Episode 6, “Don’t You Feel Me”
Let’s cut straight to the chase here, and the long anticipated human death. Is it wrong that I found Terry’s demise mildly un-moving? Perhaps it’s because once Holly had the really good idea of glamouring him into forgetting he was ever in the Marines, I pretty much knew he was going to be the one to go, or was it that I was simply relieved it wasn’t Lala? Sorry Terry, but I actually felt more pain during several other very moving moments in this episode. Maybe next week when Andy reacts to the death of his beloved cousin I might more acutely feel this loss?
It is however still fitting to write “RIP Terry Bellefleur”, your death may not have lived up to the hype and your smoke monster story-line deserved the true death but you were a sweet and gentle guy, you loved your family and you never did kill anything by accident. I hope someone somewhere sees fit to take care of your pet armadillo for you.
Sam made the right decision and let Emma go with her grandmother, and Martha made the right decision and left the wolf-pack far behind. (Insert here anything you want to say about Alcide and his dad because I can’t even be arsed anymore).
This was a great episode for Jason Stackhouse, the brother who is stupid managed to con his way into Vamp Camp in the space of a few brief hours, and his scenes with Sarah Newlin were absolutely top class. The high-heeled blonde vixen is turning into my very favourite villain ever on True Blood. I look forward to more Jason/Sarah face-offs in the episodes to come. Ryan Kwanten is one of the show’s most precious gems, and his face when Queen Bitch introduced Jessica to the scientific copulation observation moved me on so many more levels than the death by the dumpster at Merlottes.
Add Jessica to my current feels list, she’s the most human of our vampires who wants to be punished for her crimes. New boy James was having none of it. James looks like just the kind of emo-vamp that teenage girls will lap up, and that might mean that he could be perfect for Jess.
Moving onto House Northman.
I’m fairly sure no one was fooled into thinking that Eric and Pam might actually attack each other and it all ended pretty much how we thought it would. The Governor planned to kill Eric slowly and for him to feel “immeasurable loss” along the way. Thankfully for Pam, she is excused from being the cause of such pain as the local shrink has a thing for her, and poor Nora will be used instead.
This whole scenario was completely excellent, and as a viewer, I could most certainly feel Eric’s pain, aggression and helplessness in equal measures as his sister was injected with a seemingly lethal dose of “Hep V”. (Steve Newlin may stick around for a while as he’s one of those recurring characters but the Viking will catch up him in the end I have no doubt – just ask Russell Edgington).
Whilst House Northman may be losing Nora very soon, let’s not forget the newest member of the clan. I was straight up from the start in my appreciation of the new characters this season (Willa, the Governor and Ben) and the final scene between Willa and her human dad was another great moment . You can already see the Viking attitude deep inside her (Pussy-whipped mother*cker) . I already knew Bill was going to decapitate the Gov, but I didn’t expect that he wouldn’t even put up a fight. His human daughter had been everything to him and as she is no more, he was happy to die for the cause. And whilst I’m sure Bilith got a lot of satisfaction out of walking in the sun and getting revenge for all vampires by killing the man who sought to destroy them, he still hasn’t got anybody out of Vamp Camp and needs to remember that behind every strong man is an even stronger woman, indeed he has the power of Lilith behind him and the Governor’s most dangerous asset is still alive, whoring for Christ and kicking the crap out of anything that gets in her high-heeled way.
Willa is down to just one daddy now, and the sexy one that was shackled in a cage most definitely needed her. We’ll never find out whether she beat her new best friend Tara at Connect 4 because Eric was calling (and when Eric calls, you get up and move your ass). Ok the bit about her ripping out the guard’s contact lenses so he could be glamoured was a little bit too much (why didn’t the prisoners just do that before?) but I’ll let it slide because Baby Vampire did good and even got to rip off an arm as a reward. So Eric is out of his cage, with an ailing Nora in tow. He wants to get Pam, and Willa wants him to get Tara and Jessica too. Ever the reluctant hero he says “I guess”. And then it’s time for another Eric Northman human disguise which allows him to discover the devious plan to destroy vampires with contaminated “Tru Blood”.
As we leave them, the greatest vampire family in the history of the world were still working on a way out of Camp, and I can’t help but wonder if Nora’s plight means we might be due this season’s obligatory Godric appearance very, very soon.
And so to Sookie and Benlow. The episode began and ended with them (Benkie anyone? Or maybe Soolow?) Mmmm I’m going to tread carefully with this one, partly because I know opinions are very strong (one way or the other) and partly because although I’ve now seen the episode 3 times I’m still not sure what my own opinion actually is. With his maker’s apparent permission Benlow rescues Sookie from drowning and they teleport to a faerie place. Benlow wants to be tied up as he hasn’t fed today and Sookie is more than happy to oblige. Was I surprised that Sookie so readily embraced her inner danger-whore and went for a ride on the faepire express? Yes. Was I completely mortified when it happened? I’m just not sure anymore.
On one hand Sookie was finished with vampires, she gave Eric the elbow to try and get back to a normal life. On the other hand, Benlow can do what Eric can’t and share her light. On this crazy show many characters have had sex for a whole variety of reasons, sometimes with someone they don’t even like, but when Sookie has had sex so far it has been all about love. When she gives a guy her faerie vagina, she has always given them her faerie heart as well. Is she falling in love with Benlow? What’s the bit about herself that she is accepting now? That Benlow is the one for her or that she’s just going to keep going from one dangerous man to another? (Was everything that happened even real?) I’m a little confused in Sookieville right now. I honestly have no idea where this one is heading and on some levels I actually like that.
I for one would be very surprised if a character introduced 6 seasons into the story ends up being the perfect romantic option for the heroine of the show. But as I finish off another recap I’ll be going away and wrestling with myself as to whether or not Sookie has the capacity to make or break my enjoyment of my favorite show anymore . I’m not sure she does. All I know for definite right now is that if Eric, Jason, Pam, Tara, Willa and Jess don’t all get out of Vamp Camp alive I’m going to be very, very pissed off.
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