True Blood “Hitting the Ground” episode review

Apologies for the lack of review last week. Things got a bit hectic after San Diego Comic-Con and I never quite got caught up on everything. While I was there, however, I did see James Frain (Franklin) posing for fan pics outside of the Hard Rock Hotel and am happy to report he was quite handsome in person, especially considering the last time I saw him.

This week’s episode continued the fun and spilled even more blood. And there were bonus coma dreams. But sadly, Alcide did not get naked again.

So, wow. Lorena gets staked by Sookie before the opening credits. Do vamps die a bit differently depending on age or are the FX people different this season? Longshadow and Eddie seemed more…stringy. But anyway, I’m glad that loopy bitch is gone. What kind of repercussions will Sookie face for killing her? At episode’s end, I’m not entirely sure anyone official will punish her.

I love this new Tara. Two episodes in a row of Tara not being stupid and powerless! This was the girl I liked in the pilot episode. Using Sookie’s telepathy in a fight is smart; I hate to think how that standoff with Debbie could’ve ended if Tara wasn’t quick-thinking and still high on V. It’s so easy for Sookie to tell Tara that two wrongs don’t make a right when Tara was the one Bill left to die and then become a vampire. I don’t blame Tara one bit for kicking Bill into the sun. I suspect their already shaky relationship will be even more tense, but Bill will understand why.

And what about werewolf law? Alcide shot Cooter, but Cooter wasn’t part of Alcide’s pack. Werewolves don’t seem to have as much organization as vampires, but I believe Debbie when she says she’s going to do her best to hunt Alcide down. Great delivery in that scene. Also interesting to learn that Alcide doesn’t want to make more werewolf puppies. Are there any “good guy” supernaturals on this show who don’t hate themselves and their own kind?

Sam might be the only one to embrace what he is. Maybe not fully or openly, but he had pride in himself when he rescued Tommy from the indignities of a dog-fighting ring and told Joe Lee and Mindy to basically fuck off. Where do the half-brothers go from here? Please let it be someplace far, far away from the sight of seeing Joe Lee in his saggy underwear.

Lots of vampire court stuff with Russell and Sophie-Anne. And Eric being all bad and turning Sookie’s cousin Hadley. And now Russell and Sophie-Ann are married and the King of Mississippi and Louisiana is ready to start his campaign for total vampire dominance. This is so much better than Mary-Ann’s Big Bad from last season.

And lastly, Sookie. I am not a fan of coma dreams as a plot device on TV shows. It looked like Sookie had wandered into the musical number at the end of The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Are those dancing, prancing, light-drinking hippies…fairies? Sure, why not? But dear Oberon, if that’s so, please less frolicking. I hated all that stuff when Mary-Ann did it last season, too. And fairies appear to be anti-vampire. And if Sookie and Jason’s parents didn’t die in a flood, what killed them? So we have some good mysteries set up.

But no new episode again next week!

Some highlights:

  • Jason’s best line: “I never thought I was smart enough to be depressed, but, well, here I am.” Followed close by Jason casting a vote for Hoyt’s new “girlfriend” Summer and her biscuits.
  • Pam telling the Magister he could pierce her eyelids with silver Tiffany earrings. Pam is so hardcore.
  • Sookie to Lorena: “You wouldn’t know love if it kicked you in the fangs!” [stake]
  • Lafayette’s “WHAT?” when Jason said he was looking to score meth, not V. Also enjoyed his recitation of an Inuit prayer over Sookie’s hospital bed.
  • Sam talking to a Rottweiller.

Share your opinions and favorite moments in the comments below. Are you pro-fairy dancing? How would you make a living as an unemployed shapeshifter?

Theresa DeLucci does not prance. Ever. Anywhere.


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