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'True Blood' - 'Bad Blood' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 13th 2010 11:55PM
True Blood: Bad Blood
(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."
"That's gay."
"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.

The wolves!

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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Kim

I'm most looking forward to the sexual tension between Eric & Sookie this season. The books have some wonderful encounters between them!

June 21 2010 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Moody

Glad to have the show and the reviews back ... I was a little disappointed that the werewolves looked like every day run of the mill wolves, but other than that this was a good start that has me looking forward to the rest of the season.

June 19 2010 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy

Perhaps drinking blood directly from a vampire's body forms a psychic connection that is missing if you just take V the way the addicts do?

June 17 2010 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

Well I was thinking about that, but it seems a little odd (yeh i know it's a show about vampires and shapeshifters and maenads and werewolves) that V would make people have homosexual tendencies (assuming they took V from a vampire of the same sex). You'd think we'd have heard that "V will make you gay" said before many times if that were the case. I dunno, even if that is what's going on, what was the point of that scene?

June 14 2010 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

Tara didn't actually die, did she? Seemed she was just trying to kill herself with the pills, but we don't know what happened.

Fuck I hate Tara's crazy jesusfucker mother.

I didn't get the homoerotic dream that Sam had about Bill - that was totally out of left field and made no sense to me. At first I thought it was happening, just because same woke up doesn't mean it didn't actually happen. But Sam had other shirts, Bill never got Sam's shirt (and was still shirtless for a while thereafter), and rather than taking a shower, next time we see Bill he is crawling out of the dirt (why would you take a shower before sleeping in dirt and mud?). So I am satisfied it was a dream. But I don't get the purpose of the dream. Maybe it will make more sense later on. Sure was odd.

June 14 2010 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Z!

I thought sam had the erotic dream about bill because its one of the side effects of drinking a vamps blood. its happened to sookie after she was tricked into drinking eric's blood,and if my memory is any good, i think it also happened when sookie first had bill's blood and jason had eddie's blood back in season one. guess its what makes hat connection

June 14 2010 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rebecca

I'm pretty sure that Jason seeing the bullet holes in the girls' foreheads was part of the trauma of having just killed Eggs.

June 14 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhomboid

Only Bill would drink from that old lady and then give her money and glamor her to actually make her feel better. I can almost imagine a room of less-civilized vampires hearing that story and giving him tons of shit over it.

June 14 2010 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

"What do you think was up with Jason seeing bullet holes in those girls' foreheads? "

He obviously has been feeling guilty after shooting and consequently killing Eggs, and that was one way his guilt has manifested.

June 14 2010 at 8:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kesey

Did you really write "f***?"

June 14 2010 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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