True Blood Season 5 Ep 7 In The Beginning Synopsis / Review V””V

Greetings and Salutations fellow True Blood fans!!  So here we are at Episode 7 … over halfway done already *Sob*.  Now this week’s synopsis will be a little different mainly because I feel like writing it that way :D. That and I had to go back and watch the whole season again to make sure I had all the Lilith stuff straight in my head direct from the show and not mixed in with my own research on the subject.   I also felt that most of the other occurrences in this week’s show were almost all filler and thus shall be treated as such … with all of that summarized at the beginning and then all the good vampy stuff after that.  Sound good? Well if not you know how to leave the page! 

 (Am leaving this here ….. because the information is the same … just the layout is a little different this week ….For those you of new to my spoiler reviews there is a LOT of detail as some people read them from other countries that can’t get to see the episode yet.  I also list my favorite memorable lines at the bottom (feel free to tell me any you liked that I didn’t use), and new for this year as HBO Go has added online extras while you watch I have added in the time stamps for each of them : Listed after the memorable lines).

Right then here we go.  Just so that everyone isn’t wondering, at the beginning we find out that I was wrong and Roman has in fact met the True Death at the end of Russell’s stake and is now just a pile of GOO!  Nothing in that blood he had drunk did anything to help him and it was all just Alan Ball and extra effects because it was a dramatic moment.  Well OK then ….. Now that the cliffhanger is dealt with the rest of the vampy goodness will be at the end! So onto the rest of the happenings …..

Back in the fairy club Sookie was last seen getting zapped by a bunch of other fairies. Well it turns out they weren’t trying to hurt her but when we see her she is unconscious and they are testing her “luminescence” with Jason hovering around worrying about everything.  Turns out that because Sookie is only half fae her magic is finite and if she keeps using it she will lose all her powers altogether.  Info gathered she leaves and the rest of the episode about her is her getting advice (mainly from Sam) about whether she would be better off being “normal”.  Lots of debate and self searching about whether being different is a good or a bad thing and Sookie ends up at the end of the episode shooting her light rays into the sky like a random display of fireworks trying to get all of the “light” gone from inside her.  Hmmmmm still amazes me how much control she suddenly has over this.  What happened to it only working when she was in danger.  Whatever … I am over Sookie and her precious fairy vagina anyway!!!

Jason was visiting Jessica and gets irritated that she has been drinking a human and as he storms out of her house (not before she bites him and then him shooting Jessica in the head … .oh don’t worry she is fine … just a little angry) when he sees the “Fireworks” and is now heading over to stop her so we will see how that works out.  Wonder how they will get her recharged now the portals are closed to Fae … actually that was the first time I had wondered that because as I said … BORED!!!

Talking of bored we also have the whole “who is shooting the shifter” saga going on.  Sam is doing his “shifter” thing, rolling around on the floor and smelling stuff while Deputy Jones watches on wondering what the hell he is doing.  Sam manages to sniff out the box of masks that the shooters have been using confirming what we already knew that they were working with the guy from the Stake House.  The same guys that are currently hanging out with Hoyt (not as I suspected last week his friends from earlier in the season from the bar) and who have a nice little hate group going on that has a leader called Dragon that we are yet to meet.  Oh and Hoyt seems to have had no side effects from almost dying and getting soaked in vamp blood other than he is happy on board the hate train.  Whatever! He may change his mind when he finds out what the surprise for him is … not that we get to see this week but I am guessing it is going to be something to do with Jessica but not with all the guys …. because Sam just caught one of them working at the hospital.  Oops.  Maybe they should do a bit more research about shifters before they try to kill a couple and then turn up to work where they are being treated!! Stupid!!! Guess he will have to miss out on the whole surprise thing after all.

Oh and Andy takes a visit to go and see the ex Sheriff Bud Dearborn who is not interested in hearing anything that Andy says, or anything to do with police work.  He is busy having an affair and wants to just get in the hot tub.  Don’t really see the point of this at all so unless they are going to end up dead in the hot tub and it is being set up for that … I have no words.

Over with the wolves, Alcide is training for his Alpha fight with the V Addicted JD but his training seems to be more about flirting with his female second.  Ugh for a moment there I thought we were going to have to watch werewolf sex but we were saved by Martha walking in.  She refuses to believe that JD is on V but later in the show catches him trying to give it to Emma so now I am guessing she is going to be all about Alcide.  I will give her this … Martha certainly loves her granddaughter and really does seem to want what is best for her.  Ok enough about the wolves.  (Told you there was a lot of filler for this episode!)

Arlene is fussing over Terry being gone and is spending her work time watching their wedding video.  She is joined by Holly who reminds her that lots of things are not all they seem and that with all the things they have seen there is no reason to not believe in the iFrit that Terry is talking about. Meanwhile Terry and Patrick are out freezing in a field somewhere trying to avoid the whole iFrit thing which appears just to taunt them and then vanishes.  That is all  Terry needs and decides to shoot himself to be done with it. *Yawn*.  Patrick stops him saying that the kids wouldn’t want him to go out like that .  The only good thing about this video was that it was pretty funny and we got to see Jesus awwwwwww.

Talking of Jesus, Lafayette has gone to find the crazy grandpa Brujo  and finds himself tied up and his lips sewn up and about to become a sacrifice to give the magic back to crazy grandpa’s unborn child.  Luckily for Lafayette the unborn mother’s child is not too impressed by this whole idea and goes crazy stabbing crazy grandpa over and over until he is way past dead. She then calmly uses the knife to unpick the stitches holding Lala’s mouth closed … pick pick pick … well OK then!

Which reminds me, there is crazy up at Fangtasia and not in the normal way.  Tara is dancing on a pole much to Pam’s amusement (Pam with AWESOME hair this week can I add …. makes me want to go get the crimpers out!  Oh wait I can do one better …. CHECK OUT THIS HAIR lol)

But anyway the crazy involved was in fact Tara’s mother Lettie Mae who has come to let her daughter know what an embarrassment she is to her.  You have to be kidding right?  Well apparently not. Apparently Tara is now dead to her (big loss) but Tara lets her know that she will be seeing her again.  Poor Tara is not quite as tough as she makes out though as we see her confide to Pam in the office that it has made her sad and she rushes to Pam for a hug.  Pam is not quite sure how to deal with this so after a quick pat on the back tells her to get back on the pole.  Oh I love Pam!!!!

Now to the part that everyone has been waiting for. What is going on with the vampires? Well with Roman getting staked the remaining Authority members not clued in manage to sound the alarm and all hell breaks loose with vamps in special suits running around in near darkness showing us glimpses through their night vision.  Russell is on the attack but not killing anyone yet (although we do discover that he has secured Eric high up on a column with a silver bar).  They eventually snag Russell in a silver net but I get the feeling he almost let himself get caught.  It is obvious by now that there is a much bigger plan in place.

We see Eric and Bill back in the cells and they work out that obviously Russell wasn’t silvered but they are taking their time working out who it was.  First they try to blame Nora but work out she was incarcerated while Russell was being questioned, then they blame Molly because the iStake didn’t work but she is trying to work out why (and the fact that she was in a cell too should have been a big clue!) but it soon clicks into place when they are called up to see Nora and Salome, and a very happy Russell who is suddenly about forgive and move on.  Eric on the other hand is not moving on at all.  He is mad at Nora, mad at Russell, just plain mad in fact!

It becomes clear that as suspected Salome was behind Russell escaping but not as I suspected because she was his child.  It was all down to her following Eric and Bill the night they buried him.  Hmmm think my theory would have been better but Alan Ball hasn’t listened to me yet so it is unsurprising that he hasn’t started now.  It was all a big plan to get rid of Roman and Salome and Nora are convinced that this all comes from Lilith.  Russell just seems happy to go along with it but then we all know he is more than a little bit crazy and we love him for it.  Bill and Eric are not so convinced (really I expected Bill to jump right on that bandwagon) but for whatever reason this doesn’t get them killed but instead gets them an invitation to a special ceremony the next night.

This special ceremony turns out to be a lecture from Salome about how although the book says it is wrong to stake a guardian Lilith would forgive Russell because this guardian had turned his back on what was right.  Russell then jumps up to say how he takes back all the bad things he has said about Lilith and the religion (and let’s face it over the last couple of episodes that has been rather a lot) and he now loves and praises Lilith. The plan is that everyone will drink from the little vial of blood the Authority has been guarding for all these years which is supposedly the original blood of Lilith (although Roman was convinced it was symbolic).  Dieter is not on board with this calling it blasphemy and quickly earning himself a staking from Russell at which point no-one else seems to have any other objections.  As Eric tells Bill … it is vampire blood and we are vampires … it is not going to do anything……. Oh how wrong he was!!!!

The next thing we see is the crowd of vamps (which consists of Salome, Nora, Russell, Bill, Eric, Rosalyn, Kibwe, Nigel the baby eater, and Steve Newlin) tripping out and making their way down Main Street in New Orleans in what is possibly one of my favorite scenes.  The cast looks amazing and they are totally embracing their inner vamp, threatening a guy who makes the mistake of beeping his horn at them and letting him know that he is NOTHING!!!  Oh such fun!!!  This is the True Blood I want to watch!!!

The motley crew head into a bar where there is a karaoke style celebration going on.  Yes I know karaoke and celebration shouldn’t really be in the same sentence but whatever, things definitely improve when Russell gets up on stage to sing with her.  Someone in the crowd suddenly realizes who he is and that is all it takes for the chaos to begin. All the vamps zoom in and start killing everyone at the party!  Oh this is good!! Vampires finally being vampires but now here is where it all starts to get a little weird and I had to go back and watch the whole season to make sure I got all of this right before I started writing out my thoughts about it all.

So the vamps are all killing and feeding and there is blood everywhere and we get to see all the vamps suddenly look up as a single drop falls (apparently from nowhere) to the ground which ripples and forms a huge puddle of blood from which emerges a naked woman who can only be Lilith. In episode 3 they say “Lilith will rise from the blood” and I guess they meant this literally.  It would appear that the Sanguinista movement was in fact correct with their thoughts about what Lilith would want because she is apparently controlling all of the vampires in this feeding frenzy as she strolls through the bar in a way very reminiscent to me of Akasha in Queen Of The Damned.  All the vampires seem to be completely under her spell (love the look on Russell’s face as he obviously gladly submits to her “suggestion” but then suddenly Eric  is visited by Godric.  Maybe because Eric doesn’t believe in what he is doing, or maybe Godric really is still around in spirit from trying to guide him to make the right choices but either way we see Godric telling Eric this is wrong and that he has to help his sister because Nora thinks what she is doing is right. Now the interesting thing here for me was when Eric looks up again it seems that he can no longer see Lilith.  So is her manifestation actually there as we were first to believe, or is she in fact a hallucination from whatever that blood did.

Fascinating stuff!  I am not really sure where Alan Ball is going with all of this stuff but I for one am on board with the whole Sanguinista movement.  As for the rest of the storyline I am bored with them all already. Not really sure if even the writers know what their opinion is on the whole Lilith Deal.  Roman throughout his time did a politician style job of muddying the lines and then you have the extremists (Nora and Salome) and those that seem to be along for the ride because either it suits them (Russell) or perhaps they are just too weak and go where the power is (Rosalyn and Steve).  Over all I find that yet again they are trying to cram too many storylines in without giving the time that any of them deserve, not that I would like to see some of the other lines expanded, quite the opposite, I would like to do away with them all together.  Take us back to the early seasons where there were just a couple of things going on and go into them in-depth.  That would make for  a great deal of happy fans if you ask me!!!


Memorable Lines From In The Beginning

  • Eric – “The View From Up Here Is Spectacular!”
  • Jay-Bob – “Hate groups is about more than hate”
  • Lafayette – “I is what I is”
  • Alcide – “Your son doesn’t have a grave because you all ate him.”
  • Luna – “I’m a raving lunatic bitch!”
  • Jessica – “Yeah and I suppose you know every cow you’ve ever eaten.”
  • Steve – “I am like a tree in the wind, I am just so happy to be included.”
  • Eric – “Your heartbeat sounds like shit and your blood smells even worse.”
  • Russell – “Awwwww you should worry about you!”

HBO Go – Extras

  • 01.11 – Knock-Down, Drag-Out (Video)
  • 01.19 – Russell’s Insanity
  • 01.39 – Russell’s Insanity
  • 01.59 – Russell’s Insanity
  • 04.34 – Relive : Abnormal Life
  • 05.33 – TMI, Coroner Spencer
  • 07.19 – Hater Hideaway
  • 08.52 – Under Her Spell
  • 09.34 – Jessica’s Vlog : Confessions Of A Vampslut (Video)
  • 11.28 – A Deadly Seduction
  • 13.40 – Vampire Bling
  • 15.01 – Second Look : Alcide’s Pecs
  • 17.40 – True Secret : Were-pup Acting Notes
  • 20.41 – Destination Wedding
  • 22.08 – Fifth Times A Charm (Video)
  • 24.11 – True Trivia : Early Retirement
  • 24.16 – True Trivia : Early Retirement
  • 27.46 – Job Perks (Video)
  • 30,17 – One Of them (Video)
  • 30.36 – Evolution Of A Friendship (Video)
  • 30.41 – Now Playing : Nobody Nowhere performed by The Jezabels.
  • 33.30 – Vamp Religion (Video)
  • 35.21 – True Score : Body Count
  • 35.42 – Who Is Lilith (Video)
  • 36.19 – Tripping In New Orleans (Video)
  • 37.35 – Tweet All About It (Video)
  • 38.34 – Letting Go Of Lettie Mae (Video)
  • 38.43 – Mommy Track
  • 41.29 – True Score : Body Count
  • 45.09 – Now Playing : You Light Up My Life performed by Willie Aron and Joey Peters
  • 46.32 – True Score : Body Count
  • 48.59 – A Gun To Your Head (Video)
  • 49.14 – Emotional Consequences (Video)
  • 52.26 – Magic Powers (Video)
  • 53.49 – True Score : Body Count
  • 56.08 – Now Playing : In The Beginning performed by K’Naan

6 responses to “True Blood Season 5 Ep 7 In The Beginning Synopsis / Review V””V

  1. Brilliant once again! I have to say the best parts of last week’s episode all included KRE. I like how he is acting uhhh Born again lol The Eric/Bill piggyback ride was amusing & loved Alcide’s comment about Marcus getting eaten *snicker*

  2. Jason’s reply to Jessica was funny also. “What kinda question is that? I ain’t never fucked a cow!” lmao. I agree, some of the storylines need to be ended so the better ones have more time. It has gotten better since the begining of the season though.

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