The First Taste
Season 1, Episode 2
September 14, 2008
9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Other HBO playdates: Sept. 14 (10:30 p.m.), 16 (11:30 p.m.), 17 (10:00 p.m.), 18 (8:00 p.m.), 19 (midnight), 20 (10:45 p.m.) and 25 (9:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Sept. 15 (8:00 p.m.), 21 (3:00 p.m.) and 28 (5:00 p.m.)
Bill returns Sookie’s favor by rescuing her from the Rattrays’ revenge, healing the wounded waitress with his own blood and leaving her with temporarily heightened senses. After being invited into Gran’s (Lois Smith) house for a “get-to-know-you” gathering with Jason and her family, Bill joins Sookie for a nocturnal sojourn. They end up at Bill’s dilapidated antebellum estate, where he fights off his primal vampire urges for the acquiescent Sookie. Later, Sookie’s desires get the better of her as she returns to Bill’s – and is greeted by a gaggle of his bloodthirsty vampire friends.
Written by Alan Ball; directed by Scott Winant.
When the Rattrays make good on their promise to pay Sookie back for her interference, Bill finds her just in time to use his vampire blood to save her life. Sookie soon notices that her senses have been enhanced by the encounter, especially so where her sense of smell and taste are concerned.
Bill follows through with plans to visit Sookie’s home to meet her grandmother and they’re joined by Jason, who already has a dark opinion of vampires, and Tara, who’s there keeping an eye on her friend. A walk to end the evening has things heating up between Sookie and Bill, leaving them both a bit rattled.
A recent lover being murdered has done little to slow down Jason’s escapades and he moves on to a previous girlfriend for some stress relief. In the end his good time leaves him in a position that’s anything but under his control.
In this second episode of HBO’s True Blood series, Sookie learns more about vampires than she’s prepared to, Sam continues to hesitate in expressing his feelings towards her, and Bill gets an invitation into the Stackhouse home. The First Taste is another fast moving episode that’s filled with action, adult situations and a dose of humor. The series to date is entertaining as it blends the closeness of small town living with the fight by vampires to earn equal rights among the living. I’ll be looking forward to the third episode, Mine, that airs on the 21st.
Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews