True Blood: Season 3 - Bad Blood (Season opener review)
Review by Jack Foley
What’s the story? Sookie turns to Eric for help finding Bill. Andy urges Jason to stay the course. Sam wants to reconnects with his past so he begins his search for his birth parents. Tara seeks refuge from her grief. Lafayette gives Lettie May one more chance to help Tara. Meanwhile Jason and Andy work to cover up the truth about Eggs death. Sophia-Anne makes a surprise visit to Fangtasia.
Our verdict: You’ve got to love True Blood – it gets more and more outrageous.
Season three of the series hit the ground running (literally) on F/X on Friday night (January 14, 2011), picking up in the immediate aftermath of the closing events of season two.
It meant that Bill (Stephen Moyer) had been kidnapped mid-proposal to Sookie (Anna Paquin), Sam (Sam Trammell) was running to find out more about his history, Tara (Rutina Wesley) was desperately trying to come to terms with the death of Eggs at the hands of Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Detective Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) was still trying to put a stop to Bill for his own V dealing ends.
It made for a lively, hedonistic brew as only True Blood knows best… a fun-filled hour of sex, bad lanuage, more sex, dream sequences, vampires, betrayal, homo-erotic and, yes, even werewolves.
But such is the show’s confidence in its own ability to shock and keep you gripped that everything now seems so seamless. Whereas some shows can seem like they’re striving too hard to gain notoriety, to shock, or even to make you laugh, True Blood‘s exceptional writing means that you just go with the flow.
Hence, hilarity could be found in Jason Stackhouse’s failed attempts to arouse himself despite the presence of two semi-naked beauties, because he could only see two bullet holes in their heads (thanks to the grief he was still feeling at shooting Eggs).
And likewise, fledgling vampire Jessica Deborah Ann Woll)‘s attempts to dispose of a rapidly deteriorating corpse, while being roped into the search for Bill by Sookie.
Drama, meanwhile, came from Tara’s grief and anger at the loss of Eggs, while intrigue came from Eric’s V dealings and his ‘confrontation’ with Željko Ivanek’s superbly sinister Magister and Evan Rachel Wood’s even more devious Queen Sophie-Anne LeClerq.
And then there were the shock moments… filled with sexual excess or blood-thirsty gore. The sight of Bill’s kidnappers sucking the life blood out of him was an early gross out moment, while Eric’s rampant sexual shenanigans with one of Fangtasia’s latest dancers was highly explicit.
Then there was a surreal homo-erotic encounter between Sam and Bill that kept us guessing for its short duration and, to cap it all off, the sight of werewolves encircling the still lost Bill.
When Stephen Moyer squared up to them with the menacing line “I should warn you, I’ve fed”, you couldn’t help but feel hungry for more yourselves.
True Blood therefore returned in the most emphatic fashion and I, personally, can’t wait to see what twisted delights the ensuing 11 episodes have in store!