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True Blood Episode: "You're No Good"

Season 6, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Eric makes a risky move in response to Burrell's crackdown on vampires, but learns some valuable information from someone in the governor's inner circle. Meanwhile, Sookie begins to learn why Warlow is after her; Steve Newlin has an unexpected visit from a familiar face; and Bill sends Jessica on an important errand when he devises a solution to a current problem.
Original Air Date: Jun 30, 2013
Guest Cast Jurnee Smollett-Bell: Nicole Lucy Griffiths: Nora Keone Young: Hido Takahashi Robert Patrick: Jackson Herveaux Rutger Hauer: Niall Arliss Howard: Gov. Truman Burrell Matt Cook: Jessie John Fleck: Dr. Overlark Rob Kazinsky: Ben Tara Buck: Ginger Dale Dickey: Martha Bozeman Giles Matthey: Claude Kelly Overton: Rikki Jessy Hodges: Mustard
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Season 6, Episode 3
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Length: 58:00
Aired: 6/30/2013
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True Blood Episode Recap: "You’re No Good" Season 6, Episode 3

In the same week that the Supreme Court ruled to make same-sex marriage legal in California and to make federal benefits available to same-sex spouses and when both New York and San Francisco are celebrating Pride weekend, it seems appropriate to check in on the not-exactly-subtle symbolic journey of True Blood. From the very first episode, when vampires were encouraged to "come out of the coffin," the show hasn't made it a secret that it aims to tell a story about civil rights, specifically gay rights.

But this week a new, complementary metaphorical thread began, one that bore a certainly-not-accidental resemblance to another historical struggle against intolerance.

To wit: The megalomaniacal governor of Louisiana, tortured by a tragedy in his family, turns his attention — and the coffers of the state — toward the goal of eradicating the vampire race. He sets a curfew, takes ownership of vampire-owned businesses and establishes a "camp" (note the language), in which researchers study the biology, physiology and psychology of vampires — by any means necessary and with the complicit cooperation of religious dogma (welcome back, Sexy Sarah Newlin!). In Bill's maybe-prophetic vision, vampires are trapped in a small room and sent to their deaths.

Is any/all of this sounding familiar? Yes, I think True Blood is using the story of the atrocities committed during World War II to raise the stakes on this season's life-or-true death struggles. It's not a comfortable allusion, and certainly one rife with sensitivity, but True Blood is a show that has always pushed the envelope, and thus far I think it's been handled appropriately. If nothing else, its message is one of universal tolerance — whether you be black, white, gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, Jew or, well, vampire.

But there's more. This new metaphor reaches beyond vampires. I know I've been hard on the show's "other" stories in the past, but this week's episode makes me think that, as they have done before, the writers are gearing up for an Avengers-style coming-together of all the supernaturals of Bon Temps, who will eventually unite to fight for their rights and overcome the forces of evil.

Think about it: In this one episode, we saw the genocide of faeries, a police shakedown of the werewolf pack and the continuing denials by Sam of Emma's wolf heritage and how his own personal struggle as a shapeshifter relates to that of the vampires, much to the dismay of Nicole Wright (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and her colleagues at the VUS (Vampire Unity Society). Nicole tries to tell Sam that vampires are only the first target of oppression. Unless supernaturals unite, they'll come for him next.

This language mirrored a notable quote first spoken by German anti-Nazi pastor Martin Niemöller in reference to Adolf Hitler's march on Europe:

"First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the socialists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Catholic.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me."

So how does it all end? Well, brush up on your WWII history because I suspect that the various factions of good and evil will soon be aligning themselves in familiar patterns, and there's no doubt that come September, war will have been declared on the bayou.

What did you think of "You're No Good" (outro by Plastiscines)? And what do you think of the show's overt appropriation of WWII imagery? Will you speak out when the time comes?

 

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In the same week that the Supreme Court ruled to make same-sex marriage legal in California and to make federal benefits available to same-sex spouses and when both New York and San Francisco are celebrating Pride weekend, it seems appropriate to check in on the not-exactly-subtle symbolic journey of True Blood. From the very first episode, when vampires were encouraged to "come out of the coffin," the show hasn't made it a secret that it aims to tell a story about civil rights, specifically gay rights.

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