True Blood: Season 2, Episode 12

Beyond Here Lies Nothin' (13 Sep. 2009)

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The mayhem in Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be Maid of Honor at the bloody nuptials. Meanwhile, Sophie-Anne ... See full summary »

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The mayhem in Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be Maid of Honor at the bloody nuptials. Meanwhile, Sophie-Anne warns Eric to keep the lid on Bill's inquisitiveness; Jason leads Andy into the heroic abyss; and Hoyt has a hard time swallowing Maxine's endless stream of insults. Deliberating on what may be his final move to save Sookie and the town, Sam is forced to put his trust, and his life, in a most unlikely ally. Written by HBO publicity

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The tee shirt Terry Bellefleur wears in Merlotte's near the end of the show says: "WARNING: Beaucoup Dien Cai Dau: I suffer from occasional loss of mental stability and become very violent with only slight provocation. The Veterans Administration has determined that both mental and physical harassment of my person may be hazardous to your health and well being. So stay the hell out of my face. Thank you." Pronounced "boo-coo din-key-dow", "Beaucoup" is French for "very much", and "Dien Cai Dau" is a Vietnamese saying that is the equivalent of "crazy as a kicking rooster", much like the American expression "mad as a wet hen". It is common jargon adopted by the US soldiers during the Vietnam War, and is still used to some extent by some in the armed forces to this day, just like "Gung-ho" became common USMC jargon after WWII. So it is likely Terry Bellefleur became familiar with the phrase as an Iraqi War veteran with self-acknowledged PTSD. See more »

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Maryann Forrester: [after Sookie tries to replicate the power and smacks Maryann] That's hitting me. You're not committing to this at all.
Sookie Stackhouse: I do not have electrical powers. I am a human being!
Maryann Forrester: You keep saying that, but if you were human...
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Maryann Forrester: I would've taken you over by now. Come on, it'll be our little secret. What are you?
Sookie Stackhouse: I'm a waitress. What the fuck are you?
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Beyond Here Lies Nothing. Man...you can say THAT again!
24 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes...when writers of a TV series start down silly paths, there's only one way things can possibly end -- badly. This season finale is one such example. Throughout season 1, freedom of choice was a key element of True Blood's suspense and drama. By contrast, throughout season 2 Maryann's ability to superimpose her will on an entire town dropped the level of suspense, drama, and credibility down to pure silliness -- culminating in this lackluster season finale.

Additionally, throughout season 2 the characters of Bill and Sookie became more and more annoying. Bill's butchered English and puritanical diatribes, coupled with Sookie's goofiness and capitalistic aspirations to work for Eric using her special abilities just ran the show right off the road. Between the two of them they didn't seem to know whether they were Ozzie and Harriet, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, or Morticia and Gomez Addams.

Jason's role as well went from dumb to dumber. Lafayette lost a lot of his edge, often cowering down in the corner as a result of having been chained to a wheel underneath Fangtasia. Godric was an interesting, although not particularly compelling addition. "The Queen" was/is a silly "filler" character. Tara and Eggs (what a dumb name) were annoying as well, and frankly -- I wasn't all that sad to see Humpty Dumpty lying broken on the ground during season 2's sub-par finish. When Andy Bellefleur is one of the most together characters in the show...you KNOW something is off. Way off.

That's what happens when characters lose their sympathetic appeal (i.e. Tara, and others). And that happened in abundance over the course of the entire season. The series really dropped a level or more during season 2. Characters came and went with no particular rhyme or reason, and many of them were overly stereotypical, like Steve and Sarah, and the main story arc of Maryann was only moderately intriguing.

"Beyond Here Lies Nothing" is like "Dynasty meets Animal House meets Forrest Gump." By the time it came to Bill's engagement proposal to Sookie, I felt so DIS-engaged from their relationship I honestly could not have cared less. Without a doubt, this was the worst episode so far, especially considering it was a season finale.


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