True Blood: Everybody Wants to Rule the World Review (Mania.com)

By:Joel Rickenbach
Review Date: Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Source: Mania.com

I think I’ve identified another of my pet peeves regarding this season- Bill and Eric’s storyline is literally taking place in one room, or at least one subterranean lair. There’s big ideas- down with mainstreaming! Kill the Authority! Bomb the True Blood factories! But none of this feels like the sea change it could be, because it really only seems to effect a few select vampires who are having an eternal slumber party in a posh basement. Salome betrays Roman, Nora betrays Eric (sort of) and Bill betrays Eric- all in the same room. The True Blood factories aflame (shown only on a flatscreen) do start to have ramifications at Fangtasia, but again- confined to another room. Hopefully in the last three episodes someone really does start a fire.

Hopefully the writers have more in the hopper for the “Obamas” storyline, otherwise I have to deem the resolution very unsatisfying. So, Bud Dearborn wasn’t the “Dragon”, but he was second in command to an everyday, white trash kind of lady. You know, the type that would use the motorized cart at Walmart, not because she needs it, but because she’s just that lazy. The idea that the mastermind behind all the hate crimes is just your average, everyday shopper is a good one, but it’s played off almost for laughs. The character is written so dumb and uncalculating that I can’t take her seriously. Not to mention the fact she is caught almost as soon as she’s introduced. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have the Obamas’ violence escalate as vampires try to take over the world? Shouldn’t these storylines collide? Wouldn’t the reveal of an everyday, Paula Dean worshipper be so much stronger after the dust settled, and horrible things have transpired?

Yes, I am still holding the torch for Terry Bellefleur. His story may still be tertiary to the “main plot”, but it’s still the tale with the most stones. They once again could have taken the easy way out by finding some supernatural solution to Terry’s Ifrit problem, but instead they play it straight and sobering. Now Terry has killed two people, and both times he has wrestled with his conscience; where does he go from here? Probably back to being a family man, but I’ll take a tortured, black leather jacket wearing Terry hunting the supernatural any day. He could be the John Constantine of Bon Temps.

Last week I lamented to banality of the werewolf pack this season, but oh what a difference a week can make. Suddenly they’re the most interesting thing on True Blood, thanks to Russell Edgington, of course. I do hope Robert Patrick (as Alcide’s father) eventually goes all T-1000 on the wolf pack’s ass, but for now Steve Newlin steals the show. Russell handing over Emma to Steve as a gift of affection is the greatest, and creepiest, moment yet this season. Russell’s view and treatment of werewolves as dogs may end up being his downfall, but it’s a delicious plot point until then. Anyone else notice Russell’s accent change when he got serious? I suppose that easy Southern drawl only goes so far.

Best Moment: The wolf pup adoption.

Worst Moment: The Dragon’s “outfit”. 



Mania Grade: B-
Episode: Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Sam Trammell
Written By: Alan Ball (creator), Charlaine Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by)
Directed By: Daniel Attias
Network: HBO
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