Review: True Blood – ‘Beautifully Broken’

True Blood: Beautifully Broken

Episode: “Beautifully Broken” (Season 3, Episode 2)

Synopsis: Bill faces off with his werewolf captors, only to discover  the supernatural being commanding them is the last one he’d expect.  Back in Bon Temps, Jessica attempts to simultaneously help Sookie in her search for Bill and ditch a body in her crawlspace.  Tara continues to battle her suicidal tendencies while Sam finds the family he never got a chance to know.  Lastly, Jason and Andy continue to dance around the death of Eggs as the spotlight on them grows brighter.

Review: Despite handling all of the same storylines from last week, somehow this episode managed its time better and was more satisfying.  We get a little bit of action and a good bit of back story on those who have taken Bill and why and also a look into the history of the werewolves.

If there is one thing I don’t like about season three thus far it’s the werewolves – like I mentioned last week, they’re just guys who turn into wolves.  I’m not entirely certain how these things are supposed to pose a threat to most people.  They seem to have regular human weaknesses, and even wolf weaknesses.  Bill kills a group of werewolves early, ripping off limbs and ears with his bare hands.  In a flashback, another werewolf is killed by a broken neck and is tormented by a knife that may have been silver, but probably wasn’t.  So unless we see some serious werewolf ass kickery, I’m going to be disappointed.  Honestly unless there is something more to these dogs, Sam has it way better – he can turn into a bear or something.  I’d like to see the extent of his powers pushed – he can turn into anything he sees, like a dog or a bear or a giant bull.  But what if he looks at say, a dinosaur in a museum, or in a movie? Could Sam turn into a velociraptor?

Aside from my werewolf issues, the episode was pretty good. We meet Lafayette’s mother who is institutionalized, racist, homophobic, and may have crabs – because she’s constantly scratching at her crotch.  Why we met her, we don’t exactly know, but needless to say it’s not pretty and will play a bigger role in future episodes.

On the Jason/Andy front, this is a funny relationship.  Jason has always been one of my favorite characters and his burgeoning friendship with Andy is so unexpected it’s magical.  The pair have grown closer these past two episodes and find a group of mysterious people working a meth lab out in the woods.  I’m willing to bet we see these folk again, considering there was at least one recognizable actor cast among them.

Meanwhile, Sam finds his family who are a bit on the trashy side.  We don’t get to see much of them, but we know that they’re in debt, the mother and Sam’s brother are both shifters, and the dad is regular.  And despite his appearance (a knee brace and underwear), the dad seemed like a solid, stand up guy, while most of the mess in the family is concentrated in mother and son.

This was a good episode, not so full of action or nudity, but going miles in terms of character and furthering the third season.  Big things are undoubtedly on the way and I’m excited to see them.

As an aside, based on excellent quotes in every episode this far, I’m going to add a new aspect to this review – a quote from one of the characters that makes me laugh.  This week’s winner is Jason Stackhouse, who narrowly beat out Mrs. Reynolds’ “He’s a Mexican, but he ain’t raped me yet.”

This Week’s Quote: Ah, my family junk! – Jason Stackhouse

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