True Blood "The Sun" Review: This Show Just Wrote an Entry in My Emotions Diary

True Blood S06E02: "The Sun"

“I need a language that is fresh and pure.” —Cyrano DeBergerac

In a time when television budgets are larger than those of many movies and the medium enjoys the discussion and attentions of its audience more than, say, national politics, surely we need a term for the experience of being transported in time by a show you’ve watched for years, where you've formed strong enough emotional bonds to the visual and music motifs and characters that when the series refers to its own past, it basically pulls a former version of yourself around to face you. By playing on your sense memories, it mentally calls up your mindset from seasons past, maybe puts you back in the room where you first watched it, with whoever you watched it with. It returns you to the overgrown, forgotten paths of your mind with same visceral force as reading through an old diary. This week an older version of True Blood returned, and brought with it a younger version of me, and I remembered exactly why I loved it in the first place. The show was exquisitely smaller in scope, sunnier in outlook, yet more dangerous in tone; more like home and yet more full of strange possibility than it’s been in several seasons.

Suffice it to say that, as of Season 6, Episode 2, we can all say with confidence that Sookie’s favorite pick-up line is, “How ‘bout I tend those wounds?”

It was genuinely hilarious that when Sookie first saw a hunk bleeding in the gutter, her reaction was, “Not today.” The fairy drifter in the Aeropostale togs who she took home to clean up was painfully reminiscent of her first moments with Bill, but her very different reactions to a dude in distress—her wariness, and her ultimate refusal at the end to engage with him—was believably entrenched between the growth Sookie has made through her experiences since Season 1 and her “to-a-fault” kindness. It came hard on the heels of an amazing moment where Arlene woke Sookie up by calling her from Merlotte’s and chewing her out for being late for work, which was a triumphant moment of the mundane. It was almost like a fan had been called into the writer’s room for twenty minutes and brought up everything that had been bothering me for the last three seasons. (“So how is Sookie paying for food these days? Did she quit Merlotte’s? Doesn’t she like, hear thoughts and shit? Is she losing her fairy powers for real?”)

The only thing that interrupted my hour-long smile this episode was the unwarranted werebitch attack on Lafayette. I am not going to be okay if Lafayette gets injured, but if him taking a few knocks this week translates to him taking up some of Sam’s screentime, then it’s a blessing in disguise for the audience—and if Lafayette could survive Eric’s corpse carousel, a little dick breath from a tweaked-out were-hick shouldn’t shake him for long.

Otherwise this episode got so many things right, and the show nailed the overall tone by grounding the violence and madness in so much cozy everyday minutiae. What is it about Sookie sitting at a starkly lit kitchen table while Jason and Rutger Hauer pull microwaved spaghetti out of some Pyrex dish with tongs that makes me just want to walk into my TV screen? Suddenly I have those goosebumps again, like I’m sitting on a porch on a summer night hearing ghost stories. I could feel the night breezes at that table.

Eric’s dork impression was also a well-timed reminder that, while Alex Skarsgard can play the Viking warrior in his sleep, his range of comedy is a vast territory I am dying to explore. Those bangs, those glasses, that posture! His scene across from Governor Burrell was fantastic not just for its broad comedy, but for the fact that it showed our hero doing everything right. 

Eric did everything in his power to solve the conflict peacefully and quickly, he used all his supernatural resources—he snuck in, he tried to glamour the governor, and he flew away when he was held at gunpoint. An audience will always root for a hero who anticipates what the audience would do in his situation, and so it was impossible not to cheer Eric on. And the contrast when he went from trying to act on behalf of vampires while disguised a dork to this…

Classic sex vampire swag. This one beautiful nutshell of a scene, which pointedly showed young Willa Burrell removing her anti-glamouring contacts, contained everything compelling and exciting about a vampire show: the dream-like appearance of an unbearably handsome stranger at a window, his seductive compulsion of the vulnerable, almost gothic heroine... it was so deliciously old-school. It was the Coca-Cola Classic of vampire scenes and babies there is NOTHING like the real thing. (Don’t drink soda, though; it’s bad for your teeth.)

Also: perfect amount of time for Andy to be in an episode. A hard 35 seconds. Perfect.

We also got the introduction of Jurnee Smollett, who walked into Merlotte’s with some picky eaters and high expectations for Sam. Her character seems to be all about reconnecting True Blood with the social-progress metaphors of its supernatural themes, and while her character was too persistent to be endearing right away, this actress is amazing and I’m just pleased as hell she’s going to be around.

Suspended in all this sort of family atmosphere and a return to the classic, fundamental appeal of the show was a return to True Blood's habit of shocking the shit out of us as viewers. Bill, in a comatose daze after absorbing all the pain of the vampires of the world, cavorted with Lillith in the sunlight—and how nice that they finally wiped that corn syrup and red food coloring off the long-suffering Jessica Clark and gave her some lines! Not that any of those lines made sense, but she sounded wise while saying them.

But that wasn’t the shocking part. This was the shocking part.

First of all, this series has shown me a woman’s head getting twisted 180 degrees during intercourse, a fairy going into labor, a man turning into a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers demon, and Alex Skarsgard’s naked hipbone; I really thought I was past the point where it could shock or upset me. But Bill puppeting that poor blood ho from the inside out like a thoughtless child might bounce a Tia Juana marionette, and then sucking the blood of her squeezed internal organs and into his maw without even like, blinking ?! That got a bit of a gasp from me. Very few blinks occurred during this encounter. It was surprising and weird and unsettling and violent in a way this show hasn’t been in a while.

And Jessica’s blasphemous prayer to Bill afterward had me in TEARS, especially when she prayed for Jason. Deborah Ann Woll, you are gifted.

Also, we finally met the big bad! Warlo is not the adorably shaggy Rutger, but an appropriately sinister looking and silent bearded dude. He looks capable of unfathomably grim havoc with his vaguely Walker, Texas Ranger steeze. That fake-out in the premiere where Niall told Jason he was Warlo was sort of unnecessary, but it provided me with a laugh when he told Jason he’d been watching over him all along. As a guardian angel-fairy, Niall’s dropped a hell of a lot of balls, not the least of which fell when he allowed Jason to be kidnapped and raped by dozens of homely werepanthers.

I loved that Niall also helped Sookie to focus her powers. Now that she essentially has a supernatural vampire atomic bomb in play, she’s got a little more autonomy and this is going to be a hell of a plot point going forward. Though you have to wonder, if Sookie explodes her light as Niall is coaching her to do, and is “fae no more,” does that mean she’s not psychic? And was she growing her light larger by feeding it all her emotions, or it’s the same amount of light as before, she’s just balling it all up, like a dust bunny when I sweep my floor? I just sort of want Sookie to recharge to full fairy power. Is that kind of what was happening? Guys I get nervous.

So did you love the second episode as much as I did? Did it transport you to the time when this show was fresh and exciting and new and dangerous and sexy? Let’s discuss.


QUESTIONS:

... Is Sookie growing her fairy light or just controlling it?

... When you were just starting out with True Blood, when was the moment when you realized, “This is MY show”?

… Can someone explain to me what Lillith was telling Bill in the sunlight?

… Are you glad Arlene finally called Sookie out on showing up to work?

… Fairy guy and Sookie: Did they have chemistry ? Do you (want to) see a future there?

… Is Sam almost certainly dead from that bone-crunching punch, and why didn’t he just turn into a junebug or something before it connected?

... So Bill can see the future or he feels the current pain that every vampire endures?

… How did you like this episode?

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best to quote here - Jason: "Wow, wow, wow! You're a king? That makes you (pointing at Snookie) a Fairy Princess. Ahwa, an that makes me a Fairy Prince!" Niall: "The gene skipped you."

And watch the acting in this scene, so you'd chime in:
Ryan Kwanten ftw!

Awesome acting all along any way.

(me being male, hetero)
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Did Eric's sister read something about ancient vamps walking into the light from the vamp bible? Or was it SUNlight? Well if it was just "light", like I think she said, I wonder if she meant fairy light, since this episode focused so much on fairy light.

I laughed out loud after Jason tried following Fairy-Godfather Rutger through the bathroom portal.
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... Is Sookie growing her fairy light or just controlling it?

I couldn't care less. Show should have sticked to vampires and maybe shifters because the get naked often)

... When you were just starting out with True Blood, when was the moment when you realized, “This is MY show”?

When Bill plays Tuvia throatsinging on his car stereo on his first date with Sookie. It just fitted so perfectly with the swamp vibe, the absurdity and sureality. The fist season, including the intro, gave me the feeling that True Blood was a combination of Twin Peaks and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Unfortunately, it is now Buffy afterschool.

… Can someone explain to me what Lillith was telling Bill in the sunlight?

I couldn't care less.

… Are you glad Arlene finally called Sookie out on showing up to work?

Yes, had the same feeling.

… Fairy guy and Sookie: Did they have chemistry ? Do you (want to) see a future there?

It did feel like a repetition. Been here, done that.

… Is Sam almost certainly dead from that bone-crunching punch, and why didn’t he just turn into a junebug or something before it connected?

Hope he's dead, guess he's not.

... So Bill can see the future or he feels the current pain that every vampire endures?

And?

… How did you like this episode?

Not that much. Pretty lame special effects, cheap sets (although not as cheap looking as the previous season). No nudity to compensate.
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I wouldn't be mad if Eric happened to be floating outside my window...
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Great episode, it felt fresh and awesome. I loved Eric and Jessica, I dunno what to think about Billith yet but the only thing i didnt like is Sookie having a new love interest, is just silly. I´m curious about Warlo and what he gonna do next. I felt really entertain with this episode it was like watching the series for the very first time.
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Omg Alexander Skarsgard + Nerd = my wet dream. Niall is so terribly cast. I always figured him as more of a Bill Nighy type. Bill drinking that chicks blood had me laughing hysterically!
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Slightly off topic but: may I say I just love the new community feature?

It's awesome!
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1.I think that if grandpa fairy had that power all along, he wouldn't need Sookie, a half-breed, to channel it. Also, I find it highly suspect that all these centuries and he wasn't not only able to catch up with Winslow but to prevent the signing of the pact by John Stackhouse.
2.Bullshit, Supposed to be Lillith in the Garden of Eden.I loved the naked damsels though, great asses.
3.yep.
4.Fairy guy is a trap.
5.he was distracted by the little girl.I would so much like to see Sam morph into a Dragon.
Btw, TB has the werewolf thing wrong, as does Teen wolf , wolves are matriarchal, there is an Alpha wolf, but the leader of the pack is almost always female.Just saying.
6.I'm sorry but I have no sympathy for the vamps of this show, except maybe Jess. Seeing the future is not altering it, so Bill's gift is not really one.
7. fine episode, but really we've seen better this week in Teen Wolf, Falling Skies and The Killing.
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"... So Bill can see the future or he feels the current pain that every vampire endures?"

I've decided its the first because he saw Eric's whole family about to be burn to death by sunlight. Bill must be seeing the future.
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Uh...I just looked at True Blood's imdb page. There's an actor listed for a character named "Macklyn Warlow". Not sure if I should mention who it is, since it's kind of a spoiler, if it's true.
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I saw that too, but I'm not sure how much stock I would put into that.
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I just realized why it says that. It's not a spoiler, so I can say the name now. It's Rutger Hauer. The reason he's listed as Warlow is probably just that he *said* that he was Warlow in the first episode, and then the episode ended before we had time to find out who he really was. So they listed him as Warlow just to make sure that we wouldn't know that he was lying until episode 2.
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I agree. When Rutger was first cast, the reports said he would be playing Macklyn. However, given what happened on the first episode, it looks like they were trying to throw us off.
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"Interestingly, Rutger Hauer was first announced to be playing Macklyn Warlow; a "sinister, mysterious figure, with deep ties to Sookie and Jason". However, the casting call for episode 602 describes his character as Niall. It is not yet known if Macklyn and Niall are one-and-the-same, if Hauer will portray both roles simultaneously, or if the original casting announcement was deliberate misdirection." http://trueblood.wikia.com/wiki/Niall_Brigant
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After watching this episode my first thought was, "if the rest of the season is this good, it might just be the best season yet."

Such a great episode. Laughed my ass off at pretty much every scene with Jason and Niall. Also thought the scene of billith sucking the blood ho dry was hilarious.

Excited for an all-out war between humans and supernaturals. That would be awesome.
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Also, am I the only one who thinks the stereotypical snobby northern activists are kind of annoying? I'm glad the reviewer likes the actress, but my reaction was probably a little less reserved than Sams was: "Lady, you're way out of your depth, and your friends look as if they would be eaten alive in this place filled with far more supernatural beings that want to eat/pray/rape you in a hot minute...also....this is Louisiana girl..." is what I would have said. So yeah, maybe she'll have some good acting opportunities later, but I really hope her friends die (maybe at the hands of Warlow?) and she has to watch.

Also, I was growning as this supposed fairy love interest not only developed, but Sookie was literally thinking "you "just" (just?) lost Bill, KISS HIM"...wow, really? In an episode that did at the very least poke fun at some of it's previous mechanics more than it has been, she was seriously thinking about already getting all gooey eyed over another super natural being? Hrm, someone hasn't learned (I only give mild license to her temptation because she hasn't had a lot of interaction with other half fae things (that hotel bellhop dude wasn't exactly dreamy, what happened to him again?)). Still, still feels like a major trade down from her past love interests.
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Last we saw, the hotel bellhop dude (I think Barry? idk) was stuck in the fairyland time-warp with Queen Mab.
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Also I feel bad, but, as Eric was glammering the Governor, I paused and practically said outloud, "bs, dude's got special contacts, I just know it" :P .
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I got distracted by Eric's defense of the baby vampires, he has grown so fond of Tara I could tell he was thinking about his grandprogeny.
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You must not be the same person who reviewed early episodes, given that this was HEAVY on fairy stuff and yet the review was gushing? I will admit this episode had some solidly winning scenes (everything Eric did), but all the fairy stuff did it for you now as some warm reminder of how the series used to be? Hrm, interesting.

Also, there was totally a better screen cap of Eric floating outside the window, when she accepted his invitation, he had this incredibly face melting smirk like "awwww yeah" :P .
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Definite promise to this season. I had all but given up hope...
-Both.
-Eh, probably never. This show is entertaining, and has great production value (cuz it's HBO) but let's just say it's no GOT or Breaking Bad.
- He will become: (Violent)-Vampire-Jesus!
-Yeah Arlene was great in that limited spot..
-Uch, he'll be back... cuz Sookie needs a love interest (I mean I don't think so, but TPTB obviously do!)
-Sam's not dead from a punch?! He was moving afterwards. That's a strange question...
-Both.
-On the rightt track... Hopefully, Warlo is properly introduced next week.
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Hi, Lily, great review.
1.) I don't think Sookie is recharging her powers. As much as I would love to be proven wrong, I get the feeling she might lose them pretty soon.

2.) I knew that True Blood was my show when Sam was revealed as a shifter, and he told Sookie that there were more supes than she could know. In that moment, I knew things would get very interesting.

3.) I honestly am not sure what Lilith told Bill. Something about, "you have to finish my work" and "it is the beginning of the end", typical cryptic apocalypse-foreshadowing conversation.

4.) YES! Arlene was just saying what we were all thinking and i salute her for it. Whenever someone asked what Sookie was she used to reply, "I'm a waitress." Yeah, right.

5.) I do see chemistry between Sookie and Ben, but does she really need ANOTHER love interest???

6.) I have no idea what you mean by this question, tbh.

7.) Bill sees the future, no he feels the current pain, no the future, no the current pain.
NO. BOTH.

8.) Overall, I liked this episode. But I have to say I was very disappointed when I didn't see Lafayette go all brujo on that werewolf chick. So far all that demon has done is ruin Sookie's car and a perfectly good pot of gumbo. I want to see him go into ACTION!
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Why didn't anybody seem to bother Jason spoiling the kitchen table? How can anybody put spaghetti like this on the plate? Kept me up all night ...
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The story has become more focused, less of the unimportant people, more of the main characters and their storylines, which are finally shaping up to become something big. Sookie and co vs. Warlow, vampires vs. humans (were Bill will help as a vampgod or sth), shifters (brujo?) vs. werewolves.. I really wanted LaFayette to become all shaman on the wereb*** and curse her or sth.
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ok guys, so the person that looks like they're dying in the promo poster for this season? IT'S ERIC IN THE UV DEATH CAMP. #nailedit.
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True Blood is back! I think the new season is somewhat darker than the last season. I was kind of hoping they wouldnt bring Niall into the series cause in the books he irritated me! Rutger Hauer has brought a different dimension (no pun intended) to the character. Cant wait for the next episode
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Did anyone else get that feeling when you saw the blood whore start contorting around, that you were watching Avatar? All I could think when I started seeing her doing that was "THAT'S BLOODBENDING! YOU CAN ONLY DO THAT DURING A FULL MOON DAMN IT!"
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So much better than the first episode and Jessicas' pray was so emotional. I don't know why but I think Ben is Warlow, and if that is true... good helps them.
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I wasn't into the Sookie/Fairy Stranger Man thing. I'm hoping Sookie and Eric have a prominent part of the coming episodes! This might be the next to last season of True Blood, they need to stay true to the books and bring Eric and Sookie together finally. And not where Eric loses his memory and is some alternate version of himself, the real Eric.
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I don't think they can really stay true to the books at this point. I will be good and not give away spoiler in case they keep some aspects, but there are characters that the show has taken in an entirely different direction. They're two almost completely different things now.
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I just hope the guy in the field wasn't Warlo in disguise. I want him to be as scary as he was tearing through the portal. I'm tired of of all the "fun" bad guys and want a true monster for once. Even reborn roaring Bill wouldn't have cut it if he hadn't of regained himself because you'd always assume he'd be redeemed. I want someone that would cause the Vampires to wet themselves.
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My biggest problem with this show is that most of Sookie's scenes are annoying at best, and sometimes worthy of the fast forward button.

And I like Anna Paquin!

But the writing for her character is by far the weakest aspect of the show. It's harder to enjoy a show overall when your main character (hmm, hmm your fairy princess) is so annoying you'd volunteer to hold her down while baby vamps sucked her dry.

Right now, Eric, Jason and Jessica's characters are carrying most of the burden of keeping the show entertaining.
Pamela's "attitude" act is old and boring, Tara was much more interesting/entertaining/likable as a human, and too many other characters could easily get the Luna "oh-yeah-BTW-she-died" treatment and the audience wouldn't care.
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I liked this ep. I was definitely glad Arlene called Sookie out on not showing up for work, but then I spent the rest of the ep being annoyed that she couldn't actually be bothered to try to get to work. I mean, she goes into the fields with a guy she met three seconds ago rather than help out her friend at work where she should've been an hour ago (at least, probably) already. And then she finds Jason in her house and just forgets about work altogether...?
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I do not appreciate that weretrick putting her hands on my Lala. That is all.

Not a bad ep.
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I loved this episode. Last week was a bit meh, but I think this one really sucked me back into loving the show again.

As for the questions posed, I got the impression Sookie was growing her fairy light rather then controlling it, but who knows what the writers will do.

Also loved the fact that Arlene did call out Sookie for not coming to work, but then Sookie still didn't make it.. and how far is it to Sam's? She left and back at Sams they were still serving breakfast by the looks of it, she found fae guy, took him back home, spent a few mins tending to his injury and then walked him towards the fairy field, then left him and came back home, but by the time she got home to see Jason and Fairy Grandpa it's dark again???

As for Sam and his fight with Alcide... Alcide can change into a wolf, Sam can change into anything (he's done a bull and a horse before so size shouldn't be the problem) so why doesn't he just change into an elephant and stomp on the wolves or turn into a lion and maul them all??

I can't wait for the next episode, I love a show that makes me feel like that.
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A far better episode, but can this save the show from falling in to gutter?
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"… Fairy guy and Sookie: Did they have chemistry ? Do you (want to) see a future there?"

Frankly, the scenario looks so grim, I just hope supernaturals survive this season, half-fae-new-guy included.
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There are way too many characters on this show now
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I have never thought that Alcide adds anything good to the show, but at least he used to be kind of likeable. Now he's not even that. Please kill him this season.
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kill him and that werebitch! I kept wishing Sam would turn into a lion or something similar and kill that werebitch and kick Alcide's ass (or kill him).
I wonder if he could turn into an extinct animal like a dinosaur;-)
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I've thought about that too, it would be cool if he could turn into a velociraptor or something. But maybe it has to be an animal that he has seen, or touched or something.

He should at least be able to learn how to turn into polar bears, crocodiles, cobras, and other things that a werewolf isn't going to be able to fight alone. There may not be an animal that's both as strong and as fast as a werewolf, but he should be able to approach as a very fast bird, and then turn into something more deadly when he's in the right position.
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I thought it was really good. I'm not even sure what was good about it, but all of a sudden I care about what's happening again.

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Thank you thank you thank you... love this review! Couldn't agree more =)
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Ah yes! There's hope for this show yet. This episode was really good.. my urge to punch everyone in the face wasn't as high.
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Alexander Skarsgard is a seriously underrated actor. Even in those mere photos, I can believe how different he looks and carries himself. More than mere hair and costume, it is like his whole face changes shape.
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Sorry, I have to disagree.

He is a mediocre actor at BEST. Stephen Moyer and Deborah Ann Woll have both given us much better performances this season.
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I don't disagree that Deborah Ann Woll has given - again - an amazing performance this season. She is exceptionally talented and, yes, I would rank her above Alexander. I'm not sure I can say the same for Bill and his ever-faltering accent and dips into OTT delivery. But I wasn't attempting to rank them. Merely offer an opinion on one actor, which I stand by. His delivery and timing is great, in my own humble opinion, especially comedic. And unlike the others, he is given different variant range of things to perform and guises to adopt.
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*I can't believe*
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edit button needed!
completely agree about Skarsgard--superb actor.
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He is good stuff and so happy to have a Replicant in the show:)
Just as we thought an edit button would help, now notifications are ballsed up and you have to search through all posts to get to yours. SOB!
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There should be a spin off show for the vampire ghost merkins. Those things are standout performers. ;)
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Is anyone else getting a Vampire Jack Sparrow vibe from these brief encounters with Warlow? Jack Sparrow as a vampire would probably be deficient (no more rum!), but I would be very entertained by the notion.
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First of all. Fantastic episode. Secondly. Great review.
I got the feeling that Ben, the hunky stranger, is Worlow. But then, i guess we are supposed to be thinking that so the show can play with us a little longer.
Suddenly i am really interested in what Nora has uncovered.
Eric was great, but so was most of the cast. I like the new edgier side of Alcide. He was turning into a puppy really.
Usually i am not the biggest fan of gore and such, but True Blood's scence are just so delightfully disturbing you can't not like them.
I really enjoyed Eric coming back to the mansion. When he flew away i was expecting it to be over, besides the fact the he gained access to the house without any effort and his plan almost worked wouldn't it have been for one little detail. I wanted to see more of that and like you said, it's something you would do, therefore your hero should do.
Some questions remain though. So the government raids Pam's bar and whatnot, but they don't bother showing up at the house of a known vampire and former King of Lousianna?
So Bill feels the pain Vampire WILL have in the future?
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This is a really old vampire, I suppose they could have given some special powers to him. Maybe it is possible. It is after all a bit weird that Warlow and Ben both showed up almost at the same time around Sookie (and where was Warlow all this time after crossing?). Lot of mysteries!
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I don't buy Ben being Worlow. He had a Vamp bite on his arm and vamps heal quickly. If he IS Worlow, how did he continue to have an open wound like that from the time Sookie found him in the ditch all the way to her house? That coupled with the mind reading makes it a no go for me. I could see him being a spy for Worlow but even that is iffy considering Grampa Nial said Worlow broke out of his Fae prison less than 24 hrs prior. How did he come up with a half fairy spy in that time?
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Hmm, tough call. Did we actually SEE Ben use his Light? Or did we just see Sookie spark when she touched him.

I know he made the Light action with his hands when describing how he got away but I don't recall him emitting at any point.

However... both he and Sookie could send thoughts back and forth... that's not something a typical Vamp can do. BUT... being as old as he was and having made magical deals with the Stackhouses... who's to say he didn't pick up mind reading.
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It was just a feeling i got while watching the episode. I think at one point someone mentioned Warlow and it cut directly to Sookie and Ben. I know there are a lot of inconsistencies, ike Ben walking in the sun and being able to hear thoughts. But then, Warlow is an ancient vampire who drank more fairy blood then anyone and had some dealings with them. Who knows what he can do. After all the rule that Sookie can only use her light nuke once and then is "fae no longer" seems a bit arbitrary as well. I would love a scene where Sookie returns to the fairy safe house and finds everyone slaughtered because she herself told Warlow where he would find them.
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This show is so over. When they don't know what to do with a character, they just make them supernatural and keep them around, cluttering up the story line. There is no reason for Tara, or ex-Pastor Newlin, or even Lafayette to be on this show anymore. No one cares about the boring werewolf plot... to me the signal that the shark has been jumped came last week, when previously great bad-guy Eric looked at Sookie and whines "to me you'll always be that girl in the white dress" like some kind of love-struck junior high kid. This needs to end before all fond memories of what was a groundbreaking show (3 years ago) disappear.
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Actually, Tara finally became relevant the last half (or quarter) of last season. She was floundering and didn't have anything to do. People hated her because she contributed nothing.

After her transformation, the fans love her and she's doing more than standing there being annoying. GRANTED she went through her growing pains of "Woe is me, I'm a vampire now" but she eventually became solid.

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Come on, all the signs point to Fairy Ben being bad. Probably working for Warlo. He was found in a ditch after being attacked by a vampire. In the daylight. Mmmmm hmm. Also, he said a couple of things that just screamed Bad Man! Anyway, enjoying this season more than I thought I would!
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yep! I'm leaning toward Ben being Warlo or working for/with Warlo.
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Being Warlo would be dissapointing, but not being a bad guy would also be dissapointing..
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true (unless Warlo is a vamp who can also shapeshift-lol). Maybe he is a "pawn" of Warlo or just an evil fairy. I want him to be "bad" and his introduction was suspicious.
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Agreed, he's probably a bad guy.

A faery suffering in a ditch that another faery walks on every day in a remote area... really?

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Ugh that was bad. So now there is a new guy that is inexplicably drawn to Sookie for seemingly no other reason other than that Alcide is now fully in the pack and has werechicks all over him. So they needed another guy to faun over her because Bill is going to be weird all season and Eric is likely going to be fighting with the governor. So they need to toss in a random half fairy dude that conveniently was attacked by a vampire (that didn't drain him) on the road that Sookie takes to work. Work mind you that Sookie hasn't really been to in about a year. You really couldn't get more obvious unless they made him able to fly and he crashed through her bedroom window, landed on her bed and said "sup".

Alcide has jumped so far from his character in such a short amount of time that it is absurd. I know that power corrupt and it changes people. But he is in charge of a dozen or so redneck wolves and has only been so for about 36 hours. So that seems a little fast.

Eric's story was amusing. I hope he turns the governors daughter because that would be interesting. This might be the only interesting story thus far. Also how they came up with contacts that can apparently counter magic. The bullets I can buy, however, the contacts are a bit much.

Jason is still a moron. But now a moron with a fairy grand daddy.

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MY guess it that it isn't fairy power. It is the power that makes random guys fall for her. Because literally there is nothing else.

Pretty much never. I liked the first two seasons. But now it is largely in the, why isn't there anything else on, level of tv.

Because as per many myths of the varied stories of vampires, the first vampire which is what Lilith is, is immune to any and all of the normal things that kill vampires. Sun, Silver, stakes. Which is why Bill survived the stake through the heart from Sookie. So my guess is he is going to be immune as well. Because he is the one that is going to be able to fight the humans. And someone needs to be able to be immune to the new weapons the humans have.

Why would she? At what point in the last 3 seasons would she think that was going to gain anything from Sookie. At some point they need to move on from that.

Of course they do because they need to make up for Alcide in the inexplicable Sookie love quadrangle. Hopefully he is working for Warlo and he is going to serve her up to him. That might be the only thing to save his character.

Oh yea, Same got punched. Way to go Alcide.

Bill is magic now.

I like Jessica's vlog way better. Mostly because it just has Debra Ann Woll and no one else.
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.".. When you were just starting out with True Blood, when was the moment when you realized, “This is MY show”?"

Godric's death scene, it was the very first scene I watched on this show too.
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Maaaan this episode was epicc

At first i thought Bill was going to walk around in the sun but with the whole bullets made for vampire really made me excited how humans arent just flies anymore but can actually fight somewhat equally.

Eric was hilarious pretending to be a nerd

Soo what Bill can predict the future and interesting future as everyones going to get burned, probably will try to prevent that since Jessica is there.

Brilliant speech at the end by Jessica. The feeding bill part seemed an alright idea at first but it turned into a fucking nightmare... how the fuck can anyone kill Bill if he can do that to someone while not even conscious?
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Whoa, this episode actually wasn't terrible. I'm sort of glad I did stick around though I promised myself to give up on it after the last season.
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True Blood was at its best when it was just Humans, Vampires and naked camp site orgies.
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This episode is much more better than the first one
Really Tall Nerd Eric was hilarious, he is probably the tallest nerd on tv, the scene with Sam was really sad, but expected, and Alcide is turning into a werebitch, i mean i understand his urge to take baby wolf, but did he really need to beat the hell out of Sam(even though i don't really like him)??
Bill, Every season or so he finds a way to make us want to go the bathroom to puke our stomachs out, yeah that and now he can see the future WTF
The fae-guy, i don't know it may just be me, but i think he may be Warlo, i mean it's totally possible, first Warlo is a thousands of years old, and it seems that the only thing he was doing during that time is drinking fae royal blood, so in theory it is possible for him to walk in the sun without a problem, and he seems to have something to do with magic so it's possible for him to change how he look(and other things), and again he is a freaking thousands of years old, and the prodigy of Lilith(Adams first wife in some stories) so yeah i think it's totally possible, and when a weird guy appears mysteriously and with no one with him after the world most dangerous vampire come to the Bon Temps and in True Blood, he must be some kind of a freaky liar don't you think??
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Last week I thought Burrell was going to try to poison the vamps or something similar but not sure this week.
I also thought this week that maybe Ben was Warlo. Who knows what special abilities Warlo has...not sure but it was a thought that also crossed my mind.
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It was ok, but I wasn't crazy about it. Eric was hands down the part of the episode, and I haven't really enjoyed anything from Eric since before he got amnesia. Pam also fared better this week, but she was hardly seen as usual. As for this new guy with Sookie, I think he is Warlow. It seems very out there right now, but I think it could make sense in a few episodes. Jessica was great in it too, but I found the Bill/Lilith parts pretty meh, except for his ending vision. Rutger Hauer was good, and he makes Jason less annoying. Everything else I didn't care for, and I hope they do not spend anymore on time on this stupid Terry thing that should've been dead and buried last season. It wasn't bad, but I don't think it was the return to form some are making it out to be. Maybe the fact that there are no vampire board meeting is a plus?
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It was an entertaining episode, but I just don't dig this whole Warlo business. They already had the perfect guy for the "old and powerful" niche, and they killed him off needlessly.

I miss Russell :(
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I kind of agree. Russell should have died at the end of season 3, because he did absolutely nothing last season, and was downgraded to a silly cartoon villain. Wasn't the actor's fault, it's just what happens when a guy like Alan Ball just wants to work with someone again and not have real plans for the character.
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Russell was great, but you can't keep someone like that around for too long. It gets boring fast.
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Russell was an epic villain. Evil and flamboyant... VERY creepy during his monologue on the TV after he killed that anchorman (we will eat your children). Honestly, one of the best villains on the show (and many others) and he went out like a chump.

Now with Warlo... we haven't seen much but what we HAVE seen is Grr Arrrg stuff. Just "I'm mean and creepy looking, grrrr". That's a down-grade... unless we see him do more.

I want more crazy bond-villain and less hill-folk monster.
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Wow!

Deborah Ann Woll was amazing in the prayer scene. That girl is the only thing keeping the whole show together. Some brilliant acting, just the highest praise, there are no words to describe her!

Thank you for complementing her! I did the same thing in the last episode's review. She was great! XD

The ending was nice, and inspiring! It gives me hope, that the show can finally improve.
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