True Blood: 9 CrimesEpisode: “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues” (Season 3, Episode 6)

Synopsis: Tara attempts to mount a rescue of Sookie and Bill when all are being held at the King of Louisiana’s residence. Meanwhile, Eric and the King head off to ‘negotiate’ with the Queen of Mississippi while Sam finds out disturbing news about his families income source.

Review: If you’d thought that True Blood was lacking in blood so far, then tonight was for you. With dead vampires, torture, skull cave-ins, and plenty of the red stuff soaking into the floors, this was possibly the bloodiest episode of the entire series. But does all that blood mean it’s good?

Of course. True Blood has found the proper groove of how much time to spend on each subplot without boring us. While at first I was thrown off by how many different storylines were running concurrently, I realized tonight that if every subplot got its own episode, we’d get a bunch of weak episodes and very little progress on the “main storylines.”

Though, for the sixth week in a row I have to say: werewolves are weak. This episode, the bumbling bikers proved their ineptitude in two ways. First, Coot and Debbie run around like idiots doped up on V, completely ignorant of the escape attempt just around the corner. Even worse, one of the biggest, meanest looking werewolves gets his ass kicked by Tara and Sookie. Just wow.

If I did have one problem with the episode, it revolved around Tara. Now, she did have one of the coolest sequences (her bloody and violent escape attempt), one of the weirdest (her love scene with Franklin), but there was just something awkward about her to me this go around. Still, I have to give credit where it’s due and she did some good ass kicking stuff in this episode.

There is also a bit of a shift in focus this season from previous ones – for example, whenever Sookie is on the screen, I’m pretty bored as she just whines about Bill. Luckily, Eric is taking a bigger role and his political positioning are very interesting. Jason is bringing the laughs every week and the brother relationship with Sam and Tommy is very interesting.

On that note, we also learned what is messed up about the Mickens family – Joe Lee used to fight his wife “on the circuit” and it was revealed that he now fights Tommy on the same circuit – a dog fighting circuit. Presumably a shifter in a bad-ass pitbull form can kick the hell out of a normal dog, which makes it an easy bet for Joe Lee. This also explains the scars all over Tommy’s body.

A good, violent episode that definitely moved us closer to some sort of big, climactic battle – both physically and politically.

This Week’s Quote: Here’s the difference between you and me… … … … … …Something about you is wrong and when I find out what that is I’m gonna fuck you up, pretty boy. – Jason Stackhouse

What did you think of this week’s episode?


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