The more and more I watch True Blood it reminds me of reading Superman comics. At the end of each issue, Superman would find himself in a bind, like trapped in a burning building, only to discover at the very beginning of the next issue that he had, like, Super Breath or something so he could blow out the flames. Sookie was being drowned when we left off, but of course, Bill picks up on this and sends Warlow to save her. After Warlow rescues her, Bill summons him back, but Sookie and him escape to the Faerie plane or dimension or whatever; more on that later.

The storyline I was most interested in last week also fizzled out in the first five minutes of “Don’t You Feel Me.” I was all geared up to be heartbroken when Pam and Eric were being pitted against one another, but in the most Deus Ex Machina of all moments moments, Pam and Eric teamed up and took out some guards that- well, if we’re being honest, guards that I had no idea existed. After killing those guards, for some reason, Pam and Eric are taken back to their cells rather than having the roof opened on them, like in Billith’s vision, or even the spotlight thing like they did to James later in the episode. Still, Eric’s storyline heated up when we saw what the Governor had in store for him.

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“Don’t You Feel Me” features a lot of emotional warfare, but none so heartbreaking as Eric being forced to watch Nora, his sister, injected with a new strain of vampire virus known simply as Hepatitis V. Get it? Hepatitis V… like vampire? Gosh, those True Blood writers are just so darn clever. Still, that’s nothing compared to The Great Escape-esque hijinks Eric gets into when he plots his breakout, only to discover the Tru Blood is being tainted with Hep V. Anybody else forget that we cared about the Tru Blood factory bombings and the dubious Governor teamed up with them? I mean, it’s been, like, a month since we even referenced that plotline.

Honestly, that’s the biggest issue with this season. The stories are so discombobulated and so much is happening; yet there’s no pay-off from episode to episode. Take one of the most forgettable plotlines of the season, the continued hunt for Emma by the werewolves and Sam’s whole fugitive thing. That finally came to an end with this episode, with Emma being returned to her grandmother and Sam being told never to show his face in Bon Temps again. Why did they want her so badly? I mean, is she special or do werewolves just have control issues? I have no idea why True Blood invested six episodes in that storyline, only to have it conclude with no real consequences to any of the characters.

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Or how about Sookie and Warlow? They literally spent the whole episode just talking. Sure, in the last few minutes of the episode, they got freaky, but up until that final scene, they were just talking about their feelings in a completely different plane, with no effects on any of the other storylines. These people used to be so connected. What happened to Sookie affected her brother and Bill and a lot of people in the town. Now? She disappears for a whole episode and people are just, like, “oh, that wacky Sookie, she’s probably off being a danger whore!” When did the small town of Bon Temps become so fractured?

Let’s see… what else happened this episode? Oh, Billith is still up to his wacky shenanigans with the aid of Warlow’s blood. In one of the more over-the-top, yet distinctly memorable moments of “Don’t You Feel Me,” Bill stormed the Governor’s mansion, made a couple of guards kill themselves and ripped the head off the Governor. Considering I thought he was kinda the Big Bad of this season, I’m not entirely sure of how they’re going to replace his presence, but the return of Sarah Newlin bodes well for that whole thing.

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I mean, Sarah’s got the whole “righteous crusader” thing goin’ on and hair that just won’t quit, if that’s not pure evil, I don’t know what is. Plus, her whole thing with Jason and Jessica this episode really sealed the deal for me. Like I said earlier, “Don’t You Feel Me” is all about the emotional mind games, none more so than Sarah making Jason watch as she tries to make Jessica bone another vampire. It’s some twisted stuff, but again, there’s no real pay-off. Of course, Jessica doesn’t end up sleeping with the guy and again, she gets taken away before anything too devastating can happen.

It seems like True Blood is a little too afraid of doing anything too permanent to its main cast. Meanwhile, the supporting members? They come and go at random. For instance, remember when Terry asked that guy to kill him, like, last episode? Well, Arlene freaked out and used a vampire to make him forget that he ever wanted to die. Problem is, nobody told the hitman. That’s right, folks. Terry is dead. It was an emotional farewell… even if I was confused the entire time as to why nobody was calling 911 and trying to save his life.

All in all, “Don’t You Feel Me” was an episode heavy on the feelings. True Blood has been so concerned with the high stakes action these past few seasons, I’d forgotten that the show had much heart, but “Don’t You feel Me” is a solid reminder. While it’s far from a perfect episode, it packed enough emotional punches that it was one of the more entertaining offerings of this season.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

Calhoun

Calhoun Kersten is unofficially over-educated and unemployable. he is currently finishing up his Masters thesis on horror films from DePaul University, but now resides in Hell on earth aka Los Angeles. When he’s not writing, he enjoys being a grown man who still watches Arthur on PBS, singing along loudly to Three 6 Mafia, and spending time with his dog, Karl Marx.