True Blood: Bad Blood

Episode: “Bad Blood” (Season 3, Episode 1)

Synopsis: Immediately following the season two finale, Bon Temps is still reeling after the Maenad’s chaos dealings.  Tara (Rutina Wesley) is in shambles over the death of boyfriend Eggs at the supposed hands of Detective Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), though the real trigger man, Jason Stackhouse, is racked with guilt. On the vampire front, Bill (Stephen Moyer) has been kidnapped sending Sookie (Anna Paquin) on a wild search that leads her to Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and his questionable dealings, while new vampire Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) makes a rookie vampire mistake.

Review: It feels like forever since last we visited the fictional town of Bon Temps and all its wacky, supernatural residents.  With expectations high, True Blood came close to fulfilling them, but didn’t quite knock me out of the park.  By picking up literally minutes after the hectic season two finale, there were a ton of active plot lines all running wild with no hope of being corralled in a single episode.

Basically the only thing that didn’t work for me was the amount of stuff in the episode.  I would have preferred the “a lot of a little” approach rather than the “little of a lot.”  We barely get to see any of our favorite characters before we’re whisked off to the next scene.  Well, there is a second thing that didn’t work for me – Sookie’s constant whining.  I get it, her boyfriend (potentially her fiance) is missing, but hot damn, all she did was whine and bitch and complain.  Several people have been killed, some have murdered, and others may be pregnant.  You’re being selfish, Sook.

Hm, the more I think about it, the less I like.  One more thing: Tara.  I don’t really recall her and Eggs actually being in love.  Their whole relationship was defined by Maryann’s hoodoo, so I’m not entirely sure why she’s so distraught to the point of attempting suicide.

Other than that, it’s good to be back.  We’re treated to a healthy dose of nudity – a couple of bared breasts, brief female full frontal, and more than ample amounts of Eric’s ass.  For those of that persuasion, there is even a dream sequence between Sam and Bill that certainly lit the fires of several on-line fan sites.  Vamp blood – it’s a hell of a drug.  In case you were confused, during Season Two, Sam consumed some of Bill’s blood and anyone who drinks vampire blood becomes, at least temporarily, sexually attracted to that particular vampire.

The big news for season two is werewolves.  It’s revealed that those responsible for snatching Bill are indeed lycanthropes, though they don’t manage to hold onto him long.  What’s cool about these werewolves is that actual, live wolves are used.  What’s not cool is that these are just guys turning into wolves.  Unless we see some serious physical abilities, I’m not impressed.  Sam can turn into a wolf, but also a bull, a bear, or a dragonfly.  That seems like an awesome power.  Just switching into a regular wolf doesn’t seem like the kind of power that makes you the second most legendary creature of the night in all existence.

With a ton on their plate, Alan Ball and the crew gave us plenty of what makes True Blood tick: laughs, blood, and nudity.  Jason reaffirmed himself quickly as my favorite character with a few of his lines, though Andy Bellefleur’s conscience off, dick on line is brilliant and will end up on a t-shirt I own, I’m certain of it.

In summation – a good episode, not a great one, but enough of a taste to keep us hungry for more next week.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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