I got a response to yesterday’s post about the promos for season 4, specifically to my comment that the faery promos wound up causing more people to become weary about the new season as opposed to excited. Although the commenter mistook it as me disliking the season as a whole (far from the truth) it did inspire me to take a look at certain aspects of the show. So off and on for the rest of the Fang-A-Thon I’ll be doing a series of best/worst posts, to look at the highs and the lows a particular character or characters bring to the series.

Since the comment was related to the fae,what better place to start?

Best – The time jump. As my Darling Sookie is apt to remind me, despite the fact that we are about to embark on our fifth summer watching this show, in reality we’ve only seen a year and a half (or less) pass in their world. Unlike a lot of dramas where the calendar of the show roughly follows our calendar (thus allowing for things like holiday-themed episodes at appropriate times) their world is self-contained and most seasons occur over a few weeks if that. The first three seasons all took place back to back, and season 5 will immediately pick up right after season 4. While story-wise this can make for some good over-the-summer tension as we wait for plot resolution, it can make it difficult to make necessary changes over hiatus, be it casting, story or otherwise. What the fairy storyline provided was that cushioning the writers needed to be able to hit fast forward button and reposition several of our characters. It allowed Bill time to establish himself as King, Jason as a Sheriff Deputy and Tara to get some semblance of happiness in her life. All were needed and gave the first episode a good place to start for the rest of the season.

Honorable Mention to Claudine’s death and Sookie’s “You ate my fairy godmother!” reaction.

Worst – Well, to be honest, just about everything else. A few weeks ago an interview with Lara Pulver (Claudine) confirmed what many of us had suspected: the producers had intended to do more with the faery storyline, but ultimately decided they didn’t have the time to play it out and therefore chose to drop it. This had the unfortunate side effect of making the entire plot entirely pointless. Why bother to introduce the fae realm at all if you end up doing nothing with it? We don’t get to really meet any of the characters or learn any motivations. It fell completely on its face rendering it nothing more than a poorly rendered deus-ex-machina device. If the producers had planned better, they could have found another device to skip ahead. Or heck, with the way the season ended they didn’t necessary even <i>need</i> one, they could have just made the jump on its own without much stretch. The fae are going to play a larger role this season, let’s hope that it works out better this time around because we don’t need a repeat of that this season.

Honorable Mention – the overall set design and CGI for faery land. The whole thing was so cheesy and distracting that it almost didn’t matter what actually happened. It was just a gigantic mess.