Tonight’s offering of True blood, was, to quote a Billsbabe, “Epiconic”!
Although I feel that I am being redundant, after each episode I seem to always say, “best episode ever”. This week’s episode is no exception. Although I have a true affection for season 1, Season 3 has to be the most perfect of the three seasons. The directing, the writing, the acting, the special effects, just everything about this season is great.
Here are a few thoughts I have about this week’s offering, but first let me comment on a review I just read in the LA Times by Todd VanderWerff, who wrote, speaking of the episode and specifically about Bill and Sookie:
“I just wish that the whole episode hadn’t been a long journey to a place we already knew we were going back to and that it hadn’t undid one of its most interesting plot developments within the same exact episode. It makes it seem like the writers don’t have a great deal of confidence in their characters to sustain interest, outside of the way we first came to know them.
Here’s what I’m complaining about, less obliquely: In the first scene of the episode, Sookie breaks it off with Bill. Then, in the last scene, the two are back together again and having ravenous sex. I suspect that this is a part of a general motif in the episode, of people going back to things they should know are wrong for them, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating to have the show dangle a potentially interesting storyline — let’s see what Sookie and Bill are like apart, instead of together — then take it away from us within the same episode. Anyone who’s ever watched TV ever is going to know that these two are going to end up back together again by the end of the series. It’s just the way the medium works. But along the way, we should get some interesting stories of what they’re like both separate and apart. This episode is frustrating in that regard, though, again, it seems possible that this is all set-up for a more permanent break-up down the road.” LA Times review
First off, I wonder if Todd has read the books. Because if he has, he would know that it wasn’t obvious that Sookie would end up again with Bill. And to say that we didn’t get “some interesting stories” is just plain false.
It was very surprising to me that he thought the episode slow. Were we watching the same show?
This episode was full of action, especially the fight between Sookie and Debbie and the werewolves attacking her home. Slow is not what I found at all. Instead it was a rational bringing together of the season to this point and I think they did it quite well.
I loved both the beginning and the ending. I enjoyed watching the middle too when we didn’t know what will happen about Bill and Sookie and if they would get back together. I know that all the Team Bill people, as well as the Team Eric people, were surprised that Bill and Sookie got back together so quickly, i.e., in the same episode. So it wasn’t obvious by a long shot. And, I loved seeing such beautiful scenes between the characters and their relationships.
This is the first episode directed by a new True Blood director named Lesli Linka Glatter. She is quite proficient and I think she did a great job. This episode was also written by Raelle Tucker making it True Blood’s first completely woman driven offering. It didn’t escape my notice that all the women tonight were quite powerful. I am happy to see a woman directing and thought it gave a different slant and I just loved it.
The opening scene was heart wrenching between Bill and Sookie when he said “you’re afraid of me”, I felt for him so and even more so as they parted. When he tells her that he wants her to have the life she deserves and that he cannot give it to her and that he loves her and will forever, my heart sank. As Bill left the hospital I was saddened thinking their love was lost.
However at the end of the episode when they realized how strong their love is for each other and that they cannot live apart, it was fantastic. Thank you to Alan Ball for realizing what I have always said about Bill, that he didn’t realize what he was doing in the back of the van and would have stopped if he could have. In other words, he had no intention of harming Sookie; it was the vampire in him that made him do it. He is an animal and we have to recognize that about Bill and all vampires. I recognized it from the very beginning.
Eric seems to be on his path to revenge his family, but he has certainly taken a big step toward his possible destruction by killing off Talbot. The King is a very strong adversary as we saw when he was attacking Bill. Lucky for Bill, Eric killed Talbot just at the right moment to save him. “Thanks’ Eric!” Although I know Eric had no predisposition to save Bill, somehow I hope that their goal of overthrowing the King will unite them for the common good to fight him in future episodes. With Sookie’s help, I think they could just do it.
Sam seems to have adopted Tommy for the balance of the season, at least, and has now given him a job at Merlotte’s. I don’t think Tommy is going to be easy to control because he seems to want to settle everything with a fight. Hmmm, I wonder why? I can’t believe that he was willing to fight Hoyt who is easily twice his size. I so want Hoyt and Jessica back together, but I think that Tommy might be a new love interest for Jessica since she has decided to do the noble thing and “let Hoyt go”. I would advise Jessica, to give it up and just accept her love for Hoyt like Sookie and Bill have. It may not be perfect, but it’s “real”.
I love it when Jason gets all commando on us. He seems to have never grown up and is still playing GI Joe. Driving into Hot Shot like he did really took courage, but I believe it was more ignorance that gave him the strength to go there than it was courage. I worry that he has started something he won’t be able to control by opening up this “Pandora’s box” of Hot Shot. Since the folks in Hot Shot don’t seem like the kind of people you should be messing with, in fact, they creep me out more than the werewolves do and seem more dangerous because it’s hard to know what you are fighting.
However, even though I love Jason, the only complaint I have about this episode is that the story line of Crystal and Jason isn’t doing it for me. I don’t feel the love between them. Ryan Kwanten is a great actor and always does a fabulous job, but I just don’t feel it. Hopefully, we will get more to hold on to in future episodes.
The sex scenes in tonight’s episode were all really well done. For me, of course the last scene with Bill and Sookie finding each other was the best, but the scene between Jesus and Lafayette was really poignant and the viewer got to feel their genuine interest and desire for each other. I am happy for Lafayette who really needs this. Eric and Talbot’s encounter was interesting, but also sensual. Unfortunately, because I figured out what was going to happen before it did, I wasn’t surprised and therefore, didn’t have an opportunity to enjoy what I was watching. I will miss Talbot. He had some of the funniest lines in the series this season, I loved his interest in the finer things in life and although I understand why he went, it was a shame to see him go.
Talbot and Russell’s relationship, although full of squabbling and disagreements is a deep one that has been going on for over 700 years. As a result, Russell will not let Talbot’s death go unpunished and I believe that this will be a major storyline in the rest of the series. And, as I said above, I sure hope that the vampires, Bill and Eric, team up to fight together.
It was a treat to see Renee again, even if it was in Arlene’s dream. We know that her child is his and that Arlene is very vampirephobic. And for her own sanity and for her future relationship with Terry she should fess up and let him know the truth. I hope she does.
Speaking of dreams, I loved the one that Tara had. Obviously, drinking Franklin’s blood has done what it does for everyone and given her sexual dreams about him. I hope he isn’t gone, he was such a great character and although poor Tara doesn’t deserve to be abused anymore (I don’t see how she could take much more); he was a real highlight of this season.
Although we know that Sookie’s true love is Bill, she also seems to like Alcide and he appears to like her. I wonder if in future episodes if we will see something blossom between them as it did in the books. The scene they had together was very heartfelt. They like each other, but they know that their true love is elsewhere, Alcide for Debbie and Sookie for Bill.
Again, this was a great episode and I just hope that HBO continues to make me be redundant every week by topping themselves four more times.