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- TV Series: True Blood
- Episode: Timebomb
- 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: Alexander Woo
- Directed By: John Dahl
- Network: HBO
- Series: True Blood
TRUE BLOOD: Timebomb Review
Godric, Vampire Cat Fights and Boom! Oh My.
By Liana Aghajanian
August 10, 2009
Would it be fair to say that tonight’s episode was, ahem, explosive? I think so. In another edge-of- our seat ride through Bon Temps and Dallas, “Timebomb” gave an endearing glimpse into the relationship between Eric and his cherubic yet eons old maker Godric, who was holed up inside The Fellowship of the Sun headquarters before saving Sookie’s life just before things got quite uncomfortable to watch.
After Bill fails to show up to save Sookie from death and destruction, seeing as to he’s being held down by his clingy maker Lorena, she sends a telepathic message to Barry the Bellboy who then relays the message to her vampire – the trouble being that the message doesn’t get through to the right one, or does it? In a swoop, Eric comes flying out the swanky hotel doors to save Sookie and Godric.
Alexander Skarsgard fans were more than likely pleased at the ample screen time Eric received this Sunday and if all goes according to plan, it looks like we’ll be seeing more of him, as a budding relationship begins to emerge between Mr. Northman and Sookie. Frankly, it’s a welcome change as Bill and Sookie’s love connection has gone staler than an old bottle of Tru Blood for a few episodes now.
Eric, however, isn’t the only one fighting for Sookie. After Jason Stackhouse is found wandering in the woods by the paintball wielding Sarah Newlin, who seems to follow the “higher the hair, the closer to God” philosophy of styling, she tells him the Fellowship has a hold of Sookie. Jason doesn’t take kindly to such news and whips Sarah to the ground before taking off with her paintball gun to go rescue the only blood he has left.
Tara and Eggs are a whole other basket. Concerned that they seem to be missing days from their collective memory, the couple tries to figure out what has gotten into them, but not before they inhale a delicious meal cooked by the maenad that never goes away, Maryann. Hey, who wants some heart soufflé?While Tara and Eggs delve into a friendly game of domestic violence, Sam finds a post mortem Daphne in the Merlotte’s freezer, which results in him getting arrested, even though Andy Bellefleur came to his defense.
Poor Andy Bellefleur. You’d think in a world where the existence of vampires is as clear and bright as the daylight they can’t walk in, the authorities wouldn’t find it too far fetched to suspect supernatural foul play. Life sucks in Bon Temps if you’re a boozing cop.
Though “Timebomb” switched between so many story lines that keeping up with all the hullaballoo was rather difficult, it delivered some of the season’s most quotable lines so far – case in point: “I reckon I’ve been to heaven, it was inside your wife,” so eloquently spoken by Jason Stackhouse as he let Steve Newlin know what’s up. In the running, we also have an interesting exchange of words between Eric and Sookie:
“Godric is your maker.”
“Don’t use words you don’t understand.”
“You love him.”
“Don’t use words I don’t understand.”
Taking mercy on faithful True Blood viewers, “Timebomb” reveals answers to two major cliffhangers from previous episodes. As the deadly Dallas vamps bust into the Fellowship gangbusters style to wreak havoc on the humans, the undead world’s own pocket Buddha, Godric, quickly puts out the bloodsucking fire without a single drop of blood shed. And while Sookie and Co. find themselves at Godric’s pad to celebrate this triumphant return home, none other than the merciless Lorena shows up to claim her man, but not before trying to permanently erase Sookie from the picture. Once again following his “war is not the answer” policy, Godric quells the fight and banishes Lorena from his territory forever.
And then there’s Jessica and Hoyt, the plot twist that never quite reaches a climax, so to speak. In an unfortunate turn of events (even more unfortunate than Bill catching Jessica and Hoyt in coitus), Jessica discovers that even after she and Hoyt enjoyed each other’s company in bed, she will technically stay a virgin forever, spiraling her to the pits of teen angst. Their refreshing relationship does a True Blood episode’s body good, breaking up the gore and drama with a little bit of love, albeit a little painful for some parties involved.
True Blood always leaves its viewers wanting to fast forward to next Sunday, and this week was no different, as Luke, a Fellowship of the Sun recruit gains entry into the vampire soiree with a special message from Steve Newlin – a suicide mission complete with silver chains and wooden bullets ready to obliterate the nest. Chock full to the brim with crucial plot points and extraordinary takes on characters that are merely mentioned in passing in the Sookie Stackhouse series, things can only get better from here – even if there is a vampire/human war brewing in the midst.