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  • Episode: In the Beginning
  • Written By: Alan Ball (creator), Charlaine Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by)
  • Directed By: Michael Ruscio
  • Cast: Anna Paquin, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten
  • Network: HBO
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True Blood: In the Beginning Review

The End is the Beginning is the End

By Joel Rickenbach     July 23, 2012
Source: Mania.com

If you told me two seasons ago we would see Bill, Eric, Russell Edgington and Reverend Steve Newlin palling around the streets of New Orleans, high as kites on some ancient vampire blood, well… I wouldn’t have believed you. But that’s always the best thing about True Blood- Anything can and will happen.

I feel this is the best episode of the season so far, even if the D, E and F storylines are getting a bit thin. Despite not being the strongest season at just past the mid-way point, I will give it credit- it has slowly and effectively drawn out its underlying theme- the widening gap between Supes and humans, and the desire to be normal. The reason this episode works so well is it takes those themes and actually does something with them.

First and foremost would be Sookie. She finds out that since she is only half faerie, her powers are finite. Much to her delight, this means once her reservoirs of faerie light power… stuff is depleted, she will be human, or at the very least “Fae no more.” This is juxtaposed nicely with Bill and Eric’s plight. Roman is dead (a somewhat surprising exit for the much ballyhooed Christopher Meloni) and the sanguinistas, lead by Russell Edgington and Salome, have taken over the authority. They plan to honor their goddess, Lilith by ingesting her sacred blood. This is all bad news for Bill, who has championed mainstreaming for decades, but to survive he and Eric have no choice but to play nice. Besides, as Eric says “It’s Vampire blood, it should have no effect on us.” Cut to the aforementioned Bourbon Street acid trip. Think Jack Nicholson parading through the streets of Gotham to Prince’s “Partyman”. Within all this there could be a hint of how Sookie and Bill’s storylines collide- As Eric mentioned, Vampire blood shouldn’t affect them, but Faerie blood would. In mythology, there is a Lilith, who was the first wife of Adam, but was cast out of the garden of paradise, and either became the queen of the faeries, the queen of the underworld or both. Hmmmm…

Sam has really started to come into his own this season. He has a real purpose in protecting Luna and her daughter from the backwoods justice vigilantes, and is really using his powers as a Shifter to nice effect. He has a sobering scene with Sookie about if he would take an opportunity to be normal. It’s a great scene, and may just be Sam Trammell’s best work on the show.

This episode is full of great scenes- from Arlene watching her wedding video, to Hoyt joining the group of anti-supe vigilantes, Russell Edgington wedding crashing with some karaoke, Tara having a sad and terse encounter with her mother, Jason running towards the light of Sookie trying to expel her powers, and again Jason… well, Jason shoots Jessica point blank in the head. It’s one of the best and most surprising moments this show has ever had. More please!
Best moment: Jason’s reaction to being bitten by Jessica.

Worst moment: Alcide’s 80’s style training session. 

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redhairs99 7/23/2012 9:57:02 AM

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I did like the part where Jason shoot Jessica in the head.  Very surprising and while this may well have been the best episode of the season, there were a few moments that left me scratching my head.

The first isn't that big of a deal, but when did Tara's mom marry the preacher she was having an affair with?  My guess is that was during the year off between season 3 and 4, but still I scratched my head for a moment.

The other 2, I'm still not sure about.  Was the ugly witch waitress even on the show when Terry and Arlene were married? (Again I think this must've occurred in the year long off season that we never saw)  Still, I didn't recall her coming around until the witch storyline, but I could be mistaken.

Lastly, have Luna and Sookie EVER meet?  They were like old pals in the hospital, but couldn't recall one single shared scene together and this one wouldn't have been during the year off as Sookie was "missing" that whole time.

Just curious, as I could have forgotten these things, but can anyone else recall these instances?

joelr 7/23/2012 12:01:26 PM

@redhairs Very good points. I also assumed Tara's mom had wed the preacher sometime during the inbetween or just off camera.

I'm pretty sure Holly was around when Arelene and Terry tied the knot, but it could also be swept up in the vague like the Tara's Mom.

I tottally agree with the last bit- while watching the episode I though the same ting. "Since when are these two BFFs?" I was going to put it in the article, but I was worried I was forgetting something, and would look like a total ass!

TheSilentKiller 7/23/2012 12:26:58 PM

Good episode. The Jessica headshot, and her reaction were pretty priceless. Bill riding piggyback on Eric was also pretty laugh-out-loud.

 

rogue188 7/23/2012 12:27:32 PM

I believe Holly has been on the show for three seasons, which was the one right before the witch arc. Anyway, I think this season is much better than last. Its been very fun.

redhairs99 7/23/2012 12:40:10 PM

True, just went on IMDB...Guess Holly came in on Episode 8 of season 3.  Still, that part with Sookie and Luna still gets to me.  Glad I'm not the only one thinking that.

ddiaz28 7/24/2012 7:28:50 AM

I didn't really question the Sookie and Luna thing.  I just figured she works and is good friends with Sam so it's natural for her to go to the hospital and support him.

Man do I love seeing Godric!  I hate that he only comes back in "visions".  He is still my favorite character from the entire series.  That's kinda sad now that I think of it since he was only a minor character.  

isgrimner 7/27/2012 7:06:36 AM

Finally caught up last night after several episodes queued up on my DVR.  This season so far is much better than last season.  They still should trim the fat.  I guess when the cast gets too big they have to come up with "filler" stories so the actors can get screen time.  I like Terry, but his Ifrit storyline is boring and badly done, especially the military flashbacks.  Clearly they didn't have any kind of military consultant, and I know I'm probably a little harsh there since I served for 5 years. 

I think they need to keep Lafaette around the other characters to interact with them.  Don't like him as much off on his own. 

If it was up to me they would just make it the Eric show, he is still the most interesting character to me.  I look forward to what his next move after seeing his Godric ghost.

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