This week’s True Blood (“Gone, Gone, Gone”) put an end to friendships, feuds and the harmony between vampires and humans. Hoyt decides to leave town, Nora tries to convert Eric and the Authority causes more chaos. Amidst all these new beginnings, Sookie may be the only one who can’t outrun the past.
- Director: Scott Winant
- Writer: Alexander Woo
- Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Anna 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: “Gone, Gone, Gone”
As vampire attacks increase, the Authority sends Reverend Steve in for damage control. Nora and Bill try to convert Eric to Lilith’s gospel while Jason finds a mysterious scroll. Elijah, the new vampire sheriff of Area 5, makes a new mandate for Pam and Tara to obey. Sam and Luna search for Emma while Jessica and Jason deal with Hoyt’s decision to leave Bon Temps.
- Chinese Stake Out: We love the clever, resourceful moments — however gory — that arise from desperation. Best example: Sookie using chopsticks as a wooden stake. Tara’s plan to win back Fangtasia is clever as well, particularly intriguing due to the Gone With the Wind reference. We guess that’s what Pam gets for jokingly agreeing that Tara is her “slave.” We just hope Eric has a clever plan up his sleeve as well because it’s the small moments like these that make the show credible, relevant and memorable.
- Russell’s Accent: Why did Russell’s accent change from his usual heavy Southern drawl to a foreign (possibly Germanic)? We’re not sure. His tantrum, and accompanying claim to “have the sun,” is not surprising though. Russell hails from ancient times when “daywalking” is said to have existed. It’s especially ironic that his age makes him both the most powerful vamp in the Authority and the most vulnerable to sun’s rays.
- The Politics of Revolution: Reverend Steve is the Vampire Authority’s spokesperson, appearing on TV in his clean, pressed suit and lying with ease about several questions. We immediately have the archetypal politician. We feel as though he’s supposed to remind us of Mitt Romney (especially right after the “Obamas” are arrested). His mistreatment of Emma for not staying in her wolf form vaguely reminds us of some rumors. Either way, there’s nothing extraordinary about this reference, we just wanted to note it.
- Forgive and Forget: We finally get a touch of the “brotherly love” that Alan Ball hinted at during San Diego Comic Con when Hoyt decides to leave town. The crying scenes weren’t believable, but we do explore what it means to forgive and forget. Or just forget without forgiving.
- The Cult of Lilith: We’ve understood from the beginning of the season that the Lilith reference is taken from the old Jewish texts of Adam’s first wife who later became a demon. They gave it a True Blood spin by adding a pair of fangs. But the storyline gets increasingly bogged down in more complicated visions, agendas, and internal drama within the Authority. We’re afraid the build-up is going to take away from the statement being made. Whether it’s a slam to particular religion or an in-depth look at the formation of religious cults. Either way, get on with it!
There were several clever, resourceful moments in “Gone, Gone, Gone” that were refreshing compared to the overly-complicated Lilith gospel drama. But overall, it was an average episode that left us unimpressed.
True Blood airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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