True Blood: Rabble Roused!

True Blood S05E05: "Let's Boot and Rally"

Guys, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Lily Sparks has taken the next few weeks off for a VERY important reason. No, she didn't get sucked into an interdimensional faerie world (at least I don't think she did). She's on her honeymoon! I can't tell you whom she married, but I'll give you a hint: He's handsome and rich and he's Prince William's younger br—whoops! I think I've said too much! Oh dang it, Lily's gonna be so sore at me. Anyway, yeah, I'll be attempting to fill in for Lily while she's gone and we're just all going to have to deal w/it.

Just some background on me and my relationship to True Blood: Unlike Lily I don't have encyclopedic knowledge of this universe—I've seen every episode, but come on, how much nonsense can my brain reasonably retain?—and I definitely haven't read the books. Also unlike Lily, I'm nowhere near as captivated by the central love triangle as she is (recapping The Vampire Diaries has left me with severe love-triangle fatigue). But! Lily and I are on the same page about almost everything else: The essential awesomeness of Pam, Lafayette, Jessica, and Jason. Marnie's underratedness. Godric's dreaminess. Tara's trials and tribulations and hairdos. The utter waste of space named Andy Bellefleur. The simultaneous likeability and hateability of Sookie. Eric > Bill. You know, reasonable opinions.

Everyone knows that to watch True Blood is to know that not every subplot is created equal. It seems almost foolish to complain about how uneven a typical season can be—that's like complaining about dolphins being so wet all the time! Get over it, they're sea beasts. But I don't know if there's ever been a season of True Blood so wildly uneven in subplot quality than this current fifth season. I have been legit tempted to fast-forward through certain parts, and that's never been true before. But what's crazy is that some of this season's subplots are the strongest this show's ever had. Even crazier? TARA's subplot is the best right now. What is even going on anymore? True Blood is going on, that's what.

So for these recaps, I think it'll be more fun if we don't pretend True Blood is just one show; that'd be unfair to the subplots that AREN'T dead weight. Instead let's recognize that True Blood is more like six TV shows in one and it's basically an anthology series at this point. So let's look at each subplot separately, just as the good lord (Lillith) intended! Ladies and gentlemen, "Let's Boot and Rally":



THE LOVE SQUARE (Sookie, Alcide, Eric, Bill, and Russell Edgington)


We began more or less where last week's episode left off: A shocking cliffhanger in which Sookie was just about to remove Alcide's clothes. WOULD she or WOULDN'T she take off Alcide's clothes?? Answer: She would. Almost immediately Sookie was drunkenly rubbing on Alcide's exoskeleton because YOLO, but before things could get TOO NSFW, she puked up a ton of peach schnapps on his boots. FYI, here's what it looked like when Sookie was out of frame. Just, you know, for your records:

Anyway, then Bill and Eric arrived just in time to witness this sexy awkwardness and totally vampire cockblocked the sloppy happenings. The duo informed Sookie that Russell Edgington was loose and presumably wanting to drink her up real good. In a fairly funny scene, a still-drunk Sookie just sort of rolled her eyes and accepted that her life has become an insane nightmare, put on her coat, and led them right out the door to embark on another night of what has become her new full-time job: Dealing with vampire foolishness.

Their first stop was Alcide's construction headquarters where Sookie de-glamoured Doug, the dude who was on duty the night Russell was freed. When she tapped into his memories, she learned a few things: (1) The freshly unearthed Russell Edgington looked like the baby Freddy Krueger puppet from A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, and (2) he was rescued by a woman wearing the same necklace worn by both Nora AND Salome! This episode wanted us to believe that Nora was the traitor, but let's be real, all signs continue to point to Salome just as they always have.

Speaking of the Authority (we'll get to that subplot in a bit), Bill and Eric received a call from Molly informing them that the "countdown" had begun: Find Russell or get murdered by their own jewelry. So THAT raised the tension a bit. Or it was supposed to; I was busy daydreaming about what must've happened between the time Mac went from Neptune High School's resident tech geek to the Authority's in-house IT vampire. Who BIT you, girl? Was GHB involved? Call Veronica!

Anyway, the gang of five then relocated to THIS frightening location. That's the abandoned hospital and/or asylum where Doug had taken the Russell Edgington puppet before he'd been glamoured to forget. In another funny Sookie scene (she was kind of on fire in this episode), the vamps tried to get her to just hang out in the quad while they went in, but she reasoned that her faerie powers were actually more powerful than their powers were, and before we knew it she was leading the charge into THIS scenario:

Whoops! I truly hope those were dummies and not just some underpaid extras. Anyway, a stack of rat-strewn body parts could only mean one thing: Russell was nearby. After stalking around in the shadowy nightmare facility, the team came across another room where live humans were dangling from the ceiling in sacks! Just a bad, unsettling situation all around.

But it wasn't long until they happened upon what they'd REALLY come for: THIS GUY!

Welcome back, Russell Edgington! You look, um, better? Fierce words were exchanged between Russell, Bill, and Eric. Stuff along the lines of "Prepare to die," and "Give it your best shot." But before we got to witness any bloody explosions, Alcide wolfed out and disappeared! Or was he dragged away? It was hard to tell! And since it was the last shot of the episode I think we were supposed to be pretty alarmed by it, but I was mostly confused. Where'd that dog run off to? I don't know.

But yeah, this was a great subplot. I loved all the haunted asylum stuff and it's always a pleasure seeing Russell Edgington again. And where I was once exhausted by the love triangle, adding Alcide into the mix made Sookie's love life slightly less maddening, so credit where credit's due! I was into it. Will there be a four-way? BRB setting up a Google alert for "Sookie four-way."

Grade: B



MY SO-CALLED AFTERLIFE (Tara, Jessica, Pam, and Hoyt)


Meanwhile my favorite subplot of the night was happening over at Fangtasia. After helping herself to Pam's hooker closet (the pastel-colored Talbot's outfits are probably stored separately), Tara emerged into Fangtasia as a bustier-clad vixen and Pam immediately put her to work behind the bar. Unfortunately Tara had a hard time not drinking the patrons and Pam had to put her in her place right away. A slight strangling, no big deal. Taking pity on Tara, though, was Jessica, who recognized that Tara probably just needed a friend to help her through things.

In one of the best scenes I've ever seen on True Blood (most of True Blood's best scenes have involved Jessica, just FYI), Jessica tried to convince Tara that her vampire cravings weren't evil and that once she got used to them the world would be her oyster. The subtle smile that creeped across Tara's face upon hearing this was pretty darn affecting.

It made me laugh when one of Tara's first real appreciations of her new skills was the ability to finish a cigarette in one drag. Cool? But then again, it's not like she can harm her lungs anymore, so that's gotta count for something. Anyway, at that point Tara had an encounter outside with Hoyt, who was all done up in his goth Duran Duran costume. After first rebuffing his advances, Tara eventually came to take pity on Hoyt's pathetic fang-banger situation and they ended up together in a bathroom stall exchanging bodily fluids. Unfortunately Jessica was one stall over and she was NOT happy about that particular hookup. Needless to say, Tara and Jessica's fledgling friendship seemed pretty well destroyed by episode's end as they threw each other around and choked each other out in the bathroom. Vampire growing up is hard!

This plotline was the best. I'm still slightly in shock that Tara—the character who I'd ever only loved ironically—is suddenly the one I care most about in earnest. That's just brilliant writing.

Grade: A



BLOOD IN THE CHEERIOS (Jason)


Another excellent plotline was Jason's: Following his faerie assault the previous night, he woke up in a flashback: Christmas morning. Dressed in He-Man footie pajamas. His parents and Sookie eating breakfast:

I don't know if you'll believe this, but there is very little difference between 10-year-old Jason Stackhouse and modern-day Jason Stackhouse. But his parents both seemed like extremely nice and loving people. (I also loved the Carol-Anne vibe lil' Sookie was throwing out here.) But it ended up being less a flashback and more a nightmare when both of Jason's parents began bleeding from the vampire bite wounds on their necks and he suddenly woke up in a cold sweat. Nude, obviously.

It was clear where this was headed: Now that Jason believes vampires killed his parents, we're witnessing him slowly turn into an anti-vampire bigot of some kind. But seeing as this idea was planted in his head by faeries both times, it's probably safe to assume they're trying to organize some kind of movement against vampires. Ugh, faeries are the worst.

Jason's plotline wasn't the biggest, but it intersected with Sam's in a compelling way (more on that in a sec.) But this was an example of even a small subplot being better and more powerful than the more prominent ones. Plus, you know, Jason nudity. Guaranteed B at least.

Grade: B+



MEANWHILE, IN THE WORLD'S FANCIEST BASEMENT... (The Authority)


For their part, the Authority mostly just stood around acting dramatic. Obviously they're better off without that wretched child vampire, but it's kind of hard to get into this subplot because of how obvious (for now) the Salome stuff is. I mean, she HAS to be the traitor, right? I don't know if I've ever suspected otherwise, which means it's not really the best mystery so far. Hopefully we're wrong? But the one thing I DO really like about the Authority subplot is Nora's insistence that Lillith Herself will be arriving on the scene soon. I LOVE that idea. Mainly because for many seasons we believed The Authority to be the all-powerful vampire cream of the vampire crop. But then we learned they're just a bunch of weirdos in a rococo basement. Not very intimidating, you know? But now we know there is a vampire GOD. So that's raising the stakes right there. I really hope we'll get to meet her. Until then this subplot is mostly just zzzzzzzzzzz.

Grade: C



SITTING DUCKS, ETC. (Sam and Luna)


I have not enjoyed Sam's subplots in a very long time and Luna in particular has been 100 percent useless. But at least something interesting happened this week. First off we learned that Sam's shifter friends had been murdered with wooden bullets. Which meant that whoever had killed them were probably targeting more than just shapeshifters. Even Jason understood that Bon Temps had been overrun with "supes" and that violence had only increased since vampires came out of the coffin. But just when Sam arrived to inform Luna that their naked moonlight jogging friends had been real murdered, he was gunned down by THIS mob of masked murderers:

Then, like all people do whenever they hear screams and gunshots, Luna ran outside to see what the deal was. She got pretty convincingly killed, unfortunately. I mean "unfortunately" because her character was a single mom and a decent person, plus the actress had a good gig going. But still, I won't miss Luna, let's be real. Then her daughter ALSO ran outside directly into gunfire only to shift into a baby wolf before running away to safety. Uh-oh, looks like Sam might be a single dad in the near future! Assuming he lives. Which he probably will. (Sigh.)

But the main takeaway from this subplot was that Bon Temps now had a KKK-esque band of murderous goons to deal with, and it was likely that whatever fueled their hatred of shifters was related in some way to what Jason was experiencing toward vampires. Perhaps a mounting sense of dread had pushed the town's human citizens into a much darker mindset? Murder is loathsome, but psychologically it would make sense for "supes" to become targeted by the human populace.

So, despite deep and perhaps permanent disinterest in what happens to Sam Merlotte as an individual, I'm definitely interested to see what happens next with regard to this masked gang. Their reveal (plus the end of Luna) saved this plotline from being fast-forward-worthy.

Grade: C+



ONE CREEPY ALARM CLOCK (Lafayette, Jesus, and Lafayette's Mom)


Usual True Blood MVP Lafayette arrived home extremely upset at having accidentally transformed into a Mexican demon and cursing Sookie's car. Right off the bat we knew his problems weren't going away anytime soon. First of all, his blue devil face came back anytime he looked into a mirror but ALSO his collection of tchotchkes was totally hassling him about whatever. His mantle was like an episode of Wonderfalls all of a sudden: Just lots of annoying trinkets waving and taunting him; it was very rewarding when he swept them all onto the floor and stomped them to pieces one at a time. Quiet, tchotchkes!

After openly begging the spirit of Jesus to return and give him guidance, Lafayette awoke later in the episode to find Jesus's SEVERED HEAD propped up on his coffee table, its mouth sewn shut and struggling to say something! It was a creepy sight to see, so I can only imagine what was going through Lafayette's mind. Fortunately he wasn't the only one dealing with that scenario:

Lafayette's mom was, too! Oh, Alfre Woodard, welcome back. I'd totally forgotten about this character. It seemed like when she was first introduced a few seasons back there would be a POINT to her, but then she was totally forgotten about? I don't know, but I surely hope she'll get to do a lot more now. Alfre Woodard is the best.

So, not the hugest subplot, but the creepy imagery and inherent excellence of all three characters left me totally captivated. More pls.

Grade: B



FIRE STALK WITH ME (Terry & Patrick)


Ugh. These guys. Okay, to be fair, this subplot ended MUCH stronger than I thought it would. I definitely don't care about Terry's situation, especially not his experiences in Iraq, and certainly not anything to do with his war buddy Patrick. So when last week they broke into their former comrade's bunker and discovered crazy-person collages on the wall I was groaning with boredom. Sorry! I just can't be expected to care about these guys when another scene with Tara is literally minutes away.

But! At least we got a fantastical bit of information to learn: The cause of all the fires that had been afflicting their war buddies was a curse laid upon them by a dying Iraqi woman. She summoned something called an Ifrit, which is essentially a fire demon I guess. So after Terry finally remembered this bit of information, he suddenly agreed with his crazy friend and agreed to help him deal with the monster. Except Patrick took the opportunity to turn the tables, tie up the crazy guy, and leave him alone in the bunker while they escaped. Pretty soon we got to see for ourselves what the Ifrit looked like.

Basically, it looked like if the Smoke Monster from Lost had a gym membership. In other words, the Ifrit is kind of a badass.

Aaand suddenly I cared about this plotline again! Sorry, I'm just a sucker for fire ghouls who burn people alive. R.I.P. crazy army buddy!

Grade: B-



CONCLUSION


While all the subplots of "Let's Boot and Rally" were as mixed in quality as they ever were, this episode represented a big step up from earlier ones. The best trend I noticed was that certain time-wasting storylines were given interesting—even compelling—twists. The Ifrit. Luna's murder. I mean, I'm not saying I wouldn't rather see what Pam or Jason were up to at any given moment, but credit where credit's due: Even the boring plotlines seem to be turning around! And now that we're nearing the midpoint of Season 5, it's about dang time.

Overall Grade: B


QUESTIONS:

... Did you think this episode was a step up or a step down from last week?

... Should Sookie and Alcide get wasted more often?

... Will Tara and Jessica make up?

... Should Terry figure out how to make the Ifrit kill his cousin PLEASE?



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The funniest line was from Lafayette's mother, "Jesus, where you been?"

1. Step up

2. Alcide should get naked more

3. Yes, but who cares really?

4. dumb story line.

They are trying to pack too much in. Unless it somehow comes all together in the end.
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Price, you're awesome!! Soo glad you're doing these!!! I know Lily does the Revenge ones, but I so wish it was you who did them instead <3 you're the best! Congrats to Lily and this recap was great (didn't expect anything less coming from you)
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Storylines are progressing nicely, this season is definitely better than the last one. Also, drunk/hungover Sookie is a much more likeable character than over-earnest, whiny sober Sookie. Maybe she should just stay slightly buzzed all the time?
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1) Step up definitely.

2) No.

3) No. I see a rivalry coming of the Eric & Bill kind, you know that hate/love/I want to kill you kind.

4) ...
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much, much better...
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Tara and Sam need to DIE. They seriously haven't done anything in years other than complaining how they don't like their life.

I really do like Jason's development, however. Though I'm tired of shows with orphans throwing a random storyline about the unnatural death of the parents (b/c everyone gets killed always apparently), this really pushes Jason into the political field of the show. I mean, he's practically the only human left which makes all the sense that he'll be fighting for his race. I wonder where the story is going.
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Half way through the season and only a few minutes of Russell Edgington - C'mon writers the best badass in years is back lets get this going!
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I don't think this episode was better than the last few. It was the same or slightly worse. The good things:



1. The Terry story finally got out of the starting blocks. I don't think it should have been included it at all, but since they're showing it, I think it's about time they have something significant happen.



2. Sookie made sense. Others have said that she needs to get drunk more often. I agree.



3. The IT girl at the authority.



4. Jessica protecting Hoyt.



5. Russell. It's about time.



The bad things:



1. Everything else at Fangtasia. Why does every female there have to wear those incredibly ridiculous false eyelashes? Hoyt shouldn't be wearing makeup at all.



2. The Authority. I don't like their stupid rituals, or how weak and pointless that entire organization seems. I don't like how Nora is trying to make her fake confession look real by acting like a brainwashed member of a cult. (Maybe I would if they had told us more about why she's doing it).



3. The fact that the stories are so disconnected from each other.

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Kinda hoping Tara and Jessica make up. You know so they can like have sex and junk.... Still hoping for that lesbian storyline! Btw is Tara still all gay and stuff?
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That was just her college phase (people in Bon Temps don't actually go to college).
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:-( Say it ain't so! *Sigh* I was hoping there was something for us lesbians to masturbate to like everyone else. Oh well......
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Well Price, I'm pretty sure this is really inappropriate of me to ask you. Especially on your great review of True Blood. But are you also gonna write the review for The Bachelorette this week? I mean, since Lily is on her honeymoon and all. If so, i bet that would be awesome!! THAANKS :)
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Drunken cheeky Sookie is more the Sookie of the books so I hope this is a trend that continues in future eps...

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It's kind of wonderful how the writers of this show seem so able to make us love a character one week and hate it the other. In any case, I love what they are doing with Tara this season. I also had a good time watching a drunk courageous Sookie. I'm sure Tara's mom would disagree with me, but I wouldn't mind to see her drunk more often. Concerning Jessica and Tara: of course, brawling like that will make them besties for sure !



I also wanna talk about Lillith and the Authority, where this season seems to be about. I'm scared that the Authority that was painted as this all powerful and rather secretive bad ass organization during previous seasons will turn out to be a bust (it's going there now!). But I'm even more afraid that the building up to Lillith as the uber-bad ass of the season will turn out like a deflated balloon in the end... Super bad asses rarely live up to the challenge, in my opinion. So, yes, I'm very curious about that.
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i hope that Authority kid was a casting favor. poor guy, he'll need therapy later in life after the harsh reviews of all his 2 lines. and, where is all the True Blood monies going? that basement board room is smaller than an NYC basement laundry room. that's no lair! Dr. Evil had a better lair!



and yeah, more Tara and Pam please :)
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Price I liked the sub-plot grading, now I realise what's been feeling off, the sub-plots are not just different aspects of TB, they feel like different shows with similar subject area.

This week I wish they were different shows. Then I could ignore the ones I don't like. However whilst I'm not interested in most of the sub-plots, I still very much like some of the characters in them.

This week if the Ifrit and the Authority sub-plots had been aired as separate programs, I would have avoided them and gained minutes of my life back. I have a level of disinterest in these that is quite intense. I would expand on this but I'm losing the will to live.

I like Layfette, I like his character and happy to see more of him, I'm not interested in the demon story line at the moment, hope it gets a lot more interesting.

Hope Sam's hangs on, I wonder what the reason is for the shooting. The bullets used were wood and silver which implies they're for vamps and weres, but shifters were the ones shot. No one said that special bullets were needed for shifters and they're not supposed to be out to the public. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe they have a website showing shifter membership and address details.

I've never seen it but I'm guessing that Jason's contract requires him to be naked x times per episode. There was actually a point in Jason's life when he actually wore jammies, if I hadn't see the flashback I would never have believed it, Jason's been bad to vamps before, I wonder how far the Fairies will push him this time. Really hoping he doesn't hurt Jessica, Tara, Eric or Bill (in order of importance).

I've been hoping for a return to the Tara at the start of TB, she was bright, smart and funny, with full on "in your face" attitude. So good to see her back as a vampire, hopefully with attitude, although I did think she'd make more noise about being a vamp and still having to tend the bar, but apparently the bar snacks made up for the inconvenience. Can't wait to see what happens next, wondering if Tara's appetite for Hoyt will make Jessica reconsider leaving him.

It was funny when Sookie threw up on Alcide then looked up to see Eric and Bill chilling in the doorway, wonder if they did paper, rock, scissors to decide who posed on which side of the doorway. Also liked it when Sookie pointed out she was would be protecting their butts, because she was the only one of them that could hurt Russell. At the end I think Russell took control of Alcide.

Overall the not so good bits were outweighed by the good bits, and I'll be tuning in again for my fix of TB.
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I liked this review a lot. And just like I did when I watched the show: I skipped the subplots I don't like. The ones I like: the love triangle (I like it, always have, always will), Tara en Jason. I like Lafayette as a character, but connected to the other parts of TB, not as a sub-plot character that has no connection whatsover with the rest of the story. What I also skip: the authority. I can't seem to find the energy to keep watching, I try, but then I still fast forward.
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true blood is just getting boooooring. and yes, i do fast-forward sometimes.



i think lilith is gonna come by and say she loves humans. hate the whole vampire religion storyline, by the way. illogical and just plain stupid.



finally, an episode i didn't want to murder sookie.



how can tara suck a cigarette in one drag but look completely choked when pam strangles her? i just don't get vampire strangling.
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About Eric and Bill's jewelry, vampires only die if the stake goes through their hearts, right? And that thingy is triggered if they try to remove it, but even if it's in contact with their skin, there's a long way until the heart. Couldn't they surgically insert a metal plaque between their hearts and thoraxes and then remove the device? Then just take it all off, feed on a couple of humans and heal.
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Karma is a *itch.



I imagine this was for all of those times Wolf-Alcide decided to poop in someone's shoe as a pup.
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CONGRATULATIONS to Lily!!! Somebody remind me to say that again when she's back.



Also, that was a perfect use of the "Veronica Mars" call back. Perfect I tell you.



-I DO think this was a step up in quality. And I shocked myself by actually paying attention to the Terry storyline by the end of the episode. I had been using that time to go get food/etc...

-The addition of Alcide, as you said, does wonders for that group. That group plus Jason/Pam/Lafayette/Jessica should be the show. Get rid of absolutely everyone else. And this with all respect to Christopher Meloni and Todd Lowe, both of whom I am a big fan. Those two groups just killed it this episode with Sookie stepping up and being awesome, she should definitely drink more often.

-I don't know. Maybe. Jessica has a habit of being awesome, so I think that whatever happens, we can expect to see that continuing.

-Yes. Have the Ifrit kill Andy Bellefleur. You have my blessing on that one.
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I didnt read all the comments yet, so sorry if I repeat something.

But I think that those haters who shot Luna and Sam, are maybe controlledor pushed or whatever you want to call it by the faeries, just like Jason gets his dreams, maybe other people who got in contact with the faeries also got them (well variants of that dream) and are now hunting supernaturals and stuff. Maybe that's the plan of the faeries?? You know, manipulate the people to do the killing for them or something. Or am I thinking too hard on this?



- It was DEFINITELY a step up from last week. Like you said, even the boring stories in TB are now more interesting with al these twists!

- Sookie is soo funny when she is wasted. It makes the show that much better! Alcide is the same, although I don't think he was really drunk.



Great review Price (like always)

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Yeah, Sookie really should be drunk for the remainder of the series. That was great. Between her little rant in the kitchen, "thanking" Tara as she had to step out through her damage (again), and her response outside the asylum... definitely better than usual.



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I personally think this episode was very weak and boring (I miss Steve Newlin and I cannot believe it!). I am constantly more disappointed than amused (I miss laughing at TB) with True Blood lately (and it is my favorite tv show). Bill and Eric are like Beavis and Butthead; Sookie is somewhat more funny in this epsiode i guess (I was never a Sookie fan); the Authority is so lame I cannot believe this; Andy & Terry&Sam&whoever made me fall asleep for the first time while watching TB; Tara is slightly more bearable (because of Pam's presence i think), but i still hope she dies in the end; Jason is naked; Jessica does nothing mostly; Laffayete lost his sparkle; Russell was too little too late. Oh and yes, decent review, I still prefer Lilly's ironic and sarcastic sense of humor & the grade for the subplots were waaaaay to generous - I was expecting lots of Ds.
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Price, I've never read a review of yours I haven't loved.
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Priiiice! great! I'm so happy! I am sooooo missing your TVD-recaps, (even more than TVD itself) so this was a very nice surPRICE haha. love your writing-style, laughed so hard! and thanx for reviewing the storylines seperately, it made it so much easier to follow and to get an overview what the hell even happened.



I pretty much enjoyed this episode. I think the season is improving. Or at least I hope it is. Or it's just my impression because of Price's recap, he can do things like that, he always does this to the TVD-eps....
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Very good review!!!

After Lily's wailing over wet dolphins, I'm happy to read a more just review.

Lily is great and all good to her marriage but lately she was a little bit too tight about this show I think - maybe she was feeling the stress of the upcoming festivus.

Be that as it may - a great episode, the subplots are becoming way much better and I don't wanna miss any of them. Actually, almost everything I vaguely expected to happen after seas 1 happens this season:

- Tara's a vamp

- more insight on the murder of the Stackhouses(possibly)

- the vampire "authority"

- the social clash with a lot of violence between humans and supernaturals(fueled by the sangrinistas

- background to Terry's war traumata ...

The only thing I really hated was the NWE's teaser at the end - so either Tara, Pam or Jessica are getting the true death? WTF!
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Great recap! I love how you reviewed the storylines separately. This episode was a step up but still not very enjoyable. I'm still not interested in Terry's storyline. I feel like Alcide isn't doing much except looking gorgeous. The Authority is quite a bore. Ugh, even though Meloni is generally awesome, I feel like he wasn't the right actor for this role. I dunno, maybe it's the storyline...Bill, Eric, Lafayette and Jason and their storylines are still somewhat interesting. This show needs to get better.
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I really liked this episode. I think the time spent on each story was just quite right. Not too long on the subplots but long enough and the main plot moved forward quite a bit in comparison to last week.

BUT most importantly i was impressed by your description of the Authorities basement. Were you an art major at some point in your life? How do you even know about a very short era in art in europe?

I think that Lillith is Salome.

Great recap.
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Rococo was short but very important and we still see a lot of infuences even today. You don't have to be an art major to know about rococo... Everyone should know that. I learned about it way back in high school..
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I learned about rococo seeing the Beauty and The Beast (the Disney one). And then, after, also in school.
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Really enjoyed reading your recap Price.
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Loved this episode. Its the best of the season. You are right everyone got interesting... oh wait! The Authority's still bleh!



Was I right or was I right? I did say last week that Tara was a keeper. Sorry to see Luna go though I won't miss her.



- Did you think this episode was a step up or a step down from last week? Up! Up!! Up!!!



- Should Sookie and Alcide get wasted more often? yup! yup!! yup!!! A drunk vampire free Sookie is the best Sookie this season



- Will Tara and Jessica make up? I hope so, but first... sooo looking forward to a vamp cat fight next week



- Should Terry figure out how to make the Ifrit kill his cousin PLEASE? Hahaha!!! YES!

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GREAT episode, I loved it. The storyline where Sookie and the gang went looking for Russel was good. But it is a little weird how the writers keep pushing all of the plot twists and the drama to the end of the episode. And yes, I am talking about the Sam storyline. Drunk Sookie was hilarious! She has been boring in the last couple of episodes, but now I thought she was funny! Why didn't Eric stake Russel the MOMENT he first saw him?! They are already suffering the aftermath of letting him live earlier. Weird... The thing about the smoke monster was absolutely crazy, and that's how True Blood SHOULD be! Great! I hope the next episodes will be as great as this one.
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finally after weeks of agony great episode(compared to others this season).
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I'm confused.. why is Doug even alive? I mean, if that woman is feeding Russell with all those people, why not letting him feed on Doug right away when he was freed and was so weak?
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Interesting situation. A person going missing from the parking garage where he was buried might make the news and thus alert Erik and Bill immediately.



It's a gamble: but if the vamps didn't know Erik had help from Alcide... then a simple hole being dug up in the parking garage might not get back to them until it was too late.



Even if they DID know about Alcide... there would be more of a lag of news reaching him (and then Erik) with just a hole in the ground instead of a missing employee.



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I just don't understand if they wanted Eric and Bill to find out about Russell or not... Doug was just glamoured, but the hole wasn't covered. And you may be right if they didn't know about Alcide, but how could that be if they were able to set Russell free from Alcide's workplace? It just feels weird to me xD Like, they needed to make the storyline go forward somehow!
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thank u
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Price, you really have a way of making shows sound so fantastic, so thanks.



I love drunk Sookie! I get that after all the weird shit she's been through she would be fairly somber, but she's just so much fun when drunk. More please!

Two fav moments: Sookie noting the horror movie cliche about not splitting up and her also being like "Oh must be Thursday!" - so much like season 1 Sookie.
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Hahaha! "My So-Called Afterlife" "Fire Stalk With Me" Well done, Price.
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I liked how you reviewed each plot Price, I do it exactly the same way with my True Blood reviews. It also sort of highlights the main problem with the show, like you mentioned, as viewers we shouldn't 'pretend True Blood is just one show; that'd be unfair to the subplots that AREN'T dead weight. Instead let's recognize that True Blood is more like six TV shows in one and it's basically an anthology series at this point.'



I find True Blood one of the easiest shows to recap because every character has his or her storyline separate from everything else in the show. I can tell a good episode when I have difficulty doing this, because the writers have actually tried to have charatcers and storylines overlap for once (like the third episode of this season for example).
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BTW, the Ifrit is pretty much the Smoke creature from LOST
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1). Step up.

2). Only if it means I get to see more of Alcide's fine . . . body.

3). I hope so. I really wanted them to bond and be friends. Jessica is the best. Plus, hopefully she'll bring out season 1 Tara, and not season 3 and 4 Tara. Uh, Hoyt why do you always have to mess everything up?

4. Maybe the Ifrit will kill Terry too.

On a side note, I like Terry better when he was just saying crazy/sweet things as a cook at Merlottes. Also, on a side note don't die Sam. Yes, all of his plotline are boring, but I'm still looking for a Tara/Sam reunion.
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Ifrit is Arabic for demon and they come in all kinds, some of them as fire demons or other forms. One genus of Ifrits are revenge spirits and not considered evil as such as much as instruments of God's (Allah's) divine justice, which is why it has responded to the dying woman. Naturally, this type cannot be stopped until either amends and genuine regret is shown, but to achieve these amends demands an effort that is extremely difficult, nearly impossible to achieve and goes beyond self sacrifice and redemption.If the series is genuine as to the myth, then all involved and their families will die.
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Oh, and totally Eric > Bill



Good point ;)
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I also loved the whole Tara/Jessica scene. Jessica was totally Klaus at that moment and Tara was totally Caroline. Awesome.



This episode was a HUGE improvement to the season. Let's hope they keep improving and finish strong!



Also, I really need some He-Man pajamas..
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I didn't like that scene because I've already seen it on TVD. Original is something TB has forgotten!
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Vampire, Lycan... :| then they had to go Fae (that name itself is just so embarrassing :{ Why couldn't they had been badass & simple Elfen Folk? It sounds so regal and oh so awesome!).

Oh well whatever, but then all hell broke loose with all that Were-panther thingy (I mean come on, if you want to go that lane, do it properly, I mean Indian mythos had a long history of Were-tiger stories, just hijack it like everyone else. That was the "That's it" and I quit watching, if it weren't for TV.com recaps...



Then suddenly it's Ifrit (-_-).

Let's hope it doesn't go down the drain. What else guys??



Djinn? Azi-Dahaka? Yaksha? Hone-Onna? Okami? Nuwa? God forbids but *shuddering shiver runs down* Dragon?



The name Lilith is hinting towards Jewish Lore (*A sinking feeling for possible worst case scenario, just in case*). I just don't know anymore (T_T).



Forgive me and kindly overlook my utter incoherent rants but think for a moment, did a show with prime focus on Vampire Passion and Hidden Lust needed this much conflicting-confusing-confounding-con-xyz-ing sub and sub-subplots? I personally was willing to go with faerie lore with sprinkled spices of wolfsbane but... Mercy for I'm too old and my, I'm so tired. TV these days... they create so many suspense and twists, ultimately you're left with a Doughnut/Jalebi, no start... apparently no end either. (~_~).
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Did I miss an episode when the other supernatural creatures (shifters; were-creatures) decided to reveal themselves? I mean for them to be targeted somebody has to know who and what they are. The only reason Sam even knew the two murdered last episode was because of the support group.
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Nope: no reveal yet for anything other than Vamps. Right now there are 2 main theories:

1 - The Faeries are trying to use humans to wipe out the dangerous supes. Revealing info and amping their fears.

2 - Hoyt. He probably learned some stuff from pillow talk with Jessica. And now his buddies from the bar (that laughed at Jason) are going all "Klan"
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You may have something there. I had completely forgotten about Hoyt's buddies, which is interesting considering how into the vampire culture he has found himself.
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Yeh, I wonder if he's just "bait" to lure out vamps for them to kill. People do dumb + dark things when they're scorned... and here both his ex-girlfriend AND his best friend have scorned him. So the chances of becoming a d-bag increase 10-fold.
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Oh yeah and fairies in the books are more powerful when together in groups like that and they are probably brainwashing everybody like Hadley, and now Jason, recruiting more people with fae blood so the real fairies in the group can emass more followers and power for some purpose yet to be revealed....
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I thought that maybe it had something to do with that redneck sookie talked to in that weapon shop saying something about taking her out on a hunt and letting her stake a vamp when she was buying that silver stuff and she read his mind.. I bet he's involved. And maybe its the fairies telling them whos a supe or somehow influencing them. In the book there are good fairies and bad ones. We've already seen what the fairies are capable of on the show. Not exactly nice guys or at least the free-will lovin' types.
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I also had a good laugh when Terry lit that cigarette. I know smoking is addictive, but to LIGHT a cigarette after you just found out that you are being stalked by a killer FIRE demon... Seriously? :-D
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Price, I'm so glad u're reviewing true blood!! <3

Can you stay forever?
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I liked Lily's review a lot, maybe because she has a "girlie" point of view...No offence to Price, but I really like to read Lily's review and with Revenge & OUAT gone if you take also TB from her I am forced to start watching The Bachelor/ette. And I do not want to do that.
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I kinda don't understand why Price isn't the main reviewer of TB from the get-go.

No offense to Lilly, but isn't he TV.com's vampire specialist?

Everybody have their strength, and I think we can all agree that Mr. Peterson's main skills is to talk about immortal bloodsuckers that want to screw everything in their paths.
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What do you mean by that thing about jason and the faries twice? When was the first time?
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First Hadley in the club, then the faerie-induced hallucination about his parents getting bitten by vampires.
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Predictably, it turned out that a woman, and not Rev. Steve, freed Russell... predictably.



- Most solid episode of the season. I seriously thought "TB" truly keep it going, but definitely a step in the right direction.

- After finally realizing what a hellhole her life is, I expect Sookie to be way more incline to get shitfaced from time to time. Alcide probably be around to scoop her to bed... The way Biil and Eric didn't mind peeving on them, the possibility of that 4-some Price was talking about is pretty damn good.

- Frankly, I'm praying that Jess and Tara MAKE UP - it's more than time that this little ginger of lesbo-loving, and I can't think of anyone experience enough to show her the way than Tara. I know, some of you would disagree and say Pam should 'show her the ropes', but, if that was about to happen, it would have happened already.

- Don't know why, but something tells me Andy will be a goner this season because of the whole Faeries War that is brewing. We can only hope...
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Am I the only one who wants to get a pair of retro '80s He Man footy pajamas now?
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Skeletor for me, but yeah.
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and slippers with a toe hole...
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*--Final Fantasy-Referenced rant incoming--*



Hey, an Ifrit. Maybe Terry actually will get those fiery super powers I talked about a few weeks ago. Maybe once Sam gets up from being shot, he can get Bahamut to burn all the supe-racists with super-hot dragon breath. Then, maybe Sookie can trample all her enemies with a great army of Chocobo riders. Once finished with their noble task, these mighty Chocohirrim can then march to the center of the earth to face the evil Sephiroth--this story just writes itself!



*--End Final Fantasy-Referenced rant...until next week--*



Clear pictures? In True Blood? Big ups to Price for finding something larger than a 2.5" Android to snap his screenshots.



Friggin' Tara. How bad has this show become that Tara is the most interesting story? And I don't care; she was kinda hot this week. Rutina's hot in general, but when she becomes Tara, I just want death for her...until the past couple of weeks. Sookie-free Tara in a Fangtasia boob-suit is kinda fun right now. God, it burns...



And the showdown with Jessica looks fun, even though they'll end up laughing over a couple of True Bloods next week. I'd rather they just have a baby vamp war for the rest of the season, but they interest me either way. I wanted a Pam/Tara thing, but this will have to do if Pam not gonna do anything.



And Alcide finally got a heavy moment with Sookie...and got barfed on. Kinda what happens with anyone that gets with her, eventually, so he's in good company. I just don't get it, but then again, I'm falling into Team Tara. It's quiet over here. Daaaamn quiet.



I still hate Andy overall, but he hasn't bothered me much lately.



Andy: ".....I f****d a Faerie?"



It was obvious as soon as Jason started talking about them that Andy would say that, but I still found it hilarious. Maybe being starved for something to enjoy causes a sort of low-standard delirium.



The Authority--yeah. No. WGAS.



So Luna's...probably dead. The first thing a single mother does when she hears gunshots is not check on her kid and run straight to the source of danger. It's not always the safest instinct, but what else makes sense when you suddenly need to disappear from a show?



At least Russell's back. I'm quite confident he'll die in some way that makes no sense considering his strength, but I at least have hopes that I'll enjoy his time before The Stupid gets him. I missed him so much...
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^Hahaha... There we have a "Live-Action" adaptation of Final-Fantasy VII remake/reboot whatever, which everyone's wishes to come true. Though it would be a "The Scream"-esque nightmare (And blasphemy... to beloved FFVII). :P
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Sookie being a fairy is more Moogle like than chocobo like, no? The wee-ness and flying and all that.
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Sure, Sookie's personally more like a moogle, but Moogles have been proven to ride Chocobos
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Maybe the shifters could turn into Chocobos and be ridden by...fairies?
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Yes. When the faeries begin their march to take the Earth back, they'll ride in on their captured shifter chocobos. I like the way you think.
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I think as a whole this season is a let down for me. All characters are not who they are supposed to be.



I mean, I remember Lafayette as extremely eccentric, out of head that would made me boil my blood from his insane behaviour. Now he is just a scary little puppy. Yes, it is realistic given all he went through; but no, it's no fun to watch.



Eric and Bill? Another two little puppies. Sam? don't get me there, after the extremely annoying brother story that dragged waaaaay too long...he seems to be transformed (along with his shifter friends) in cute little puppies (this time dead puppies though). Too bad for Luna, she was one I actually liked.



The Authority! Not! The worst cast ever (except for a few cases). The Guardian, from Law & Order special cases? Really bad role choice. The kid? Glad he's goo. The old maiden? Is she supposed to be what? a new reason to quit the show? Oenemaus? Another truly unfitting role (even though I think he is a great actor).



Jessica I still like (and she looked absolutely stunning in this episode), but she should be given an existential love story with some vampire, so that she can finally discover herself and become a greater vampire. Perhaps learn a new power or something.



All the other story-lines make me want to commit seppoku. Tara? Yawn. Kill her already. Jason? I kind of like him still, he is insane (he and the sheriff both). The Efreet? Double Yawn.



Anyway, just my opinion, but TB should realy start cleaining up it's act soon.
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I totally agree!
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I think Janina Gavankar's other gig is still better than this one was. She'll always have "The League" when they need her. Now that Luna is gone great - more Patty the hooker? Great. This show is sinking down hill at a steep pace although I'm not so sure they started that high this season to begin with. I was looking forward to some Peter Mensah and they give me nothing and if Chris Meloni's character has to explain for the 1000x what his goal is I think my tv is just going to change the channel every time he is in a scene. He's been in every episode and he has had the same conversation every time his character speaks. No wonder Alan Ball is running from this train wreck. Generous review of a pretty bad/boring episode that had too many parts moving by music video.
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Now that Russell's been found I think you might change what you think about Roman. He's not going to go on and on with the same speeches now that Bill and Eric found Russell.
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Price, I have never been so glad to see your name under a review. This made my day. Please continue to review TB! Best review ever. The flowing sentences! The lack of whining! The ability to get characters names correct! The absence of unfunny captions!



I agree, this episode is much better than the previous ones in this series. Hope its a sign of great things to come. Please die, Tara. And bring back Jess in a less horrible way! I am really over the fairies though, and find myself not caring that much about Luna's daughter, although she is now an orphan with one heck of a crazy-ass grandmother. Yikes. More Jessica, more Pam. More Eric and Bill. Less Tara. Like zero Tara. And bucket-loads more Lafayette. PLEASE!
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