'True Blood' Review: "The Sun"

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True Blood’ season six spurts out its second episode of the year, "The Sun," as Sookie meets both a mysteriously injured young man (Robert Kazinski) and Jason's rescuer (Rutger Hauer), while Jessica attempts to coax Bill out of a dangerous situation and Eric goes undercover to meet Governor Truman Burrell (Arliss Howard).

Last week’s ‘True Blood’ premiere “Who Are You, Really?” saw Sookie and the others attempting to determine what Bill had become in the wake of his rebirth, while Jason met a mysterious stranger, and the Louisiana Governor made his intentions to persecute vampires known, so how does “The Sun” keep the new season flowing? What will season six of ‘True Blood’ bring, now that “Billith” has risen?

Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘True Blood’ season six, episode two, “The Sun”!

On the bridge where the Stackhouse parents met their end, Warlow finally breaks through the barrier to our world, while elsewhere, Jason’s mysterious driver uses his faerie powers to prevent the car from crashing. The man introduces himself as Jason’s faerie grandfather, in doubt that either Stackhouse will be ready to face Warlow, while over at Fangtasia, Tara continues to howl in pain from her wound. Eric arrives and painfully retrieves the bullet, as all marvel at the UV and silver weapons the humans have concocted.

Jessica awakens to find Bill screaming about visions of vampires in pain, before Bill goes catatonic and sees three naked women leading him to a clothed Lillith in a field. Back in reality, Sookie wakes to a call from Arlene about her upcoming shift and gets out of bed. Meanwhile, Terry and Arlene spy Patrick’s widow arriving in the restaurant, believing her husband to have run out on her, while Arlene mercifully corroborates the story.

On the walk to Merlotte’s, Sookie stumbles upon and reluctantly helps an attractive young man bleeding by the roadside, who soon reveals himself to be part faerie as well. Sookie returns him to her house, before he promptly passes out. Back at the restaurant, a young woman named Nicole confronts Sam and accuses him of being a shifter, before privately urging him to come out publicly to prevent the government attacking all supernatural beings.

Bill remains catatonic, seeing a vision of Lillith warning him of a pending apocalypse, while Jessica brings a “Human Edibles” woman to potentially feed him. Bill displays no outward response, causing the woman to give up before an invisible force drags her back to Bill and telekinetically drains all her blood into Bill’s mouth. Meanwhile, Sookie flirtatiously tends to a wounded Ben, before advising him where to find the faerie safe haven. At that same location, Andy fruitlessly drags his growing children to see Maurella, to no avail.

Jason brings his faerie grandfather Niall Brigant to Sookie’s house, wherein Niall disappears into the bathroom portal Warlow had earlier tried to create. Sookie walks Ben to the faerie club, but denies his invitation to go on a date. Back at Fangtasia, Nora realizes a passage from the Vampire Bible has been incorrectly translated, before rushing out.

Outside Governor Truman Burrell’s mansion, Eric attacks and swaps places with a nebbish wildlife conservationist in order to gain a meeting with the Governor. Assuming the man’s demeanor, Eric meets with the Governor and trades terse words about endangered species’ survival before attempting to glamour the authority figure. The Governor shakes off the glamour, touting his special contacts and human weapons that defend against vampire powers, before ordering Eric taken to an internment camp. Once escorted outside, however, Eric merely flies away.

Sookie returns home to find Jason waiting with Niall, and the three share dinner to discuss Warlow’s obsession with their apparently royal bloodline. Niall reveals himself to have been hunting Warlow for years, and he begins teaching Sookie of a means to use her faerie light powers as a supernova of sorts to kill vampires.

Back at Sam’s trailer, Alcide and Martha arrive to take Emma into custody for her own safety, though Sam and Lafayette refuse, getting knocked out for their trouble. Unbeknownst to them, the activist girl from earlier and her friends videotaped the confrontation, while elsewhere Eric manages to glamour his way into the Governor’s daughter’s bedroom from outside a window.

Having buried the dead woman, Jessica reluctantly prays to the God of her Christian upbringing for the safety of all her friends, especially Bill. Lillith urges Bill to save their people before Bill finally wakes and sees news of vampire lynchings across the country. Jessica realizes he had earlier seen the future, as Bill then sees a vision of Pam, Eric, Jessica, Tara and more being exposed to the sun from within a concentration camp.

So, review not withstanding, we're just going to throw this out there: Ben is Warlow, right? Faerie abilities or no, he arrives in the same episode as Warlow, and conveniently encounters and attempts to bond with Sookie, seeming somewhat mysterious all the while. We're just saying, 'True Blood' has lost a bit of its metaphorical magic touch in recent years, and had a bit of creative difficulty so far this season, so we won't be surprised if one of the season's bigger twists ends up so easily telegraphed. Seriously, if he'd been attacked by a vampire in the night, what are the odds he'd lay convulsing by the side of the road until well into the morning hours, right when Sookie happened to show up?

In any case, it was good to see 'True Blood' shake off some of the narrative cobwebs from the previous season, which heavily weighed upon last week's premiere. This time around, the conflicts actually feel somewhat fresh as Bill continues to struggle with his purpose, while Eric discovers just how dangerous humans have become, and even Sam faces unexpected and difficult choices at every turn.

As always, poorly connected seems to be Terry and Arlene's continued fallout from Patrick's presence last season, while the Stackhouses actually have an intriguing plot of their own. Jason manages to get put in his place for lacking the faerie gene, but the presence of Niall adds an interesting new dynamic to the troubled Stackhouse history, even if our theory about Warlow ends up so easily surmised.

'True Blood' will likely never again overcome its soap opera-esque mindset, though "The Sun" offered up a few nice moments from Jessica, and a much stronger sense of identity than "Who Are You, Really?"

Did you get your fill of fang-banging ‘True Blood’ action?  What did you think about "The Sun?" Join the discussion in the comments, and be sure to check back next week for another all-new recap when HBO debuts the season six episode, “You're No Good."

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