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"True Blood" — "Let's Boot And Rally": "The World, It’s Like, Wide Open To Us

By Sarah Carlson | TV Reviews | July 10, 2012 | Comments ()


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So much has happened thus far in "True Blood's" fifth season that already in Episode Five, "Let's Boot and Rally," we were treated to the kind of rally-the-vamps closing message and montage generally seen in penultimate episodes. No one has time to waste here, and most everyone is finding ways to fight back against whoever or whatever is holding them back, from fundamentalists to social mores to smoke monsters. Even as some plot lines unfold slower than others, the overall pacing of the season has made it so far one of the more enjoyable to watch. Smaller fights are building into one overall battle over the role of supernaturals in the world, and no matter which side one is on, it's time to boot and rally.

BillEricTB5_5.jpgSookie, in truth, isn't so much fighting back as giving in. There's no use resisting Bill and Eric when they come calling for her to help them locate Russell. The peach schnapps may have helped her envision the vampires and Alcide as barking dogs, but her circumstances have her resigned to her fate. She's in too deep to back out now, but the relatively carefree way in which she's handling things is a nice change from her usual damsel in distress. And she's right: her microwave fingers are the only things aside from the sun that have power over Russell, who thankfully has passed his bloody, rather Orc-like stage of recuperation. She's needed to help bring him down.

Tara is starting to relax, too. The more Vampire 101 schooling, complete with an undead version of "It gets better" delivered by Jessica, she receives, the more this new life for her makes sense. Tara had been boxed into a corner so tightly by the writers, the only way to give her relief was to either kill her or turn her to a vampire. She has a better chance at happiness now that she can literally rip out people's throats. Jessica stepping in to play girlfriend to the newbie only makes her more endearing. Their shared giggles concerning their powers is the kind of behavior we aren't used to seeing in our fictional monsters, but it works well and plays against the smugness the older vamps exude. Too bad the sisterly feelings waned a bit as soon as Tara took up Hoyt's offer for a little biting in the bathroom.

Tensions abounded in all relationships: Bill and Eric arguing over Nora's potential complicity with the Sanguinistas and the release of Russell; Pam ready to choke the bitch out of Tara for misbehaving in Fangtasia; Luna trying to hide Emma's wolf nature from Sam who, now that Tara is undead, has taken the mantle of being the show's Most Abused Breather. How many times has he been stabbed or otherwise wounded? He'll survive this attack from supe-haters, but Luna may not be so lucky. Sam may soon be simultaneously trying to play parent to a wolf cub, hiding her from the pack and hunting down the shooters.

The crime scene of Sam's murdered friends, combined with Hadley's announcement that vampires killed Jason and Sookie's parents and the subsequent related images that haunt him, have Jason contemplating just how messed up the supernatural world is. Vampires have only been "out of the coffin" for a few years, but they and other supes have been covering up murders and other crimes for centuries. "Vampires -- they've been getting away with this s**t forever," he tells Andy, spelling out one of the major themes for the night and perhaps the season. It's time for people to pay for their sins. Terry and Patrick sure are. The fires they each have experienced were brought about by an Ifrit, a giant, supernatural, winged creature of fire an Iraqi woman invoked as a curse to the soldiers for the deadly firefight. It's a toss-up whether that is better or worse than having a vampire against you, although in Eller's case, he's dead no matter what.

Sookie may have joked about having a 3,000-year-old vampire wanting to suck her blood -- "Must be Thursday!" -- but this battle is real. Just as she, Eric, Bill and members of the Authority have reason to want Russell gone, he's operating on the same determination mixed with vengeance over the death of his beloved, Talbot. Similarly, just as Roman and his followers are seeking ways to reclaim the vampire discussion in the world as mainstreamers, "to extend the promise of Lilith and her bountiful mercy to all humanity and live as equals," humans such as Jason are wondering if it wouldn't be better to reclaim the world for non-supernaturals. The question Roman presents to Authority members, "Are we willing to share this world?," goes both ways. So does his rallying cry: "We will not stand by while zealots hijack the righteousness of our cause. We will fight, and let the night cleanse us of our sins and lead us to victory." Game on.

Scattered thoughts/Favorite lines:


  • I'm calling a moratorium on the use of smoke monsters on TV. First "Lost," then "Game of Thrones." (Yeah, yeah, it's in the books, whatever.) Enough.

  • Just what did the fairies do to Jason and Andy? Waking up in the nude not knowing how they got home sounds more like an alien abduction.

  • So, what was the head of Jesus, lips sewn shut and everything, trying to tell Lafayette? Perhaps he should ask his mother, who must also be a medium. At least he was finally mentioned again. Seriously: What happened to his body?

  • This week's Vampire Bible Study moment -- Roman: "Some vampires believe the blood in this urn is the actual blood of Lilith. They are just as misguided as the humans who think that the communion wafer is the actual body of Christ."

  • Eric: "Alcide. You sure know how to treat a la-dy."

  • Sookie: "What are you guys waiting for? Onward in to the jaws of death! Let's boot and rally!"

  • Pam: "You look almost halfway decent." Tara: "If I wanted to look like a drag queen, I would have raided Lafayette's closet."

  • Pam: "Listen close: I saved your f***in' life and lent you some truly exquisite clothes. But if you do anything to mess with Fantgasia, I will silver you and stick you in a coffin to rot for the next millennium. Do you understand me?"

  • Andy: "Watch that homo talk, Stackhouse. Folks'll sue you for that s**t."

  • Sookie: "Alcide, are we gonna talk about the fact I puked on your shoes?" Alcide: "Nope."

  • Sookie: "I got a headache, I gotta pee somethin' fierce, so I just as soon get this over with."

  • Doug: "I've never been to New York City. I'm just sayin.' If I die, I'll won't never have made it to the Big Apple." Eric: "New York City smells like pee and the people are rude."

  • Guy Waiting to Die: "I'm too skinny! I was on Atkins and I lost 40 pounds!" Bill: "Pssht!"

  • Russell: "As my love Talbot used to say when we were buck hunting, Give it your best shot."

Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio.


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    Faaaaangs for the mammaries ...

  • Shy

    - Authority people look really stupid and ridiculous. I’m tired from them.
    - Sookie should be drunk forever. She is so funny like that.
    - Finally we saw Russel
    - Sam needs to die or be written off to some cameo character. I don’t know why he is still on the show. Did you notice how every season he has a storyline that is completely separate from other characters? It was Marianne, then it was his brother, his family, then those wolfs, now some fellow dead shifters... Sam doesn’t even talk with any other True Blood characters. Some cameo-talks with Tara or Sookie. And they put him in Alcide’s story last season. Or should I say - they put Alcide in Sam’s story so that this character (Alcide) would do something. Because there is no reason for Alcide to be on this show. It’s like they have 10 characters on the show and every season they have to create script for them. And Sam is so boring and meaningless that he gets the most bad stories. They should just kill him off.
    - Same with Jason. I love Jason. But every season they give him weak story. It’s like they love him but don’t know what to do with him. Jason should become vampire like Tara :)
    - I will not even pretend that I care for Terry’s story. I’m always like: "Yeah whatever. 2 minutes and we will carry on to another character".
    - I really hate Nora. Because actress is so bad. Miscast of the season. Only that vampire kid was worse.
    - They should stop this pity game for Eric and Bill: "Oh, we will die soon. We will die in a few hours". It’s ridiculous because we know that those major characters will not die.
    - Hoyt needs to hook up with Jessica or be written off.
    - Lafayette was so good when he was covering vampire Tara with Sookie. Then his story became boring when Tara left.

  • MonkeyHateClean

    It was one of the better episodes of the season but I'm still not enjoying most of what's going on this year - especially Terry's storyline. Ugh.

  • dorquemada

    The fang-fu fest between Hot Tara and Hot Jessica was Hot. Also: Salome's got a superhuman ass, and I don't trust her for a second.

  • Cree83

    Wait, I don't watch this show so sorry for busting in with an irrelevant question, but what's with that vamp's fangs?? They're where her lateral incisors should be instead of where her canine's should be. Wouldn't it make more sense for the fangs to replace the teeth that are already pointy? Are all the vamps' fangs like that? Am I the only one bothered?

  • Alan Ball has said the fangs at the lateral incisors is meant to invoke snakes. Lot's of snake imagery on True Blood.

  • Cree83

    Okay, I see I'm not the only one since when you Google True Blood fangs, the third most popular autocomplete is "on the wrong tooth"

  • hapl0

    Eric's don't give a rat's ass delivery of, "Well, I'm sorry to hear that." is funnier than all the scripted jokes they came up with in this episode.

    And no mention of the amazing make-up work with Russell's rotting face? Cmon.

  • This season is turning out much better than I'd expected. Also, shirtless Alcide is always a good thing. Sookie puking on him made me laugh and think "well, at least his frustration is following the books." Eric's commentary only made it better.

    I like that Tara is no longer scared and crying (finally!), and I hope she gets to do something really bad ass this season. Biting Hoyt and a cat fight with Jessica does not count - but it will be fun to watch (I hope).

    I wish the Authority folks were more interesting. Watching their scenes is like being in church after a night of partying; it's dull and sonorous and you're pretty sure no one believes what they're saying. I sort of hope the traitor is the southern lady, because the way they've set up Salome is way too obvious, and I keep hoping they won't be that hacky.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    Totally agree about the Authority scenes. That shit needs to be shaken up before it gets deadly dull. And every time that Southern lady chancellor is on, I keep thinking it's Sharon Osborn with a fake accent.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I really didn't hold much hope for this season of True Blood. But I have to say, I think they are doing a pretty good job. And thankfully it is not all silly sex scenes that you would expect if you were watching Skinamax or Spanktrovision between the hours of midnight and 5 AM.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Where can I find this Spanktrovision? I'm asking for a friend.

  • In a show where everyone is glamoured out of their minds, I have a feeling that the Ifrit is a cover-up for something else.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I gotta say you didn't include my favorite line of the night.
    Jason: Hey, you know what's fucked up?
    Andy: I got a pretty long list.

    I spit when he said that. hilarious.

  • Irina

    Hate to be all superficial here but da-yum, Rutina Wesley has never looked better! They finally gave her something to do, so now the only storyline that is boring me to tears is Sam's (and you'd think having your entire family and now your girlfriend killed off in just a few episodes would be more interesting).

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