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Fangover: Day 10 – Season Grade

Awesome tease. Awesome let down

With a show like True Blood – or any large ensemble cast for that matter– I expect that there will be things that work for me and things that don’t. Although I may not like every particular storyline, generally speaking the last few episodes will pull things together into a cohesive whole and create a satisfying conclusion. I think the overall weakness of the Authority plot and the number of questions left hanging over our head made that impossible to do.

Let’s take a last look at the major storylines in no particular order before I give my final overall grade.

Terry/Patrick/Arlene – Everyone should have heeded Rene’s warning and avoided this plotline like the plague. The actors did what they could with it, but there’s a good reason that it was probably the single most universally panned arcs of the season. True Blood writers PLEASE stop trying to make Terry and Arlene main characters. It does not one favors and takes screen time away from stories that need more development. D

Pam/Tara – I think everyone was pleasantly surprised at just how great this turned out. Pam is more popular than ever and Tara has gained a whole new legion of fans comprised of people like me who couldn’t stand her before. Brava. A

Russell/Steve – On some level we knew their return was a bit of stunt casting. While they found something believable to do with Steve, Russell wasn’t as lucky and I found myself missing the more menacing aspects of the character. Still, the pair provided some great scenes and it was nice seeing Eric finally get his revenge. B

The Obamas – On the one hand, this was one of the stronger multi-character arcs, especially for characters like Andy. On the other hand, there was a lot of convenient day-saving by Sam and Luna and that was when they weren’t rolling on the ground looking like right fools. B-

Jessica/Jason/Hoyt – Personally, I’m over this triangle. Without question, Hoyt got the sendoff he deserved and the storyline provided some of the most powerful moments of the season. It appears Jessica and Jason are truly done for, and I’m quite all right with that. A-

Lafayette – Needed to be done, wasn’t interesting at all. The grade has been saved by the return of classic Lafayette in the last part of the season. C+

Sanguinistas – All bark, almost no bite save for the rise of Billith at the end. The past few seasons it is the vampire’s story arc that has brought everyone together at the end and though this did it in numbers, it didn’t do so in spirit and as a results, the season never quite came together. C

Alcide and the werewolves – The only interesting parts involved non-weres and that’s never a good thing. C-

Overall although the season did some things right, taken as a whole the season was just decent. Most of the episodes were okay, few were truly great and as a whole there weren’t that many moments that you truly want to rewatch. As a whole this season is just kind of forgettable which is why I’m going with a final score of C+

It’s been fun doing the fangover and I hope you enjoyed reading it!

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My Thoughts – HBO Go Preview – First 6:00 Minutes – SPOILERS

First and for most – we’re getting another three minutes next week it looks like, and at this rate it wouldn’t surprise me if we get another 3 more the week after, for a total of 12 minutes, or roughly 1/4 of the run time of the episode. Not sure how I feel about that.

Anyway.

I’m not going to quite say I’m eating crow – but I think I’m okay with Faerie via Mt. Olympus now since now we must call into question what exactly that plane of existence looks like – if Queen Mab (and by extension at least some of the other fae) are wearing some kind of glamor – who to say the realm itself isn’t under a glamor to make the human hybrids feel more at ease? I’m also a bit more comfortable with it because the whole plot line is starting to make sense – Bill has breached their land, they’re freaking the fuck out (probably not a bad idea since the show seems to like to point out how unusual Bill especially for a young vamp) and trying to find a way to isolate themselves once more. If the methodology of that going into hiding isn’t exactly perfect, well, the supernatural aren’t exactly known as masters of nice are they?

I continue to like Sookie here – her continued weariness, listening to her instinct and her attempt at subtly (though once questions why she thought it’d work when she was in a realm of telepaths) when trying to get her Grandfather to escape with her wasn’t bad, and I especially liked her declaration that she really isn’t a threat to the realm because she’s totally going to stay away from vampires (though for some reason the Queen didn’t seem to buy that anymore than the audience does/will).

I do question what is the point of mini-arc beyond the fact that it gets her out of Bon Temps for a year while other things coalesce – I suppose we’ll see what happens next week now that they’re back in the human realm – but still. I’m still iffy on it. We’ll see.

My Thoughts – HBO GO 3 min Preview – SPOILERS

Before I go any further I want to say that I hate, hate hate the design of the faery land. It’s the fae via s Mt. Olympus by way of Hercules: The Legendary Journey. Seriously, Aphrodite in her pink lace- bedazzled bikini and Ares in his black studded leather would fit right in here. I get that it’s supposed to be ethereal but instead it comes off as low-budget and cheesy looking. Knowing Ball, the design was by choice which makes it worse. He may well agree with Sookie and think that the fae thing is so lame, but the audience needs to buy into the fae because at some point (whether in S4 or next year in S5) the fae will be a bigger plot point. By making their home ridiculous it makes it harder to buy into it.

As for the promo itself, I like the fact that Sookie isn’t just “oooh, pretty!” and instead has learned something from all her time spent with the vamps and is, instead, rather suspicious of everything that’s going on. I like the fact that she isn’t hopping on the “We aren’t freaks here yay!” bandwagon that Barry is on and that she doesn’t immediately eat the fruit – and really stays away from it when she notices that everyone up there seems to be obsessively eating that “pure happiness.” Sookie even gets a nice dig in at Claudine with her “If it’s your job to protect me, can I say you suck?”

The bit with her Grandfather is intriguing, and all of it put together suggests that there may or may not be something slightly more sinister in Faery land, even if we don’t know what it is. The design issues I mentioned above cheapen the bit of suspense that is just built in and just frustrate me again about the way it was done because there is something good here. We’ll see how it plays out.

Overall, it’s a solid three minutes of show time, I’m not 100% sure that I’d choose to lead off the episode with it given everything else that was left hanging at the end of Season 3, but it’s too soon to call whether something else might have been a better start.