‘True Blood’ brought its fifth season to a close this past Sunday, a fact that most fans probably approached with some trepidation. Unfortunately, the show has a history of botching its premieres and finales. As I recall, however, the fourth season finale wasn’t so bad, and neither was the current season’s premiere. Perhaps this is just a case of lowered expectations, but an upgrade from “awful” to “not so bad” is an improvement I’ll gladly take.
As ‘True Blood’ barrels toward its season finale, the impending war between vampires and humans appears to be coming to a head. Is this really a time when we need to bring out more of the damned fairies?
The current season of ‘True Blood’ presents an interesting conundrum for me. One the one hand, I feel that the season is overall much more consistent and better than the last couple. It has a decent story arc, and most weeks feature individual standout moments that are very entertaining. On the other hand, I have a hard time building up too much excitement for any particular episode. Do other viewers feel this way as well, or have I simply burned out on the show prematurely?
I’ve written before about how the writers of ‘True Blood’ often have a frustrating disregard for narrative structure or crafting storylines that will play out over season-long story arcs. That trend continues to be the case with this week’s episode, which seemingly wraps up a couple of the year’s big plot threads early, even though we still have a few more episodes to go before the finale.
Allow me to thank our readers for setting me straight about last week’s episode of ‘True Blood’. I had misinterpreted a plot point that readers Aaron and Nicholas saw right through. Even if I’d had any lingering doubts, this week’s episode clears them right up.
In retrospect, it should have been clear some time ago that the plot twist in this week’s episode of ‘True Blood’ is where the season would be going. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it any less cheesy or disappointing. On the plus side: Full frontal nudity!
I happened to notice in the credits that series creator Alan Ball wrote this week’s episode of ‘True Blood’, his first of the current season. One would presume that means that something important must happen in this one. Strangely, the most notable aspect of the writing this week is the way that Ball has every character drop f-bombs in almost every single line of dialogue. It’s so overt and so forced that it actually becomes distracting and annoying. Is this really the man who wrote ‘American Beauty’ and ‘Six Feet Under’?
It occurs to me that one of the reasons I’ve been underwhelmed by the current season of ‘True Blood’ is that the show has largely been missing the humorous elements that used to make it so much fun. I think the writers must have finally realized that, because this week’s episode is a little more playful than we’ve seen lately. I consider this a good thing.
Everybody hates Sookie. That’s the gist of this week’s episode of ‘True Blood’. Given how annoying her character has become in recent seasons, I can’t say that I disagree with the sentiment. It’s kind of a problem when a show’s lead character is the least interesting person in the cast.