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True Blood – The war on mainstreaming begins

'True Blood''s vampire Authority decides to turn on Tru Blood as they continue to destroy mainstreaming. Bill seems to be spearheading this operation, but has he really joined his cause? Also, Sookie decides to keep her powers and investigate her parents' deaths, and Tara and Pam get more and more awesome.

- Season 5, Episode 8 - "Somebody That I Used to Know"

This week on¬†True Blood, the Authority (or whatever it is now) decides to declare war on … Tru Blood. At Bill’s suggestion they seem ready to take down the product as the ultimate symbol of mainstreaming. I guess we should take this to mean that Bill has gone off the deep end since his Lilith trip, though I suppose he could be trying to play some long game. What do you guys think? It’s hard to tell with Bill, since he plays everything so close to his vest. But I find it interesting that the show is returning to its roots of vampires trying to mainstream and turning that on its head.

At least, with Russell along, this is more fun than some of the other plots going on right now, but he doesn’t seem to be driving the action much. If they just brought him back to say funny stuff, that may actually be enough for me on this crazy, disjointed show. Also, it looks like for once, Eric is going to be the person fighting for the good. How far will he go to fulfill Ghost Godric’s wishes?

Sookie decides to embrace her powers after her moment of despair last week — was there ever any doubt? Of course, she needs them to find the vampire who killed her parents. Now they have a name: Warlow. And the scenes of Sookie inhabiting the past were appropriately creepy, which is a nice change from a show that usually relies on blood for its scariness. I have no idea where this is leading Sookie and Jason, but I am glad both of them seem to be ignoring her love life now.

I guess getting Lafayette into the Terry plot is a way to integrate the cast more, but I wish he hadn’t been integrated with one of the worst things going on right now. Aside from that distraction, the stuff with Lafayette is just too sad to even talk about. I don’t know why the show runners need to constantly shit on this character. Even Tara seems to have gotten something of a break by becoming a vampire, which has empowered her. This has been the best rehabilitation of a character the show has ever done, and pairing her with Pam has turned out to be a genius move. I would watch a show of them going around and enslaving all the racist morons on Louisiana. The show won’t go there, though, so I will take what I can get.

Notes and Quotes:

  • We get nekkid Alcide. Can’t say I mind, but he doesn’t seem as stuck on Sookie as he seemed to be before. Which, in this show’s crazy timeline, is like two days ago.
  • Albert Einstein was half fairy!
  • How sad to see Bill deny his daughter life. I wonder if he really is losing the sanctimoniousness that led him to do that now.
  • We knew Hoyt could never hurt Jessica, but he may hurt himself.
  • Bill: “We were in the presence of God.
    Eric: “We were high as fucking kites.”
  • Jason, after Sookie zaps him: “I’m fine. You got me in the head.”
  • Russell: “First, may I say, God has the most beautiful tits I’ve ever seen! I have never been called devout, but watching Lilith shoot out of a blood pool while I sucked down a bride to the dulcet strains of ‘You Light Up My Life’ — well, praise Lilith! Praise Jesus! Praise Moses’s cock! I am born again!”
  • Andy, on seeing Sam and Luna-as-Sam: “I hate this goddamned town.”
  • Tracy, to Tara: “Now you’re a member of two minorities.”
  • Sam, to Luna-as-Sam: “You mean more to me than anything, and you’re incredibly handsome.”
  • Pam, to Tara: “You don’t know me that well. My mad face and my happy face are the same.”
  • Pam, glamoring Tracy: “You will consider it a privilege to let your racist, peckerwood blood shoot into her gorgeous cocoa mouth.”
  • Russell, flirting with Steve: “It’s the most ¬†wonderful place on earth. Asian men with British accents giving you a shiatsu rub-down, and you feel like James Bond.”




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