Episode: “Hitting the Ground” (Season 3, Episode 7)

Synopsis: Sookie manages to free Bill, who remains at death’s door. Meanwhile, Sam confronts the Mickens’ over their dog fighting activities while Eric and the King of Mississippi advance on their goals.

Review: This episode was 50/50 for me. I really dug the subplots of Sam, Jason, and Eric, who got pretty decent screen time, but I wasn’t a fan at all of the Sookie stuff, though it reveals, presumably, something about who or what she really is.

Starting with the good, Eric was in kick ass form tonight as he confronted his former Queen. While we can be reasonably certain his main aim is to eventually kill the King of Mississippi, whom it appears was responsible for the death of his family hundreds of years ago.

Sam Merlotte was also in top form this week when he confronted the Mickenses at the dog fighting ring. While he may have looked like a country bumpkin, his macho stance backed down a dog and he then turned that viciousness on his birth parents, putting them where they belong.

In Sookie news, we got a strange dream sequence where, while injured, she ventured out of her body and interacted with some spritely folks at a cemetery that included a deep, mysterious pond and some sort of magical light. The people surrounding her seemed to know her and wanted her to accompany them someplace. What is Sookie? The area was kind of heavenly, though there were perhaps one pair too many of tits for it to be heaven. My initial reaction is some sort of sprite or fairy or creature along the lines of the maenad.

I didn’t really care for the part where Bill fed on Sookie harshly, sending her to the hospital. I think it was necessary to provide strife between them, though it really does point to the idea that humans and vampires can’t really be in relationships together without one (the human) being royally messed up at some point.

The ‘reveal’ of Sookie as something supernatural was interesting, though more teasing than anything. While I didn’t love her aspects and again I was disappointed in the werewolves (this time one was killed by a car, real tough), I dug Joe Manganiello and the dominance alpha modes of Eric and Sam.

Russell Edgington’s handling of the Magister was also pretty badass as the King makes his move on eventual dominance over the humans.

This Week’s Quote: You’re a Christian Hoyt, it ain’t cool to judge or Oh, that shit’s behind me, I just need some meth. – Jason Stackhouse

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