TRUE BLOOD “Fresh Blood” Review

True Blood (HBO) Deborah Ann Woll

Tonight’s new episode of TRUE BLOOD “Fresh Blood” started with an awesome In Memoriam video of all the people that had died in the previous three seasons. I realized I had actually forgotten some of these people.

But now on to more important things, tonight’s episode! While I expected a little more to happen throughout the episode given that there is only one episode left after that, “Fresh Blood” totally redeemed itself in the end. But before I get into that, let’s talk about the episode.

Lafayette

That V trip he took with Jesus continues to haunt him and I cannot see anything good coming out of it. I knew Jesus was too good to be true. Dammit. I am curious to find out what the whole deal is with these hallucinations though, they kind of freak me out.

Crystal

So Crystal’s not a shapeshifter, but a Werepanther… Ok. Am I the only one who finds that kind of lame? What does a werepanther do? Do they have any powers?

Jessica and Hoyt

These two are becoming the new Sookie and Bill with Jessica starting to bite Hoyt.

But more importantly, we found out that Hoyt’s ex-girlfriend was set up by his mom, who is determined to free her son of Jessica. It’s not looking good for her, not looking good at all and I’m afraid to find out what’s going to happen next.

Please don’t let these two get separated again.

Arlene

Arlene tries to get rid of her “evil” baby, but even with the help of a wiccan (yes turns out we have wiccan in True Blood now too) Renee’s baby is determined to be born. I personally don’t understand why Arlene is so freaked out, just because Renee is the father doesn’t mean that the baby will go all psych killer, especially if Terry raises him/her. But it sure makes for an interesting storyline.

By the way how adorable is Terry?

Sam

We’re seeing a whole new side of Sam right now. Not sure if I like it. He used to be too nice, now he’s too out of control. That said, I always have had a soft spot for him, so I hope something exciting happens in the finale!

Oh and speaking of exciting. There was some Tara action tonight. I wonder if that’s going to turn into anything this time around.

Sookie

Russell finally gets his hands on Sookie with the help of Eric who promised him that her blood would allow him to walk in sunlight. We soon realize that Eric has a plan since we all know that Sookie’s blood doesn’t really work for a long time.

I have to say though, sometimes I wonder if Sookie thinks before speaking because if Eric and Bill had a plan of course they would pretend like her blood had power and of course it would seem like they were turning on her. It’s incredible to me that she can believe their act so easily, especially Bill who has always come through for her. Still I can’t help but love her, she’s Sookie and I always look forward to the next thing that comes out of her mouth.

Cliffhanger

Now that we know that Sookie’s blood doesn’t work, it leads us to our cliffhanger of the week with an unexpected turn that made the whole episode awesome. Eric lures Russell out in the sun by pretending it doesn’t burn him and then handcuffs him to himself so they can burn together. Now that’s pretty awesome!

Still I have to play devil’s advocate for a second. Couldn’t Russell pull Eric back to safety in the club with him once he realizes that the blood doesn’t really work?

Either way I cannot wait for the finale (although it’s going to be very bittersweet). Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks to see the final episode because next weekend is labor day which mean no True Blood. Sigh!

I’m done talking (or really writing). Now I want to hear from you. What do you think of the new dynamic between Jessica and Hoyt? What about that crazy cliffhanger scene with Eric and Russell burning in the sun? Share your thoughts below.

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  • Boobie

    Wow this episode may have redeemed the season for a lot of characters….Has Eric become the new Godric? Unfortunately Lafayette’s ability to spot “a devil in a Sunday hat” from a mile a way didn’t kick in for Jesus. It is no coincidence that Jesus found LaLa and I hope he figures it out real quick, hooker. Jessica & Hoyt have been the new Bill & Sookie the whole season. Hoyt’s mom is wretched with or without Marianne in Bontemps. Sam & Tara? WTF AGAIN?!?! However, Tara seemed to be quite zen after Andy broke down and apologized for what happened to Eggs. Jason and the battered wife/half-sister syndrome werepanther….I don’t know which of the two are more f$$#d up. Sam’s little brother is headed back to the dark side. Sam picked entirely the wrong time to fall off the good guy wagon; what little bro making a bomb or was that Sam’s safe alarm all light up with green while he was lighting up Tara. ONCEST AGAINETH–Sam & Tara?!?!? WTF AGAIN!!?!? Maybe Tara is going through PTSD from the rape; she sure was kicking back the liquor at the bar. Sookie’s knack for getting herself in trouble and lack of balls when confronting Bill BEFORE the ish hits the fan makes me think she’s retarded, but in a “fairy in the real world at the wrong time” kind of way. (See how crazy that sounded.) Too bad Arlene couldn’t remember how Marianne wrecked their lives because she has no idea what her involvement with the drive by wicken will actually cost her. Did Sookie look like a dead fish on the table when psycho Russell had his back turned watch Eric outside?

  • http://www.daemonstv.com/author/dani/ Dani

    It does seem like Sookie should figure out Eric and Bill’s plans by now, or at least think they have a plan, but I guess that is what makes her Sookie. Cannot wait for the finale!

    Also, Terry’s little happy dance in the hospital was too cute!

    • Boobie

      Yep, Terry’s happy dance was so backwoods revivalish…Too cute…

    • http://www.daemonstv.com/author/dani/ Dani

      It also kind of looked like an 80s robot kind of dance. Like Walk Like an Egyptian maybe? Or like he was a chicken.

  • Natalie

    So…I guess Jason is the only one who knows that there are wooden bullet that can kill vampires? Seems like all this drama with Russell could have been easily handled at the museum when he had his back turned. Since Ball & Co. showed us this with Franklin so recently, I’m wondering if there is another reason why they didn’t go this route–other than for dramatic reasons, that is.

    • Louis

      It was different. Franklin was daring Jason and bite the bait thinking Jason was just a random local playing hero. Had Eric aimed a gun and fired, Russell would hear the sounds and would dodge with his greater speed. Unlike Frank, he would know for sure that Eric wouldn’t be firing ordinary bullets.

    • Natalie

      Thank you! That does make sense

    • Boobie

      HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! Too funny….

  • Dee

    BTW it’s spelled WICCAN not WICKEN

    • http://www.daemonstv.com/author/sandie/ Sandie

      Thanks for the correction Dee. It is fixed :-)

  • Cec

    I must be the only one who found this episode sort of a letdown. Last season I was on pins and needles and this season I find waiting 2 weeks for the finale is no big deal. I find it hard to believe that Russell would even think to trust Eric again after the first betrayal. Gosh, I have only been around for a mere 34 years and even I am not that gullible.

    • Boobie

      Eric is the ultimate silver tongued devil…He’s too smooth and w/ Pam’s help, at times Eric can manage to be a step ahead of almost everyone. Russell is a sicko and highly unstable after Talbot is taken completely out of the picture–So while Eric isn’t as fast or strong as Russell, all he needs is to slow him down a step. Just like he caught Talbot off guard by playing on his loneliness from Russell trying to take over MS and LA and running off killing magistrates…I hope Russell is gone for real…They need to trim down some of these story lines….

  • Trinity

    Best of episode: Eric saying “goodbye” to Pam (snif…), Eric uncomfortable before biting Sookie (truly sweet), Eric happiness on the 1st minute on day-walking. I love this character!!
    Also love Pam. Love Jessica and Hoyt. Screen time for Arlene – too long. Where is this going to? Terry is great.
    And… is it just me or did anyone realised that Tommy doesn’t know how to write/read? 1st evidence: ep.8, Sam proposes that he could go to college and he says “College? You really don’t know me at all!” and now 2nd evidence (ep.11), Sam asks to write the orders and he refuses, but says, “I’ll remember” the orders, but he has to write so Terry knows the orders. And he can’t… Any thoughts?

    • Boobie

      You are soooooo right!!!! His parents used him for dog fighting so he probably didn’t stay in school long….Great observation!!!

    • http://www.daemonstv.com/author/sandie/ Sandie

      Trinity – Wow, that is some keen observation here. I wonder if we’re going to find out more about that in the finale.

    • http://www.daemonstv.com/author/dani/ Dani

      Good catch! It makes perfect sense.

  • Trinity

    OMGodric, I´m sooo TB addicted.
    I can’t stop watching the episodes over and over again…
    Crystal makes me noxious. How stupid can that girl be?!
    LaLa issue: I think that the V trip with Jesus opened his spiritual perception, and he is not actually having hallucinations per se, but rather seeing past/present of what people real are: Jesus is “Satan in a Sunday hat”, he sees René holding Arlene because she is carrying a bit of René in her and he sees blood on Sam’s hands because Sam has already killed. Any thoughts?