True Blood, HBO, Airs Sunday 9pm
Episode: “Mine” (Season One, Episode Three)
Synopsis: Sookie Stackhouse has the unfortunate pleasure of meeting some of Bill’s more blood-thirsty vampire brethren, a group who make their lust for real blood plainly obvious. Sookie must deal with witnessing the darker side of vampirism and what this has to do with her blossoming relationship with Compton. On the mortal front, bar owner Sam finds a kindred soul in employee Tara while Jason Stackhouse finds himself again in hot water with a female and on the cusp of experimenting with V-Juice (vampire blood).
Review: The third episode finds itself a mix of the first two, pairing some intense scenes with a lot of exposition. I’d have to say this was the least interesting of the three episodes thus far, but it is by no means bad. Much like the trend of ending on a cliffhanger (which continues this episode), “Mine” dangles a lot of information in front of the audience without revealing much. On one front, we find our suspicions of Sam to be unfounded – he is just a human. The show had been dropping a lot of strong hints that he was perhaps a shape-shifting vampire turned dog – and more clues are in this episode. Right up until he and the dog play catch in broad daylight.
Also a person of concern when it comes to the “something is right department” is Jason, who continues to drift further into deviant and violent sexual encounters with waitress and hottie Dawn. Speaking of hotties, the sex is again rampant in this episode, with the crazy bald vampire so much as saying “Someone needs to get down on my johnson.” Indeed. Bartender Sam and friend Tara start exploring a sexual relationship, while walking punch-line Lafayette finally gets to stretch a little bit and grows as a character, slightly, while providing lots of entertainment.
In terms of teasers, we find out that vampires don’t breath, have heart beats, or emit brainwaves – possibly while the mentally attuned Sookie can’t hear their thoughts. The bad gang of vampires let drop a line about the synthetic True Blood, implying that the synthetic source alone is not fully capable of sustaining their existence. There are also hints of a Vampire hierarchy with mention of an elder named “Eric” and someone above even him, referred to only as “She.” Some religious based hatred of the Vampires also seems poised to bubble up, with the assassination/murder of a prominent Anti-Vampire Christian Crusader last episode. Yet another woman (Dawn) ends up dead after sex with Jason, seemingly leading him right back into boiling water. Another good entry in the series that leaves us hungry for more.
Up Next Week: Sookie Stackhouse heads out to a Vampire bar in search of answers in Dawn’s death. Jason finds himself in trouble with the law while bar owner Sam looks to stake himself a Vampire. HBO promises that in the coming episodes “No one is safe.”
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