Alea: There has to be something else that makes her special. Just being half-fae doesn’t seem to be enough.
Latoya: Be interesting if the vamp who killed her parents was Bill. Or maybe Eric.
Joe: It will be. That’s the only reason they aren’t showing the face. She’ll find out as her and Eric have sex up the stairs again, cue crying, woe-is-me stances, and the like.
Joe: “Lamestream media?” I’ll take “Go-to GOP Satiric Phrases” for 100, Alex.
Alea: This whole scene feels like such a cheap shot at rural Southern folk, a group the writers seem to think of as “real racists.”
Joe: This hate group seems like a bunch of whiny idiots. And they don’t even know why a hate group is called a hate group. I really hope they aren’t going to attack Jessica.
Latoya: Let’s discuss this hate group a bit more. Because WTF. What did they do, watch a couple old eps of Jerry Springer and pull together a plot arc around it?
Joe: Yes, lets. I love how they stuck in a token black guy (I see you, Damien from Harry’s Law) so that the hate group doesn’t read “racist” but “supernaturalist”. P.S. I’m totally claiming the supernaturalist.tumblr.com.
Alea: Token black guy, token hapa-looking guy. We finally get to see two types of PoC in a room together and they’re exercising their agency by being in a hate group [that’s all about love]. Clayton Bigsby they are not. Can the title of this roundtable be “O Hai, Shark! I’m Jumping You: Alan Ball Has Lost His GD Mind”?
Latoya: Guess Alcide is a part of the “the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody” school of thought.
Alea: Ugh. Pardon while I feel around the floor looking for my eyes. I rolled them so damn hard at this hackneyed and utterly unsexy drivel that they seem to have popped right out of my head. I’ve seen better chemistry on General Hospital.
Latoya: Well, we all know nothing compares to Sook. “It’s been seven hours…thirteen days…”
Joe: I would agree with you there. There was a bit of homegrown simplicity that the show has been missing lately. They need to strike more of a balance.
Tami: The True Blood cast really has fantastic chemistry. We haven’t had a chance to see enough of that mostly due to the volume of plotlines. It was nice to be reminded that these folks are a community.
Alea: Eh, overly long and too self-consciously folksy. And I guess I don’t understand why she’d be watching her wedding tape at work? Not that anyone who works at Merlotte’s operates at the pinnacle of occupational professionalism.
Latoya: Right? At this point all of Bon Temps should be on a buddy system.
Alea: Sookie even referenced that earlier this season. “Never split up when walking into an abandoned hospital” is pretty much the same idea as “never walk into a psycho brujo’s house alone.” Writers, we all know Laffy’s way too smart for this type of rookie mistake. And why would his inner brujo pour bleach in gumbo over getting the side-eye from Arlene, but not come out when that nutter was sewing his lips shut?
Joe: I’m 400% sure I’m not going to want to see what’s going on with this pregnant lady. There are some scenes (like this) where I find the closest magazine and attempt to listen to what’s going on. If I didn’t do this roundtable I’d go get a sandwich right now. What you gonna do, I guess.
Latoya: See, now would be the time for a strategic possession. Marnie, Mavis, anyone else floating around out there? Jesus? Anyone? Oh wait, never mind–wifey handled it.
Alea: Daaaamn. I….did not see that coming. Might that have been too easy? Can’t that dude just possess Laffy now?
Latoya: And where is this shiftless brujo?
Latoya: While she was on the pole, no less. (Also, why is Pam’s hair crimped? ) Interesting how Tara faced down her mom.
Alea: That crimped hair might be the first aesthetic tragedy I’ve ever seen on Pam. When did Fangtasia become the set of a Tiffany video? I don’t know, but Imma need a moment of silence.
Latoya: Or a moment of Tiffany.
Alea: Tara looks and is so damn fierce here that even Pam is having trouble hiding her maternal pride under her crimpy-ass bushel of loathing. She’s the only mom Tara’s got left, and that could actually end up being a good thing, if Pam stops being such an inconsistent ass [read: if the writers could actually examine her trepidation about being a maker instead of copping out by replacing emotional depth with facile racism].
Joe: Oh, Tara chose to be a dancer. Interesting. I know that outfit says S&M, but with the current state of Pam/Tara racial relations, I feel like that costume reads more Amistad than 50 Shades.
Latoya: Right? Why did being a vamp make Tara some big fan of confessing her feelings to people she used to disdain? I thought vamps got more evil.
Alea: I don’t think they get more evil automatically, especially if they’re not evil as human beings. Also, Tara’s looking for a mom.
Latoya: In Pam? Gram is rolling over in her grave, provided she isn’t elsewhere…
Joe: Looks like Pam is taking over as mother. Love doesn’t seem to come easy to her. Pam ran a brothel, and she did act as sort of a mother figure to those girls at one time or another, one could assume. She didn’t seem like an abusive pimp or anything in the flashback, and she even mourned for the loss of one of them. I wonder what the deal is with her closed offed-ness.
Alea: Lazy, lazy, lazy writing.
Tami: I’m not getting why Tara seems to be going through some sort of vampire hazing. Eric, who is no more prone to emotion than his progeny, was Pam’s maker/boss, but he generally treats her respectfully and not like a servant or slave. Yet, this is the relationship the show runners have chosen for Pam/Tara. Given the women’s racial differences and the show’s Southern setting, it is cringe-inducing.
Alea: Ditto. Watching that ragtag group of vamps rolling their asses off was pretty great–Eric giving Bill a piggyback ride!! Next week, please let there be sweet make-outs!–but I don’t actually feel like it’s taking us any closer to anything interesting. I’m not that keen on Lillith and this whole Sanguinista storyline has mostly been a bust for me so far. I mean, who didn’t guess at least two episodes ago that Salome was behind the whole thing?
Latoya: Are they going to do anything with Russell besides up the camp factor on the show?
Joe: I think like Michael Kors on Project Runway, the powers that be have decided to devolve him into a series of sassy one-liners. “Our snappy murderer is back and this time he’s going to sing ‘The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.’” Bleh.
Tami: They are camping it up, but frankly Denis O’Hare makes anything work. I’m a bit of a fangirl after watching him in TB, American Horror Story and in an episode of Law & Order. Russell getting his Debby Boone on is right up there with his “we will eat your children” monologue.
Latoya: Let’s talk about Sam and Sookie’s convo in the hospital. While a bit hamfisted, the speech served the purpose of returning to that familiar territory of the “others” versus a hostile society.
Alea: For better or worse, it plays nicely into the parallels between vampires–all supes, really–and the LGBT communities. It seems like Sookie’s going to try to “cure” her faerieness. I’m sure we can all guess how well that’s going to work out [see But I’m A Cheerleader for spoilers].
Joe: JD, you crazy son of a bitch, giving drugs to a little girl. Some characters are so easy to hate. Add him to the list!
Latoya: I guess that’s what it took to get grandma on Sam/Alcide’s side.
Alea: Even though I knew it wasn’t going to happen, I kinda wanted to see Emma on V. She’s so damn squeaky clean.
Latoya: That’s so wrong. Considering what happens to Bon Tempers post puberty, I say let her enjoy her puphood.
Latoya: At that line, boyfriend goes “I think Racialicious is going to have stop covering this show if they keep this shit up.” Did it get racist near the end of Heroes too? Or is this just a slow, slow, jump of the shark?
Alea: Long, sloooooooow jump of the shark. I was over this effing episode from the appearance of the multiculti hate group at the beginning. Hell, I might just be over this whole damn season.
Tami: I think True Blood is dripping with a kind of white, liberal privilege–the kind that says a line like “Suicide is for Muslims” is okay because that’s the sort of thing poor, uneducated, Southern folk say and viewers will know that we (i.e. the show) don’t mean it really, because obviously we are smart, liberal, Hollywood writers. It’s related to the thinking that props up Sarah Silverman, et. al.
Alea: Jeez. Way to kill Eric’s buzz, Godric. Do we have to watch him try to save Nora for the rest of the season now? The character isn’t even that compelling. Also, Angel Godric popping down for a visit from on high? Hallucination Godric giving voice to Eric’s nagging conscience? Do the writers even know? Does it even really matter? Oh, look, a shark.
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