Monday, July 23, 2012

"True Blood" Recap: Shit's Gettin' Real

There's a moment in every season of "True Blood" where shit starts to get real.

Sure, we've had some dramatic moments so far, but last night was the first time when I really got the sense that there will be some big shakeups before the end of the season.

So, it looks like Sookie might not be fae for terribly much longer, at least at the rate she's going. After she wakes up in the fairy strip club, Claude and the other fairy (Claudette? Claudulus?) tell her that she is using up her luminescence, i.e., the thing that makes her fairyish. She could be normal. Good for Sookie, bad for the viewers.

She and Jason have a touching brother-sister moment, when Jason makes Sookie breakfast in bed and tells her that she is not to feel guilty about their parents' deaths, because she never let him blame himself. It was about the sweetest we've seen Jason, even after he eats the bacon he had made for Sookie.

That night, Jason goes to see Jessica, to tell her what he'd found out about his parents death, but it's really not a good time - Jessica is feeding on a guy whose name she doesn't even know, and when Jason tastes his blood on her lips, he (understandably) freaks out. Jessica asks him if he knows the name of all the cows he's eaten. "What the fuck kinda question is that? I ain’t never fucked a cow!" he yells back before he calls her a fanger. She bites his neck, so he shoots her in the head - of course, bringing down the wrath of her guards but not actually affecting Jess much. I take it they're not going to get together again anytime soon? Jason leaves the mansion before Jessica's guards can kill him and sees a light show from over at Sookie's - she's blasting her fairy magic light into the sky in order to become a normal human.

In other news, even though my Alcide/Sookie hookup appears to not be happening (damn you, Northman!), we might get to see a naked Alcide sometime before the end of the season. His training session with his second, Rikki, quickly turns into a hot-n-heavy makeout session (he even growls at her! *fans self*), and it looks like it was going to turn into more until Marcus' mother, Martha, walks in. She says that JD promises he isn't on V, and that JD deserves to be packmaster because when her husband died he allows Marcus to be packmaster in his father's place. HOWEVER, Martha has to eat her words when she walks in on JD trying to give Emma some V. Will she help train Alcide now?

In other shifter news, Sam finds the box of Obama masks in the anti-supes shop and has a conversation with Sookie about being normal (this is before she starts shedding her fairy powers), and tells her that even though the man he wants to be doesn't want to be normal, it would be easier for the people he loved if he was normal. But the question Sookie asks - would they still see the hate, even if they were normal?

Speaking of hate, Hoyt has joined the hate group with his old pal Joe Bob and new friends Ray and Tyrese. Their conversation - about how hate groups are about the love and togetherness the members feel and how the "lamestream media" makes them feel inferior to vampires - is creepy, but it's also a real perspective on the anatomy of a hate group. Anyway, their plan is to kill Jessica for, essentially, date-raping Hoyt, since they're sure she glamored him into everything.

Also speaking of people with a lot of hate in their hearts, Lafayette went to visit Don Bartolo, Jesus' grandfather, and discovers he has Jesus' head, with stitched-up lips, in his house. He stitches up Lafayette's lips and begins to perform a ritual to get his family's magic back by having his wife drink blood from Lafayette's brain in order to pass the magic onto his unborn son. (Note: I am not squeamish - I laugh when people get staked on this show - but the mere MENTION of drinking blood from Lafayette's brain kind of made me want to throw up.) However, Don Bartolo was not expecting his wife to stab him repeatedly, then cut open Lafayette's mouth. I wasn't that interested in Lafayette's story before, but I REALLY am now.

There wasn't too much this week in the Terry/Arlene and Pam/Tara department. Tara is working the pole at Fangtasia (she looked SMOKIN' hot, by the way) when her mother walks in to show her disapproval. In true Tara style, she acts aloof, but later she tells Pam how conflicted she feels. Pam, in true Pam style, tells her that Pam is her mother now, and Tara won't remember her human mother in 100 years. Tara actually hugs Pam - who actually allows it! Aww, softening of their hearts!

Meanwhile, Terry and Patrick are waiting for the fire demon, and it comes and laughs at them and Terry almost commits suicide but Patrick convinces him that his children and stepchildren would want him to fight. But the real gem of this storyline is Arlene watching her wedding video. There were funny parts, like Jason getting distracted by a hot girl, and some parts that actually made me kind of sad, like Lafayette and Jesus looking so happy together. The whole thing was a great little moment. Holly walks in and convinces Arlene to fight for Terry, and tells her that maybe there is a fire demon after him.

AND FINALLY ... we have the most exciting part of the episode: the return of Russell Edgington, batshit crazy vampire!

OK, so, first things first: Roman is dead. That makes me sad, as, once again, I have nowhere to watch Christopher Meloni on my TV each week.

Russell hangs Eric from a column, then gets subdued by a silver net, and Eric and Bill are thrown into a cell together to think about things.

Soon, though, they're summoned to see Nora and Salome ... and Russell! They find out, of course, that Salome rescued Russell, surprising absolutely nobody except for Bill and Eric because they're a bit obtuse. (She had followed them when they went to free Russell.) Anyway, Salome explains some vampire-religion gobbledeegook that basically boils down to wanting to "share in Lilith's powers" at an initiation ceremony. "Never, you Bible-banging cunts," Eric snarls, but the less hot-headed Bill doesn't agree or disagree.

But Eric is no fool - he comes to the initiation and partakes in the ritual of drinking the blood of Lilith. (Another guardian does not, and he is not so lucky - Russell takes off his head.) Eric shrugs and whispers to Bill that they're vampires, and drinking vampire blood can't hurt them.

Heh. Cut to them all walking down the street in New Orleans, being the worst example of high-and-mighty, bloodthirsty vampires possible. Although, did you notice that Eric was giving Bill a piggyback ride? Kel (even though she hasn't been watching this season - bad Kel!) is convinced that Eric and Bill are going to get it on before the end of the season. I wasn't sure until tonight, but that piggyback ride convinced me. That, plus all of the smoldering glances and concern about each other, makes me think that it's going to turn the corner from bromance to romance before the final credits roll on the season. In fact, since Alcide/Sookie appears to not be happening, maybe I should start shipping Eric/Bill instead.

Anyway, I digress. The vampires end up at a karaoke bar, where Russell interrupts a bride-to-be singing "You Light Up My Life." Bwa ha, I adore Russell! Anyway, they freak out when they figure out who it is, and soon they're all snacking on unsuspecting guests. The vampires see a vision of Lilith, who blows a cloud of blood at Nora, who starts feeding again. The other vampires do too, but soon Godric appears to Eric and tells him to save his sister. To be continued ...

This week's episode was exciting, and I'm glad to see all of the stories continue to speed up. There were several episodes there that got a little slow, but things are really starting to happen now. I hope that things keep ramping up as the season gets closer to its finale, although I'm a little nervous about fitting everything in. We really need to continue to consolidate storylines in order to make things fit. Or, I'd be happy if we finished up a plotline, just because it would feel like we were getting somewhere.

Still, this season is definitely on the right track, and I'm excited to see what happens next week (I think I saw Bill riding on Eric's back again in the preview clip).

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