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True Blood Turn! Turn! Turn! Review

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  • Episode: Turn! Turn! Turn!
  • Cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgård
  • Written By: Brian Buckner, Alan Ball (creator), Charlaine Harris (novels)
  • Directed By: Daniel Minahan
  • Network: HBO
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True Blood Turn! Turn! Turn! Review

The almost adventures of Marcellus Clark and Ike Applebaum

By Joel Rickenbach     June 11, 2012
Source: Mania.com

Hey! True Blood is back! And it picks up the moment last season ended, except that moment happened almost a year ago, and in case you forgot- Quite a few people died, and that means quite a few dead bodies. See if you can follow me: Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) have to deal with the bodies of Debbie Pelt (Brit Morgan), who Sookie killed, and Tara (Rutina Wesley), who died saving Sookie. Lafayette has to deal with the grief of killing his boyfriend, Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), and the fact that his body is suddenly missing. Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) have to deal with the gooey remains of Nan Flanagan's (Jessica Tuck) body, and Sam (Sam Trammell) is forced to show the local werewolf pack where their former leader Marcus' (Daniel Buran) body lies. A body from two seasons ago, that of King Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), is missing from the concrete tomb where it was left at the end of season 3.  Oh, and reverend Newlin (Michael McMillian) wants Jason Stackhouse's (Ryan Kwanten) body... badly.
This episode treads the well worn "Picking up the pieces" formula- there's a lot left over, but not enough "new" to get what the feel of this new season will be. I may be in the minority here, but as someone who has read a good portion of the novels, I actually think the show is the superior of the two. The simple reason is the show fleshes out the supporting cast far more than the books do. The show will shift from character to character, storyline to storyline, weaving us a tapestry of guilty pleasures, whereas the books are firmly from Sookie's perspective. 
There's some intriguing stuff afoot in Bon Temps, it will just take a few episodes for these threads to really start humming along. Terry's Army buddy, Patrick Devins (Scott Foley) brings tidings of mysterious fires plaguing other members of their Iraq platoon, which could be interesting. Bill and Eric get captured, escape, and get captured again, which isn't all that interesting in itself, but it will no doubt lead to the Christopher Meloni character, and seeing their reaction to the news Russell Edgington is loose definitely brings some excitement. Anything involving what the newly minted vamp, reverend Newlin, is up to is absolutely exciting, and dealing with the death of Tara is, well, a missed opportunity in my book.
One of the biggest complaints about True Blood is that it protects its core cast. Sure, plenty of people die on the show, but all the heavy hitters seem to make through to the other side. We thought that might change with Tara's self sacrifice in the path of a shotgun, but of course we should have known better. Sookie and Lafayette get Pam (Kristen Bauer van Straten) to try and turn Tara so she gets a second shot at life. Pam opens a vein, puts on her best Wal-Mart sweater, and gets herself six feet under with the cold, dead Tara. The next night, Sookie and Lafayette are waiting at the shallow grave, anticipating Tara's resurrection. Pam emerges, quick witted as ever, but not Tara. Sookie frantically digs until she finds the peaceful body of her best friend. The realization sets in that she's not coming back, and as a viewer it starts to get powerful. With all the supernatural hijinks this show pulls out of thin air, it was refreshing to see the harsh reality of a main character actually dying. It was a real moment, until Tara popped out of the dirt in full vamp mode.
Sigh...
Best moment: Pam saying "Super snatch"
Worst Moment: Pretty much anything involving Sam

So what do you think- Is True Blood getting long in the fang, or is it as good as it ever was?

 

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wish 6/11/2012 9:26:39 AM

I liked it, it had all the usual elements of what makes True Blood the show that it is, lots of interesting characters with interesting problems, lots of pretty flesh to get excited about and all the while maintaining the wit and drama in the right doses to prove exactly why this show has now made it to 5 seasons.  I don't know what your problem with Sam is, I like the character and the actor playing him, I guess it's just personal opinion.  Maybe last season wasn't up to par for enough people to call it a good season overall, but I enjoyed it and this season sure started pretty awesome already!  So I'll have to say NO, it's not getting tired yet, though the show surviving without Alan Ball remains to be seen, or even if they'll try, I'm pretty sure they haven't committed to a 6th season yet......

I'm glad it's back!!  Deborah Ann Woll is still the hottest girl alive!!!!

redhairs99 6/11/2012 1:16:54 PM

I'll agree with the best moment of the episode, but disagree on the worst moment.  I can't tell you how happy I was last season when Tara was shot and supposedly killed.  Then we have the great stuff with the realization that Tara ain't coming back only to have the producers quickly turn that into Tara the Vampire!  I knew it would end that why but I was holding out hope that I'd be wrong.  My major complaint with this show from the beginning was that I didn't care for Tara's character or any of her story arcs...just my opinion though.

hanso 6/11/2012 2:16:24 PM

 Hotness,Jessica is hotness!

krakken 6/12/2012 5:04:57 PM

 Am I the only one who couldn't keep their eyes off jessica's ass in that red dress when she was doing karaoke?  no, i most certainly am not!

lazarus 6/12/2012 5:48:21 PM

Yeah I would pretty much kill someone to tap Jessica, man I love redheads. Red on top, fire in the hole.

Best moment for me, "I don't mean to mention the obvious but you do realize she is missing a good chunk of her brain. There is no telling that if I do turn her she won't be some kind of vampire fucktard." LOL.

invisage 6/13/2012 1:07:33 AM

 Actually I'm not normally a fan of red heads but jes is all kinds of hot. Redhairs: agree about Tara but she was kinda interesting when she was a butch fight club lesbian. Maybe being a vampire will make her more interesting. Glad it's back though

halfbloodprincess 6/13/2012 9:20:18 AM

 Tara being a vampire is probably one of the worst things ever. She was already a out of her mind human, what will she do now that she has real power? Granted it could be very interesting but probably just a really bad idea. Plus Pam is her maker and Pam is not really on the Sookie wagon.

firstrays74 6/13/2012 3:13:08 PM

Could not agree more with redhairs99. TARA is the worst par tof this show. Whiny, poorly scripted, bad story arcs, self loathing. How can a person so able to stand up for Sookie, be so lousy standing up for herself?Spare me psycho babble, it is just boring TV. I was so happy she was off'd ... hoping she got a gig on another show to play a different character and perhaps prove she is a worthy actress, because in this show she ... sucks.

joelr 6/14/2012 10:46:53 AM

I don't want people to think I dislike Sam, I actually like him quite a bit, but his current situation is not exactly exciting. I hope it parlays into something interesting this season.

I also agree that Tara was never a great character, she was tertiary at best in the early books, and it seems the TV writers ran out of things for her to do that would connect to the central plot. Despite her need for self defence, the kickboxing thing was sooo out of left field. If Tara becomes an uninhibited dark side kind of vampire, that may actually be cool.

InnerSanctum 6/19/2012 3:09:18 PM

 I agree...it is okay to kill off and introduce some core characters.  Tara should really have stayed dead.  She annoys the hell out of me.  

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