This episode, “I Smell a Rat,” hands down (even with the dreadful Maryann episodes) was the worst episode of True Blood in three years. Maryann was annoying and the orgies were boring, but I never got up to go to the bathroom or go into the kitchen to leisurely do the dishes during an episode before. This episode was, not only, boring though, it was frustrating to the degree that I had to wonder if this a big “FU” to Eric fans (and not all of them are book fans btw).
On to the episode:
Okay, we’ve suffered three years of “What Are You?” Three WHOLE years. Those of us who read the books knew what Sookie was, and what she was didn’t come from a feminine hygiene commercial (such a fail), her cousin, Claudine, actually lived and worked among humans as any supernatural being does in Charlaine Harris’ world (spirit of the books anyone?).
After this HUGE build up, and Bill’s walk on water (cause he does suffer the way Jesus did, don’t ya know) in fairyland (let’s not go into the ridiculous question of where the hell it is and how the hell he got there) what we get from Sookie is, ho hum, “That’s fucking lame.” That’s fucking lame? I mean the writers dragged it out so long that that’s what all the viewers were thinking, but I would hope Sookie would have a bigger reaction than that. I also have to ask, if Bill didn’t know what she was and Claudine JUST told him, why has he been taking a poll of all the supes HE’S EVER MET about fairy extermination? HOLE in PLOT?
Sookie has some questions, thank the lord, but that girl, she questions, Bill gives his god-awful emo response (if I hear his “love” speech ONE MORE TIME instead of throwing up in my mouth a little, I will projectile vomit) and she gets teary eyed and BELIEVES him! I mean he compares the way he looks at her to the way Eric and Russell look at her. Neither has tasted you, you IDIOT! Eric hasn’t tried to kill you or kidnap you or drink you! Russell wasn’t attracted to you, he saw your glowy hands! THINK! She may have some doubts, but she tamps them down as she looks into Bill’s schmoopy eyes.
The Tara Plot. Aren’t we all getting a little tired of Tara? Though it was nice that Jason got to save her after shooting her man and all. Poor Jason, his plotlines have not been good this season. They’ve just been time killers IMO. That extended office scene. Geesh!
And lets talk about Crystal. She’s bi-polar as well as being a were-panther. She alternately curses and threatens and then is a victim. Yeah, yeah, she’s a were-panther, which would have been interesting if they hadn’t been dragging that one out too. What made Jason fall in love with her immediately? Are we gonna find that out eventually? Cause that part makes no sense at all.
Side note: Hotshot. Was there really a need for another drug subplot and making Calvin Norris Crystal’s mean backwoods daddy, instead of her nice stand-up backwoods uncle?
That Hotshot plot, not only drags the show down, it stops it in its tracks, as does the V plots. I don’t understand why drugs have to have such a prominent position on this show.
Sam. We’ve been suffering through his story line all season. (I hope to God we’ve seen the last of his filthy dirty parents and that Tommy runs away for good with his tail tucked between his legs. Literally!) The writers have decided that Sam, not to be undone by everyone else in Bon Temps, is a killer. Okay. But just show us the one flashback when he kills, that’s sufficient, thank you.
Lala and Jesus go on their first trip together. I wish they had gone without us. It looked like they were on The Hoo Doo Voodoo ride at Disney World and that scene was 5 minutes long (three hours in were-years)!
There had to be a better way to reveal what has been heavily hinted at for the last few episodes, as to be hammering us over the head with it, Laffy and Jesus are witches, and I wouldn’t put it past Alan Ball to make Tara one too (since I’ve figured he has already decided to eliminate the character of good witch Amelia Broadway from the canvas). And while we’re talking about witches, I hope to the Goddess, they don’t make Holly evil too. I really like the energy Lauren Bowels gives the character. I would be a sin to turn her into something bad. Isn’t it possible for new supes introduced on the show to be good? Must they ALWAYS be evil?
There were a few great moments. Hoyt kicked Summer to the curb and went to Jessica to make her admit her feelings.
Jess hesitated, and he left with that rabid child, Tommy, running out to taunt him. In one of the most satisfying moments of the night Hoyt popped him in the face without a pause in his stride.
I’m putting Eric confronting Bill in the good section, though it was ultimately frustrating because absolutely nothing came of it. Such a tease in the trailer. We think FINALLY Bill will come clean, but he snivels and worms his way out of it. I loved how Eric is starting to put pressure on him and Eric’s farewell to Sookie, so it goes in the what was good section.
Sookie’s dream. For once done right. Clear that it was her subconscious and not Eric influencing the dream. It showed her attraction to Eric and the doubts about Bill that she keeps repressing. It’s got her questioning. Now there’s something new.
Jason resending Bill’s invitation to his house. Boy was that ever satisfying!
And then there was the downright frustrating. Tara and everyone else on the planet warning Sookie about Bill and Sookie blithely ignoring it.
Bill only coming partly clean to Sookie and Sookie forgiving him, of course. I figure the writers are parsing out Bill telling Sookie the truth so she can forgive him in stages. God forbid he comes completely clean all at once and they have to write that she can’t forgive him or make her look like an idiot by forgiving him. (Hint to writers: You’ve already made her look like an idiot).
The BIG moment between Eric and Sookie that Alan Ball promised. Meh. First of all the kiss was taken not given.
Yes, Sookie finally participated but Eric grabbed her and went at it.
Then it was too short for anything to be established. FINALLY Sookie is questioning Bill’s trustworthiness but the writers have to interrupt it.
Can’t have Sookie thinking ill of Bill when we’re going to make Eric look evil again!”
The scene with Pam and Eric made no sense whatsoever. Pam told Eric to give Russell Sookie to save his ass. As if that would placate Russell and they’d hear from him no more. But that makes no sense. Eric has to kill Russell. That’s what Nan/AVL told him to do on top of having to do it for himself. In what way would giving Sookie to Russell kill him? Even if her blood only works for a few minutes, it doesn’t stop him from realizing it and running inside after he starts to smoke. Does Pam really think once Russell has Sookie he’ll no longer want to avenge Talbot’s death? Please FILL IN THE HOLES!
And finally Eric picks up Sookie and dumps her in the Dungeon of Doom, clamps a metal collar around her neck and leaves her there with no explanation at all. Granted she was shrill and annoying, as usual, when he walked back into the office, but still!
All she knows is one minute he was kissing her passionately (of course she annoyingly breaks the kiss to ask about Bill, and the next he dumps her ass in a dank place and locks her there. Nice going. How will she ever be able to trust Eric as, by God, she rightly should? Looking forward to Sookie’s big realization. I hope we’re not disappointed.
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