Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review - True Blood Season 4 Episode 8 Spellbound

In comparison to the previous season, season four is shaping up quite nicely. There is a clear main conflict between vampires and witches, and the rest of the plots are related in some way, or have some interesting supernatural thing at work (as in the case of Lafayette). With four episodes left in the season, there seems to be a lot left to be resolved.

The coolest part of the episode, of course, was the battle at the end of the episode. True Blood doesn't have the budget for blockbuster special effects, but the final scene had a frenzy that was exciting nonetheless. Let's recap what happened. Bill offers Antonia a deal, but she refuses and then the shit storm starts. Bill saves Tara from Pam, Sookie gets shot but Alcide saves her, Debbie sees what Alcide did despite him explicitly saying he wouldn't get involved with the vampires and witches, and finally Antonia puts a spell on Eric. Damn, that's a lot of plots colliding. Lafayette, possessed by the ghost, could have strolled in, baby in hand, and fit in perfectly.

Also impressive was the way the writers handled Jessica's plot. There's no waffling this time, as Hoyt throws her out of the house and then Jason does the same. It's a mighty turnaround for Jessica who had both Hoyt and Jason but know can't even enter their houses, and we can see how detrimental all this is to her.

I don't really want to comment on the next thing, but the dialogue for Sookie and Eric was so melodramatic and sappy that I want to believe that the writers had a contest to see who could come up with the cheesiest line. Yeah, I don't have much more to say about it.

Score: 8.8/10
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