Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Review of True Blood's 7x06: "Karma"

Written And Directed by Angela Robinson

Amber (to Sarah): “You can’t just dye your hair and blow a guru and absolve yourself of all the horrific shit that you have done in your life.”

So, can we keep Amber as a character? I know it’s only been two episodes but if her snarky charm can actually warm Pam’s non-existent heart and she’s able to call Sarah out of her delusional bullshit so eloquently, doesn’t that mean she deserves some place in the last few episodes of the show?

After all, Sarah did at least one decent thing by actually curing her sister, which led to another thing – Sarah drank the antidote? I’d almost say this was a smart thing to do but given that both the Yakuza/Gus Jr and Eric/Pam are after her, then clearly she’s a bigger idiot than previously thought of really.

I’m not entirely surprised that there was going to be a cure for the Hep V virus and I’m actually impressed the writers decided not to make Sookie the cure. However at the same time, I also feel that will be used just so that either only Bill or Eric might make it out of the series alive rather than both of them. The only question will remain as to which one gets to live and which one has to die.

The Hep V virus seems to have hit Bill a lot worse than Eric in this episode. Not only was Sookie an accidental carrier and therefore responsible for Bill’s current predicament but the infection managed to spread even quicker for Bill and his attempts of trying to get his legal affairs in order were a disaster too. It also probably didn’t help that Bill killed the mean lawyer lady who unwisely tried to extort 10 million out of him as well.

As for Jessica – while she may be Bill’s progeny but somehow not recognised as a next of kin legally for his estate, I did like that she reached out to Sookie (though Jason) and even chose not to blame her when the latter admitted that she was a carrier after all. Of course, potentially losing her maker isn’t the only problem that Jessica will have to deal with fairly soon either.

While she and Jason didn’t exactly talk about their night of brief passion, Violet already started making inroads for her revenge scheme against. Thrashing her cubbyhole wasn’t the most effective thing but I’m sure using Adylin and Wade as bait to lure Jason and Jessica for a potential smackdown will be though. I’m not sure what to make of this woman scorned plot with Violet. I guess for now, it’s a damn sight more interesting than other plots we’ve had this season.

As for the weaker storylines this week – did anyone really care about Andy and Holly nearly coming to blows over their kids nearly having sex? I mean Arlene was funny and astute in her peacemaker role but aside from that, it just wasn’t that interesting to watch, though I suppose both Andy and Holly made some fairly good points but either way, I just didn’t care enough for it as a story.

Last but not least – the Tara plot. Where exactly is this going and can it get there a little quicker? I guess if Lafayette is also seeing Tara while on vampire blood, there must be something behind it and Lettie Mae isn’t completely off her rocker after all. Maybe Tara isn’t actually dead or maybe she can be revived. Either way, I don’t want this plotline dragged out any longer than necessary.

Also in “Karma”

Mr Gus Jr might be our antagonist for the remainder of the season. He grudgingly teamed up with Eric and Pam to find and take out Sarah.

Eric (to Pam): “Our first sunrise together.”

I liked seeing Sookie and Jason talk about love but it really shouldn’t have taken the latter this long to realise that he doesn’t even like Violet.

Pam (to Mr Gus Jr): “Don’t you think the machete is a little overkill?”

Nicole (to Sam): “This town is fucking crazy and you are the mayor of crazy.”

Nicole basically wants to leave Bon Temps and Sam seems to be digging in his heels about it. I think I’m on Nicole’s side here.

Arlene: “Well, shit happens, Holly. You clean it up.”

Lafayette: “How many times have you seen God?”
Reverend Daniels: “God doesn’t show himself. You know that.”

James only got one scene in this episode, Willa and Ginger were no shows and Bellefleur Bar & Grill was still a mess until Arlene and Holly cleaned it up.

Holly (to Andy): “I don’t even believe in the word ‘slut’. It shames female sexuality and I’m against that one hundred percent.”

Sookie (to Jason): “We don’t know how much time we’ve got left. It doesn’t seem worth it to spend it with someone you don’t love.”

Standout music: The Lady Band’s “Karma”.

Sarah: “I’m literally a new person.”
Amber: “Your capacity for self denial never ceases to amaze me.”

Chronology: From where the previous episode left off.

A delightful episode, even though the HIV/Hep V parallels are getting a little too on the nose at times. Still though, it does really feel like this final season has actually turned a corner and with four episodes left to go, I’ll be true to the end.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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