Monday, September 29, 2008

True Blood: That Smell

Checking back in with HBO's True Blood we're definitely stepping into the 'page turning' mystery mode now, with Sookie (or, as fittingly pronounced by all, 'Sucky') on the case, using her telepathic abilities to try and clear her dimwit brother's name.

Other items to sink your fangs into: a vampire bar that's practically Disney by day, and Dante's Inferno by night; Lafeyette's illicit v business; and more importantly, the puzzling case of the caniney roadhouse proprietor Sam. For a moment we all thought he might somehow be the dog that watches over Sookie, but by the end of the third episode, we see them together, and our scent is thrown off. But seeing Sam roll around in Dawn's bed sniffing the sheets like their made of snausages (all to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "That Smell,") we know that this dog will hunt. [Readers of the book, please no spoiling.]

Most of the series music thus far has been from the roadhouse, so it's refreshing to hear what the Vamps are listening to. Bill seems to be a world music guy, listening first to some Hawaiian (Kalani Kinimaka) and then some Khmer (Cambodian) pop from Dengue Fever, whose song title ("Escape from Dragon House") also doubles as the episode title. Anyone got a translation of the song readily available?

Playlist: True Blood - Episode 1.04
1. "Brand New Cadillac" - Wayne Hancock
2. "Not This Time" - Johnny Neel
3. "Jack Me Up" - Jeff Laine
4. "Hoi Mai, Kuu Ipo" - Kalani Kinimaka
5. "Don't Fear the Reaper" - Heaven 17
6. "Demon" - Darkest Hour
7. "Escape From Dragon House - Dengue Fever
8. "That Smell" - Lynyrd Skynyrd

HBO's Tracklisting and scene descriptions

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