|Tara was actually tolerable in this episode. Thanks, Pam!|
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Move Over Russell. Hello… Warlow?
A couple of recaps back I likened True Blood’s Season 5 to a bag of burned popcorn. I gave this some thought and realized this probably wasn’t the most positive analogy I could have come up with. True, this hasn’t been my favorite True Blood season. But at least it’s been entertaining.
"Somebody That I Used to Know" was no exception. This week, the vampires came down off their Lilith high, Tara had her finest moments yet, and we got a double dose of Sam Merlotte (kind of like that Tommy-impersonation thing from last season, but weirder).
Get the full details on this odd episode after the jump!
Sam and Luna
For some reason (which will likely never be revealed, so don’t look for it next week, folks), Luna spontaneously shifted into Sam. Luckily this helped her to be healthy enough to leave the hospital. So she did just that, looking exactly like Sam and dressed in some clothes she’d stolen that included a shirt that read "Free Mustache Rides."
Later in the episode, Sam would cradle his own head in his lap, stroke his own hair, and let himself know that everything would be okay. If this sounds weird, but weird in an unintentionally, laughably weird sort of way, then you’ve got a pretty good picture of how this played out.
|(Warning: this episode contains my naked butt cheeks.)|
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Alcide needs to hit the gym a little more if he plans on doing any more tangling with J.D., the acting Shreveport packmaster who’s hopped up on V. In tonight’s episode, Alcide had sex with Rikki, one of the werewolf hotties (actually, I believe she’s the only hotty). After this, he figured he was man enough – or wolf enough – to fight J.D. for the coveted packmaster title.
Things didn’t go quite as well as planned. In fact, Alcide pretty much got his ass handed to him. But at least he saved the life of the young track star that J.D. was ready to hunt down and kill for fun. That’s what counts, right?
Hoyt and Jessica
Jessica’s evening started when she met some random dude at Fangtasia. It ended with her bloody and shackled up in silver in a Bon Temps trailer park.
Enter Hoyt, who was given a gun by his hate group buddies and explicit instructions to kill her. Exit Hoyt’s buddies, who said "we’re not opening this door until she’s dead" and then closed the bedroom door on the two of them.
Of course we couldn’t possibly see what was coming. We didn’t suspect for a minute that Hoyt wouldn’t follow through and kill Jessica. That he would instead free her and then, when one of his hate group buddies came back in the room, allow Jessica to rip his head off.
But that’s what happened. Surprise, surprise!
Being that it was daylight when this all occurred, their plan wasn’t perfect, so Hoyt went for help – and winds up with a gun in his face as he caught a ride from a truck.
Who held that gun? Who knows?
Eric, Bill, Russell, Steve Newlin, Salome, and a lot of other vampires
It took some Lilith blood that was the equivalent of vampire LSD, but the Authority managed to do a big 180 in the last couple of episodes.
Mainstreaming is out. Killing humans in mass numbers is in!
Eric was the only vampire around who appeared to see anything wrong with this new philosophy, yet no one would listen to him. Nora called his maker Godric a blasphemer. And Bill was as spineless and two-faced as usual. In fact, he came up with a great idea for the Authority: take out the TruBlood manufacturing facilities publicly. Force mainstreamers to feed on humans, as they were meant to.
Big mainstreamer to war advocate. Nice move, Bill.
|Lafayette: Ha ha ha. Very funny. These are those trick candles, right?|
Lafayette and Terry Bellefleur
This week, Lafayette got roped into helping Terry Bellefleur get rid of his Iraqi curse, which effectively combined two of the show's lamer plot lines and might have even dead ended one of them.
Lafayette told Terry that to appease the dead Iraqi they killed and end the curse he has to kill Patrick or Patrick has to kill him. Either way, it’s looking like bye-bye evil smoke monster at last.
Tara and Pam
This was the first time I really enjoyed Tara’s scenes this season. Mostly because they had a lot of Pam in them. But still.
Tara’s stuck up high school classmate dropped into Fangtasia to give her some sh!t about being a lowly bartender. Unfortunately for the stuck up high school classmate, Tara works as a bartender at the bar Pam owns. Pam arranged for stuck up high school classmate to become tied up high school classmate in the bar’s dungeon/basement. She also glamoured her and told her she was now Tara’s "unpaid food whore."
Yeah, who said being a lowly bartender doesn’t have its perks?
|Sookie: I got a great idea! Let's find a new bad guy!|
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Sookie and Warlow
Sookie did not use up all her faerie powers at the end of the last episode when she'd tried to use her hands like signal lights for a Bon Temps rave. In fact, she found out she has even more faerie powers!
This week, she and her fellow faeries used them to try to connect with Sookie’s dead mother to see the vampire that killed her. Sookie ended up connecting with the vampire himself – Warlow. (Yes, they really did introduce an all-new bad guy with just four episodes left until the finale.)
Near the end of the episode, Warlow showed up in Sookie’s bathroom as a vampire phantom. In a deep, but not-really-scary-at-all voice, he told her, "You are mine!"
OVERALL: Loved the scenes with Pam. Loved her response to Tara accusing her of being angry. "You don’t know me well enough. My mad face and my happy face is the same." Also loved that the smoke monster is history. Finally! But introducing Warlow in Episode 8? Really?