Archive for July, 2014

S7 E6 – Karma

In regards to the spoilers I posted last week – still taking with a grain of salt. This week didn’t prove anything one way or the other. That Sookie was the source of Bill’s Hep-V was no real big surprise, even if I forgot about the specific cut on her arm. Anyway.

Anyway. On to this week.

Karma was the filler episode I expected last week. We moved characters from A to B to set up the end game of the last three episodes. Yes, four remain, but the fourth is going to be a post-season wrap up as it was in S6. The main story will be wrapped up by episode 9. Ultimately this episode was just okay and I honestly don’t even feel like really going over everything. I feel like there were only a few things of notes:

– Watching Bill snap? Awesome

– As much as I like seeing a strong Pam, it doesn’t feel right given how her character’s been played to now. It kind of feels like Alex’s heart isn’t in, to be honest.

– I rolled my eyes so hard during Sarah’s “New Me” (Noomi) speech. Also. ANTIDOTES DON’T WORK THAT WAY.

– Jason lost the IQ he’s gained over the past few season. He acted like the Jason of like season 1 or season 2. He’s had a fair amount of growth since then, but you couldn’t tell this week. He should have said something to Violet about going to get Sookie. He should have known that Violet would smell Jessica on him. Just. Not a good week for him.

-Andy/Holly – I’m sorry, Andy was in the right here. And Holly calling Aidlyn a slut was beyond uncalled for and doesn’t really feel right for Holly either. The only thing I’l say for this is that at least it ties back into the Violet storyline, so  its not totally useless?

-Sam/Nicole – Please stay gone, Nicole. Please. Sam knows better than anyone that Bon Temps is effed up, but it’s HIS effed up home.

Like I said, this was filler and felt as such. It was better than the first two episodes, but not much beyond it. This isn’t going to be an episode that’s remembered.

Verdict: C

True Blood – Spoiler Talk

Warning: This entire post is one giant spoiler. If you aren’t up to date and/or you don’t want to see what might be forthcoming, turn back now. YOU ARE WARNED. Seriously. MAJOR (potential) spoilers ahead

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S7 E5 – Lost Cause

So no True Bites this week. Not sure what will happen on that front, but I will keep recapping through the end of the season 🙂

All in all this was another strong episode. It’s like now that they found the gas pedal, they’re flooring it. I can’t say that I’m minding that, especially as they are finding time for some more human moments in the middle of all the crazy. Let’s break it down:

Newlin Family – Loved Amber, loved how Amber clicked with Pam and Eric. Loved how Bill’s book made the Newlin’s fall out of favor. Nice meeting them while they lasted.

Paric – “Look, Eric. I’m a Republi-cunt!” Hah. Cowboy!Eric was a hoot too. Oh, and Ginger. Oh, Ginger.

Willa- I rather respected Willa for continuing to take her stand against Eric for abandoning her. I can say I have a vested interest in her now. Nice job, writers, I didn’t think that was possible.

Bill – Man, Bill has been completely side-lined this season, hasn’t he? Really, that’s why he’s been having flashbacks. There’s some parallel between Bill’s situation then and now, but realistically, the flashbacks just gave him screen time. I legit swore when I saw the Hep V show up, but that all just confirms that they’ll find a cure. The might be crazy enough to kill Eric, but not the both of them.

Sookie – Lookie how the town is now in favor of her! Drunk Sookie is always hilarious. Her heart to heart with Arlene was sweet, and it was nice of Jackson to leave Alcide’s jacket for her.

James/Jessica/Lafayette – What a freaking mess. On the one hand, Lafayette won all the points for the wake. On the other hand, Lafayette damn well knew that James was with Jessica. And even though in many ways Lafayette had all the points in that speech he made, that still doesn’t make what he did right. All that said though, I do love James and Lafayette together, and I want him happy!

Andy/Holly – Best. Proposal. Ever. That whole thing was just so fitting for him. I hope they do get that happily ever after.

Jessica/Jason – Some things never change.

Violet – I actually felt bad for Violet. And honestly, I’m not surprised by Jason, but that doesn’t mean I approve either.

Lettie Mae – Why is she still on this show? Seriously.

Jane Bodehouse – she’s drinking. The world is set to right.

Nicole/Sam – I forgot about them when I first wrote this. Oops. Basically, she’s the sane version of Lettie Mae in the “Why is she still on this show?” sense. She has no chemistry with Sam, is with Sam only because she got knocked up while having sex just moments after Sam lost Luna and is a complete and utter bitch at the party. If Sarah’s mom was right when she said that half the country is being terrorized by Hep V vamps, then yes, this shit IS happening in other towns (and remember poor St. Alice?). Saving your loved ones and celebrating that fact is not some kind of horrible, evil, act. Even more so when there are many parts of the country (and the world for that matter) where it isn’t a wake if there isn’t food and drinking and general merriment. She’s so pregnant, I wish she’d begged off and sent Sam alone. Hell, I wouldn’t have missed Sam either this week given how he pretty much didn’t do anything.

Over all, it was still a mostly fun episode. There were some things I could have done with out, but it looks like the plot plot (where as this was definitely character focused, aside from Pam and Eric) is picking back up next week and most of the episode was enjoyable, so I’ll take it 🙂

Grade – B

 

S7 E4 – Death is Not the End

Sorry for the lack of True Bites this week – life interfered! We’re looking at rescheduling for Sunday afternoon to discuss eps 3 and 4 (we’re skipping episode 2 due to the relative lack of relevancy), so keep an eye on @darlingsookie for details.

I’m watching this later than I normally do, so this is going to be a more stream-of-conscious kind of review this week 🙂

Jackson and Hoyt – Poor Jackson. 😦 Wait. Did he always have two different colored eyes? Poor Hoyt too- and Poor Jason, unable to comfort friend the way he wanted to. I also liked Sookie’s little pep talk.

Eric/Pam – Now that’s a full service airline. I respect Eric for going back for Willa. And hey, an explanation for how so much of the population has Hep V! Poor flight attendant. “Did we fuck and I blocked it out?” Heh. That is kind of an awesome punishment. “Twizzlers. Not Red Vines.” LOL! And I actually love it, it makes perfect sense, really. Okay, the yakuza are human, which I had a question about a day ago. An entertaining scene.

Sookie & Arlene’s kids –  “Boys can’t talk without a ball in their hands.” Nice little scene, though. And Sookie is fierce. I get where both Sookie and Andy are coming from in this scene though. “I’m okay.” “You can’t be.” “I have to be.” Poor Holly. Poor Andy being clueless. Poor Sookie having to be so hard when she doesn’t want to be.

Wow. Some absolutely awful green screen going on in this Jason/Sam scene. Go Jason. This is damn impressive of him. Not so long ago he’d lead the entourage on an assault of Fangtasia.

James/Jessica – Go James, yay common sense! Yay going to Bill. Hah. Go Sookie. Man, I am loving Sookie this week.

Laserdisc!! Hahah. OMG. Ginger! OMG. That is Luke Perry. And Garbage! Hah.

Rosa – Okay, these scenes are starting to get a little old. Okay, god damn it, Sam, why did you tell her where the vamps were holding them? She’s going to tell the idiot brigade. Jason, you aren’t helping with telling that Bill is helping out.

Bill/Sookie – Frank talk time. And I don’t blame the vamps for not wanting to help. “It’s just lunch.” lol.

Lala! Lala makes everything better 🙂 I do like that Jessica is finally dealing with the grief that she’s been hanging onto. “You can be a whole lot deader than you is, and you know it. Show me those baby fangs of yours.” I love Lala.

Oh my god. Ginger! And OMG. I can’t believe that Fang was Ginger’s idea. Hah. And that look when Pam realized that she just gave Ginger a compliment. And then stole the idea. Heh. Go Pam.

Pow wow at Bills. “You wrote a book where you claim to not be an asshole anymore.” Heh. Eric/Sookie’s theme 🙂 Eric’s so not impressed with Sookie’s choice of suitor. LOL. Avalanche. Oops. It’s a nice scene, though it maybe feels a bit too sincere for Eric. I like Willa’s anger, and his response makes sense. Anytime we get more Bill/Eric is awesome 😀

Hah. Shapeshifters are handy. “I’m sorry, were you just a rat?” Arlene was holding it together so well and the rat is what causes her to lose it? Oh man. Poor Eric. How weak he already is. 😦 Wow. Pam actually telling Bill to stay safe in her way.

Ugh. Humans. And so predictable.

Um. Sookie. Try to get out of the burning building first maybe. “See? Not an asshole anymore.” Heh. OMG YAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSS. Go Bill. I’m guessing this is the end of the obnoxious humans. Are any even left? I get the whole near death thing, but did they HAVE to do that thing with Terry’s ghost. And hello Arlene’s new boyfriend.

Hahah. Eric eating Rosa.

Wow. Without question the first truly great ep of the season. This is the show that I’ve missing – a bit ridiculous, and a bit long winded, but unquestionably fun. The season may yet be salvaged.

Verdict – B+

S7 E3: “Fire in the Hole”

Yanno, with some editing, *this* could have been our premiere episode. It moved along briskly, there was actual plot, and there were some fantastic plot twists. My major gripe about this episode actually had to deal with Eric, and how he was written, but I’ll get to it in good time.

As always, spoilers abound.
Bill – Bill in a tree. It amused the hell out of me and I don’t know why. I will say that I wish he was able to do more than serve as set up for the eventual reuniting of Bill and Sookie though.

Eric/Pam – On the one hand, we finally got a flashback that had plot relevance, and I loved seeing Nan Flanigan and her awesome 80s attire again (on that note, 80s Bill > 80s Eric). On the other hand, what the hell did they do to Eric? Eric would have *never* told Nan to fuck off. He’d smiled, said he understood, and then once she was well out of earshot told her to fuck off. It’s like they switched personalities. It was very odd. Also, why did Eric give a fuck about Sylvie? We were told he gave no fucks about humans, and then he tells Nan to fuck off because of a human? It just made zero sense.

The things I did like? Eric giving no fucks that Pam was trying to gain sympathy about Tara and (more importantly) the thing that motivated to Eric to want to fight was revenge on Sarah Newlin. THAT was classic Eric.

I will say though, the whole Yakuza aspect is still kinda weird.

Sookie – Her plan was stupid, but it was a plan, I guess. But who are we kidding? Much like the diary, the scene was really about re-establishing Bill and Sookie and on that sense she did okay. I will say I disagree with Maganiello that her dumping Alcide would have put Sookie in a bad light. Alcide was a classic rebound. She was too inexperienced and he’d wanted her too bad for either one of them to realize this and probably rushed the relationship. Her dumping him would have been HONEST and ultimately a kindess, because even Alcide doesn’t deserve to not have his love returned.

Alcide – Welp. I liked him last week, and the whole kicking in Bill’s door quickly restablished my dislike of him, because what a dick move. He was redeemed when he helped out Bill, so I guess it’s a wash. I actually called that he was going to die this week. I was more surprised that it was deliberate, as opposed to an accident which is what I thought would take him out. Some Alcide fans were pissed, but tbh, the showrunners did not hide that we’d be getting Bill/Sookie back. The real argument wasn’t if he’d die, but when.

Andy/Jess – I like to see them working together. I also like that Andy just walked away from that guy when he was all “ambulance?” and Andy just gives him that disgusted look. Jess didn’t really do that much episode except again not heal. Others are saying that it’s because she hasn’t been feeding, but I still can’t shake the feeling she’s got Hep V. I just hope that my gut is wrong.

Jason/Violet – I liked their fight. And I LOVED how she did what we’ve all been wanting to do Maxine Fortenberry. The Mikaelson clan on the Originals would have totally approved.

Lala/James – James is so going to dump Jessica next week. Loved their scenes together. Nathan has great chemisry with Nelsan.

Sam – I really liked the scene with the Reverand. THAT is the kind of human reflection we need this season. Too bad Lettie Mae had to show up in the scene. It kinda killed it for me.

Willa/Lettie Mae – Still useless.

Humans/Hep V vamps – still annoying, but their presence was marginalized and when they did appear it made an impact on the plot. Step in the right direction.

Sarah Newlin – Still not sure how I feel about her return. The cold open literally left me going ‘wtf am I watching’ and the scene of her bed with the guy was still kinda o.O At least they aren’t wasting too much time getting this going.

Overall, this is a vast improvement on the past two episodes, and is the best since 6 x 9. It’s still problematic, but there were some good high impact moments and it finally feels like the seasion is picking up momentum.

Grade: B-