A follower of ours sent in their thoughts to us on True Blood Episode 11, “Soul of Fire”! After watching the episode, she had to write everything down because the episode affected her so much. We thought that many of you might find what she had to say interesting, and you might even agree with her. So, we asked her if it would be alright if we shared it with you!
Remember…these are her own thoughts and feelings about the episode! If you would like to see what she wrote…
True Blood Critic of “Soul of Fire”
This episode was the first time I ever saw True Blood and wondered if I should stop watching it.
So far, it has never happened. Because, this time, Sookie looked like a little bitch. And I didn’t appreciate it.
Let’s not even start by the fact that Sookie walked once more into trouble. All the vampires stated “Fucking Sookie” and, let’s face it, they’re right. She always makes the stupid decision. She always walks into a god awful situation and ends up needing to be saved.
Really, “fucking Sookie”. But, I can forgive her for that. This is what Sookie does! It’s part of her character both in the books and on the TV show and we all love her for it. (Most of the times, at least.)
My real problem is that, in this episode, Anna Paquin (and whoever was directing her) forgot everything Sookie Stackhouse is about. That girl’s got attitude and fire and boldness to spare.
When Eric and Bill offer themselves in exchange for her, she doesn’t look nearly as desperate as she should. When Eric kneels to be the first to die, no questions asked, you don’t see a Sookie Stackhouse reaction. Sookie would’ve run for that barrier, would’ve done something even MORE stupid, so she could stop that slaughter. The way she just stood there, annoyed me like nothing before.
Next up, is Sookie’s stupid decision number two, in joining that circle when she knows Marnie is going to try to hurt the very same vampires that just offered their lives for hers.
WTF Sookie? “Is that bitch crazy?” was all I could think about at that moment. If she needed to be in the circle to shoot light from her hands, for story purposes, at least she could’ve been forced to join it. Like, physically forced.
But doing it like she did, after what Marnie said, was plain dumb. Sookie, who has been so fierce in the face of 3000 year old vampires, maenads or V addicted werewolves, should’ve been braver.
Even when she was surrounded by fire, I never thought she would erupt into shrieks of desperation and panic. I’m not saying a girl’s not entitled to be scared (I would get shriek too), but we have seen Sookie face crazy stuff without batting an eyelash. In a situation like that, I imagined she would yell at Marnie, call her names, scream at Tara for help. Not going down without a fight.
The only thing I think she did right was to not talk to Eric OR Bill in the final moments of the episode. If she doesn’t know what to say, it’s best for everyone involved that she keeps quiet. So kudos, Sookie (and writer of the ep) for one good decision amongst some really bad ones.
On Eric’s side, my review isn’t so drastic, but I wasn’t in love with it either. First, I liked when he asked Bill if he really expected Sookie to comply. It shows how well he knows the telepathic barmaid and that he accepts her for who she is, not a better version of what she could be, like Bill seems to.
At the end of this episode, though, I’m starting to think that Eric shouldn’t accept her that well, because she’s not doing much to deserve it.
When it comes to the “sacrifice” plot, it’s obvious that Sookie doesn’t expect Eric to do it, even if Bill is somehow expected to. So, in a way, it was Eric’s opportunity to prove his love. He was the one with something to establish: Bill loves Sookie and everyone, including Sookie, is pretty tired of that knowledge.
Eric ends up making the decision to die for her, and I’m not mad at him for it, like Pam is. In fact, it’s surprising (and courageous of him) that he’s not hiding from his feelings, like he did in the book. Let’s call that progress.
But the way it’s done, makes Eric feel completely unappreciated and it’s hurtful to see. He’s putting himself out there, for what? He’s getting into a huge fight with Pam, for what?
The writer of this episode stated that Eric and Pam will stay mad with each other over this, for some episodes to come (that means, it will still be an issue in season 5). I can’t see Pam liking Sookie anytime soon.
I understand where Pam is coming from and so should’ve Eric. He’s angry, ok, but it bothers me to see them angry over this Sookie. The one that doesn’t deserve it.
About the heart thing? Didn’t even make me blink and I thought it was smart of Eric, he’s stating something to Sookie, for all to see:
“Look, this is me. I’m a vampire. I’ll do anything to keep you safe. I’ll kill for you, I’ll give my life for you and I’ll even fight my best friend to keep you alive. I’ll listen to what you have to say and I’ll care for your opinions. I accept you. But it has to be mutual, because I’m still me. A thousand year old vampire who likes to fight and kill. I’m a warrior and I’ll always be. You either take it or leave it.”
And for once, nothing that Bill did bothered me. He loves Sookie and like Eric, he will do what he must. It’s Sookie that should’ve known better. Right now, I sincerely hope that she gets neither.
We want to say a special thanks to Joana, @coheny on Twitter for sending this in to us!
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