Review by TV.com
There are few televised experiences that transport me more thoroughly off my futon than taking in True Blood, and last night I breathed the swamp air, I felt the damp chill of a storage container, and I was hungry like the wolf.
Last year the Season 4 premiere threw the characters and action forward a year; last night the Season 5 opener literally backtracked to a few minutes before the end of last season’s finale. Alan Ball, in his last season running HBO’s best dramedy clearly does not intend to waste a minute of time unfolding the fates of his characters and dismantling the love triangle that’s so long been the heart of the series.
A ton of silver was thrown onto the True Blood love triangle last night, literally and figuratively. We saw Eric and Bill resist Sookie’s distress as they cleaned Nan Flanagan off the floor, and when Bill caved he and Eric were netted by the Authority and thrown into the trunk of a car like two hunky bags of sexy potatoes. These two are seriously turning into a pair of buddy cops out of Lethal Weapon 4, bantering suavely no matter how threatened their lives are or how deep the burn waffle pattern is seared into their faces (the supercut of face burns on this show would probably run 15 minutes). When Eric and Bill ingeniously blew up the car, they revealed another vampire was in play both in their plans for escape in and in the emotional landscape of the show: Eric’s foxy “sister” Nora (Lucy Griffiths), who’d arranged to Vampire Underground Railroad our favorite nerd king and vanilla stallion out of Louisiana.
And in the moment Eric placed his tongue 24 inches down her gullet, it was clear that those of us who read the Southern Vampire Mysteries are going to have to mentally unmarry ourselves from the source material’s interpretation of Eric’s undying love for Sookie, and accept that Alan Ball is moving focus away from a lovelorn threesome in the interest of making the most of the phalanx of amazing characters he’s built. He wants to give all his favorite characters a proper season before he says goodbye to the series, and it seems he’s quite fed up worrying about Sookie’s boy troubles.
Agree with everything here… and I love how you censored the crate sex, eheh.