The season premier was... underwhelming. There was plenty of "WTF" but nothing that really made us psyched for the rest of the season. (We're always psyched for True Blood regardless, but this didn't exactly pique our interest anymore than usual.) Certain storylines seem to be resolved too quickly, without much fanfare or excitement. Others seem to have just been dropped completely, as if we wouldn't remember and wonder what was going on. (Or maybe we wouldn't - since it's hard to care about some of these storylines anyway.) It's possible that they're waiting until the end of the season to bring them up again, but really what are they waiting for? There are only three episodes left and if we don't care about these storylines now, we certainly won't care much in three episodes either.
So here's a partial list of some of the mixed-up, disjointed storylines from True Blood season 4. (It should go without saying that this blog entry contains some major SPOILERS...but okay, we're say it. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.)
- Sookie and the faeries
In the first episode, they made a huge foreshadowy deal about Sookie going to the faerie realm and pissing off the faerie powers that be and then... nothing happened. It was the entire long crazy opener of the season premiere, but so far it seems as though the only purpose it served was to allow the writers to advance the characters ahead a year without having to actually waste a year. Sookie's fairy godmother returned at the end of episode three, which we thought might be the start of something... but then she was quickly sucked dry by Amnesia-Eric. This can't have been without consequences, but so far there's not much time left for these consequences to occur. Unless they plan on getting involved in the whole vampires vs. witches battle (doubtful), there's really no logical way to bring back this forgotten storyline in a way that makes sense.
- Sam and Tommy's family drama
Episode 1: Tara is living in New Orleans as 'Toni' with her hot girlfriend Naomi. Episode 6: Naomi comes back, pissed that Tara lies. Tara tells the truth, it's all good. Episode 7: Tara tells Naomi to leave town so she doesn't get killed, bye Naomi! Is that really how this storyline is going to resolve? I guess it's kind of hard to care what's going on in Tara's life anyway.
There are only three episodes left... can they writers possibly tie it all together by the finale (which eerily, airs on September 11)? What do you think?