TV WORLD: True Blood: Season 3, Episode 10
This week marked one of the final episodes of the season. It is do or die time (in the literal sense for some characters), and last week the writers picked the perfect time to start a war. I can’t say that this was my favorite episode of the season, because it has a lot of filler and was competing against at least three other episodes for that title. So I will just proclaim (perhaps prematurely, but oh well!) that this is my favorite season.
- Apparently Sookie finds her being a fairy just as exciting as I do. With the build-up they gave this I was expecting her to be something really over-the-top, but this “big reveal” fell completely flat. When Bill told her that it was widely believed that her people had been mostly killed off by his people, I was sure martyr Bill would be back. You know…the guy who tells her he loves her and can’t live without her, then leaves by the end of the episode just to keep her safe.
- The theme of this episode was definitely flashbacks and Jason had more than his fair share. I usually spend good portions of every episode giggling at how dumb/adorable Jason can be, but this week we saw a different side. All of the killing he’s been a part of has come back to haunt him and not sex with Crystal, drinking at Merlotte’s or running around being a pseudo-cop helped him escape this. I was pretty shocked that he told Tara the truth, especially after that whole speech he gave Sookie. And speaking of Tara…
- I. Am. Over. That. Girl. Sure she stepped up and got Jason away from Franklin’s (R.I.P. you sexy, deranged, demented and slightly creepy vampire man) remains before he was caught and even gave Sookie some decent advice regarding Bill, but as a whole, I’m just over this character. The perpetual victim act wore out its welcome last season and even though she’s trying to be a friend to Sookie, her approach is callous. She is no longer endearing and unless she plays a pivotal role in these last two episodes, I won’t be sad if she should meet end this season.
- Another character who dominated the flashbacks was Sam. We last saw him blooding up Calvin (Crystal’s father), which was a departure from his usual easy-going attitude…or at least we thought it was. As it turns out, Sam has been involved in similar ass-beatings in his past. “A man ain’t nothin’ without his secrets.” Indeed, he is not. The look into Sam’s past explained his actions in the present, but also that he’s always made unfortunate choices in his picking his women.
- Eric left all of his worldly possessions to his favorite girl, Pam. To be such callous vampires, they definitely have the tightest and most human bond on the show. I have to believe that Eric is not in danger of being killed by Russell, but I still hate seeing him squirm. Well, as much as Eric ever can or will “squirm”. Pam had no problem reminding him that the one thing that can save him is also his deepest desire: Sookie. I’m not convinced that he really is going to use Sookie as bait, if anything she’s probably a pawn.
- I don’t like Crystal, but when Calvin slapped and then disowned her for letting him be fed vampire blood, I felt a twinge of pain for her. She is clearly torn between her messed-up loyalty to her messed-up family and wanting to be free and some resemblance of normal. The (yet another) “big reveal” that she’s actually a panther was interesting and should give her and Jason something new to talk about over these next two episodes.
- Russell and Talbot couldn’t be torn apart, even in the “true death”. It was disgusting to watch him STILL carrying around Talbot’s “body”, but my heart went out to that increasingly creepy king. My jaw dropped when I realized the gay prostitute that he picked up was Navid from 90210 (yes, I also watch that show and I simply refuse to be ashamed about that). His tryst was not fueled by sexual desires, but a sick sense of closure. Given next week’s preview, I think this was the calm before the storm and now that he’s made peace with not being there when Talbot was killed he can focus on extracting as much revenge as possible.
- Jesus is one of the best things to happen to my television screen in a very long time, which given the amount of television I watch, is highly significant. His chemistry with Lafayette is amazing. He looks good in purple polos and floral robes. I have nothing bad to say about him. The two of them taking V together and traveling on a “magical journey through their family trees” made me feel like I was the one tripping on acid. It varied between funny (Lafayette’s facial expressions), weird (their voices switching back-and-forth) and a tad scary the whole time.
- The Jessica-Tommy-Hoyt triangle either came to a conclusion in this episode or is just getting started, and I genuinely couldn’t figure out which it was. All I know is Tommy got his little dog body thrown when Jessica caught him trying to attack Hoyt and when she gave Hoyt her blood it reminded me of her maker and Sookie circa Season One.
- In previous seasons vampires were treated with the type of bigotry this country has historically reserved for people that don’t adhere to the “traditional” model. This time we were treated to burning crosses on the lawn and hate speech written on Bill’s door. It reminded me another group, one that is familiar with racism and all those other fun side-effects that come along with it. I like the connections they are drawing between minorities in this world and vampires in the TB universe. But similar to Jessica when she discovered what had happened, I too was ready to find them and inflict pain.
This episode gave us insight into who these characters are and what’s to come for them in future episodes (preferably the next two!). We don’t know if Tommy is going to leave Jessica alone now or go all “Sam” on Hoyt. We aren’t sure if Terry was being nice to Arlene or if he really does want to raise the baby. And we haven’t a clue what the deal is with the new waitress and her Wiccan powers. Until we find out, here are a few TB gems to hold us over until next week:
Pam: Blah, blah… vampire emergency. Blah.
Summer: I can tell you’re a sexual person, Hoyt Fortenberry… I know God wants girls to wait, but I’m right about you.
Sookie: I’m a fairy? How f**kin lame
Eric: If I meet the true death without at least kissing you, Sookie Stackhouse, that will be my biggest regret.