This week’s episode, “Authority Always Wins,” starts out immediately after the conclusion of last week’s premiere. We pick up with newly-turned-Tara attacking Sookie and can’t-be-bothered-Pam having to reluctantly intervene.
Many times when a new season starts, we’re introduced to new characters and the setup for the season. This episode was exactly that. The audience meets new people and sees who the major players are going to be for the next ten episodes or so.
We’re introduced to bizarro-Tara of the fanged persuasion and many members of the Authority including Salome, Roman and Dieter. The audience also gets more acquainted with some history on Pam.
Overall, the second episode of the season was a little boring. Where HBO usually performs a shock and awe campaign with our emotions, they’ve opted to show the audience what every single character in Bon Temps is doing — one small clip at a time.
There are so many storylines going on simultaneously, that in order to show every character, the show is comprised of many small clips of multiple people. This means that instead of having longer scenes with our favorite characters, we get several smaller scenes that slowly piece together the plot. Representing a visual jigsaw puzzle where each piece is presented to you by a different character over the span of a minute or so.
On top of fleeting glimpses at many characters, this episode featured some characters acting quite oddly. Vampire Tara throws a temper tantrum like a petulant child and destroys Sookie’s house in the process. Just as it’s looking like Tara is a brain-damaged killing machine she tells Sookie and Lafayette that she’ll never forgive them for her affliction and bolts off into the night.
Is she in control of her vampirism or is the old Tara still locked away inside of her somewhere? One minute she’s attacking Sookie, the next she’s destroying the house in a fit of rage and then she’s completely in control and acknowledging who they are and that she’s become the thing she hates the most — a vampire.
Since there were so many quick scenes, you may start to wonder the purpose of them all. Well, I too am unsure of some scenes.
Jason again tries to apologize to Hoyt to no avail. Then, Hoyt’s mother thanks Jason for breaking them up. We get it, Jason makes most decisions with his junk, he has from his first scene, and that can cause problems — even amongst best friends.
Was there a point to that scene? And what was the point of Steve Newlin trying to buy Jason from Jessica?
Almost all scenes with Luna in them seemed to serve no purpose. Maybe they’ll be explained in time. The attempt at foreshadowing werewolf destiny was a little weak. Their allusion was nowhere near as subtle as it should’ve been.
While some scenes seemed quite arbitrary to me, others were rather inventive and refreshing.
The torture that Eric and Bill endure is performed nicely. UV lights in the ceiling are a nice touch to any vampire holding cell. The story of the Vampire Bible was pretty creative. The addition of Christopher Meloni, playing the leader of the “Authority,” was different than I expected.
Meloni brings a certain charm to the roles that he plays, but I was hoping for more of a refined vampire to be the leader of such a renowned organization. My initial impression was that he was too influenced by emotions.
I prefer either the sophisticated subtlety of vampires like Godric or the polar opposite bat-crap-crazy vampires like Russell to the emotionally driven vampires that still very much humanistic.
The closing scene shows an emaciated Russell Edgington slowly regaining his strength.