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  • TV Series: True Blood
  • Episode: New World in My View
  • 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: Kate Barnow and Elisabeth R. Finch
  • Directed By: Adam Davidson
  • Network: HBO
  • Series: True Blood

TRUE BLOOD: New World in My View Review

Let's Sacrifice Him to Our God!

By Rob Vaux     August 24, 2009


Review of True Blood: New World in My View(2009).
© HBO/Robert Trate

 

What kind of po-faced killjoy do you have to be not to love True Blood? Not only does it feature blood orgies, demonic gods and meddling mothers drained dry, but it does so after one of the most unexpectedly touching moments of the summer. Last episode ended with the poignant death of Godric (Allan Hyde), choosing to perish by sunlight on the roof of the Hotel Carmilla while Sookie (Anna Paquin) spoke tender, heartfelt wishes that a better world might greet him afterwards. It then follows that up with a picture of a giant cock spray-painted on the Bon Temps welcome sign. That's pretty much the thematic equivalent of a groin pull and yet True Blood pulls it off without batting an eyelash.
 
The episode then moves into the real meat, with the town now completely under Maryann's (Michelle Forbes) spell and doing things in the street that used to get people burned at the stake.
 
It works marvelously, though "New World in My View" hits a minor stumbling block in its seemingly arbitrary selection of those immune to her Bacchanalian powers. Some make sense--Sookie, Sam (Sam Trammell) and the vampires, for instance, whose various forms of supernatural mojo keep them safe. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) can skate by too, since he was off in Dallas when Maryann started her Sympathy for the Devil routine. But how is Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) immune? Or Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack)? There may be some explanation buried deep in the lexicon (and if anyone knows it, I stand ready to be enlightened), but without it, it feels like the screenwriters are playing favorites: detracting from the overall mood and making the subsequent band of town-saving heroes just a little too convenient.
 
On the other hand, the sight of the blood-crazed Bon Temps citizens chasing poor Sam down like a fox before the hounds holds the perfect mixture of queasy humor and shudder-inducing chills. Director Adam Davidson draws upon threads from Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man (AKA The Good One) to show us just how far off the deep end they've gone: trapped in a crazed mob mentality where no one cares whether they live or die. It comes interspersed with laughs--Jason's inspired attempt to rescue Sam is hysterical--but the unsettling madness beneath it crawls under your skin and lingers for hours.
 
Speaking of The Wicker Man, that pagan-meat idol they built in Sookie's driveway has officially entered the short list of things you never want to see when coming home from a trip. Sookie may have the strength to face down Maryann, as her confrontation in the house displays, but the lingering question of how the hell you kill such a creature promises to bring the remainder of the season to a roaring conclusion. Maryann seems almost pleased that someone can actually hurt her, which may be the scariest thing yet to come out of the show.
 
"New World in My View" scores further points by orchestrating a number of other fascinating face-offs: Maryann and Sheriff Dearborne (William Sanderson), Jason and Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe), Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Mrs. Fortenberry (Dale Raoul). They serve as further proof that True Blood can still surprise us so easily, and that these characters still have infinite amounts to give. Minor hiccups aside, Sunday's episode embodies a show that has well and truly hit its stride, promising not only great things for the remainder of the season but equally great things in seasons to come. With energy and creativity like this on display, there's no reason to think it can't just get better and better.

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hanso 8/24/2009 9:51:50 AM

Lafayette is not immune.  A few episodes back there was a scene in the bar where Maryanne was sitting in a car outside Merlotte's and she made everyone start fighting with Tara.  If I remember correctly, Lafayette was one of them.

Hoyt hasn't been much time under Maryanne's presence to be influenced.

Maryanne's power don't seem to work by just people simply being in her presence.  She has to actively be trying to get you under her spell.

Anyway, I thought this episode was pretty funny even though it was a very short episode.  I got upset when it ended without showing us the vampire queen.

gauleyboy420 8/24/2009 11:32:44 AM

A really great episode, (and a great review too Rob. Good critisisms without seeming snarky)

It's eerie to see how far down Bon Temps has sunk under Maryannes influence. They should have learned from her tenure as Admiral of Pegasus that she is no good.

 

Totally wanted to see the queen...

 

I can't remember if Lafayette has been under the spell before, but I didn't think so.

I bet her spell over people  has to do with partying with her, and eating her food... Lafayette, Taras Mom, Hoyt, and Andy , seem to have spent very minimal time with Maryanne.

 

Loved seeing the peeps all chaotic, they were really scary, just the things people are capable of.

Good Humor (not the ice cream) in this ep.

avidfan 8/24/2009 11:47:38 AM

I thought this episode was great -despite Jason on the car with the antlers.  It is very cool Sookie can harm Maryanne.  Invincible villians (or heroes) take away from the whole conflict-drama angle.  It sucked we didn't see the queen but we will soon.

Drewseifu 8/24/2009 12:28:15 PM

I think the immunity has something to do with interaction between vampires. Everyone immune has drank vampire blood except Andy and Hoyt. Hoyt has had sex with Jessica so he still has had blood interaction with a vampire. However Andy being immune makes no sense.

Are we sure that Sookie hurt Maryanne? I watched that scene a few times (thanks DVR) and she doesnt really seem hurt, just surprised.

Regardless True Blood is an awesome show.

Skroin 8/24/2009 12:31:04 PM

Great episode.

I think you are correct hanso. When Tara wanted to Maryann out of the house because she wasn't needed, before leaving town, Maryann swings by the bar to send her mojo out to everyone to start picking on Tara. Lafeyette was one of them, but if I remember correctly, none of them had the black eyes at that point in time. So perhaps she can only start working her powers slow, just bringing out everyone's pet peeves to make them snappy and bitter. And the more she does so, the more control she gains until she's able to fully put her hoodoo over them. I'm sure I'm wrong about this, though. :D

But yeah, loved seeing the whole town in chaos with people running amok and bashing their heads against things. Really showed exactly how much has happened since Sookie and the crew were out of town. I'm curious as to what reason they come up with for Sookie's abilities. What would have happened to have caused that to happen in that situation as opposed to when she stood up to Bill's maker? But now that I think about it, I don't think Sookie actually touched the vamp chick when that went down, though.

I definately look forward to the next episode and can't wait to see the queen.

dracor00 8/24/2009 2:59:00 PM

if you remember from the begining of hte season. When she started the dance party in Merlotte's.  She got it started by touching people, Remember Andy said he does not dance but she touched him on the shoulder and whispered and up he was a dancing.  I think Direct touch or her F*ed up foodis how she controls the weaker willed people.  Through the entire season with the town dumping on andy his will has gotten stronger in his sense of being right that things are messed up.  I dont think maryann has had a chance to touch the others who are showing as immune.

Chopsaki 8/24/2009 3:22:16 PM

As far as Mary Ann's mind control power goes people with supernatural abilites seem immune.  Everyone eles it seems the Jedi Mindtrick rule applies. People with mental fortitude and willpower seem to be harder to control. When Sheriff Bud Dearborne was taken over even Mary Ann remarked "Wow!, that was fast". Also I believe several other characters who seem normal will be revealed latter to have some sort of ability. Stay tuned...

gauleyboy420 8/24/2009 3:52:49 PM

Dracor, I agree it's the food and drink that seals the deal.

 

As for Sheriff Larry and his brother Daryll, and his other brother Daryll (sorry couldn't resist) He was taken so quickly because he was sleep exhausted. She still would have gotten him, but his sleep deprivation played into him being taken easily.

wish 8/24/2009 9:44:53 PM

she is the ultimate seductress, but there has to be some willingness to give oneself to her, a catalyst for weakening the mind is needed, such as alcohol/drugs and sleep deprivation.  Everyone not under her spell has had reason to abstain from her presence and influence.  This is the best and most important show currently airing.

wish 8/24/2009 9:58:17 PM

according to IMDB, Evan Rachel Wood is Sophie-Anne, the 400-1100 year old vampire from France.....she is known as the "Queen of Louisianna" in next weeks episode titled "Frenzy"  This may be old info to most but it was news to me.

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