Review: True Blood – ‘I Smell a Rat’

Episode: “I Smell a Rat” (Season 3, Episode 10)

Synopsis: An episode of secrets: Jason reveals his involvement in Eggs’ death, Hoyt spills his true feelings for Jessica, and Bill reveals Sookie’s true nature.

Review: “A fairy? How lame is that?” You said it all, Sook, though I don’t think any of us are surprised at the reveal. And did Bill just say aliens exist? After three seasons of “What is she” we finally get our answer: Sookie is a fairy. Or an “old one.” What importance is that? Well apparently they’re super tasty and offer special abilities to vampires, who presumed to have hunted them to extinction.

The other, better Stackhouse came out with the truth to Sookie and Tara about his killing of Eggs. If you’ll remember the episode, Jason wasn’t acting criminally, but rather trying to protect Andy when he shot Eggs in the head. Jason right now is being a bit of baby about all the awesome killing he’s done, but he’s still one of the primary draws of Season 3.

Coming on huge in Season 3 is fan favorite Sam Merlotte, who exposes some of his back story through flashback. Our boy Sam wasn’t always the cute and cuddly bartender – tonight we saw his shady past which included a bunch of robberies, a murder, and a death in self defense. Despite his cute puppy dog alter ego, Merlotte is not someone you want to piss off. I liked seeing deeper into his character and what we got was immensely satisfying.

The true star of Season 3 continues to be Eric though. This episode he didn’t have much to do, though his scenes prodding Bill were interesting and amongst the best interactions we’ve seen between the two vampires. Mr. Northman worked his charm on Sookie and snuck in a few make-out sessions with her as he awaits his final confrontation with the increasingly insane (former) King of Mississippi.

Story wise, this episode was interesting in a ‘set-up’ style. We’re moving closer to the season finale and this episode served as a reminder of where everyone stands currently and what’s going to be on the line when the last episode rolls around. One thing I wasn’t crazy about was the extended V-drug trip of Lafayette and Jesus, though it did make me want to chew on some shrooms and sail my mind ship to Venus. We also finally got the reveal of what the ‘meth-heads’ in the Hothouse village are: werepanthers. Oh joy!

I thought that this episode featured some interesting directorial choices and camera movements. Most episodes fit into a fairly regular pattern and none of them truly stand out in terms of camera movement (to me) but “I Smell a Rat” seemed to make more use of match cuts and slow zooms in the medium shots. It was a great way to interconnect all the disparate story-lines the episode moved through, connecting them in a meaningful way – something this season has at times struggled with.

This Week’s Quote: Yeah, well you’re an idiot. – Sam Merlotte

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