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

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Dude ... any True Blood is good Blood. I loved the Eric/Sookie/Bill sandwich, talk abt every Trubie's Dream!! Hubba Hubba!!! ... Ok the Hoyt, "For you, Monster" scene, I'll give you that, that was great! Marnie ... excuse me, Antonia (plz dont kill me!) ... scares the crap outta me! And I love our vamps as much as the next Trubie, but lets face it ... they kinda deserve it. DRAMA!!!! I say the highlight of the episode tho was Debbie, LOVED how she's all, can we trust her? Naw, I dont trust that chick! ...well, maybe ..naw! And I am with you on the Laf thing, LOVE me some Laf, but we get it ... dude's a medium. All in all...my thirst was quenched on this episode .... for now. :D

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Unfortunately I don't have the ability to watch True Blood weekly. No HBO :( But reading this makes me wonder if they author actually read the books. And to be honest, with how the plot is turning out, I'm kind of glad I can't watch it. They're really getting far away from the books.

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PS - I also thought it was cool that Sookie dreamed of "real" Eric...a good sign I think!

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I too thought it was a weak episode. But I did notice one thing during the dream: Eric was always first. First to appear, first to kiss her, and he was the one Sookie turned to kiss first on the sofa. Having never been in a vampwich it is entirely possible that I am reading too much into the situation.

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I, too, thought the dream sequence was BORINGGGGGGGG..........UGH...I would agree too that it was a LAZY way to show Sookie has feeling for both Bill and Eric. Ball must be getting bored with the show........... Unless it comes into play later, the Lafayette being a medium isn't jiving with me at all, and with only 3 episodes left this season I highly doubt it will come into play.......as it's looking like the last three episodes will be dealing with the (hopefully) final conflict between Antonia and the vampires as to me that is getting boring as well. Why is Antonia keeping the others trapped at her shop???? Debbie back on V.......any surprise there? Her taking Sookie to Antonia.......hmmmmmm...I have to wonder how long it will be before Debbie tries to kill Sookie again. Jessica/Hoyt/Jason.......No doubt Hoyt will find out..... Andy/Arlene/Terry.......looks like Terry and Andy will be having a major fight due to Andy's V addiction.......... Only 3 episodes left ........guessing it will be next summer before a new season???? Anyone know?

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I so agree... On many, many levels... Love the books and I want to watch them come to life. I don't mind the other characters but give us some of the things that made the show possible. Stick to the books.. At least most of the book!!

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I don't like your review at all. tommy is a dumb redneck, but I like his part on the show and yes, it was nice of him to step up and be Sam and take a beating. Jesus and Lafyette - love them too. I didn't particularly like this part today with him being taken over as a medium, but I loved lafayette's character from day one. He adds "character" to the show. Yeah, Terry and Arlene I can do without and whatever stupidity they are planning with this "devil" baby. Andy needs to cool it with the V and the dream was stupid. I agree they should have publisized this Tolerance conference a little better and drawn it out a little - gave us something to think about. Question, did Debbie have a last minute pang of "I hate that girl" and turn Sookie in on purpose? She surely wasn't happy to see her back in the car. Sadly, I thought she was genuine at Sookie's (Eric's) house. Nuff said. I'm not loving this whole season, but don't particularly agree with your comments on tonights episode. PS - Love Hoyt and Jason - but pissed at Jason over this - he should be loyal to Hoyt!

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Ok, pretty much everything you said was right. I am disappointed in the show becaue they have gone so far from the novel series. Please Tommy?? WTF is that about? So do NOT like his addition to the series. Debbie Pelt dies in the novels--why is she still here--to keep Alcide busy--ugh. Wish they would have used more of the novel info--they are really struggling on this episode. Is Sookie becoming the HBO version of Anita Blake the vampire hunter from Laurell K. Hamilton's novel series---double uggh! But Granny is rolling in her grave over this episode! IMHO

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I think this episode was a good one. Some points you made about it was on point (Alicide being good all the time and the dream sequence) BUT In all honesty, I'm sick of seeing the Sookie/Bill/Eric triangle All the time. Not knocking it but I like watching other characters get some screen besides just seeing Sookie and Eric in bed most episodes..... Also, i was hoping for a bigger story on LaFayette and the baby but.... I'll bite. And Jason is going to have alot to explain when Hoyt finds out he and Jessica did the deed in his truck... Overall, good episode, can't wait for next week....

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I agree. I don't care about Tommy and wish he would just go away. I get the Jason/Jessica pairing. And the Tolerance event, yeah, no build up, just sprung on us. Always like Jessica Tuck (Nan) no matter what setting. I don't trust Debbie no matter what Sookie pulled from her mind. I like that Antonia is a great adversary, but tired of it all and want Eric to get his memory back. Juin

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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