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Being practically mid-summer, the TV viewing is quite light, but only because there is practically nothing on. Except “True Blood,” of course.

The most recent episode, “You Smell Like Dinner,” was much more satisfying than the previous episode. “True Blood” is often slow to start a season and I was worried that the same would happen this time around. Fortunately, we are already moving towards the action. To summarize the main event:

  • The Fellowship of the Sun is getting restless, pushing the Russell Edgington issue for all it is worth. They are now picketing vampire-owned/vampire-frequented establishments, such as Fangatasia. Defending Jessica’s honour, Hoyt gets his assed kicked by a bunch of crazy Christians. He starts off pretty well (to the effect of), “I’m a way better Christian than you. I am filled with love! You are filled with hate!” The Fellowship of the Sun people go on to prove Hoyt’s general point. Part of what is going on, but which hasn’t been recognized by the show yet, is that Steve Newlin has been missing for about nine months, having disappeared after a “pray in.”

  • Despite her claims to the contrary (viz., that she is a strong, independent woman), upon figuring out that Eric is just not going to leave her alone and that he has built himself a vamp-cubby hidden in a wardrobe, Sookie runs off (pouting and stomping her feet, of course) to Bill’s house whereupon she discovers that Bill is now King. Bill, obviously, just finished banging his spy-witch (and many people have commented that she is a cross between a “sexy librarian” and Sophie-Anne… I don’t see it) calling her a “member of his security team.” Bill promises to try to convince Eric to sell the house, but he only ends up making a half-hearted effort. The benefit of all this (beyond seeing Eric palpably show his displeasure with his new King) is that we see (1) how Bill managed to kill Sophie-Anne and (2) how he ended up becoming King. With respect to the first, Bill did not kill Sophie-Anne: the AVL did. And, with respect to the second, Bill is made King through a previously existing agreement with Nan and the AVL. It would seem that in the early 1980s, in London, when Bill was going through a Spike phase, Nan approached him on behalf of “some powerful vampires” and with gossip of a synthetic blood seeking to have Bill work as a spy for the AVL: he would infiltrate the monarchies and work to spread mainstreaming.
  • We find out why Jason was put in a broken freezer with some rotting meat: Felton and Crystal are back. Crystal is addicted to V and Felton is shooting blanks. They want to have a werepanther baby so it would seem that their only option is to turn Jason into a werepanther and then let Crystal have her way with Jason.
  • Tommy is apparently playing: his leg works fine and he seems to just be using Maxine. All he wants–being just a puppy–is for his older brother to like him again and to spend time with him. Even though Sam now knows why he is prone to maddening aggression (and knowing that Tommy is prone to the same), Sam doesn’t let Tommy join his shifters’s club–mostly because Sam wants a piece of a woman who is (by actress name and looks) Indian, but is playing a Mexican/Native American (wtf?). And also because Sam is, basically, an asshole.
  • I’ll skip the Sookie/Tara reunion because, basically, who gives a fuck?

  • Finally, on orders from Bill, Eric goes to confront the necromancers (who are now ready to try out their new powers on a human body). Long story short, the witches win the confrontation when the leader of the witches, Marnie, suddenly starts flickering between herself and someone else. Apparently Marnie on her own is useless (I concur), but when Lafayette’s powers are mixed in with whoever is inside Marnie, she becomes somewhat powerful. The sum of it is that Eric, who should have won the fight by killing them all, loses–not only the fight, but also his mind. Shortly thereafter he is found by Sookie walking confusedly along the highway; sans shirt. It isn’t clear what led Eric to abandon his shirt, but I guess when you are a vampire who has been liberated from your memories, clothing becomes optional. (Notice, of course, the role reversal: at the start of the episode, it was Eric who wanted to protect Sookie from other vampires; now it is Sookie who wants to protect Eric from witches. I wonder if Eric’s amnesia will be like Dwight’s amnesia? Readers will recall that upon bomping his head, Dwight suddenly became Pam’s best friend.) Also, what’s up with Eric’s new haircut? He looks significantly younger than he did in previous seasons.

Two other things. First, I attack the tor.com episode recap for mistakenly believing that “True Blood” is an allegory about gay rights here. Second, are the vampires (especially Eric and Pam–and possibly Jessica) looking a little less powdered than usual?

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July 7, 2011 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays

8 Comments

  1. “It isn’t clear what led Eric to abandon his shirt” — I laughed out loud.

    I was impressed by the number of hairstyles Bill had this episode. One was last season’s (in the flash back to fighting Sophie-Anne), one was his new, trimmer “king” haircut, and of course there was also the punk haircut.

    In other news, we’ve started rewatching Mad Men, as I think I mentioned last week. Also Mitchell and Webb, though our internet connection and a misbehaving Roku are making that difficult. I’m seriously considering getting cable in the fall.

    Oh, and Louie has started back up again! I think the two episodes thus far have been awesome.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | July 7, 2011

  2. Between baseball and knocking out the movies we DVRd when he had free HBO and Cinemax, the only first run show I saw this week was Cupcake Wars. Why, in God’s name watch such a show? Because the cupcake place we most often go to in Toledo (called Cake in a Cup) was featured. This was their third time applying for the show and this time, they not only made it but won. I have to admit it gave rise to a little regional pride. Boy, that’s a dumb show, though.

    Side note: Much to my wife’s chagrin, I always sing the name of the cupcake place “Cake in a Cup” to the tune of “Dick in a Box”.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | July 7, 2011

  3. You’d be crazy not to sign “Cake in a Cup” to the tune of “Dick in a Box.” I’d do the exact same. Your wife is clearly far less cool than either of us. A moving and storage company here in Ottawa used the tune in an advertisement–they made a whole song out of it, “Put your stuff [sh–?] in a box… First, you get a box…” Likely the only product, service, or company that I’d ever enter into relations with solely on the basis of their advertising. I referred to “Dick in a Box” in class last fall semester. None of the students were familiar with the reference. I was shocked.

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | July 7, 2011

  4. Oh, and great news: James Spader has joined the cast of “The Office.” Finally a reason to watch this show–“Boston Legal” was pretty good into it started getting all “political.” It was better when “Republican” and “Democrat” were identities assumed by Denny and Alan on the balcony rather than closing arguments at trials.

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | July 7, 2011

  5. To be fair, we’ve eaten at or talked about “Cake in a Cup” a lot of times. She brought it on herself, though, when she chuckled the first dozen or so times.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | July 7, 2011

  6. I have a list of pilots to watch: Luther, Pulling, Misfits, Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives, the latter two as part of my writing partner’s and my effort to pitch some “soft hours” this summer. Watched Pulling and Misfits last night — the former walked a weird line of dark and funny, not tremendously either but a nice slow burn. Mrs. K-sky was more drawn in to Misfits, which has a wonderful invention in the suckiness and emotional grounding of the various powers.

    Comment by Josh K-sky | July 7, 2011

  7. I always want to mention this, but I always forget: the theme song for “Entourage” has to be the worst, most annoying song in the history, not only of theme songs, but of songs as such. Whoever wrote it should be shot; whoever performed it should be shot; whichever producer chose it as the theme song should be shot. The song is likely the biggest obstacle (other than that turd of a character, Turtle) that prevents me from attempting to watch the show.

    Comment by Craig | July 8, 2011

  8. I like that song. But I like everything.

    Comment by Josh K-sky | July 8, 2011


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