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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)

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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I now cannot bear to watch the series. The books were suprerior to this . The original stories from the books were far more enjoyable and interesting. I really hate the series now.

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Some of us are still, and always will be, Bill fans. I for one was thrilled to see Sookie with Bill again even if it was a threesome and only a dream. And I do read the books and am still for Bill even in the books.

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I liked that they showed more Lafayete. I liked the singing ghost. I hated that she kidnapped the baby and became confused. Loved the Sookie, Bill, Eric threesome, but I think it would be extremely dangerous. I like Eric sweet. If he goes back to being an ass then Sookie should go back to Bill. Alcide is hot. I hate Debbie and no more screen time should be devoted to her and her issues.I hat her almost as much as I hated that hotshot girl. I can't stand that nasty greasy haired wolf pack leader. All werewolves should be more like Alcide, clean and hot. This episode left A LOT to be desired.

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Disagree with what you said about Lafayette and everyone involved in this episode. I loved this episode, I find that everyone is bitching about random small things blowing them out of proportion.

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Tonight's episode worked for me but the witch has got to go. I think it will come down to Lafayette, which is why he is getting so much camera time. Tara needs to pick a side. Sookie and Eric belong together and Bill needs to get over it. If you have read the books, you know that Eric is the one for her. Sookie needs to blast the witch with her fairy force and knock her on her @$$. I am still waiting for Quinn. That is when things are gonna get interesting. Debbie is never gonna change. I see Sookie killing her off soon, in self defense, of course. Cannot wait until next week...if they kill Eric off, I will no longer be watching. And by the way, where is Pam? She is priceless and witty. Andy needs to get off that V crap. Could you even imagine "Sheriff" Stackhouse? LOL

Uncle-jackass

Ha, "Vampwich," only TruBlood fans could've created that term, fantastic...

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Jesus literally exercised a spirit from Lafayette's body tonight. Might that ability not come into play later on... say with Marntonia??

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Nan mentioned the tolerance event to Bill via skype when he was asking for a warrant to execute Eric several episodes ago. So while there wasn't a big build-up to it, it was mentioned. This wasn't my favorite episode, but it was entertaining, and I loved getting more Bill and Sookie than we've seen, like, all season.

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Why in the world is this season so short??! Its been what? Five episodes and now there's only three left? And might I say this has been THEE WORST season of TB so far! I hate it! I was the raw, fearless, ruthless, merciless Eric back. This mamby-pamby Sookie lovin bitch version of Eric is pissin me off!! And can someone just kill Bill, Tara, Tommy & Andy already?! Please???!!!! I hate that they ruined Hoyt n Jessica's relationship and are now trying to throw her w Jason. And why aren't they addressing his rape??! They spent like one episode on it. Sure Jason is a whore, but that crap should be messin w his head just a bit more than him wanting to bone his best friends ex! Ugh! Thoroughly disappointed w this season! I love Alcide, but they do need to make him more interesting. Ok. Rant over. I'll tell u if I'll still be a Trubie when this season ends.

Matt-richenthal

@jamie: No, I did not read the books. That's not a pre-req for watching the show. Alan Ball has said on numerous occasions that the show differs greatly from the books; they are just used as a guide. Viewers have to separate the two. After all, consider:
Jess wasn't even a character in the books!

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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