I have to admit that Hopeless is not only the title of the latest episode of True Blood but it’s also the way I felt after watching the first 30 minutes. After last week’s exciting Michael Lehman-directed episode, Hopeless seemed to be moving a bit too slowly for its own good. However, once the show’s second half kicked in, I’m happy to say that the episode picked up the pace and it all ended with one of those wonderful (if, in this case, somewhat predictable) cliffhangers that we’ve all come to expect from True Blood.
At the end of last week’s episode, both Sam and Luna had been gunned down by a bunch of masked rednecks in a pickup truck and Emma had turned into an adorable wolf puppy and gone running into the woods. At the time, I predicted that Sam would live but Luna appeared to be dead. Well, tonight, I discovered that looks can be deceiving because Luna apparently isn’t dead. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t want Luna to be dead but, at the same time, considering just how dead Luna looked at the end of last week, it was still somewhat shocking to see her being not only wheeled into the hospital but being totally conscious as well.
Anyway, with Luna recovering in the hospital and Emma having safely made it to her grandmother’s place, Sam volunteers to help Andy track down the masked men who shot them. Andy, at first, is reluctant to accept the help but Sam eventually convinces him and that’s probably a good thing because, as we all know, Andy is kind of a dumbass.
Sam and Andy’s investigation leads them to the same gun shop where, a few episodes earlier, Sookie had gone to purchase some tools to use to try to control the newly vampiric Tara. The same clerk that waited on Sookie is there to talk to Andy and, much like his last appearance, the actor playing the clerk goes totally over-the-top with his performance. Fortunately, he tries to pull a gun on Andy which gives Sam an excuse to shoot him with a crossbow and kill him off before we have to spend any more time listening to him.
As for the masked rednecks themselves, they don’t show up until the very end of the show, at which point they kill a vampire who happens to be draining Hoyt dry. Not realizing that Hoyt was a very willing victim, the rednecks proceed to “rescue” him by tossing him into their van. It was, at this point, that I noticed that one of the rednecks was wearing a Barack Obama mask.
Tonight’s other big plot dealt with — of course — the vampires.
At the end of last week’s episode, Bill, Eric, Alcide, and Sookie had finally found Russell and were preparing to take him in when Alcide was attacked by a werewolf. At the start of tonight’s episode, Alcide managed to rather easily defeat the two wolves and for that, I say “Yay!” because it gave the show an excuse to show us Alcide all shirtless and tough-looking. The Authority showed up at this point and took Russell into custody. Before Eric and Bill were returned to Authority HQ, they were ordered to erase the memories of Sookie and Alcide. While Eric erased Alcide’s memory (and took the time to tell him that he would, from now on, find Sookie physically repulsive), I got the feeling that Bill kinda faked it with Sookie.
(Regardless of whether Bill faked it or not, it took Sookie all of a few hours to not only fully remember everything about Russell and the Asylum but also to restore Alcide’s memory as well.)
Back at Authority HQ, Bill and Eric are hailed as heroes by Roman and the other members of the Commission. While Eric, being Eric, makes little effort to hide his contempt for the whole situation, Bill swears his loyalty to “mainstreaming” and, to be honest, goes a bit overboard while doing so.
Roman announces that he’s going to execute Russell that night and then grants Eric permission to speak with Nora. When Eric goes down to see Nora in her prison cell, Nora reacts to the news of Russell’s impending execution with a joyous smile. It soon becomes apparent why because, right as Roman attempts to administer the true death, Russell suddenly breaks free of his bonds and grabs him. Salome’s little smile as Russell moves in to kill Roman should erase any doubt as to who originally set Russell free.
At first, I assumed that show ended with Russell killing Roman but, as my BFF Evelyn pointed out to me a few minutes ago, we never actually saw Roman die. We saw some blood splattering on Russell and we saw Roman’s face twisting in apparent agony but we didn’t actually see him die. Hopefully, Roman will survive this attack because, seriously, Chris Meloni’s performance has simply been too good and too strong for him to be so easily dispatched.
As for the rest of what happened on tonight episode, Pam broke up Jessica’s fight with Tara and Hoyt was all excited because he thought that meant that Jessica actually did love him. When Jessica let him know that wasn’t the case, Hoyt replied by going out and finding that previously mentioned vampire to suck his blood.
(Seriously, girls, haven’t we all had a Hoyt in our life at some point?)
Meanwhile, Terry returned to Bon Temps and told Arlene that he couldn’t be near her because he’s got that fire spirit chasing after him.
Alcide decided that he wanted to be packmaster, after all.
And, finally, Jason told Sookie about the faerie nightclub and that their parents were killed by a vampire. Afterward, they went to the club themselves and it was there that Hadley not only confirmed Jason’s story but also explained that the vampire killed their parents specifically because it was attracted to the smell of Sookie’s blood.
Needless to say, Sookie didn’t take that news well.
A Few Random Thoughts and Observations:
- Tonight’s unofficial scene count: 38.
- Tonight’s episode moved a little bit too slowly for me. As usual, the action picked up during the final 15 minutes and the show ended with a pretty exciting cliffhanger.
- Dale Dickey has been one of my favorite character actresses ever since I first saw Winter’s Bone and I’m always happy to see her bring her own distinct brand of Southern gothic to True Blood.
- I was going to comment on the fact that Sam seemed to recover from being shot pretty quickly but maybe that has something to do with him being a shifter. That’s my usual excuse whenever something happens on True Blood that doesn’t ring true to me: “Well, they’re all supernatural.”
- I’m usually not a huge fan of werewolf politics but I did enjoy it when Alcide and the packmaster had their little redneck confrontation. As always happens whenever I see rough but confident men trying to intimidate each other, my inner country girl squealed a little.
- I also have to admit that I laughed out loud at the sight of Roman in his blue polo shirt. There’s just something oddly appropriate about a self-important bully like Roman wearing a polo shirt that is just a tad too small.
- I hope that someday some guy says to me, “You’re way too pretty to not be stupid,” just so I can reply, “What’s your excuse?”