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- Episode: The Sun (Season 6, Episode 2)
- Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
- Written By: Angela Robinson, Alan Ball (creator), Charlaine Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by)
- Directed By: Daniel Attias
- Network: HBO
- Studio: Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Home Box Office (HBO)
True Blood: The Sun Review
By Joel Rickenbach
June 25, 2013
Now that the premiere is out of the way, we can finally start to sink into this new season, and begin to judge the road the many story threads are traveling. Are they taking us places we want to go? Or after five seasons is the show just spinning its wheels?
Speaking of roads, on a dark, misty night, a vortex opens above a lonely back road bridge, and out steps a vampiric member of ZZ Top. Who or what could this menacing figure be? It turns out the answer is quite simple- He’s Warlow, the fabled vampire that killed Sookie and Jason’s parents, which means Rutger Hauer is not. So who the hell is Rutger Hauer? He’s Niall Brigant, Sookie and Jason’s fairy godfather… yeah. Despite that little wrinkle, Rutger Hauer is always a joy to watch, and he has a fun scene with Jason where he proves his identity, and he finally gives Sookie some guidance on her fairy ways. The most interesting bit being that Sookie can exhaust all her fairy energy in one supernova burst, and any vampire caught in it’s power will be dust, even Warlow. Also, once Sookie goes all Human Torch, she will be fairy no more. Well ain’t that convenient!
What this episode does right is set the stakes, and make the tension start to feel palpable. At the end of the last episode, Tara was shot by the cops with some new sort of weapon. It turns out the bullet inside of her is silver with a UV light core, and it’s literally tearing her up from the inside out. The reaction our Fangtasia gang has to the bullet shows just how serious things have become- suddenly they're mortal. The conceit here is once the vampires destroyed the TruBlood factories all bets were essentially off. TruBlood was the pact the vampire community made with the humans, the one thing that kept the peace. Now it’s open season from both perspectives, and Governor Truman Burrell is on the warpath. The best scene in the episode comes when Eric does his best Clark Kent impression, and infiltrates the Governor’s inner sanctum disguised as a member of the Wildlife and Fisheries commission. He catches Governor Burrell in his hypnotic glamour, and seduces him into believing that he loves the vampire community, and will serve as a protector. Unfortunately for Eric, the Governor just laughs him off, turns out they’ve figured out how glamouring works, and have developed contacts that counteract the effects. They try to capture Eric, but he Supermans his way out of it (get it?), however he does come back later for the Governor’s free spirited daughter…
The most random plot thread of the episode goes to Sookie, who while walking to Merlottes literally finds another half-human, half-fairy lying on the side of the road. He’s hurt, so she takes him home, patches him up, he’s a hunk, eyelashes are batted, and we all simultaneously think “Does Sookie really need another dude in her life at this juncture? I’m guessing this guy, Ben, was there on purpose, and his plan will soon be revealed, at least I hope so, because otherwise it’s literally raining men in Bon Temps.
Another confusing choice so far this season is the show's attempt to make the werewolves completely unlikable. Alcide was once a knight in shining armor, now he just runs around with the rest of them growling like Batman. You would think he has the capacity to understand that Luna is best with someone who truly cares for her, like Sam, but he literally wants to throw her to the wolves, and one particular wolf- Martha Bozeman, who he has no reason to trust. Plus his little love puppy slaps around Lafayette, which just doesn't fly in my book. Here's hoping Alcide somehow gets back in the game, and Sam has more to worry about than some collegiate radicals trying to make him the Harvey Milk of shifters.
And then there's Bill (Billeth?), tortured by visions of violence against vampires, which eventually put him a bloody tearstained stupor. He dreams of being in the sun dappled field with his three blood soaked maidens, and eventually Lillith herself. This gives him the opportunity to exclaim such zingers as "Where am I?" "Who are you?" "What am I supposed to do?" It's not all bad, Jessica does order him a "Human edible", who is then telekinetically contorted and sucked dry by Bill doing his best "Awakenings" impression. There's also Jessica's prayer, which is an interesting way to take stock of our current situation, as she prays for everyone, even our beloved, and much missed Hoyt Fortenberry. We end with Bill snapping out of it, and realizing he can see the future, and in it everyone burns.
The Good: Incognito Eric
The Bad: The wonky contortion effects
The Ugly: Ben
Joel Rickenbach is a curator of cult cinema at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA, and can be heard every week talking film, TV and other geekery on the You’ve got GEEK podcast. Follow him onTwitter and hilarity will no doubt ensue.