True Blood S5 Ep8 Review – Somebody That I Used to KnowBy
Well they did pick a great song to steal this week’s True Blood episode title from, and the way it unfolded, the title was a really well-chosen one. Between the changes happening at lightning speed with The Authority, Luna shifting into Sam (killer acting job by Sam Trammell, by the way) leaving many of us thinking “will the real Sam please stand up?” and Sookie’s struggles with trying to decide if she still wants her fairy side to continue to manifest, there was tons of change happening this week. Oh- and some really hot scenes with Alcide to remind us this is, after all, HBO.
Sam’s Love Story
Sam and Luna may have their ins and outs, but in the end this True Blood episode showed just how much Sam loves her and what a very take-charge kind of guy he is. He vows to find the A#$holes who did this and he starts by scaring the beejesus out of one of them by changing into a snake and getting really REALLY close…I loved that scene because it showed that werewolves are by no means weak just because they aren’t vamps. It was also good to see quiet scenes like the one where Sam (and Luna/Sam) is on the couch and he is comforting her.
The Authority Wants to Rule
As for The Authority – we were warned by Alan Ball before this season began that they were going to be taking a front-and-center place in the action, and boy was he right! Recovering from last week’s orgy of blood and violence, the after-scene where they are still stoned out of their heads by the blood and the sight of Lilith was a head turner. But what was more interesting is Erik’s reaction. He was pulled into all of this right along with Bill and the others, but the sight of Goderich seems to have shaken him out of it.
Now he wants to get Bill and Nora out of the clutches of what is happening but they are not buying it. Erik knows this is wrong, and even Bill has his reservations. We even get treated to another flash-back, this time one from Bill, to see him watch his child die. I think we are going to see a struggle between Erik, whose power as a vampire is getting stronger it seems, and The Authority. Russell is back, and I think the two are still not going to get along.
And did anyone catch that little scene in the board room between Russell and the good reverend? There were actually several in there that made references to both Russell and Steve being gay – brilliantly done!
Sookie and FairyLand
Well Sookie is certainly not having a good day in this True Blood episode at all! First she attempts to purge her powers, and almost does Jason in. As he said, good thing she just hit him in the head! So when he reminds her of the good stuff her powers has done and how they still need to find their parent’s killer, the two go back to the fairies for a try at connecting with her folks at the time of the killing.
Unfortunately what happens is she not only sees what is happening from her mother’s point of view, she sees it from the viewpoint of the vampire killer. They are shook because fairies shouldn’t be able to connect with vamps in this way. But then, we know that Sookie is different, so it appears she is connected. And, of course, we get that confirmed later when she is confronted by a wraith-head of the killer vampire that threatens her. Not good for our Sookie gal!
Hot Action with Werewolves
We didn’t see much from the wolf clan this week, but what we did was primo. Starting with Alcide’s very hot and woofy sex scene, there was plenty of True Blood action this week. I didn’t even care that the scene did nothing to move the story forward; it was just spanking hot to see those two growl their way through the scene. And then when it is time to face down J.D. Alcide backs down when they pull a local high school track star to be bait in a hunt for leader.
In the end it doesn’t help the poor kid much since even when J.D. gets leadership without fighting he decides to keep the hunt. But Alcide still fights him to save the kid, and in the end the rest of the pack stops a hopped-up J.D. from killing Alcide. It seems that vamp blood makes the wolves as crazy as Lilith blood makes the vamps. This showdown isn’t over yet – you can bet.
Hoyt Gets a Present
Poor Hoyt- he gets adopted by the “supes”-killer gang and they decide to make a present of Jessie to him. As they see it, vamps are already dead so Hoyt gets the chance to take his revenge on Jessie for breaking his heart by killing her without being a murderer. You can’t kill something that is already dead, right? This is more logic then I would have expected from this crew, but it doesn’t work for Hoyt, he can’t kill her in the end. But as we see later, someone is not happy that he walked away from this little gift. Jessie may be safe, but I don’t think Hoyt is.
Some True Blood Voodoo Honesty
I loved that Lafayette finally stood up to everyone getting favors from him and charged for what was to be a fake séance to put Terry and Patrick’s fears to rest about the Ifrit. But that all backfires when Lafayette really does channel the ghost of the woman Terry killed in Iraq and it is revealed that one of the two men must kill the other to lay that curse to rest. You notice it was Patrick who ran? I wonder what that says. Terry is such a compassionate guy, it is hard to believe he would kill Patrick to be done with this, but then he does see it as Patrick’s fault for ordering the kill. That’s what Lafayette gets for saying yes, and charging $300.
Revenge is Sweet
Meanwhile, back at Pam’s bar I loved the scene with Tara and the bitch from high school. Did they even name her? My favorite True Blood line from this episode is when Pam says how her face looks the same whether she is pleased or not. It seems to be true because one minute she is giving Tara shit for mistreating a customer, the little blonde bundle of racism that parades as a human, and then the next she is giving Tara her own little treat. Watching Pam glam the bitch into being submissive to Tara was great, I do love Pam because she may be a bitch on wheels but she is OUR bitch!
So – lots was happening in this week’s True Blood episode and much of it stuff that moved the story forward. Of course, the big True Blood news is that The Authority has declared open season on mainstreaming vampires and by extension on humans. Bill’s idea of bombing the True Blood factories is clever and clearly puts him in the camp with the Lilith believers. How Erik will deal with all of this brings us back to Erik and Bill being once again on opposite sides. Guess that True Blood brotherly love act had to go soon.
But can Erik do anything to stand up against them? Will Sookie figure out her parent’s killer and if she does can she truly walk away from her fairy power which, as Jason rightly pointed out, is her last connection to them. And what about our gang of good ol’ boys? I sense a head-banger between them and The Authority coming soon in True Blood.