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True Blood: Somebody That I Used to Know Review

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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
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True Blood: Somebody That I Used to Know Review

What's in a name?

By Joel Rickenbach     July 30, 2012
Source: Mania.com

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 

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isgrimner 7/30/2012 8:49:21 AM

I was disappointed that Eric didn't do anything really confrontational with the group hopped up on Lilith blood.  I wanted to see him kill at least one of the group. 

You are right that we will disagree about Terry's story being interesting.  Its just thrown in to keep the side character actors busy and on screen. 

I don't think Dragon is Hoyt's mom, didn't look large enough.  Dearborne is a good suspect though.  Since Hoyt knows the driver, you'd expect we know him/her too or they probably would have shown them. 

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/30/2012 10:37:57 AM

I'm glad that Elliott Smith was getting some love at the end credits scene.  Sweet.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/30/2012 10:41:45 AM

Maybe Lillith's blood changed Bill into a junky sort of.  The same way some people change whenever they start taking drugs or whatever.

redhairs99 7/30/2012 11:56:08 AM

 Yup, Terry's damn fire monster story is absolutely terrible!

No interest in the wolf pack leader fight...maybe Russel's presence will redeem it but we'll wait and see.

Not sure what they are doing with Bill as a character.  I'm inclined to agree that he's playing the game to further figure out what's going on within the authority.

How exactly did Luna turn into Sam?  I thought it was explained that to shift into a another person, the shifter would have to have taken a life/muder someone.  This is 2 weeks in a row that the writer's seem to have forgotten story points with regards to Luna.  Last week, it was with her BFF, Sookie whom she's never met and now this week, she shifts into Sam but never killed anyone? 

shac2846 7/30/2012 1:29:57 PM

 Is Deborah Anne Woll naked in this ep? That's all I need to know.

TheSilentKiller 7/30/2012 5:27:35 PM

 Shac - sadly, dismally no.

What is this BS with the pack challenge? This should be a fight to the death, not a game of Elmer freaking Fudd.

Also, are we really supposed to believe that the kid they let go isn't going running straight to the cops? 

Siiiigh.

xJokersxWildx 8/1/2012 6:31:53 AM

Eric cant do anything right now. He'll be overpowered and get killed himself.  He will figure out a way he always does to make things right.  Bill has to be playing along with the whole group. No way he's brainwashed.

Luna slept with Sam's brother who was turned into Sam at the time. My guess is she's inherited something possibly she's pregnant.

 

ryanwareham 8/2/2012 12:19:56 PM

the reason she can shapeshift into another person was explained by her when she first talked about it - she told sam she was responsible for her mother's death in childbirth, and that when she was younger she turned into her mom (based on pictures) to try to get an idea of what kind of person she was since she never got to know her.

It was at that point sam found out it was possible to change into a person and his brother did so well after that point in the show.

 

As for the review, i like the ifrit//terry story and lafayette in general. lafayette has got to be the most believable person in this season so far in terms of "handling reality" in this fictional universe.

Bill is a survivor - he's said that before. He'll do what's necessary to survive, and in this case it means going along some with the authority but not to the point that he can't redeem himself in Eric's eyes after someone kills Russel and Eric stakes the rest of the council in the finale. Russell being 2000 years older than Eric would destroy him if Eric tried to do anything.

I think the most humorous/overlooked part of the episode is the good Reverand becoming bff's with Russell (or maybe it's just bf in this case?)

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