by Billie Doux
Russell: "We want to eat you. After we eat your children. Now, time for the weather. Tiffany?"
This episode didn't speed up and overtake me until the end, when Russell burst onto the television scene with a piece of newscaster's spine in his hand. I thought the urn-o-Talbot was absolutely hilarious, too. No dissing of the previous villains intended, but Russell has become my favorite True Blood villain, ever.
Oddly, much of this episode was a bunch of closure, making me wonder what we're in for in the last three episodes. I was surprised that the Authority let Eric go free and condoned his vendetta, although of course they did it for reasons of their own. I loved seeing Eric and Pam talk about their hundred-year connection, and even embrace; it was my favorite scene in the episode. (After the bloody spine, that is.) And I was worried that Eric was up during the daytime bleeding at the ears again. Let's hope he takes down Russell soon and rests up a bit, huh?
I also loved the wooden bullet scene. Every time I get exasperated with Jason, he does something cool. Rescuing Tara and taking out Franklin with the wooden bullet was so great. Damn. I loved Franklin. But he had a great run, didn't he?
Bill visited the other side of the Bon Temps cemetery and now he knows what Sookie is (and obviously, what her second cousin Hunter is, as well). But Bill still hasn't told Sookie, or the audience, and I've had it up to here with this particular plot tease. I'm also tired of waiting to be told what the Hotshot people actually are. Or maybe I should say the Hotshot "things." Why not just tell us? Are they saving all these revelations for the finale?
I'm also, as I said before, tired of the Bill/Sookie romance, and not just because I dig Eric so much more. Bill just lied to Sookie again by skirting around his relationship with the Queen, and he even tried to pin his reasons for investigating Sookie on Eric. It's not that I don't like Bill; he's gotten some great character development this season, and Stephen Moyer has done a terrific job with the character. But I'll say it again -- if Bill and Sookie are still together at the end of the season, I'm going to bang my head against the wall. Maybe all that blood going down the drain as they were showering together was a sign that it will soon be over. I can hope.
And what about Jessica? Yes, we know she's okay, but Bill never went out to check that she had taken out her werewolf opponent. (Or if he did, we didn't see it). I thought Bill's relationship with Jessica was turning into something similar to Eric's with Pam, but so far, it's a pale imitation. I think Bill needs to drop Sookie and take parenting lessons from Eric.
What's with Holly? At first she seemed creepy. Then what she shared at the victim's support group -- and how she shared it, and how it helped Tara -- made me like her. And then the way she was so sweet and supportive and practical with Arlene just creeped me out all over again. She's suddenly everyone's best friend, and that can't be good.
Let's see, what else? Lafayette and his new romance was so sweet that I'm expecting something horrible (possibly having to do with jaguar tatts) to come along and ruin it. So was Hoyt's so cute confession to Jessica about not being able to stand Summer. And Sam completely lost it and probably gained Tommy's eternal respect and devotion by whaling on Calvin Norris. That was unexpected. Well, Sam has been under a ton of stress.
And I'm tired of the Crystal plot. Crystal lies way too easily to be trustworthy in any way. Although Jason is an idiot to think anybody would give up their family and their home in five minutes for a new roll in the hay who pretends he's a cop.
What is Russell's television debut going to do to the Vampire Rights Amendment? Of course, we as the True Blood audience know how bad many of these vamps are; maybe the VRA really should go under. Can't wait to see the fallout next week.
Bits and pieces:
-- Sookie is getting casual about murder, and who can blame her? How many have died in the Stackhouse house by now?
-- It hadn't occurred to me at the time, but Eric killing Talbot may have saved Sookie from Russell.
-- Jason called Tito "Teabag." I wonder if that was a little homage to Prison Break, since one of the Prison Break cast (Tommy) is now in the True Blood cast?
-- Tommy's acting out has gotten annoying. Stiffing a waitress is unforgivable.
-- Ginger, the "screaming fang cushion of a barmaid", was back and screaming. Does someone scream in every single episode? From now on, I just might watch for it.
-- I love the way Jessica loses control of her fangs and slaps her hand over her mouth.
-- V-Feds. :)
-- Veggie burger with bacon. :)
-- The Authority is American and only a few hundred years old. The backlit shots of the Authority reminded me of Mystery Science Theater.
-- Jason actually out-thought Andy. Not that Andy is a brain trust, but damn. Is Andy so stressed that he's thinking about trying V?
-- Tara showed a lot of courage in this episode. I was going to say she showed backbone, but I didn't because there should be limits to punning.
Nan: "It's been wiped."
Eric: "I'm a Virgo. I like to be neat."
Nan: "Some do believe in a fair hearing. (disgusted) Americans."
Ruby Jean: "My son is shining through."
That was sweet. Seeing Ruby Jean all made up also heightened the resemblance.
Ruby Jean: "I'll be damned. Maybe God loves fags". That reminded me of the photo in the credits that says "God hates fangs."
Andy: "I got ulcers so big, coffee's coming out of my belly button."
Jason: "Is that even possible?"
Jessica: "She seemed... short."
Nan: "Bring me his fangs. Or I will have yours."
Not as strong as the last episode, but I enjoyed it. Especially the last few minutes. Three out of four bowls-o-Talbot,
P.S. I'm a fan of the books and I know the book answers to some of the questions I've posed in my reviews. But Alan Ball is not faithfully following the books and I don't know which way he's going. And there are lots of series fans who haven't read the books.
So please -- NO BOOK SPOILERS in the comments! Thanks.