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True Blood Review: What If God Was One of Us

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Russell got "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" off to a good start when he asked if someone should say grace in the opening scene of this week's True Blood.

I was left wanting at the end of this week's episode though, which has not been the case for me this season, despite the many malcontents out there. This is not to say I did not enjoy the hour, I just felt like there were some wasted opportunities taken up by scenes that just didn't seem to fit with the flow of the episode.

Like The Authority standing around the meal of a naked man, let's dig in...

Eric with Nora

While Steve's grace may have flopped in the eyes of Salome, I sure was thankful for one thing: The smoke monster got what it wanted and is out like pleated khakis. Thank Godric!

I was happy to see Terry man up like he did, but only after Arlene came to the rescue of course. She has sort of taken a backseat to other leading ladies this season so I was glad to see her wave her hair back and forth a little. Terry's line to her about how she was the only reason he was going to fight Patrick at all was also a nice moment for the troubled lovers.

Jason and Jess still couldn't see clear to mending their relationship, but maybe after fulfilling his promise to her with regard to Hoyt she will ask him to wipe down the flatbed once again. That is, of course, if Hoyt pulls through. A lot of fans were expecting this week to be Hoyt's last, but his fate along with that of Plump the Racist Dragon was not revealed.

I think it safe to say Luna slapped the taste out of Sweetie's mouth, but did she end up killing her? Sam just dropped the L word on Luna for the first time, but Luna's actions might throw a wrench into things. Not that they will have time to play the feud what with Emma being taken and all. 

I liked that we were reminded of just how bad a guy Russell is this week, despite all his comical lines... but leave the kids alone! First, vampire Bruce Jenner/Nigel is ordering up newborns on Seamless Web and now Russell is stealing were-children and giving them away as pets?!?

Speaking of lap dogs, what was with Alcide? I liked the flashback to his early days, but I felt like the whole drawn out trip to his dad's trailer was a big waste of valuable screen time. I would have preferred more scenes with Tara and Pam instead.

Pam edged out Eric I think in the True Blood quotes department with her lines about the two things she stays away from and how she and Tara aren't Oprah and Gayle just yet. Seeing Pam get tossed off stage by that new sheriff, though, had my blood boiling. Who will set things right? Pam can take care of herself, but who is she to argue with the monarchs? Eric needs to come back ASAP, but thanks to Bill's backstab that won't be happening anytime soon apparently.  

I argued that Bill's actions last Sunday were just part of some master plan, but this week he was singing a different tune. It actually was very reminiscent of Joan Osbourne wasn't it? What if God was one of us? Just a vampire like one of us. Either Bill has gone bye bye or he is seriously deep cover like Fishburne.

Prior to the apparent chosen one betraying him, Eric was on quite a roll with his techie line and sarcastically suggesting he and Bill get back to slaughtering people in the name of God. For my money, however, the snarl he let out upon seeing Salome as the elevator doors opened was the best. It was reminiscent of Chewbacca's growl when Lando opened the door in Cloud City to reveal Darth Vader sitting at the head of the table in The Empire Strikes Back. I love when Eric gets his Viking up. 

We didn't get any closer to discovering what really went down at the murder scene of Sookie's parents this week. Lafayette delivered some classic moments, channeling Oda Mae Brown and sassing the spirits, but no real new information came to light. Hopefully that soup Claude brought Sookie recharges her inner light and she gets back to kicking some supernatural butt next episode. After she washes the pig out of her hair of course. 

I think I'll call it a night right there and open up the chat lines. As always, I'm eager to hear your thoughts. Be sure to check back later this week to read about my interview with Kristin Bauer. You just know that will be fun and juicy!

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(con't) Will they call upon Alcide for help? Will Martha be on Sam and Luna's side? I kinda don't think this will be wrapped up at season's end. I kinda think Jessica and Jason will get back on track. Hoyt will be grateful to Jason for saving him. The new "sheriff" of Area 5 ......I didn't see that coming. And I don't remember seeing anything saying Eric had been removed from that position-I guess I missed it. I think Pam can handle herself and she won't lose her bar. I'm still not very happy with this season as a whole for the simple fact it's went SO WAY FAR OFF from the books. Yes, I know, it would be boring if it went word for word with the books BUT, I just don't feel it should have went as far off as it has. No Quinn, No the witch(can't remember her name) that lived with Sookie, and more.....

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Maybe Bill really did realize that Lillith's blood is actually Salome's, which is why he betrayed Eric. Maybe he needs Eric's help revealing that to the counsel.

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Bill turning in Eric really surprised me. I thought the scenne with Bill in Salome in bed had revealed that Bill realised that Lillith's blood was actually Salome's. I hope little Emma stays safe while in Russell's "custody". I could feel Emma's grandmother's fears and regrets. Before this season is over that wolf pack will be Alcide's, I wonder if his father will join the pack then too.

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@Boxy I seriously doubt that is going to happen with only 2 or 3 episodes left. Bill has always been the weak link, but like most, I'm having a hard time reading just what the hell he is doing. He's always been emotional about being a vampire and that they can get along with humans. So I don't understand why now all of the sudden he's supposedly changed. I'm not liking this Lilith crap and it's so far off from the books it's not funny. Yes, I know you can't stay with the books word for word, but damn, you don't have to get THIS far off!!!! I don't feel the Alcide flashback really added anything to this episode. I am also disappointed that we didn't get more of Sookie's quest to find the vampire that killed her parents. I am glad that the Terry/Arlene "smoke monster" thing is OVER. It was adding absolutely nothing to the main story or the show AT ALL. So now it seems Russell has started a war with shifters and wolves by kidnapping Emma. What will Sam and Luna do? Will they call upon Alcide for help? Will Martha be on Sam and Luna's side? I kinda don't think this will be wrapped up at season's end.

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This episode was okay. I wonder if anyone has picked up on the mystery of Lilith's blood. When Bill drank Salome's blood he started to hallucinate about Lilith again and got a certain look on his face, like he had figured something out. I think the blood in the vial that they have been drinking is actually Salome's blood. Why it causes them to hallucinate, I have no idea. It could get dangerous for Salome because Eric's sister only became a Lilith freak after drinking what she thought was Lilith's blood. If she and the other council members find out that they have been conned, Salome's house of cards will come tumbling down. Thank goodness the Ifrit storyline is over. Love Pam, and the new sheriff looks Goth hot. Hope he stays a while.

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contd: that pure politics would have been much more interesting than what apparently boils down to head vampires getting stupid high and behaving like idiots who've never heard the word 'sustainable survival' in their lives)
On a side note, loving Russell Edgington - gotten a royal pardon by pretending to believe in the 'God is vampire' bullshit, and gone right back to the life he'd had before cement tomb. Also liking the way they're starting to tie in vampire and werewolf/shifter stories together (even though Martha's presence in that barn, with a shifted Emma(the heck? Why was she the only wolf in the group, when everyone else was human? Aside from it easing Russell's access to her, of course) is also extremely stupid on her part). Hopefully, they'll connect the fairies too, whittle down the main cast roster (waaaaay too many characters) and bring us a great season finale.

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While I'm enjoying TB in general, one of the pet peeves I've had with it for a while now is the idiocy they write for Eric's character. I mean, the guy's a THOUSAND years old! In S3 he said that vampires can only trust their progenies! Yet now he trusts BILL COMPTON??? Over PAM??? And what kind of stupid behavior was that, not planning for a possibility that Bill would betray him, after showing doubts about Bill's behavior in the previous episode? Honestly, it's a surprise Eric has survived this long. One of the things he's been very consistent about was protecting himself and his, first and foremost. Knowing Bill's instability when it comes to convictions and emotions about vampirism, it's not too surprising if he's truly turned to 'the Lilith worshiping'. Eric, as someone who's lived for this long, should have seen the signs that something's not right and known not to put all his eggs in one basket, in this case in the belief that he and Bill have the same goals. (I have to agree that pure politics would have been much more interesting than what apparently boils down to head vampires getting stupid high and behaving like idiots who've never heard the word 'sustainable survival' in their lives)
On a side note, loving Russell Edgington - gotten a royal pardon by pretending to believe in the 'God is vampire' bullshit, and gone right back to the life he'd had before cement tomb. Also liking the way they're starting to tie in vampire and werewolf/shifter stories together (even though Martha's presence in that barn, with a shifted Emma(the heck? Why was she the only wolf in the group, when everyone else was human? Aside from it easing Russell's access to her, of course) is also extremely stupid on her part). Hopefully, they'll connect the fairies too, whittle down the main cast roster (waaaaay too many characters) and bring us a great season finale.

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Sorry, they lost me with serving up babies and kidnapping children....not sure I will watch anymore if this is the ongoing storyline

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I really am not liking the direction that this show is going. Weak story line with the vampire authority. None of the real characters from the books are represented. I do like the tara/ pam dialogue from last night. Arlene has risen as a woman driven to protect her family..When she held the gun to guys head, i was waiting for her to say, "Dont move Dirtbag!", LOL from Police acedemy.
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Bill is just like Louis from the Anne Rice Novels. He has no moral center his entire sense of worth is dependent upon his emotions especially his guilt. Horrible things happen when this character archetype's guilt is released. Louis and Bill are initially very relatable to people new to vampire stories, but soon you realize that these characters are nothing but constant whiners, the type of people that lose hope, join cults and shoot up schools. That is why I have grow to love Lestat and Eric, even though it was easy to hate them at first, they have a strong sense of self and won't be swayed by the winds of change.