I’ve been sitting here all week trying to figure out what to write. I attempted to watch the episode three more times. Each time my interest wandered away to other things. I looked at my notes and there wasn’t much there, much like this season.
This episode had a scene in which Eric paced like caged a lion in his room at The Authority.
This is me
waiting for something,
anything that resembled a well-plotted story.
This whole season is exemplified by a character that was introduced in this episode, the Elder Faerie. She has so much in her head, she’s so scattered, that she has no focus. Poor Erica Gimpel, her role as Coco on “Fame” sure didn’t prepare her for this!
Poor poor Erica
forced to dance
in the dissonance that is this show.
Elder Faerie or Oompa Loompa dance?
Looking back over 11 episodes one thing is clearer than ever, True Blood is a show about Vampire Bill Compton. No matter how many characters, or “story lines” for those characters, they cram in, it has always been about Bill Compton. Unfortunately, Bill Compton as a character is not very compelling. Those of us who wonder about these things, and there is a bunch of us, wonder what it was about Vampire Bill that turned Alan Ball on so much that he decided to drop everything good about the stories already there for him to enhance, and focus on this character. In doing so, he sacrificed the protagonist of the books, a strong spunky loyal woman who saves those she loves and herself from dire supernatural situations.
But I digress. Because this season is solely about Bill Compton, bringing Russell back at this particular time was misguided. Russell has been wasted because he is a part of Eric’s story, and to a lesser extent Sookie’s (as written by Alan Ball and his co-horts, not in the books. So BB critics who want to slam me with that can shut it!) Just as in previous years, stuffing certain characters into story lines where they don’t belong, Russell has been stuffed into this one. And now he’s floundering. Was he brought back just to give newly turned Steve Newlin a boyfriend? Or to give Sookie something to do? Russel is after faerie blood. Ooookay. Well, it took 10 episodes to get him to the faeries and that story line is one of the weakest of all. What a waste of Denis O’Hare. The writing for his character is so subpar this year that there’s not much he can do but chew a bit of the scenery. Sad, because he was such a full character in Season 3.
See, it made no sense (not uncommon with this series) that Eric would just co-exist in a batshit crazy cave with the vampire who wiped out his entire family. He didn’t kill him in Season 3 because Alan Ball just can’t let go of his crazy characters, but once Eric and Russell were in the same breathing space, Eric should have been plotting Russell’s demise. However, because this season was about Bill, Eric was reduced to a horrified observer, which is out of character for the character (that Alan Ball and his cohorts have been writing). Bill knows what Russell is capable of as well, even indoctrinated into this completely stupid cult he knows this, so it also makes no sense that Bill would do nothing to end Russell.
Kind of off this subject but not. If Bill, who was SO concerned with Sookie’s well being that he threw Eric into the cement along with Russell (after all he sat there in her house telling her he ended everyone who had tasted her, even Pam), why didn’t he end Russell in that cement then and there? The cement was still wet. Bill is a stronger vampire than he’s supposed to be at his age. He could have swooped on down there, found Russell and staked him to goo. Russell was the real threat to Sookie, Bill knew that. Yet he didn’t give Russell his final death. Why? I guess this is simply one of the plot holes dug by the writers.
This episode was just so meh, that I really have nothing much to say except I NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER want to see blood- and offal-covered merkined Lilith again as long as I live.
This is my face every time she’s on screen:
Just a few comments.
I’m more than ready for these two to get staked:
Bill’s Lady Macbeth was classic: ”Out out damned spot…..”
What a great idea! An all vampire version of Macbeth!
The Queen plays the Lady!
If you don’t introduce a character properly there is no chemistry:
The actors can hug and kiss
They can even simulate sex
But it doesn’t give them chemistry.
Oh I get it, Joe Manganiello has a great body, but he wooden when he acts so:
Let’s just film him with his shirt off and it will distract everyone so they won’t notice.
Another great scene in which women are degraded and battered on this show:
Great batter’s face though. Stephan is certainly doing a great job this year portraying the “mendacious” Mr. Compton.
The Jason sandwich amused me only because I heard Ryan talk about how much the three of them wanted to act together. Other than that it was just creepy.
Scene from “Lassie Come Home?”
Er Marella, your baby bump?
Last week it looked like this…
This week it looks like this…..you’re deflating!!
The one genuinely funny scene:
Where are the faeries?
Vamp speeding faerie hunt
And now I leave you with the highlight of the episode.
Screen caps by The Witch of Bon Temps