by Damon Martin – Editor/Lead Writer
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(As with all recaps be forewarned SPOILERS AHEAD!!)
Well surprise, surprise the folks behind True Blood managed to pull the wool over our eyes with one character’s reveal last week bleeding into the new episode on Sunday night titled “The Sun” while Billith’s odd, trippy journey into messiah land takes another strange turn.
Warlow is Not Warlow
It seemed like a perfect reveal last week that creepy old Rutger Hauer would show up out of nowhere and reveal himself as Warlow while giving a hitchhiker named Jason Stackhouse a ride home. With his gray hair cascading around his face (kind of how I envision The Cure’s Robert Smith to look in 25 years or so), Hauer listened to Jason unburden his soul about how the whole world including his baby sister seemed to be in love with vampires more than him.
Just when Jason realized that the old man was actually Warlow (don’t worry it wasn’t) and pulled out his gun, he disappeared into the night leaving the elder Stackhouse in the wrong seat of a car about to crash into a tree.
Luckily for Jason, the man reappeared in front of him just before the car crashed to unleash a familiar, bright rainbow colored light to stop him from meeting his certain doom. Come to find out, Rutger Hauer is actually playing Grandpa fairy Naill, and he’s been keeping an eye on Jason and Sookie for years just waiting for the evil Warlow to make his move on the pair of siblings.
When Sookie finally makes it home to meet her fairy grandfather (hopefully this one sticks around longer than her fairy godmother that got sucked dry by Eric a couple of seasons ago), he reveals that Warlow was once trapped in another dimension and he’s been tracking him for some time because it’s apparent now that he’s free (Jason once again scores the best line of the week comparing Grandpa fairy to Boba Fett, chasing creatures around the galaxy).
Naill then tells his granddaughter that her best hope of defeating Warlow is conjuring all of her fairy power and unleashing it like a supernova, killing any vampire it touches. Once she uses this weapon of mass destruction, Sookie will be a fairy no longer.
Sookie Meets a New Boy
Before Sookie met Lothos (Buffy fans will get that one), she randomly ran into a guy in the woods moaning and groaning for help after a bad encounter with a vampire. His name is Ben, and he was attacked by a fanger looking for blood, but in a last second effort he was able to shoo him away using his fairy light.
Oh yeah, by the way Ben is a half-fairy also (convenient right?).
Sookie takes it upon herself to nurse Ben back to health, and decides to take him to the fairy vacation land to protect him from the vampires running rampant around town. Before they can make it there, Ben decides to ask Sookie out on a date, which she politely declines before sending him on his lonesome way.
There is most certainly a bigger story for Ben to come along in the series, but his first appearance was so forced I almost don’t want to see him come back. Doesn’t Sookie have enough man problems in her life? Does she really need yet another one?
Eric Meets The Governor
The real highlight in this week’s episode involved Eric heading to the Governor’s mansion for a little intel on the newest threat to his kind.
He decided to do a little investigating after pulling a silver bullet emitting ultraviolet rays from Tara (see last week’s episode), which proved that the humans have been working on newer and more effective ways of dealing with the growing vampire population.
After taking out Governor Burrell’s 5:30 appointment and stealing his clothes, Eric sits down for a meeting with his newest enemy for a little chat. After going Discovery Channel for a few minutes while discussing the survival instincts of the whooping crane, Eric hops up from his chair and decides to glamour the Governor and give him a new plan of attack involving vampires.
Just when Eric thinks he’s won this round, Governor Burrell pops up and laughs in his face because not only has the government been finding better weapons to battle the bloodsucking hordes, they’ve also discovered a way to create a kind of contact lens that can stop glamouring.
The Governor orders Eric be put into containment, but he finally gets one over on him by showing the soldiers a new vampire trick—he can fly.
Eric re-appears a few minutes later at the window of Governor Burrell’s daughter, who unfortunately for her, just removed her glamour blocking contacts. Eric catches her eye, and a few seconds later finds himself invited into her room.
Sam Just Can’t Seem to Win One
As tortured and tumultuous as Sookie’s life seems to be on True Blood, only Sam could possibly trump her in a “who has the most tragic life?” game show. He’s lost every woman he’s ever loved, found a wretched family that gave him away, shot his brother, and then later watched him die after being beaten severely by a pack of werewolves, almost got sacrificed by a supernatural god, and I’m sure there’s more but the point is he’s had it rough.
It doesn’t get any easier in this episode for poor Sam.
First he meets up with a young lady from the Vampire Unity Society, who hopes he will reveal himself to the world as a shifter, thus bringing his supernatural race out of the closet into the light. Sam quickly declines her offer.
He then heads home to find Lafayette taking care of Emma, but before there can be a happy reunion, her grandmother Martha, Alcide and the new pack of wolves show up looking for their cub. Sam tries his best to convince the group that Emma is his to take care of now, but they aren’t having it.
One day on the job as packmaster (along with a threesome) and Alcide is a new kind of wolf. He doesn’t ask nicely and instead forcefully takes Emma with him and his group because she will supposedly be safer with them.
Bill’s Strange, Twisting Journey
The end of last week’s episode saw Bill consumed by multiple spirits after seeing a vampire being whipped and tortured through flashes in his mind. Bill is transported into the daytime where he finally comes face to face with the real Lillith.
The bad news is Bill is not a vampire god, but he is a conduit that will be in charge of saving the vampire race from ultimate destruction. Lillith keeps him captive in her world to explain all of this, while Bill’s body back in the house sits catatonic while Jessica freaks out to save her maker.
She decides to order up some food (no, not Dominoes) and the home blood delivery service just isn’t tempting Bill to get out of his seat. Unfortunately, Bill smelled something yummy because just as his walking dinner starts to leave, she’s contorted and twisted like something out of a Cirque Du Soleil show. Her arms are snapped, bones crackle and pop like a bowl of Rice Krispies, and the blood flows out of her mouth into Bill’s. Good to the last drop!
Bill’s dinner drops dead to the floor, which means Jessica has to bury her out back. Jessica returns and finds Bill still sitting comatose, and unsure if he’s a god or the god, she prays to him asking to watch over all those she loves including Sookie, Eric and Pam.
The good news is Bill wakes up but soon realizes that all of the visions he’s been seeing in his head are actually coming true in reality. He watches in horror as a vampire is tortured and killed, and just then he has another psychic moment as he sees all of his friends and loved ones in a chamber just before a sea of sunlight washes over them, burning their flesh into ash.
It appears Bill may not be omnipotent, but he’s certainly a harbinger for what’s to come.
So what say you True Blood fans? Was episode two any better than the debut effort? Are you digging Rutger Hauer playing Sookie and Jason’s fairy grandfather? And who is Warlow exactly?
Tune in next week for our next recap of True Blood episode 3