Reviewed on November 13th, 2009
By James (administrator) & filed in the TV Show Reviews vault
"This is my... BOOMSTICK!"
Following the shock discovery of Adele lying dead in a pool of her own blood at the end of last episode (the latest victim of what must surely be a serial killer) we are left wondering why. She certainly wasn’t a fang banger or a drug user and almost certainly hadn’t made any enemies – unless someone she knew didn’t like the idea of her welcoming a vampire into their lives…
Sookie tries to maintain her outward composure but after hearing the thoughts of the well-wishers and funeral attendees she begins to crack under the strain. Both Bill and Sam want to be there for her and in one scene have a nice unspoken alpha male standoff over who should have the right to comfort her. As it turns out neither of them win and Tara becomes the shoulder Sookie needs to cry on.
Eventually she turns to Bill and spends the night with him, finally losing her virginity to him in what rapidly becomes a highly un-erotic (depending on your level of kinkiness) scene as she permits Bill to sink his fangs into her neck. While it didnt do “it” for me personally it certainly kept the excitement level high in what is otherwise a very touchy-feely episode. And I don’t mean to imply that it suffered because of the emotional moments – in fact it is my favourite episode so far and with this week’s director seems to be in even safer hands.
Despite the hustle, bustle and general shock in the community Jason wasn’t aware of the events of the night before. Upon finding out he lashes out at Sookie; fueled by anger, grief and a massive downer due to V withdrawal. Deputy Andy poorly picks his moment to confront Jason about his possible involvement in the murder and gets physically brushed aside as if he were a fly. Clearly Jason’s V usage is affecting him in more than one way.
And to be honest that’s about it for this episode. Sam and Tara seem to be getting closer and their relationship may evolve from something physical into something more. Oh and the cute doggy turned up again to keep a watchful eye with Bill on Sookie…
Cold Ground was a very solid episode with all the actors well and truly into their strides and subplots evolving into something worthwhile while not overshadowing the main storyline. Each episode seems to be a little less neon than the one before which is helping make Bon Temps feel like a place where people actually live as a community. Although you still might not want to book your next holiday there!
Before you think I am warming to Anna Paquin I feel I should point out that yet again she was the weakest link in this episode. You could almost create a drinking game based around trying to work out what emotion she thinks she is portraying. Which most of the time seems to be one of confusion. 8 out of 10.
Director: Nick Gomez
Screenplay: Raelle Tucker, Alan Ball, Charlaine Harris (original story)
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Carrie Preston, Michael Raymond-James
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