This week’s True Blood was all about seeking: Eric and Bill continue their search for Russell, Salome and Roman search for a traitor within The Authority, and Sookie looks to rid herself of guilt. But the big surprise is what each character actually discovers. Read on to find out more in our review of  “We’ll Meet Again.”

The Players:

Episode Title: “We’ll Meet Again”

Lafayette confronts Sookie about her tendency to ruin people’s lives and later has another uncontrollable outburst (of his inner power). Pam helps Tara transition into a vampire, while Eric and Bill seek help in finding Russell. Alcide, Jason, and Jessica cover up Debbie’s murder. Judge Clements takes Jason and Andy to a secret fairy nightclub where Jason learns important information about his parents’ deaths.

The Good:

  • Parent/Child Relationships: The running parent/child or maker/vampire relationship is becoming interesting as Eric and Pam are compared to Bill and Jessica as well as Pam and Tara. Each of these pairs speak to one another, which is an intriguing and clever way to approach the idea of taking responsibility for one’s actions and also explores the role of a parent.
  • Characterization: Why do we like Alcide and Pam so much? Because we can relate to them. We feel the fierce strength in ourselves come alive when Pam takes charge and slaps Tara’s mushy face (yes, literally), and we wish we could pull off such a clever move as Alcide in approaching Debbie’s parents. Most people want to be strong-willed and unwavering; most people want to be clever in their interactions, and tonight we get to see each character dynamically conquer such powerful roles while also seeing their fallible side (they both shed tears).

The So-So:

  • Plotlines: Why does this season feel like it hasn’t really gone anywhere yet? Let’s see…maybe because it hasn’t! We’re building up some drama within The Authority that we were just introduced to in “Authority Always Wins,” but they haven’t had enough screentime for us to start caring about what happens to the individual members.

The Bad:

  • Terry’s Flashbacks: Memories full of soldiers drinking and partying while on duty at their post and massacring civilians right before suddenly realizing what they’ve done the moment it’s too late? The lack of decorum in the representation of American troops during the week of Independence day is gutsy: not brave or commendable, but outlandish and controversial. Hopefully upcoming episodes will expose a certain truth or commentary on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its occurrence in today’s society, but for now these flashbacks are nothing but a distraction.

Overall:

“We’ll Meet Again” allowed us to see the softer side of our favorite strong characters and explored the role of parenting between vampires in a unique way. But we were still underwhelmed by moments with Terry and extra plots that are tiring to sit through.

Rating: 7/10

True Blood airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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