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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

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I have a question; j During the preview for episode 10 nan was stabbing someone with a pencil. That must have been another vampire i assume (because of the wooden pencil). Maybe one of the sherrifs. It just looked so funny that she was using the pencil as her weapon.

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We DID hear about the tolerance event prior to this episode. They even added it to the recap before the beginning of the episode. I feel tonight was a fine episode.

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How on earth did all the witches turn on Antonia after Eric assasinated one fo the coven and King Bill's supposed "olive branch" was no sort of deal? I think that was the laziest and weakest point in the episode, apart from awkward dreams and mysterious couplings in a truck.

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I preferred this episode to last week's--last week had cheesy dialogue and drove me crazy, whereas this one i actually could stand. Once again, you losers quit beating on Tommy'a storyline--at least they did something with it that gave it some direction and the same thing goes for Lafayette's story. The Arlene and Terry story could use some work and I could've lived without the ten minute long dream sequence. The Sookie/Bill/Eric was great otherwise!

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Although I agree with you about the dream sequence, I don't understand how you didn't know the tolerance event was coming up. It was mentioned I believe twice before this episode. Also, Bill and Nan had a disagreement about how to deal with the witches, which is what he was pissed off about when they were chained up. Nan has refused to believe that the witches were a threat, and then Antonia goes and tries to make vampires come into the sun. Nan comes back and basically implies that it's all Bill's fault even though he asked her to help him before. I love Nan also, she's a typical bureaucrat politician. This episode was definitely a connecting one. Resolve the issue with Lafayette, bring the witches and vampires into direct conflict, muddy the waters between Sookie, Bill, and Eric. We're just being set up for a showdown between Antonia crew and Bill/Nan crew each with their complement of vampires, witches, and various magical beasts. What I would love is some screen time for the authority. They have GOT to be pissed at Nan for all the stuff going down in Louisiana.

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This episode was ok, the dream was awkward and boring and I'm really excited about how they bring Eric's memories back or how Sookie tries to stop him.
I hate it that it seems like Sookie can't move on from Bill because Alan Ball thinks their "soulmates".
Lafayette's storyline was ... ok. Not the best, but still interesting somehow.
And what were Jess & Jason wearing while they had sex? Looked like they stole my grandma's clothes.
I liked that Sookie dreamt about the Eric with the memories.

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...and I wish people would stop mentioning about the storyline from the books. I didn't read a single copy and so I'm watching TB with like a clear, clean, open mind with no influence whatsoever from the book - and I like and prefer it that way. Can't always expect them to adapt to the book 100%...

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I prefer the ending, well isn't it always the ending that's something everyone looked forward to? NO MORE TOMMY OMG I CANNOT STAND THE SIGHT OF HIM LIKE GTFOOOOO. Jason and Jessica....snoozeville: population 1 The Lafayette story was actually kinda touching, but as we all know he IS VERYYYYY stubborn so I guess the writers were really portraying that pretty accurately. The love triangle scene was really random though :/ it kinda broke from the consistency of the episode, in a bad way. Overall, I've got mixed feelings for this episode.

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One more thing you so called fans that "hate the show, and love the books" need to quit watching the show, because the show is NOT the books. I repeat the show is NOT the books. He just got the idea for the show from the books, not the story.

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I like all of the episodes of Trueblood, some are better than others though. I really enjoy Lafayette's story line, (it can't be all about Bill, Eric, and Sookie). The dream sequence was hysterical, I loved it. I think that they put just the right amount of humor in the show this season. The only thing I don't care for is; Tommy, and how the witch isn't getting hurt at all. At least show that she isn't invincible. It's just weird that she seems to be untouchable.

True Blood Season 4 Episode 9 Quotes

Bill: We can pray.
Alcide: Werewolf and a vampire? Who's gonna listen?

There have been times, I'll admit, where it's occurred to me that maybe I should put my career on hold and become a maker. But these last few hours here with you have erased those doubts forever.

Nan
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