This week, True Blood investigates the consequences of facing one’s own past. In “Somebody That I Used To Know” Bill has flashbacks of his daughter, Sookie remembers her parents’ death and Hoyt faces Jessica under the terms of his new peer group. We smell drama!

The Players:

  • DirectorStephen Moyer
  • Writer: Mark Hudis
  • CastAlexander SkarsgardAnna Paquin, Stephen Moyer,  Denis O’Hare, Joe Manganiello, Scott Foley, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Kristen Bauer van Straten, Ryan  Kwanten, Chris Bauer, Lauren Bowles, Nelsan Ellis, Valentina Cervi

Episode Title: “Somebody That I Used To Know”

The Chancellors of the Authority begin their plans. Eric confronts Nora about his message from Godric, while Bill is shaken by a distant memory. Claude and his sisters help Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents’ deaths, with shocking results. Hoyt’s new pals bring him a present; Lafayette leads a seance to end the curse of the ifrit; J.D. ups the stakes of his fight with Alcide.

The Good:

  • Luna Walks in Sam’s Shoes: Luna’s accidental skin-walking as Sam provides the best humor of the season. Essentially, we see Sam walk like Luna, embrace himself lovingly, and so on.
  • Personalities Flip: Whereas Eric is more honest with his opposition to the happenings of the new Authority, Bill takes the plunge and joins the group wholeheartedly. He even offers up a genius plan to end mainstreaming to the entire group. We can’t help but feel there is a forthcoming twist, just as Eric and Bill’s personalities seem to have flipped. Being an evil genius is interesting, but we hope Bill makes an about-face soon.
  • Alcide and Rikki: Let’s be honest, all you had to do was wait for this episode for everything you really wanted to see in Magic Mike. It’s the first real sex scene of the season. But what makes it really good are the stunts meant to show off Alcide’s wolf-strength.

The So-So:

  • The Authority: The cult of vampires-gone-rogue reached its height of interest in last week’s “In The Beginning” as the vamps took to the streets, drunken on ancient vampire blood. Now we see them settling back into the round-table discussions routine, which is less interesting.
  • A Look at the Past: It seems taking a look at one’s own past effects everyone differently, as Bill’s flashback of Sarah seems to push him over the edge whereas Sookie ends up channeling the vampire who killed her parents and is now receiving threats from him. Hoyt gets closure with Jessica, but he may lose his life a result. These revelations affect each person differently. Unfortunately, the opportunity to explore the positive aspects of flashbacks and history were neglected.

The Bad:

  • Werewolves Plot: We expected Alcide to beat the wolf-on-’roids J.D. in a match after seeing him throw Rikki around. But instead of an instant smash-down, things got complicated with a human tossed in the challenge. The struggle for leader of the pack then drug on without much emotion, serving as a distraction from the impending doom the Authority is plotting and the shifter/hate group plot.


“Somebody That I Used To Know” brought about some humorous and hot situations. But also began a descent into more stagnant story with the werewolves and the Authority.

Rating: 7/10

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

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