(We waited until the second episode actually aired for everyone before posting this, so as not to ruin it for those who were not privy to the preview. Hopefully by now even you DVR-ers have seen both episode, if not - what are you waiting for? BEWARE OF SPOILERS!)
After a relatively disappointing Season 3 finale, the Season 4 opener "She's Not There" didn't really impress us that much. It definitely opened the door for lots of cool stuff to happen in this season, but it wasn't the shocking, exciting episode that we had been hoping for all year. Episode 2 "You Smell Like Dinner" was somewhat better and felt more like a premiere than episode 1 did. HBO was right to air them back-to-back, but they should have just opened with a 2 hour premiere instead of offering the second episode early as a "bonus" to only some of their viewers.
The opening of the premiere episode was... well... the phrase "what the fuck?" comes to mind. It was all kinds of WTF. Sookie goes to the faerie realm and it's all magic and glitter and trees bearing light fruit... and long lost grandfathers who haven't aged a day in over twenty years. Um, what?
Then the faerie realm turns all scary crazy creepy - and the beautiful faerie godmothers are actually hideous creatures trying to trap Sookie and others (Barry the bellhop!) in order to harvest new fairies. Again, what?
So... Where Are They Now?
- Bill is the King of Louisiana. Yep. Of course, he got the job by double crossing Queen Sophie-Anne and getting in cahoots with Nan Flanagan. Bill sure turned out to be a douche.
- Jessica and Hoyt are living together like an old married couple... which would be okay if one of them wasn't a teenage vampire! Let's just say, it's not exactly domestic bliss. By the end of season 2, Jessica is the bathroom at the bar, getting it on with a fangbanger. "I can eat who I want!"
- Pam has been forced to deal with the aftermath of "the Russell Edgington incident" which means human protestors outside the bar that she can't even kill without giving vampires even more of a bad name. As she put it, she has to "let these good people practice their Constitutional right to be fucking idiots."
- Tommy isn't dead... he's living with Hoyt's mom (a fate worse than death) and faking a limp after being shot in the leg by big bro. (By the way, we totally called it back in September, that Sam probably "just shot him in the leg".)
- Sam, permanently known as the bad guy who shot his own brother, has been attending "anger management" meetings... which turn out not to be "anger management" at all, but in fact just cocktail hour for him and his new shifter friends.
- Andy is addicted to V. Finally got over that drinking problem... and now he's hooked on vampire blood. It's always something.
- Arlene's baby - Watching Arlene freak out about her son's potential for evil is just hilarious. We're pretty sure that kid is going to end up semi-evil, but we're not sure what will be the cause... Rene's genetics, something magical (this is Bon Temps) or maybe Arlene will drive him to it.
- Portia Bellefleur - Portia is Andy's sister and the lawyer who tried to help Sookie get her house back. One might overlook her as an unimportant character, but as the head of the Bon Temps Chamber of Commerce, she's been seen with Bill as he tries to improve vampire-human relations. So we think there's something going on that will come out later...
- Marnie the witch - There are quite a few new faces to be found at the coven meetings that Jesus and Lafayette have been attending (including one old face - Holly Cleary, the waitress from Merlotte's) but the most interesting, by far, is the leader Marnie. She is timid and quiet, but out of nowhere she's raising the dead and taking down Eric Northman! Of course, she may or may not be channeling some other hardcore witch, it's too early to tell.
Best quote of Episode 1:
Nan Flanagan: “I have proof. Scientific. People are far dumber than they realize.”
Best quote of Episode 2:
Sookie: “I will never be Eric Northman’s puppet."
Pam: “Shame for you, then. He pulls good string."