Anyone reading my True Blood episode reviews knows full-well that the last two weeks nearly burned the house down for me. I felt they had written themselves into a corner that would be impossible to break free from.
The Matrix Scene - oh god ...
Luckily this episode got through the ridiculousness pretty quick by opening with the scene we all knew in our hearts would be god-awful.
There is just no way to make the Matrix Vamp team standoff with an ultra powerful witch good. Well, it wasn't. She has already demonstrated that she can snap her fingers and have instant unrelenting control over Vampires, so why not just end it quickly? Oh, because it's time to negotiate, lol. Okay. Thanks, Sookie and that one chick!
I absolutely agree with Lily Sparks in her featured review that the "I will kill myself for you" scene was way over the top and just outrageous on so many levels. I encourage you to read what she said about that. She covered it well. One aspect she did not cover was that there is NO WAY those two extremely cunning Vampires, one who is now a King, would ever submit to such an outlandish ultimatum with nothing but the word of a Necromancer to bank on. Ouch ... That was really bad. Oh, and are those guns loaded with wooden bullets? Hmm … weird.
Real, True Blood style magic!
I've been saying it all along - Antonia/Marnie, Marntonia, w/e, is simply overpowered. There is no logical way to defeat her. However, it appears they may have set up something nice for us.
We were treated to something more believable in this episode with Jesus actually showing us some of his skills, besides an uncanny ability to identify all the spells Marntonia is casting instantly. After witnessing Marntonia brutally murder one of the detractors in the coven, Jesus comes up with a brilliant idea.
He is going to show us some genuine Mayan Blood Magic! Yes.
He comes up with an idea and goes for it. His magic requires intention, preparation, specific material components, physical gestures, and verbal ritual. That whole scene felt like genuine magic was happening, and it was believable. Yeah the Mayan mask is a little funny, but, man, Jesus has really come through this season as a really sound character.
Seeing that type of magic just makes Marntonia's snap of the finger and anything she wants happens sorcery so much harder to swallow.
Andy sees strange lights in the woods …
Andy's character seems a little confused, from every angle.
We knew from the previous episode that sending him on a walk through the woods was obviously some sort of plot device, which is fine, but could anyone have expected it to bring back the Fairie Troll storyline from Episode One of this season? But, that sort of thing happens in True Blood. They seemingly forget entire storylines or character aspects for extremely long periods of time. For instance: Last season Sookie's telepathy was almost completely absent for like 8 weeks, maybe more. But either way, the Fairie storyline seems so riddled with errors that I don't think anyone thought it was coming back.
Well, it's back. *sigh* But I guess its return was inevitable. I'm giving it a chance. Oh, and Andy banged a hot Fairie in the woods while detoxing from V.
Poor Pack Master …
Despite Tommy's outrageous and ridiculous demise in Burning Down the House, the plot that death setup turned out to be extremely enjoyable.
Sam and Alcide storm into the house of betrayal. Sam confronts the wicked Pack Master, and Alcide confronts the nefarious Debbie. Sam tosses the gun aside and fights like a man. That scene was great! I loved it. Alcide is infuriated with Deb and basically beats her down to keep her at bay.
Finally they gave Alcide some balls. His character showed some depth, and it felt good! After murdering the Pack Master who reneged on his promise to fight honorably he stared Debbie down and damned her from his life. He was pissed, and you could feel it.
Now Alcide has murdered the local Pack Master. He let a witness survive. That's going to be a hell of a shit storm to deal with. Debbie gets to become an adversary again, and will probably try and seek revenge on Alcide by going after Sookie. She will likely employ the soon-to-be-enraged Wolf Pack.
Bon Temps is a small little town, and so are the neighboring locales, but aren't there ever any murder investigations? People are dropping like flies!
Jessica and Jason
I actually forgot Jason was standing there when that blast went off. He would have probably just died instantly, but they portrayed him as hopelessly injured. Luckily Jessica's magical fuck-me blood is also a cure-all elixir that brings him back to full health pretty instantly. Cool.
They are obviously going to play out this love triangle and I think the character interactions with them and Hoyt could be really good. Let's see what happens here.
Leading up to the Season Finale
The final scene, where Sookie joins hands with the Witch's coven was a little crazy. Really, Sookie? But at least it's consistent with her pitifully and hopelessly stupid personality. Plus it allowed her to cast another dispel magic spell on the entire coven.
Side Note: Why were Bill, Eric, Pam, and Jessica able to resist the spell? Marntonia's magic is just all over the place. Her character is good, but her abilities are just riddled with inconsistencies. It's very annoying to a fan of High Fantasy writing.
I don't think anyone expected Marnie to possess Lafayette until it was actually happening. What a twist! But, this has been the season of actor impersonating character, so why not keep it going. The season finale is next week and, in my book, it could really go either way. This season has had some wretched moments, and has overall been the worst of the TB legacy, but I didn't think this episode would be good, and it was. So, maybe the finale will completely redeem the show! I certainly hope so.
(1) Will we get to see more Mayan blood magic? I hope so.
(2) Will we see Fairie / Trolls shooting purple lightning pumpkins at our favorite characters? Dear god I certainly hope not …
(3) Will Marnie's abilities, while possessing Lafayette, be toned down to reflect the departure of Antonia? Please, I hope so.
(4) Will Antonia come back to help atone for her complicit crimes while united with Marnie? I think so. That would make sense. But her Namaste-pose departure looked pretty permanent.
Jesus has been a surprisingly central character this season. Is he here to stay, or will he be martyred for shock-and-awe during this finale? We will just have to wait and see!