True Blood: Fire in the Hole

"The fall wasn't the worst part. It was the waiting."

Much, much better. Even with the Shakespearean bloodbath. Okay, maybe it was just a Shakespearean puddle.

Last week, we were told that anyone could die, but I just wasn't expecting to lose Alcide. Although I probably should have. Alcide had committed to Sookie, she didn't include him in her "plan", and now he's lying dead in the woods, literally and metaphorically naked. There has been a lot of emphasis on family this season, on having children. Alcide wanted to have children (or puppies) with Sookie, and he was probably her best shot at a somewhat normal life. Not any more.

(Sookie said no to Jessica's offer to make Alcide into a vampire. She was right. He would have hated that.)

Sookie's plan to trap the Hep V vamps did actually work, and I thought that Sookie/Bill conversation where (obvious symbolism) she was sitting on the ground and he was perched in a tree way above her was another strong clue that the series will end with the two of them together. We even got a flashback to Bill saying goodbye to his family in 1862. Sookie can't have babies with Bill, though. I wonder if Alcide left her something genetic to remember him by?

I thought Maxine Fortenberry's demise was as unexpected and nearly as shocking as Alcide's. Maxine has been comic relief in the series for a long, long time. I liked that little 1862 flashback bit where the photographer turned out to be a Fortenberry, by the way -- nice touch. I'm just hoping that whatever Maxine shot Jessica with doesn't turn out to be fatal, too.

Now that I have the Bill/Sookie possible re-pairing and our two shocking deaths out of the way, thank you, True Blood writers, for lots and lots of Eric and Pam, even if they are still in France. Their connection is one of the best things about True Blood, and I love Pam for refusing to let Eric go, even if he's lost his taste for oysters and French vintner's daughters.

The flashbacks to 1986 France were a lot of fun, with Eric naked with a lot of fluffy hair and speaking French, ooh la la. Sylvie's importance to Eric seemed to come out of nowhere, though, although it explained why he went to the Rhone Valley to die. Plus it reintroduced the dreaded Authority (it was lovely to see Nan again, even though she did look like a Nazi) and the Yakanomo Corporation, who likes to execute people with swords. Eric had to choose between his lover Sylvie, and Pam. We all knew what he would do. Again with the family and children theme.

(Hey, even Jason was talking with Violet about adopting kids. Good luck with that, Jason.)

At least Pam managed to get Eric out of his deathbed and interested in life again. Or more accurately, interested in exacting revenge on Sarah Newlin, now a brunette, who has been hiding in Los Angeles with her guru. The Yakanomo Corporation is after Sarah, too. I do love Anna Camp in this role, and I'm happy they brought her back. Namaste.

Pam confirmed that Tara really did meet the true death. Willa is still alive, though, and I liked the blood-drinking scene where the Reverend told Willa about his sad past and how he met Lettie Mae. He thinks that Lettie Mae has replaced her addiction to alcohol with an addiction to vampire blood, and if this were real life, yes. But this is True Blood, so I doubt it.

Let's see, what else? I'm confused about why and how the Fangtasia vamps were using Holly. It's too bad that Carrie Preston is spending her final season of True Blood chained in a basement. And Vince and his maddened townpeople just saw their mayor sprout feathers and fly away. I hope this doesn't mean Sam will have to leave Bon Temps. Oh, well. Maybe they'll kill him off. They appear to be killing a lot of characters off.

Seriously, I wonder who's next? I will say yet again that I'd very much like it if my favorite vampires made it out the other side. And that's Eric, Pam and Jessica. If they don't make it, I doubt I'll ever rewatch the series again.

Bits and pieces:

-- I enjoyed watching Lafayette and James reliving my college days, but it felt removed from the rest of the story. James confirmed that he's interested in Lafayette but is being faithful to his unsatisfactory relationship with Jessica.

-- James said that vampires can't swallow pills. That makes sense. And that made me think about … maybe I'd better stop there.

-- When Sookie was leaning over Alcide's body, I kept expecting that Hep V blood to drip into her mouth. It took some of the gravitas out of that scene.

-- Adilyn and Wade are finally connecting. Or connecting again.

-- I don't recall a lot of the details about Authority, but clearly, the Yakanomo Corporation didn't just develop Tru Blood for the profits. Were they always the power behind Authority?

-- Let me say again that I particularly liked the Sookie and Bill ground/tree conversation. It was shot beautifully and showed their connection.

Quotes:

Pam: "Saint Petersburg. Eric, you know how I hate the Russian people."

Eric: "Did you play the bucket game?"
Pam: "I did."
Eric: "I love the bucket game."

Nan: "We can't have it both ways. Either living in hiding, or out in the open. But we can't very well remain hidden if we are publicly biting, fucking and sucking the vintner's daughter."
I've missed Nan.

Nan: "With Tru Blood, mainstreaming is going to become a reality."
Eric: "And everyone lived bored and suicidally ever after."

Pam: "I am as big a fan of the French vagina as you are, Eric, but come back to earth. She's just a human."

Kenya: "Your daughter struck me with lightning that shot out of her hands."
Andy: "I know, and I'm very proud of her."

Sookie: "Come on, y'all, I taste of sunshine and flowers and I'm right fucking here."

Eric: "For more than a thousand years, the world has been my oyster."
Pam: "And it still can be. I'll do anything."
Eric: "I've lost my taste for oysters, Pam."

Best episode of the season so far, and it felt so much like True Blood of old. Three out of four oysters,

Billie
---
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for a ridiculously long time. More Billie Doux.

8 comments:

TheShadowKnows said...

I liked Alcide, but I think it's about two seasons past the point when his death would have affected me much. The whole exercise just seems very tired at this point. I'll finish the season, but I'm not sorry it's the last one.

Heather said...

Billie,
Did you ever watch the TB pilot with Alan Ball's commentary? It left an indelible image on my psyche. Ball talka about being in a pitch meeting with HBO and when asked to sum up the one thing the show's about he blurted out, unrehearsed, it's about the horror of intimacy. I think that's why the show's scenes these days with the core cast you mentioned STILL work. It's like that original and, imo, brilliant concept of Ball's still runs through True Blood's veins sometimes.

Heather said...

*talks* (apologies)

Anonymous said...

The show has definintely improved on the first two offerings. The one thing that I did find perculiar was Stephen Moyers accent change, did anyone else notice it? I am no expert on the dialects of the US (coming from the UK myself) however it seemed to verge on Elvis Presley rather than the Bill of old. It distracted my from the whole scene in the tree! Bring back old Bill!

Billie Doux said...

"The horror of intimacy." Yes, that's an amazing description. Thanks, Heather. I wonder if I'd be so wishy-washy about True Blood these days if Alan Ball had stayed on?

TheShadowKnows said...

As a Southerner myself, I can confirm that the accents on True Blood are cringe-inducing, and The Walking Dead is not much better. The only show more preposterous is The Vampire Diaries, supposedly set in Virginia but with not one single Southern accent anywhere in the cast.

(The weird thing about Bill's accent is that he sometimes sounds Southern(ish) and other times has almost a Bela Lugosi accent of the "I vant to suck your blood" variety, at least to my ears. I think this might be a deliberate joke, but it's very odd in any case.)

mazephoenix said...

"- James said that vampires can't swallow pills. That makes sense. And that made me think about … maybe I'd better stop there."
Sorry-that was too funny. Won't pose too much of a problem for the vamps now will it though? Umm..nevermind.

Poor Alcide-but his role was diminished to the point of not really being needed anyhow. Bye Maxine too.
Where are we going with Lettie Mae's addiction problems? Death or something else?
Bill and Sookie are endgame now. Fine. Sigh.
What was the point of Sylvie? She's dead right? Or not?
At least Eric is back and with Pam.

Luce said...

There were certain things I liked about this episode (Pam and Eric--their flashbacks were great; Maxine's death; Sarah Newlin's return). But there were also some bits that had me eyerolling like whoa (Jason and Violet's talk about children; Sookie; Sookie and Bill's scenes by the tree; Bill's flashback).

I liked Alcide. He was one of the more balanced characters in the show. That said, pairing him with Sookie cheapened his character, imho. In all truth, I figured he was as good as dead when Sookie told Bill that she didn't love Alcide as much as he loved her. I also couldn't connect with Sookie's grief as the episode ended. TPTB wanted us to believe that Sookie and Alcide were a really great couple based on what the characters said and not their actions. Their pairing was one instance in which the jump ahead didn't work at all.

Lafayette and James' scene did feel like it was happening in some alternate universe.