Adam Reynoso ’15 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
Coming off the season setting premiere last week, the second of the episode looked at how the infected vamps were affecting the town of Bon Temps, a possible foreshadowing about the destruction they could bring, the whereabouts of Eric and a steamy vampire blood induced dream.
The episode starts with what seems to be Jason finding the missing Eric Northman, which already seems strange. And then they begin arguing and things get stranger until they begin rough housing, which then obviously leads to kissing and other actions, right? Right. Jason wakes up in church and it’s revealed to have been a dream, brought on from the vampire blood he had from Eric last season. The scene played out a little more than some of the previous dreams, but since it’s the final season, it’s safe to say the creators wanted to be as gratuitous as possible, and no one’s complaining.
After the dream, the episode picks up after last week’s, with Sookie working with Sam, Andy, Jason and Alcide to find the people that have been taken. She takes them to the body she found last week and they go to investigate what happened to the other town. It was good to see Sookie back in her detective mode. It brings out the heroine and makes her less of the damsel in distress. Out of all the storylines going on in this episode, their venture to Saint Alice was by far the best. It was haunting to see what became of the town, especially the with the imagery involving a giant pit with the townspeoples’ bodies.
This really puts their situation into perspective. The government is focused on protecting their larger cities, and as a result these small towns are falling victim to Hep-V vampires. While in Saint Alice, there’s also a nice callback to season one when Sookie reads the girl’s diary and it sounds exactly like her experience with Bill. With these flashbacks, it almost seems for certain that’s where the show’s going with her character, much to seem people’s dismay. After everything she’s been through, it almost seems like the character would be better off on her own.
Where the episode fails is how much time is spent on Vince and his rallying of the vigilantes. His character is against the vampires. Period. There’s not much background and he just seems to be the bad guy just because. His storyline is hard to watch, especially when it takes up so much of this episode. At least last season, Sarah Newlin and Governer Burrell had their over the top, menacing characteristics that made them really fun to watch. Especially Sarah. The only highlight of this part of the episode was getting more of Adilyn and seeing her being the only sane one of the group.
Elsewhere, Lettie Mae continues to think she can see Tara and that she needs her help, but she’s just addicted to the vampire blood. Yes, it’s great to see Tara, but is this really what they wanted to do with her character this season? It just seems like wasted potential and Lettie Mae has never been really great in large doses.
And Pam finally finds Eric, only to see that he’s infected with Hep V. It was bound to happen to one of the main vampires, but for it to happen to Eric, it’s just unfortunate. Hopefully this will the show to explore another side of Hep V and that they’ll eventually tie back in to the main storylines somewhere down the road.
While the Saint Alice storyline was haunting and great, the episode seemed to have lost its balance with less focus on Sookie’s story and more on Vince. With only eight episodes left, here’s to hoping the writers tighten up the storytelling and have a better balance going forward.
Overall Episode Grade: B-