I’m honestly surprised at how effectively True Blood has managed to turn the ship around so close to the end. The season’s opening hours were enormously weak, and yet for the third week in a row, the show has managed to capture my attention and secure a little optimism in the process.
Of course there’s still plenty of flaws; does anyone on Earth care about Lettie Mae and Lafayette’s quest to communicate with Tara? When the latter was killed off in the beginning of the year, I was tremendously relieved. But if we’re going to be subject to more of the same visions, then I’d much rather we spend time on a subplot that’s actually entertaining. In addition, while Violet is a suitably amusing psychopath, I don’t think the show’s final season should be giving her this much screen time. Will she murder Adelyn and her brother/boytoy? Do I ever care? Questions to ponder dear writers.
But Karma got a lot right and it deserves props for that. Everything involving Eric, Pam, The Yakuza and Sarah Newlin was supremely engaging. That storyline has injected the season with a true sense of purpose, and it culminated beautifully with the reveal of Sarah Newlin being the cure. Not only does this twist make one of my favorite characters an integral part of the final stretch, it pretty much ensures that Bill and Eric will survive at the end. Suffice to say, I can’t wait to see how this is going to unfold.
– Awesome single take with Eric kicking ass until Pam’s capture is revealed. The whole shot is masterfully staged and executed.
– Violet giving Jason a blowjob in a romantic setting is so very classic True Blood.
– God James is annoying; his special brand of sleep-acting is especially bothersome.
– My favorite scene of the hour: Madeline trying to extort Bill who unsuccessful tries to glamour her before stabbing her to death with a pen and blowing up another vamp as he struts away. Badass.
– Sadly, I had no empathy for Jessica potentially losing Bill. Maybe it’s because I know the writers would never kill him off? Him and Sookie seem pretty endgame, and that’s disappointing.
Pam: I imagined my death many times but I never thought I’d meet the sun in someplace with wall-to-wall carpet.
Pam: Sarah Newlin’s gonna be having the last fucking laugh, shopping at Barney’s and having her manicure if you two can’t stop measuring your dicks and strike a fucking deal.
Bill: I don’t have that kind of time. I’m dying.
Lawyer: Have you looked outside? Everybody’s dying.
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Karma by Lady
An exciting hour that manages to overcome its flaws with some brilliant developments.