True Blood: 9 CrimesEpisode: “9 Crimes” (Season 3, Episode 4)

Synopsis: Bill reaches out to Sookie in an unexpected way while she continues her search with the aide of the werewolf Alcide.  In Bon Temps, Andy is promoted to Sheriff, causing a jealous and misguided Jason to demand a job on the police force. Things with Eric go south when the Magistrate shows up at Fangtasia on the trail of some vampire blood peddlers.

Review: The first really great episode of the third season has arrived.  Yes, the last two were good, but felt rushed and awkward for the most part.  With things settled down considerably, we get more meat and less teasing throughout all the storylines.

There was little movement in the Sam and his family storyline, but we did get to see some growth with his brother.  The same goes for the Jason and Andy story – not too much screen time, but pretty good development.  There was a bit more screen time given to Tara and her vampire captive. For an asshole vampire he’s not all that bad of a guy, considering that when he left Tara bound and gagged all day, he put her pantsless on the toilet, just in case she had to make a number doo-doo.

With a lot of vampire politics going on, things are getting a bit deep and interesting.  Bill has apparently abandoned Sookie (but still cares for her, as he senses she’s in danger at the end of the episode) and is perhaps going to sell out the Queen of Louisiana. Who knows what we’re seeing – a Compton double cross, a trick in the makings, or his true colors coming out.  Perhaps he’s something of a bad guy, as illustrated by his return to human  blood in this episode. Though I suspect he’s just playing a part.

Eric’s vampire drama is focused around the looming trouble surrounding his blood dealing side business, though he’s quick to toss Compton under the bus.  How this’ll pan out, we’ll have to wait and see.

I’ve been pretty vocal about how little I’m impressed by the werewolves thus far, but this episode they prove to be a little bit interesting. After a V-blood bender an entire room full of werewolves seem to be on the verge of a mass transformation with little control over it.  Hopefully soon a werewolf will really kick some ass – how sad is it that the Twilight series has more aggressive and dangerous werewolves?

There is a lot going on in this season and thankfully starting now it seems as though the spasticity has died down and we can start actually progressing through storylines rather than just throwing them at the screen.  With a fair amount of blood and several pairs of bared breasts, this was a fine, fine episode that has my faith in the series reinvigorated.

This Weeks Quote: Let’s go, RuPaul – Eric to LaFayette

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