TRUE BLOOD 5.8: “Somebody That I Used to Know”

In Joel and Ethan Coen‘s comedy classic Raising Arizona, repeat offending small-time criminal H.I. McDonnough (Nicolas Cage) goes before the parole board.

Parole Board Chairman: They’ve got a name for people like you, H.I. That name is called “recidivism.”… Not a pretty name is it, H.I.?

H.I.: No, sir. That’s one bonehead name.

Well, this week’s episode proved that TRUE BLOOD is a recidivist. And it wasn’t pretty. It was downright boneheaded. And boring.

TRUE BLOOD went right back to the way it had been all season before last week’s breakout episode. Yes, after the glory that was last week’s best episode of the season — featuring Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) swanning through Bon Temps, leaving a trail of carnage (plus a minimum of stupid B stories) — this week we got almost no Russell, and had to suffer through lots of shapeshifter crap, werewolf pack politics (seriously?), and Sookie once again whining about being a fairy and angsting over what happened decades ago when she was a small child whose bloody Band-Aid attracted the attention of the vampire who killed her parents (at least, in her retrofitted continuity, that is). Oh, and still more Pam and Tara. Ugh.

I could understand Sookie (Anna Paquin) suffering a few pangs of guilt about the vampire thing, but c’mon, it’s not her fault she was born half-fairy; one of her parents is responsible for that little fact (and his/her own death). I’m gonna guess that the Stackhouse dad strayed and knocked up some hot fairy princess. That’s why his ghost is trying to alert Jason to something in his dreams. Or maybe — oh, Great Cthulhu, I almost sound as if I care! Trust me, I don’t.

I think that Sookie manifested yet another new power when she did that flashback thing — which is its own kind of stupid. How many new abilities is she going to get? The producers might think it’s fascinating, but I think it’s just silly — and it’s lazy writing. “We need to fill 15 minutes in the next script.” “Give Sookie another damn power and move on…”

Within the show’s continuity, why would Sookie want to get rid of her fairy powers? (And is firing blindly into the air the best way to do it…) She can zap vampires with her fairy light, and she currently doesn’t like vampires anymore. And, sooner or later, one of these new abilities is bound to be something interesting/cool. What does she hope to accomplish by becoming fey no more? It’s too late to bring her parents back. The past is over and done with. To borrow a phrase from DOCTOR WHO, “Time cannot be rewritten.”

Unless… unless Sookie gets another new freaky fairy power — one that lets her change the past! Or somebody else suddenly develops that power. After all, each one of the “normal” people in Bon Temps is being given a supernatural gift each season, so why not? This is TRUE BLOOD — it could happen

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