THE BON TEMPS TIMES—TRUE BLOOD SEASON 5 EPISODE 7 RECAP
Covers were finally blown and while Eric and Bill feed on original vampire Lilith’s blood, Sookie is set on getting rid of her faerie powers. Can Sookie really be just a regular waitress?
True Blood, Season 5, Episode 7, “In The Beginning”—Earlier this year, True Blood creator Alan Ball announce he was stepping down as showrunner, and it’s clearly evident this season. The major storyline—vampires who follow the original Jesus-like vamp Lilith—is one that started off somewhat intriguing, but it’s one that has a bit of a flaw, it really doesn’t involve the show’s titular character Sookie Stackhouse. In fact, if it weren’t for Sookie’s brother Jason’s storyline, which involves the mystery surrounding their parents’ death, Sookie probably wouldn’t factor in this season at all. Not good! She, along with her faerie powers, is literally hanging on by a thread.
Let’s take a moment to count how many storylines there are in Season Five.
1. The Eric, Bill, Russell, Roman, Salome and the Sanguinista battle.
2. Pam and Tara trying to form a baby vamp and maker relationship.
3. Terry and Paul running from an iFrit fire demon.
4. Lafayette dealing with the Brujo powers Jesus gifted him.
5. Sam Merlotte hunting down the hate group, inc. Hoyte, who are killing shifters.
6. Alcide and his fight to become the Pack Master of his wolf gang.
7. Jason Stackhouse trying to figure out the vampire who killed his family.
8. Sookie and her decision on whether to remain a faerie or become human.
OK we get it, Bon Temps has some really weird supernatural shit going on. Although I’m a supernatural junkie like most True Blood fans, it can get a little corny when too many of these stories are lumped together. It really forces viewers to disconnect with the characters and therefore hard to keep fans interested.
I’m also assuming that the writers are bored with the sex and love stories because this season, aside from the occasional peek at Alcide’s abs, there is no man-candy or lust for love. Snore.
In episode seven, all of these storylines made a brief appearance. We saw Terry and Patrick sitting in a field waiting for the fire monster to appear. Enough said. Does anyone really care? Tara gets a visit from her mother at Fangtasia where she’s now a pole stripper. Lettie-Mae tells Tara she is no longer her daughter. Tara later gets upset and hugs Pam. And because there is zero chemistry between Pam and Tara, does anyone really care? Lafayette goes down to Mexico to Don Bartolo’s house and finds Jesus’ head there. He is then caught and has his own mouth sewn up. But just when Don Bartolo is about to perform the ritual to take the Brujo powers that Jesus passed on to Lafayette unto his unborn child, the pregnant woman stabs Don Bartolo to death.
Sam is still on the hunt for the supe hate group. Also on this trail to find the Obama mask-wearing clan, Andy, pays a weird visit to the old Sheriff for advice, who oddly doesn’t want a part of it. Does he have any part of this?
Now that Hoyte is now a part of the group, it looks like Jessica is their next target. Speaking of Jessica, after Jason goes to see her for some friendly comfort he finds out that she’s been feeding on a man which makes Jason so mad he shoots her in the head (don’t worry she heals fast).
Meanwhile, Alcide begins training with fellow wolf Nikki to prepare for his fight with the v-addict pack master JD. However, the fight training didn’t last long as the pair decided to take a break to give in to give in to their attraction; Martha interrupts them. Boo.
But on to more important matters, Bill and Eric find out that Salome was the one who dug out Russell and that she is the driving force in the Sanguinista cause—to get rid of humans. After Salome offers the rest of the group what is said to be Lilith’s blood, they all take a sip including Bill and Eric, which sends them all on a serious high. While on a feeding frenzy, Lilith appears as an in-the-buff apparition, but just as Eric seems lost in the blood-sucking high, he is suddenly snapped out of it by a vision of his old maker Godrich, who tells him he must save his sister Nora, and that Lilith is not really there. It seems that Eric is the only smart one when it comes to those (in Eric’s words) “bible thumping cu*#s.”
After Sookie wakes up in that weird faerie sex club, she finds out from the two faeries, Claudia and Claude, that she has more powers than she knows BUT because she’s only part faerIe, her powers are finite, which means she has to use them sparingly. This forces Sookie to consider whether or not she wants to be a normal human being. In the end, we see Sookie shooting out her powers to get rid of them for good. Jason sees the light in the sky and runs to get to her. Will he get to her on time?
True Blood airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO and HBO Canada.