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True Blood: Everybody Wants to Rule the World Review

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  • 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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True Blood: Everybody Wants to Rule the World Review

Puppy Love

By Joel Rickenbach     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”. 

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SarcasticCaveman 8/7/2012 2:29:51 AM

 This was alright episode, but it left me angry with that SH*TTY cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"!

TheSilentKiller 8/7/2012 4:44:03 AM

 I loved Russell's accent change - though i can't help but wonder why we didn't see it in S3 when Eric killed his BF. Still - a great character moment.

wish 8/7/2012 4:59:38 AM

Whatever the accent change means it was very pronounced, and cool!  Russell is awesome, such a dangerous and seemingly unlimited in power villian! 

Good episode, great season so far, I guess they will get a 6th and possibly 7th season!

totally agree with you SC, had to rush to hit mute!  Nasty ass cover, nasty.

monkeyfoot 8/7/2012 7:06:08 AM

Geez, WTF just happened? I just typed a long comment and it just vanished?

monkeyfoot 8/7/2012 7:25:01 AM

Okay, now it's here...as I was saying....

I've lost most of my love for this show. It used to be a show about a world alot like our own where vampires revealed their existence and the consequences of that. We saw it all through the eyes of our main character Sookie with her own unusual gifts. Mysterious and sometimes shocking things would happen but not anything hugely bizarre.

Now with each passing season the show has become more soap-opera-sh (in the worst sense of that word) and...silly. Characters suddenly take off the wall turns and more and more of the most weird events happen everywhere. It's as though each season new writers try a completely different take on the show. Were-panther families, pagan spirits, or witches pop up and are just gone like they never existed by next season.

It was a world where vampires exposed was a world changing event but meeting someone like a mind-reading Sookie was still a magical event. Now there are werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies, ghosts, witches & sorcerers, evil ifrits, and goddesses around every corner. In all the history of the world where were all these supernatural things before and why are they everywhere now?

The only thing that a least keeps me partially watching are all the attractive women but the convoluted behavior, weird situations, and outrageous supernatural events have just put me off the show. Now I kind of feel about it the way I did for Smallville: what wacko silliness could they possibly come up with next? 

TheSilentKiller 8/7/2012 8:10:14 AM

 Hey Monkey - most everything in the show is sourced from the books in one way or another. Not sure it helps you any, but it is what it is, and mostly true to the essence of the source.

Just be glad the were tigers haven't shown up yet :).

joelr 8/7/2012 8:10:39 AM

Ha! I totally agree with the terrible juve-emo cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World". What's even odder is it plays over the last few shots, which is not something TB typically does.

mlaforce 8/7/2012 4:38:24 PM

A good show that is unfortunatley week in many sub plots as well as deluted and to add to that, no real good resolution to allot of those sub plots story lines...I loved the episode from last season where Jason Stackhouse had to save jessica from turning to ashes when the witches were making all the vamps go out into the day, now that was a great story line and to bad half the vamps on earth did not die, that would make this vamp revolution a little more exciting knowing they're numbers are not so large...All in all I seem to find myself coming back to this show every sunday an;d all in all I still kind of like it :)

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