Episodes 3 & 4 help to move along the long-awaited Sookie-Eric romance, which comes to an eager climax in Episode 6, which aired on July 31st--my birthday. Lucky me! We see Sookie considering Eric (and Bill) with fresh eyes. And in the meantime, we get to see Tara's story continue to unfold as intertwined with Lafayette's, who is in turn intertwined with Jaguar Jesus...you didn't forget about that Jaquar tattoo, did you??? You'll have to re-read my Season 3 reviews from 2010 to catch up!
We also get into poor Jason Stackhouse's storyline as it coincides with Hot Shot and crazy Crystal(-meth) who arranges for Jason to not only be kidnapped, but tortured and repeatedly raped by her inbred sister-aunt-cousins. Is there anyone in Hot Shot who isn't related by at least 34/46 chromosomes???
Now, I have barely touched on Fiona Shaw's inclusion in this season--she plays Marnie, a powerful witch-medium whose odd social behavior makes her a candidate for the R-wing...and not just because she invokes blood-magic to call upon long-dead vengeance-driven witches from the 17th century to enter her body. She's like a hippie-throw back with a terribly forced Southern accent. I half-expect Harry Potter to show up any second. You caught the pop culture irony there, right? Her most famous character portrayal is as young wizard Harry Potter's magic-hating Aunt Petunia... Yup. Cosmic irony, pop culture style.
And let's not forget Arlene Fowler's demon-child, spawn of evil. Love the inclusion of baby-vamp Jessica's creepy doll and the apparent ghost attached to it. That storyline's a real fire-starter, wink-wink.
Sam and Tommy still have a sibling rivalry, which heats up as the season continues, along with Sam's romance with a certain hot-mama shape-shifter!
Hello, Alcide Herveaux! Joe Manganiello is a tall drink of cool, dark water. But my biggest question is, where's Sookie's big, bald were-tiger??? Herveaux's a handsome wolf in flannel-plaid sheep's clothing, but he's up to his eyeballs in blonde-ambition with the nutty (and hopefully soon-to-die), Debbie Pelt. Rigorous honesty, my ass!
There's more death, dying, mayhem, torture, and soft-core sex to come! Don't miss a minute...and stay tuned to my TB4 reviews. The season may be half-over, but the fun's just begun!
Episodes 3 & 4 get a raving 9.5/10--summer's MUST WATCH event is HBO's True Blood. Best thing since sliced bread! Next to TRUE BLOOD & PHILOSOPHY, that is....