True Blood, HBO, Airs Sunday 9pm
Episode: “Sparks Fly Out” (Season One, Episode Five)
Synopsis: After displaying a bit of his vengeful side last week, Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Sookie (Anna Paquin) take a some time away from each other. To fill that span, Bill speaks to the townsfolk about his history during the Civil War and a lot of information about his past is revealed. Sookie, meanwhile, spends time with Sam (Sam Trammell), the bar owner, and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) continues to experiment with vampire blood.
Review: This episode provides a lot of back story to the character of Bill Compton, venturing so far as to introduce to his family and his beginnings as a vampire. Lafayette gets to strut his stuff more, which is fun as he grows as a character. Jason plays the familiar role of comedic relief, again with the aid of V-Juice and his raging boner. I wasn’t entirely engaged by this episode and wasn’t overly enthralled with the many flashbacks and yet again, we’re teased with action but haven’t yet seen anything really blow up since the first episode.
The mysterious dog shows up again and by this point, it has to be more than just coincidence – Sam and the dog are somehow connected, if not one and the same. I’d probably have to say this has been the weakest of the five episodes, in my opinion, though that doesn’t by any stretch mean its bad. I, for one, am just getting a touch tired of seeing Jason play the fool while waiting for something to happen. While Jason is my favorite character, I’d like to see him get just a little something to do here and there, and like last week, I call for action. I want to see vampires fighting vampires and humans fighting vampires and dogs fighting vampires. Or at least some sort of action. The show is good, the characters are interesting, but its building just a touch too slowly. As with all episodes, we end on a cliffhanger – and this was a big one.
Up Next Week: Jason stands, once again, accused of murder, Sam and Bill find themselves at odds, and the family dynamic between Jason and Sookie is severely strained.
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