True Blood – “Somebody That I Used To Know” Review

In a turn for the surprising, True Blood decides to spare us of that overplayed Gotye song.

I’ll start this review by saying how damn hard it is to watch Lafayette’s parts of the show now.  First he’s digging up Tara, then he’s killing Sookie, then he’s fighting Jesus’s uncle, and now Holly and Arlene hire him to be a spiritual medium.  I wish the show would choose a path for him and really stick to it.  I like his character, but all the random stuff he does makes seem like the writers have really bad ADHD.

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The skinwalking plot of “Somebody That I Used To Know” was incredibly weak.  Luna walking around as Sam was boring because she didn’t actually do anything interesting.  The scene near the end of the episodes where Sam was holding and comforting Luna would’ve been better if Luna wasn’t being played by Sam Trammel with an effeminate voice.

Sookie’s story was actually kind of interesting this episode considering it was a Sookie story, and no, she’s not fawning over Bill, Eric, Alcide, Sam, or whichever man walks by this time.  In the search for their parents’ killer, Jason and Sookie seek the help of their faerie friends Claude, Claudette, Claudine, and all the other Claud- people.  I’m not really interested in where this goes, considering Sookie is so dull and her psychic link with a vampire is pretty dumb.

Hoyt runs into trouble when his hate group kidnaps Jessica.  I get annoyed at how dependent Hoyt is on her, but this was actually a good part of the episode.  Hoyt’s no longer the sad, mascara wearing fangbanger from the start of the season.  I’m actually happy his story is starting to have less and less in common with Jess’, but I don’t see how he’s really that relevant of a character anymore.  Weirdly, I feel that about pretty much every character now though.

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Tara’s scene with her old high school classmate was also pretty enjoyable.  The last couple episodes, we’ve been cheated out of the crazy, funny Pam we were so used to.  Now, she’s kidnapping hateful rednecks who insult her protegé and turning them into mindless slaves.  Fun.  We also got to see a glimpse of Tara’s people skills introduced way back in the show’s pilot.  Yes, she is a vampire, but she’s still uppity as hell, and it’s great.  Her scenes with Pam being her “better mother” are incredibly similar to those with her and Maryann, but now it just seems lazy.  Been there, done that.

The vampires plot is yet again stagnant.  This week, they bickered for what seemed like forever about how to destroy mainstreamers.  Yes, the sanguinista versus mainstreamer fight that none of the characters had any care about until eight episodes ago is still alive.  I’m hoping that Bill’s plan to blow up all the Tru Blood factories might unite some of the plot together, but there’s very little chance of actually making this season actually cohesive because there is no clear single villain.  Russel is no longer a badass who likes to eat children, he’s just comic relief, and Salome is the most boring character on the show.

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In the minor character department, Alcide is still around for no real reason.  He’s still self-righteous and only there to serve as female eye candy.  Andy continues this season’s tradition of making fun of its own absurdity with his line “I hate this god damn town”.  Lafayette’s reaction to Terry thinking he was being chased by a fire monster, “He off his meds.  Ciao bitches.” was also pretty appropriate.

I give “Somebody That I Used To Know” 7.0/10.

I’ve pretty much lost all faith in this season of True Blood.  The episodes themselves are actually good, but when put together as a season, they seem wishy-washy and have no cohesiveness at all.  In one episode, Sookie decides she wants to get rid of her faerie magic all together and live a normal life.  In the next, she’s using her powers to track down her parent’s killer.  As I’ve mentioned before, minor characters like Lafayette are getting tossed around between so many other character’s stories that it’s just confusing.  The Authority is a waste, nothing has actually happened because of it.  Can they fix it next season?  Well, Allan Ball told TVLine that the finale of season 5 would “rack up the body count,” so hopefully, we might get rid of some of the annoying toss-around characters.  Also, Alan Ball is leaving as showrunner, and depending on who replaces him, it might actually be a good thing.  Smallville got a refresh after a showrunner change, and actually got better, so I have my fingers crossed.

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