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True Blood – In the Beginning

Finally, the Russell Edgington arc has now hit full stride… but it doesn’t make any sense at all. Even though it was fairly obvious due to her extremely suspect behavior, Salome is revealed to be the architect of Russell’s exhumation because she needed him to kill Roman. Ignoring that for the moment, the episode opened with an immediate continuation of Roman’s murder scene, in which Russell ran around a bit in the dark and strung Eric up by his neck against a pillar for no discernible at all. The most powerful vampire in existence (as far as we know) finds himself in a potentially fatal situation with a team of armed guards coming towards him and he decides to do nothing more than play for a few seconds until he is caught again.

While it might come across as a cool little action scene on screen (though I would argue that it was actually just laughable), even the shortest of double takes should allow almost everyone to realize that none of it plays out. As far as Russell knows, Salome and Nora aren’t threats to him, that’s it! Every other member of The Authority and every one of their guards with presumably vampire killing guns is of unknown allegiance to him. After having just murdered a man who is essentially the President of vampires, we’re really supposed to believe that Russell would just leave it to chance that all of these people wouldn’t immediately turn on him? We’re supposed to believe that he wouldn’t, as he is capable of, destroy them instantly and then assess the situation? 

Back to Salome, her reason for getting Russell out of the ground was because he was the only vampire strong enough to kill Roman. Let’s even pretend that, that makes sense for a moment and consider how his death went down. Roman was killed in a surprise attack, which did not require him to be overpowered at all, thus, any vampire could have done it. Also, as Bill points out, Salome herself had essentially infinite possible moments to just kill Roman with her own hands, but no, that’s apparently not allowed. I will quote directly from the episode: “The book is very clear on this subject: The Guardian’s blood is sacrosanct. He alone shall determine when his essence shall flow. What happened tonight, was inevitable.”

If anyone on planet Earth can tell me how in the hell that means that Russell can kill him but she can’t, I’d love to know. There is not a single interpretation that I can fathom that makes what she said into what transpired. The only thing that I can imagine is that the holy nature of The Guardian’s blood means that murdering him is a high violation of their religion. If that’s the case, shouldn’t being complicit in his murder be just as bad? Even if it isn’t, that would mean that absolutely anybody could have killed him and that Russell’s involvement is an absolute farce. If Salome intends to bring her religion into the vampire mainstream, then surely it’s in her interest to be the one at the top of the totem pole and not have someone much stronger than her, that she doesn’t know, in charge.  

She of course goes on to claim that her intent is to share power with all vampires and that the killing of anymore because of differing viewpoints is pointless, but this again doesn’t make any sense. Firstly, if we accept that she needed Russell to kill Roman and that their doing so somehow puts them in charge of The Authority, how does coming into power allow them to suddenly end a deep seated moral war between vampires? There are those that believe that humans are food and there are those that believe that co-existence is the only way, how does killing the guy who was in charge of the co-existence movement suddenly stop all those vampires from wanting to kill each other for playing in the other’s sandbox? The answer is, it doesn’t. None of this makes any sense at all and somehow none of the writers noticed.

Secondly, the whole not killing vampires thing is rubbish. As soon as a member of The Authority points out that they’re just making it up as they go along and really shouldn’t be in a position to give anyone orders, they kill him. Contradicting your own stated mission is just a little stupid, no? Also, Bill and Eric essentially say that they’re really not on board with whatever Salome, Nora, and Russell’s plan is yet they get to live? Might that be because the writing is terrible and they simply have to stay alive because they’re main characters? Yes. There’s no other reason. Even Nora admits that she expected Bill and Eric to be killed by Russell once he had returned and that’s why she was trying to help them escape. 

After nonsense point number ten, the next step of the plan is to drink Lilith’s blood so that she might reveal herself to the vampires present. Skip back a couple of episodes to when Roman, a vampire who had been in The Authority longer than any other in existence, stated explicitly that the phial didn’t contain Lilith’s blood and was merely a prop to give The Authority credibility with the masses (not sure why?). Presumably Salome had heard that several times before and whatever her religious leanings, she had no reason to believe otherwise, yet, she decided to hold a ceremony of drinking for a oddly picked group of vampires (if she really wants to spread that wealth, why is the group so small?). It turns out that she was right, but if she’d been wrong, then what? I just don’t get it.

Anyway, after the consumption, all of the vampires got inexplicably high (seriously, when has vampire blood ever made vampires high in this world?) and took to the town to feed. After chomping down, Lilith, or at least a hallucination of her, materialized out of a puddle of blood and stared at Nora. Pretending that that makes sense, Godric then showed up in a vision to Eric in which he told his son to save his sister from her own foolishness. I would argue that if Eric has the capacity to see Godric then so should Nora, so why doesn’t he just show up and talk sense into her, but of course this is True Blood and apparently that doesn’t matter.


I’ve rambled on about this for far too long to really talk about anything else at length, so I will simply say that: the faerie story line is equally nonsensical and Sookie deciding to get rid of her faerie powers seems rash; the wolf pack story line isn’t necessarily terrible but I find it impossible to believe that the vampires would bother trying to negotiate with werewolves at all; the Terry and Arlene stuff continues to be pointless; the Tara/Pam relationship is becoming a little more interesting; Hoyt needs to get killed by Jason, who speaking of had a ridiculous interaction with Jessica; Lafayette’s story went from potential to zero in half a second, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why Sam isn’t a private investigator making a load of money because he seems to be the best crime fighter ever. All in all, a fairly terrible episode of a wavering season.


Rating
4.0

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