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thoughts on true blood: authority always wins

Previously on True Blood: Turn! Turn! Turn!

“The Blood of Lilith. The First, The Last, The Eternal. We are born of Lilith, she who was crated in God’s image. The First, The Last, The Eternal. We swear fealty to the Blood and to the Progenitor. The First, The Last, The Eternal. Lord and Lilith, Father and Mother, protect us as we protect you from this day until the hour of the True Death. And in Lord and Lilith’s name we say…Vampyr.” – Roman, The Guardian

Is Tara just an angry newborn vamp or specifically pissed at Sookie and Lafayette?
Tara was generally irate as a human, and baby vamps tend to take some time to find their way, but I think a lot of her anger is coming from being turned against her will. I appreciated that we didn’t have to hear any long-winded speeches about said anger, and instead she bounced around the house and followed Pam’s orders to not kill Sookie and Lafayette. It looks like she’ll have a fresh kill next week and maybe we’ll have some time to enjoy vampire Tara before she becomes a buzzkill again. But can we please hurry up and get some quality Pam/Tara time sooner rather than very late in next week’s episode?

Have the Authority been paying any attention to Bill and Eric’s respective social and/or love lives for the last few months?
Obviously not. Such things are clearly trivial to an organization that predates the biblical history of man. However, if they took a moment to do any research prior to the interrogations (pure silver IVs and UV light as torture techniques, ouch!), they would know that Bill and Eric spend a great deal of time with humans and don’t appear to have any interest in going back to the days before they were “out of the coffin”. It’s been apparent to everyone else for quite awhile that they’re both attached to Sookie, surely something like that is important info to share with Roman and his Chancellors along the way. Or maybe they know all of this and genuinely believe Eric and Bill aren’t traitors, and this is all some ruse to figure out what Nora got herself involved in.

How long can Alicde avoid becoming the new Packmaster?
The ‘Laws of the Pack’ sound like serious business, and whether or not he wants any parts of dropping his lone wolf status, I think Martha will get her way. Something about how she magically had time to change into a werewolf, eat her son and change back into her clothes (seemingly) in a matter of seconds, as well as rightly predict that her granddaughter would turn werewolf makes me think she’s the type to bide her time patiently until Alcide willingly takes on his new role. Either that or she’ll find some way to threaten someone he cares about and force him into doing what she wants, but both versions still end with Alcide leading the pack….eventually.

Is Jason worth 10k?
Apparently spending time with him was good enough to ruin Sharon Singer’s marriage and one could chip a fang on his ass, so it would seem Rev. Newlin’s asking price makes sense. Unfortunately for him, Jessica wasn’t interested in selling her friend and Jason just isn’t interested. He’s much too busy trying to get his friend back, while at the same time soothing his soul and guilty conscience a bit. I think Jessica will be the only one that can offer the kind of salvation Jason is looking for, sorry Hoyt.

Are humans friends or food?
According to the Vampire Bible, the Original Testament, Lilith was God’s first creation. Adam and Eve’s true and only purpose was to provide vampire’s with nourishment. Some vampires agree and find coexisting with humans to be a blasphemous act, while others believe that mainstreaming is the only right way to do things. The Authority doesn’t want to see anything ruin their mainstreaming mission, which makes the one vampire that could, Russell Edington, a huge threat. Russell is still recovering, so he doesn’t look all that formidable at the moment, but once he’s back, it should be enjoyable to watch Bill and Eric try to catch and kill him. Although the idea of Fundamentalists versus the Mainstreamers in the True Blood universe was initially introduced in season 3, back when the Magister wasn’t dead, I still think that right now, the focus of all this will be on Bill and Eric’s bromantic adventures and Russell. If we do learn any concrete details about the Sanguinista Movement this season, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Other observations:

  • Sookie has some of Pam’s blood in her system, and unless I’m mistaken, it was the first time those two have ever shared blood.
  • Eric in a top hat was the only thing that made the flashback to San Fransisco (1905) worth watching, everything else was just things we already knew. Pam was a whore, yada yada yada, we get it! Now hurry up and show us why her love and loyalty to Eric runs so deep, aside from him initially saving her life.
  • I’ve never once seen Tara destroy any of her own belongings, but whether as a human or vampire, she loves making a mess of Sookie’s home sweet home.
  • Terry’s anger issues have resurfaced, along with an affinity for doing some Katie from Paranormal Activity-esque bedside activity. All very eerie, but I don’t see this getting interesting until him and Patrick go off to find the other missing soldier.
  • Ginger really deserves a raise or at least a clause in her nonexistent contract that rewards her for being such an amazing Fangtasia employee.
  • “Fuck what you feel.” It didn’t before, but how Luna and Marcus ended up together made sense when she tossed all that attitude at her former mother-in-law. Since Sam is a recovering asshole, this might not be the best love match for him.
  • Rev. Newlin has no problem going on television and letting the world know he’s now a vampire aka the one thing he devoted his human life to seeing as an abomination, yet lies about being in love with a man? Interesting.
  • Did anyone else think of the Anointed One (Buffy) when they saw the little vampire kid member of the Authority?
  • Jessica using her super strength to lift kegs was cute, almost as cute as little Emma in baby wolf pup form.
  • Who is taking care of Russell…and why? Obvious answer is those that oppose the idea of mainstreaming and want to see some more of his batshit crazy anarchy. It will be much more interesting if the obvious answer is wrong.

Next week’s True Blood: Whatever I Am, You Made Me (Not sure what’s worse, Jessica’s green streak last week or Hoyt’s eyeliner next week.)

Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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thoughts on true blood: turn! turn! turn!

Before we truly celebrate and analyze the return of True Blood, let’s take a moment to look at the close of last season:

  • Sookie pulled a Kelly Taylor and chose herself over the Eric and Bill. Poor Bill just keeps getting dumped by this woman!
  • Rev. Steve Newlin showed up at Jason’s door as a vampire. This has potential, which means it could either be awesome or completely irrelevant.
  • Russell Edgington somehow broke free from his concrete coffin and was on the lose. How much is he going to make Eric regret not killing him when he had the chance?!
  • Bill and Eric kicked off their bromance by killing Nan, who was fired by the Vampire Authority. I’ll miss her.
  • Terry’s Marine buddy, Patrick Devins (Scott Foley), came to town, and Rene made a brief appearance to warn Arlene about Terry’s past. Last season it was her kid, and now she’s going to run around worried about her husband. This better have a better pay off than the possessed baby storyline.
  • Debbie Pelt shows up to kill Sookie, but accidentally shoots Tara, who may or may not be dead. In turn, Sookie kills Debbie. Swift justice at its finest.
  • Lafayette finally regained control of his body, and was mourning the loss of his Jesus.
  • Jessica and Jason were beginning a FWB situation.
  • Sam is cornered by a wolf pack, presumably Marcus’ buddies.
  • Poor Pam was estranged from her maker. Hopefully this will be short lived.

“I’ve been around the block enough times to know that fangs are basically like twin hard-ons, hard-ons for trouble and for feeding on someone, never just talking, not ever.” – Jason

How are Eric and Bill going to escape the ‘true death’?
Killing Nan was a bold, but necessary move, but it also means the guys are now on the run. Eric had just enough time to clean like Mr. Belvedere on speed and toss out a “Fuck Sookie” before they were both captured. I was disappointed that Bill was the one who cared Sookie was in danger, but I suppose Eric’s reaction to the rejection is perfectly in character. Fortunately for Bill, Eric has at least one friend in a very important position. Nora (played by Lucy Griffiths) is Eric’s sister and a chancellor of The Authority, and she had every intention of rescuing the two and sending them off to start lives as Marcellus Clark (Bill) and Mike Applebaum (Eric). That plan failed fabulously, but at least we got to see some incestuous sexual activity. I’d say this doesn’t look good for Nora, nor Eric or Bill, but similar to every other season, this is most undoubtedly a fake-out.

Is Tara dead?
Yes…and no. Half of Tara’s head was shot off, so my theories were that: Eric or Bill would come and heal her, which would make for some freaky scenes and cause a rift between her and Sookie OR Eric or Bill would turn her, which would bond them together and still cause a rift. Tara was turned, but it was by a very reluctant Pam. This wasn’t the best idea, but as Lafayette stressed, it was the only way they would be able to “save” Tara. I can’t wait to see Pam as a maker or Tara as a vampire (hopefully it make the character more exciting), but most importantly, I can’t wait to see how Tara and Pam interact. Tara had a girlfriend last season…Pam loves the ladies…vampires are highly sexual beings….I’ll let you draw your own connections there. How is Eric going to feel about this, and now that he’s not getting Sookie anytime soon, is there a reason for him to still be mad at Pam? Also, can we always see Pam in tacky, buttercup yellow sweat suits from Walmart?

What’s the only way to honor your dead werewolf son?
By eating him, of course. After running flying away from the werewolves, Sam is finally caught and forced to tell Marcus’ mother, Martha, where he buried the body. In typical Sam fashion, he was prepared to risk his life for the woman he loves (or likes a lot). However, Luna rescues her man and brings Alcide to the burial site so he can tell the pack that he was the one who killed Marcus. I think this makes him packmaster by default, and while one member stepped up to say he’d never bow to Alcide, Martha was too busy performing the ritual on her dead son’s body. I’m really glad the werewolves weren’t just a one season deal, and that we’re delving into their storyline without any involvement from the vamps….or so it seems after the first episode.

Where is Jesus?!
Maybe his uncle came and collected his body. Perhaps he magically evaporated. Regardless, if this means we get more Jesus, I’m fine with any outcome.

Why is Terry suddenly so tense?
Patrick’s visit isn’t as happy-go-lucky as it seemed in the finale. It turns out the fire from last season may be connected to something that’s happened to the other Marines from their unit. I just want to know what transpired in Iraq and why Patrick thought Terry would be the cause of the other fires! Arlene should really pay close attention to all of this, because it seems like Rene was very accurate with this cryptic warning.

Was anyone surprised that Rev. Newlin turned out to be gay?
It wasn’t the most shocking of revelations and I’m still not convinced they won’t completely waste this character. He was the catalyst for Jess declaring that Jason was hers, but unless there’s another really good reason for him even being on this season, I’d prefer he not stick around. Best part of that whole scene? The “I Love Youuuuuuu” after Jason rescinded his invite and Newlin went flying out the door.

Other observations:

  • The Sheriff Bellefleur (who must have just returned from Scranton, PA) and Holly hook-up would have been a throwaway scene were it not for her son’s “On the couch mama? Where I sleep?!”
  • During the scene with little Sookie and Tara, did they use Paquin and Wesley’s voices?
  • Hoyt has a group of friends, which was funny enough, but them calling Jason “girlfriend fucker” was immature…and hilarious.
  • The loss of Debbie Pelt is no great loss at all. However, at some point Sookie will (stupidly) tell Alcide and he’s going to be upset, regardless of him banishing her last season.
  • George Clemons…who are you and why should we care?
  • How cute was it when Eric kissed Nora on the forehead after his phone interrupted their reunion as they “fought like siblings and fucked like champions’.
  • I don’t know how Russell got free, but I really hope they stretch his return out a few episodes, or at least until we get a better idea of the Authority’s agenda/plans for Bill and Eric.
  • Seriously Jessica? A green streak to symbolize your rebellion? Who are you, Britta?!
  • Speaking of hair choices: Lafayette shaved his head. I need another episode or two to decide if I like it or not.

Next week’s True Blood: Authority Always Wins (Law and Order SVU‘s loss is our gain)

Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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