Episode 5.8 Somebody That I Used to Know, Thoughts *spoilers*

“Shocking”? Well, not as shocking as I was expecting, but that’s what I get for being a total spoiler slut.  Still lots of good stuff to reflect on. Tucked below the Read More in case you haven’t seen it yet.  And I think Stephen Moyer did a nice job, especially in such an FX-heavy episode.

What I loved:

  • Loved Luna turning into Sam although hell if I know why she did.  As usual, Sam Trammell does a great job playing someone playing himself.  Fortunately, there is a enhanced viewing clip that explains what is going on from Janina Gavankar’s point of view.
  • I really enjoyed the way that Eric is pulled to the back of the elevator in the opening sequence where he is watching what is going on with the other vamps.  I thought it did capture that high, stoned feeling very nicely with the slo-mo camera work.
  • Sookie blasts Jason with her fairy light and him shrugging it off: “I’m fine. You got me in the head!” (It’s so no big deal..!) Also loved that Jason at least has some common sense about Sookie’s abilities being useful.
  • The Alcide and Rikki werewolf sex was HOT.
  • Oh, the burning resentment of the Sanguinistas against TruBlood and all those annoying mainstreaming rules! Still, I was shocked that they turned to depravity so quickly once they had thrown off the yoke of their Roman overlord. Humans are SO SCREWED. That Salome and Nora have clearly thought through vampirism as being more “god-like” and morally superior is just deliciously dark.
  • The original casting call was for Sarah Compton to be a very old lady in her 70s or 80s in 1931.  I like that they switched it to a younger woman — presumably in her mid-40s — who was ravaged with cancer in 1910.  I think it makes the temptation to turn her that much more alluring because she was still young enough for her to want to cling to life that much more desperately and it also gives Bill a realistic sense that if he could have turned her, easily.
  • The scenes with Jessica being held by the anti-vamp group were unnerving. Even if Hoyt did want to save her — and I wasn’t sure he would — I couldn’t see how he was going to get her out past that whole group of guys — until they conveniently left, anyhow.
  • That Jesus kept a vial of V in his first aid kit was a nice little touch.
  • Loved, loved, loved that Sookie “became” the vampire who killed her mother — although I’ll be disappointed if that isn’t a sign that it was Bill.
  • For the first week, I actually loved the Terry/Patrick ifrit story line because Lafayette made it ALL better.  Arlene and Holly’s plan was brilliant and it was even better when the Iraqi woman’s spirit came in!
  • Tara shaking a cocktail shaker at vamp speed rocks.
  • What Pam did for Tara by glamouring Tracy into being her ‘slave’? Does it make me evil to have loved that little twist?
  • I enjoyed the fight between Nora and Eric about Godric and the meaning of Godric’s thinking at the end of his life.  Although I hope that Eric’s love for Nora — all 600 years of it — doesn’t sway him from doing the right thing.
  • Bill is a fricking EVIL GENIUS.  And I’m so happy to see it.  Go, Evil Bill, go!

What I had mixed feelings about:

  • I was disappointed in the end song, which was not the Gotye version of “Somebody That I Used to Know,” but the one by Elliott Smith.  That said, the lyrics are appropriate:

I had tender feelings that you made hard
But it’s your heart, not mine, that’s scarred
So when I go home I’ll be happy to go
You’re just somebody that I used to know
You don’t need my help anymore
It’s all now to you, there ain’t no before
Now that you’re big enough to run your own show
You’re just somebody that I used to know
I watched you deal in a dying day
And throw a living past away
So you can be sure that you’re in control
You’re just somebody that I used to know
I know you don’t think you did me wrong
And I can’t stay this mad for long
Keeping ahold of what you just let go
You’re just somebody that I used to know

What I hated:

  • Jason being a Bill lover.  Gag me.  Hopefully all these little reminders from secondary characters about how much Sookie lurved Bill are preparing us for him to really break her heart for good this time, otherwise, it’s just annoying.

Questions, questions, questions!

  • Who is the “friendly face” that is holding a gun on Hoyt? I’m assuming it is somebody we know — maybe good ol’ Sheriff Dearborn?
  • Who is “Warlow”? I can’t help but wonder if it was a fake name someone we know what using while they were in Bon Temps.  And why did Sookie see into the mind of the vampire anyhow?  Claude had said she would see through her mother’s eyes because that was who Sookie was closest to.  Is that a hint that the vampire through whose eyes she saw is also someone she is “close to”? Maybe someone who has given her a bunch of his blood? But not Eric, since it just didn’t look like Eric, although the voice was so distorted it was worrisome?

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