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True Blood Review: The First Cut Is the Deepest

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Chop Suey Sookie! This week's True Blood opened with a Kung Pow!  

"Gone, Gone, Gone" was great, great, great from the jump, where we saw Sookie deliver the true death to Mike Spencer with a side of white rice. Talk about "no more and then!" Sookie has been through so much this season, I was glad to see her assert herself like that. The whole wanting to suck her toes in the line at the bank thing was forgivable, but when Mike came knocking to make a withdraw from her femoral artery, our girl had to vehemently deny that transaction and deny it she did.

Jason, meanwhile, delivered one of his best episodes to date.

While speaking with Kristin Bauer van Straten earlier this week, she mentioned how Ryan Kwanten's amazing skill as an actor often is overlooked because of the comedic nature of his character, but tonight we got to see his full range. As usual, we were treated to a number of hilarious Stackhouse moments, too, though, such as he looked under the teddy bear's clothes while talking to Sookie or his comments in the professor's office - but his vulnerability was on full display any time it came to Hoyt.

Jessica Hamby Pic

"I love you Bubba? Followed by their road side encounter? Those have to be included on my list of emotional True Blood Season 5 scenes, alongside Eric releasing Pam.

One small issue I had with the glamouring by Jessica, though, was that I felt like she should not have blinked or broken eye contact with Hoyt. I know I'm nitpicking, but I just thought it would have served to make the scene that much more intense. 

What was probably anticipated by the show's makers as one of the episode's most intense moments - the destruction of Godric before Eric's eyes - didn't really shake me too much. Maybe it was because Lilith still seemed to only be a vision or hallucination produced by the ingesting of that blood; recall that Bill could not see her on the monitors.

Or maybe it was because of my faith in Godric and that he is too badass to let some vampire who prefers to cover herself in blood instead of blouses do him in like that. Can't a sister get a robe already? Not that I'm complaining. 

I am not sold on Lilith nor do I think Eric was either after his apparent awakening. It was interesting to hear Godric tell Nora how he had "evolved." Curious choice of words, considering Bill told Eric the same thing awhile back when his actions confounded the viking vamp. Bill certainly seemed to be under the spell of Lilith, though, didn't he?

Maybe it will take Jessica to wake him up, a la Short Round in The Temple of Doom when he had to burn Indiana Jones with the torch to wake him from the dark spell of Mola Ram. 

Russell, meanwhile, had no issues with turning his back on Lilith and the Authority, what with their education reform and book club taking up all their time instead of fun.

What a great scene that was as he flexed his three thousand year-old muscle and even let his German accent fly a little. What contrast to the earlier scenes he shared with Steve when they went out for "Greek." Those poor brothers at the Gamma Kappa Tau house... loved Katy Perry playing in the background, too. Speaking of being "Wide Awake," while Russell waxed on about day walking, Steve had himself a pretty stellar episode on his own, highlighted by the scene where he scolded Emma for being in her human form.

His asking her if she wanted Nigel to eat her made my list of best True Blood quotes from this week. 

There had been some speculation that Elijah was possibly Warlow, but that theory went down the drain when Tara took him out with Ginger's help. Speaking of Ginger, Pam should have turned her like yesterday, or at least given that woman a raise. She has been down town Julie Brown from day one when it has come to helping Pam out. I like Tara's resolve most of all, as did her maker from the look of it, as Pam once again gazed upon her progeny like a proud parent. 

Getting back to Russell and his plans to walk in the sun again: I found myself agreeing with Salome. Vampires are creatures of the night. Seeing them in a different medium would not sit well with this fang fan. Somethings are better left as they have always been, like the Smurfs. They just don't belong on the big screen walking amongst actual humans. Sorry, K. Perry.

Whoa there, now I feel like I've been sipping Lilith's blood. Moving on and looking forward, we didn't see anything from the werewolf population this week, so I am anticipating them having a big part in the remaining episodes. Lafayette finally made it through an hour without someone trying to sew his mouth shut or asking him to swallow a dead person's ghost, so that was nice. I also loved the bridesmaid walk he used on his way to serving Andy and Holly. 

What did everyone else think?

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As soon as Russell talked about seeking the sun ( during his very predictable outrage ) , Bill and Eric exchanged looks that were clearly reflective of their fear towards Sookie's safety. This fear is further shown as one that is not random, as far as the trailer shows Russell intimidating Sookie using Jason, and herself talking to the fairies about being fed up with running away ( which refers to Russell, as far as i can tell ). Sookie is again the trigger. Whether bill and eric are really falling for this "bloody" Lilith drug or not, Sookie's safety will always either sober them up or expose their acting before the authority ). in general, i am really looking forward to the last two episodes. as i was speculating from the very beginning, the different stories within this season will meet under one plot...highlighting a very plausible and bloody battle between everybody: human, werewolf, vampire, shape- shifters. Who's fighting who becomes confusing..as it is in our real world. So i really salute the makers, for True Blood is indeed the best representation of the world as we know it.

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As soon as Russell talked about seeking the sun ( during his very predictable outrage ) , Bill and Eric exchanged looks that were clearly reflective of their fea

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This series which i loved dearly has gone over the edge this season, it has become disgusting to say the least, just look at the picute of Lillith or what it is called. Sex every where you look, people eating people everywhere
the writers have become desperate this year. For me, I am done with it, done done done.

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....or the same age as him with a more reasonable side to them then he has…..Sam and Emma’s mom is so funny playing cat and mouse…literally mouse…lol!! Can someone please let Emma kill Nigel…I am soooo sick of his simple looking face. Oh, I will let it slide this time and only this time that you all didn’t show my Alcide…again just sayin!

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Now, for the opening scene with Sookie taking a chopstick to that crazy corner guy…that was priceless!!! For some reason I just can’t see Eric or Bill falling for this whole Lilith thing. I feel that both of them have a plan because Eric will never ever forgive Russell for killing his family…he is a Viking King for goodness sakes!! And Bill is a war hero…he wouldn’t even turn his own children so I know he wouldn’t condone all this madness of the Authority. Either that or Simone has a spell on all of them and the blood is nothing more but a LSD drug lased concoction she came up with to control everyone. Think about it when they haven’t had it in a while they start questioning what they are doing…just sayin! I was hoping we would get to see who this Warlow vamp is and his deal but I feel we will not since this season is coming to an end soon. And if they are planning on keep Russell around for next season…please oh please give us a vamp that is older or the same age as him with a more reasonable side to them then he has…..Sam and Emma’s mom is so funny playing cat and mouse…literally mouse…lol!! Can someone please let Emma kill Nigel…I am soooo sick of his simple looking face. Oh, I will let it slide this time and only this time that you all didn’t show my Alcide…again just sayin!

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Well, here is my two cents on last night’s episode. I have to say I really enjoyed seeing a more serious side of Jason. It was nice that he came up with the evidence of the scroll. It shows he does have a brain for something more than just sex. And yeah, I wish Jessica hadn’t broken eye contact with Hoyt I caught that too and the real tears were a bust as well. So that scene didn’t do it for me….So far the best glamour’s are Eric and Bill…they just have the eyes for it or something…maybe it’s a girl thing…okay back on track…I love what they have done with pairing Pam and Tara together. I love that both of them have more of a role this season… I was getting a little sick of Tara always in trouble last season but this season she has a purpose…just sayin! And Pam is the queen for one-liners and the facial expressions she makes just cracks me up!!!

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Bill certainly seemed to be under the spell of Lilith, though, didn't he?
Sorry, I don't believe that one second. If he really is under the spell, Moyer is by far the worst actor this season. Yes, Bill ACTS like he's all Lilith, but that's the point - it seems so much of an acted role. Liked everything else on this episode very much :-)

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I simply loved last night's show!!!
I loved what happened with Tara kicking butt and taking names.
"Nobody comes into my house and messes with me".
Then she goes and takes Elijah's head and turns him into goo!
Pamela was shocked at her progeny's spunk.
Marella is expecting Andy Bellefleur's baby!!!!
Was screaming when Eric said he forgave Russell his killing his Family
That is BS~ Eric will never forgive him for that.
And it's all an act when Eric told Russell he'd gone over to Lilith.
Salome knows she did wrong when she saw how crazy Russell is/was.
Sorry for Molly~I liked her.
My heart was breaking when Jessica glamoured Hoyt~ she didn't want to do that
Jason has lost his best friend in the world.
William Thomas Compton IS WARLOW. He killed Sookie's Parents!!!

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Another thought too - must be hard as a vamp actress (D A Woll) to try to choke back real tears in a moving scene - her eyes were glistening with REAL human tears during the glamouring scene, but no blood tears, so if the scene is genuinely moving, but you're not crying vamp tears, you have to hide it (b/c yo can't cry real tears). Just thought that was odd! How do you "mist up" with vamp tears??

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Oh, and Pam Bauer van Straten is absolutely right. Ryan Kwanten made me cry. More than once.
Such sad scenes! (and I giggled at looking up the teddy bear's dress - wth? LOL)

True Blood Season 5 Episode 10 Quotes

Well fu-k me he can count past five.

Pam

Russell: All this talk and killing has made me positively ravenous. Who wants to go out and eat? Steve.
Steve: I could eat.

True Blood Season 5 Episode 10 Music

  Song Artist
Teenage-dream Teenage Dream Katy Perry iTunes
Caroline-horn-bread-and-water Bread and Water Caroline Horn iTunes
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