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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD: Season 7, Episode 2: I Found You [HBO]

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HBO‘s True Blood I Found You TV Show Review. True Blood: Season 7, Episode 2: I Found You opened on a four-and-a-half minute fantasy sequence between Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). There was shoving and tackling and a good amount of sexual tension. It was somewhat titillating…but did nothing to move the story forward. [This kind of scene is much more effective if it is connected to an active storyline…this wasn’t.]

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and the others arrived at Saint Alice, finding the town thoroughly abandoned, buildings boarded up and unaided by FEMA. Sookie discovered a mass grave that contained the leftover townsfolk. The group visited the home of a dead girl, where Sookie read from her diary. The girl had written about meeting a vampire and falling in love, causing Sookie to flashback to her first date with Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) at Fangtasia. The others lamented the dire fate of the people of Saint Alice. [The trip to Saint Alice was the first of the season that gave me genuine chills…death came through here, and Bon Temps was next. This scene also reminded me of the early days of True Blood, when the writing was inspired and the directing competent.]

Elsewhere, Lettie Mae Daniels (Adina Porter) chased the V dragon, and Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) showed up in one of her hallucinations…adding to our curiosity about whether Tara’s character would actually stay dead this season or not. [And if TB has replaced Tara with her mother, it’s ill advised.]

[It was clear in this episode that the young man that Adilyn Bellefleur (Bailey Noble) is attracted to… is her future stepbrother. This will give True Blood yet another storyline and opportunity to get gratuitously salacious.]

Done with taking orders from Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), Vince (Brett Rickaby) rallied the citizens to get guns from the police station to assist in looking for the kidnapped, and Deputy Kenya Jones (Tanya Wright) opened the police stations’s armory for the rowdy crowd. Sam started the episode by telling the citizens to be of service and clean up after the party at Bellefleur’s. The crowd began the scene by cleaning up the local restaurant…and ended the scene by trashing it. [This scene was clumsy and heavy-handed, but in True Blood fashion.]

Over at Fangtasia, Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston) and the others were trapped by the infected. There was quite a lot of screaming and mayhem. [If Hep V kills in just a few days, how do the vamps get the townspeople out of their homes to kill them? Wouldn’t the folks know to stay inside and ride this time period out? Wait for them to die right?…then come out to play.]

In the end, Pam De Beaufort (Kristen Bauer van Straten) found Eric in a Victorian vamp parlor/brothel, he was swollen and we understood that he now had Hep V. And too, the bumps on Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll)’s arm might mean that she has the virus too. [The virus is targeting major characters, ones TB can’t afford to be without this season!]

The reverie that Sookie felt when she read the dead girl’s diary begins to bring Bill and Sookie full circle. It is the original storyline between these characters that will redeem and save True Blood’s finale season.

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