Monday, July 26, 2010

Review - True Blood Season 3 Episode 6 I Got a Right to Sing the Blues

Sorry for getting this out so late, but I had to review Mad Men first (based on sheer awesomeness).

Without question the strongest episode of the season, "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" gets off to a quick start as Bill fights back, killing a guard before jumping on Russell and get his butt kicked. From there, the episode flies forward, breaking away from anything holding it back. True Blood works when things happen, and boy did they happen.

After being bound and stationary for the past couple episodes, Tara takes matters into her own hands, pummeling Franklin's head to a pulp and then rescues Sookie. After a evading a couple werewolves stoned on V, she meets a bare naked Alcide. Even though Franklin is a simplistic character in that he has a pure obsession with Tara, I'd love to see him still alive and his reaction to her. Will he still want her to be a vampire?

The relationship between Bill and Lorena is one of the more interesting elements on the show. Clearly, there is a bond between them, starting with the blood they share. However, there is a deeper connection in how Lorena treats Bill and how she shaped him to become who he is. When Russell orders her to kill Bill, she first objects, but caves since he is the king. Tied down for most of the episode, Bill pushes against her, saying that her maker made her cold and in turn, she made Bill that way. Enraged, Lorena slices Bill to shreds in a most gruesome fashion before letting werewolves feast on him. At the end of the episode, Sookie finds Bill on the ground nearly dead. But wait, that's not the end of it! Lorena is there to sink her fangs into Sookie's supple neck.

On the other side, there's Eric, biding his time to strike at Russell. He complies with Russell and plays along, even helping to corner the Queen of Louisiana. While Bill and Sookie may die, his eyes are trained on Russell and only him. What he has coveted for centuries--from his time as a human--is finally right in front of him and he won't let this opportunity pass.

Events are Bon Temps were slightly more interesting than before and took up less time, so I was pleased for the most part. Sam's wacky family--pushed by his father--is into dog fighting, not the Michael Vick kind, owning the dogs, but fighting themselves. WTF! I guess a human mind allows for smarter fighting versus normal dogs.

Jason as a clueless fool, bumbling around the place, is pretty damn funny; as a wannabe cop, pulling over the high school quarterback, he's despicable to the point where I want stop watching. And the Crystal storyline has mystery, but we know almost nothing, except something is holding her back, possibly because she's a creature of some kind

Lafayette and Jesus get friendly, but a couple of drug dealers show up to trash Lafayette's car. They are beaten off, but not before Jesus learns that Lafayette is a V dealer as well. Promptly, he goes home. What happens next? Do Lafayette's idols actually need offerings or are they just symbolic bad omens?

Sadly, Jessica still doesn't have anything good to do other than glamour a cranky lady and drink her blood before sending her packing. It's a real shame she rarely gets to do anything and by the way things are progressing, she won't be doing much for the rest of the season.

At the halfway point of the season, everything is finally picking up. Hopefully, this trend will continue into the second half and deliver on all the fragmented storylines in a satisfying conclusion.

Score: 9.3/10
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