The Good, The Bad & The WTF: “True Blood” Season 4 Starts With A Bite

Last night’s season premiere of “True Blood” was as sprinkled with faerie dust as I ever could have hoped for. Since HBO decided to release the first six minutes of the episode weeks ago—which is kind of like the television equivalent of a drug dealer giving you your first dose free—I was wondering what tricks Alan Ball and crew would have up their sleeve. (If you haven’t watched yet, SPOILER ALERT.) And this was the big twist: although Sookie is only in the faerie realm for a few minutes, she was missing from Bon Temps, Louisiana, for a year and two weeks. In fact, everyone—from sheriff Bellefleur to Bill to Jason—had presumed her dead. The joy of last night’s episode was catching up with all the characters we love and seeing where they ended up a year later, sans Sookie.

After the jump, the good, the bad, and the WTF of the episode.The Good:

  • Sookie’s amazing line when she’s introduced to the faerie charged with her well-being: “If you’re my faerie godmother, can I just say that you suck.” Ha!
  • Speaking of great lines, my other favorite came from Eric when he takes over for Pam in filming a television spot welcoming human families to Fangtasia. “We are always pleased to serve humans at Fangtasia, and I don’t mean for dinner,” he said.
  • Another moment I totally loved—when Arlene walks into her house and finds that her baby (fathered by Rene, season one’s psycho killer) has decapitated a slew of Barbie dolls. The I-just-pooped look on that baby’s face was priceless.
  • Since we expressed our love for female mixed martial arts fighters on Friday, we’re amped that Tara—err, Toni—now is one. Plus, her new girlfriend seems awesome. Also, gorgeous.
  • Whoa! Sookie is Eric’s now!?!?! Didn’t see that twist coming.
  • And on a final Sookie note, I love the blue and yellow dress that she wore throughout the episode. Julie, can you help us find it?

The Bad:

  • I get why it was necessary, but I wasn’t so into the faerie world once the charm spell of the light fruits wore off. It was something very different for the show, but it all felt a little too “Lord of the Rings” for me.
  • Jason Stackhouse’s new facial hair. Why, oh why, is his beard now under his chin?
  • I’m sad that Jessica and Hoyt’s relationship—which I’ve always thought was the sweetest—has settled into drabness. However, the scene where Hoyt proceeds to eat the raw eggs Jessica has cooked for him? Genius!
  • What, no Alcide this episode? Evil.

The WTF:

  • Lafayette’s new styling. He looks so much like Mr. T with the mohawk and gold chains.
  • Um, did Sam really just have shape-shifter friends over for a pony party?
  • In the year since Sookie has been gone, Bill has become the King of Louisiana and now wears nice suits and goes to political rallies. Part of me likes this plot because Bill hasn’t been that fully fleshed a character outside of Sookie. But the other part of me just misses Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Sophie-Ann. So I’m just not sure what to think of this yet.

I’d love your thoughts on last night’s episode in the comments. And thank goodness HBO is showing episode two online all week. I just don’t think I can wait another week for the story to be continued.

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