'True Blood' - 'Bad Blood' Recap (Season Premiere)
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 13th 2010 11:55PM
(S03E01) "I'm sorry you fell in love with a serial killer, alright? But, honestly? Who here hasn't?" - Arlene to Tara, grieving the loss of Eggs
Summer has never looked so good now that we've got 'True Blood' to look forward to. Why, it's even better than the last day of school when I was a teenager! Even if you're not a fan of vampire shows per se, there's a whole lot to love about this Gothic soap opera, which has a whole bunch of new characters -- including werewolves.
Things picked up right where they left off last season, with Sookie frantically looking for Bill after he was vamp-napped out of the restaurant. Well, we knew they wouldn't get married, have little vampires and live happily ever after. That wouldn't be any fun at all. But seriously, that scene in the car with the V-addicts draining Bill? That was messed up. For the record, here's part of that exchange:
"Pull over, Jimmy. I've gotta get me a drag off this f***."
"Nope, we ain't stoppin'."
"I'm dyin' over here."
"Spit some in his mouth."
"And playin' with your own tit in a car full of dudes ain't?"
In fact, this first episode wasted no time jumping into several twisted scenes, starting with Sookie walking in on Eric and Yvetta in the basement. Let's face it, though, she didn't seem to be in too much distress, despite being tied up, and -- whoa!!! -- Eric's butt!!! I'm not sure how Sookie managed to keep it together when Eric walked over to her stark naked, especially since she and Eric are connected in an intimate way. It will be fun to see how that plays out this season.
And let's not forget Sam's homoerotic dream about Bill, who said (in the dream) as Sam took off his shirt to give it to him: "I'll take what I can get ... nice ... I'll take that shower now, unless you'd care to join me ... fine, I hear the water in Arkansas is very ... hard ...").
Tara is as annoying as ever, and I was wishing Lafayette hadn't saved her from killing herself. How Sookie's put up with her crap all these years is beyond me. I mean, she was trying to comfort Tara over the loss of Eggs; it wasn't Sookie's fault that Eggs asked for her help in remembering what Maryann made him do.
But I'm hip on Jessica, who's got the newbie vamp down pat. She manages to be lovestruck one minute (getting Hoyt's flowers) and panic-stricken the next (realizing that she'd killed the trucker and her own blood wouldn't bring him back).
It will be interesting to see where they take the Queen-Eric-vamp blood story. Things aren't looking so good for her at the moment. Man, though, she can get very scary very fast.
A few other things:
What do you think was up with Jason seeing bullet holes in those girls' foreheads?
They managed to sneak in some product placement when Jessica looked up the "Operation Werewolf" sign on her phone (which, if I'm not mistaken, was a Motorola).
I was just to the point of thinking that Eric is very un-Eric-like this season (respectable), until he yelled into the phone and Pam tried to calm him down. But he IS the sheriff, after all, so a certain amount of decorum is probably called for. He walks the line between extreme bad boy-ness and respectability.
Loved it when Arlene realized she's pregnant again because she could smell cinnamon in Lafayette's chili.
Only Bill could suck an old lady's blood and make her feel good about it in the process. He gave her some money and made her think it was her son who sent it.
A few quotes:
Jason: "I ain't even sure what normal is anymore."
Andy: "Well, for you, normal's goin' out and gettin' tail, so I suggest you start there."
Jason: "No, that's the old Jason. I wanna be new Jason."
Andy: "Well, until this thing blows over, you've gotta be the Jason Stackhouse everybody knows. So conscious off, dick on! And everything's gonna be alright. Say it with me. Conscious off!"
Jason: "Conscious off."
Andy: "Dick what?"
Jason: "Dick on."
Andy: "And everything's...?"
Jason: "Gonna be alright!"
Pam: "Now, I don't remember telling you lavender was my favorite color."
Sookie: "I'm in no mood for lesbian weirdness tonight, Pam."
Sookie: "Where were you tonight around 11 o'clock?"
Eric: "Here ... with Yvetta."
Sookie: "Doin' this? For the last six hours?"
Eric: "You seem surprised. Is Bill's stamina not up to snuff?"
Pam: "I don't know what it is about me that makes people think I want to hear their problems. Maybe I smile too much. Maybe I wear too much pink. But please remember, I can rip your throat out if I need to, and also know that I am not a hooker. That was a long, long time ago ... you pickin' up what I'm puttin' down?"
Lafayette: "I is."
Your thoughts on this episode? Glad that 'True Blood' is back? What are you looking forward to this season?
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