True Blood Season 6 Premiere Review: Feels Like Home

True Blood S06E01: "Who Are You, Really?"


Dear TB fans and NSA operatives, we did it! We watched an Alan Ball-less True Blood Season 6 premiere, and it was fine! It felt like a return to a beloved childhood summer camp, full of so many blessedly familiar elements that I lost any vague sense I’d outgrown it. "Who Are You, Really?" was like reuniting with a beloved group of friends I was worried I’d never see again, because the characters I’d been missing were not only intact, they were like exponential versions of themselves. The show had the wisdom to play up the fan-favorite character elements, pulling us right back into a familiar world at its best. (Except perhaps for Pam. Gone were the pitch perfect one-liners we love Pam for, she instead oozed sex appeal and desperation, as self-defeating a party mix as Chex and bubble gum.)

Still, after multiple seasons of becoming more and more of an asshole, Bill of all people was finally recognizable... and likable?! Maybe the writers were just buying a little time, or reminding us of why we ever cared about Bill in the first place, but the premiere’s Billith was a hot reboot of Bill Compton S:1, back in that signature white thermal that hugs his torso just so and casting bedroom eyes at Sookie, yet filled with regret and unfathomable darkness. The final scene of the premiere seemed to suggest this might be the only glimpse we'll get of Classic Bill 2.0, and that would be a shame. If the show were to build on Bill’s renewed duality of danger and kindness and make Bill the romantic hero he was, playing with Sookie’s head and ours as we try to figure out alongside her how sincere he might be in his intentions, that could be really compelling.

Jason was full of comic relief and jock-redneck outrage, Sookie was back to making infuriatingly bad decisions every five minutes with as much screeching as possible (like wasting her fairy powers to make her fist into a flashlight... to help a vampire see in the dark? Isn’t that what they do best?), Tara was effortlessly brusque and insightful, and Jessica managed to make circumstances that none of us can lay claim to somehow relatable.

Eric, meanwhile, was at the top of his game in his heroic knight-in-shining-armor mode, his old-world chivalry so intense it triggered the swirling cellos and violas that start creeping into the background music when Real Romance happens. And Alcide was butt-naked, so that character lived up to his full potential as well.

Lafayette made a cameo that was as skillful a character sketch as I've seen in under two minutes, but ultimately the scene was just enough to remind me how badly I still miss him. Please, lure Nelsan Ellis back onto the set and give him some powerful scenes, Season 6.

Still, as well as these actors can play the characters they've inhabited for six years, there were moments that felt weirdly wooden and inexplicably placed. Fleeing an apocalyptic Bill and looking very much like the blue team after a crushing defeat in paintball, our heroes inexplicably stopped by the beach for a thorough story check-in with almost every character. This set of scenes felt like the sixteenth retake of a rewrite that everyone had been called back to do long after principal filming had ended. There was a certain flatness to the emotional exposition. “Lovin’ him is in mah blood.” “Mine too!” Okay, but why are you getting your jeans wet? Doesn’t that suck? And then when Sookie told Jessica just to let Bill go, I felt they could have easily swapped in “Ball” and made the same points. 

The start of Season 6 also introduced a new and intriguing character, Stanley Tucci lookalike Governor Burrell. Despite a speech with pro-gun and bigot-y undertones against vampires, Burrell volunteered a bottling facility for TruBlood Beverage Corp. to hasten the return of public safety betwixt vampires and humans. He even outright underlined his own ambiguous turn while offering the property, by saying verbatim, “I am not the new big bad.” Okay, let’s see where you go sir, I’m intrigued by the portrayal of a southern politician who acts diplomatically and strategically instead of like Yosemite Sam.

There was also the introduction of actual big bad Warlo, chugging along in a hoopty, dressed up like Colonel Sanders got his hand on a Tesla coil. After Jason thumbed a ride (something a former kidnapping victim probably would not actually do?), he ended up unbosoming all his troubles to Warlo, who then cackled and disappeared. Pretty middle-of-the-road horror story stuff.

The premiere answered a lot of our prayers by cauterizing two unpromising storylines: Luna died with all the tragic farewell of someone who hops out of a car and races off to find a toilet. (“It’s dead” felt like a summation of the audience’s dispassionate reaction to the Luna-Sam relationship finally getting excised from our screens.) And Andy Bellefleur’s stint as Mr. Mom may be mercifully brief, what with his little pumpkins turning five years old overnight and swarming Andy in a charming cutaway scene. Thank goodness, because the ol' “a MAN changing DIAPERS?!” shtick gets on my last damn nerve.

Obviously Mark Hudis—True Blood's new showrunner, but not for long—is no clearer on werewolf mythology than Ball ever was. Every time we cut back to the werewolves, someone was explaining some new clause in their wolf constitution (which I assume is carved into a chrome panel at a Waffle House in Ed Hardy lettering). Now Packmaster has to “inherit the flesh” by eating a chunk of arm? It all felt a little pulled-out-of-thin-ass, although I appreciated the Lena Dunham homage.

Also “I’m your number one bitch”—the term is “bottom bitch,” ma’am. And don’t think because you creep on Alcide getting freaky in the bushes you’re going to be orchestrating all his sexual encounters like Manson at Spahn ranch. You have to sleep sometime, and when you do, he’ll do as he damn well pleases.

In a premiere that ultimately set a great stage for the season, there were two elements that were sort of dissatisfying—one because it felt so dissonant to the characters, the other because it was so clearly more of the same. The more of the same was Sookie just making emotionally improbable decisions. Why would she rescind Eric’s invitation from her house after making the rather revealing choice to save his life at the cost of Bill’s? She may want to be the “girl in the white dress" again, but the dress had a red pattern, if I remember correctly, an appropriately muddy symbolism for a virgin going to a strip club on a date with a vampire. Sookie has ALWAYS been all about the fang-banging lifestyle. How many years now has her life been 99 percent just up in vampire’s beeze? She marched with Jessica to find Bill, knowing Jessica is faster, stronger, and far more deadly than she could ever be…why? Because she loves sticking her nose into the undead’s business. When’s the last time we saw her hoist a tray at Merlotte’s or do anything not related to the supernatural? If I remember correctly, she’s half crazy being around regular humans because she can hear their thoughts and only (relatively) sane around vampires so… who are you trying to fool, Sookie?

But for me the most dissonance came from seeing Pam so incredibly weak. It hurts to see Pam on her knees or sobbing at the beach like sorority girl. Not only was her sass sadly depleted, but not even when her face was melting like cheese under a crème brulee torch did Pam act as helpless as she did when the vamp-bustin’ squad came into Fangtasia. And also, while I suspect Rutina Wesley and Kristen Bauer’s nudity clauses are what kept their sex scene so incredibly discreet—a-blink-and-you’d-miss-it zip of the pants by Tara—you’d think the show’s first serious lesbian relationship would get a little more heat on a show known to push sexual boundaries.

Still, overall, I really enjoyed the premiere. In fact, in my post-viewing stupor of mild joy, listening along to the delightful credit song, I had the following conversation with myself:

First impression: I can’t wait to see the next one!

Sinking feeling: Because nothing really happened or was answered by this episode? 

Counterargument: It’s still a great show! We can do this! It’s still True Blood! We don’t need Ball to enjoy it!

Rationalization: But after the first three episodes, everything will be in the hands of a whole new showrunner, so…


QUESTIONS:

… Billith: Will he vacillate between normal and deity, or was him getting bumrushed by full-bushed Lillith’s the end of normal Bill?

… Do you find Sookie rescinding Eric’s invitation beyond baffling?

… Governor Burrell: What are your first impressions?

… Would you consent to being Alcide’s (or anyone’s) “#1 set o’ buns” in an open relationship?

… What will Warlo want with Sookie?

… What did you think of the premiere?

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You can't un-jump the shark but its so good to have Lily back reviewing True Blood. Awesome review as ever Lilith!
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-I think that was the last glimpse we had of "normal" Bill for a while. So I ate that father/daughter Jessica and Bill moment up with a giant spoon, becuase I had a feeling that was the last of it for a bit.
-Incredibly baffling and annoying, and not just because I'm more than likely a closet Eric and Sookie shipper either. Basically, for all the reasons mentioned. Sookie's motivations just don't even make sense. She isn't normal. She hasn't been normal for sometime...well never. She's never been normal. She can't go back to being that girl in the white dress again. That doesn't have to be a bad thing. She can't erase all the things that has happened to her since then. She can't undo who she is and how she has grown since that time.It's absurd. She had reasons for "letting go" of Bill. The bit about her being his first everything...that all made sense and had a natural flow. Then, for reasons that I'll never quite understand, she took Eric, the character who has grown and evolved in such a way that he became worthy and acceptable as a romantic lead...or even a fantastic friend..whatever, and she released him when it wasn't smart nor necessary to do so. There was this weird limbo that they were in as far as their relationship goes. They spent practically an entire season apart from each other, leaving viewers not really knowing what they were and where they really stood. Then she does that? It was confusing, ridiculous, and unfulfiling.
-I kinda like him.
- Um no. I'm all or nothing. I'm not playing second fiddle and I'm not waiting for a pecking order to work against me.
- Fae babies?

-Congrats on them from trimming the fat. I didn't like Luna. I didn't dislike Luna. She was just...there. So does that mean Sam's going to attempt to go on the lam again and not actually leave? Is he like some shapeshifting single dad now or is he dropping that kid off at Grammy Werewolf's (whenever she's done scowling at the power trip we all know Alcide is gonna have) as soon as lala finishes doing that little darling's hair? Is this the season of the single father?
- Nora still sucks. Um, no pun intended. I'm all behind Pam staking Mary Poppins. I just don't like her at all. I can't even try too. Eh.
-I'm bummed about the Eric and Pam thing too. The maker/progeny bond is probably one of the most intriguing things about this show to me. I love all of them and how they display all these bonds. There are no words to really describe that kind of connection and yet all these actors and the writers do this tremendous job of showcasing this complex bond. Jessica and Bill's father/daughter one is what actually made me start liking Jessica, because I didn't initially. I loved it in this episode. Eric and Pam...i always loved it. Always. The deterioration of their bond is kind of heartbreaking. I also love Pam and Tara. I never thought I'd enjoy Tara...I had written her off a while ago, but vampirism agrees with her. I hate seeing Eric and Pam not...connected. I would probably hate how vulnerable Pam comes across if she weren't sneaking in some Pam-esque lines in there. Also...um, clearly I blinked because I totally missed them eluding to Pam/Tara sex.
- The werewolf stuff bores me to tears. If it weren't for staring at Joe, I'd be ready to claw my eyes out.
- Lafayette knows how to rock a scene. Loved him.


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I officially love Lala and Arlene more than most of the main characters...
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Almost really great start....yeah True Blood is back!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Better than the Season 4 Sookieball Premiere. I dunno, I didn't hate the episode; I just think I don't like this show, but haven't quit it yet. Lafayette wasn't bad, a werewolf chick that should've been Lilith got nekkid, the fairy kids aren't gonna be babies all year, Rutger Hauer is Warlo, Tara isn't the most annoying character on the show anymore...there's plenty of decent things going on so far.

Still, I watch enough political news to already be sick of guys like Jason ranting about taking his country back, so if someone could finally walk up and snap his neck, that'd be a huge win-win.
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please make this season


one last season to round up things.

Please.
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If the rest of the Season 6 episodes stay on course like this first, I believe we have a winner. IF!
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True Blood lost its charm after first 2 seasons, now it's convoluted & confusing. So many characters, so many plots (which are not at all related). The emotional connection I had with the characters is gone. We have vampire authority, wolf pack, fairies, that season 2 bitch, Bon Temps local people & vampires and what not - but what hold these different plot devices/character together? Unfortunately, there's nothing. Which character should I care for? Bill, Sookie, Jason, Sam, Eric, Pam, Tara or Lafayette? But did you forget to notice that they are no longer the same characters we had seen in season 1 & 2? They don't behave like their true character selves. They all behave inconsistently. Now tell me, how can I rate this show high when I'm unable to relate to the plot/character anymore? Pls wrap it up at the end of next season.
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I agree for the most part, though it's amazing that we've stuck with the show so long despite these problems. I'd argue it was near the end of the third season when it lost it's charm, but it stopped being consistently good after season 2. The only character I've cared for lately is Pam, and I don't think the season 1 & 2 thing applies to her since she was hardly seen in those seasons. However, in this episode, she finally fell in that trap too. i'm still curious about the characters overall because I want to see what happens with them, but another big problem is that there are NO STAKES. Five seasons and this show has barely any consequences, no casualties, nothing. We're not worried when a character is in danger because nothing ever happens to them, we know they will get out of danger. I'm of course referring to the core characters, not the characters they kill because nobody cares about them.
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Yes, you have said it beautifully - "that there are NO STAKES. Five seasons and this show has barely any consequences, no casualties, nothing. We're not worried when a character is in danger because nothing ever happens to them, we know they will get out of danger"

That's the biggest problem with the show. Few of these characters should've been gone long time ago. Then they could've developed the plot better. For example, Lafayatte dies in the first book itself (I've read somewhere). But they kept him alive just bcoz his character clicked with the audience. And now they say we'll have a major character death in this season - Lafayatte after all these seasons? That's so disappointing.

That takes me to the core question. What made me fall in love with the show? Well, I fell in love after the first episode itself. I still remember the scene where Sooki saves Bill's life outside the bar. It looked like an impossible romance between a human and vampire. Also, the atmosphere of Merlotte's bar was so realistic. I loved their accents (of the local people) and quickly connected with the idea of a small town called Bon Temps & the quite life there. I also loved the background music, dark undertone & the sexy vibe of the show. But then after 2 seasons, the show started exploring boring territories. For example, the season 2 story line has no effect on the seasons thereafter. Maryann is the central figure of season 2 and that part of the story had no influence whatsoever after that. I really lost interest in the characters. Now I've no idea where this show is heading. What was that with Lafayatte's boyfriend & the spirit thing? Where did that subplot disappear?

Well, I guess, some shows can't really handle success I must say!
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I keep hearing about a big death this season, and it's supposed to be someone who has been with the show since season one. Eric, Jessica, and Pam are the only ones who would have an impact if they died, the rest are characters nobody would really miss. I don't think Alan Ball ever had the balls to let anyone go, since his attachment to the cast clouded his judgement big time. Looks like Brian Buckner will have to do the dirty work of letting people go.
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True blood has become a caricature of itself. From a ridiculous but entertaining show to a stupid boring shell of a show. This episode convinced me that True blood is now an utter waste of time.
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Once again, another big problem. It is no longer fun and entertaining, it's mostly boring. I remember Cory Barker said something like "how could a show with blood and sex as the selling point be so boring." I think it's a reflection on how the writers probably feel. We all know Alan Ball was bored with it after season 3, and tried to start another show around that time to get out of it. Didn't happen, so we had to suffer his wrath for another 2 years. The writers are probably too burnt out to even care. Oh well, sounds like you're going to stop watching anyway.
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Why would a vampire tug in another vampire?
This has been bugging me for over two days now.
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okay > i'm probably late and i haven't read anyone else's commentaries, but i'm just gonna say what i'm feeling by watching the episode just last night for the first and only time (for now)

i thought the episode was, in general, good, but a few things keep bothering me on the whole thing. it seems to me that the most important questions season 6 will rise are all about the book of lilith and baloney like that. i'm sorry, writers and producers, creators and staff. i don't care about a history on god or whoever being a vampire or making the world turn to nothing. i've seen apocalyptic plots going down and turning my favorite series into something rather boring, in lack of a better word. most recently, take dexter's 6th season. jesus! i don't need true blood, one of my forever love affairs (and now guilty pleasure), to be like that.

i wanted true blood to be all about society making relations amongst humans & vampires. i wanted true blood to become such a thriller, and at the same time sexy as never seen! all i can say about the series now is that it's my guilty pleasure 'cause it's just too weird and full of.. funny things? i mean, i like the idea that we're always have "people" like arlene and andy, for instance, but i think we're all done with this lilith matter, not to mention the fairy details. i mean, it's kinda turning to something lame, and i don't want that to happen!

i hope true blood will become more like about the people "living" and walking on earth, not about ghosts, freaky entitys and tacky clothing into a world that seems just wrong. it looks like the whole formula would work just right back a different time, but now that's my opinion: it's just not the time for colorful things and fairytale histories that won't do the trick.

god! i missed coming down here and reading your stuff, Lily! i'm almost too excited for this, and i guess i'm looking forward not exacty to seeing each episode, but more than anything, to getting on tv.com for your reviews! so good

as for the questions, which i absolutely love and were completely consistent, i think bill will be an ambiguous character until the half or maybe the end of season. i actually hope we can struggle between taking his side or the opposite. i guess i'm more like jessica, you know? i'll always love him, no matter what, as as lame it may sound, i think sookie will be forever by his side.

i like the idea that sookie is finally "going to turn herself into the girl in the white dress", 'cause now it really felt like the series is going back to the beginning, but with a lot more that we know of. sookie is going to make her own path for at least twenty more minutes, i guess! i mean, if she can keep at least one supernatural creature far from home, i think i still have something to thing about. i like it when we're trying to forget that we're talking about vampires, werewolves, fairies, the devil, ghosts, babies that -- anyways!

that's the thing about the season 1 story. he had vampires and human beings, and it was freakin' awesome. all the had was the threat of a real character, a serial killer, and that was just for two sides of the same coin: is he a vampire? is he not? who is killing everybody? and that was just pure realistic material, when we thought that the series would keep it casual, but not absurd. i know that's up to charlaine harris' thinking, but come on. enough with the supernatural accumulation. that's ok by now.

and now i have to say governor burrell will hopefully turn things over for a bit: is just a regular guy, but that's not true! he's not a regular guy, and my first impression was that he would really spice things a little bit, and that's good. the second time he showed up was even more interesting. we should hope we will not have a lame death.. 'cause he's gonna die, right?

and i'm sorry, werewolves: you will not be as cool as vampires.. or as anything else. i think the whole scene with them turning alcide into the packmaster was just stupid and completely unnecessary. i think they just didn't think enough about what to do with this particular side of the history. werewolves are just some sort of bandits now, and they're completely annoying. everytime i see a big dog running around the tv screen (or a lot of them), as much as i love animals and the breeds, i just wanna change the program 'cause that's not true blood for me. i have national geographic for that. as okay, we all like to see butt-naked manganiello, but that's a limit to that. we all like a little bit ladie-ladie emotion, but that was just nonsense. i honestly don't care if sexual life for alcide is absurdly improved. that's not important for the rest of things.

i guess warlo is just another full of.. okay, i don't wanna write a bad word. i don't know. the whole thing just seems to me like a big joke. i've said that already. i don't care if there's a spirit running around like mad for a little bit of anna paquin. what if he suceeds? we know he won't, but okay. i think sookie could be a lot more interesting character if she just sticks with the regular life. come one, warlo! just take lilith for a ride in that automobile of yours and go way, far away from bon temps. (by the way, congrats on the car. you know, moving around the places like a ghost in bathrooms or wherever.. not cool television material)

and that's pretty much what i thought of season 6 premiere. i'm honestly trying to think that one ball less series will make it better for now. i mean, i'll always be annoyed by some various side effects that the series will make me go through, like all the special effects the series is getting.. it seems that the more they advance, the ugliest they get! i'm not even talking about the blood bath lilith/bilith thing. i'm talking about some specific details on the series production that just seems like we're ruuning back on time. come on, hbo! give those people a little more of "game of thrones" money so they can work a little more on the special effects, okay?

i just love alan ball, and that's why i'm turning by other half brain to "banshee" once more, but i think true blood will always be in my heart and i'm actually betting every single coin i have left on it. i think the series can actually get better and go to a really nice place on my shelves. i will not be ashamed of saying it's one of my favorites, and i will not hide the dvds and blurays from my kids. i think true blood is a great show, but that's just because i am deranged crazy about jessica.

jessica was just great, and i had to keep a paragraph on the little comment box just for her. i mean, she was even greater in that fancy, amazing blog of hers! i had to love every single shot she was in, but the two that she really hit it, okay, let's see > 1) jessica gettin' all crazy and bleeding! come on, guys, just give her the entire show! that was just the perfect thing: she was interacting with eric, which is at the same time rare and completely crazy good stuff , and 2) she was just swagged when she went all bossy over her front porch and looking out for bill, confronting sookie's little drama madness. i love when jessica is going all about the orders. she's my leader. and i even got scared and afraid for her afterlife when bill came around her bedroom, all creepy and incestuous over her. i still think he will try something nasty with her child! watch it, bill! i mean it

okay, i wrote too much, and no one's gonna read me when they see my essay about the premiere. i just wished to say, Lily, that you are my true goddess and i just hope that you would read this now, but maybe i shouldn't write so much LOL -- seriously, i'm done. i know people don't like it when we go all nuts and write 15 paragraphs on one note
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Thank you so much! I got caught up reading this & enjoying in and then was very flattered by all the shout outs. Thanks for the excellent comment. I do think there's tons of potential for the show to get better, by getting smaller (killing off Luna was a great start) and finding those things that brought viewers in the first place- gothic south, doomed romance, and the question of how much can you ever really know another person (human or otherwise) and how is it that we can love them anyway.
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15 paragraphs is like my average.
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yeah > i think i would probably write a few more things, but i just hadn't got the time to extend my comments. anyways, there's always so much to talk about..
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Great to be back, Lily!
-I certainly hope he vacillates. I do not just want an evil Billith, and I did notice and appreciate this Bill 2.0 thing.
-I find it unsurprising. It's not smart, but then, she's never been brilliant. This is her way feeling like she's "taking control" of her life. Truly though, not a great move.
-I like him and want to see more. Also, Stanley Tucci.
-Nope. Not even a little. I don't like me no open relationship.
-Her fairy powers. Or something equally stupid.
-I must say, I well enjoyed this premiere. Just the right amount of absurd and fun mixed with drama. We'll see where it goes, but I am optimistic.
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I'm still too much into the Game of Thrones vibe and I was really waiting for a couple of lead characters to die in this episode. Only Luna did and I had already given up on her during the last finale.
They should have killed tara or pam, they are redundant now.
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Wait, there was a pants zip? I don't even remember them showing that... Tara basically confirmed they "screwed" but I thought that was just them making out before the escaped the authority jail (and if you're telling me they had sex then and there...well...consider me extremely annoyed, there was literally no time to get it on (while Jessica watched) instead of escaping a facility swarming with vampire guards and Billith...so...when did this apparent lesbian sex even happen? Because yeah, I even missed the visual hint...
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It was the pants zip that gave it away. I missed it too. When Jason is holding Nora at gunpoint, you Tara running towards them see what's up, and you can see her zipping up her pants when she does. So yeah, it was as the beach.
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Wow, really? Ugh, laaaaame, especially after the tantalizing reveal at the end of last season.
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Lafayette!

It seems to me the only reason this show gives werewolves any airtime at all is because Alcide's so hot. I'm enjoying the Governor so far. As far as if the story feels off? Barely, cuz this story was already written before TV got involved.
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For me , it is the worst premiere ever . It is like getting suck in a middle of a mess that I barely remember . The characters are changing dramatically that It feels like a fucking flip-flop game .
Hopefully , the things will getting better !
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Weirdly, I enjoyed Arlene's scenes the most, they were funny. Telling Andy off about his alien babies and "Santa Clause aint real either". Then when they were all screaming while the kids were laughing, that was creepy and hilarious. Also, starting to like Nora and glad about Luna's demise.

What I didn't like so much:

- The werewolves. They can all migrate.
- Sookie was the only one who really cared about Jess and then suddenly they are at each other's throats because of Bill.
- Pam not at her best although I did enjoy her reaction to Jess spluttering and dying, "well it's been swell knowing ya", hardly a care in the world.
- Most of all though, nothing was significant enough for a season premiere. I guess you could argue that Warlo's reveal was the kick but I totally made him when I saw the season 6 sneak photos. "Warlo" was written all over him. So everything was a bit too similar and a bit too average for a premiere but i'm glad it's back and hopefully we'll have some crazy little storylines around this Billith nonsense.
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I really enjoy Lala and Arlene more than some of the main players.
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Frankly it was all over the place, I still have no idea how the authority headquarters blew up. We didn't exactly see Bill do anything to it (nor why should he?)

Luna's death was just pathetic. Not only was it nothing like Tommy's, it was just plain stupid for Sam and her to barely walk, then leave her and suddenly he vampires remember they have super speed so they catch up.

This show, much like most vampire shows that give super speed such as the vampire diaries, fail to realize how fast they are actually moving. And more importantly, the vampires themselves seem to forget it.

Pam and Tarra could just wipe out all those stupid humans with guns. And please tell me how on earth did the governor give the order to close down vampire businesses on the same night? Umm... Hello? It's still the united and democratic states of America folks. Governor can't do that and certainly not in a matter of minutes.

And we're going to see more of those stupid semi fairy babies... /sigh
Please kill off Arlene and her whole family.

And give Jason some better plot. The whole "Oh I found out that my parents were killed by a vampire so now I hate them all" is pathetic. Your grandmother was killed by vampire haters, doesn't mean that you should hate vampire haters? Pathetic.

And as usual, Alcide stroyline is nothing but fan service. Yeah, the guy is a total hunk but either incorporate him in the storyline or drop him.

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So Warlow is now a progeny of Lilith and has powers that no other vampire had... Yet he wasn't even strong enough to tackle Sookie's fairy god mother.

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Are we ever going to learn what happened in fairy land?
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I was under the assumption that Bill was how the gas pipe got ripped in half and made the building explode. If you watch the cold open again the scene where the pipe explodes is shown in "Billith Vision" (patent pending)
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Hopefully the fairy thing won't be a big feature in this season.... And also I can't help but laugh every time Bill becomes Billith
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Bill as Billith is slapstick comedy, I'm with you there.
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"Governor Burrell: What are your first impressions?"

Not good. If they wanted to hire an older bald guy, they should have tried to get Jonathan Banks. This guy seems like a cheap substitute for someone awesome, and his accent sounds really fake. The story around him is ridiculous. A curfew for vampires, and a suspension of all vampire-run businesses!? Stupidest plan since Hemlock Grove. How did he even get anyone to agree with it, and why doesn't someone on the show point out how absurd it is?

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"Please, lure Nelsan Ellis back onto the set and give him some powerful scenes, Season 6."

LaFayette is the best when he's a peripheral character, someone the main characters interact with when it's appropriate. All the attempts to give him more of a story have failed so far.
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I sort of loved when he went down to see the brujo and when he and jesus got high and went on like a Santeria mental roller coaster. I also miss his naughty website.
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I would agree that this wasn't the best episode I've seen, but it certainly wasn't the worst. I think it was a real challenge to have to pick up exactly (and I mean the very minute) that Ball finished season 5 with.

For a transition episode, I think it was done very well. And now that everyone is at home in their beds with a new day ahead, the true judgement can begin.
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Wow.. this didn't start well,,,
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Last thing, did anyone find that "live at the set" thing before the show started very awkward? The cast looked uncomfortable, and that host sucked.
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Hmm, I dunno about this one. It just felt off, somehow. Anna Paquin's acting was horrible, and I couldn't even appreciate Pam and Tara. Bill seemed okay, but I still wish they'd kill him off. Rutger, though, eh?
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I don't know. It wasn't terrible but it didn't instill any faith that S6 will be spectacular either. I have about zero interest in the Governor and whatever schemes he's running (which feels very S5 Vampire Authority only in reverse) or the werewolf pack stuff (which is 100% unrelated to anything else in the story and really doesn't even have any story on its own either). Pam really just needs to go at this point. Maybe her final arc here can be simply running off with Tara. Eric doesn't really care about her anymore, something he's made clear for a while, and the more she tries to fight that and go back in time with their relationship the more desperate and boring a character she becomes. Eh, and Sam? Who cares about him. Honestly. When has he ever really served the story? At least other secondary characters like Nora, Jason, Andy, Jessica, etc. are wrapped up in the fairy and/or Warlo business, which is supposedly the A-plot. Kind of? If they keep dragging out the mystery of Sookie's heritage and holding back with the fairy/vampire history & connections and keeping us distracted with very barely related minor character stuff I'm just gonna give up. The show lost it's awesome touch a few seasons back but it can occasionally still deliver. I'm up for following along with the Warlo/Nora/Lilith stuff just as long as it maintains that actually being a priority.

And if they stop having Sookie's core characterization be to constantly stomp around in defiance and be pissed at everyone for one reason or another, that'd be great. Like this review mentioned, the vampires might be a source of trouble for her - but they're also where she feels she can fit in and the ones she turns to for help for just about everything. "My friend got shot. Turn her for me." "My boyfriend's been kidnapped by werewolves. Help me rescue him." "A maenad's invaded my town and taken over my house. Help me stop her." Etc. It just bothers me that she doesn't seem to realize that her immersion in the supernatural world is a 2-way street, not something that's been forced on her. And if it has been forced on her it's only in the sense that she herself is supernatural. She's never going to have a normal human life and that's literally no one's fault. To be fair this can be said to the protagonists of 99% of modern fantasy stories with reluctant heroes. Sometimes both the ungratefulness (must be hard having magical powers & being so popular) and non common sense (you were born that way and that's the reality of your world whether you accept it or not) of that notion grates us fans. Especially this one.
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I'll take all the invitation rescinded scenes I can get, Eric drifting out of the scene was hilarious.
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Dude... that #1 bitch blow job "oh look a sucker on the ground" was SOOOOO creepy.
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Nothing on Nora? Why? I thought she was awesome!!!
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There's nothing on the sand Castle either and Pam channeling her inner Godzilla must have been the funniest part of the beach scene.
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Mmmmm there's something didn't convinced me, but I don't know what. Sookie rescinding Eric’s invitation? Bill being the same after we all though he will be like a super demoniac vampire? The super entrence of Warlow to the serie? I don't know.. The episode was like returning to the wonderful's True Blood origins, but still, something's missing.
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This was certainly an improvement from the last couple seasons, which were absolutely ridiculous after some point. But there's a long way to go until this show is back to being dramatic and intense. I agree with the review that many of the supposedly dramatic scenes played out like the highschool play, esp. those in the car and the beach. The dialogues were almost basic. And the actors generally seemed confused and tired with their characters. I guess not knowing what/who Bill is is part of the plot. But why ruin Pam's character? And for god's sake, why is everyone pining over Sookie? Esp. Eric, it's beyond baffling to me.
The werewolves seem to only be there to shoot hot sex scenes, there doesn't seem to be any plotline to support them. Andy being a fairy dad, well shoot me, but I like Andy and I found that kinda cute!
Pam and Tara's romance, major disappointment, it seems to have deflated before it even begun! Shame because it had potential of turning both characters into a really interesting direction. I suppose the producers were afraid of tackling the lesbian relationship.
Jason, how dumb can that guy be, seriously.
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The thing about the wolves eating the previous packmaster wasn't new. I believe they ate Luna's ex-husband a season ago. Also, I'm not sure Luna is actually dead.
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Agreed but for a series that allegedly made a stand for those who are different (whether for reasons of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation etc. under the guise of supernatural groups), TB is doing a fine job at ridiculing the werewolves as dumb, often acting just on primal instincts (ie like animals - echoing much of racist propaganda blah blah) and the werepanthers were even worse though hopefully they are gone forever...
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They did a great job with casting Rutger Hauer as Warlow, he's a perfect villain. You could definitely tell there is a new show runner, too, but I like the more serious tone. Last season went overboard with the camp, IMO. I almost gave up after the ridiculous elder fairy scene where she asked Sookie about her thoughts on Boyz 2 Men. I hope it stays intense and spooky.
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I really enjoyed this episode. Many people here point out negatives in their comments (which is fine and I learn a lot from the ones that explain the negatives) and after thinking about it I see that some of them are valid complaints but I still really ENJOYED this episode.

Sookie often makes bad decisions but that is nothing new. Bill looks older then the others. Personally the 50/60s style Leave it to Beaver goodnight scene between Bill and Jess turned out differently that I expected. I thought Bill was faking the nice guy act~~regardless of if he is nice or bad, I'm not a fan of Bill. I wish Bill had been stabbed slightly to his left of the midline but I don't think he would of died even if she got his heart;-)

I do think they "reintroduced 'Bill'" in credible way--I kept flip flopping between thinking he is bad vs he is good but then remembered it didn't matter because I don't care for Bill much.

Despite all this I still found the show to be the campy fun that I had been missing. Not boring imo and I look forward to the next episode. I look forward to the vampire and fairy plots the most. Why Sookie why...did you get rid of your fairy powers so much last season...that's an almost to stupid to live moment but then I remember she is Sookie.

So there were flaws but it still was a fun hour of tv!

I'm not a fan of babies on tv shows but those fairy babies won't be babies long and they are going to come in handy imo. So when they grew, their diapers also grew???
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SIGH......yes vicky, the diapers also grew...........because they are magical beings, their pee and poo transformed the diapers - i can explain anything ;-)

i am surprised you didnt take note of the fact that the fairy babies had a totally different wardrobe and probably changed clothes before they woke up Andy
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NEED AN EDIT BUTTON
I meant to say they are part fairy babies or half fairy babies.
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i have been saying we need an edit button for soooooooo long - its nice that other people are agreeing with my idea
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I took note but just mentioned one part of the wardrobe--diapers are part of their wardrobe so I didn't feel the need to mention their entire outfits. Explanation of one part explains the rest.

I can understand them just knowing how to talk since they are fairies but I didn't think they were fairy made diapers.

Thank you for clearing up the magical nature of fairy crap & piss (it makes new clothes/diapers).

You are the poo expert;-)
so is it the combination of the urine and fecal matter? or just the fecal or just the urine? Does the ratio of urine to feces matter?
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a magician never tells his secrets :-)
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lots of practice!
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I actually liked this episode, and that is coming from someone who thought seasons 4 and 5 were disasters. I think they have a chance to really get back into what made the first 3 seasons amazing. I hope so.
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"Lafayette made a cameo that was as skillful a character sketch as I've seen in under two minutes, but ultimately the scene was just enough to remind me how badly I still miss him. Please, lure Nelsan Ellis back onto the set and give him some powerful scenes, Season 6." <<< THIS!

I'm just here for Lala and butt nekid Alcide LOL.

"a-blink-and-you’d-miss-it zip of the pants by Tara" <<< I didn't even see this. Guess I'm gonna have to watch the ep again. When Pam mentioned them sleeping together I was all confused, like when did that happen? *shrugs*

"It's dead." Aww Luna - girl bye. LOL
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LMAO! I literally yelled GIRL BYE during that scene when it premiered last night. I don't think she's dead.. dead.
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LMAO!
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For one, the show established skinwalkers die after so many changes with Tommy. And Luna has been skinwalking as another person since her mother died.
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Yeah Tommy died after the skinwalking incident...but how much of that was because of skinwalking and how much of it was because Marcus and his goons beat the **** out of him?
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Oh, I forgot that whole thing about being a skinwalker. I forgot everything involving Tommy actually, couldn't stand him lol.

Welp, guess she's dead dead then.
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Then again, it was Luna who introduced the skinwalkers. She talked about it on the support meetings shapeshifters used to have before they got killed last season.

Tommy was just the first one to die of the condition, Luna is the second.
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I did like this season premiere. It was really action packed and a good follow up to the season 5 finale. I do wish though that they'll return a little more to the warmth and "hot summer day" feel that season 1 had. I feel like season 4, and especially season 5, was really 'cold'. I guess I just really miss the pacing of season 1, LOL. I wish that Sookie will end up with Eric actually, but I have a feeling he will die this season. Alexander Skarsgård looked especially tired in this season premiere. (But somehow he was still really good, better than a lot of the other actors ...)

The only way I can see True Blood continuing after this season is if a lot of the main storylines comes to a conclusion. Billith cold be defeated in the season finale, Sookie could end up with Eric (or if he died, the new fairy love interest could stick around). The love triangle can NOT drag on for another season. And I would hope that the Warlow-storyline introduces a whole lot of new mystery that even season 7 could be centered around. That's part of what made the first two season great; the mystery.
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Oh man, I was so close to getting True Blood Bingo! Only one meddlin' ghost away from five across! Ah well, maybe it's for the best. I WAS getting lightheaded after using my own blood to mark the squares (Note for next time: Use corn syrup and red colouring dye instead).

Anyway, what a premier! And by that I mean, what a premier? And by that I mean I was conflicted about this episode and continue to be conflicted about this show in general. It's fun but it's stupid. It's stupid but it's fun. (Did I mention the fun/stupid bit?) And those two facts are what keep bringing me back and making me repeatedly groan while simultaneously face-palming. True Blood has taken camp to whole new level. True Blood is the show that brings the firewood, tents and s'mores fixins for all the other shows it's so bloody campy. It's the Boy Scout leader of camp (I wonder if they allow vampire scouts in the TB universe... probably not). But it's also the show that gets drunk during the bonfire, eats all the marshmallows for the s'mores, and gets lost in the woods while trying to take a piss. So before this TB pun/metaphor train goes even further off the rails (which doesn't seem possible), the point I'm trying to make is when does camp become too much camp? When does something become so stupid and ridiculous it's no longer any fun? That's a question you have to ask yourself about True Blood.

MY ANSWER: The fun still outweighs the stupid!

I liked the premier. I don't know if that's because it was genuinely good or the slim pickin's of quality shows to watch these past few weeks made it seem more scrumptious to me than it actually was, but meaningless introspection like that is a time for the colder seasons (summer time fun, baby!).

I had a checklist for things I wanted to see and the premier covered pretty much all of them:

~ Sookie making stupid decisions - CHECK!
~ Eric and Nora flying off for some reason - CHECK!
~ Lafayette's undeniable charm - CHECK!
~ Completely pointless nudity - CHECK and CHECK!
~ At least one vampire turning into goo - CHECK!
~ Jason or Jessica dying a painful death - Too much to ask?
~ Pam's general badassery - Major disappointment there.

But before you all think I have a shirtless picture of Alexander Skarsgard riding a white unicorn on my bedroom wall and am an ardent member of the TB fan club (next meeting on Thursday, guys!), there's quite a few things that still annoy the hell out of me. First of all, Alcide and his wolf pack. Regardless of the nice breasts and abs, is there even one person who gives a flying fuck about this storyline? There's just off to the side, doing their own stupid thing, and with the apathetic of Luna/It, there is hardly any connection to the rest of the show. Also, the fairies. I am SO over the fairies. I used to like Sam but I think Luna's shit sucked all the fun out of his character. And Andy. Oh, Andy. At least that diaper phase was short lived. With all that being said, I think now's a good time to do a rundown on how I feel about the featured residents of Bon Temps:

CHARACTERS I LIKE: Eric, Pam (pathetic-ness of this episode aside), Nora, Lafayette, Bill (he's finally interesting again).

CHARACTERS I HATE: Tara (yes, still), Jason & Jessica (sue me).

CHARACTERS I FEEL NOTHING FOR: Sookie, Alcide, #1 Bitch, Sam, Luna's pup, the rest of the wolf pack.

CHARACTERS I FIND EQUAL PARTS AMUSING AND ANNOYING: Andy, Terry & Arlene, and probably the fairy children.

NEW CHARACTERS: That Governor guy seems cool. But anytime anyone says they're not a "big bad", they're probably up to no good. On a side note, Lipton Iced Tea is the shiz.

That's not a great LIKE to DISLIKE ratio, but I suppose it's enough to get me by. Although, I'll never understand why Jason and Jessica are fan favourites (unless you base your favourite characters purely on looks, then fair enough). Personally, I find them both intolerable and wish at least one of them would die (you should have killed him, guy we're supposed to think and maybe could be, but probably isn't Warlow!).

I'll tell you what I did very much enjoy was the new and unexpected places Bill Compton 2.0 is being taken. There's still so much we don't know about what's going on with him. What has Bill become? He seems to still be Bill with his memories and experiences intact, but he is a transformed Bill. Is he going to be evil? What does he want? What is he going to do? What other awesome powers does he have? Will he be able to revert back to Bill 1.0?

I agree with Lily here that he appeared to be the dark, regretful and conflicted Bill from yesteryear. His unbeating-heart-to-heart with Jessica was nice, plus he WAS sitting down and chilling with a book, until those weird visions started up. I would have liked to see more of this guy, but who the hell knows what those Lillith lookalikes will do to his already convoluted personality.

And just what the fuck is Lillith? Is she truly a god as that dumb vampire bible purports? (To be honest, I have a very hard time believing that.) Isn't it more likely that she a really, really old vampire with some bullshit score to settle? There's lots of unanswered questions, and I, for one, happen to like that.

You're still stupid as shit, True Blood, but until the stupidity outweighs the fun, I'll continue to watch. Just stop eating all the marshmallows! That's a dick move.
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If you ever wonder why I sing your praises so much...if ever you wondered why I heart you so hard and why you are one of my all time favorite commenters around these parts...THIS!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This is why. This is freaking why. All the smiles!

"But before you all think I have a shirtless picture of Alexander Skarsgard riding a white unicorn on my bedroom wall and am an ardent member of the TB fan club (next meeting on Thursday, guys!),"

I choked on my hamburger, I was laughing so hard. I need this on a t-shirt or something.

"First of all, Alcide and his wolf pack. Regardless of the nice breasts and abs, is there even one person who gives a flying fuck about this storyline? There's just off to the side, doing their own stupid thing, and with the apathetic of Luna/It, there is hardly any connection to the rest of the show. Also, the fairies. I am SO over the fairies. I used to like Sam but I think Luna's shit sucked all the fun out of his character. "

Stop reading my mind Fringe! Just stop it! It's like you're in my head! ROFLMAO!!! Yes, yes, and more yes! all of this. Just yes.



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You make it all worth it, bleu! I will never stop trying to make you laugh.
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I agree with a lot, but I have to say something about this:
"CHARACTERS I HATE: Tara (yes, still), Jason & Jessica (sue me)."

Jessica is the only character I really like on the show. I'd rather have them kill off all the others than her. Jason at religion camp in season 2 is some of the best stuff the show has done. So I can't think the character is bad. But it's been a while since they were able to write him a good story, I'll give you that. The same goes for Tara. She was great as Sookie's friend in the season 1 story, but they've had a hard time finding anything good for her to do since then.

One of the tv.com articles claimed that one of the major characters will die this season. If it's true, I hope it's Alcide. When has he ever contributed anything good to the show? OK, he taught us the word "abjure", and he got Lily to write a text for a screen grab that almost made me LOL. I guess that's something. But the werewolves have no relevance to anything else that happens on the show.
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I wonder does Joe Manganiello feel dirty after filming an episode. He's more of a piece of meat than that arm he took a bit out of.
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So you mean you are not changing your FringeFanatic status for TrueBloodFanatic any time soon right?

I do agree - TB is a mess but it can be fun and the S06 premiere looked a bit more fun than the drab from S05...
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Ya I think she is just an ancient vampire, maybe even the first vampire. Nora said Marlow was Lillith's direct descendent or something, so I'm guessing Bill will be important to helping Sookie out with that at some stage.
I thought the character that everyone is saying is Marlow was Niall.
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You are right, Rutger Hauer is Niall, not Warlow. That was just a cheap trick to make us think it might be him. As to who is playing Warlow, that remains to be seen. Rutger could be playing two characters.
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"And just what the fuck is Lillith? Is she truly a god as that dumb vampire bible purports? (To be honest, I have a very hard time believing that.) Isn't it more likely that she a really, really old vampire with some bullshit score to settle? There's lots of unanswered questions, and I, for one, happen to like that."

Well, here's my take on this. She truly is the Vampire God, and when Bill ingested her blood, he took on her abilities (like the flying, immortality, and moving things with his mind). Here is where things become intresting.

It's just a theory, but it makes sense to me at least, Lilith is still alive. She can't be killed, so I'm thinking she's immortal, and she's been hidden somewhere and she wants Bill to help her get out....<

Like the show said, she's evil and she means death to humans and vampires alike so....I'm thinking this can be huge if she's actually alive. XD
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"purports"? Seriously? lol
The stupidity outweighs the fun should be this shows tagline and it took 5 seasons and a blood-god for me to ... notice Bill as a potentially likeable character.
But not a single mention of Warlo? I had my doubts about Hauer before, but I was quite content with his 20 seconds...
And YES - the werewolves bore me so much that I can't help myself to zone out completely any time they get screen time.
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Fringe you're back! YAY! Anywayz: Agreed with majority of this. Though I do like Jessica but Jason is super annoying to me. I also like Tara.. but I think that's partly because I'm all like: yay a black gay chick! The werewolf storyline is SOOOOOO pointless... I hope the new new shower runner that takes over in a few episodes does something better with them.

I also cringed during the #1 bitch blow job scene. That was just creepy.
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I am back! Thanks!

Gay black chicks are definitely in the minority of the minority on TV, so I'll grant you Tara deserves some love for her trailblazing. But I've just found her so annoying for so long it's hard to turn the hate button off. It even seemed like the writers recognized how useless she was, so of course the go-to solution in any vampire show is to turn said shitty character into a fanger. She is improving, and the more make-out scenes with Pam the better.

I remember one time a commenter accused me of racism because of my disdain for Tara on TB and my constant heckling of Bonnie on TVD, which I found funny, because isn't the accusation of me hating them purely because of the color of their skin a little racist in and of itself? Which is what I wrote, and the guy didn't respond (racist!). Can't a guy hate someone for the content of their character and not the color of their skin?

Anywayz (I'm gonna write it like that from now on!), I, too, found that #1 bitch blow job scene super creepy. Girl needs to have a little more self respect!
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WELL SAID as always (except Bill is on my hate list even when he is "good"...sorry, can't help how I feel)! Despite my dislike of Bill, I am curious about what he is (and all the questions in you comment).

Well if one had to die I'd pick Jessica since Jason is just a bit slow (like he rides the short bus) so I feel sorry for him. He has an excuse since he is a moron but what' Jessica's excuse (sure she is young but so are some of the others). I don't hate Jessica but I also don't love her.

Luna's pup is only cute in puppy form so let's hope she stays a puppy (I don't see how a kid could fit in this world except to always need rescuing kind of like Sookie)

Fairy kids will be grown soon and I think they may be needed to defeat the big bad....

perfect example of pleasure obtained outweighs displeasure (I went on a mini-rant on the FTW/WTF list about this)

I've missed your comments;-) which are always a blast to read
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No need to apologize, Vicky! I hated Bill for the past few seasons, too, but this Billith business has made him more compelling, and therefore more likeable in my eyes.

Jason is rather dim, isn't he. Now he's got some weird, racist devil-parents whispering into his ear, and that wouldn't be easy for anyone, let alone someone at a Grade 6 reading level. But then again, he's just so damn annoying... Nope, I still hate him.

As for Jessica, I didn't care for her treatment of Hoyt and the blubbering pile of hot mess she turned him into. Also, one of my best friends cheated with another one of my best friends girlfriend once upon a time (I broke all connection with the cheating pair), so when Jessica slept with Jason it kinda hit a nerve. I believe in the freedom of sexual expression, but I also believe in commitment, loyalty and monogamy (no matter how outdated and un-Darwinist those ideals have become), so I view Jessica as kind of a skank that deserves a good stake. (I also can't help how i feel!)

Fairy kids coming into play to save the day is an awesome theory that I would love to see happen!

I read your mini-rant and I loved every bit of it. Funny how my comment was a perfect example for your hypothesis.

Awww! You're too kind. The feeling is mutual.

(P.S. I meant to write "There's just off to the side, doing their own stupid thing, and with the apathetic *DEATH* of Luna/It, there is hardly any connection to the rest of the show." EDIT BUTTON PLEASE!)
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I take monogamy very seriously and so that is another reason to kill Jessica. You can wish the 'tard (Jason) to die...it would be like killing a down's syndrome kid or a irish setter puppy

Screw Darwin--we have IVF...lol. I'm surprised Jason has lived long enough to potentially reproduce but we do need "workers"...crap, that sounds so elitist! Not meant to but hard to explain without sounding elitist or snobby

Edit button NOW!

Have you seen the movie Idiocracy? Darwinism at it's worse
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FringeFanatic, you're alive? Sorry, it just feels like forever since you've posted anything here. I was dying to hear your thoughts on the last few Game of Thrones episodes, but there was nothing. Anyway, that aside, I agree with just about everything you wrote. I hope they don't continue to write Pam in the pathetic way that they did in this episode. What did you think Rutger Hauer, WHO IS NOT WARLOW!? I think the writers were just tricking us there.
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Once again, no need to apologize. My last commenting spree was on the Teen Wolf forum last week (which maybe you don't watch?), so it's absolutely fair to say my tv.com contributions have been scant of late. I also feel crappy about not being around for the Red Wedding hoopla. I watched the last few GoT episodes about a week after they aired, so I was always behind, and if you don't comment in the first few days of the review being posted, it's almost like you're talking to yourself. Another member of this site pleaded for my thoughts on the episode, so I messaged her back with my ramblings. Would you like me to post them here? (I'm going to assume you said "Awww yeah!")

GoT ramblings:

"I am dead inside. No warnings or spoilers could have prepared me for the visceral brutality of that Red Wedding. It was the most terrible and amazing sequence of events I have ever seen unfold on a television screen. Michelle Fairley's scream of anguish, pain and woe plagued my dreams last night. When I closed my eyes I would see the look of utter apathy on her pale face, and her throat being sliced open again and again. Robb's wife being viciously stabbed in the stomach, his final attempts to hold her one last time, and the savage slaying of his direwolf, all these things were dark shadows in my night. I am a haunted man.

AND I KNEW IT WAS COMING!

I was never going to get the sudden and brutal shock value the non-readers experienced, but I was qualmish from the very beginning, and that knot in the pit of my stomach only twisted more and more as the episode progressed.

I'd like to think even if I wasn't a book reader I would have read the ominous signs. Every subtlety gave me the sense of an impending doom. Arya staring longingly at The Twins. Frey's pernicious chiding of Talisa. The unexpected beauty of Edmure's betrothed. Robb and Talisa's naive happiness. The closing of the doors and Catelyn's suspicious glances. And then if any non-reader still didn't expect something horrible to happen, "The Rains of Castemere" should have put them on RED alert.

In a vile and awful way I'm actually jealous I wasn't able to share in the shock of what might just go down as the most gut-wrenching five minutes of television, EVER! But I was subjected to the painful and sickening anticipation of the carnage to come. I knew what awaited, knew the pain that was inching ever closer, and (because I was watching it with non-readers) had to endure it silently, stoically, and wretchedly. Very different experiences, but I think equally devastating.

I am saddened to my core, and this feeling of rotten unease is not abating. Damn you, GRRM! Damn you and praise you."

THERE YOU HAVE IT!

As for Pam, I most wholeheartedly agree. And I've always loved Rutger Hauer as an actor ever since Blade Runner, so his addition to the cast is most welcome. I also think you are right and he's NOT WARLOW! That would just be too easy.
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Awesome! I was too speechless to even write anything on the episode when it aired. And no, I don't really watch Teen Wolf. I catch a little bit time to time because my brother watches it, but it's something I just can't get into. Lastly, I still love Pam to death, and it really pains me to write the things about her that I have. I just can't bare to see the writers treat her like that. Seeing this Pam after coming off five seasons of awesome Pam was like watching season four of Community after coming off three awesome seasons. Okay, I guess that was a stupid comparison, but you get the point.
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I like Warlow already! Nothing better than a cooky villain, as Russell demonstrated.
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For the people that are saying the show gets worse but more and more people keep watching, do your research. The numbers are still good ratings wise, but they are down. Last season, the average was down, and the premier numbers for this episode were down too. The DVD sales for season five are still good for a TV show, but are atrocious when compared to previous seasons. The point is that the ratings/sales aren't rising, they are dropping, and they will continue to drop.
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You're right that the trend is down but I'd guess that'd be relatively normal as the show ages? I can't think of any show on its 6th season that doesn't suffer a ratings decline....

Even with the trend down, TB's are very good ratings for a cable show. Apart from The Walking Dead which is a ratings monster and GoT, I do not think there's any other fantasy show that gets anywhere near TB's

And after the mess that was Season 5, the Season 6 premiere did sort of OK - but again I am with you it is likely to continue to decline from now on....
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LOL where are your facts because here is my facts 1st off DVD sales for season 5 dont tally till the end of the quarter in December seeing how it was released May 21 2013 im sure it takes longer than a MONTH to add up to the 2 mill in sales season 1-4 EACH had 2nd The U.S nielsen ratings per season follow as 2.00,4.28,4.97,4.97,4.67 not much of a drop off from 4 to 5 or other seasons more of rise between premieres and finales. Also the premiere aired with 4.5 too last years 5.2 and against nba finals(14.5 owned all networks) something it has never done before in series history 3RD the finale numbers have yet to drop season 4 had 5.05 season 5 had 5.05 no drop there and one more funny thing season 6 premiere still beat GOT season 3 premiere of 4.4 even with all scheduling issues
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The rate at which the ratings/sales are dropping was not my point. The point was that they are down. We'll just see how things are next weekend.
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My main point was the season 5 DVD sales only being a month out and the nba finals I did go on a little too much tho
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Thank you, now my brain hurts from numbers....argghh!
Read in the news that it was down 13% from last seasons premiere.
But i have to say that i think its an improvement (plot and directing wise) over the last few episodes of season 5
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Yup. I caught most of the episode. And it just gets weirder. I forget the Sheriff had kids with a fairy. And that seems like it is going to be weird for the sake of weird. Or well maybe, forced comedy for the sake of trying to get laughs.

Jason, really is too stupid to be intimidating to anyone, let alone a vampire.

Sookie really shouldn't be alive. I know the whole story kind of revolves around her. But she is so bland and the her story keeps getting repeated over and over and over. Instead of Russell wanting her it is going to be Warlo.

I am really surprised that the ratings were even that high considering last season.
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As I said in my comment below, the fun factor isn't really there anymore. With that said, I thought it was an ok episode, but there were things that bothered me of course. I'm suprised you didn't mention what a annoying, pathetic bitch they made Pam out to be in this episode. That pissed me off more than anything. I don't even think Sookie was as annoying as her in this episode. But you are right, like Clay, she shouldn't be alive. hehehehehe
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But with Pam I can kind of understand it. View it as an only child whose parents suddenly have a kid after years and then her whole world has been turned upside down. They kind of turn ill-tempered for a time whilst adjusting to their new environment. And then add to that a century, then you have Pam. Of course the writers have it a little off because they are trying to emphasize the strength of Tara to make her more of an equal to Pam.

Which I find more poorly written than any of it. Because Tara was a steady character and has a history in the show, they can't reduce her to a novice or a naive character because of that. And with that attempt at equality she seems to be the only progeny aside from Bill that can stand up to their maker. That seems way worse in the way of writing than writing Pam like a spoiled child.

Even more so because it becomes laughable when Pam tries exhibit strength and toughness she fails and then it results in Tara sticking up for her. And that completely throws off not only the dynamic of their relationship. But the whole Maker/Progeny relationship throughout the whole show.

But yea, Sookie wasn't as bad as Pam this episode. But give it an episode. My guess is that this whole thing with Warlo and Billith and Eric is going to be unbelievably tiresome. Mostly because we have been through it before. And also because she is no longer the only fairy around so her appeal as a rarity has been squashed. So really what else is left for Sookie.
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I´m glad the show is back but i feel has been too long ( i know Anna Paking was preggers but still). I found the actors looking remarkably older specially Sookie, Bill and Arleen. The show seems stuck in the same formula, Sookie still in her "He loves me...he loves me not" situation. Why rescinding Erik invitation when Billith is huge threath and she knows that plus Warlo has been creeping her everyday more? besides she can´t be rescinding his home invitation because she IS living at Erik´s property (writers did u even watched last season?), Sookie true to her form still anoying as hell.

I think Pam will recover her fierceness soon, she´s a survivor and a badass bitch.That´s why we love her. Tara is growing on me and finally looking not tragic at all. About Jessica i think she trusted Billith too soon, i mean i know he´s her maker but even so...it was very unbelievable. I like Alcide but honestly the werewolves subplot is too old now, i don´t mind him showing up now and then but i couldnt care less about his pack or the rest of the wolves, i wish this season is more "fairy oriented" and we need more Lafayette this season...he´s one of the best characters. I´m glad Luna is dead i couldnt care less about her, hers was a very anoying and pointless subplot.

I love Sam Merlotte but Mr. Trammel (as hot and cool he might be) is uncapable to deliver on dramatic scenes , Luna died and he was like "Oh wow...ok sure i´ll take care of your daughter" and that was it, i still remember when Tommy died and he delivered that "Oh this is so fucking sad" liner, it was terribly artificial and unspired.
I´ll miss Russell i must say: best villian ever...let´s hope mister warlo to be a season stealer.

About Billith i dunno what to think, Bill character is in such state of dislikeability that even as a bad guy he couldnt be more unpleasant and boring but who knows maybe this will be his year. I notice that the most interesting and enjoyable characters are the secondary ones: Tara, Jason, Lafayette, Pam, Andy menawhile main characters are seriously stuck.

Again i´m glad the show is back but they need to make something really original and mindblowing this season to compensate for the waiting. let´s see next week because this first episode was more of a last season closure than a proper season premier.





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What were you watching? This episode Eric gave the house back to her and right after she rescinded his invitation.
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It's good to be the Packmaster !!! ;)
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i loved the premiere but you are right it did have it's faults. having Sookie uninvite Eric was just plain stupid. i do understand why she did it don't get me wrong. but it's gotten old her saying this and than something happens and she needs them. like you know damn well that she'll need them back in to help with warlow. there's no doubt he'll prolly have no problem getting into her house. my guess and this is only a guess i just thought of, i dunno how it'll turn out with bill. but since Warlow can dissapear like that perhaps the reason the writers had bill drink the blood was so he could fight Warlow at prolly the end of the season? just a guess of course. and i agree he does look a bit like Stanley Tucci. with his head shaved but he's not his twin though
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ITS BACK!!! Great premiere Bills powers were fun to see I hope he can daywalk.Yeah I called back in season 5 warlo was Lillith’s progeny I also remember someone in show asking how the vampire god was killed and said that she was betrayed by her progeny. So my guess is thats her angry spirit in that blood and she wants revenge on warlo for his betrayal that would also explain why she was waiting in that jar in the Authority for so many years waiting for him to appear (for sookie) and body jacking the first dumb vampire (Bill) she could when the opportunity came. The sounds of the chains towards the end points to she might have been tortured before she died. Anyway this governor shouldn't be trusted with the true blood im sure his daughter knows his true plan. Im wondering why they came full force at pam and tara just to close a bar that was already close? Oh Andy as a Dad happy Fathers day no more diaper changes andy better get ready for those vampers as jason would say My only complaint was Alcide
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It's a good theory... Lilith only appearing NOW because Warlow is on his way.

As for the chains, yeh it looks like Bill was remembering her death or at least a major torture in her "life" (either as a human or as the first vamp). And I wouldn't be surprised if Warlow as to blame.
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First of all, Arliss Howard doesn't look like Stanley Tucci... at all (nice try on the edit, but still a fail.) Only thing they seems to have in common is baldness, and even that it questionable, since Tucci seems to still have some of his side-hair left... sometimes. I guess all bald guys look alike for Mrs. Sparks - at least she didn't say he looked like Diesel or The Rock... at least.

Solid start for the season, although, yeah, the beach scene was strange. I like the idea of Jason being on the outs with the vamps, given that HE'S COMPLETELY RIGHT - if the last five seasons proved one single thing, it's that the Stackhouse family should stay as far away as possible from undead and/or supernatural business. It only ends up given any of them grief they all certainly could live without - this is why Sookie rescinding Eric’s invitation to her house kinda make sense to me... although it is still completely idiotic - Warlow is still around, isn't he?

That whole car scene with Jason was super weird for me, since it was so obvious that it was him the whole time, I ended up second guessing myself, thinking it must be somehow else... even though I knew it was Rutger Hauer behind the wheel (good casting, by the way), didn't know he was actually cast for that role, but figured that, if you gonna go get him for this show, might as well give him the Big Bad role! Hey, Jason had the same reaction than me, and yet still gave him all the long down in Bon Temps since he last came there... that guy must be really easy to talk to!

About Billith: I do believe this is the good ol' Bill we saw last night, but I seriously doubt this will last for long - already expecting him to have multiple personalities, à la Season 4 with those damn witches... not looking forward to that.

Unsurprisingly, the scene of the episode for me was Alcide's threesome - finally, the damn wolf is living up to his potential! It seems like it has been an eternity since wolf business had any real impact at all with the rest of the TB world, so hopefully Alcide becoming Pack Master will change that.

Pam's main issue right now is not realizing that Eric is treating her as an equal instead of a pupil; after 100+ years of this father-daughter dynamic they had going, no surprise she has such problems dealing with what seems to her to be his rejections, even though it's not at all the case. Don't know if this gonna change anytime soon, but let's hope she's realize that she doesn't need daddy's approval anymore.

Except for Alcide's romp, all the romantic entanglements bored the hell outta me (as usual): Pam & Tara... bof; Eric & Sookie - been there, done that... A LOT; even Luna didn't affect me at all - couldn't even care about what will happen to her daughter! Alcide's way make the most sense in this world: sex-up as much bitches as you can, and forget about having any meaningful relation, cause none of them are going to last long...

Seriously, I'm really hoping this season will be an actual bloodbath à la "Games of Throne", with seemingly untouchable characters getting gruesome deaths, to actually hype up the long-lost sense of danger in that series. Man, I'm even OK with sacrificing Jason and Jessica, by far my favorite characters, just to see something - ANYTHING - major happen. Sick and tired of the same old, same old - even when someone die in this universe, they're not really truly dead (hello, Stackhouse parents!), and that's getting to be quite annoying. The True Death is a complete myth in TB.

Anyway, rants up. See you all next week.
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Jason IS right, the supernatural community has brought them nothing but problems.

But it's kind of too late; the dice have been cast. Too many people and groups in the supernatural community have her in their sites or on their speed dial. And the world-at-large is about to explode due to the whole human / vampire war (or whatever).

At this point, withdrawing from the supernatural community would be like getting all of the pee out of the pool water: really flippin' hard. She'd have to fake her death, neutralize Bill AND Eric AND who knows who else, and go live in the Nevada desert or something. And even THEN she'd probably run into something like Warlow or the Faeries.

She might as well stand her ground because it doesn't look like she can escape her dangers. At which point, she might as well stock up on allies like Eric and Alcide.
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The epsiode was great except for two things: werewolves (and I don't care how muscular Alcide is), and shapeshifters. I just skipped those storylines and I intend to do so during the whole season.
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I'm still holding out hope that the new, new show runner will somehow manage to salvage the werewolf storyline.
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Don't forget Andy and his babies!
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Wow, you're good! At first I did write those fairy babies into 'don't give a damn list', but then I remembered how much I like Arlene and decided not to write it. But yeah, this storyline looks like a dead-end as well.
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Really awesome episode! Way more then I thought it would be. Thank goodness those babies of Andy's will be grown and gone by the next episode (wishful thinking?)

Bill's gone. Billith is here to stay. Completely. He's acting naive and asking Jessica to look out for him but I think he's in complete control of his "takeover" by Lil.

As far as Sookie rescinding Eric’s invitation, I think they both expected it! She can't afford to have "vamps" just popping in on her. I think it was more surprising he signed the house back.

The new person Governor Burrell is interesting. I think he's a closet vampire. Press conferences at night? Only meeting at 4am? Think about it.
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I liked this episode, i think they have handled Bill changing in an interesting way and it was not as corny as i was expecting. Apart from a few clunky parts (the beach, Jason pouring his heart out in the car, the wolves) it was a very solid episode and reminded me of some season 2 episodes.
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I really love this show but I found the first episode of season 6 to be very underwhelming almost to the point of boring. It did not leave me with the excited can't wait for the next episode feeling I am used to having at the end of every previous episode.
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It was okay, but nothing special. I think I liked it better than most episodes from last season, since it did feel a little bit more focused. I enjoyed the new additions of Arliss Howard and Rutger Hauer, and no I don't think he was Warlow. I've already given my thoughts on the Pam debacle, but I actually enjoyed Eric and Jessica in this episode. This show is known for lame cliffhanger endings, and the one on this episode was among the worst. The stories with Alcide and Andy are pointless, but luckily they didn't take too much time. However, it looks like the next episode will go back to the same incoherent storytelling that annoys everybody. One thing a lot of critics said was that it just isn't fun anymore. While I enjoyed the episode, it definitely lacked the fun factor, and it does take itself too seriously nowadays. I'm just watching out of habit at this point, I'm not expecting greatness to come out of it anymore. I'd be happy if it can get a little bit of it's groove back like Dexter did, because even the best shows out there even struggle to remain great when they've been on so long.
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