True Blood

Season 5 Episode 1

Turn! Turn! Turn!

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 10, 2012 on HBO
out of 10
User Rating
222 votes

By Users Episode Review


    True Blood's Season 5 Premiere: Turn This Mother Out

    True Blood is swapping romantic angst for narrative complexity, and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" re-ignited all my old anxieties over the beloved characters I have fretted happily about for years.

  • Episode Summary

    Sookie and Lafayette deal with the aftermath of Tara's encounter with Debbie Pelt. The Vampire Authority along with a woman from Eric's past make a call on Bill and Eric. Alcide and Sam are faced with an angry werewolf pack. Jessica celebrates her new freedom with some partying. The recently turned Steve Newlin pays a visit to Jason. An old Iraq War buddy reignites Terry's PTSD. Alcide warns Sookie about the resurfaced Russell Edgington.


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    • where's the episode

      Where's the episode please?
    • Turn Turn Turn

      Cable shows sometime struggle to get going and season premieres are rarely that strong, but this is a little disappointing for True Blood.

      Really nothing got me excited for the upcoming season. Who knows though? Not really that bad.
    • trueblood

      i can not wait to see trueblood tonight i been missing this show loke for ever cant wait to see it tonight an i also cant wait to see what direction they take the show they always take in diferent directions love it
    • Under the Rug

      Following last season's sweeping of seemingly unnecessary characters Tara seemed like a goner. Contrary to what we thought would be akin to Eric and Bill being on the run after killing Nan and her entourage and then rushing to Sookie's aid they get nabbed by agents of the Authority before being able to help Sookie. Lafayette shows up and begs Tara not to let him live on alone and when Pam shows up Sookie begs her to turn Tara for them rather than letting her die in exchange for Sookie's help with fixing her perceived distance with Eric and any problems he may have with her. Terry's old war buddy Patrick shows up to visit and confronts him about mysterious instances that have happened to members of their old unit which he dismisses and sends him away because he doesn't wan him disrupting his life. Reverend Newlin, who showed up on Jason's doorstep last season, glamours his way inside and professes his love for Jason since he came to join the Fellowship of the Sun and wants him to have sex with him. Jessica shows up and claims Jason is Hers and Jason revokes his invitation thus making him untouchable to Steve Newlin. Jessica throws a party with college people her own age, who aren't frozen at age 17, and they drink and do general pleasureful things in Bill's House. She gets a message he left her about him leaving town right before being captured which declares her to take care of herself while he's away. While stuck in the trunk of the car Bill devises a way out of his and Eric's restraints and blows up the convoy carrying them but a driver, an Emissary of the Authority turns out to be Eric's "sister" or just another vamp created by Godric who no one else knows about and they haven't seen each other in a while. She offers them a life as runaway vamps away from the Authority but not before banging Eric in a storage container. Alcide informs Sookie of Russell's return and also calls Eric to deliver the same message. Sookie and Lafayette bury Pam and Tara for a night while she makes her and they clean up Debbie's body, which Sook doesn't want to tell Alcide about it since he wouldn't understand. While getting set up with new identities Eric and Bill and the sister get attacked and about to set off on a boat are ambushed by Authority agents who kill all of the other vamps there and take them as prisoners. Jason goes to Jessica's party and tries to have a "thing" with her even after they've talked it over also while trying to fill the void between him and Hoyt for having sex with Jessica. Sam gets kidnapped by Marcus's pack after his death and his mother's return he gets tortured and almost dies if not for Alcide's intervention at Luna's behest to tell the Pack that he killed Marcus. They then disgustingly feed on Marcus's exhumed corpse. He hooks up with another girl when Jessica shows interest in another guy and tells the girl nothing is going to happen between them that night seeing a new side to Jason he doesn't want to show anymore. Andy has slept with Holly and she is ambivalent about it when she awakens to her kids having found them together. The night after burying them Pam emerges from the shallow grave to show that Tara is still not awake but when Lafayette sees it and breaks down she happens to awaken and ghosts her way in front of Sookie and the episode ends. I like the direction but I wish that they would've finished Tara off or at least made her mentally challenged and a vampire. Pretty stalling start with too much of it a continuance of last season with not much having changed with the characters except for Bill and Eric and Jessica/Jason there was nothing really engaging in that respect but it could get interesting but it better fast.moreless
    • Lame misguided premiere saved by naturist werewolves and not gay men (Spoiler-free)

      Up. Down. Up. Down. Chu ! Oulala it seems Sookie is back and so are her zillions of vampire fiends from planet Earth. Sadly it met my worst expectations as it failed in lighting back se4son fangtastic red candles. When She's Not There, last year's premiere, was intriguing this one didn't leave us with enough fresh meat on our bone to satisfy our carnivorous needs. And the predictable cliffhanger didn't help either ! As for the story it lacked something as wicked as the fairies. How to sum things up ? A quick and dirty bunch of arcs. Don't get me wrong Sam's side was wild and it was also jargonautic to have Jason back but his few moments with Jessica felt like dj vu. As for the scenes their short length prevented immersion and emotion. One second we're supposed to care for someone, the next it jumps to a completely different location and mood. Empathy breakers, welcome to heaven ! Still Bill Eric could be our new guilty pleasure, beside teddy Pam, because their relationship has potential. The introduction of a new character was rushed but definitely exciting. However in the end nothing really drove the episode and at times I really wanted to stop the ride and slice up an hedgehog ! Otherwise last season proved that summer rhymes with True Blood so I'm convinced that the upcoming installments will be bloody funny and that a new entertaining plot will rise from the ashes left by Marnie and her witchy followers.

      Note : This review was first posted on Kritikenstein, my weblog.moreless
    Conor O'Farrell

    Conor O'Farrell

    Judge Clements

    Guest Star

    Cherilyn Wilson

    Cherilyn Wilson


    Guest Star

    Zoran Korach

    Zoran Korach


    Guest Star

    Laurel Weber

    Laurel Weber

    Lisa Fowler

    Recurring Role

    Alec Gray

    Alec Gray

    Coby Fowler

    Recurring Role

    Chloe Noelle

    Chloe Noelle


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Pam: (seeing the carnage in Sookie's kitchen) Color me impressed. You guys know how to party.

      • Sookie: (looking down at Pam and Tara in the newly dug hole in the ground) Aren't you supposed to be holding her or something?
        Pam: Back off all right! I've done this before.
        Lafayette: Oh thank the f___ing lord for that.
        Pam: It's not to say it ended especially well.
        : Hey, we had deal. This ain't gonna work if you don't try.
        Pam: I am wearing a Wal-Mart sweatsuit for y'all. That's not demonstration of team spirit, I don't know what is.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Original International Air Dates:
        United Kingdom - September 17, 2012 on FX/FX HD
        Czech Republic - October 2, 2012 on HBO

      • Featured Music:
        "Silly Love Songs" by Wings & Paul McCartney (Bill and Eric locked in the car trunk)
        "You're So Mean" by Bill Scarborough (Andy talks to Judge Clements)
        "The Soul Train's A-Comin'" by eBlues Highway (Jason tries to talk to Hoyt at Merlotte's)
        "MDV-Serenade" by Blee (Jessica's party at Bill's mansion)
        "Devil in Me" by Ken Will Morton and the Wholly Ghosts (Patrick confronts Terry about why he's really in Bon Temps)
        "Cherry Bomb" by The Runaways (Jessica and party goers play Guitar Hero)
        "First Time" by Foreigner (Jason leaves the party with Cammy as the song starts to plays on Guitar Hero)
        "Turn Turn Turn" by My Morning Jacket (end credits)

      • With this episode Lucy Griffiths (Nora) and Scott Foley (Patrick Devins) becomes series regulars and Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin) is added back to the opening credits as a series regular.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)