TV WORLD: True Blood Season 4, Episode 1 Recap
Although my DVR stayed full during the fall TV season (aka the time when True Blood hadn’t come back on yet), I still was counting down the days until season four returned. Most self-respecting TB fans I know had already seen the first six minutes, followed by the next two minutes and then another full viewing of the first eight minutes of last night’s episode that were released a few weeks ago. Fortunately, that teaser wasn’t the best the season premiere had to offer. So let’s jump right into the highs, lows and all the other particulars of last night’s episode.
· Apparently having an accent is a requirement for fairy godmothers and ‘fairy godfather’ is a term that will never be used, as confirmed by the TB universe.
· I’m glad Sookie had the sense not to eat the forbidden fruit. Her character has never struck me as the type to ‘drink the koolaid’, but I always forget how quick she is when she’s not under the Eric/Bill/Alcide influences.
· Grandpa Earl (bka Gary Cole as Bill Lumbergh from Office Space) had seemingly been stuck in this fairy world for years, which we knew was possible from Bill’s foray there last season. Sookie had to deal with losing him twice, but I’m not sure if this is the last time we’ll see him.
· Ball and Company showed that they could use their CGI budget for more than blood and guts during the mini-battle with the zombie witches (I refuse to call them faries when they look like that).
· Jason (!!!) explains to Sookie that she had been gone for a little over a year. I’m a big fan of (explainable) time jumps because they leave so much room for new plots (as illustrated by how much things have changed for everyone that wasn’t stuck in a fairy world).
· Enter Bill. Who Sookie learns ‘gave up on her’ just like Jason did. Enter Eric. Who never gave up on Sookie being gone, something he’ll prove by having been the one to buy her house (smart of the producers to find a way to restore that home to its pre-Maryann glory). I feel this will be the catalyst for helping distance Sookie from Bill and perhaps the rest of her friends.
· Jesus really wants to bring Lafayette into the circle of practicing witches. Aside from his lack of facial hair that I’m assuming is supposed to provide a look of innocence, I’m not all that confident that he’s good for him. I don’t trust the old lady and when she inevitably does something big and bad this season, I don’t think Jesus will be far behind.
· I know that all signs point to that being Rene’s baby, but I think that will be a throw-away plot by the time we reach mid-season. The timeline for Arlene’s pregnancy doesn’t quite add up for me and they’re pushing it too hard (baby breaks heads off of dolls, must be a potential sociopath murderer!).
· Tara is now a lesbian. A cage-fighting lesbian. A cage-fighting lesbian who cage-fights her own girlfriend. Tara just became interesting, which can increase greatly when she finds her way back to Bon Temps and crosses paths with Pam (there’s been no evidence that this will happen, but it should).
· Watching Jessica’s interaction with Hoyt reminded me that she was only 17 when she became a vampire. And as Pam pointed out, cohabitation and monogamy are not natural vampire traits. Hoyt will try to make it work, but I think the cute guy from the bar will be the first of many ‘dark-side’ traipses for Jessica.
· Sam is still a jerk. His brother still seems untrustworthy. It’s nice that Sam found a group of shifters he can work out his anger issues with, but I was expecting something more exciting.
· Lafayette is either a much stronger witch than he knows or he’s the missing link for that coven.
· Bill is the new King of Louisiana, which explains why Eric respected his authority in their first scene together. I haven’t decided how I feel about this yet, but I’m interested to see how he moved up in the ranks, what kind of ruler he is and just how busy (and away from Sookie) this keeps him for the season.
· Jason has seemingly changed the most out of everyone (Tara would be next on the list). Of course no good deed goes unpunished in the TB universe and when we last see him the citizens of Hot Shot are locking him in a faulty freezer for reasons not yet explained. I have a theory, but I’ve read the books and coupled with the clips from upcoming episodes, it’d be cheating to say what that is.
Very solid and a typical cliff-hanger TB ender for this season’s first episode. It wasn’t enough to make me forget the disappointment that was last season’s finale, but a strong start that leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I’m already excited for them to start filling in this missing year, as well as if Sookie will go back to being everyone’s axis. Pam’s usual blunt and brash conversational style provided my favorite interaction of the episode (Jessica’s overly excited, “Really?” while Pam simultaneously says “Not a bit”) and here are a few others that I enjoyed. Until next week…
Lafayette: We’ll stay for five minutes. 10 if they got dranks.
Eric [after seeing Sookie naked]: “Such a strange sensation when the reality matches what you’ve pictured in your mind so precisely.”
Pam: “The way you’re eye-(bleeping) fangbangers from across the room is especially romantic.”
Editor’s Notes: This following post has been submitted by my regular True Blood contributor, Nicole Nalls.