There's a lot of time spent in the woods during this episode. Sookie is traipsing about the place being eaten alive by mosquitoes, searching for her brother Jason, who believes he's about to turn into a were-panther. Debbie and Alcide are conveniently walking in the same direction as Sookie and drop off a bit of handy exposition on their way to a pack meeting (how long was Sookie walking for? Did she make it to shreveport and back?). And Jessica and Jason have a cute discussion lying on the grass about what it's like to be a supernatural being. Oh, and Sookie and Eric cap everything off with a romp in the woods, making forest sex look way more comfortable than it ever should be.
There are moments I enjoyed here, but for the most part, ''I Wish I was the Moon'' is a bit of damp squid. The hour begins with a feisty verbal showdown between Sookie and Bill, cementing that both characters are infinitely more tolerable when they use their mouths for more than just snogging. And Bill, actually, gets a particularly catty line for once: ''Believe it or not, my entire existence does not revolve around what or who is between your legs.'' Go on with your bad self, Bill! You tell Sookie off!
In fact, the hour benefits greatly from quite a few cracking one-liners. Some of the plot elements may not work too well, but I definitely got a chuckle or two from each of 'em.
Tommy's situation is intriguing for once, and Sam Trammell gives a terrific performance as Tommy-as-Sam. He nails every single mannerism and completely discards all of Sam Merlotte's traits that make him a likeable, compassionate character, even right down to the way he walks. Tommy may have had no control over his transformation (it was a full moon, and Sam did mention in season one that he cannot control his shifts on a full moon); however, it was entirely Tommy's decision to fire Sookie, and then sleep with Luna and swiftly throw her out soon afterwards.
Elsewhere, Arlene and Terry are still being haunted by a very unfriendly ghost, and their son, Mikey, can see a female apparition. So I guess we can safely rule out Renee as the culprit behind this tedious storyline. Lafayette and Jesus, however, fair slightly better this week, as it's revealed that our Lala has a gift. This plot came dangerously close to rivalling the baby boom story to be the first one to send me to sleep, but then Jesus' Grandpa turned into a demon and force-fed his Grandson to a rattlesnake. Classic Grandpa maneuver.
There's quite a bit of posturing/stalling that comes with Bill imposing the true death upon Eric. It's played out entirely straight, when we all know too well that Bill would never kill Eric. Decapitating one of the show's main characters, arguably the biggest crowd-pleaser of them all, just wouldn't be good business. And so it felt entirely pointless of Bill to indict that Eric was a hazard to vampires everywhere, partly as a King, but mostly out of jealousy. The conclusion, that Bill decided to release Eric moments before his death because* of Eric's love for Sookie, came across as corny and lame.
I have no interest in any of this vampire luvvy duvvy crap anymore. Another not-so-great episode of season 4.