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Law & Order Comes To Bon Temps: The Racialicious Roundtable For True Blood S5, E2

Christopher Meloni (center) as Roman. All screencaps by Joseph Lamour. Courtesy: HBO.

This week on True Blood, it was time to Respect His Authoritah! After weeks of hype, Christopher Meloni made his debut on the show as Roman, the head of what looks to be one of the season’s major players, the Vampire Authority. Meanwhile, the show’s former Big Bad, Russell, is back on the loose–or on the mend, at least. And Bill and Eric continue to do their Starsky & Hutch routine. But will it hold up–and will the Authority hold up before Alan Ball’s all said and done? Our intrepid Roundtable–Tami Winfrey Harris, Kendra James, Joseph Lamour and Alea Adigweme–are on the case!

Tami: Curse True Blood for getting that old John Mellencamp song stuck in my head!

Kendra: Pam has an actual job to get to. Therefore, Pam is officially my favorite character.

Alea: Pam is absolutely my favorite. “I am [doing something]. I’m laughing.” So wry and no bullshit, though it was interesting to see her smile falter when Tara started eating Sookie.

Joe: It looks like Tara is reacting to Pam’s order a little like a pet who doesn’t quite understand what is being said. She’s still staying in the house–and not eating Sookie anymore, but the way she reacts to words (and well, anything) doesn’t bode well for her previous personality coming back in my opinion.

Kendra: No, I think the guesses from last week are right. We’re headed towards a violent Bubba/Drusilla hybrid.

Alea: I’m actually kind of excited about that. Tara might just get to have a little range along with her revenge?

Kendra: But how much range can she get when she’s sharing plot time with Crazed Soldier Platoon, Little Red Riding Vamp, The Forest Cannibals, The Vampire Evangelists, and everything else they’re apparently going to squeeze into 60 minutes of television every week?
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