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12
Aug
12

“I Want to Rule the Writer’s Room” REALLY! True Blood Season 5 Episode 9

I was trying to think of what I wanted to talk about in this episode and I found, even though I watched it many times to write this, I couldn’t think of a thing that happened off the top of my head.  My overall impression was “Disgusting.” Disgusting actions and disgusting images that I didn’t find in the least entertaining.  So let’s start off with the opening scene with was as disgusting as anything this show has served up.

A poor man tied up, naked, conscious, terrified, forced to hear and know he’s about to be slaughtered.  The mean-spirited cruelty of this is, in the writers’ and producers minds, entertaining.   WTF?  And I’d like to point out one other thing.  Niether Bill nor Eric had a reaction to Steve Newlin being a vampire.  None.  He kidnapped Sookie, almost killed Eric and Jason, and blew up a whole houseful of vamps and their humans.  Nothing.  This little tidbit didn’t  serve the story, huh writers?

How about this amusing scene when Bud held Sookie’s nose and forced ginger ale laced with oxycodone down her throat.  Niiicccee!

And we were forced to look at this blood encrusted abomination which was doubly icky since it was having sex with Bill.  It just exemplifies this hideous “Authority” storyline.

Now to the questions:

1. This is the box that Gran tells Sookie she’s sleeping over.  Is this the ONE thing that Maryann didn’t touch in that room?  She tore up that room remember?  Or did Eric buy that nice box and collect all these things that were scattered around the room to save for Sookie in case she returned?  Just wondering how it remained untouched by Maryann.

2.  Didn’t Laffy grow up in Bon Temps?  In a town that small there’s only one  class per grade.  Why would Laffy be surprised Sheriff Dearborn’s wife was Jason’s 6th Grade teacher?  She would have been his as well.  Oh well.  I guess he needed to forget so Sookie could go see Bud to not find out anything about her parents’ deaths.  Nice of Gran to send Sookie into danger for nothing.  Wonder if we’re going to revisit Gran’s message or if this was it. *shakes head*

3.  Guess I have to ask again this week.  What is the obsession these writers have with the word “TITS?”

“Heads up and tits out”

4.  What’s wrong with writing original material?  There was a line in this episode that everyone thought was a riot.  Yes, and it was a riot when it was said about Caroline in The Vampire Diaries a couple of seasons ago too!

“Suck me Vampire Barbie”   Verrry original.

5.   Why has Alcide been so shallowly written?  I’m not a fan of Joe Manganello’s acting, but the writers haven’t helped him at all.  Alcide has been one of the worst written characters on the show.  I’m still not sure why we are supposed to care about him.  Because he has the hots for Sookie?  The way Season 3 was written Alcide and Sookie never got to know each other.    There was no build up to Alcide “falling in love” with her or her having a chance to know him enough to be friends.  He’s never spent any time wooing her.  He got back with Debbie (thinking Sookie was dead is not a good excuse) even after she tried very hard several times to kill Sookie.  After saying he’d waited a long time to have sex with Sookie, was it even the day after that he was screwing Rikki?    Sookie didn’t tell him that he didn’t have a chance with her and she unglamoured him, therefore Eric’s suggestion was undone, so that can’t be the reason.  Alcide has been written as a loser from the beginning.  This character had a lot of potential (yes, I’m referring to his place in the  books) but, as with all these characters, that potential was wasted.

Oh, and when was Alcide abjured from the pack?  I didn’t hear the ritual words.  Did you?

6. How did Sweetie Des Arts know Sookie was in her head?  No one in 5 Seasons has sensed this.  Well I guess they needed it for the Sweetie plot.  You know, put it in whether it was established or not if it’s needed for a plot!

7. Did you have to ruin Terry’s character so thoroughly?  Do what’s right? The right choice is blow his head off?  Don’t get me wrong I was happy to see Noel from Felicity and his awful Ifrit story line go, but Terry’s right thing was to blow the head off an unarmed man?  The character is ruined writers.  And, yes, I get the parallel of Noel making Terry shot the innocent woman in the head.  So what? Don’t try to get us to love him again.

There isn’t even evidence of a crime, so I suppose there will be no consequences.  The Ifrit tidily scoops up Noel and leaves a small pool of blood that Arlene can easily clean up before anyone is the wiser.

Not that there weren’t some high points in the ending of this tale.  Arlene really kicked ass. Way to go Arlene!  Pencils are always the best way to stop a bully.  I found that out in 9th grade, when the boy who tormented me kept putting his head back on my desk in homeroom.  The next time he did it, he slamed his head into my sharpened pencil.  Didn’t draw blood, but it was very satisfying and my home room teacher looked the other way.

8.  Do Eric and Nora really have a history?  There’s just not enough in the narrative or chemistry-wise to believe it.  When they kiss or when Nora, who’s the worst, talks to Eric I  don’t sense she an idea or any memory of what she’s  talking about.  I don’t even believe she knew or ever loved Godric.  I don’t believe she’s in some religious ferver either.  She is an emotional blank.  There is someone, besides Sookie who does have chemistry with Eric see below the questions.

9.  Just have to ask this again.  Why doesn’t Sookie have a reaction to Steve being turned?  I know I asked this before and about Eric and Bill, but the question still remains.  No one  reacts to Steve being a vampire except Jason.  WTH?

10.  And while we’re in this scene, is there a significance in Sookie wearing this color:

And Nora wearing this color?

If this show had any depth it would, and it would be about Eric, but as we all know…..

11.  Is there any significance with Bill calling Eric a traitor for no reason a few episodes back and Bill actually being a traitor in this episode?

No, probably not.  But look at Eric’s face when he thinks they might have to leave Bill behind.

And look at pompous ass Bill’s face as he betrays Eric.

12.  Do Raelle Tucker and the writers really believe this is a great thing? “I love creating a whole new culture of weird…..Nobody else is doing this kind of weird storytelling.”  Weird is fine if there’s an actual story that’s being told.  But as far as I can tell it’s just a bunch of shocking scenes of graphic violence, graphic sex, or graphic language placed one after the other without even the thinnest of threads connecting them.  Nothing makes sense.  So tell you what Raelle, I’m  very very glad nobody else is doing this kind of “weird” storytelling!

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this quote, “Bill has made a really dramatic choice to sell out Eric.  We’ve all been really invested, and we hope the audience is really invested, in watching these two people who have been at odds for many years come together and be on the same side.  And now that totally falls apart. And  for me, my favorite part about that is Bill really believes he’s saving Eric.  To Bill this is not a decision to betray his friend, it’s a decision to save his friend’s soul.”

OH Puuulllleeeaaassse Raelle.  Hudis last week, you this week.  No, no one has been really invested in this “bromance” because no one believes that Bill is trustworthy enough to actually form a true alliance nor that Eric would be dumb enough to trust Bill (who has tried to kill him at every opportunity).   Every week we get to hear excuses for Bill from the writers.  Well, I don’t accept any excuses.  You all are making me loathe this character episode by episode.  I never thought I could hate a character as much as I hate Bill, but each week I hate him more.  Quite an accomplishment True Blood writers!

13.  Why are you people pushing your political agenda down our throats?  My throat is full enough with damn Bill!  I felt like I was being hit over the head with a frying pan this week and I AGREE with your political views!

 It’s not what I watch True Blood for, to be hit over the head again and again and again with some political point or another.  It’s getting old.  I watch the show for entertainment period.  Could we go back to actually being entertaining please?

14. Okay this was actually funny  but could we have more from Pam and Tara than pithy one-liners?

“Just because we drank a bitch together doesn’t make us Oprah and Gail.”

15.  What was the purpose to choosing that version of “Everybody Wants To Rule  The World?”  Was that really the tone you all thought the episode ended on?  Bill betrayed Eric!  Wacka! Wacka??”  It was jarring and inappropriate and I thought insulting to the Eric character.  But then again, I suppose we were supposed to cheer, “Yay Bill!!”  Right?

What I liked about the episode:

Eric and Nora have no chemistry, but Molly and Eric sure do!  If we can’t have Eric and Sookie, I’ll take Eric and Molly please!

Look at the two of them. HOT!

The writers admitting they were ripping off Ghost. Now can we acknowledge they’re ripping off Harry Potter as well?

Whoopie Reynolds

The scene between Jason and Jessica was the most honest of the episode.

And actually referenced what happened several episodes before, which is a rarity.

One of the best scenes in almost the whole 5 Seasons and THE best in the last 2 Seasons.  Finally, Eric has his personality back!

Most satisfying Eric line to Bill: “SHUT UP!”

Mockingly, “Hey I have a great idea! Why don’t we blow up all the True Blood factories at start a civil war.  Won’t that be fun!”

“Perrrrr….aaaaaaaise Lilith!”

To Bill’s “We both saw Lilith.”  “WE WERE HIGH!!!!”  Bill, what an idiot!

“What about Sookie? She just food to you now?”

 Who says Eric doesn’t care about Sookie?  Look at his “she better not be” face.

That damn shifter-shooter story line is through.  Or I pray it is anyway!

Bye  bye Bud!  We won’t be missing you after this story line!


Sam saves Sookie by shifting into a pig…..

Then he kicks ass bare-assed!  Go Sam!

I want to love Russell and Steve, but Russell’s such a villain that I’m not enjoying it.

Yay Dale Dickey!

Screen caps by Witch of Bon Temps.

30
Jul
12

“In the Beginning” This Was Truly a Great Show. Really! True Blood S5 E7

“In the Beginning” revealed that this show is a bigger mess than Roman on the conference table.

This episode was epic in ways hard to imagine.  It was a series of scenes strung together that all felt like non sequiturs even though there had been scenes about all these characters throughout the season.  It dragged like you wouldn’t believe.  I looked at the clock fully expecting it to be 9:30-9:40.  It was 9:17.  I looked again, figuring the show was almost over and it was 9:35.  Long gone are the days when the episodes just flew by and we all moaned that it was over already.  Or if the episode was only 50 minutes long we felt cheated. I don’t have a clue what they were thinking when they broke this season.  Maybe each writer just went away and wrote whatever the hell it was they decided to write then came back and tried to make it all work together.  At least that’s what this season feels like.  Each episode the characters are different.  They say things that make no sense to what has gone before.  There are two HUGE ones in this episode and it’s written by Brian Buckner who has been writing this series since Season 1.  He should be ashamed, as should Alan Ball.

Ready?  Here we go…..

1.  We’re at The Authority headquarters.  Defcon 5.  The lights have gone out and the UV lights are flashing on and off.  Even though UV rays fry vamps, even though the UV rays going off in the cells of Nora and Nigel are frying them, the rest of the Authority are blemish-less.  They’re just acting like they’re in pain because clearly nothing is hurting them.

Way to go you supremely lazy writers and producers!

2.  This is one of my favorites.  Sookie is ONE HALF FAE.  How is this possible?  She is.  Claude and his sister Claudhopper said so.  Hey writers ever take genetics in high school? For Sookie to be half fae, Gran and Grandpa Earl would BOTH have to be full fae, therefore, her father would have to be full fae and her mother a mere mortal.  But Gran wasn’t fae and Earl was part fae at best otherwise he wouldn’t have had to be kidnapped and fed light fruit (or are you going to retcon all that like the other reveal in this episode?)  Your only other alternative would be to make up on the spot that one isn’t born fae, yet Sookie doesn’t have a blood type, so how are you going to explain that geniuses?

So, we’ve all noticed through out the  5 Seasons that Sookie forgets she’s a telepath and she has forgotten she can use her hands of fail in critical moments.  Many people have pointed this out as a criticism, so what to do? What to do?  OH I KNOW!  Let’s make it whenever Sookie uses her powers she’s depleting them.  Yeah, yeah, that’ll explain it!  Oh and lets say that if she uses them too much she won’t be fae anymore.  Yeah that makes A LOT of sense, since you made her grandfather part fae, therefore she was born part fae, but I forgot we’re going to retcon that aren’t we?  In fact, we’ve just retconed a retcon in the same scene!  YAY!  Oh and that horrible wig you have on Claudhopper, is that the one you had on Eric in Season 1?

3.  How did Eric get so stupid?  Bill I understand, even though you’re trying to make him more clever than Eric.  “Er, huh, so I guess Nora dug Russell up but she was locked up when he was silvered.  Who could possibly be her accomplice?”  Seriously? Salome has been eye fucking the both of them.  It’s been written all over her face from the first time she was on screen.  They haven’t even mentioned her as a possibility.  Or Kibwe.  They decide it has to be Molly?  How in the hell has Eric survived 1000 years?  Dimwits.  At least Golden Boy Compton is portrayed as a dimwit too.  We must count our blessings where we find them.

4.  How in the HELL did Salome know Eric had Russell.  It was a plan that was hatched on the fly.  She says “The NIGHT you were ordered to show him [Russell] the true death….”  He wasn’t ordered THAT night.  Pffffttttt.  I say.

5. What is this BS  logic that The Guardian alone will determine when his essence will flow……is the whole Authority supposed to be batshit crazy?  Salome didn’t silver Russell, she was obviously involved with the faulty istake, she’s completely complicit in Roman’s death. She, Nora and Kibwe are freakin’ crazier than Russell.  This whole story line is nonsense.

6.  Is Alcide in love with Sookie?  I’m confused.  She unglamoured him, so everything Eric said to him is undone.  Yet, the next night he’s doing this:

Yup, he’s just pining away for her:

7.  Hey this episode is just drraaaaaggggiiiiinnnngggg.  What should we do?  Oh I’ve got a great idea!  Let’s put in a 4 minute wedding video! *facepalm*

8.  When was it established that Sookie and Jason felt that it was his fault that their parents died?  How would a flash flood be his fault? Did I miss something?

9.  What was the point of the Bud Dearborne scene?  It was nasty.  It left everyone with a dirty feeling about Bud.  Was that absolutely necessary?

10. When did Sookie ever meet Luna?  She was locked up with Eric most of last season, then locked in the Moon Goddess for the rest.  When did she get to know her enough to visit her at the hospital?  Just asking?

11.  Why didn’t Martha abjure JD?  I think offering your granddaughter “V” is grounds.  Dale Dickey would have killed the abjure ritual.  Way to miss out on a great opportunity.  Let’s watch some more of Arlene’s wedding video!

12.  Um.  Who are we supposed to be rooting for?  Are we supposed to hope anyone in this Authority story comes out as a decent vamp?  It appears by the end of the episode it might be Eric.  But that can’t be right because Eric is Alan Ball’s villain.  No one else has any redeeming qualities.  I’ve noticed something about Bill in at least the last three episodes, so I’m going to write something separate about him, but he doesn’t seem to be the hero of the piece right now.  I’m waiting for Alan Ball to turn that around in the end though……

13.  Why doesn’t Sookie have a brain in her head?  There she is finger failing all over the place hoping to make herself human.  Not going to change her blood though, so she’s getting rid of her only defense.  That’s just plain stupid.  The only way I’d approve is if she was blasting the writers away from this poor show, so that maybe someone like Joss Whedon could come in and save it.

For the first time I’m going to point out the WORST in an episode:

Hoyt and the Hate group with their Obama Masks.  UGH!  The worst!

I rarely mention Terry’s storyline.  Why?  It’s the WORST!  This episode took the cake.  Not only did Noel from Felicity say one of the most offensive things I have EVER heard on television, it’s so bad I refuse to repeat it on my blog, we had this:

“Ho ho ho” says the Ifrit and runs away.

Jason shoots Jessica in the head.  Yes, she bit him in anger, but please are  you telling me they hadn’t done that when they fooled around?  It didn’t warrant him shooting her.  The WORST!

Bleck! The Sookie montage. Did we really have to be reminded of these two moments?

 Bill allows Sookie to be beaten within an inch of her life so that he can get his blood into her.

Maryanne.  I hoped to never have to look at her again!

Don Bartolo.  Did we really need to go back there? Gross!

Nigel feeding from a child.  Disturbing and awful.  How a producer and director could find this entertaining is perplexing indeed.

The Vampire trip ending at a rehearsal dinner was just lame:

 Lilith is just horrible.  The CGI is awful, the only thing I can say about her is she has very large nipples and a bad merkin.  I’ve blurred out her naughty bits. The Goddess only knows where this is going to lead.  She reappears in the rest of the episodes.

Watch her roar! LMAO.

And then Casper Godric pops up but only from the waist up to stop Eric

What I liked in this episode:

The Vampire Trippin’ was truly lame, on the other hand, Russell singing karaoke was a win!

Kenya is the BEST!

He will never join in your plans, “Never you bible-banging c*nts!”  Oh Eric!  LOL

Martha interrupts Alcide and Rikki

“Respectfully, Martha, your son doesn’t have a grave cause you all ate him.”  LOLOL!

I’m still enjoying Pam and Tara.  I loved their mommy moment:

I have no idea what to expect tonight in Episode 8.  Stephen Moyer is directing and I think that’s exciting.  Mark Hudis, who will be taking over for Alan Ball next season, wrote the episode.  He wrote one I liked last season, he also wrote that ridiculous attack on the Moon Goddess episode that I disliked immensely.   Here’s hoping it makes more sense than this episode did.  Till next week….

Screen caps by the Witch of Bon Temps.




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