Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What I’m Watching: True Blood

True Blood: Season 4, Episode 4 “I’m Alive and I’m on Fire” (B)

This episode represents a turning point for a number of our characters because it shows them slipping even more into new, darker patterns of behavior and cementing their statuses with regard to the other people in their lives. Eric, drunk off fairy blood, proves most amusing, but it’s also interesting to see him sweetly and longingly ask Sookie for a kiss and clearly show that he cares about her. Most intriguingly, Sookie tells Bill that he has no reason not to trust her while deliberately lying to him for the first time since she seems to now have a greater loyalty to Eric than she does to her former almost-fiancée. Bill himself is getting chewed out by the AVL for sending Eric after the witches in the first place, but that’s not the most horrifying revelation he has all episode. Discovering that your girlfriend is actually your great-great-great-granddaughter (or something to that effect) can’t be pleasant, especially when it comes to your attention thanks to the girl’s grandmother, who is also your descendant. Tommy having an unpleasant reunion with Joe Lee was among the episode’s most disturbing moments, as was Arlene’s baby writing “Baby not yours” on the wall, which terrified both of his parents rather than just his frantic mother. The most off-putting moment is, as has been the case recently, the witch’s circle, which results in a possessed Marnie, aided by Jesus, Tara, and Lafayette, showing Pam her true self, which is most definitely not a pretty sight.

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