Now to what I do not like so much... after last week's episode I thought more about the implications of the orgy scene and I'm definitely not thrilled with them. I want neither Tara not Terry to have rape trauma. Thankfully they seem to have steered away from it with Tara but I worry for Terry. Hearing about it from Arlene's point of view was about as funny and comfortable as they could possibly make that plot, but even so... I'm really NOT happy about this. In a sense the entire town has been raped and as someone who's had a blackout chemically forced on me (drink spiking) I'm finding it hard to fathom that they're taking the blackouts so calmly. And the person for whom it could be most fucked up is definitely Terry. *worried*
Tara definitely helped as a point of view character in this episodes. I thought they showed the difference between and her and Eggs very clearly: Tara can't quiet her curiosity, can't just shrug it off, and can't stop listening to the little voice inside her that tells her that it's fucking weird. Eggs doesn't care and kind of digs it. He's Maryann's perfect puppet, but probably also an unchallenging figure for her.
I wonder why Maryann wanted Tara so much? She's a human as far as we know so couldn't Maryann just mind control her? Was it the Sam connection? I guess it was Sam at first but now she's useful to sponge off for a home? I still find it hard to buy that Maryann cares that much about Sam (surely there are heaps of shape shifters that resist her?) but I can run with the textual explanation, I guess.
There were some predictable 'twists' in this episode: no surprise that Hugo was a traitor (Sookie's initial mindread of him seemed so simplistic), or that Godric really was in the basement, though I was desperately hoping he wouldn't be since that seemed too straightforward.
But GODRIC! YAY! Although, gotta say, not so hot in current timeline, hotter in flashback... or was that just the camera angle? In any case, Eric's tear of tortured vamp pain about him made up for everything. :D Can't wait! I swear if Eric was on screen more I would be at the point where he'd become my favourite, but they keep holding him back just enough that I get distracted away again.
Speaking of favourites... Hoyt/Jessica continues to take out favourite ship BY A MILE. Oh, they were too adorable. I thought Jessica looked absolutely gorgeous in their bedroom chat scene, and their lead up to consummation totally lived up to my expectations. Those scenes were mesmerising.
I cared less about Jason's plot, though I did find his post-coital grin quite hilarious. Sarah is still such a fruitcake I wasn't at all surprised she shot him... so yet another not-really-a-twist twist. That's the one bad thing I'd say about this season: there are far less actual twists to the plot but the show still plays them as if they are surprises. In other ways, I'm loving it, especially in the breadth of the cast.
Bill flashbacks? Not so much. I was glad we got to see their break-up but I don't really understand what brought Bill to that place. I guess it just gradually fell apart... I would have liked to see more of the reasons why Bill started to shift his desires away from her, instead of it being played like it all happened in one scene, but oh well, can't have anything. Hopefully we won't have to see Bill playing B-grade vamp villain any more: it's getting kind of embarrassing since he just can't pull it off. ;)