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True Blood Review: The Ties That No Longer Bind

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Ding dong, the wicked witch is not actually dead.

Jesus used a dead body, some mysterious babble and a bit of self-mutilation to unbind Antonia from Marnie on "Soul of Fire" - thereby rescuing Sookie from one of the least impressive CGI fires in recent memory - only for that pesky supernatural to take over his boyfriend's body later that night.

Seriously, don't you hate when that happens?

Pam with a Gun

It took a great deal of stupidity on the parts of numerous characters to arrive as this point. Why would Marnie let Jesus, who only last week impressed her with his demonic skill set, alone with that dead body? Why would Sookie and company agree to join hands with Marnie on another spell? And were Eric and Bill really gonna kill themselves just to save one human being?

I know, it's Sookie. I know, this was meant to be sweet and romantic and all... but knowing it wouldn't actually happen removed most of the suspense. As I complained after "Burning Down the House," this love triangle has grown tiresome. I'm really not interested in seeing Bill and Eric try to one-up each other for the foreseeable future.

Did you catch Eric referring to Bill as "Your Majesty" as they were cleaning up the mess at Moon Goddess, though? It does appear as if he remembers everything from his spelled-out state, which ought to make for even more well-rounded character.

But take it easy on Pam, E! Come on. She and Jason were the only ones thinking clearly during this attempted destruction of the store, albeit, ironically, from opposite points of view. You created Pam, Eric. You know what she's about and she's been of use to you in her icy, sarcastic, straightforward state for centuries. Don't cast her aside now just because you're blinded by love.

A Fanged Foursome

Elsewhere, hey, fairies still exist! And they have questionable taste in men! While Andy's self-congratulatory reaction to tasting this being's personal light fruit (if you know what I mean!) had me laughing out loud, the development seems random and forced. I'm still not sure why Terry would have left Andy in the woods alone, except that it served to bring a fairy back into the picture, one we can only assume will play a role in next week's finale, with Andy sworn to protect her.

Then again, we might not hear from the fairies again for nine more weeks. That's been the pattern so far.

I have no sarcastic digs for Alcide, however. Way to stand up to Debbie, big guy! I will call you boring, no longer. I will ask that you grow a spine, no longer.

Elsewhere on the episode:

  • Loved Lafayette providing play-by-play of Marnie and Antonia's early interaction, constantly referring to the latter as "bitch."
  • Loved Jessica's reaction to Bill nearly committing suicide. Don't you ever do that to me again. Perhaps the show can further explore the Maker/Makee relationship down the line.
  • Loved that whipped witch high-fiving Marnie.
  • Did not love Sam reacting with such violence and temper over Tommy's death. Seriously, that guy sucked.

What did everyone else think?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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Ugh, I definitely agree. It's both sad and funny when Jason has more sense than Bill, Eric, Tara and Marnie. Sookie joining the circle makes sense I guess as she'd be able to stop Marnie more effectively - maybe. Jason was great when confronting/warning the vampires.

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maxine howarx ......... Why did you copy and paste the same thing over and over again?!?!!? UGH.......... Anyway....... I knew beyond of shadow of a doubt that Marnie wasn't gone. Lafayette is supposedly a medium, which by the way IS WAY OFF from the books because Lafayette was killed in the first one! Also WAY OFF is this witch thing. But I digress!!!!!!!!! We can debate ALL DAY LONG about the series being different from the books. Jesus will figure out Marnie has taken over Lafayette and try to save him but that will probably be the cliffhanger and to be cleared up with next seasons first episode. Who is this new fairy? Why did she want to have sex with ANDY?!?!?! No doubt this is setting something up for next season. Why did Andy tell Arlene of all people!?! There are many characters in the books that HAVE NOT BEEN used on the series thus far. Claude, The were-tiger dude, the woman lived with Sookie and helped her with her cousin and the witches. Actually, if you ask me, since AB has strayed SO FAR AWAY from the books, there's really no need for them. I am still tired of the Sookie/Eric/Bill love triangle. We all get that Sookie loves them both. If anyone doesn't get that then you don't need to be watching! It's gotten stale and boring. Wrap it up AB!!!!!! As for if a main character will die, My thinking is it will be Lafayette or Tara. Of course Eric will eventually forgive Pam. Anybody know when next season starts??????

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I loved Marnie - if the vampires can get away with murder, why can't she?! Effin' vampires should all die!

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Lafayette was the one giving a play-by-play of Marnie and Antonia. And also referred to Marnie as bitch, not Antonia.

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I kind-of agree this season has less than been consistent in story arcs, but I also too will still be watching next week. Damn conundrum!

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After watching this season 4, I am thinking they could use a new writing staff. They do not seem to know what to do with feisty Tara! I like her part in the series, and they, meaning the writers, and AB need to seriously fix her part. The whole hillbilly love orgy with Jason, was uck! Although, I think like some of you, that Lil Red Riding Hood, might be Crystal. But in one way, it kind of makes more sense for Debbie to dress up as Lil Red Riding Hood, since she is a werewolf. Well kind of? If you know what I mean. I am glad Bad Ass Eric is back! I did love the scene where Eric turned Roy's heart into a sippy cup! Tara needs to remind her friend Sookie, how Bill, set up the Rattrays to beat her until she almost died. Even if he was following orders. Her character started off strong, and now is wimpy. I guess her lightning hands come in handy sometimes. About the scene where Eric pointedly told his prodigy Pam, not to fire that bazooka. It was a direct order. It reminded me of the speech Bill was giving Jessica, about the consequences of not obeying your maker. I cannot remember exactly what he told her would happen, if she tried to not obey him? Not that these writers would necessarily follow what was claimed back a coupleAfter watching this season 4, I am thinking they could use a new writing staff. They do not seem to know what to do with feisty Tara! I like her part in the series, and they, meaning the writers, and AB need to seriously fix her part. The whole hillbilly love orgy with Jason, was uck! Although, I think like some of you, that Lil Red Riding Hood, might be Crystal. But in one way, it kind of makes more sense for Debbie to dress up as Lil Red Riding Hood, since she is a werewolf. Well kind of? If you know what I mean. I am glad Bad Ass Eric is back! I did love the scene where Eric turned Roy's heart into a sippy cup! Tara needs to remind her friend Sookie, how Bill, set up the Rattrays to beat her until she almost died. Even if he was following orders. Her character started off strong, and now is wimpy. I guess her lightning hands come in handy sometimes. About the scene where Eric pointedly told his prodigy Pam, not to fire that bazooka. It was a direct order. It reminded me of the speech Bill was giving Jessica, about the consequences of not obeying your maker. I cannot remember exactly what he told her would happen, if she tried to not obey him? Not that these writers would necessarily follow what was claimed back a couple After watching this season 4, I am thinking they could use a new writing staff. They do not seem to know what to do with feisty Tara! I like her part in the series, and they, meaning the writers, and AB need to seriously fix her part. The whole hillbilly love orgy with Jason, was uck! Although, I think like some of you, that Lil Red Riding Hood, might be Crystal. But in one way, it kind of makes more sense for Debbie to dress up as Lil Red Riding Hood, since she is a werewolf. Well kind of? If you know what I mean. I am glad Bad Ass Eric is back! I did love the scene where Eric turned Roy's heart into a sippy cup! Tara needs to remind her friend Sookie, how Bill, set up the Rattrays to beat her until she almost died. Even if he was following orders. Her character started off strong, and now is wimpy. I guess her lightning hands come in handy sometimes. About the scene where Eric pointedly told his prodigy Pam, not to fire that bazooka. It was a direct order. It reminded me of the speech Bill was giving Jessica, about the consequences of not obeying your maker. I cannot remember exactly what he told her would happen, if she tried to not obey him? Not that these writers would necessarily follow what was claimed back a coupleAfter watching this season 4, I am thinking they could use a new writing staff. They do not seem to know what to do with feisty Tara! I like her part in the series, and they, meaning the writers, and AB need to seriously fix her part. The whole hillbilly love orgy with Jason, was uck! Although, I think like some of you, that Lil Red Riding Hood, might be Crystal. But in one way, it kind of makes more sense for Debbie to dress up as Lil Red Riding Hood, since she is a werewolf. Well kind of? If you know what I mean. I am glad Bad Ass Eric is back! I did love the scene where Eric turned Roy's heart into a sippy cup! Tara needs to remind her friend Sookie, how Bill, set up the Rattrays to beat her until she almost died. Even if he was following orders. Her character started off strong, and now is wimpy. I guess her lightning hands come in handy sometimes. About the scene where Eric pointedly told his prodigy Pam, not to fire that bazooka. It was a direct order. It reminded me of the speech Bill was giving Jessica, about the consequences of not obeying your maker. I cannot remember exactly what he told her would happen, if she tried to not obey him? Not that these writers would necessarily follow what was claimed back a couple of seasons ago. I wish AB would of tried harder to get Bubba in the series. I miss Bubba! They said someone else would die, and they keep sowing that hand with blood dripping. I hope that is not Hoyt. I am thinking it may be though. Or possibly Jesus? Bad writing or not, I will still turn in next week.

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am i the only one that thought this episode dragged a bit?

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Loved this episode .. Hated the fact that it was only 50 minutes long!!