True Blood 3:8
"I enjoy a good head-ripping as much as the next vampire...." Eric was just full of wit and wisdom in this episode. My other favorite was where he told Russell that brash and foolish was equivalent to brave and uncompromising. Moral relativisim anyone??? But we all know that Eric is willing to do ANYTHING to get what he wants, and I mean ANYTHING! Including, of course, the king's royal consort, Talbot...cough, cough.
Arlene+Renee+Terry+Baby=Disaster but I did like the visual transition between scenes where a living red head embraces an old soldier juxtaposed with an undead redhead, also embracing an old soldier...kudos to director Leslie on that!!!
Jessica and Bill: Reunited and it feels so good...to both be miserable and codependent. I love Deborah Ann Woll's portrayal of the truly "good" person that Jessica Hamby is--I'd wager Woll doesn't have to stretch herself too far to play the role--well, outside of the seductive suckling on werewolf flesh. Whatever she's doing, she's doing it well! Kudos to Raelle for writing Jessica such a great part in this episode.
Alcide and Sookie--love at first fight??? Hmmm, do I smell an engagement on the horizon? Yeah, I do. And it wreaks of weretiger. Poor Alcide, he's the dishiest underdog (or underwolf) ever...I'd like to say he finds happiness in the future, but I'm afraid the truth is stranger than the fiction here.
The tenderness between Lafayette, played to the nines by Nelsan Ellis, and Tara in this episode is really touching. Family really is thicker than watered-down (Tru)Blood.
Sam Merlotte takes on a young pup OR we might better call this part of the review "why 20-year olds suck." As a mother of a young man about the same age as the newly named Tommy Merlotte, I can tell you with total certainty that the way the character is written is consistent with reality. Twenty-year old young men LOVE to push buttons. They have a way of finding those buttons all-too-easily, particularly for whoever the dominant parent role-model is in their life. I see Sam's frustration building, and with good reason. God bless that character--I wish there were better things on his horizon.
Ruby Jean is Lafayette aka "La-La's" mother. She's pegged as schizophrenic but as Jaguar-Jesus tells it, that doesn't diminish her perceptive intuition. She escaped the prison of her private mental institution to protect "La-La" from "vampires, witches, cats, and dogs."
Never dismiss the ramblings of those you think are "crazy"--us "crazy" people are often more lucid than those who claim sanity. La-La will be in the middle of the biggest, craziest supernatural beat-down in the history of True Blood this season. Because his character should have died in season 2 a la Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels, it's hard to predict where Lafayette will land. But because Nelsan Ellis brings incredible power to the role, hopefully, he lives to tell his tale in season 4.
It was interesting that writer Raelle chose to have Ruby Jean, the latest True Blood prophet, later say in the episode, "TV's all faggots and murderers and hoes, Jesus...." Commentary on the show itself, or a double-entendre criticizing the TV audience, some of whom complain about True Blood as being nothing outside of what Ruby Jean says about TV? For the record, let me just say that True Blood is a visionary production created by Executive Producer, Alan Ball with a host of great production crew, directors and writers as well as a terrific ensemble cast. To those people who don't get it, I say, who cares??? Art is subjective and art that imitates life, like True Blood does so well under the thinly veiled supernatural sub-text, is always the first to suffer mass-criticism by opportunistic fools who somehow believe themselves one step closer to heaven by "calling out" perceived "evil." Those individuals are the people who should be institutionalized--even Ruby Jean's character has more clarity than that! As Ruby Jean says in TB 3:9: "...God does love fags." And, fangs.
Once again, kudos to Leslie's directorial action. Sookie and Tara are shown lying in the sunshine together, holding hands. The scene was visually beautiful and I truly appreciated Leslie's vision here.
The forced foreshadow of Sookie looking through her "Bill & Sookie" photo album with nothing but blank pages following the one "happy" picture tells you everything you need to know. What's next for Sookie? Or, is the better question, WHO'S next? She and Eric have a long-term relationship in the series but there are a few other supernatural suitors in between. All I can say is, for a small town waitress, Sookie is the hottest thing since the creation of the green fairy...oh wait, she is a fairy, but not drinkable...oh wait, she is drinkable...never mind....
Bill and Sookie have crazy break-up sex--or is that make-up sex? Well, either way, Sookie got to dominate Bill after his supposedly unwitting mis-step that nearly cost Sookie her life...that also bought Bill a ticket to Fairyland and now allows him to walk in the sun...what was it Eric said about Bill again? Hmmm....
Hadley, not the brightest penny in the jar, but because of her share of fairy-blood, she's the pet of a vampire queen who figures royally in to the next season. Sigh.
One last prop before I close to director Leslie, who has Hoyt juxtaposed with Jessica--one in ecstasy, one in misery...beautifully done!
All in all, a very satisfying episode! Check out my next review on TB 3:9...it's a real killer!