True Blood: 9 CrimesEpisode: “Trouble” (Season 3, Episode 5)

Synopsis: Multiple storylines careen towards each other as the psychotic vampire detective Franklin brings Tara to the Vampire King of Mississippi, which brings Tara and Bill face to face. If that weren’t enough, Sookie’s search takes pause when the Mississippi vampires decide to look for her, instead.

Review: With a mix of Jason Stackhouse inspired humor, a touch of sex, and plenty of misplaced aggression, this episode of True Blood satisfies.  Unless of course you’re a werewolf fan or a fan of great CGI, as the only disappoints are there. Again, like every week, I lament just how disappointed I am in the werewolves of True Blood. Once again, even the biggest, baddest werewolf is tossed around and beaten like a child by a moderately strong vampire.  During a foot chase, a werewolf almost does something worthwhile in catching someone, but the CGI animation is weak.

Newcomer Joe Manganiello is proving to be a welcome addition to the show. His werewolf Alcide is a good compliment to Sookie and he seems to be the most badass a werewolf can be without being a biker caricature. The ladies should love him because when he takes off his shirt, he’s ripped as hell.

Speaking of good looking dudes (no homo[not that there's anything wrong with that]), we also get a look into Eric’s present and his past. In the now, his ploy to sell Bill out backfires and he finds himself in an awkward spot – soon he’ll have to sell someone else out, and it’s likely to end in blood. In the past, we see a young Eric as Prince of a Viking clan, uneager to learn the ways of ruling, rudely awoken by the murder of his family at the teeth of werewolves. Though, again, a pack of werewolves, while managing to kill five or six people, takes heavy losses from just a handful of vikings. More like werepussies, in my opinion.

Things with Sam and the Mickens family are advancing, with Sam putting them up in a property he owns, employing his brother as a waiter and his father as handyman. Clearly things with the Mickens aren’t right and Joe Lee shows his violent drunken side and his general, sketchy creepy side. Something here will go wrong eventually – whether Sam is dragged down to their level or not, hearts will break and blood my flow.

I was pleasantly surprised with Bill this episode. Normally he is just brooding and possessive, but now that he’s surrounded by other vampires, he actually has a dominant, smart personality. Before today he was just a vehicle for the show in my opinion, but he really stood out as  an interesting character tonight.

All in all, a good episode despite a lack of sex and real violence. There were a ton of laughs thanks to Jason, but more interesting was all the vampire-werewolf politics that are slowly brewing together into a perfect storm of blood.

This Week’s Quote: Suck that dick! – Cooter or He looks like he got bombed by radiation on his way to Middle School. – Tommy regarding Hoyt’s sixth grade boy looks.


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