True Blood: At Last Review (Mania.com)

By:Joel Rickenbach
Review Date: Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Source: Mania.com

This week’s True Blood gave us some possible answers we had already pretty much guessed, and hopefully gave us a very dark turn for a character who is usually sunshine and rainbows. Well, maybe not sunshine, she is a vampire, but you know what I mean. This episode has three very strong arcs at its core- Sookie getting dressed to kill, Eric going all-in on his quest to throw a wrench in Governor Burrell’s anti-vampire machine, and Andy Bellefleur’s girls getting seduced into Bill’s house like lambs to the slaughter.

We finally get a deeper look at the Bellefleur girls’ rapid maturation. One minute they’re 10-year-olds getting tucked into bed, and the next they’re 17 and proclaiming “Oh my god, look at my boobs!” To say Andy has his hands full would be an understatement. If it took them a minute to age 7 years, it took them even less time to borrow Arlene’s trashiest clothes, steal Andy’s prowler, and go looking for trouble. Unfortunately for them, and Andy, Bill and Jessica have their own little trap to spring. Bill’s intentions for Andy’s girls are actually somewhat noble- he needs their blood to synthesis the successor to TruBlood. He has no designs to kill or hurt them, however he will do what is necessary to get what he needs. Luckily his expertise in the art of seduction seems to be enough to do the trick. The initial honeypot was a good bit of fun- Jessica comes on like the cool older sister when the girls try to buy beer at the Grabbit Quik, and seeing the same guy behind the counter from the pilot episode was a nice touch. The idea of partying with some vampires proves too enticing, and so the four faerie girls enter vampire Bill’s house of horrors. There’s a kidnapped Japanese scientist toiling in an underground laboratory, Bill’s office where he seduces the doe eyed girls, and puts a kinky wrist strap on them that collects their blood, and the living room, which is usually reserved for playing the Wii, but tonight will become the scene of a massacre. Of course, there’s still the possibility that the girls will survive, but if Jessica really did slaughter Andy’s daughters in a moment of faerie-blood induced rage, then this show just took a very dark and welcome turn.

Eric continues to be a sobering presence in contrast to his past. He knows what he’s doing will weigh heavily on his future, and will probably cost him more than a few friends and relationships. Even if Willa is willingly giving herself over to vampirism, Eric knows the true cost of undeath, as he says- He’s lived this way for over 1,000 years, and Willa is only the second person he has decided to sire. Despite having a deeply internal desire to protect your progeny, Eric sends Willa back to her father raw and untrained. She’s all hyper senses and blood hungry, a middle finger from Eric to Governor Burrell that cuts deep. There is a lingering idea that Eric is almost testing the Governor- Will he care for Willa as he did before? Can his own daughter being a vampire break his hardline stance on equality? Possibly, but Eric sends Willa back with the deck stacked against her, and even more so when we see that Burrell is under the influence of none other than Sarah Newlin.

Praise be to Lillith that the writers decided not to drag out the ‘Who is Warlow’ sweepstakes any longer. Of course, now that we know Ben is the vampire in question, there’s a few more wrinkles than him just being a big bad. In fact, it’s an act of kindness that gets him caught in the first place. When no one is looking he pops his fangs, and gives Jason his blood to heal. Not exactly the mark of the crazed killer he’s been made out to be. He also has the chance to kill Niall, but instead he chucks him through a portal. The best part of this thread is that Sookie is on to him, and she starts preparing to bring Ben/Warlow to his doom. She seduces him with the promise of a home cooked meal (lots of seducing this week), then begins spin her black widow’s web. She prepares the meal using colloidal silver, and gets dolled up like she’s putting on war paint. For once, Sookie is the aggressor, and the last shot of her pulling Warlow’s mask back with a palm full of faerie energy like a gun to his head, is one of Sookie’s best moments.

The Sam/Alcide thread isn’t very strong this week, although his horse shifting in front of Nicole was a good moment. Hopefully they will find a way to bring this story into the fold with the rest of the show. They did it with Andy’s faerie kids, so you have to believe they can do it with the wolves. That’s two solid episodes in a row for True Blood, and I hope next week continues the trend.
 
The Good: The “shaving” scene.

The Bad: “I’m the packmasterrrrrr…….”

The ugly: The frivolity that is Tara.
 
Joel Rickenbach is a curator of cult cinema at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA, and can be heard every week talking film, TV and other geekery on the You’ve got GEEK podcast. Follow him onTwitter and hilarity will no doubt ensue.


Mania Grade: B+
Episode: At Last (Season 6, Episode 4)
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Alexander Skarsgard, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Joe Manganiello, Rutger Hauer
Written By: Anthony Hemingway, Alan Ball (creator), Charlaine Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by)
Directed By: Alexander Woo
Network: HBO
Studio: Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Home Box Office (HBO)
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