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2.0 out of 5 stars Truly the worst season this show has had., October 31, 2012
This review is from: True Blood: Season 5 (DVD)
Oh, dear. Poor Sookie. After the great ending of the last season with Debbie blasting Tara, and in turn Sookie blowing Debbie's head off, I was so happy. It was going to guarantee that this season would A: Open with a moral dilemma for Sookie cold-bloodedly murdering someone, and B: Do away with the most annoying character this program has (Tara). And it was going to have Christopher Meloni, who stagnated far too long on SVU, to finally play a character that would allow him to have fun. Also, with Bill and Eric playing fugitive, that had some good character conflict set up immediately as well. This had all the earmarks of a very good start.

Alas, none of these things were to be.

The fact that I watched every episode of the season was something befuddling to me, because other than one of the episodes directed by Michael Lehmann, this was an even more confusing and increasingly frustrating season with just some flat-out ham-fisted story arcs.

The main arc of the season was a not-bold-at-all-but-trying-to-be satire of rising fundamentalism and political and religious division in the United States where the Vampire Council slowly start to convert to a more fundamentalist belief that humans are their food, and they should not try to integrate at all but rather feed and kill at will according to the teachings of The Vampiric Bible and Lilith, the god of all vampires. On the human side of the spectrum, you have human groups in Bon Temps going around killing vampires and assorted "freaks", promoting the superiority of humans in the world. And then there's Sookie caught in the middle of everything, as per usual.

There were so many problems with this season, it's hard to list them all without giving away some major plot points, but just about every single character on the show has an arc. The worst arc sadly belonging to Terry, one of my favorite characters, where we finally find out the reason he has PTSD. Of course, because it's TRUE BLOOD, instead of it having a reason that in something mundane, it has to be something supernatural and bat-poop crazy in nature. Even worse is the primary arc of Jason who knows, thanks to Sookie and her Lafayette-as-medium conversations with Gran, that their parents were indeed murdered by a vampire thanks to a generations-old contract that the Stackhouse family had with this one vampire. Loyalties, motivations and characterizations shift with no organic reasons other than, "Oh, here's a new idea; let's have (character A) do (something bizarre) to, or with, (character B)". That's usually not a very good way to get any kind of interesting conflict going, and that's most of what this season is: conflict for conflict's sake. The only story arc that seemed at all interesting was that of Alcide and his father, played by an increasingly grizzled Robert Patrick.

Performances are still good for the most part, with the standouts being Alexander Skarsgard and Deborah Ann Woll. And the weak link of the cast still remains Rutina Wesley, but I don't think it's necessarily her fault as an actress, but more that Tara is just a cringe-inducing character.

The truly bothersome part of the season is the idea of fundamentalism and extremism. Obviously this is the show's agenda to show how these ideas are tearing apart this country and the world, which is particularly pronounced with the pro-human groups wearing Obama masks when they murder the supers, because evidently, the show is trying to make some kind of political statement with that. By having them wear Obama masks is them showing an explicit statement, although, what that statement is, I have no idea. They could have just as easily worn Halloween masks, or ski masks or anything to hide their faces, but... Obama masks. It reeks of desperation to show a socio-political parallel where there doesn't need to be one. On the extremist side of the vampires, though, there is some fun to be had with the Council, which Roman (Meloni) is the leader of, alongside the original Salome (Valentina Cervi), who seems to find a new target of seduction with Bill.

Naturally, there's a lot of sex and a lot more blood than in any of the previous seasons, and really it's more distracting window-dressing to keep viewers with gaping mouths rather than asking questions of just what the hell is going on.

This is easily the worst season this show has had, and is going to be one of those shows that I'm going to become increasingly disinterested in if it keeps going in this direction.
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 10:08:54 AM PST
Saxette says:
Hi I haven't seen 5 yet cuz no hbo and too expensive to buy yet, but do appreciate the time and attention you put into your review. You made some very good points and I hope my low critical threshhold serves me in not being affected by the negatives you so eloquently pointed out. You are a very observant and cogent critic, and whether or not I will agree with you, I do respect your acumen.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 3:58:33 PM PST
This is by far the best response I've ever received to one of my reviews. Just the proper use of words like "cogent" and "acumen" kinda turn me on.

Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 12:57:27 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 3:51:11 AM PST
First of all, Ludacris is a rapper, not an actual word. I think the word you're looking for is "ludicrous". Second of all, "decision" has one S, not two. Third, babbleings isn't a word. Spell-check next time. It helps. Fourth, any review is about opinion. So yes, it IS my opinion. As much as you are entitled to yours.

You don't like this review? Write your own. I can only hope it's more insightful than the one about flip-flops.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 10:59:30 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 2:27:33 PM PST
I liked the first one you posted before you edited it where it just said "Eat me!", which is, in essence, what this comment is saying too. It just happens to be longer.

Sorry if I'm intelligent and tend to be insightful and write reviews of products that are longer than a Facebook status update. I know that bothers some people.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 4:56:48 AM PST
SICK PRAWN says:
If you are a real True Blood fan, you will dig this season! I am not a book reader, so I do not care about the books, and if they match the True Blood HBO series. I got into this with low expectations since there has not been any good vampire movies since "Salems Lot". I HATE TwiLight! If you dig the past 4 TB series, you will like Season 5.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 8:08:19 AM PST
mightymouse says:
I'm with you. I hate Twilight as well. actually I'm not a big fan of ANY vampire movie or show......BUT.......I do love True Blood !!

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 4:58:12 PM PST
Joel H. says:
While it is the worst season, OP just comes off as watching too much Daily Show.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 3:34:43 PM PST
Sara Loven says:
I agree with you, this was the worst season of TB so far. I haven't gotten a grip of what really happened to this show, which I used to love, but you summed it up quite well, and I agree on most of your points. Never seen Alex as a standout though, but Deborah is great.
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