True Blood: Flailing Blindly
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston.
OK, I have been informed that a one-word review will not be worth a paycheck, so here's a few more. Absolutely nothing that happened this week on True Blood made even the slightest bit of sense. It was literally like the Alanis Morrissette song "Ironic" come to bloodsucking life. Let's recap.
Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) manages to escape the Vampire Authority under the guise of turning Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) into a vampire. Through a daring ruse and quick shooting on Jason's part, they manage to both get Jess into hiding and allow Jason to warn Sookie (Anna Paquin) that fairy-eating vampires are on the loose.
Of course, Jess is recaptured literally by dumb luck, making the whole previous action sequence pointless, and though Jason manages to warn the Fairy Tribe it turns out just about as asinine.
The point of Alcide showing up was to take off his shirt and pickaxe the ground. No, really.
Jason plays bait to lead Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) into a trap, but rather than having all the fae bust out as an army and make like Jubilee all over the vampire's ass, the head fairy just waltzes out, gets killed and drained, and according to the previews at the end, makes Russell invincible.
Oh, and I want to thank this season of True Blood for continuing its fine tradition of introducing brilliant characters only to have them murdered for absolutely no reason. First it was Chris Meloni and Tina Marjorino, now Phil Reeves as General Cavanaugh joins the pile of people who really should not have been killed.
Cavanaugh makes it clear in his brief appearance that the United States government is perfectly aware that the Vampire Authority was behind the Tru Blood bombings, and that they have footage of Russell eating an entire frat house. In short, he tells the collected fangtards what any thinking person should have known, that once the world became aware of vampires, it quietly prepared for the day it might have to deal with them.
For further material on this mindset, please see ALL OF FUCKING HUMAN HISTORY! Most of which you idiots lived through.