TV REVIEW: True Blood Season 4 Episode 4 – I’m Alive and I’m On Fire

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At the end of the last episode of True Blood we saw Eric chowing down on Sookie’s fairy godmother, Claudine. We rejoin our hero and heroine where we had left off. Eric is drunk on Claudine’s blood and, after flirting outrageously with Sookie, runs off into the woods. Sookie calls for Alcide to help her find him, and they do, just as the fairy blood is wearing off and Eric is beginning to burn in the sun.

Meanwhile, Bill is seeking Eric and accuses Pam of knowing where he is. Pam reminds him that he seems to like the new power he has been given, although we soon see that being King is not all it has cracked up to be. Bill must still answer to Nan Flanagan of the American Vampire League, who is none too pleased that he is wasting his time on witches. Bill also meets Portia’s grandmother and, after hearing the family history, learns that Portia is his great, great, great, great granddaughter and breaks off their affair.

Jason is not only being taken advantage of by Crystal, when we rejoin him it seems that all the females of Hotshot are having a go. Jason manages to convince one of the younger girls to free him and, after killing Felton and telling Crystal where to go, he makes good his escape. He collapses in the middle of the road and is rescued by Hoyt and Jessica. Fortuitous timing!

As well as all of this, Tara, Lafayette and Jesus try and convince Marnie to reverse the spell on Eric. She seems to comply, but when Pam joins them she turns on her and casts a spell on her. Sam learns that his new shifter squeeze has a daughter and a jealous ex werewolf, Tommy runs home to his mother, only to be ambushed by Joe Lee and events surrounding Arlene’s baby son just get stranger and stranger.

While this episode of True Blood may seem action packed, it really is a filler episode. So far, we have had three speedy episodes and this is the first time that the pace has slowed. This is not all bad, however, as we get to learn more about the characters. We see more of the adorably vulnerable Eric who, by now, is properly smitten with Sookie, we see more of the panthers at Hotshot and their highly stereotypical relationship with one another – one of the girls even refers to her ‘brother husband’ at one point, ick – we learn more about the mysterious Marnie and get to see Fiona Shaw at her mental best and hear some great lines from Sookie, including her admonishing Eric for swimming in the lake: ‘There’s big gators in there, you crazy Viking!’

While this episode may not have been at the frenetic pace we are used to with True Blood, it is sometimes good to step back from the action and consider what is going on in the background. Once the action picks up again, and this season is not just a learning curve, we are all for it.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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