True Blood is one of the more polarizing shows in the fantasy/horror genre right now, and with good reason. It's kind of awesome, but also pretty terrible. It seems like fan whining has been up over the last couple years, but ratings for the show still continue to grow from season to season. The fifth, and current, season is just over half way through, so we thought it was a good time to recap some of the highs and lows of what's currently going on in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana. Also, consider this a thorough and heartfelt SPOLER ALERT!
We’ve come to accept that fairies are going to be part of the True Blood universe, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a kind of crappy part. The fairy plotline is leading to revelations about the deaths of the Stackhouse parents, so there could be some payoff at the end of this road, but it’s going to be a long slog to get there.
Iraqi Vengeance Genie
One of the problems with the ensemble supernatural show genre (like Buffy or Angel) is that sooner or later all the characters have to get their own little supernatural plotlines. Sometimes this adds depth and dimension to an established character, and sometimes it’s just shoehorned in. Try to guess which one this is. The worst part is that this plot line has taken Terry Bellefleur (who in the past has been a great source of comic relief and charming interpersonal dialogue) and removed him from Bon Temps entirely to deal with his (very literal) personal demons.
Werewolves on Vampire Meth
The notion that shapeshifters like to get high on “V” and rage out was a kind of cool twist. It let the writers play with the archetype of the redneck meth-head in some interesting ways. The problem is that they just keep going back to that well (and expecting the audience to find it shocking, apparently). Maybe HBO gets some sort of funding for including an anti-drug message in each season, but we get it, so ease up.
We’ve been getting hints about them for some time and we caught a glimpse back in season three, but for the first time we really get a good look at this organization that pulls the strings behind vampire society. In fairness, they are kind of an inconsistent mess, but through it all they manage to be entertaining. They also manage to keep dying off every episode because of…
Nobody steals a scene quite like this 3000-year-old scenery-chewing machine. He's been buried in concrete for over a season, but now he's back with a vengeance and dramatically murdering vampires pretty much every episode. He’s lead an anti-human, drugblood fueled, religio-political revolution, which looks like it’s heading down a very messy path.
There’s no point in denying that when it comes to True Blood, we’re pretty thoroughly Team Eric. This season has not only kept him front and center of the main plot, but also introduced new members to his vampire family—his sister, and granddaughter… Tara! From the ending of this week's episode it looks like Eric is going to have a lot more on his plate in the near future.
What are your most loved or hated parts of season five?