True Blood: The Fourth Man in the Fire

True Blood, HBO, Airs Sunday 9pm

Episode: “The Fourth Man in the Fire” (Season One, Episode Eight)

Synopsis: After arson claims the lives of four victims, Sookie is devastated, believing Bill to be among the dead. Her fears are unfounded, though no one else shares her joy. Tara is skeptical over her mother’s transformation and her life becomes even more troubled while Jason falls deeper into Amy’s world, a world that is much darker than anyone could have imagined.

Review: A terrific episode that fires on all cylinders with a little something for everyone. For those in love with the character of Tara, she gets to stretch her legs a bit in this episode, though she walks a troubled path. Jason, my personal favorite, continues to charge full speed down the wrong roads, something that surely will come around to bite him on the ass – perhaps literally. The introduction of Lizzy Caplan last week proves to be a real winner as her character again appears nude. I mean, helps move along new plot points, such as possible V addiction and helping to reveal how someone attains V-juice to begin with.

We also learned more about Eric and the inner workings of the vampires – hey, they’re market capitalists just like the rest of us and concerned about their bottom line profit margins. True Blood is doing an excellent job of juggling about 8 interesting characters and five good storylines, which is a feat for any show. These last two episodes have had a lot going on with very few slow spots, which is excellent. The Fourth Man in the Fire failed to deliver any real suspense, or a twist, with the actual fire plot, but that barely takes up any of the episode. Rather, we get more in depth character views into the citizens of this small town and see that some have lives on the upswing, but many seem to be heading down darker paths.

Once again True Blood is a must watch show and out of eight episodes, I’d say this joins the “great” ones, along with the first two and last weeks. Those four episodes are among the best – the other four are still good, but lately the show is on fire. If you haven’t been watching, sign up for HBO and get this OnDemand, its a great ride full of wonderful characters, humor, drama, action, and an interesting take on the vampire lore with a complex and gradually unfolding world.

Up Next Week: Jason has second thoughts about how far he’s willing to go with Amy, while Sookie finds herself in a bit of a predicament in Shreveport. Expect quick resolution to the very abrupt cliffhanger from this weeks episode in next weeks Plaisir D’Amore, which is French for “The Joys of Love.” There is a song of the same title which you may want to Google, though it may turn out to be somewhat spoilerish.

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Did you watch True Blood this week? If so, feel free to discuss below.


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