We’re gonna live forever. We’re gonna be young forever. The world is wide open to us. – Jessica
After a couple weak episodes recently, “Boot” really picks up the pace for a refreshing change. Things pick up right where they left off last week, with Alcide getting c***blocked first by vomit, and eventually Bill and Eric. What I like here was that the episode goes back to follow up on the freeing of Russell from his silver-lined concrete grave. I do remember Alcide saying something about one of his employees being unable to recall exactly what happened. So Sookie is brought in to help ‘de-glamour’ the employee’s memory and their story actually turns up quite a tense exploration of an abandoned asylum that eventually reintroduces an always droll, annoyed Russell at the tail end. I could gripe about how Eric should have immediately staked him after entering the room, but I’ll let it slide since everything about the asylum leading up to this moment was spookily fun.
Sam’s story takes a sad turn as his shifter friends are being hunted down by mask-wearing bigots in trucks (heavy-handed allegory about homophobic attitudes). I actually like Sam, so this was kind of a bummer, but at least the show is getting better at reducing the many characters who occupy the Bon Temps. Jason and Andy’s adventures in police work continue to feel like it’s going to spin-off in its own series any day now, as their naked faerie inter-dimensional travel gets progressively weirder. But I am so glad to not hear any more about how Jason is tired of being used for sex.
Speaking of weird turns, I have no idea what’s up with Terry getting stalked by a fire demon. The Iraq flashbacks are well told and semi-interesting, but the smoke/fire apparition is getting weird even by True Blood standards. Jessica continues to be hot and takes a nurturing role accustoming Tara to the vampire way of life. And Lafayette… since you were barely there I’ll ignore the 30 seconds of uninteresting brujo going-ons you gave us. The show is getting bolder in terms of audience expectations vs. delivery and I applaud them for even throwing the kitchen sink too. Perhaps the weaker aspects will improve once the curtain is completely pulled back.
Final Grade: A-
TRR TV Revue by Jacob Aquino