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True Blood Review: Chasing Fairy Tail

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True Blood shocked me this week.

Not through any nudity nor any supernatural shenanigans. Quite the opposite, in fact.

"We'll Meet Again" actually made me care about Terry Bellefleur.

Granted, his storyline with Patrick is utterly removed from everything else on the show. And that flashback to events in Iraq felt completely out of place on True Blood, unlike anything else we've seen on the series. But perhaps that's what drew my attention.

I Release You...

Going on five seasons in, I've practically grown numb to all of True Blood's over-the-top action. I barely raise an eyebrow at this point when a nine-year old Authority member gets decimated in one stab and the Guardian gives a chilling speech with that nine-year old's blood dripping down his face.

Been mostly there, done a lot of that.

But the cut to that combat mission actually took me by surprise. It was different and fresh and made Terry into a layered character about whom I'm suddenly interested. I can't say the same about a lot of residents in Bon Temps.

(Am I curious who killed off Sam's Shifter pals, for example? Sure. But has Sam evolved or changed in any way since the day we met him? The show can try to set up mysterious storylines around him, but there's nothing about Sam himself that makes me care.)

It's for this same reason that Bill and Eric teaming up has resonated so well on Season 5. It's simply a new set-up for the pair, one that hopefully continues now that Bill has witnessed Sookie getting it on with Alcide* and will stop pining after a woman who doesn't even know how to make a proper drink and who, Lafayette is right, continues to pull men in to protect her. At their own peril, of course.

(*After so much build-up and so many teases, that couldn't have been the Alcide/Sookie sex scene so many viewers have clamored for, right? I'd imagine it would upset a few million women out there if so. It's not like Joe Manganiello is afraid to bare his body.)

How does Bill plan on forcing Sookie to assist with his Russell Edgington search? How close is Russell to fully returning? Who actually dug him up? All worthwhile questions as we move forward.

Elsewhere, Jason and Andy's foray into faery world isn't necessarily fresh, but it's a welcome return to a storyline that simply felt dropped on True Blood Season 4. Sookie is of a different species and we were led to believe this would be explored last summer. What does that really mean? Who else is out there? What sort of danger is she in as a result?

Using a local judge was certainly a roundabout way to bring us back to this universe, but whatever. We're here now. There are apparently stripper and VIP rooms involved, so let's do this! Let's really delve into these great-smelling, light-shooting creatures, especially not that the bomb has been dropped on Jason: vampires killed his parents.

Finally, damn if this episode didn't make me cry (non-bloody) tears. Those were some legitimately moving scenes between Eric and Pam, and then Pam and Tara. Even Bill's simple words to Jessica were well said and heartfelt. Yes, Mr. Compton, you did VERY well, even if Jesscia needs to find a better pot dealer.

The Maker/Makee relationship is a fascinating one. Godric would be proud of the progeny he created and the speech he gave to his offspring upon freeing her from his command.

But is Pam leading Tara down a dangerous path? No human can hurt you again? You are in control? Seize the power? Sounds an awful lot like the words of the Sanguinista movement, doesn't it? I've said since the premiere that Tara as a vampire is boring because Tara as a human was also angry, bitter and unfriendly. There didn't feel like a lot of new ground to mine here.

I'll be proven very wrong, however, if Tara gets swept up in the revolutions that Roman is attempting to quell. It would bring multiple storylines together and maybe - just maybe - it would lead to Roman sticking a stake built from Judas' death scene into Tara's chest, obliterating the character from existence.

A critic can dream, can't he?

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Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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i luv this show,,have been disappointed;;sookie and eric belong 2gather,,they have always been good 2gather,,,not quiet sure how feel bout tara;;i think pam is up 2 something with tara,,hope things will work out;;he'll get things straight from his visions=curse---so he can get back with his family::also hope he will b able 2 talk 2 jesus,,and the badness can leave from him and the lady will not b affected,,mayb she will come back and live with him;;;also i think he would b a good wolfmaster,,he should b with the woman who stood up 4 him,,let them catch the guys who have been doin all the shootins;;would like some better things 2 happen nstead of all the bad,,can come up with alot more ideas goin this way?!!'uv all u guys!!!!

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So - when the guy with the gun corners Terry and whatshisname in the weird basement, was I hearing things when I heard him ask if anyTHING had followed them? Or am I just wishing it were so?

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@Matt: Do us a favor, if you can -- Corner the producers and demand that they explain why they can't limit themselves to half a dozen subplots like a normal TV show.

Watchestoomuch

@Ted: No, I didn't see that Monk episode, and I can use a dictionary as well as the next fanatic. The generalized meaning of decimate is much closer to hurt or injure than it is to destroy, obliterate, or execute. It's not appropriate in this context.

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anyone know where i can watch this online?

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I agree that Terry did become a more interesting character, but is it really necessary? Arlene and terry worked really well as a cute little side story, but I still don't think it is a story this show should be focusing on. Well, unless it is related to the rest of them somehow, but I guess we'll see. My biggest issue is that there are too many subplots. The show is strongest at its core, only meandering with mediocre plots like Andy and Terry. It just doesn't seem like there is enough for all of these characters to do. Tara and Lafayette aren't really doing anything interesting, Terry's plot really has no significance to the overarching season so far and Andy is just embarrassing to watch. It is time to trim some of the fat.The most captivating characters are easily Sookie, Alcide, Bill, Pam, Eric, Jason and Jessica. The show has really lost focus and it feels like only parts of these episodes are worth watching. You'd think at some point someone in the writing room would say there is simply too much going on. Regardless, I couldn't help but cheer when Sookie and Alcide started to kiss. It felt like it was long overdue, but hopefully we will see the show delve deeper into it next episode. Pam and Eric? Hands down the strongest part of the episode. Really touching stuff.

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But still enjoyed that one !
Man, these faeries have it going on ! So typical, what a nice party ! But they had to wipe their memories clean !! C' mon ! It's still nice to know that they haven't been forgotten, hence the nicely smelly guy from last week's episode ! That meadow, knew the guy was a fairy !

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And man, I cried ! Pam and Eric.... I get the why, but still !!! Soooo sad ! But yes, the blood is strong and it will thrive ! Though, I agree, Pam's words to Tara were really scary Sanguinistas BS !!! WTF ! She's kind of abusing her powers as a maker lol , but hey, Tara as a human was already a "bad" seed, aggressive, hater, etc, as a vamp now, EXPLOSIVE !
This whole Authority thing is just "?????????" ! I need to check the book, but that doesn't ring any bells ! Man I bet on that kid being the traitor lol ! And Nora, you know I still don't get it ! A little help here please ?! Is she rEALLY a traitor?
And finally Bill, yes you did good raising Jessica ! It was a short but really emotional scene ! And back at Sookie's, with Eric tagging along, even better. Man these 2 guys together and Sookie-free are just GREAT ! But that's gonna end as they need her to find out where Russell is. I have a feeling some good ol' faery blood is gonna be involved !
Loved the previous episode better, but still enjoyed that one !
P.S. : These faeries had it going on !! So typical ! They had to wipe their memories clean !! C'mon ! Oh well, glad to know they haven't been forgotten, hence the nicely smelly guy last week, knew he was a fairy !

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Holy Molly !!! That Faery thing is NASTY !!!! I thought the cousin was dead ! Soooo, vampires killed Jas and Sookie's parents... That's a VERY interesting twist ! Hope the writers won't screw that one up !
Alcide/Sookie : been waiting for them !!! Even though the REAL couple is Eric/Sookie, still good to get your hands on such a FINE LOOKING man ! Always one to clean up her mess that's for sure ! The way Alcide told Debbie's parents...wow, well now, good riddance !
WTF is going on with Lafayette ! Looks like every time he's mad, that demon thingy comes out ! But wasn't that Jesus power?! Cursing Sookie's car, LOL !
I know it was bad, but I fast-forwarded Terry's scenes ! Gosh BORING ! Got the whole idea though, still find it boring. I do get why he got PTSD .... but these were weird fireworks ! From the sky to the ground? Isn't that supposed to be the other way around?

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When it comes to Alcide/Sookie I'm sure next week will start with an obligatory "I won't take advantage of you being drunk" line from Alcide. As far as who killed the shifters? My money is on the crazy gun-toting pyro that Terry and Patrick just found. I'm basing this on the (mostly) clean single gunshot holes in their heads...just sayin'