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- TV Series: True Blood
- Episode: Beyond Here Lies Nothin
- Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, Chris Bauer, Michelle Forbes, Alexander Skarsgård, Deborah Ann Woll, Carrie Preston and William Sanderson
- Written By: Alan Ball
- Directed By: Michael Cuesta
- Network: HBO
- Series: True Blood
TRUE BLOOD: Beyond Here Lies Nothin Review
Joe's thoughts on the Season Finale.
By Joe Oesterle
September 14, 2009
Maybe I’m in the minority here, and perhaps that will be revealed in the comment boxes below, but after viewing last night’s True Blood finale, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’,” I was disappointed the episode didn’t leave me with an insatiable hunger for more.
Don’t get me wrong; it was an enjoyable enough hour. Loose storylines were tied up, the villain got her comeuppance, funny stuff was said, spooky things happened and a new cliffhanger was established, but somehow it just didn’t seem worthy of a finale. And sadly, it definitely didn’t leave me wondering how I’m going to spend my Sunday nights until new installments of True Blood airs again. (But the NFL gets part of that credit)
Sookie’s True Nature
It was nice to finally get confirmation that Sookie is either “beyond human,” as Maryann presumed, or “not entirely human,” as Queen Sophie-Anne seemed to reveal - with more than just a maenad’s hunch. Whatever Sookie is, someone or something has looked out for her from a very early age, and Sookie has at least unconsciously suspected this for quite some time. This explains her until now inexplicable plucky bravery in the face of seemingly stronger adversaries.
I have always suspected brother Jason might have untapped special powers as well, but that theory seems to have wilted on the vine as he and his new BFF, Andy Bellefleur, were easily turned into willing black-eyed participants of evil without much effort.
It’s A Nice Day For a Black Wedding
Given the violent nature of the chaos-loving, injury-inflicting slaves of Maryann, I was surprised that neither Terry or any of the other anarchic drones didn’t start randomly and joyously firing the weapons they confiscated from the bumbling duo. That seemed only natural, given their collective appetite for creating pandemonium. Maybe Maryann instructed them to be on their best worst behavior for her wedding night.
I also can’t say I was surprised at the way the Bill and Sam cooked up a plot to destroy Maryann’s wedding night-slash-sacrificial offering celebration. It seemed only natural after seeing Eggs drive another dagger into one more victim that Sam would be resuscitated thanks to Bill’s patented life-saving “drink my blood” strategy. This does form a bond between the two men who have rivaled over the attentions of fair Sookie, but does it also mean that Sam will start having vivid sex dreams about Vampire Bill? That will certainly ratchet the kink factor up a notch. Gay sex is almost passé on cable television now, but shape-shifting bestiality on same gender vampire sex? That’s pushing some envelopes.
Missing Michelle Already
Regardless how transparent the trickery involved in trapping Maryann, thumbs up to Michelle Forbes’ performance as a truly believable mythological creature. Getting a resolution to Maryann’s part of this story may have dragged on longer than many fans would have liked, but without Forbes charismatic presence the plotline could have been unforgivably tiresome. Her loving and selfless acceptance of the ox’s fatal blow was just as sincerely portrayed as was ultimate disillusion when she realized it was not her horned husband at all, but just a whiskey-shilling shape shifter playing the part. “Was there no god?”
I hope Sookie knows an excellent dry cleaner and seamstress if she ever wishes to wear Gran’s wedding dress herself one day. Of course that may not be anything Bon Temps favorite more-than-human waitress has to worry about anytime soon, because after wrestling with a quick bout of internal conflict over whether or not she should marry her vampiric paramour, in the ultra liberal state of Vermont (clever nod to gay marriage there) Sookie discovered her beau had been abducted.
Now the water cooler discussion today must be, who took Bill? It would seem an obvious enough guess, especially in light of Eric’s all-too-brief erotic Yahtzee scene with the Vampire Queen of New Orleans, that the black-gloved abductor would be Eric himself. He did give his word to Sophie-Anne that he would personally see to taking care of the apparently oft times troublesome Mr. Compton. That however is hopefully far too easy a solution. The next logical suspect then would be Bill’s former lover and maker, Lorena.
The black gloves holding the silver chain and stealth required to get a jump on someone of Bill’s dark abilities all point to probable vampire on vampire crime, but again, that seems a little too straightforward – especially given the context of a season finale.
Given what we know of the characters so far (I haven’t read the books, and now refuse to do so, as to not ruin any potential surprises – though I am aware the show does not blindly follow the Charlaine Harris’ stories) my guess is either the Light of Day members have reformed or we’ll find out the vampire shanghaier is a new character entirely.
So now we have some new questions besides, “What is Sookie?” and “Who kidnapped Bill?” I suggest we discuss them in the comment boxes below.
And What About These Questions?
Here they are: Who are Sam’s real parents? Why can’t Sookie use her electric powers at will? Will Jessica start to give in to her more sinister urges? How is Andy going to explain the bullet hole entry on the back of Eggs head, and most puzzling, why did Sookie think it was a good idea to reveal all of this knowledge to Eggs. It certainly would have been wiser to have Bill glamour him into forgetting for his own sake. Looks like Sookie cracked two eggs in this episode.
Alright then True Blood Believers. That’s all I’ve got. But stayed tuned for more unholy cable entertainment reviews next season. Same vamp time. Same vamp website.
Joe Oesterle is an award-winning writer and illustrator, but what he often fails to mention is that many of those awards were won on a New Jersey boardwalk. Pick up his latest books "Weird California" and "Weird Las Vegas" in any Barnes and Noble near you, and look for his next book, "Weird Hollywood," due out soon. www.JoeArtistWriter.com And be sure to check out his weekly animated rant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yts0HonSd3I