TRUE BLOOD: Never Let Me Go Review (Mania.com)

By:Liana Aghajanian
Review Date: Monday, July 20, 2009

 

While we last left Sookie shocked at the discovery of another telepath in the midst, this week she grapples to get Barry the Bellboy to accept and embrace accept his, ahem, ability. But that's only the tip of the iceberg for Sookie and her vamp's trip to D-town, where blood suckers, however hard it may be to believe, are of the more ruthless variety.
 
As Bill and Sookie realize that a light-tight hotel gives them the ultimate luxury of spending more than just the night together, Bill's progeny, better known as Jessica, forms a deeper connection with Hoyt Fortenberry, albeit long distance, but still juvenile in all its characteristics. Meanwhile, Tara, still recovering from an unforgettable birthday part thrown by Maryann, who is still shrouded in buckets of mystery, starts to question the family unit the maybe-maybe not maenad has put together. Sam, whose story line is usually overshadowed, turns out to be involved in one of the more interesting plot points, when he and Daphne discover they have the same shape shifting abilities. Jason, who's still holed up at the Fellowship of the Sun's “Light of Day Institute” starts to train as a Soldier of the Sun, although, Sarah Newlin definitely becomesa bona fide distraction, one that climaxes in a steamy bathtub scene at the Newlin's lavish mansion.
 
This episode finally gives a glimpse into Eric's Viking past and reveals why the sheriff of Area 5 is so intent on rescuing Godric, the young looking vampire that turns out to be Eric's maker. This little tidbit, along with Daphne and her abilities and Maryann's continued involvement in Tara's life stray far away from Charlaine Harris' original plot lines, but make for interesting fodder.
 
Though these diversions might possibly be heartbreaking to die hard fans of Harris' books, they don't hinder what Alan Ball is intent on spinning - a sexy, intricate web of characters whose development is strong enough to stand on its own, yet bounces and glides off when interacting with established characters of the show.
 
Still, there are questions lingering about many others, like Lafayette's involvement with Eric and his minions, or Maryann, who has remained an enigma throughout the season so far – is she, or is she not the mythological maenad who was almost responsible for Sookie's death, (my bet is that she is) and what does she want with Tara? Furthermore, why hasn't Sam inquired about Daphne the Deer's suspiciously familiar back markings and also, what role does Eggs intend to play in Tara's whirlwind and broken life?
 
The dynamic between Sookie and Bill, although still steamy, shifts, as Bill feels he's losing control over her well being. “You're walkin' in my shoes and its giving you blisters,” Sookie says, realizing his helplessness doesn't mesh well with fangs.
 
From Sookie and Bill's hotel escapades, Daphne's shifting connection with Sam and Jason and Sarah's forbidden, yet flourishing relationship, the women in this episode are literally and figuratively taking life by the balls.
 
But beyond the personal relationships, a bigger war is brewing between the Fellowship of the Sun and the undead, one that is will unfold in coming episodes that will surely have both Stackhouses caught in the middle, since Sookie decides to infiltrate the vampire-hating organization to find Godric.
 
Amongst all the chaos, a sultry woman from Bill's past appears in the mix and gives us just enough fang to throw us off the beaten path. This, it seems, is just one of many tricks of Ball's sleeve – expect more sex, more destruction and more mayhem – but you already knew that.


Mania Grade: B+
TV Series: True Blood
Episode: Never Let Me Go
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, Chris Bauer, Michelle Forbes, Alexander SkarsgÄrd, Deborah Ann Woll, Carrie Preston and William Sanderson
Written By: Nancy Oliver
Directed By: John Dahl
Network: HBO
Series: True Blood