True Blood 2.3: 'Scratches' Review - Featured

I love pretty much everything about True Blood, one thing especially being the way so many parts of the episodes can make you squirm - including episode titles like this particular one, Scratches!

It was previously 'Scratch My Back,' which I think is way better, but 'Scratches' is still pretty gross considering I looked at the episode title online right as the "healing kind" of doctor was digging the gross pus and poison, or whatever that was, out of the massive scratch wounds in Sookie's back?? Congrats, True Blood, on having at least one moment in every episode where I have to cover my eyes, meanwhile thinking how awesome the show is and the clever titles are.

So that grossness came with the utter excitement of the shadowy introduction of... the beast man, as we will call him until that terrifying enormous horned devil has a name. Perhaps Mary Ann?

Since Mary Ann is the main person who has strange powers that we don't know anything about besides making everyone crazy and hyper-sexual, my first thought upon the beast appearing was that Mary Ann seems like some sort of devil, so could she be this crazy horned figure?

But if it's her, why was this the first time anyone in the town had seen the creature or any of its effects? No one knew anything about it, even the wise and ancient Eric. It was compared to the komodo dragon that injects its victim with poison then tracks the victim until it's entirely weakened. I don't think it was noted what happens then, but I'd suppose either it eats the victim or, as I'm thinking of this beast creature after seeing Daphne's back, takes the victim under its control.

While this beast man may not be Mary Ann, I'm hoping there's some connection - maybe there's a breed of devilish beings around that are now going to emerge including this beast man and Mary Ann, much like the vampires came out of the coffin. My guess is that the beast, or some other being like it, is what killed Miss Jeanette as well, though there was never anything mentioned about her having those huge scratches on her back. Maybe that was just to leave that awful first discovery for when it was fresh on Sookie's back.

So either the appearance (or reappearance for Sam) of Mary Ann, Miss Jeanette's mysterious death, this beast man appearing, Daphne coming to town, and Sookie getting attacked are meant to be connected, or we're at least meant to think they are. I would assume we can say at least Daphne, the beast appearing, and Sookie getting attacked are related considering the matching scratches, but if there isn't just one beast, maybe there's a little more to it.

While the new beast overtook my interest for this episode, it was great that Sookie's attack not only led to the gross-out moment of the episode, but also to the gross-out moment of last week ending as Lafayette was finally released upon Sookie's indigent insistence. So what now for Lafayette?

While we don't get a new episode next week on the holiday weekend, the episode preview for July 12th showed Eric appearing at Lafayette's house, seemingly very soon after Lafayette got home. So what will Eric want with Lafayette? Was his release all a show to convince Sookie to help Eric? Is he going to kill or turn Lafayette into a vampire, or give him a good, final scare?

While it truly is painful to wait an extra week to get a new episode of this captivating show, I could use a little time to "take a breather," as HBO suggests True Blood is doing, to digest all that's already happened in these first three episodes. So with all that's happened so far, what do you think we'll find out about this beast, the continuing Mary Ann mystery, the now intriguing Daphne situation, and all the other craziness going on?



Default avatar cat
Jun 29, 2009 2:40PM EDT

the beast in the books is maryanne

Jun 29, 2009 5:31PM EDT

the beast is most commonly known as baphomet or the sabbatic goat

Default avatar cat
Jun 29, 2009 6:02PM EDT

what does mryanne do to her victims by scratching them??

Default avatar cat
Jun 29, 2009 6:28PM EDT

even though I guessed, definite spoiler alert needed for you rvictori :P

Jun 29, 2009 6:43PM EDT

@rvictori - as Racho mentioned, for posts about a show like this that also has books, a lot of people are just watching without having read the books, so please make a Book Spoiler Alert note before your comment so those of us just watching know to avert our eyes if we don't want book info. Thanks!

Default avatar cat
Jun 29, 2009 9:16PM EDT

I think Eric is gay and is into Lafayette.
Maybe not. But what a twist that would be!

Default avatar cat
Jun 29, 2009 10:22PM EDT

**Spoiler (from reading the books)**As some of you may have read, the beast is Mary Ann, however, she is not baphomet, or a goat. She's a maenad. She "feeds" off of pain, suffering, as well as emotions. In the book, Eric did know what it was, and the reason why it attacked Sookie, too. But because the show did this way differently than the books were, I think it's safe to say that it's not the same reason. I'd guess that Mary Ann attacked Sook cause she's gonna steal away Tara...
Anyway, a maenad's claws secrete a venom that's very potent, like Dr Ludwig was saying, way more potent than a Komodo dragon. And that's how they kill their prey.

Default avatar cat
Jun 30, 2009 1:08AM EDT

B_nelson then why wasn't Daphne dead?

Default avatar cat
Jun 30, 2009 1:49AM EDT

Is Daphne a Wer-Bullheadmonster? Perhaps it's her! They have changed the storyline before, the books may not be right!

Default avatar cat
Jun 30, 2009 1:54AM EDT

I think it's safe to say that even the people who read the books (which includes me) are gonna have some shocks this season and I'm not so sure we can pin the attack on Maryann just yet...after all I'm pretty happy Lafayette is still alive. My prediction is that it will continue to be amazing!
*book spoiler*
In the books Lafayette is the one found dead in the car and therefore never winds up in Eric's basement. Also, Maryann's presence is much less prominent in the book and there is no Daphne. While the series is true to the heart of the story, there are a lot of differences.

Default avatar cat
Jun 30, 2009 8:34AM EDT

I love this show.

Default avatar cat
Jun 30, 2009 7:27PM EDT

We've already seen that the series departs from the books where several characters are concerned, so while i'm not ruling it out, I doubt the beast will turn out to be Mary Ann. (Still Ensign Ro in my mind lol)
As for taking a breather, i think that's just a load. They just don't have enough content for a full season. Besides, i thought the "breather" was having to wait another 6 days and 23 hours for the next episode!

Default avatar cat
Jun 30, 2009 10:12PM EDT

Anyway what I think is that the story shld hv another turn. Remember the job Eric wanted Sookie to do. So it will be more Dallas scene, or may be a crash with Jason Stackhouse for being an idiot (again) to join the church....And we may hv a little breather from MaryAnn's storyline for awhile.
May be Daphne is a werewolf? Scratched by a werewolf. If the beast man scratched her, she shld be dead now.

Default avatar cat
Jul 5, 2009 1:55PM EDT

Was anyone else really pissed that Lafayette was still human? I was desperately waiting to see how amazingly awesome he would be as a vampire, and then they pussed out at the last second.

Default avatar cat
Jul 6, 2009 10:01PM EDT

i don't understand why no one is talking about jessica and hoigt! i thought it was so cute and amazing. i always felt so bad for hoigt and now he gets a girlfriend! maybe he can move out of his stupid mother's house.

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