‘V’ Heads rejoice! ‘True Blood’ returns with one of the best episodes to date!
Things are not well in Bon Temps. Sure now departed maenad Maryann (Michelle Forbes) was disposed of by quick thinking shape shifter Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) in last season’s cliffhanging finale, but the town is still in disarray and vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) seems to have been kidnapped, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend/fiancee, clairvoyant Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). Maenads, shape shifters, vampires, and clairvoyants. Did we mention the werewolves yet?
True Blood is back tonight at 9 pm on HBO in all its sexy, dark, gory glory and better than ever. Offering no rest for the weary, the show quickly picks up where last season’s finale ended off, meaning we aren’t so much placed as we are slammed into the action of the new season. While this will present a few major problems for any first time viewers it is still worth a look.
As for Sookie, finding little help from the police in her search for Bill she decides to call on vampire frenemy Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) – who many will be very happy to know makes a grand, nude entrance in the season opener. Lest he feel shy, Sam, Bill, and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) are also kind enough to don their duds in the opening hour.
Eric has bigger problems however having to do with his ‘V’ selling ring which has attracted the notice of the higher-ups. This leads to a delightful meeting with vampire queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood) who advises Eric to keep pushing the ‘V’ lest she lose the money to keep her in fine furs. Evan Rachel it seems has taken some pointers from her performance last season and dialed it back quite a bit making her character much more subtle fun.
Tara (Rutina Wesley) meanwhile is in yet another state of grief following the death of boyfriend Eggs (Mehcad Brooks), one which cousin Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) attempts to dampen with his home remedy of tequila and klonopin (do not try this at home). Rutina is in fine form as always, you just wish the writers would give the poor girl a few episodes of happiness every once and awhile. Eggs’ killer, Jason, is also not doing so well. He is still so torn up about the shooting he is unable to bring himself to have any, ahem, fun, with two city girls passing through the town.
Then there is our favorite teen vamp Jessica (Deborah Ann Wohl), who has found a new and interesting way of acting out. She also manages to make a possible new friend in Pam (Kristin Bauer) who, in the producers best move so far, has a far more increased role in the new season. Her dynamic with Eric has always been so wonderful you just wished the show would explore it more. Also providing terrific comic relief is her seemingly insatiable appetite for the ladies.
To say much more would be a sin and ruin much of the fun. What I can say is that my promise to only watch one of the three episodes previewed lasted all of 30 seconds. It’s just that good.