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  • Episode: Dead Meat (Season 6, Episode 8)
  • Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer Sam, Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Alexander Skarsgård, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Joe Manganiello, Rutger Hauer
  • Written By: Robin Veith, Alan Ball (creator), Charlaine Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by)
  • Directed By: Michael Lehmann
  • Network: HBO
  • Studio: Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Home Box Office (HBO)
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True Blood: Dead Meat Review

Silver Fox

By Joel Rickenbach     August 06, 2013
Source: Mania.com

Have you ever played Street Fighter II? Any of the original flavors will do for my analogy- World Warrior, Champion Edition or Hyper Fighting. The game had two characters, Blanka and E. Honda, who could hurtle themselves across the screen at you, which usually led to a quick block, or a life-reducing smack in the chest. Now, if you had the skill, you could stop those moves cold with a counter move, like a dragon punch from Ryu or Ken for example. That was always my favorite- quickly pulling off a dragon punch to connect with Blanka's annoying face, and it did extra damage too, so it was a good risk/reward type of situation. In this episode of True Blood, Alcide pulls off that exact move to his one-time humping partner, Rikki. She flies across a parking lot full of werewolf rage, and Alcide swiftly connects his packmaster fist to her slobbering cabeza. He literally dragon punches her out of the show. Hopefully...

It was a long road to get Sam and Alcide to this point- drinking rye in the wee hours of the morning at Merlotte’s. It turns out Alcide doesn't have the stones to be packmaster, which we knew all along, and it turns out Sam is still good ole' Sam, which we also knew all along. It was nice to see how Terry's death affected Sam, and how Alcide recognized it. It was even more interesting that Sam and Alcide could use their animalistic powers to instantly tell that Nicole is pregnant. The show paints her as a much more young and innocent girl when around her mother, and makes Sam seem much more like a cradle robber, hence him being dubbed "Silver Fox". The best scene in the episode, however, is when Sookie comes calling, and Sam lays it out to her with no filter. "...you kept me waiting in the wings because there was a more dangerous guy available..." sums it up brilliantly. As much as Sookie has had her share of being manipulated and taken advantage of, she's also done her share to others, and it's good the show recognizes it.

The Bellefleur side of this season continues to be well written, from Arlene railing against the southern funeral opulence, to Andy being uncomfortable in every situation, to Terry's life insurance causing even more pain. Andy not letting Adilyn have coffee was a funny moment, and just like her growth spurt, that's all it took for her to rebel, and follow Holly's boys out to the woods for some Louisiana misbehaving. Addy learns her lesson quick, but we'll get to that.

I'm not 100% sold on Sookie giving in to Warlow's offer to turn her into a vampire. However, her scene at her parents' graves was very well done. It's good to see Anna Paquin get into that headspace and deliver a good performance. 

Sarah Newlin stakes her claim as a worthy villain yet again, this time with a giant hamster wheel and a high heel. Her chase through the factory with the Japanese TruBlood rep was both interesting and hilarious. It was fun to see the one person who could unravel Sarah's plan show up, and to see the lengths she will go to see it through.

The tip of the hat for this week belongs to Eric, however. He was in serious danger of being de-fanged in a world of Billeth and psycho Sarah, but pulls the rug out from all of them. His mocking of Bill- "Mother, I can fly!" was fantastic, he truly had no fear in the face of a greater power. He also gets points for slyly following Sookie, and figuring out how to use the faerie portal. My only gripe is he should have killed Warlow, drained him dry. Suddenly all of Sookie's consternation would have been for nothing, and Eric truly would have changed the board completely.

The Good: "Oozy but productive."

The Bad: Neutered Jason

The Ugly: The thought of seeing Alcide's "pack" again.

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.

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RodThunderBalls 8/6/2013 9:15:51 PM

The only thing that is bothering me is Anna Camp's (Sarah Newlin) acting. Not all the time, but the times where she needs to show devotion and deep levels of emotion, it can just be painful to watch.

One more thing, the Japanese TruBlood Rep, or Kumiko from the Karate Kid 2, why do you run into the hornets nest looking for help, when help was the opposite direction? I guess Sarah couldn't have killed her otherwise. That was just silly to me.

Aside from that, love this season.

redhairs99 8/7/2013 8:18:15 AM

The part with Andy telling Adilyn that she was only 2 weeks old and couldn't have coffee was Hilarious!

I agree that Eric should have drained Warlow.  Maybe his thinking was that they may still need him and his blood to cure the Hep V.  Not sure if that's what's he was thinking, but possibly.  And that scene in the field where he scares off Adilyn and glamours Holly's boys was great.  He even took away the memory of getting Adilyn's top off.  That's just mean, even for a vampire!

mlaforce 8/7/2013 8:23:29 AM

Sookie imo has become the worst part of this entire show and the less we see of her the better...Anna Paquin I believe has a very small range where her acting skills are concerned and it has grown old watching her act from one episode to the next...I still enjoy the show, just not so much when she has her screen time...

 

blankczech 8/7/2013 11:02:19 AM

 Hard to judge Paquin's acting ability based on this show...the writing is so ridiculous, that she doesn't have much to work with...I'm not complaining...I still think the show is a loaded with silly fun and I never miss it

samson 8/7/2013 12:24:46 PM

Spoiler! Go yea no further lest ye be ruined most heinously!

 I thought the cat fight and chase scenes in the factory/concentration camp was too over the top. Even for this show. This and how out of left field Terry's suicide was just seems like poor execution. Kinda gives the show that "broadcast television" stink. But, overall, the season is well worth watching. However, I enjoyed last season at this point more.

TheSilentKiller 8/7/2013 6:30:12 PM

 Naked Sookie is Oscar winning Sookie IMHO.

makabriel 8/9/2013 11:54:13 AM

 I don't know if it was on purpose, but Anna's looking old.  That scene with her in front of the mirror.  I'm pretty sure it was makeup and effects driven, but she was looking pretty rough.

Chopsaki 8/9/2013 1:15:34 PM

 Sarah chasing the Japanese woman was pretty funny, kinda reminded me of American Psycho. Jason as a chicks prison bitch was also funny. Not a fan of the Bellefleur story line but otherwise I like this season.

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