” which translates in English to “Hell. Fuck. Satan.”
  • “Although synthetic blood is meant to replace the need for human blood, it simply does not have the same healing effects as real human blood. “[And excuse me while I do a geeky dance of joy, but I thought that was the case, so I’m tickled to have it confirmed.]
  • While Eric is feeding on Sookie after the spell, the commentary points out that the last time she was fed on was during the Russell Edgington incident.
  • Godric, speaking while Eric feeds Sookie his blood: “Being a vampire is not a black and white mentality. It’s far more complex. We’re both the worst and the best that humanity has to offer. The most evolved – and the least. That Sookie can put aside her apprehensions is a miracle and Eric, receiving her trust, is pulled to the more human side of his being. Watching these two proves that real coexistence is possible, that humans can inspire true love or trust or altruism, a shift in the vampire collective mentality.”
  • “[Blood] donors at Bill Compton’s make an average of $35 dollars an hour, and while working, have access to free health services.  They must go through an extensive medical examination before being approved for the job. There is always at least one donor on site, and many more on call should they be needed.  Bill has seven on site at the moment [immediately after the sun spell], given the current circumstances.”
  • Vampire cannot glamour through TV.  Yet. 😉
  • During Eric and Sookie’s “Narnia” trip: “V-trips often lead people into personal histories and past events.  When Jesus and Lafayette tripped together, Lafayette had a chance to experience Jesus’ upbringing and family life.  Perhaps this Scandinavian forest is a depiction of one of Eric’s memories, which would suggest that although he may not be able to access them at the moment, his memories remain somewhere hidden within him.”[And why would Eric be on a V trip, since he didn’t consume V? I’m still thinking that Narnia setting is some kind of blood bond forming between them, with the sun and wood from Eric’s being and the sunlight from Sookie’s fairy essence.]
  • Godric’s thoughts on when Eric and Sookie are lying in bed in Narnia, noticing the sun and snow: “The ability of a vampire to feel what humans call ‘love’ diminishes rapidly through the years.  The closest a vampire such as Eric comes is in his relationship to his progeny, but that, too, does not quite approach what Eric is feeling right now. [Godric grins to himself, almost embarrassed] His elation is contagious. To be happy with another person, human or vampire – I hope that Eric and Sookie can enjoy this moment, that they embrace it and hold on to it forever and not worry about what will happen when the spell eventually breaks and Eric returns to his old self. “
  • According to Don Bartolo, babies and animals can see the world in its true form (including ghosts) because they don’t have to think all the time.
  • Nan Flanagan’s comments when Eric and Sookie are in bed and Eric proposes that they run away together: “A lot of young human men in their 20s suffer from Chris McCandless syndrome.  They want to go into the wild, live off the land, forsake their fortunes and families.  But a vampire, trying to go off the grid? Unh-unh. Not gonna happen. The Authority is far more powerful than the average vampire realizes. We know where all of you are at all times. It is absolutely inane that a vampire could disappear and mainstream somewhere else without the Authority knowing his or her whereabouts. So while we may be trying to track down Eric in a moment, it won’t take us very long. It never does.” [Which is meant to intimidate us about Eric and Bill on the run after Nan’s death, of course.]
  • The father of ghost Mavis’s baby is Virgil Williamson, who was married to Louise Fielding, the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner. He worked as an accountant for the business before taking it over after his father-in-law’s death.
  • According to Don Bartolo, one a medium has been possessed, the spirits come directly to the medium, but before that happens, the spirits come to the  medium in dreams.  Lala has probably had those kinds of dreams all his life.
  • Godric, speaking as the battle in the cemetery rages between the witches and the vampires: “How quickly hope dies, murdered by its ugly twin despair. All the best intentions in the world melt away as humans and vampires alike descend to the basest emotions. It is difficult to see all this happening. For every small step made, for every thread of hope that Eric and Sookie provide me, it seems that prejudice and fear take us three steps back. Too much regression and we’ll be back in 1610, with humans and vampires destroying each other senselessly.”
  • While Marnie is taking control of Eric in the cemetery, the words she is saying in Latin are “Goddess, hide us!”

 

Blu-Ray Extras, 4.9: Let’s Get Out of Here

  • Godric, speaking as Bill tries to get Sookie to take his blood after she was shot in the cemetery: “The moment I met Sookie, I knew she was special. I saw the effect she had on those around her, especially the vampires. Her virtue makes her shine. She and others like her will be important in a true vampire-human peace. I felt this the morning of my death, and though I did not ask it of her, I gladly welcomed her company when I waited to meet the sun. In our brief, pre-dawn conversation, she gave me the comfort and strength to finish what I’d begun.”
  • Nan Flanagan, talking about almost becoming a Maker, just after telling Jessica how glad she is she never did: “I almost became a Maker once, back in the early 1920s. It was a great time: the economy was booming, the thrill of urbanization had just hit New York, women were moving up in the world. I made a friend, Beatrice, in the suffrage movement. Aside from my dinner, she was the only human I exposed my fangs to back then. She even let me feed from her, just to see what it was like. We were very…close. One night she came over; she was drunk, although I’m not sure where she got the alcohol, considering it was Prohibition, but at any rate, she asked me to turn her. Begged me, practically. She wanted to live forever, see where the women’s movement would go. Devote an eternity to fighting for our rights. But I told her I couldn’t do it; not while she was under the influence. I said, ‘Bea, come back tomorrow if your mind is still set on it.’ I never saw her again.  Probably for the best.  I can’t imagine her not doing something fantastic and bloody to Sarah Palin, which I would enjoy, but then I’d have to execute Bea, which would make me sad.”
  • Nan on Bill’s role as King of Louisiana: “It’s been confirmed: Bill Compton was a failed mission. I really believed we had something special on our hands. All those years following him; even more years grooming him, and for what? So he could royally fuck up what should have been a juvenile assignment? I find it frustrating to constantly be surrounded by morons. The hours wasted catching their errors, fixing their errors, then making them feel like shit for making errors: it’s exhausting being so fucking smart!”
  • Before I transcribe what Godric says during Sookie’s threesome dream, may I just say I have never been so happy to see Godric’s solemn baby face? Because that dreams goes to hell for me the moment Bill shows up. Instead of listening to Sookie explain her plan to have both vampires, I can listen to whatever Godric says:  “I respect Bill Compton.  He realized early in his vampire existence that humans were not to be feared or preyed upon.  He saw an alternative to the historic relationship we created with humankind. And though I know him more by reputation than personal experience, I’ve come to see Bill as a virtuous but flawed man. I suspect sometimes his virtue is his flaw. His motive to coexist with humans is pure, but he must also accept his own nature before that can truly be possible. Only after he stops his self-torment will he be able to realize his full potential.”
  • According to Luna, shifters have better senses of smell than weres, which comes from some sort of evolutionary biology.
  • According to Don Bartolo, a medium can control a spirit, but Lala is too new at it to control Mavis because he is basically “hiding” inside.
  • Pam commenting on the second part of Sookie’s threesome dream: “Sookie likes to play the part of the girl next door, flipping her blonde ponytail from side to side, the whole ‘golly gee’ act, feigning shy and inexperienced when it comes to sex. But it’s always the innocent ones and the Catholics – and the Japanese – that are hornier than the rest of us. They just don’t want to admit it. But I would bet ten to one that she gets pretty nasty in the sack.”
  • Just after Jason has asked Jesus if Lafayette ever “turns into a woman named Mavis” when they “role-play,” pop up Andy Bellefleur tells the story of how he once saw an HBO show where a couple role-played Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky before they had sex, but his grandmamma cut off the cable after she caught him watching it.
  • When Debbie Pelt shows up at Sookie’s house after taking V (before they go to Moon Goddess), Sookie is on the phone with Officer Trap, one of the heads of Bill’s private security force, asking that if they find “Mr. Northman,” that someone call her.
  • When Marnie bespells the doors at Moon Goddess, she says “Fire, guard and protect from those seeking betrayal.”
  • The story behind Julie Watney, the vampire at the Tolerance Festival: “Julie Watney always had a rebellious streak and bridled against her parents’ conservative household. In high school, she ran with the area burnouts. In college, her partying continued but the crowd got more dangerous. When she was 19, she attended an exclusive rave where she met Cody, a young vampire, who immediately was taken with Julie.  In the process of feeding on her, he went too far, completely draining her.  Cody’s maker quickly intervened and together they turned Julie.  After the Great Revelation, Julie returned to her family’s home and has lived there ever since.” [And apparently, she did successfully!  So, the whole “you must leave your family” idea becomes passé.]
  • Nan, talking about the Watneys after Bill asks if he and Nan are the only vampires at the Tolerance Festival: “The Watneys first popped up as a local news story, a little puff piece out of Jonesboro. One of my aides caught wind of it, brought it to my attention. We did a little digging and we were surprised to find that they were the real deal. Made me stop for a few moments; think about my own family, what it would have been like if I could have gone back to them. I was an only child, and I was a good kid, but my parents were very rigid. I’m not sure how they would have felt about having a daughter that was…[she searches for the right word]’different,’ Anyway, we’re thrilled to have the Watneys here, even if they’re rather irritating, personality wise.”
  • Nan, talking about the Festival of Tolerance: “The only real thing about this entire event is the Watney family. Their story is actually real. The rest of the Festival of Tolerance? A giant load of PR crap, secretly requested by the AVL and signed off on by the Authority. There’s so much media out there destroying the image of vampires across the country – no, across the world – we need to shed light on the positive side of vampire-human relations.  Even if it means we have to make up a damned grass roots movement for it, pay off college kids to wear t-shirts and join our Facebook group.”
  • Nan’s comments on Bill’s speech at the Festival of Tolerance: “Did Bill forget that we’re in Shreveport, Louisiana? We’re not surrounded by people that are going to understand a message of moral substance. They just want to get their free Festival of Tolerance hats, watch a hot girl cry on stage and tell her feel-good story, and then get on home to their fried chicken and sweet tea. You have to give the people what they want – candy and soda! And there’s Bill, with a big plate of steamed broccoli, screaming [in a very funny, deep Southern voice] ‘Eat your vegetables, kids.’ Sometimes I wonder what fucking planet Bill Compton is on.”

Blu-Ray Extras 4.10: Burning Down the House

  • Godric, speaking about the Sheriffs under Marntonia’s spell at the Festival: “I’ve never been under a witch’s spell like these sheriffs are, unable to resist the whims of a powerful magician like Antonia. There were always rumors of it being possible, and certainly, throughout history when unexplained behavior and phenomena have occurred, conspiracy-minded vampires were quick to point to witchcraft as the culprit: Roanake. The disappearance of the Mayans.  Jack Ruby’s assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald. Yes, Jack Ruby was a vampire. I’d always dismissed those ideas as paranoia, but seeing this makes me wonder.”
  • A pop up hint: Unlikely but useful stakes include #2 pencils, umbrellas, pool cues, and particular kinds of old-fashioned shoehorns.
  • Don Bartolo speaking as Sookie blasts Eric with her white light: “If this girl is not fully human, she does have the power of the old ones. She will have the old magic in her. It is light that she controls, light that is subject to her will. And if she wants to remove the spell, then the light makes that happen. Lucky for the vampires that this girl is on their side.”
  • Nan, on the aftermath of the Festival of Tolerance debacle: “However many years Russell Edgington set the vampire movement back, multiply it by ten! This is a disaster! This was meant to be an event to boost morale and publicity, not a shit show for nitwits like Steve Newlin to parade around as the truth. There has to be a way to contain all of this. It’s in one location, the cameras, film, recordings – whatever is out there, needs to be retrieved and destroyed.  And the AVL glamour squads better be on their fucking way. That’s usually the easiest way to clean up messes like this, but I’m telling you, I’m not sure if there’s time.” [Two interesting things here: Nan does not seem to know that Steve Newlin is a vampire, so let’s assume neither she nor the AVL turned him, which is what I had wondered about at one point.  Second, the guy from vamps-kill website was there recording, and that Nan talked about tracking down all the video makes me think he got some that will eventually get out. ]
  • Nan, speaking about Bill telling her he is going to do what he wants now, she is no longer in charge: ”How dare Bill usurp my authority. He has no right to speak to me like that. He may think that going all butch makes him seem like a better king, or that maybe it will help him win that whiny little blonde back, but it’s a far cry from the truth. Now I have to cancel three television appearances, one radio interview and several important meetings to deal with this train wreck. But Bill wouldn’t know about that stuff, oh, no, he has no consciousness of anything beyond this little town. The factions within the Authority – he speaks of the Authority as if it’s a simple governing body, but it is a complex system even I am only beginning to understand.” [Unfortunately, this entire speech takes place right over Eric and Sookie on the couch after he gets his memory back, so no commentary on that.  ]
  • And now, a moment of comedy, just after Eric and Sookie talk and Pam comes in to greet the unspelled Eric. Pop up Pam says: “Ginger forgot to unsilver me when the sun went down, so I missed the Dorchester debacle. I spent an extra three hours in that goddamn coffin with those  chains burning lacerations into my already delicate skin. When she finally did realize, she spent the next hour screaming incessantly while she peeled that shit off of me. She’s probably still screaming. I swear, the next time I wear silver, it better be Harry fucking Winston. Whatever, I don’t care. I’m just thankful to have Eric back, the real Eric, my Eric. But I could still kill that snatch Sookie for changing him forever.”
  • Jessica wears a variety of perfumes.  She keeps a rotating selection of samples that she gets on her occasional trips to the Shreveport Mall.  Her favorite is Polo Sport for Women.
  • Jesus’s mask is an amalgam of the various demons/deities called upon by Jesus in times of need or in times of stress. Some of these are Aztec, others are part of the Voodoo tradition, and other are part of a still deeper magic. [Ooooh, interesting! So maybe it is not a single ‘demon’ inside Jesus, but a mixture of spiritual energies?]
  • Although the people of Bon Temps continue to believe in the Bellefleur family fortune, the money has, in fact, run out.  Caroline Bellefleur knows this all too well, but allows the family reputation to remain intact.  Much of the wealth was lost in the 1980s oil bust, and to make matters worse, nobody in the family has earned very much since Caroline’s husband died.  Portia is the first to make a decent living, but she knows better than to share too much of it with her family.
  • Don Bartolo says black magic is powerful, seductive and addictive as hell, like heroin.

Blu-ray Extras, 4.11: Soul of Fire

  • Godric explains the love between maker and progeny: “What Sookie and Jason have between them is what the Greeks called agape, a selfless, pure and powerful love. The love shared between maker and progeny shares some aspects of agape, but it’s like a reflection in a pool of muddy water: broken and distorted, interspersed with worship, awe and even erotic attraction in some cases.  It’s very complicated and something that only vampires can truly understand.”
  • Luna explains that Marcus became pack leader after a stray bunch of Little Rock weres came up to Shreveport.  He was third in power in the pack at that time and just supposed to give them a warning, but he lost his temper and killed one of them.  When it came to choose a new pack leader, he had no challengers because the rest of the pack was basically afraid of his temper.
  • Godric, speaking about Eric’s decision to sacrifice himself when Marnie requests it: “The old Eric, before he met Sookie Stackhouse, would never have sacrificed himself for anyone. His lust for life was too strong. But now I see in both him and Bill the depth to which Sookie has affected them. Towards the end of my life, I was lucky enough to know that feeling. It is truly a testament to Sookie that she has inspired similar sentiments in Bill and Eric.”
  • Debbie confesses that yeah, she did have sex with Marcus.
  • When Jesus is doing the spell over Casey’s body, he is saying “Blood of the silent ones, open the door between this world and the other world.” Don Bartolo says this is a prayer to the Aztec gods.
  • Don Bartolo says that scrying (seeing information in a reflective surface) is better for different things on different surfaces.  Water is good for every day matters; scrying in metal and mirrors is good for money; scrying in blood is about life and death and he says to scry in blood requires balls.
  • Pam, after Eric tells her he will kill her if she doesn’t get out of his sight: “I’m not entirely convinced the spell is over. That, or it has some lasting effects.  Eric is still acting like a pussy, getting all hot and bothered over a little human. It isn’t the first time Eric’s gotten mad at me; that vampire has a temper.  That’s part of what makes him so fantastic. Like this one time, I closed the bar down early. It was a slow night and I had a date with a hot Jewish girl from Albuquerque, but he got over that within a few minutes. This just isn’t like him.  I’ve known him long enough to know that he’s acting weird.  And Eric Northman outgrew weird 1,000 years ago.” [So, Eric is definitely changed by the spell and/or the experience with Sookie.  But is it still magic? Oooooh, what if it is becoming “one” with Sookie that is influencing him?]
  • And in case you wondered about Pam and what happened with her spell after Marnie was killed: “Well, fuck me with a pineapple. Jason and Jessica are going to be happy together. Is everyone happy? Is everything turning out to be just fine? No! My maker threatened to kill me, my goddamn insides are rotting into pulp, and I still have to inject myself with this insufferable medicinal excrement all day, every day. Why the fuck is everyone else so happy?”
  • Don Bartolo, after spending most of the disc complaining about how Jesus is not a brujo and never going to be a brujo, finally gives him props after the spell that drives Antonia out of Marnie.  He also says that the Aztec gods that Jesus called don’t forget you after you call them, and if you piss them off, they will fuck with you. And since they are gods of death…well…they have a way of granting your prayers and then making them go sideways.

Blu-Ray Extras, 4.12: And When I Die

  • Godric, on the afterlife: “From the very beginnings of mankind, different ideas of an afterlife have arisen. I think it is just part of being human, wanting to believe that there is something else after all this. My people – my human people – believed in many deities. The reward of eternal life depending on currying favor with the right gods.  The Greeks believed in something eternal within us, something that survived death. Eric’s Norse tradition gave us Valhalla, the warriors’ paradise and of course Christianity offers an enormous range of ideas about heaven, from the child-like world full of clouds and angels to something less tangible, almost approaching a Buddhist sensibility. The bitter irony of a vampire’s eternal existence: the longer you live, the less certainty you have; paradigms come and go, leaving you with nothing to cling to. In the end, you have no choice but to live in the present, taking advantage of whatever time you have accorded to you by whatever cosmic plan you ascribe to. Being in the now, cultivating good karma, and loving others as I loved myself: these were the principles that guided the last act of my life. [Maybe I’m stretching the conclusion here, but if Godric is speaking as if he were Buddhist, can we assume his voice is, in some way, the voice of Alan Ball? Because that would present some interesting insights if that were the case.]
  • Maxine Fortenberry’s pork rind casserole includes packets of frozen broccoli, slices of Kraft Singles American cheese, smashed pork rinds and LOTS of salted butter.
  • According to Don Bartolo, Jesus knows better than to call the Aztec gods again, so he calls the deities of Voodoo and the goddess of the Mexican Day of the Dead.  Don Bartolo feels that a real man/brujo would not give up his magic, so he feels contempt (again) for Jesus.
  • According to Nan, who explains the origins of Halloween/Samhain, the explosion of Halloween as a “Hallmark holiday” was the result of the vampire agenda.  Since the holiday is sacred to Wiccans, making it all about the less sacred side of the holiday would keep witchcraft from being taken seriously.
  • Info when Holly is smoking pot and offers some to Sookie: “Sookie has only smoked pot twice in her life.  The first time, when Jason was in high school, he tried to get her high but she didn’t feel the effects of the drug. The second time, the high prevented her from having control over hearing people’s thoughts. She locked herself in her bedroom and blasted a Destiny’s Child album until the effects wore off. “
  • Pam, reflecting on why Eric didn’t call her while he and Bill were chained to the pyre by Marnie-in-Lafayette: “Me and Eric? Our relationship wasn’t a one-way street, you know. Sure, he taught me everything I know:  how to hunt and kill and fuck like a vampire, but I had his back. I was there for him when he needed me. I would kill anything for him, he knows that. He should have summoned me.  I would have thrown down the gauntlet and gotten rid of Marnie and that mouthy little tart Lafayette, too. [Pause where she looks emotional.] Maybe he just needs time to come around. [She pauses and shakes her head.] Who am I kidding? Eric never says a word he doesn’t mean. I’m fucked.” [So, she is feeling that Eric is cutting her off but good.  Notice she is using past tense when referring to her relationship with Eric. ]
  • Pam, on Jessica’s chat with Jason as they are having sex in his living room: “At long last, the girl gets the idea. Sex, blood, sex, more blood: it’s all there is to it. We can even go trolling for pets together. [Looks sad] I’m in need of a friend. Jessica’s going to break a lot of hearts. She’ll probably eat a few, too.”
  • While Pam is talking about Eric’s history with women and the seduction of supermodels and princesses: “Pam is not exaggerating. Eric had relationships with two Spanish duchesses, a Hapsberg, a Czarina, and countless ladies-in-waiting. As royalty began to wane, Eric sought out the elite in any form he could find. The advent of films, magazines and widely read media offered up a 20th century equivalent to royalty: Stars. It Girls. Actresses. And eventually…supermodels.  All things come to an end, however, and somewhere around his fling with Lauren Hutton, Eric outgrew his obsession, much to Pam’s relief.” [Okay, so Eric was kind of a fame whore? And gotta laugh: Lauren Hutton is known for the gap in her teeth, much like a certain faery waitress.  So, does this mean Eric has a thing for gap-toothed women? I’m so in luck… 😉 ]
  • Why Eric and Bill are wearing matching bathrobes: “One of Bill’s first kingly actions was hiring a designer to ‘tie the place together.’ The designer, Gerry, began by ordering matching robes, towels, and washcloths.”
  • Don Bartolo says spirits go to their ‘waiting place’ after death, but what that is depends on the person.  Jesus’s seems to be peaceful; Marnie’s is more likely torment.  And after that, they go to the unknown emptiness, which no one knows anything about.
  • As Jessica and Jason talk about their relationship: “For many vampires, drinking blood without killing the human is an act of incredible intimacy. A vampire can detect emotions in the exchange of blood. A willing donor will therefore give off a rich bouquet of desire, love or lust that the vampire can literally taste.” [So, when Eric talks in season 2 about missing biting the unwilling, it could be as much a taste thing as a power/violence thing.  It also has interesting implications about the differences between when he bit Sookie with Russell and when he bit her after the sun spell.]
  • When Jason tells Jessica that her not drinking his blood because it’s too intimate, “kinda like a hooker with kissing,” the commentary says: “Jason’s never seen an actual hooker but insists that he knows a lot about the subject because he’s seen ‘Pretty Woman.’ “ [What? They don’t have any hookers in Bon Temps? At all?]
  • Nan on being fired from the Authority: “When you get fired from the Authority, you don’t get called into your boss’s office for a nice little meeting where they let you know it’s time to part ways and they give you a decent severance and good references. You’re sent a message; in this case, a succinct and very unexpected message that informs you, in rather veiled terms, that your services will no longer be needed. It also implies, in less veiled terms, that there’s going to be a price on your head after you complete your official duties. I dedicated over 700 years of my life to the Authority and I put out good, solid work. But with the friction between opposing factions, I guess I was just an easy target. You know what I say? Their loss.”
  • Godric, after Bill and Eric have killed Nan and the stormtroopers: “I do not believe that killing is ever the only way out of a situation. With time and rationality, any situation can be resolved peacefully. In the chaos and confusion of Nan’s visit, however, I can see where they felt no possible alternative but to destroy the immediate threat. But their short-term survival might cost them in the long run. The Authority’s suspicions were already raised. Killing Nan will already confirm those suspicions. Bill and Eric will rise to the top of the Authority’s most wanted list and it’s a list that no vampire stays on for very long.”

Completed 6/8/2012

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13 responses to “Season 4 Blu Ray Extras

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  2. Is there a way to register on your site for any updates –I don’t see a way to do it —
    Pat

    • I changed a setting to allow “anonymous” (i.e., non-Wordpress users) to follow, although I’m not sure where the button appears now since I can’t see that version myself. Let me know if you see something different now!

  3. Hmmm, you don’t see a “follow” tab on the top? I’ll see if I can figure out if there is another option.

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  5. wow!thanks that a cool work
    One quetion :does anyone says anything cool about sookie? I mean her path…

    • There was some talk off and on from Don Bartolo about her magic, and Debbie Pelt keeps complaining about Sookie as a homewrecker, but otherwise, no, not a lot of talk about Sookie or her path. I can only assume they don’t want to spoil us or something. On the other hand, I have not listened to the regular commentaries, yet, so who knows? There might be something there!

  6. thanks!a lot for your work .I can’t buy it yet bc I’m foreign and can’t access h o.so you help me really!I gota feeling by godric statement that sookie is part angel.Could you tell me a little about her path?After all godric is allan ball talking since he reached budha ,nirvanna state…I mean sookie seems like the victim after all she is the only one not connected by comments about evolve,transform or reedeem as eric…

    • Quenny, several characters talk about Sookie in these commentaries: Pam (with her negative view), Arlene (who thinks that Sookie has brought her troubles on herself by dating vampires), even Nan Flanagan, who keeps harping on how suspicious she finds it that two vampires are so intense about this blonde waitress. But all those commentaries don’t really tell you what to really expect for Sookie’s path. There are some hints when Don Bartolo talks about the power of her magic, and when Godric says he sees her playing an important role not only in Eric’s personal transformation, but possibly in changing human/vampire relations. In all of this, no one talks about how Sookie’s own path, really, except to say that she is playing an important role in everyone else’s choices. The closest anyone comes to talking about Sookie’s own choices is when Godric says that her decision to trust Eric gives him hope for an eventual human/vampire peace. (Something like that — I’m paraphrasing here.) The impression I got is that Sookie’s personal relationships with vampires are part of something bigger, which will end up changing how humans and vampire relate forever. But I think I transcribed all of those hints. If I realize I missed something, I will definitely post it! And I’m so glad you got something out of it — this is my first blu-ray ever and I love this kind of stuff, so I wanted to share the goodies. If I could figure out how to share the commentaries themselves, I’d do that, but I bet other people will figure that out!

  7. haha Ok.I just find weird the comment of bartolo about angel tears…Bill made sookie cry with the marnie incident and trying to piss her off…What if she is part god (angel) and human (marnie like).After all godric says that all the torture marnie experience is normal to feel inferior.Just like sookie’s had to overcome with the whole abuser uncle going on.Lol I feel they are comparing sookie a little in there…So that’s why I am a little worried about her rendemption.Because I think she deserves it or needs a budha in her life.Thanks again for doing it 😉

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  9. I need this!! But not now… If you take it down, please let me know. I will copy it, but I want to remember where I got it… I’m bad about that 😦

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