|Eric asking nicely about Russell Edgington|
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First, big props to guest columnist, Kayle J for covering last week's True Blood recap. That episode ended on such a spectacular note with Tara in the tanning bed, prepping to turn herself into Bon Temps toast. I wanted to stand up and applaud. In fact, I was ready to cheer Tara all the way into this week's "We'll Meet Again", when I thought surely we'd see her southern fry herself to death.
Alas, some things worked out for us in this episode. Others, not so much.
Check out The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of this week's True Blood episode after the jump!
Here's how her end of the episode played out: Sookie told Lafayette she turned Tara into a vampire. She told Alcide that she killed Debbie. She told Jason she killed Debbie. Basically she's come clean on what she's been up to recently and it all pretty much backfired on her. Nice to see that Sookie isn't getting a hall pass on what's going on around Bon Temps.
|Meet Pam, the show's new focus. Yay!|
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Pam also had some of the episode's best lines. In particular, when Eric returns to Fangtasia to find Tara a vampire. Pam tells him a deadpanned, "Congratulations, you're a grandfather."
She also seems to have embraced the motherly thing with Tara. (Well, someone's got to step up and love her, right?)
After returning to Fangtasia to look for Russell Edgington, he chucked Pam on a table and accused her of being the mole that leaked Russell's location to a sanguinistan extremist. Once he realized that wasn't the best move, he had a "let's face facts" chat with her in which he acknowledged the search for Russell was pointless. In the end, either Russell would kill him and Bill or the Authority would. Great set up for whatever's coming!
In a teary-eyed True Blood moment, Eric also released Pam. She is no longer bound to him. Pam is free to be... well, Pam.
Is there another mask they could use to show Lafayette possessed? The turquoise warthog is like "last on the rack in a Halloween store on October 31." At one point in the episode, Lafayette shows us his inner warthog as he claws and beats on Sookie's car. They were going for shocking and horrifying with this scene, but I blame the mask for it missing the mark entirely.
And this leads us to...
Sookie's car crash:
So Lafayette does some turquoise warthog trick to Sookie's car, which causes it to spontaneously accelerate to 88 miles per hour, sending Sookie back in time and allowing her to prevent it all from happening. ... just kidding.
Seriously, what actually happened was much less believable. Her car spontaneously accelerates to 88 miles per hour and she jumps out. Not a scratch on her.
She's alive. Her tanning bed suicide attempt was obviously just a cry for help. (Sigh.)
|Glamouring: the same old trick|
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That said, I would have loved it if Jessica had tried this from a different angle. "Your naked pictures are all over the internet. You'll never get your self respect back. Give up on this case, for God's sake. You know you'll never solve it."
I had mixed emotions about Terry's part of the show this week. The flashback scene in Iraq that explained what happened to Terry - pill popping, booze drinking, fireworks watching, and then realizing they'd slaughtered an entire Iraqi village - it was watchable enough. But there's something about his roadtrip away from Bon Temps that makes it feel really disconnected from where this show is supposed to (and should) take place - and that's Louisiana.
How many times did we see a Mac or an iPhone or a cool iPhone app that, if an "execute" button is pressed, would send stakes into Bill and Eric's hearts? Reel back the plugs just a bit, please.
Jason, Andy, and Judge Clemmons get whisked off to fairie land, which turned out to be a set that looked a lot like "let's see if we can make a place that's just like Fangtasia." I'll reserve my feelings about a return to the fairie rhelm to see if they can do anything with it. I'll say they did add in a suggestion that Jason's parents might not have been killed by a flood after all. Vampires?
AND... THE UGLY
Death of a chancellor:
|The tot is toast.|
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Bye, bye kid vampire.
I really wish Roman would have gone for that older vampire chick with the red dye job, who seems a lot less interesting to me.
Explaining to the remaining chancellors that there will be no further opposition to their cause with bits and chunks of vampire all over his face. Nice touch.
Sam drops in on his new shifter friends to find them both relaxing on their porch and shot in the head. Who killed them? Or maybe the better question is, who cares?
After her car wreck, Sookie does the smart thing and doesn't take any Tylenol, which could have been a lethal mix with all the booze she proceeds to drink. In the middle of this, Alcide drops by. They proceed to wolf down some drinks together. Guess what comes next?
OVERALL: A good and entertaining episode. BUT - we're approaching mid-season and I'm starting to wonder where all of this is going. We haven't even seen Russell Edgington (okay, one split second of him a couple of episodes ago), and he's central to what's going on. What's he up to? We've seen him (briefly), but will he turn up dead? Now that might be interesting.