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Random Thoughts Episode 5.02 – The Authority Always Wins

Random Thoughts Episode 5.02 – The Authority Always Wins

I am fascinated by the Vampire Authority story line and I’m enjoying learning more about the vampire history. I loved getting to know about the “pre-Bible” and that God was a vampire who made the first vampire on earth, Lilith, in his image.  It’s an interesting to ponder that man is not the center of the universe, as we’ve all been taught, and that there might be a being closer to God. However, this is not a philosophical discussion, so let’s get on with my random thoughts about episode 5.02.

Tara and Tearin’ Down The House

Well, Tara sure is speeding around the house and causing lots of destruction. The scene when she went into the kitchen and turned over the refrigerator and broke lamps, etc. was funny enough, but the look on Lafayette’s face when Sookie told him to feed her made me LOL!  I totally loved it. Nelsan Ellis stole that scene completely!

We only learn in this episode that Tara is angry. It certainly looks like she isn’t going to learn much from her maker Pam, who immediately leaves Sookie’s after Tara wakes.  Before she leaves, she does tell Tara not to feed on Sookie and Lafayette, but the two are in for some interesting times with her during the night. It seems that Tara is not just angry, but a bit confused. Apparently, it’s going to take some time for her brain to start working properly.  However, she has already communicated to Sookie and Lafayette that she will never forgive them for having had her turned. Lafayette has second thoughts and tries to stake her but Sookie stops him and the last we see of Tara is when she runs from the house. I actually look forward to seeing more of her.

Pam as Maker and Meeting One

From what we’ve seen of her treatment of Tara, Pam is definitely not suited to be a maker. This is interesting since she probably has the strongest maker/progeny relationship with her own maker, Eric. It’s great that the writer’s are giving us Pam’s back story in this episode, we get the introduction to the beginnings of Pam and Eric’s relationship. I sure hope we get to see the why and how Pam gets turned into a vampire by Eric. I’ve often wondered what prompted Eric to turn her. Is she about to die and he does so to save her, or does he just want to be with her? Or, does she ask Eric to turn her?

Wolves/Shapeshifters

There’s not too much going on this episode for the shape shifters and werewolves. The scene from the first episode continues where Sam is saved by Alcide. The meal of Marcus is almost over, but not before Alcide is called out because he won’t partake.  I have to admit, don’t blame him, this is just too creepy. Alcide shows his inner struggle to accept what he is and whether to take the role of pack master. I’m betting there will be more to this and he will be pulled back in.

Sam and Luna have a disagreement when Marcus’ mother shows up wanting to open a relationship with Emma. Sam tries to reason with Luna saying not to be too hasty in saying no because if Emma turns out to be a wolf, she will need a pack. Luna’s protective mothering nature comes out with a vengeance and Sam ends up leaving in disgust. And, then of course, since we’ve been set up for it, we see that Luna may have to rethink her disapproval as her daughter is, in fact, a werewolf.

Terry’s nightmares

Terry’s time in Iraq is resurfacing in a series of horrible dreams and visions. All this has happened since Patrick showed up in Bon Temps. Arlene is justifiably worried. We’ve seen flashbacks in Terry’s mind of what might have happened, but so far this story line is a bit flat. I hope it picks up real soon because just watching Terry freaked out over and over is getting a bit boring.

Jason and those who love him and those who don’t

Jason is trying very hard to fix relationships with all that he thinks he has wronged. Hoyt has moved back with his Mama and unfortunately for Jason, he will not accept his numerous apologies.  Other than that all he says is the “F” word about 100 times, to his Mama’s displeasure.

Jason would also love to continue to see Jessica, but we can’t be sure if that’s because of her blood that he ingested, or because he is truly attracted to her, or both.

Meanwhile, Rev. Newlin seems to be on a mission to have Jason as his own.  He arrives at the Compton Mansion for the purpose of getting Jessica to back off  by offering to pay her $10,000. After bargaining the price up to $20,000 Jessica turns and says, “Jason is my friend” and thus refuses the money or won’t let Jason go.

When Rev. Newlin showed up to Jessica’s party he sure sauntered in with style.  I think Michael McMillian is brilliant as this character and I want to see more!  I also enjoyed seeing Jessica tease him into popping out his fangs and more.  Another LOL moment for me in this episode.

Other Odd stuff

Right after we hear Jason’s last name said by Andy, in the next scene we see the “Stake House,” which I’m sure has to be an intentional “pun.” Sookie enters looking to buy some protection, presumably either for what Tara might do or for the possible appearance of Russell Edgington. The redneck guy in the store was great and Suzuki Ingerslev deserves praise for how she decked out the store with all kinds of anti-vampire paraphernalia. It’s amazing what the radical crazies can come up with isn’t it?

The Authority

For me, all the other story lines above pale in comparison to this one. I found it fascinating to hear about the Authority’s history, to see their compound and to begin to understand what it’s all about.  The Authority governs all vampires and their goal is for vampires to coexist with humans. They are the source of “mainstreaming.” It’s ironic that Bill is being accused of not want to mainstream since all through the series he has done his best to mainstream, with less than perfect results, unfortunately. So for him to now be accused of being on the other side must be sad for him and much more so than for Eric, who has little affection for the movement.  That’s not to say that Eric is at all like Russell, but quite honestly, he has shown in the past that he just doesn’t care. And, prior to his relationship with Sookie he has always given the impression that humans are there only to eat.

But, we have to fear for Bill, Eric and Nora because this time, they are truly in trouble. Nora is probably the one who will meet the true death if any of them do. However, before their fate is decided they all go through the good cop/bad cop interrogation and we see Bill and Eric endure  torture from Dieter Braun and Salome.  The interrogation scenes were difficult for me to watch, as I’m sure was the intention. Seeing Bill and Eric given injections of silver and having to suffer under the UV lights gave me pain, too.

When we finally got to meet the Authority as a group, I was quite impressed.  The cast who play the seven members are perfect.  Christopher Meloni and Christopher Heyerdahl especially stood out so far and I hope to see much more from them as well as the others. I was fascinated by the ritual of Roman giving a drop of his blood to each member. I did fear for Eric and Bill, but was glad when Bill managed to “cut a deal” by exclaiming that Russell Edgington is not dead and that he and Eric would be willing to catch him as payment for their lives.

And, then there’s the return of Russell Edgington.

The magnificent Russell is healing in some unknown location being fed humans by some unknown person.  I can’t wait to see his return and hope we get to learn finally who it was that dug him up!

 

Lynnpd
Written by Lynnpd

Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at http://lynnpdexclusives.com.

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    June 18, 2012

    I thought the episode was good, although not as good as last week. It seemed to move a little slow. I thought everyone was great. I loved how Bill and Eric didn’t trust the Authority members and didn’t rat each other out. I do, however, have to make one comment that will probably not make a lot of people happy. I was a little shocked to see Christoper Meloni’s name at the beginning of the credits with the main characters. I don’t think that’s fair at all. TB is known for having a very family/close knit atmosphere on their set. CM has a reputation for being difficult and demanding. Example is his departure from CSI. I hope that does not spill over into the TB set. To see his name in the main credits for the first episode he is in, when others like Joe Manganiello and Nelsan Ellis who are huge fan favorites have their names in the secondary alpha listing, just didn’t sit right with me. It took Alan Ball until Season 4 to put Alexander Skarsgard’s name at the end of the main credits even though Alex and been a primary fan favorite since Season 1 and one of the main reasons so many people watch the show. Also, how about Denis O’Hare? Does Christopher Meloni deserve to have his name appear in a more prominent position than Denis? I say no. I just hope it all works out and that the old saying of “one bad apple spoiling the bunch” doesn’t come true for TB.

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      June 19, 2012

      Personally I didn’t even notice (I always skip the opening credits) and I am not aware of any reputation Chris Meloni might have.

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      June 19, 2012

      Title credits are usually something that the person negotiates at the time of their contract. Chris Meloni probably had it as a clause in his contract to get the billing he has.

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        June 19, 2012

        Agreed. Also, I wouldn’t lay any blame on Chris Meloni, because he has an agent and probably a manager who negotiate on his behalf and he may not have even known where his name would be in the credits. They may have demanded it because of him being a TV star of long-running fame.

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      June 19, 2012

      FYI Chris was on Law & Order: SVU. Not CSI.

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    June 18, 2012

    I loved the Authority scenes and was kinda sad that they had to share so much screen time with other, less interesting storylines.

    IMO they could eliminate half the other stories a d it would be a much better show.

    I agree with you that Nora’s end seems inevitable.

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      June 19, 2012

      I don’t have much hope for Nora either.

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      June 19, 2012

      I enjoy seeing the vampire’s back stories, and how they socialize with the humans. If I criticized one thing on True Blood, it would be the separateness of all the story lines and their randomness. Sometimes it feels like the writers are just throwing in story lines to keep an actor busy. I suppose that is the way of it, you don’t want an actor with a contract to just do nothing and they may be required to use them. I love all the characters on True Blood, the actors are all great, but again, I am most interested in the vampires and how they relate to humans; for me, that’s what TB is all about. But the flavor of the show is seasoned by it’s humans who need to interact more with them.

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    June 18, 2012

    Well done, Lynn. The Authority’s background, the Lilith history, and the composition of that group most interested me. Tara is having a tough go of it. Now that she ran out of Sookie’s house, will she tear up the town? I wondered about her departure, because Pam, her maker, told her to stay indoors. I thought she had to obey implicitly.

    The Reverend is a most welcome addition. He’s already putting his vampire spin on things. Steve and Jessica … fun scenes.

    Fingers crossed for Bill and Eric in their quest to find and trap Russell.

    Good to see Maxine back. Hoyt is home, and not exactly settling in nicely, judging from his use of the “F” word.

    Jason is trying to make amends but Hoyt is having none of it. Sorry to see the Sam-Luna disagreement. They need each other, and hope they get back together soon.

    Terry and Patrick, the whole were-shifter-new pack master story lines were a bit on the slow side. But I’m willing to wait and give them a chance to develop. Emma was adorable as a baby wolf.

    And Russell is back. Hallelujah!

    I had to giggle when Lafayette turned up his collar before he made his way over to the cabinet to get Tara a Tru Blood.

    Appreciate your write-up, Lynn, and the pictures you provided.

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    June 18, 2012

    Just a little random factoid…the building used for the exterior shots of the Authority headquarters is the old Pasadena Water and Power building. I see it all the time when riding the light rail.

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      June 18, 2012

      Thanks, Rebecca, for providing that most interesting fact.

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      June 19, 2012

      Cool, thanks for the info.

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      June 19, 2012

      I remember standing on the set watching the car blow up in episode 1. I loved being able to see it from another angle; it looked great. Our perspective was from far away as they wouldn’t let us stand any closer because of security issues.

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    June 18, 2012

    Thank you Lynn for your excellent Random Thoughts, so well laid out.

    Here is my one big revelation:
    How does Steve Newlin know Bill isn’t King anymore?
    He mentioned it to Jessica during their hillarious vamp fight. The answere could be he was made by someone in the Authority (Nan eventhough she said she was not a Maker) that’s why he knows of Bill’s plight. I’m even suspecting Russell E. has a secret “child” in the Authority that’s helping him and perhaps the not so good Reverend is part of this somehow.

    The rest of 5.02 was excellent, though I have to rewatch it to understand everthing that Roman said, Face the Vampire Nation ….just don’t test me on it, ok! Bill and Eric were troopers, was the torture session & silvering necessary? (Yes to show us Bill in his handsome Henley and tight jeans! LOL)….and hasn’t Bill worked for these guys for 30+ years, don’t they know what side he’s on? Guess not. Ruling from their bunker keeps the Authority out of touch.

    I am (suprisingly) enjoying the Sam/Luna storyline and 1) are we sure that’s not just a stuffed aminal wolf we saw Marcus give her as a present. I know it had clothes on but wishful thinking on my part. 2) Luna is acting like a hotheaded warewolf going off on Sam. I know she’s worried about Emma turning into a wolf but let’s hope she cools off and heads back to Sam, but I’m actually wishing Sam got a normal girl; are there any left in Bon Temps?

    Jason and Hoyt, where that’s going it will be nice to know. I miss the old Hoyt.

    Look out world Tara is very unhappy, Sookie and Lafayette duck for cover LOL. I thought Pam told her not to leave the house, how was she able to do that? All this is going in the right direction. Not to leave out Pam being made or the lead up to it is interesting so far. Pam as a Madame who’s seen it all, well almost all. Eric was very handsom in period costume as was Pam.

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      June 18, 2012

      I think the whole Bill isn’t king anymore is vague at least right now. He killed the Queen so that made him King, not KRE who was King of his own territory but married to the Queen of Louisiana, very briefly. Confusing i would say. i do suspect that KRE made Newlin over a year ago…………as a punishment. KRE hated newlin and talked about him frequently.

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      June 19, 2012

      The authority gave Nan the nod to make Bill a King. And, I think you’re right on callonmebill, he will be a member of the authority.

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    June 18, 2012

    I have noticed that the action is really intense in the first episode, to have the plot unravel in the next 4-5 ones, followed by a sting in the tail and a coming to an end with indication for next season. I am looking forward to each and everyone of these elements, it is what makes the show good. With a little dose of unexpected. I am actually glad it has drifted from the books, so that we don’t know and expect anything. :-)

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    June 18, 2012

    Another strong episode!

    Wow, Tara is pisssed. And who can really blame her. She became the one thing she really hated. It will be interesting to see her transformation play out.

    Poor Sookie. She should just stop cleaning her house. It always gets destroyed! I did like her scene at the anti-vamp store.

    I felt for Laffy, standing there contemplating staking his own cousin. The guilt of asking her to be turned is apparent.

    Nora really turned a dime on Sam, didn’t she? I’m enjoying their story so far. Sam was right, Nora shouldn’t shield Emma from her grandmother and pack. It is what she is. And Sam of all people should know what it means to be away from your family. I hope Nora sees that he was speaking from experience and eases up on him.

    I do like to see Alcide’s torment over taking over the pack or be on his own. So far, I’ve been disappointed with most of his storyline. Alcide has much potential and I think it has been kinda wasted. I’d like to see continued character development as opposed to just see him growl at people, so to speak.

    Rev. Newlin and Jessica was comedy gold. I am really intrigued with what Steve is up to. It’s pretty obvious that he is up to something big.

    Not feeling the Terry/Patrick storyline so far. Maybe it’s a slowburn type of plot, but it really hasn’t grabbed me.

    Oh the Authority! This is bloody brilliant. I loved seeing the members and their ritual of being fed blood and learning about the vampire bible. And Roman? Holy moly, is Chris Meloni just delicious in this role? You bet he is! Clearly insane with power, but you just can’t your eyes off him. Inspired casting, imo.

    Lastly, we have Butch and Sundance. This bromance is alive and well. I loved seeing both Bill and Eric not fall for the Authority’s tricks. Tough to watch them being tortured, but They are clearly becoming quite the dynamic duo. Loved Bill offering their services by taking out Russell. Well played.

    Russell!!!! Not looking so great, but you know the crazy will be unleashed at some point. I say bring it!

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      June 19, 2012

      It seems that the only room Tara didn’t trash was Sookie’s bedroom.

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    June 19, 2012

    Hi, Everybody

    Last Sunday’s episode of True Blood was fantastic and finding out about a lot of things about the characters. And the whole vampire authority and their vampire bible and they think that God created vampire first not humans is really silly, but I know that is part of the season five show’s story about how the whole vampire race got started and everything. But I’m a Christian and I believe that God lord Jesus made the universe,earth,heaven,human race,every living creature in this world. But other than that vampire authority history, the rest of the second episode was great and I am so looking forward to the rest of season five of True Blood.

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      June 19, 2012

      It’s just a story, Cristen, don’t take it too seriously. I do not believe in God myself, but I know many Christians who fully enjoy True Blood and just take it for what it is: entertainment.
      Steve Newlin is a Christian on the show, but I am sure you didn’t support his believes of previous seasons either :)

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        June 19, 2012

        Hi Shadaliza,

        Thank you for your reply and I didn’t mean to take the subject I wrote about so seriously, I know it’s entertainment and I really didn’t like steve newlin and I don’t like him this season, he might be trouble. Yes I am a Christian, but I am a huge admirer of the show and of Charlaine Harris books and Laurell K Hamilton books also. I always loved reading about vampire fiction and other kinds of books, like biographies,etc. The very first vampire books I read were Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and I was hooked from there on. I am sorry if you were offended by my comment and I hope can be friends and enjoy season of True Blood and hope for more seasons to come.

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        June 19, 2012

        I was not offended at all, I was just making conversation. I like responding to the comments and get a bit of discussion going.

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        June 19, 2012

        Hi Shadaliza,

        Thank you for replying again to my comment and I hope we are good and the rest of true blood fans can enjoy the rest of the season. I like to discuss on the episodes and you kind of know or think what’s going to happen in the scenes of the episodes of true blood and that you know the characters and it’s exciting to know what they are going to do next. I am looking forward for more Bill and Eric this season and more Alcide and of coarse Sookie’s fairy heritage and the fairy world too.

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      June 20, 2012

      I’m a Mormon, and I adore True Blood.

      Not only was I not offended by the “Original Testament” and the Lilith legends, I was thrilled to hear the old Talmudic and Babylonian legends dusted off and given an original treatment. Do take the time to look up the stories of Lilith – she was not invented by the True Blood writers, and is actually a fascinating bit of real alt-biblical mythology.

      Having that bit of genuine history mixed in with the fictionalised vampire religion gives it a little extra frisson and spice. And it was great hearing the prayers in Aramaic! Very creepily authentic!

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    June 19, 2012

    I am a happy camper. The first 2 episodes had me on the edge of my seat.

    I am all excited to learn more about the Authority and vampire politics, religion and history. I found the Authority scenes all fascinating.
    Highlights there Chris Meloni and Christopher Heyerdahl (Dieter), I am very impressed by their performances.

    Kudos to Nelsan for the Tara kitchen scene, his looks were priceless.

    I am a total fan of Steve Newlin now, he is hilarious!!!! Love the scene with him and Jessica in Bill’s office. How did Steve know that Bill is no longer king? I want to know who turned him.

    Love the wolf put, I laughed out loud when I saw her. Dale Raoul was a hoot too as Hoyt’s mommma.

    I hope the Pam flashback will continue and we learn about her turning.

    Alcide showed his bad side marching off like that leaving Luna and a wounded Sam behind. Sam almost gave his life to protect Alcide and that’s how he thanks him?

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      June 19, 2012

      Alcide just saved Sam’s life by admitting that he killed Marcus, so I think he must have felt he had done his duty by Sam, don’t you think?

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        June 19, 2012

        No, I don’t agree. They were ready to put Sam under the ground, but Alcide walks free because by law he is the new pack master. So there was no need for Sam to sacrifice himself, Alcide should have come clean from the beginning. Sam was wounded he should have helped him.

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        June 19, 2012

        In the scene when Luna and Alcide arrived, you may remember that Sam was annoyed with her for telling Alcide, so Alcide didn’t know that the wolf pack had taken Sam and was torturing him, so Alcide was unaware of his captivity. However, when Alcide was told about it, he immediately came and admitted that he was the killer of Marcus.

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    June 19, 2012

    Once again Denis O’Hare is a scene stealer only this time, he steals the show. He is such a stand-out, even without a single line, just laying there, grunting and snorting, astonishingly gross-looking, he opens his eyelids to reveal glassed-over baby blues, his fangs pushing out against parched lips. I can’t wait to see him coming roaring to life. I bet he’ll start out with total control and then when he starts to take his revenge, everybody just get back because the flesh is gonna fly.

    Regarding Bill, this is a weird situation for him because here he’s been such a believer in the Authority’s party line of mainstreaming and assimilating and here he finds out that behind the curtain beats the heart of a madman guardian simply salivating to kill someone with his bare hands.

    Tara perched on the kitchen counter like a big bird was a hoot. Nelson Ellis’s acting as Lafayette was spot-on. Again. Joe Manganiello’s Alcide dominates the other Weres–their confrontational scene was a harbinger of deadly consequences yet to come.

    Once again, True Blood proves to be truly delicious. Even the side stories are engaging this time.

    But, one fly sits in the greasepaint for this fan and I fear it may speak to why Emmy seems to continuously pass over True Blood, regardless of its fan-favorite status. It’s the dialogue. All too often it drops into the banal, the cliched, the oxymoron, the out-of-character, the purposeless meaningless filler, the borrowed, the over-used and the worn-out.

    Examples: As Jessica tussles with Newlin, she says “hair pulling, really?” and to this I say to the writers, “C’mon, really?”. This expression was worn out two weeks after it was born. I’ve also seen it in other shows as dialogue already. It’s worn-out. All the goody has been sucked out of it.

    When Eric asks if it’s good to be a vampire, he replies it is but today “not so much”. Wow. I remember hearing “not so much” in Borat. Borat! How many years ago was that and how many millions of times have we all heard this phrase? LIke, omigod, gag me with a spoon.

    Arlene tells Terry and his Marine buddy, “Fix this” in regards to Terry’s state of emotions. So I’m guessing this will be the reason they go on some kind of road trip. Now on the surface, this seems not so bad, but I see it as a missed opportunity for a more touching and intense scene.

    That’s all. I don’t want to get too negative and rain on any parades because honestly, I do love this show. Love it. I just wish they would fix this one thing and perhaps win an Emmy. It would be party time for TB lovers all over the world.

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