True Blood “Gone, Gone, Gone” Review

Defying all odds, True Blood manages to deliver a great episode that both brings back some of the show’s charm and has a few stellar heartfelt sincere moments.  “Gone, Gone, Gone” isn’t the best True Blood can do, but it’s a return to the charming, grotesque show it was years ago.  Side characters stay on the side, the most obvious being Lafayette, who surprisingly doesn’t join everyone’s story this episode.

“Gone, Gone, Gone” showed that Sookie should probably be called MacGyver Stackhouse, proving true the age-old question “Will chopsticks kill vampires?”.  No, her story wasn’t too interesting, but the rest of the episode she shared screen time with Jason and made it worthwhile for them both.  Jason got to do his detective thing, proving he isn’t just eye candy with personality, and Sookie was able to act like her good old annoying self.  It’s no secret I loathe her, but I do think her powers and the Faerie storyline are actually enjoyable to watch, even though I’d prefer she’d just learn to quiet down once in a while.

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So, it turns out Hoyt wasn’t killed by pigs.  I was actually hoping his story ended there, but in good old truebloodian fashion, the show did whatever it could to keep a character from dying.  Surprisingly, this was one of the best parts of the episode.  The scene with Hoyt, Jess, and Jason at Merlotte’s was the best scene the show’s done in a long time (and I mean a LONG TIME).  The fact that this scene also happened at the same place they first met added a lot of nostalgia to it.  I’m really hoping this is the end for Hoyt, because it was such a great ending.

The Vampire Authority seemed like a waste.  That was, until we got a ton more of Steve Newlin, who had a complete power trip over his new ‘pet’, Emma Garza (“Emma, you know your Daddy doesn’t like it when you’re human!”).  Pissed off Luna and crime scene sniffer Sam follow Steve to try to rescue Emma.  It was probably the least interesting thing this entire episode.  I’m sure that it’s just building up to something though.  Russel also had a fit, and retook control of the Vampire Authority, throwing the overzealous bullcrap aside for a quest for faerie blood.  It’s good to see Russel back in control, and dead set on world domination.  I’m hoping the end of this season brings the kind of climax the third failed to.

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Jessica was really the star of the episode.  From glamoring Hoyt (as I’ve said before: heartbreaking) to dealing with new Bill’s religious creepiness, Deborah Ann Woll really does bring the most charm and humanity to the show, even if her character is a vampire.  The episode also made me like Jason a lot more too.  I really liked the scene later in the episode when Jason pulls over Hoyt and realizes Hoyt has no memories of him, because it was really so sincere.

Tara and Pam also have their fair share of screen time, dealing with the new sherif Elijah who is a complete tool (no surprise there).  This is really one of the first episodes where Tara has actually done something, and I really enjoyed the scene where Elijah got beheaded.  Pam’s really the star of these scenes though, and it seems the writers have no end to the sarcasm and sass she says.

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All in all, “Gone, Gone, Gone” was a great episode.  You aren’t really supposed to take the craziness of True Blood seriously at all, but its charm and the great cast make it a worthwhile investment of time.  By excluding tertiary characters like Arlene, Terry, Alcide, and having only about three or four characters in the spotlight, it seemed a lot more focused and enjoyable.  The lesser role of Lafayette didn’t mean he couldn’t make at least one sassy quip, however.  “Gone, Gone, Gone” renewed my faith in True Blood, and I’m really looking forward to the finale.

I’m giving “Gone, Gone, Gone” 8.5/10.

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