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Monday, June 28, 2010

True Blood: Heads will roll

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

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Are we already over the hump? Only twice in last night's episode three did I wish an act of blood and carnage would swoop in and free me from scenes of emotional gooey-ness, down a good 30% from episodes one and two! The most wretched, of course, involved yet another flashback. This time, of Bill going home to visit to visit his wife in the early postbellum days. Their son is dead, recently, of small pox, which is a cheap way to make us care about Bill's past family. The reunion, predictably, does not go well: Bill cries tears of blood, Mrs. Bill shoots Bill, Lorena comes and freaks everyone out further and, though Lorena spares Mrs. Bill's life, Bill leaves with the understanding that vampires and humans don't mix. All of which is supposed to help us understand why he's able to forsake Sookie: Burn my loved ones once, shame on naivete; burn them twice, shame on foolishness. But why is turning her, as the King of Mississippi suggests, so out of the question? Because he thinks its wrong, or because he knows she's some supernatural other?

Otherwise, this episode had great stuff: Eric kills an evil werewolf gruesomely. Vampire Detective Franklin Mott woos Tara and makes a severed head talk. Sam's reunion continues with his new family (who are more than a little rednecky, no? Who, other than Arkansas hillbilly cartoons, wears only saggy, dirty whitey tighties?). Upon finding the body that was once attached to Jessica/Franklin's severed head, Sheriff Dearborn quits exasperatedly, leaving an obvious in for Jason join the force and quickly cut-off his uniform's sleeves. And, for a certain contingent, most importantly: Werewolf Alcide Herveaux comes to Sookie's aid, with a Just For Men beard, a lumberjack plaid shirt and a significantly gruffer interior voice than his speaking voice (it's the beast within, of course). Which means that the show now has the three pillars of leading man cliches in trash romance — the Southern Gentleman (Bill, duh), the Rogue (Eric) and the Blue Collar Brawler — all fighting for Sookie's affections. Even if Alcide's type is almost less interesting than Bill's (at least in every way except wish fulfillment), at least he gives Sookie something more to say than a variation on "I've got to find Bee-Yul!"

Lingering questions from this episode: Is Eric the only vampire who can fly? If not, why, other than special effects cost a lot, is this not happening more? What's the point of the "humans must ask vampires to enter their home" rule if vampires can just glammer them? Seems like cheating. And what would you call that move from the closing scene between Bill and Lorena? Hate sexing with a twist?

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