True Blood Season 4, Episode 2 Review – “You Smell Like Dinner”

July 9, 2011 by  

Amnesia, anyone?

Bill Compton Punk RockerNow that we’re all caught up after losing a year, we actually had the chance to delve a little deeper with some of these storylines.

We began with Sookie finding herself in a predicament. Eric smartly bought her house, to her horror, with the intention of owning her. And while he came on a bit strong in the first episode, Eric made some very good arguments here. Sookie’s rare Faerie blood makes her a huge target for vampires. Eric can provide protection. Sookie didn’t, or couldn’t, go along with it. And I can’t really blame her. After all, her experience with Bill was pretty scarring. It can’t be easy to just go along with a new vampire.

Can I just say, has Eric been any more adorable than with his “Out with the old” “In with the new” notes? I mean, okay, it’s an appliance, but still… adorable. Though Sookie did not seem to agree. Her reaction to Eric’s built-in hidey-hole, or “cubby” was priceless. And even the grand ol’ King can’t help Sookie. Bill tried though, sort of. While I wasn’t thrilled with his cool response to Sookie, Bill’s flashback to his London days in the early 80’s was genius. Bill rocked the punk eyeliner and spiked hair of the underground scene like a champ.

So we learned that Bill’s been working to mainstream vampires with Nan Flanagan since the 80’s. Interesting. But it was disappointing to know that Queen Sophie-Anne’s demise was brought on by a well-planned, well-armed human regiment of the AVL, and not an epic vampire battle to the death. Come on, Bill. Fight your own battles.

Anyway —

The rest of the Bon Temps crew had their own issues. Sam’s new love Luna revealed just how twisted she is… and the idea of “skin-walkers” freaks me out. Arlene’s baby bursting a blood vessel in her eye… or so Arlene seemed to think, was also pretty scary. I’m very curious to find out more about that baby.

And Jason! Forced to procreate with Crystal (on account ‘a Felton’s infertility), but only AFTER he becomes a werepanther? Bummer. I knew this is where Jason’s story went in the books, but if this all follows through, then we’re down another human in Bon Temps. And if everyone’s supernatural, then they don’t seem so super anymore.

Speaking of the books, I knew the amnesia story was looming over Eric this season; I just had no idea it would happen so quickly. It was unsettling to see a wandering, confused, shirtless Eric. Marnie’s terrifying spell-casting was intense. I love Fiona Shaw as Marnie. She’s believable, weird, creepy. Perfect.

The episode as a whole was strong, if a little heavy on story and light on action. But good stories are important, so I can live with that. Sure we didn’t have a lot of blood and gore, but that’s not what it’s always about, people!

Anybody else really been missing Alcide? I’m eagerly anticipating his arrival this season…

What’d you think of “You Smell Like Dinner?”

(Photo credit: HBO, Inc.)

  • I’m back (this is Saucy).  I am LOOOOVING this 4th season.  Season 1 was perfect and so is Season 4.  Bill is looking great.  I am a big BILL FAN.

  • Jaxx

    Good article Sara.  I’m loving Season 4 so far.  I’m glad we did get a bit of flashbacks in this episode explaining what happened to the QSA (which I am sad about.  I guess the writer’s will have to come up with some other storyline for the vampire summit in Rhodes, if we go that far), Bill and the AVL.  They had to go ahead with the storyline for one year.  Poor Arlene couldn’t be pregnant for every episode.  LOL.

    I thought that last 2 episodes were solid episodes.  Yes some are better than others.  I truly don’t even mind King Bill and I have to admit, he did protect Sookie’s fae history from Nan Flanigan and covered for her with the sheriff.  So even if we see Bill has supposedly “moved on”, there are still feelings stirring there as well.   I think there are a lot of possibilities there with that storyline.  I am looking forward to the Jason storyline, if it is done right and just a little curious to see what he becomes, full werepanther or 1/2 and 1/2.  I like Sam’s storyline so far.  Jess/Hoyt storyline is interesting as well so far.  The whole Tara, Laf, Jesus, witch storyline has peeked my interest.  I think Marnie is channeling Hallow, the face we saw.

    And I agree with Sheila and Sara.  Just how cute is Eric this year.  While in episode 1 Eric seemed strong, his heart was in it for a good reason.  Like Pam said “You have to be someones or you just won’t be”.  Good point.  I like the way Eric was just to the point with Sookie this time, no beating around the bush.  He declared his intentions loud and clear to her, offering her protection, affection and trying to win her over in the “old-fashioned” way, which I find endearing.  As Pam has stated, Eric does care of her “in his own way”.  He understands he has to tread carefully with Sookie since it’s only been a couple of hours her time since she broke up with Bill, and, Eric was the only one who believed Sookie would return all along.  I’m wondering if those “higher powers” Bill and Pam was talking about with Eric aren’t setting us up for a Niall (Sookie’s great fae grandfather for those who have not read the books) flashback or storyline in Season 5.  He would be a “higher power” and, in the books, Eric knew Niall in the past.  Interesting and can’t wait for episode 3 tonight.

    Alcide we miss you.  Can’t wait to see you tonight.  Miss you too Russell.  Hopefully you will be back in Season 5.  You were a hoot!!!

  • Anonymous

    I thought the way Bill got rid of QSA was good.  At least Bill had a plan and it worked, unlike Eric, who is supposed to be a man with a plan, but stuffs up! Look at the KRE debacle!
    I love Bill being King and I don’t mind him being cool to Sookie.  Even though Bill did try to procure Sookie at the very beginning, it was soon obvious he began to love Sookie and put himself in danger many times to save her and protect her and she was acting like a shrew towards the end of S3 and heading off towards Eric.  She gave Bill no opportunity to explain.  She broke his heart.  Bill has moved on (so as to protect Sookie from the AVL) and it is quite obvious she still cares about Bill, but she needs to be toppled of her perch a bit. Let her try to boss Eric around a bit.  She is good at that.

    • Hi Lizzie, I loved Epi 2 except that , although I like that they kept Bill in the show for now, and I can appreciate that he came prepared as they say, In the back of my mind, I can’t help but feel like Bill has a few more skeletons tucked away in his closet, that we have yet to see.  We saw from that fight that Bill was in with Nan Flannigan, and had her back up to be able to end QSA.  I keep going to the fact that throughout this, Bill has been a yes man of sorts if you will, and done what he’s been ordered to do from the beginning, with permission or backing from somebody, Eric has gotten in trouble with the Magister, and he’s pissed off Russell, but ultimately, I see that Eric has stood on his own. But we will see what happens.  JMHO>!