True Blood – Season 5, Episode 7 “In the Beginning” Review

Rating: 8.6.

Wow. I’m not even sure how to review this week’s episode of True Blood. I sat between my sister and my best friend, as I do every week, and had to hold both of their hands as I watched in horror while every gruesome act unfolded before my eyes. This is one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved shows in the world? These acts of depravity are being called good television? Sure enough, they are.

There really are no words for Lafeyette’s mouth being sewn shut while awaiting his immanent death. There are absolutely no words for how horrified I was when the young pregnant woman—who previously had absolutely no speaking lines whatsoever—stabbed Jesus’ grandfather at least 8 times (I’ll admit I couldn’t actually watch that part, only heard it. Give me vampire and werewolf violence and I’m game, but person-on-person violence—the kind that represents real life—and I’m out). I think that I just kept screaming “Lala, no!” as I squeezed my sister’s hand and tried to cover my eyes.

Back on topic: I’m not pleased with the vampires-getting-high-on-Lillith’s-blood thing. It was an incredibly interesting and extreme depiction of power unregulated, perhaps even meant as a warning of what may come from our current political climate, but the allegory stops there. This was yet another moment where I have no words to describe the experience. The best thing that I can say about this part of the episode is that I was once again proven right: Eric is so much better than Bill. In fact, he’s infinitely times superior to Bill.

My friend and I kept arguing after the episode—he maintains that Bill is a hero-type while I have and always will abhor him. He is cruel for cruelty’s sake and has been shown hurting humans in every way imaginable, especially women. When Eric is cruel, it is usually because he has some kind of justification (whether or not I agree with his justification). Eric, while smarmy, is probably the only of the bunch that I genuinely believe agrees with mainstreaming with the humans. Eric does not need to overtly agree because he has shown time and time again, despite his repetitive claims of superiority to the human race that he will always be there to help. Even while on the feeding frenzy, Eric is capable of stopping himself after the hallucination of Lillith appears. He is the only vampire capable of seeing anything wrong with the blood bath that takes place. (By the way, way to go True Blood for showing us even more horrific acts of children dying.)

Other than the two horrific scenes of violence, I rather liked this whacky episode. Terry is winning me back in stride, and I genuinely felt for him this week. I’m glad that he didn’t kill himself, but for a moment I thought that True Blood might have the gall to actually do it. Fortunately for me, Terry is safe and making me cry again. Don’t tell anyone, but I kind of hope that the Afrit will get Sergeant Patrick next time around.

More on Terry: Terry and Arlene’s wedding video was precious. True Blood successfully added a little bit of sappy in with all of the violence. Holy crap, I hope Terry comes back home to his family.

On with the sappy, Tara’s moment with Pam was riveting. Yes, we get it True Blood, Pam is Tara’s new mother. Of course Tara’s real mother, Lettie Mae, wouldn’t accept Tara as a vampire, and I wouldn’t expect anything less than from Mrs. Thornton than to show up at Fangtasia unannounced to reject her daughter publicly. Despite the scene being an obvious plot-point, it really worked.

I believe that some incredible sexual tension is being presented in the Tara/Pam plot line in a very uncomfortable way. Pam will now be Tara’s protector, the one who shelters and feeds her, and much like a small child to her mother, Tara insisted on—and was allowed to for a moment—embrace her maker, Pam. But then there’s the sexual tension, which I believe will be fulfilled by the end of the season, which is very uncomfortable because of the parental relationship.

There was a lot of sexual tension in this episode. Jessica and Jason made me completely lose it. I can’t believe that she’s going off the deep end of vamper philandering with complete disregard to her human counterparts. I don’t want to make a morality call, but I have trouble believing that she forgot she had a random person’s blood on her lips when she kissed the grief-stricken Jason. Even more heartbreaking: she tried to eat Jason when he wouldn’t listen to her! I’m about as disappointed in Jason as I can be for shooting Jessica in the head (I know, she’s fine and has vampire healing abilities), but really? How else could he have protected himself? All of this is just a set up for Jessica to be dead, which makes me sad. She’s losing all of the protection that she has bit by bit, and clearly Hoyt’s new friends have an end game in mind for her.

Speaking of Hoyt’s new friends. I’m done with Hoyt Thortenberry. I rescind his invitation into my heart as America’s Sweetheart and now he might as well be on America’s Most Wanted. I can see where this is going, and I’ll maintain that Hoyt is, unfortunately, still the most realistic character on True Blood. Now he’s out to enact all of his revenge on Jessica with his new pals, and it’s heart breaking. Some serious damage is going to be incurred, and this will almost certainly be the end of Jessica as we know it.

Finally, a few hilariously awful events occurred in this weeks episode: Sookie is pulling a Peter Parker circa Spirder-Man 3 while trying to get rid of her amazing Faerie powers, J.D. tried to give Emma vampire blood, Alcide has moved on from Sookie to conveniently-covered-nipples werewolf, and a werewolf revolution is in the works. Oh,True Blood. Until next time.

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