Episode: “Everything is Broken” (Season 3, Episode 9)

Synopsis: Eric is confronted about the death of the Magister by Vampire League of America figurehead Nan Flanagan and the mysterious Vampire Authority comes into play. In Bon Temps, Sookie and Bill reconnect while Sam snaps under the pressures surrounding him and hands out an ass beating. Jason does something awesome.

Review: Two in a row! This was another great episode of True Blood, definitely in the top three of the third season. Once again there is increased focus on Eric and the episode is better for it. Talbot’s death last episode was still a sticky residue on the ground, at least until Russell goes all creepy, scoops the goo into a crystal bowl and carries it around, talking to it. Dating someone for something like 3,000 years will do that to you.

The writers are still teasing out Sookie’s true nature, but to be honest right now I don’t care. She’s pretty much the least interesting character on the show right now. As long as it doesn’t turn out that she’s an angel or some bullshit like that, I’m sure it will be fine. Though, like I said, I’m not overly concerned with her, despite everyone else in the show wanting a piece of her.

I’m not totally into the Hotshot community storyline. It is so obvious that they are creatures of some sort (and a Google search will tell you what kind) but the show continues to tease this out, to no effect. I mean, really. We know it’s coming. It’s not even going to be a surprise, just get over with it.

While it was cool to temporarily see Franklin back, I’m glad he’s not staying around. I’ve had enough of him. I felt like he was over-acted and distracting. I was happy to see how he was dispatched – that was hilarious and gooey. Good times all around there.

Sam got to lay down an ass kicking, though I’m not certain why a few punches to the face had everyone scrambling as if he was on death’s door. I mean, in a world this fantastical, plenty of people have taken much harder ass beatings and been in no real danger. Ah well.

Still, a good episode thanks to Eric’s storyline being very engaging. If it weren’t for him and Sam this season, I’d be pretty bored on the Sookie front. Eric’s dealings with the Vampire Royalty is just awesome. I hope he gets some masterful vengeance against Russell.

Of course, you can’t talk about this week’s episode without mentioning the ending. While it was a bit corny, with Russell taking over a TV station and making an announcement on live TV after ripping someone’s spine out, it was amusing and elicited a few laughs. The style was weird and I guess it was just his grief making him go crazy, but it will undoubtedly lead to something interesting down the line. Hopefully that includes some werewolves, who were totally absent this week. Oh also, not that I’m interested in this storyline, but Sookie’s nephew also has her powers. Whoopie.

This Week’s Quote: Not if I’ve got wooden bullets! - Jason Stackhouse after turning Franklin into a pile of goo.

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