I may be the only one with any beef to pick with last night’s episode of True Blood, but hear me out. We go from the terribly sensual, one-shot only, blood bonding of Sookie and Eric, to… WTF-landia! And we sort of remain in WTF-landia for the duration of the episode. Don’t believe me? I have proof! I know that in True Blood’s world V, a.k.a. vampire blood extracted from a vampire for the purposes of becoming high, is a really neat drug. But, and you may correct me if I’m wrong, I thought that if the vampire gave it willingly it had similar effects as when they do it in canon. Oh, yeah… silly me, comparing True Blood to canon, what was I thinking? Except that I was pretty sure they worked the same way on both. Apparently blood bonding now only takes one or two blood exchanges. Fine by me, Eric’s blood is “Extra-Strength Viking.” Sort of like “Extra Strength Tylenol.” Okay, willing to overlook that, but not willing to go from beautiful, sensual blood bonding to this…
I will share something… it was a text convo between me and my darling hubby who puts up with my little PTSD exacerbations after the show. I asked him, “Have you ever watched a show where there’s a scene that is so corny that you have to look away giggling?” He said, “Oh, yeah!” I said, “That’s what I had to endure during True Blood tonight.” He said, “Sorry.” Aww… he’s sweet, but not the point. I had to look away embarrassed for Anna and Alex who actually had to play their trippy parts… NAKED! I have a lot of respect for actors working naked, but they deserve an Emmy for this one.
Speaking of Emmy’s… Fiona Shaw should be in line for Best Supporting Actress, I swear! She’s got me hating her guts (not hers personally, I’m sure she’s a fine individual) with a passion. Antonia Gavilan the Logrono is above and beyond the bad girl, and now she has Eric! She’s going to make him into her love slave or something (probably just a slave for her cause). Now, we’re back to WTF-landia territory with Eric firing off and eating a witch. We can safely say, in the words of countless brothers/sisters throughout the land, that he started it! Of course they’re going to retaliate! Why, oh why, did Eric choose THAT moment to become his usual Bad Ass Mother Fucking self (better known as BAMF)? Couldn’t he get his willies off by being a BAMF to Bill instead?
Speaking of Bill, who I usually don’t like… isn’t HE turning out to be the level-headed monarch and, apparently, the only one with any kind of self-control? I’m actually feeling him, for once. Let’s just say I don’t hate him as much, even if it’ll earn me a swift trip to the looney bin. Y’all know how I feel about Bill if you’ve read Alive After Dark. I’d rather he lose a limb… but I digress. He handled the press well after Beulah bit the dust; he was in all manner of distress over Jessica as was proper; he wanted to keep Sookie from fighting to protect her… which, let’s face it… now that she’s been shot, Bill has every right to issue a kingly proclamation of “I told you so.” We know she gets better, but that’s not the point. Bill was right.
I feel very sad for the end of Jessica and Hoyt’s relationship. Let’s face the facts that vampire or human, things like that happen and sometimes they happen for the best. Hoyt can’t handle it, but that’s not unexpected. Him lashing out is a normal enough reaction. As for Jason… I got to give the guy kudos for turning Jessica away. I don’t know if he’ll keep it up, but his heart is in the right place. I still feel bad for Jessica, no matter what. She was very young when she was turned, and that wasn’t her fault. She hasn’t lived long enough to deal with a relationship, much less a break up. I hope it gets better for both and that the writers don’t decide to drag it out forever.
Alright, back into WTF-landia… Lafayette. I thought that the lady was a good spirit. I never thought she was going to use Lala’s body to steal Arlene and Terry’s baby! I thought she would have some Voodoo know-how that could help against the witches or something. Now we’re back to lame country, because this kidnapping just became another subplot.
Dale Raoul who plays Maxine Fortenberry did an excellent job channeling Tommy. I would think it’s easy for an actor to play the same part consistently well, but when the actor is thrown a curve, like Mrs. Fortenberry not being herself, that’s when their skills get tested. I was very much impressed by the way she took that particular bull by the horns. Even the facial expressions were priceless. I wonder if she sat with Marshall Allman (Tommy) so she could practice the lines like he would say them.
A tour of WTF-landia wouldn’t be complete without a trip into Werewolf-ville, methinks. The best line of the episode was delivered by Debbie about meeting a couple of bitches: “I really feel like I fit in here.” I might have paraphrased because I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to memorize the line. I know what she meant, whatever. That sh-tuff was funny right there. And, of course, Alcide is true to male form and promises something he can’t deliver. What a dumb-dumb! Doesn’t he know that he has a serial-psycho-killer for a girlfriend? Obviously not.
And now for some post-trippy Skarsporn… It’s not as bad as last week’s.