The race is on, the final five episodes of True Blood started and it was more than appropriate that this week's episode was named “Time Bomb” because it was explosive. When the series is on it's game everything flies but I'm willing to go out on a limb and say this week's episode was the best of the season, possibly the best of the series.
Godric is saved from the Fellowship of the Sun but there are lingering questions as to why he didn't escape sooner. Eric saves Sookie from the Church, almost ending his life in the process, but Bill finds his motives suspect. Sookie and Lorena meet in a heated argument. Jason attempts to make amends with his sister and Bill. Tara and Eggs continue to be pawns in Maryanne's game while Sam is set to be implicated in Daphne's murder. Jessica and Hoyt continue their courtship but discover an effect of vampirism they didn't expect.
What can be said about this episode that doesn't end in “fantastic.” I've mentioned before that the previous episodes were lackluster but this one blew them all away. This is, by far, the best episode of the season and I wouldn't be surprised to eat those words next week. The episode was all about our main heroine, Sookie, a character that seems to have been sorely neglected the last few weeks. While not being Sookie-centric this episode really established her relationships with Bill and Eric, a big thing fans are hoping for, and established the vampires and their culture. Timebomb is a very vampire centered episode and it's got some of the strongest storytelling of the season. Jason hasn't been my favorite character of the show but this episode he really proved himself beyond the idiotic pretty boy. He shows genuine love and compassion for Sookie and becomes a fully-formed adult in this episode. The same can be said for the storyline with Tara and Eggs. The plot is fleshed out a bit more while adding the requisite weird moment of the episode. The whole heart souffle is sure to linger with fans and it'll be interesting to figure out what the meaning behind it was. The humor came from Jessica and Hoyt this episode, kudos for the writers sticking to the rules of vampirism with Jessica's viriginal regeneration. It was hysterical and came out of left field in terms of how most of these things go. In watching this week's installment with a group the ending left everyone with the same response, sobs of sadness since it was an epic cliffhanger. Not quite on par with a finale, we still have four episodes, but this was a monster ending and just prolongs the drama for fans.
There is one nitpick with this episode and it was how pointless Sam was. I know I complain about Sam all the time but he had one scene and that was it. It would have been best to nix him this week and just return to him next time, to more fully flesh out the story. It seems he got such a shocking twist thrown at him, that we ignored this week because of the other plots. That cliffhanger was also a problem since I know have to wait a whole week to see what happens.
Overall Timebomb is a phenemonal installment in the True Blood series and I need it to be Sunday ASAP. I'm giving this episode a 5/5 and then some!