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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?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 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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Neejan

The best TB episode so far this season. So many things happened at the same time. I could follow all storylines except the whole Iraq event.. what's the deal? Vampire and emotion. Funny thing to comment on, because normally these would not go together. Well, TB proved us wrong, again. The whole Pam-Eric scene reminded me of Godric -- ah.. too bad he isn't here. I also liked Tara in this ep. She got finally more: a real connection to her maker. Interesting to see what will happen next in that relationship.

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...Now, the Jason story with the fairies could have given us more...I mean if Jason and Sookie are brother and sister then he is fairy too and isn't he suppose to be a were panther as well? When is that going to happen?

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Well so far I like this season. I love how "real" Pam/Eric scenes were. I also like that even thought Pam don't like Tara much...she respect Eric's bloodline more. What I got from the scene with Pam and Tara feeding on the human was how she was telling her to take her time and not kill the child. She was basically telling her that she was in control just like Bill did when he was talking to her in Eric’s office. As I was reading others post I see most hate Tara’s character but I for one wish the writers would stop making her out to be “the angry black woman� on here…not all of us act that way…just saying. Give the girl a real story line. I am a little tired of Jessica and the Jason back and forth storyline…either let them get together or give us some new eye candy to look at. As for the shifters I am wondering who killed them...I would put my money on the Alfa less wolf pack. The Terry scene was okay and something different but keep it moving...Now, the Jason story with the fairies could have given us more...I mean if Jason and Sookie are brother and sister then he is fairy too and isn't he suppose to be a were panther as well? When is that going to happen?

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I presume whoever referred to the definition of "decimate" may have watched the Monk episode where he stated it means to decrease by one tenth. However, it also has a broader definition, meaning "to cause great destruction or harm to" By the way, I love the term "Snoozi" in reference to Sookie.

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What an awesome paragraph to finish the review? Your reviews are really a joy to read....Brilliant stuff! (Don't take that to mean, I agree with even half of the stuff you said ;-) )

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The best thing this season has been the intro of the authority & roman. At long last we know why vamps came out of the closet. Humans are dumb but they have huge armies and like to kill things. If they found out the vamps would be destroyed. (If roman was telling the truth.) Also the air of legend is nice Salome, the Judas dagger, etc. I am wondering if gentleman Bill is a sangunista, (perhaps leader?) He might have freed Russell. Turning Bill evil would really be an improvement. Eric/Bill & Eric/Pam are the best storylines. Alcide is ok even with snoozie. Jessica is as always wow. Why jason girl? Lafy is always a scene stealer. Right now I have given up on everything else. Unless Tara is brought into the Sanguinistas, please please Tara meet steak.

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@Rose I never said it had to be "Sookie Hour" HOWEVER...Sookie IS (like it or not) the main character........ After thinking again about what Pam said to Tara when she brought that girl to her to feed on and what she said, I'm thinking it is possible that Pam is involved in Russell's release.

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Can't wait for me Tara/Pam scenes.

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cont... Show needs a central, relatable heart driving it. Bill and Eric, as great as they are, could never fill in those shoes just by virtue of being what they are.

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I myself thought the Terry flashback was a godawful waste of screentime. Everything about it was completely cliche. A little middle eastern town getting bombed and a soldier yelling about how much he loves America, then a civilian getting shot with a, "how do you like Bush now?" line. Could we get any more tired/stale than that old message? It may have felt fresh on a vampire show, but it was truly anything but. Other failures include Sam's scene (because who really cares that two random shifters were killed?), and the whole faery dance club party (while it's great that we finally see them again, we didn't get anything of value here). What gave me hope is that it seems the show is finally ready to make Sookie a key player again and bring her into the main storyline (Russell, the Authority). They've acknowledged the problems with her character and dragged her through a slump of self-realization and now, if we're lucky, she's ready to be a true main character again - because the show does need a central, relatable heart driving it. As great as Eric & Bill are, they could never fill in those shoes just by virtue of being what they are.

True Blood Season 5 Episode 4 Quotes

You is the angel of death.

Lafayette [to Sookie]

This is who you are now. Top of the chain. No human can hurt you any longer. They're yours to savor.

Pam

True Blood Season 5 Episode 4 Music

  Song Artist
Shaela-miller-lonely Lonely Shaela Miller iTunes
Rupert-holmes-escape Escape Rupert Holmes iTunes
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