TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Dead Meat”

     August 4, 2013


“Dead Meat” may go down in True Blood history as “the episode when Sookie finally lost her mind.”  Next week, it looks like Eric loses his, but for now, the show had Sookie running around making amends, saying good-bye, weighing eternity, telling off her exes and her parents, and putting her bobby pins in place all for naught.  Sookie has forever, unfortunately, been the weak link on the show — her story has failed to resonate as she has bounced from one supernatural to another in ill-fated love plots.  Meanwhile though, this season has excelled in moving forward some of the plots of the secondary characters, and, in particular has given us some nice character groupings we don’t often see.  Now, it seems Sookie doesn’t know where she fits in.  Hit the jump for more on why “death ain’t the end anymore.”

true-blood-season-6-posterThis short season of True Blood has been quite an improvement over the last few, what with the shrinking of the cast and the clearer direction the show is taking.  While much of this season has been good because it has brought — with a couple of exceptions — the characters together in a way that finally seemed unified, “Dead Meat” was a fractured episode that jumped around without clarity, lead by the madwoman that Sookie has suddenly become.

There’s still a possibility that Sookie could give up her remaining humanity and become a vampire fairy like Warlow, but it seems a slim one at best.  Her “I prefer to be a walking corpse” pantomime was never one that could be taken very seriously.  The tirade at her parents was just sad, while her sudden desire to partner up with Sam was confounding.  Why do this?  Sookie has been discussing her desire to get rid of her fae powers and be “normal” for several seasons.  Before that, one of the first reasons she was so attracted to Bill and other vampires was because she couldn’t read their thoughts, and felt, again, normal.  In “Dead Meat,” she went from telling Sam she wanted out of the game to, seemingly moments later, resigning herself to eternity as the one thing she never wanted to become.  What?

Her plan to be with Sam was foiled not because it didn’t make any sense, but because Nicole, the most useless character on the show (which is truly saying something), is apparently pregnant.  Once again, just when it seemed we would be rid of her and could streamline Alcide and Sam’s storylines (since they seem cool with each other after a few drinks), Nicole finds a way to stick around again.  She and Sam declare undying love, even though really he would have run off with Sookie if she had just stopped by a few hours earlier.  Thine heart is fickle!

Even though Arlene, Andy and Holly seem to be orbiting on their own, their moments are very grounded and very real, and keep the show from slipping too far into insanity.  Actually, Andy is still part of things as the (not so great) keeper of one remaining fairy daughter who nearly ended up killed again.  Presumably though, Eric’s plan was not to drain her but to use her to gain access to Warlow, in revenge for Sookie keeping him from helping Nora.

true-blood-dead-meatOn the positive end, this is where things start to work again by being part of a complicated web that’s all part of the same general story.  Whatever it is leading up to, most of this season has gathered characters and moved the pawn pieces into position in a fairly natural and unforced way.

Unfortunately, most of “Dead Meat” was as fractured as Sookie’s thoughts throughout it, which was regressive. But it has still set up an explosive episode next week before a finale for most of the rest of the characters: next week’s promos have promised crazy, carnage and a lot of blood.  That’s the True Blood we know.  But hopefully, unlike last year, the stakes of what happen from here on out have an actual bearing on the future of the series, with more of a clear direction than we saw in this hour.

Episode Rating: C

Musings and Miscellanea:

– Has Eric gone to save the group for their own sakes, or to also thwart Bill?  Just as the two had secured an uneasy alliance, things were shattered after Nora’s death.  One of them should befriend Alcide, since he doesn’t seem to have anything better to do than piss off his pack.

– One of the most charming things about the show and the location is that Sookie having a landline phone and an answering machine doesn’t feel that weird.  What will TV shows do once those become truly obsolete?

– Sookie not knowing what happened to Niall is so Bon Temps.  I dislike that she and Jason haven’t gotten real time together in awhile.

– “Oozy, but productive” – Pam, after sex.

true-blood-dead-meat-1– How disturbingly visceral was that skinny bitch fight that lead Sarah to murdering the Japanese spokeswoman, with the vampires licking up the blood?

– Sookie is ready to spend eternity, lest we forget, with a stalker she doesn’t really seem to care for.

– “Eternity? Why can’t you just ask me to the movies?” – Sookie

– Andy really needs to keep a better eye on ABCD. “You ain’t even two weeks old yet, no coffee!”

– I forgot to mention Jason and his prison mama.  Not really worth talking about, actually.

– “You’re burying a lie” – Arlene

– So did Alcide officially leave his pack, or …?

– Fact: werewolves and shifters can smell pregnancy.  Ew.

– “Death ain’t the end anymore.”

  • Concerned Citizen

    So we’ve all decided that the past tense of “lead,” “led” – misspelled twice here as “lead” – will never be used again? Just wanted to clarify.

    • Allison Keene

      My typos miss copy editors daily.

  • Bella

    The humans, sadly, are proving to be the most interesting part of this show. The scenes with the Bellefleurs were touching and funny. Nicole keeps showing up like a bad penny, and I’m baffled as to why Sam “loves” her, when his old girlfriend died what feels like two minutes ago. I’m glad Alcide finally stopped being a jerk, but once again very little reasoning was given for his past behavior (or, for that matter, why Ricki is suddenly being such a bitch). Also I’m seriously over Sookie, and her wishy-washiness. What was the deal with her hitting on Sam? She could be killed off or just plain disappear and the show would be better off without her. Maybe she and Warlow should run off together. I dislike them both equally.

    • Allison Keene

      Excellent points all around. And I agree about the humans, which is why I’m really looking forward to next season where we’ve been promised the show will calm down a bit. Maybe people will work at Merlotte’s again??

    • Nick L Lopez

      I get where you are coming from, but humans being the most interesting part of True Blood? They are certainly more tolerable than any weres and shifters right now, but I think the vampires have long been the most interesting part. Hopefully, they will get back to the simpler times as Allison said, where this world felt more grounded.

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone notice the look on Sam’s face when he hugged Sookie in the office at Merlotte’s it was the same look he had when he “smelled the pregnancy” on Nicole. Is Sookie pregnant and if so could it be Warlow’s child?

    • ChozoLore

      Thank you. I was beginning to think I was the only one who noticed this. He did seem as if he “smelled the pregnancy”.

      • LEM

        Or shitty acting.

      • Allison Keene

        lol, or that

    • Allison Keene

      Missed it, but that could well be the case. I kind of hope it isn’t, though.

  • LEM

    Jason and his prison mama are the only thing worth talking about so turn on a Nirvana song and get typin. The show is laughably bad at this point and I don’t know the books at all but I think if they thin the herd this season and focus more on a core group of characters rather than the wacky adventures for every single one of them it would be a better show.

    • Nick L Lopez

      Wow, that sounds more like last season than this season. It’s not like we’re getting ten completely different storylines in an episode like the past few seasons. The show is supposed to back to it’s one show roots next season, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it gets there.

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  • Rog

    You say: “Presumably though, Eric’s plan was not to drain her but to use her to gain access to Warlow, in revenge for Sookie keeping him from helping Nora.”

    Eric isn’t seeking revenge for Sookie keeping Warlow from helping Nora, he blames Billith for that. Billith has told Eric that its Warlow’s blood — not Lilith’s — that enables him to day walk. And he had to take only a small amount — a fat test tube full — to seemingly be able to daywalk perpetually. Eric was seeking Warlow to get Warlow’s blood so that Eric can day walk. Eric is full of Warlow’s blood (Warlow is thought to be dead by some critics. He won’t turn to goo because he’s not a straight vampire, but a hybrid) and to fulfill Billith’s prophecy Eric has to be in the round room too when they open the skylight. So he let’s himself get caught again, gets put in with the rest of them and lets them feed off them so they all can meet the sun with impunity. Then because there will be little security during the day time when it’s thought the vamps can’t operate, the day walking vamps will easily escape, especially with a pair as strong as Violet and Eric there.

    Violet will insist on saving Jason, but Billith will make his own attempt to save everyone but will get killed — perhaps sacrifice himself to help save the others — in the process. Well, I’m not sure about Billith being killed, but maybe Stephen Moyer has some other projects in the pipeline and wants out.

  • Yurine

    It got really ‘Twilight” up in here when Warlow said he waited for sookie for 6000 years and that he wants to be with her forever.

  • Theonewhoknocks

    I enjoy True Blood as a guilty pleasure (cause really, this show is weak in so many aspects but its still fun…) but the writers lose grasp of their plots. Jessica doesnt seem to care/or know Jason is now with the prison vamp, the Sam/Sookie thing was ridiculous, I would imagine Sookie should be more concerned about what happened to Jason and where he’s been, why did Andy and his daughter immediately forget about their 3 daughters/sisters that were murdered, fairy time vs real time no longer existing, etc……Just too many problems to keep up with. Guilty pleasure. Now bring on a real show…Breaking Bad soon!!!!