Finally! Story development, awesome dialogue, and some decent action! True Blood Episode 8, Somebody That I Used to Know, comes out swinging from the very first scene. While Season 5 has had its ups and downs it still appears to be building a strong storyline with more and more of the main characters grouping together naturally as opposed to being forced together.
One thing I’ve seen on a lot of message boards is the complaint that Sookie (Anna Paquin) still hasn’t got her kit off yet. While this is a completely perverted point it’s still a valid question as historically by episode 4/5 there’s been some naked Sookie action every single season previous but after seeing the True Blood Comic-Con panel there’s a very good reason why this season is different. Anna is extremely pregnant…with twins! Anna and Stephen Moyer (who plays Bill) are about to be fairy/vampire parents. Fortunately for all you perverts (you know who you are) there’s still lots of skin to go around.
One of the most entertaining story arcs this episode has been one of the most boring all season. After Sam (Sam Trammell) and Luna (JaninaGavankar) were shot by the hillbilly brigade Sam has been assisting Sheriff Andy (Chris Bauer) in hunting them down and finally catches one at the hospital. Luna is frustrated that she can’t help but suddenly losing control of her shape-shifting abilities gives her something else to think about as she morphs into Sam. There are very few things weirder than watching Sam Trammell act like a woman and/or cradle himself in his lap before kissing himself on the forehead. The only downfall here is there’s no reason as to why she can suddenly turn into other humans. As explained last season, only a shifter who kills another shifter can get this particular ability. Might raise some questions about Luna...
Mass amounts of shiny kudos have to be given to the writers for giving Sheriff Andy the best lines in this episode (“Shut up butt-plug!” “Now listen here f**k-stick!” and the classic “My taser’s going to ask your nuts to the big dance.”). We also finally get to see Sam turn into something threatening in order to get information out of one of the hillbillies when he finds out that they’ve kidnapped Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll).
Fortunately for her Hoyt (Jim Parrack) isn’t a complete idiot and does the right thing by saving her. However he does hold onto his manhood by getting the final word. He then gets lost only to be picked up by someone he knows who points a gun at him. Could this be ‘Dragon’? Who is Dragon? My money is currently on it being ex-SheriffDearborne. But I’ve been wrong before (once or twice).
Jason (Ryan Kwanten) talks Sookie out of getting rid of her fairy powers because, let’s face it, even fairy power is better than no power. They head back to the fairy burlesque and decide to channel some sort of airy fairy (see what I did there?) environmental power to see into the past. Basically it turns out that fairies are nothing more than a bunch of hippies. Sookie manages to inhabit the spirit of her mother and then the vampire that killed her who later visits her in her bathroom. Never a dull moment.
The Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) sitcom continues when Tara encounters a snotty ex-high school acquaintance who treats her like crap. Pam makes the blonde bimbo a gift to Tara who consequently eats her. See, vampires can be giving too!
Here’s what I learned about werewolf sex this week. There’s a lot of pouncing around the bedroom and a lot of growling. In other werewolf news Alcide (Joe Manganiello) gets his ass handed to him in a fight with an old guy. Hopefully this closes off the pack storyline and gets Alcide onto something more interesting.
After Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis) encounter with the old bearded Mexican witch doctor he returns home much more like his old self (flamboyantly gay with a touch of attitude). Arlene and Holly ask him to fake a séance in order to convince Terry that there’s no evil fire demon after him. The plan backfires when Lafayette actually makes contact (hilarious scene) and Terry and his friend find out that one must die for the other to live. As a brave and true war hero Terry’s friend runs out the door.
Back at the Vampire Authority Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) has sobered up from his vampire blood high and we find out that Lilith was more of a hallucination than anything else. Everyone else is still tickled pink…or red in this case. Eric tries to convince both his sister Nora (Lucy Griffiths) and Bill that what they’re doing is wrong but doesn’t get very far. The final scene appears very chilling as Bill turns to the dark side and joins the authority in their plans…or does he?
Four more episodes remain in this season and it’s hard to tell who the bad guy is as there’s so many of them. We have Sookie’s dark vampire, Lilith the vampire demon, Ifrit the fire demon, someone named Dragon, and Russell Edgington and the rest of the Vampire Authority.
Through all this it’s important to remember some things: if you’re going to have werewolf sex make sure you growl lots, and pounce around the room.
I give Somebody That I Used to Know 9 tasers to the nuts out of 10.