“Jesus and I agree to see other people, but that don’t mean that we don’t still talk from time to time” reasons I love Lafayette – he’s got soul and an open mind. I’ve got to say, I just have not been a fan of the Maryann storyline, and no matter how much I like Michelle Forbes as an actress, the storyline itself really has never won me over. However, I did enjoy some of the individual scenes and vignettes that surrounded the story this week. Including the Lafayette, Tara, Lettie Mae interactions.  First, sweet Lord I love Lafayette. Now, I am not sure if it’s that he gets some of the best lines of dialogue in the show or if it’s his delivery – I suspect it’s a combination of the two – but I just love what he has to say, and how he has to say it. “This had got to be the worst mother Fuckin’ intervention in history.” He is sassy, and prideful and vain as much as he is a loving badass cousin that will drag your ass back from the jaws of hell if he cares about you. However, thematically I feel more conflicted about the scene.

 I loved the storyline last season with Tara, Lettie Mae and Ms. Jeanette. It was such a good reflection on gross addiction. Lettie Mae’s addiction was like a demon that took over her life, and her daughters. It was a demon that slipped into her daughter in the form of anger and regret, one which began to take over her mind and attack her soul. But it was an internal demon, born of human frailty and pain. The exorcism storyline was so powerful because they let us be in doubt. My God was this woman possessed? She certainly acted enough like it – but if you have ever seen a true addict, you would wonder if they had any humanity left in them at all. What worked so well about that story was that ultimately Ms. Jeannette was a fraud and it was the power of Lettie Mae’s mind that both destroyed and saved her, and Tara’s haunted and irrational choices that led her to Maryann to begin with.

 I like this new storyline as a reflection back to the possession storyline of last season. However, I am partially disappointed that, now, it has become an actual demon possession. It seems to highlight the way that the show now refuses to allow their characters faults that are not supernaturally compelled. However, it was good to see a vampy, animalistic Bill towards the later part of those scenes. Looks like he and Eric will have one more thing to be antagonistic about – Lafayette selling the V. I also must say that I did enjoy his “No offense Sookie, but humans are susceptible to just about every form of thought manipulation.” Ain’t  it the truth though?  I believe my makeup bag alone just might be a testament to this very fact.

Sam’s talk with Andy Bellefleur in the walk in freezer was enjoyable just for the sheer inanity of the dialog. Andy’s “Annie the Nanny” and the one eyed man as king in the land of the blind. Really Andy had been the one eyed man in that town. Crazy, alcoholic and stupid – but not possessed by Satan.

However, as far as the general townspeople turned devil zombies goes, as the story reaches its climax, so too does my distaste for it. I found the scenes with the townspeople gathered en mass in Merlotte’s initially ridiculous to the point of being uncomfortable to watch, yet not ridiculous enough for me to embrace any unabashed camp. I did enjoy Jason with the chainsaw, but it almost didn’t go far enough for me. Terry seemed far too rational to be a man possessed by the devil. Though perhaps he becomes less crazy as he’s filled with Maryann’s madness, I guess that could be an interesting twist. Perhaps this is what the world feels like to him all the time, as he is stuck in a war in his mind, and now he is simply able to take command as the madness manifests in the external world. Or perhaps I am reading way too much into that one. However Jason’s emergence as the “God who Comes” – “It is me, and now I have come” struck just the right note of the deliciously absurd. At that point I just gave over to it as the camp rose to a level that I could really enjoy. I love that aside from oversexed and violent, Maryann’s spell apparently gives her followers the sensibilities of an extra thick milkshake as well. Final payoff; Sam ass out in an apron, putting out fires.

Electric sparks of white light emitting from Sookies hands…mmm that’s new. I have a sense of what the genises of her light emitting abilities may be BUT it is a major book spoiler so I will not discuss it in this blog. If this new skill is derived from where I think it is, then the show creators are bringing in a plot line far earlier than it came up in the books, which is fine, but they are also stretching it to a whole new level. What I find disquieting about this, is that once again, the characters are becoming less and less human. I mean since when did Sookie become supergirl? “I left everyone before and look what happened?” What is great about this character is that despite of, or perhaps as a result of her special gifts, she is earthy and human and real. She works hard, she worries about car insurance, and she is practical, and humble yet also humanly vain when it comes to her tan and her panties. She is funny and real. And she feels pain, and an appropriate amount of fear and overwhelm in face of forces so much bigger than herself. Like Lafayette losing his vulnerability were he to become a vampire – losing all those qualities would be a very sad thing for this character. Her telepathic ability seems to have been almost under used this season – and now we possibly jump to something even more dramatic. I wish the creators would slow down on some of the heightening of the “powers” and let people…and vampires, and all other creatures be paradoxically fearsome and frail. As we are.

Eric’s getting a little fangy in the dreams I see. Albeit ever so briefly. I do wonder how he and Pam and the fangtasia crew will be brought into the Bon Temps, Maryann fiasco.

Ohhh, Jessica attacking Mrs. Foytenberry – YES, now this is what I want to see from Jessica, uncontrollable vampire impulses in the face  (literally, figuratively) of her new found love. Right in the face of Hoyt’s innocence so that his abilities to handle what is ultimately uncontrollable are tested. There is a plot development I can sink my teeth into. Ok, bit much with the punny, but true.

Finally I am quite excited by the introduction of Queen Sophie Ann. I have been a fan of Evan Rachel Woods for quite awhile. I remember as the stand out of the younger cast in the show “Once and Again”, “Thirteen”, and “Across the Universe”. I really look forward to her performance in this role as well as what the writers have in store for us with this character. I’d love to know what you think, so please post your comments below.

– Roth

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