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True Blood Review: Too Much of a Bad Thing

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True Blood offered up one of its greatest mysteries this week: How did Jason and Jessica end up in the back of his pickup truck?!? I can imagine a few scenarios:

Perhaps that's where Jason keeps his condoms... Maybe he got a flat tire, Jessica assisted and then he couldn't help but give her a few pumps, as well... They may have believed Bill was home and wanted to keep their affair a secret... Or possibly it was simply there and, hey, Alan Ball figured: why not?!?

Drink, Sookie!

I focus on this seemingly inane point because I found the setting of Jason and Jessica's lovemaking to be hilarious, and also because I wanted to start on a lighter note before stating: "Let's Get Out of Here" was my least favorite episode of what's likely been my favorite season.

Here's why:

Too much Lafayette. We get it. The guy is a medium. This will likely come in handy somehow during the final showdown with Antonia. But, wow, that was a long, excruciating way to draw out the extent of Lafayette's powers.

There wasn't any real suspense - did anyone think Arlene's baby was in danger? - and I simply don't care about any of the characters centrally involved. No offense, Lafayette, Arlene, Terry, Andy and Jesus. Okay, some offense.

Too much Tommy. Really, any Tommy is too much. Sure, it was noble of him to take a beating on behalf of Sam, but know what would be even more noble? To skip town. There's no storyline purpose for Tommy to be around, except to point out the obvious in this case:

My goodness, Alcide is enormous! But he's also predictable. It would be a refreshing change to see him possibly struggle with whether to embrace his pack or not. Instead, he's always the good guy, always smitten with Sookie, always, dare I say it, sort of boring.

A lack of build-up to the human/vampire tolerance event. I love Nan. (This may have been the funniest scene of the season.) I love King Bill. But I didn't love what felt like a missed opportunity here. Has there been an ongoing conflict between the pair over how to best settle human/vampire relations? I haven't really sensed one, despite Bill's outburst while the pair was chained.

It also would have been nice if we had heard a peep about the tolerance gathering prior to this episode. Such a build-up would have given the interruption that much more resonance. We would have been anticipating the speeches for weeks and wondering how they might go and then - bam! - Antonia and her minions wreak havoc. Instead, the event and the climactic bloodshed felt hastily thrown together.

On a positive note, this was great:

For the Monster

But one more negative: That Sookie/Eric/Bill dream sequence. Talk about a lazy way to illustrate how Sookie is in love with both these vampires. That fact has been clear for weeks and I'd prefer it to be dealt with in a more nuanced fashion, preferably one that takes place in the real world. It felt like the episode ran 10 minutes short and they needed to kill time.

As always, there are fun, pressing questions heading into next week: Will Hoyt learn about Jessica and Jason? Will Eric regain his memory? Did Sam and Luna wake up Emma with their wild Shifter sex? Will we ever hear from the fairies again?

But True Blood stalled tonight, dedicating too much time to side characters and wayward storylines, while not giving its core trio anything of substance.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (151 Votes)

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I like Tommy! I don't want him to go! I genuinely believe he needs to be given a chance to become a better person. I see he's really sorry about the Luna thing and he really wants to be a good brother to Sam.

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about the jason/jessica scene, some teeny things that made me love it: 1. he scribbled over the "monster" that hoyt had written on the box (awwwww!)
2. he said "i might be parrot-phrasing" looool (paraphrasing)
3. he called her "jessie" in a very sweet way and seemed very concerned about her feelings, bless i like the turn in his storyline, dont think ive ever seen jason be so sensitive to a girl. i remember he was into the v-addict in season 1 (i liked herrrr!) but that never really developed so its nice to see him being so sweet although hoyt will probably smash his head in, heh

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i mentioned this on another thread too but did nobody else notice how MASSIVE sookie's head was in the dream sequence? girl has a huge head, now that ive seen it, i cant notice anything else about her

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Thanks Lois Pratt..found the song in Itunes..kinda funny, becauce Jessica`s obviosly a Taylor Swift fan, as we could see as Hoyt was packin`her stuff..lol..never heard it before..Jason&Jess - so cute.. also that he`s not the smartest man in the world..but funny tops smart..

Uncle-jackass

I personally agree with a lot these comments about this season which is the level of slow story arcs for both Tommy and Lafayette. Ironically, I thought the Lafayette arc was done much better because of the redeeming qualities. Tommy kinda-of reminds me of a really really awful version of Damon from the TVD, in the sense that he stuffs up on more than one occasion.

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I agree with the most part of this article.
I'm starting to get bored with TB. I skipped too many scenes in this season.
I skipped Sam and his girlfriend, Tommy, Arlene, Andy.
I like Lafayette but the part he plays in this season is not interesting at all. I just tolerate Tara because she goes with the witches.
Tommy and Tara need to go. Arlene and Sam need to get shorter time in the show. No need to mention the mess with Eric and Sookie.(Shower scene dissapointment etc) And this threesome dream? Oh, come on there are so much better ways to make it interesting.
In a nutshell, I think A. Ball needs to stop writting TB and start a writting career in porn movies.

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Matt Richenthal I think you are incredible wrong about this. LOL. Jokes aside, I loved the episode, specially the Lafayette's bit. I'm ashamed to say it, but I DID CRY. This crazy thing needed to come to an end, and it was nice to watch some of this loose ends come together. That small story line, for me, was great. Jessica and Jason were awesome. They did not need anymore time, and in any case, the Hoyt situation stated us on the picture that HE DOES NOT WANT HER ANYMORE. The were talks about the Tolerance crap, and on this one I got your back. Yes, maybe we needed some more background on it, but we were dealing with some other stuff. THE SOOKIE DREAM: Yes, maybe I could have been more efficient if it was placed on the real world. But in the dream I noticed to things that could only take place in the subconscient: SOOKIE LOVES THE REAL ERIC and SHE IS COMING INTO HER SENSES ABOUT THE "menage a trois" situation in spite of her good manners. ALCIDE: I liked him tonight. I DID NOT LIKE DEBBIE. Her whole charade was stupid and I did not trust her one bit. Actually, aside from Alcide, I do not like ANY OF THE WEREWOLVES. TOMMY... poor Tommy. I think his character could have so much potential, on the HUMAN BRANCH. How he can overcome such a terrible past and become a man of good. Instead, the writers make us hate him even more just to show the supernatural side of everything. When he was getting beat up I tought: "Ok, he's gonna die now. What a great way to go", but no. He is sticking around. TARA... God! Just.Kill.Tara, she was useful tonight, but all in all, she isn't. The character has been juiced out. She needs to go. I liked the episode really. I give it a 4/5.

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The song from the Jason/Jessica scene is actually off the Taylor Swift CD, which I thought was a fun little tie-in. It's called Haunted.

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Does anybody knows the song who`s playing while Jason and Jessica making love..???

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I like how sookie thinks of eric when she wakes and goes to him the whole bill'sookie love has got to end I am a huge eric and sookie fan. Alex is so hot in the books she winds up with eric though I know the show is different from the books but cmon can we please end the bill sookie romance I hope eric gets his memeory back I miss bad eric.