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- Episode: Somebody That I Used to Know
- Cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
- Written By: Alan Ball (creator), Charlaine Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by)
- Directed By: Stephen Moyer
- Network: HBO
True Blood: Somebody That I Used to Know Review
What's in a name?
By Joel Rickenbach
July 30, 2012
I really wish this show was a bit quirkier. This episode opens with Luna shifting into Sam, and I'm not exactly sure why. Regardless, what follows for the rest of the episode is Sam Trammell playing two parts- one is the Sam we know, the other is the effeminate Sam-Luna. There's a few brief cases of mistaken identity, but the best bit is towards the end when Sam is cradling himself in his arms. The scene could have been better, but it was a fun and ridiculous visual to see the two Sams, and credit to the production for the effects and camera movement. I wish the show had more moments like this, particularly since True Blood has the menagerie of monsters to do it.
I suppose that request might be a tad unrealistic, but at the very least they should make the most of their assets. To illustrate my point, I give you Alcide's storyline. Besides the fact that his pack feels like a reheated biker gang burrito, what's actually going on is incredibly uninteresting. Alcide is vying for leader of the pack with JD, who, as a villain, couldn't be less interesting or threatening. How a storyline featuring werewolves and vampire blood can be so banal is beyond me. And don't get me started on his wolfish bounding across the bedroom. The one saving grace is it looks like next week Alcide's story collides with Russell Edgington's. Praise be to Lillith.
Speaking of Russell... what a come down from last week's sacred blood induced shenanigans. The reign of terror seems to have only broken up a karaoke wedding reception, and by broken up I mean sucked everyone dry. Eric seems to have sobered up rather quickly, and Bill... well, Bill is acting very out of character. We get a nice flashback of him visiting his dying, and much older, daughter. Bill, looking as young as the day Lorena made him, has the opportunity to make his daughter immortal. He doesn't, yet he does drain an innocent girl at Salome's request, thus showing the spark of change in Mr. Compton. Either that, or he's sacrificing his personal beliefs to get deep inside the new vampire authority. Yeah, it's probably the latter.
I know no one agrees with me, but Terry's story is still the most interesting of the bunch, especially now that Lafayette has entered the fray. Poor Lafayette, the writers seemed to not know what to do with him for the past seven episodes, but at least this week he's somewhat back to his old self. His half-hearted attempt to contact the spirit of the Iraqi woman was hilarious, and his reaction to her actually appearing was priceless. Maybe now he will accept his fate as a medium. Terry and Patrick having to kill one another to lift the curse is a nice twist; I hope it leads to a standoff with a surprising end.
Credit to the show for having Hoyt stick to his guns. Rescuing Jessica could have been an easy opportunity to set things back to the way they were, instead- Hoyt is a hero and still gives Jessica the kiss off. For those playing at home, my prediction is the shadowy figure in the car is former Sherriff Dearborne, who is also the mysterious "Dragon". I seriously doubt him popping up in last week's episode was random. However, if "Dragon" was Hoyt's mother...
And so we end with Sookie. She finally gets a name to call her parent's killer- Warlow. Is this just muffled misdirection? Or are we getting another big bad?
Best Moment: Eric's continued love for Godric Worst Moment: Luna rage