August 31st, 2009
12:38 PM ET

'True Blood': Uneven 'Frenzy' sets up big finale

Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, Aug. 30, episode of HBO’s “True Blood.”

A mess, hilarious, captivating and confusing.

Sunday night’s “True Blood” episode, “Frenzy,” was all of that.

Maybe it’s because the show was a setup for the season finale. But, wrapped around the typically creepy, hilarious and just plain fun scenes were some real duds.

Bill’s opening sequence with the queen? It dragged. How many times do we need to see Bill offered a tasty morsel and refuse it before we’re supposed to get the point?

The scene between Tara and her mother? Frustrating. OK, I get it. People need to do stupid things in horror movies/shows so they can get into potentially bloody situations. But she’d leave her family and closest friends to go rescue a guy she’s known for a couple of months? And her mother, despite a well-established lifetime of bad decisions, would help? It was just hard to believe, even by “let’s split up so I can go into the dark basement alone and fix the circuit breaker” standards.

And while we’re on Tara – an egg? Really? No … really? I’ll accept vampires, shape-shifters and immortal servants of a Greek god for you, Alan Ball. But that felt weird just for the sake of being weird.

All that said, there was still fun to be had. Take Lafayette and Sookie’s scenes on the front porch. Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette manages to be hilarious, sympathetic and brave. Consistently great character who the show’s creators, thankfully, didn’t kill off like the Charlaine Harris books did.

Eric’s scene with the “teacup humans” also rocked. Drool over the guy all you want – but don’t forget he’s the sort of creature that finds babies delicious.

Also, we find out how Maryanne got to Bon Temps and why she’s so set on catching Sam, are treated to another fun episode of Jason and Andy doing their Rambo impersonation and enjoy the wonderfully creepy sight of Jane carving up a special hors d’oeuvre for “the god who comes.”

I’m holding out hope that this week’s sloppiness was just a minor slip as the “True Blood” creators load up for an amazing finale.

Don’t forget there’s a two-week wait – no bloodsucking on Labor Day weekend.

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  1. スウエット

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    December 1, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. zither

    Feels like I am the only one who enjoyed the season (by reading these comments). I am completely hooked – it is imaginative and very different from all the other shows on TV now. I'm a little more liberal minded maybe, but I think it is great. The characters are diverse and sometimes hilarious. I am intrigued to see how they develop further in the storyline. I HATE having to wait 9 months for the new season. My only gripe at the moment. Keep it coming I'll watch to the bitter end.

    September 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sundown

    a dumb plot device? a metaphor for the whole finale, which laid a giant egg? my guess is because they are either 'supes' of some sort and don't know it or it is b/c jason and andy are inhabiting their own mental plane. sadly, i think the show has jumped the shark although i do like the potential for jessica and hoyt.

    September 14, 2009 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. LoveTB

    A few things:
    1. I think Maryann tried to use the voodoo woman and Daisy already. Those two "ingredients" didn't work for her recipe and now she's trying Sam (i.e. tweaking the recipe)

    2. Sookie is part fairy in the books. That might explain the light when she touched MaryAnn's face.

    3. I got nothing on the giant egg

    Any guesses as to why Jason and Andy are unaffected by MaryAnn's wrath?

    September 12, 2009 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nancy

    I have to agree...an egg? As someone who read the book series awhile ago, I enjoyed the first season of the show a lot. Where it did differ from the books, for the most part, I thought the show's plot line worked better, and I am also glad they didn't kill off Lafayette.

    This season though it just plain out there. I am trying to stick it out, if for nothing else than the blossoming relationship between Sookie and Eric, and for the antics of characters like Jason and Andy, who you can't help but love.

    I'm hoping Alan Ball has some sort of method to this madness, but so far I find myself wishing that the storyline of MaryAnn had kept to the one in Ms. Harris' book – almost non existent.

    September 11, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    And also i strongly agree with jacy (4 posts up)

    I really enjoyed the eric/godric back story, really well done. hope for more stuff like this.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    Well, after reading a few comment it seems most people feel that the show is going sorta downhill from original thoughts.

    This is the same for me.

    Its starting to get a bit like Lost, the first 2 seasons were ok, but then they just starting adding things to it and it got ridiculous, so i stopped watching.

    Same deal for me with Heroes, first 2 seasons were good, then it got lame.

    I really hope TB doesn't follow this path, because this show is great so far, apart from the last few eps.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    I like the maryanne storyline- it's getting a bit tired by this point however. I get it- the town's crazy. I feel like this episode (as well as most of the epsiode that ended with Godric dying) was a lot of filler material to stretch the show into 12 episodes.

    I love Jason and Andy going Rambo, but what do they think they can accomplish?

    And as someone else put it, why not sacrifice Daisy instead of Sam?

    And between Bill, Sookie, and Jessica, they should have unpossessed Maxine before leaving her there, perhaps after "freeing" Tara.

    Even if you can't "Kill" maryanne, Bill (and maybe Jessica) should be physically stronger than her, right? Can't they just lock her in a box and bury her or something?

    And I like the Tara/Eggs, but I agree, why save him? Tara should know that Maryanne possesses people, and she should know that she can't help Eggs by herself.

    What I would like to see more of is Barry, the telepath from Dallas. He seems a reluctant hero, but it seems like Bill could have offered Eric Barry to distract his attention away from Sookie.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. BloodNut

    1.crazy about TrueBlood,2.done with Maryanne3.wtf with that egg?4.Next June will be an eternity!5Will read the books this winter!

    September 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jacy september 2nd, 2009 9amET

    Iwould like all the fans to request flashbacks of godric/eric 's
    relationshio thru the centuries. How godric was turned, When
    he turned eric how he taught eric to be a vampire. Is their
    relationship morethan father, brother, son? Someone wrote
    three pages on the internet. I intend to send to alan ball. the
    best episodes this season were with godric/eric and vampires in dallas

    September 2, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. cookie

    What happened to the really cool, funky, slightly off show from last year.
    True Blood has turned into a ridiculous story with no direction.
    Last year I was on the edge of my sofa waiting for my True Blood fix, next year I will be washing my hair.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jonathan

    I think Evan Rachel Wood has been a very good actor in other work. I agree this was not a good example or characterization. It is particularly disappointing in comparison with the intreguing character of Godrick. Godrick's meditative presence and and philosophical depth made him intreguing. The fact that he appears younger than the others, a nice ironic touch. The queen, on the other hand, seems just another take on the kind of aristocratic pseudo-brittish aloofness or roman/hedonistic take that chracterizes many of the vampires. Is she one of the eldest vampires? It seems she may be – that's why she knows about maynads (or whatever Marianne is). But she was just a brat.

    I suspect the producers were just excited to get ERW for the buzz factor, but it wasn't really well thought through.

    September 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michelle

    Evan Rachel Wood is a really poor actor. It's not just you Rob R. I thought I was watching a high school play. Not good. I hope her story line is a short one.

    August 31, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Barbara

    The Maryann story line has gone on much too long. The show has gone from a delightful mystery / romance / thriller to an orgy that should have last five minutes. Gratuitous sex can only entertain so long, there has to be a point. There was a reason that Maryann only lasted a couple of chapters in the book. She can't carry the story line. The introduction of Jessica was brillant but again the story has focused on the Maryann story line. The viewers love Sookie and Bill. Let us see more of them. Let them solve mysteries, save people, do something entertaining. The chemestry between the two characters is delightful. This season is a tremendous let down after the fantastic beginning we enjoyed last season. You have a great cast, give them a story and let them entertain us!

    August 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RS

    I agree the egg thing was pretty farfetched. I was trying to figure that out. As for the shapeshifter thing, maybe there's a reason why it has to be Sam and it couldn't have been Daphne. I mean Daphne gave herself over willingly, maybe she needs to sacrifice someone that's resisting her.... It sucks to have to wait 2 whole weeks to find out what's going to happen. It was hellish having to deal with the wait between seasons 1 & 2. The only ways I'd ever be able to forgive that long of a wait is a) it gives way to a mind blowing season 3 and b) in that time maybe we'll be lucky enough to see Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer tie the knot. For me that would hold me over...I'd like to see what the deal was with that light coming from Sookie's hand. Wondering if that's what might be needed to vanquish Maryann...Did anyone else get creeped out about the coroner hitting on Sookie, and trying to get in her pants ? That made me nauseous...And Eric has been most entertaining this season. The man makes backstabbing an art ! His character is becoming more and more intriguing all the time.

    August 31, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  16. pmh

    What a horrible season. The Marianne and the maenad crap has to end. Should have kept Godric around a bit longer. All the other characters are fine (although Tara has always been annoying) as long as the story line gets better. If this continues I don't think I'm up for another season.

    August 31, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Tully

    I love True Blood until the character Maryanne came into the scene, it gradually became too weird and diluted. The series seem to have lost its focus (from vampires to the devil) and its tone. Now we can predict a battle of (some heroes) humans against the devil to save Sam and the people of Bon Temps with help from vampires. It's like Aliens vs. Predator and the last car chase or shoot out or thunderous explosion scene. On second thought, why couldn't Maryanne shift into a fly and go get Sam herself? And what does Tara see in Egg, a guy who just hangs out (where she works)?

    August 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jackie in Dallas

    I'm not an avid TB watcher, but did want to address negative comments about Evan Rachel Wood. She actually is a pretty fair actress (did a great job in "The Upside of Anger"). It could, perhaps, be that the director and writers wanted her to sound more stilted or less "human". I haven't seen much of this season, but did watch a number of season 1's episodes - and I'll be honest, don't follow half of what you guys are saying. This doesn't even sound like the same show!

    August 31, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  19. InIndiana

    Jerry wrote: "I might have missed something the third or fourth time I watched this episode but how did Sookie’s cousin know Bill was with Sookie but didn’t know Grand was dead? Bill only looked mildly surprised when she asked her cousin, Sookie. And how were we to know that she was even Sookie’s cousin? Did I sleep through that part?"

    No, Jerry. You haven't missed, nor slept through, anything. I believe that was a bit of foreshadowing for season three.

    On a different note, you can always tell, by comments, who's read the books and who hasn't.

    August 31, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jenna

    The books are so much better. I really wish Alan Ball would have stuck more to the essense of the story and characters, how Charlaine Harris wrote it (excluding killing Lafayette) less Tara, more Sookie and Eric...no Mary-Ann. Why try and fix what aint broke.....

    August 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  21. megan

    Jerry- If you have read the books then you would understand what is going on with Sookie's cousin and Bill. this season was definitely less exciting than last season but I am really looking forward to see how they get rid of the maenad if they are able to get rid of her.I am also interested to see if Lafayette makes it to season 3.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Anthony

    Kill Bill!! Give Eric more screen time. I wish Godric hadn't killed himself, he was really cool. The Queen was funny and the way the other vampires bow to her every whim is comical. Does anyone else think it's cool that Eric can fly? There were a couple yawner moments in there but it was still interesting and funny. I can't wait until the finale!

    August 31, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  23. carolyn

    true blood was fantastic season 1 – they do need back stories, I agree about the weakness and general dilution of Lafayette – though present his lacks "pizazz". They are putting all their eggs in Eric's basket and relegating Bill to more of a wienie roll which I don't like. Nice guys don't and shouldn't always finish last! When he got mad at Sookie he gave a bit of his vampiric/masculine edge and should be allowed to expand on that a bit....writers, where are you???? We love Bill & Sookie, let them shine a little bit. Also, with Maryanne being this Maynad – obviously satanic in nature, sorry – this storyline with her imagining herself into being a god, pretty lame, it's obviously designed to get them off the hook in the God versus Satan thing, which no-one seems to be able to deal with – either on TV or big screen. Why??? If you don't believe in God, how can you believe in the Devil??? Why is one more likely than the other??? Love Jason's turn, but believe he & Bill would be a good combo to unite for Bon Temps salvation as well... not just Jason & Andy... the plot seems to have lost cohesion....

    August 31, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Angie

    Last night's show was horrible!!! Marianne has GOT TO GO!!!! I felt the storylines were strewn across the screen as the garbage is strewn around town. What happened to the creative writing? Jason and Andy made the episode. And the giant egg???

    August 31, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Unimpressed!

    I hope the season doesn't end in a cliff hanger! That would be the "nail in the coffin" for me! Why would I wait 8 months to find out about something I care very little about? This entire "MaryAnn" story line could have – and should have – been wrapped up in about 4 episodes. I understand taking creative liberties when turning books into TV shows or movies, but to take an awesome story and turn into into a ...joke, is criminal! I love Alan Ball, but Season 2 has been one big black spot of his sterling resume.

    Please, Mr. Ball, forget this season happened and show us your visions of the Sookie Stackhouse that Charlaine Harris gave life to!

    August 31, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  26. gaetano

    It was frustrating to watch ...cuz last week episode was good ... this one sucked ... I am expecting a good finale ....I am demanding it ;-)

    August 31, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  27. AmazonGirl

    All of you people complaining about this episode:
    Are you KIDDING me???
    Even Battlestar had a weak episode...but that didn't effect the WHOLE series!!!
    Y'all need to get a grip and chill.
    It's just an episode. If you're confused, re-watch it.
    Check out the fan forums.
    But, please. Puh-LEEZE. Be reasonable.
    It's a ride.
    Sit back and go with it.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jen

    Yeah the show was pretty silly..tara and her mom were annoying to watch. I agree I love Lafayette, who ever plays him does an awesoe job. Would love to have him as my friend:) Also like Sam and Eric....but yeah me and my boyfriend are hoping the show doesnt take a sour turn since we loved it in the first season. I hope Maryanne "goes" next episode, cause I cant take Tara acting like an idiot.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. nichole

    am i the only one who thinks sookie is well becomeing a bit of a b**** she is full of her self now. I think "eric" is awesom! by far my fav! i am concerned about the way the show is panning out its not the same as it was. i hope in 2 weeks things get better. but i love the show,. oh tara needs to be slapped!

    August 31, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  30. meh

    Anyone else get the GW Bush/Jason thing? Look alike and are about same IQ.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Carlos

    The buildup and introduction of Godric did not disappoint (a good character like that deserved more than 3 episodes). The queen however did. I think many fans expected a powerful and charismatic presence which she definitely lacked. The comedy is taking over the mystery and sexiness,.and the direction of the show is falling off the tracks. I hope the finale doesn't disappoint.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  32. JustBreathe

    Sookie going on and on about how much she loves Bill makes me want to vomit. It isn't interesting.

    The thing with Maryanne is dragging on way too long.

    Also, why is Bill ALWAYS away when there is danger and can't get to Sookie? (eye rolling). That makes me laugh out loud.

    FYI- for those confused, Maryanne needs Sam, despite having a shapeshifter already, because the sacrifice didn't work. If you recall, the queen was explaining how Maryanne will always be tweaking her sacrifice, trying to perfect it with the "right vessel" or ingredient. Ergo, she needs Sam because the last one didn't produce the results she wanted. (Remember, Maryanne explained how the voodoo lady wasn't a vessel, which she realized after tearing out her heart? Then the shape shifter chic was found without her heart in Sam's freezer? Obviously she failed to work also).

    August 31, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  33. shannon

    I have a feeling that Sookie will end up being the big sacifice that MaryAnn has been looking for...the whole light on face thing with her hand and MaryAnn asking what she was...I think it's leaning that way, but having never read the books I'm not sure...I can't wait!

    I think True Blood is fantastic! But I am tired of the MaryAnn plot line...it's time to move on. I hope the season finale is huge...but also sad it's over...do we really have to wait until next summer?!? It just started.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Lori

    Even at it's worst it's still good...I'm addicted.I did like season one
    better though.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jennifer

    I'm TOTALLY baffled by the egg/nest in Sookie's room ... wtf?! I really fake, and sad ending to the season ..... I'm beginning to wonder if Season 3 will get any better (???).

    Bring on Eric.... more please! Bill? *yawn*

    August 31, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  36. TO JERRY

    Jerry – Sookie's cousin Hadley is a vampire, she doesn't have any contact with her human family any more because they think she is dead. It's in the books.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  37. juicysweet7

    If they kill off Layfette, I won't be watching the show anymore!!!!

    August 31, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  38. LJACKERMANN

    DITTO on everything.
    1. MaryAnn – boring / has been all season. PLEASE END
    2. Eggs – boring / bad acting / has been all season. PLEASE END.
    3. There has been nothing between Sookie and Bill all season. Boring. SPICE IT UP ! ! !
    4. Orgies and zombie eyes – borning. PLEASE END.
    5. Lafayette – FANTASTIC – please keep him.
    6. Sam – Andy – Jason: only thing good for the last couple of episodes. Jason in gas mask was priceless.
    7. Dallas/Godric/LODI/Jason : good and interesting
    8. Jessica and Hoyt – FANTASTIC. Please keep them going.
    9. Writing has diminished quite a bit. PICK IT BACK UP.
    10. Queen Sophie boring. Royalty should be royal not rude !
    11. Eric and Bill feud – nice dyanmics to the series.
    12. 08/30 Episode: did someone blink?
    13. DON'T rest on your laurels from Season 1. Season 2 started out okay but got lost for the rest of the season.

    14. Season 2 finale better explode, fireworks, twists, turns. Knock us out of our chairs on Sunday night.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Iain

    While they have expanded the Maenad story a lot (and I actually prefer it to the book's story), it's still just about on track with the 2nd book which this season is based on. Sookie finishes up in Dallas about 2/3 or 3/4th of the way in the book and the rest of the book is about the orgies and maenad. It didn't take it over because they ran out of ideas. I seriously doubt they would bother making the season finale a cliffhanger involving Marryanne, there's no point. Cliffhanger leading into the plot of Season 3? Most likely, they did with the end of Season 1. If they continue along the same lines as Season 1 and 2, Sookie's storyline will revolve around the plot of book 3, while the minor characters move in and out of it as needed and have their own, new, stories. They don't need to keep Marryanne around after the finale. There are already more books than they would likely turn into Seasons. So there is plenty of new plots and characters to choose from.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  40. sarabrella

    Agreed. This whole season has been a test of my loyalty to the show. I have stopped looking forward to new episodes and started looking for new ways to fill the time. If this were on a major network (and had been one of my favorite shows) it would have been canceled by now. Moonlight was canceled for less.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  41. SlackDaddy

    I love the show, but Evan Rachel Wood can not act. Why did they go with her? Was it because she dated Marilyn Manson? Whatever happened to that movie he was supposed to make with her? Who cares? I hope the queen buys it soon.
    I love the town being all crazy. Tara's character use to be fun, now she is just annoying. Hoyt's possessed mother is one heck of a lot of fun. The woman is mean and nasty when she isn't taken over by evil spirits. She's a hoot.
    Poor Jessica, she is the Charlie Brown of sexy, red-headed teenage vampires, she just screws everything up. No matter how good she looks prancing around in her underwear, she is still such an obvious nerd; which is why she and Hoyt are perfect together.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  42. mark

    The show has just gotten worse every week. like a really bad " B " movie.
    Too bad..had high hopes for the show.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Myra

    Last night's show left much to be desired. It was going so well at the beginning, and now it just lost steam for me. If the finale does not bring it all together, the show is not worth watching anymore.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  44. dinora

    Last nights show was very boring and stupid ..it kinda just dragged on and on . I want to see more of Eric , maybe its just me but eric would have been a better bill and bill a eric that makes more sense to me since he is hotter .

    August 31, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jerry

    I might have missed something the third or fourth time I watched this episode but how did Sookie's cousin know Bill was with Sookie but didn't know Grand was dead? Bill only looked mildly surprised when she asked her cousin, Sookie. And how were we to know that she was even Sookie's cousin? Did I sleep through that part> There seemed to be some huge problems with the editing in the episode. And I also wondered why Maryanne had to have Sam for her sacrifice when she already had a shape shifter on her payroll. I love this show and will watch every episode over and over but I'm beginning to wonder if Mr. Ball is still involved in it or is he already working on his next project? "6 Feet Under" got a bit tedeous towards the end but at at least we were able to follow it.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Craig

    I'm sick of everyone complaining that day-after recaps of shows give away too much of the plot. Hint. These are not reviews. They are recaps. If you see discussion of a show after it has aired but before you have seen it, DON'T READ IT!!!!!

    August 31, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  47. 4csandar

    I will be glad to see the season finale and get this story line over with. It seems as if it is dragging on forever. Last night's episode really stunk, if it wasn't for Andy, Jason and Laffayette, I would have turned right after the Eric lines about the little people. Alan, I implore you to get rid of Maryann and move on to something exciting.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Lisa

    shellbelli – I agree with you on the Sookie front... I do find that I like her acting better in this season or at least the 2nd half of the season than the 1st.. She doesn't seem to be the whinny brat like she was. As a reader of all the books, her character is much more to the books now I think...

    jagaholic – I agree with you as well, there is crap on tv. other than True Blood of course...

    August 31, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jack Henry

    Lazy storytelling that's taking viewers for granted. Not smart. We deserve better than last night's mess. Bill is a huge bore, always growling the stupidest lines and in the end a powerless footnote in every episode.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  50. jagaholic

    Even an off night like last night is still a thousand times better then most TV. I am not sure what I am going to do this Sunday without my True Blood fix!

    August 31, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Tominrichardson

    Please, no more Eric in a dress. It was an uneven episode and probably my least favorite, but pretty good anyway. It was the queen's demeanor that I couldn't resonate with. Lewd and crude is not what I expected, I guess. With just one more episode before a long hiatus, I 'm hoping for a big finish to season 2.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  52. shellbelli

    oh thank god I thought i was the only one who thought the EGG was totally way out there and even I had trouble wrapping my 2 natured loving brain around it.

    As well as the whole Tara thing? Did she honestly think she could go agaisnt a God and win? and not become Thralled again?

    does anyone else notice how much of a better actress Anna is when she isnt acting with Bill?

    August 31, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Deanb

    You forgot Eric in a sundress was funny as all heck!

    And The Queen playing Yatzee!!

    August 31, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Laura

    I love it no matter how corney it can get:)

    August 31, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Ybot

    I do not think this episode of the best show on TV was at all sloppy. There were many loose ends that needing tying up before the finally, and I think they did a great job. The opening scenes with the queen are a bit drawn out to show her reserve in helping out a back water town, and to set up the interaction between Eric, and her, for the story to come.

    I really enjoy the interaction between Tara and her mother. It shows Tara wanting to go back to the life of chaos, even though her intentions were the opposite. It also shows that Tara's mom is truly a weak person.

    I agree that the egg, was a huge WTF moment, but fit at the end of the episode, when it is always "WTF, I can't wait for the next episode."

    There was so many good things about the episode that overshadowed the somewhat stagnant set-ups for the finally.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  56. jmz

    yeah i agree....i love theshow. but i have never been a fan of Tara at all. Its 1 thing to be jaded and tough but this is over the top. at least Layfette is fun and shows he cares, Tara is just mean. And i laughed my butt off at the egg scene....i started thinking of mork and mindy...hey maybye jonathan winters will come out lol

    August 31, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  57. american dreamer

    Doug Gross' review of True Blood is just plain "gross" because he is incapable of reviewing a show without giving away the story line.

    The measure of a good reviewer is one who can review a show without giving away the story line. Gross has failed miserably.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Lisa

    So what is with the egg? Both my husband and I had the same reponse, "what the hell is that" You know the old saying, an eye for an eye.. How about an egg for an egg? I don't think eggs is making it to season 3. I would be suprised if Sam is written off the show. I think Bill went to him and is setting the whole sacrafice up. I think the end of this season would be a good time to introduce the weres. As for Eric, got to love him... He was great last night... I liked when he bunked into Bill, he looked like he just got done have a quickie with the messy hair from flying... "Why don't you and Eric just f@*% already" quoted the Queen to Bill... that was a great line...Overall I thought the episode was ok, of course they are trying to bring everything together for the final show down with the Maenad for the last episode...

    August 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  59. stephanie

    yes i was pretty disappointed... the queen's acting abilities were not so hotsy either which made the opening sequence even more off. Not enough Bill or Eric in this episode either. I really hope they don't turn Eric into a creepy wierdo.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  60. JenniferV

    One of the best parts of this season is the unlikely pairing of Andy Bellefleur and Jason Stackhouse. Having the two of them on screen together completely makes up for some of the things you mention–the brooding Bill Compton (yawn) and the whole Tara-and-Eggs scenario. I'm going to miss Michelle Forbes; she's been absolutely amazing as MaryAnn the Maenad.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  61. conroy jointer

    I agree.!!! I definitely think this is the calm before the storm.
    2 things: 1–> I also enjoyed the surprise of seeing Eric take flight. It threw us off the monotony of watching them blur back and forth across the screen.
    2–> Is it just me or does anybody else think that Andy is a Werewolf? (always drunk, never under Mary Ann's influence, a pretty good detective seemingly able to "sniff" out perpetrators and syndicates of crime)

    August 31, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  62. WilmaWonka

    I say sacrifice Hoyt's momma and get rid of her and Mariann all at once.

    Have Bill stay with the queen of vampires and let Sookie and Eric have at it.

    More Jessica. Her looking so innocent and being a vampire makes great copy.

    Less weird horned egg laying black eyed nonsence.

    More Sam. Less Jason.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Tammy

    I found last night's episode hilarious! Jason walking into the tree after bragging himself up as the freedom fighter of Bon Temps....priceless. Insisting Andy fill up on "carbs" before they head out to find MaryAnne. Who, by the way is a brilliant actress.....her storyline is drawn out, but she has played the part incredibly well. Lafayette refusing to give up the gun to Sookie even tho he was driving a car.....("No offense") Playing Yahtzee with the Queen, you gotta be kidding me!!?? It was so ludicrous, it was funny. Watching Pam and Eric banter about the children was the highlight.....Pam complaining she would NEVER get the smell out of the bar.... I can't wait until next week. As for the egg, I hate to think of where that is heading. Sounds like a "rotten" story line to me, but hopefully it plays out different.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Mary

    I agree with the analysis, here. Overally, I wasn't wild about the episode, but there were absolute gems in there – all those listed plus the great scene between Jason and Andy (speculating about Sam's shifter sex life, whether he could lay his own egg and Jason's detail about how much work he puts into being himself).

    August 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Tired of the Small Fry

    Does anyone else think we should be seeing more Eric and less Bill? Why on earth do the show's writers let Bill talk to Eric the way he does. Eric should show him what a thousand year old viking can do. HBO– please take the route of Charlaine Harris' books and include more Eric and less Bill.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  66. mary

    Totally spot on review, last night's episode was pretty weak, but I'm hoping for great things in the finale!!

    August 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Lost in Arizona

    I must admit. I wasn't too impressed with this week's episode, (or for this season). Which is why I'm expecting a rocking season finale. Though I really do love Lafayette. He's sassy! This whole Maryanne, and the maenad junk is just getting old, and someone needs to dispatch of this character already. I liked it better when the Godric character was on, though he didn't last long (bummer).

    August 31, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Ron - Saint Louis

    The show, acting, storylines, and convenient rule changes so that characters can get out of bad situations just gets worse each eposide. We watch it just like MST3K and make tons of jokes along the way, never disappointed that just when it couldn't get any dumber, sure enough Alan Ball's little lust friend, Jason, opens his mouth and speaks.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  69. M.W. Johnson

    ~I agree with you on the Bill and the Vampire Queen thing...and who is this "Queen" where did she come from? Is she above all Vampires? Is she the "oldest vampire" or mother of all of them? Nelsan Ellis is an incredible actor...he has this character down cold. I hope we see him in more TV and movies. I love this cast...and Nelsan really stands out. I was hoping for awhile that he turned into a vampire...he would be one interesting vampire! I can't wait to see Sookie kick Maryanne's butt...This truly is a brilliant show, it's scary, funny, wierd, gross, complex and wonderful!

    August 31, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Anita S.

    "A mess, hilarious, captivating and confusing."

    I AGREE. This was my least favorite episode , although there were some funny/good moments. I hope the finale lives up to the hype; Season 1 is the best, in my opinion.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Unimpressed!

    I thought this was the worst episode to date. Really all over the board and making very little sense. The scenes between Bill and the Queen were a waste. The Queen was a waste. Yahtzee? Are you kidding me? After a thousand plus years she hasn't been able to find some self control and class and she spends her time playing board games? She brought the show down several notches, in my opinion. Hopefully she has very limited screen time in the last episode.

    I hope the finale is worth it, because I really used to love this show and was so excited that there will be a third season. But if this is wha I have to look forward to, I'll have to find something else to do before watching Hung!

    August 31, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Max

    Worst. Show. On. Television.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Steve

    I agree, kinda a dud...in fact, the last few episodes are kinda duds...is it just me?? Same thing repeated...

    August 31, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  74. MarleneEmmett

    DearSirs:
    I hated last night's show!!
    One of the scenes I was looking foward to was cut:
    What we saw last night of Eric "Flying":That was supposed
    to be alot longer~I know someone who watched the scene
    being filmed, and who sent us videos/comments and it was
    supposed to be much longer~All we got last night was Eric,
    shooting straight up into the blackness!

    AND the part of Queen SophieAnneLeClerque, sucked big time!!

    MarleneEmmett/Marleneemm,on HBO TrueBlood Forum

    August 31, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  75. trueblood watcher

    The episode was all over the place. Yea, Tara wanted to leave her family and close friend because she is in love. What you won't do – you do for love. Hope the finale is all we expect it to be.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  76. shay

    I absoutley love the show but this MaryAnn bit has dragged on long enough. I wished they had introduced the queen earlier her appearance was loooooooooooong overdue. Hopefully the can bring the fun and shock back next season.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Walker

    My wife and I go back and forth with True Blood. One week a fun vampirte thriller and then the next low quality soap opera with horrible writing.
    Seriously the inconsistant behavior and some of the really, really bad lines just kill the plot. No to mention the made up Louisiana town is an insult to Cajuns everywhere...I mean really they do have schools there no everyone is a simpleton. (FYI the whole town, college or no college education, would be crazy LSU and Saints fans...add some reality!).
    Tara...and Eggs or whatever his name is...boring. I'm ready for Marianne to bite the dust...that plot line has dragged on waaay too long.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Carlo

    We expect spoilers from the episode. Because we already watched it. However, why would you write an article spoiling plotpoints in the book. Thanks for ruining that for us.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Rob R

    Is it me, or is Evan Rachel Wood a really poor actor?
    Her line deliveries were right out of a high school drama club...obvious, trite, inappropriate ?
    She is lovely with a classic, sexy look that works for the role but yikes, did she miss the scene rehearsals, or is this her A stuff?

    Poor Stephen.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  80. BethA

    I have been so very disappointed with this season of True Blood. Season 1 was much more entertaining with the interaction of vampires and humans and a murder mystery; each week was a surprise. With the exception of the very well done episode in which Godrick dies, this season has centereded around creepy MaryAnn and the crazy townspeople. I'll be glad when Season 2 is over and hope for much improvement in Season 3.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Bob

    MaryAnne must die. Period.

    Once she is gone it will be entertaining to watch how the residents of Bon Temps try to deal with what they've done to the town.

    Jessica is poised to go postal......in spectacular fashion.....Hoyt beware......

    Yes, I have a redhead fetish, so the queen can turn me anytime!

    August 31, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Dawn

    I was livid when it as announced the season finale is another 2 weeks out! This show is highly addictive! I'm both nervous and anxious to see the outcome of this season's finale.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Karen

    If you go to the TrueBlood forums on http://www.hbo.com/trueblood, you'll soon see that a large majority of loyal fans absolutely detest the "MaryAnn/Tara/Eggs/Crazy Bon Temps" storyline. We are imploring Alan Ball to PLEASE get back to the dangerous, mysterious, sexy vampire plot-lines. This show is about Sookie and her relationship to the supernatural world. Of course, the series needs back stories; however, the 'maenad' plot line has overtaken the main story to the series' great detriment. The TB writers are currently running up the launch ramp in order to jump the shark... and have almost made it with the last two episodes. If the season finale does not correct course, we only can wait a long 6 months to see if TB gets the transfusion it needs!!!

    August 31, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Brandy

    Ok, so what confussed me after finding out why she wanted Sam so badly, was that she already had Daisy. Why didn't she just sacrifice her? And i do love Lafayette, he is one of my favorite characters!

    August 31, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Sheila

    I have to agree with all of your insights. I'm as sick of Bill and his incessant whining as I was of Louie in Interview with a Vampire. And I'm just as tired of Sookie wanting him to be human. If it weren't for Lafayette and Jason, the last two episodes would have sucked more than someone feeding at Fangtasia!!! I don't like Evan Rachel Wood as the queen, I think Mariana Klaveno, who plays Lorena, Bill's maker, would have been a better choice for the queen, she's way more threatening. I'm hoping that the season finale will live up to what I've come to expect from this show, if not, I'll be hard pressed to keep watching.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Blair

    I have a feeling we are going to be left in the dark for 8 months at the end of the season finaly. All the cliff-hanging drama throughout the season was great but I REALLY hope thats not the case in two weeks! i don't know if I could take it

    August 31, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Cynthia Jerman

    I don't like the recent direction the show is going. Last night's episode was plain old dumb! What the hell was all that craziness about? The once tough, no nonsense Lafayette character has also taken a turn; he's becoming weak. I'm losing interest.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |

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