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True Blood – “I Smell a Rat” – review
I’m trying very hard to wait for the end of this season before I make sweeping judgments about the direction the show is going, but it’s hard. For me it’s running dangerously close to capsizing and has been for a couple episodes now. However. I will maintain my microcosmic view and talk about the episode at hand only, since the season finale’s fast-approaching.
First, the Russell having a psychotic break and killing that poor hooker in Talbot’s effigy was…ineffectual. I know it was supposed to make Russell more sympathetic, oh, look how much he loved Talbot, but he was already sympathetic in that way from last episode, crawling through his lover’s remains and carrying him around in an urn while he swore vengeance. This just made Russell no good as a villain, if he’s just going to be tragic and broken and truly mad. Where’s the challenge or satisfaction in conquering that?
The Eric martyr mentality/manipulating Sookie into kissing him “goodbye” = trying to walk the line between not alienating people like me who don’t like the triangle or understand either his obsession with her or why she would want him over Bill, and pleasing people who are on Team Eric. (Team Eric in the sense of wanting Sookie to get with him not just thinking he’s hotter, which I totally do…I just don’t like him with Sookie or Sookie with him. They don’t fit.) And it was kind of lame. It was enough to annoy me and not enough to satisfy my friend on T.E. So, what was the point of it, then? Quit trying to be a soap opera and just commit to one direction or the other.
Two best quotes:
- “I’m a fairy? How fucking lame is that?” Truer words, girlfriend.
- “They’s a whole new kind of trash.” Again, truer words, girlfriend.
The reveal of what Crystal is came way too late to be shocking or even particularly interesting to the audience. I suppose the only real tension there is how Jason deals with it, but Jason is so confused about the world right now I’m not sure it’s going to be even the same level of what-the-fuckery for him as actually admitting he killed Eggs to Tara was. I’m glad he came clean to her, though, especially if there’s a risk of her falling back into her schoolgirl crush on her BFF’s brother.
No werewolves at all? Are they just going to run back to Mississippi and disappear? Surely they come back into the mix at some point…right?
Jesus and Lafayette had an interesting V trip together wherein we uncover Jesus’s secret Santeria powers. I kind of like that he has some Mexican magic in his background. It’s why he said Lafayette has power, because he has the same power and recognized it in Lafayette. And if they’re going to through Greek gods and fairies into the mix, why not Santeria? I wonder if this is going anywhere other than soulmate ville? Is Jesus not as benign as he appears, or is he going to lead Lafayette down the primrose path to black magic?
Sam’s flashbacks were the most interesting part of the episode to me. He clearly has a much darker past than we imagined. It kind of lends a different perspective to his treatment of his family, his easy-going attitude, and his breaking point.
Second favorite part of the episode was Jessica and Hoyt getting back together. Do you think that was the intention Tommy had in fighting Hoyt? Or a development likely to create more drama with Tommy?
And, finally, everybody take a collective moment to roll our eyes at the obvious plot point that Sookie’s fairy blood giving only a few minutes of sun protection being all Eric’s going to need to kill Russell. Gee, that’s not obvious.