Yes I realize this is a TV show, shhh. True Blood is an HBO produced series based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels written by Charlaine Harris. Both the novels and the show revolve around a character named Sookie Stackhouse, who essentially becomes the girlfriend of a vampire named Bill Compton. Now that may sound familiar (Twilight ), but the first novel in the series was written long before that drivel could be thought up. I like to think of True Blood as the grown up (not to mention good) version of Twilight, featuring REAL vampires, violence, sex (a lot of sex) and high stakes (pun intended). This is the premiere of the third season, following the extremely successful second season finale.
Season 3, Episode 1: Bad Blood
Now before I get into this review, just know that I recommend the first two seasons whole heartedly and if you are even the slightest bit interested in the show to stop reading this now and to go buy the first season. The episode begins by showing us a recap about some past events within the show, mostly showing scenes from the last season. The last thing we see if that Bill was kidnapped, which was the last scene of the second season. Bill is seen being held captive by three men and is stabbed “who the hell are you?” “Why don’t you just call us the you crew?”. On that note the fantastic title sequence ushers in, officially starting the third season of this spectacular show.
Sookie looks all over for Bill, and comes to the conclusion that maybe Bill left thinking she said no to his marriage proposal at the end of season 2. It turns out that Bill’s kidnappers are none other then werewolves (about time someone put those two mythological creatures in a medium together ). That’s what seems to be the biggest push in the new season, werewolves. Although I think it’s a completely overused idea we will see how well they pull it off. Given how well the first two seasons handled weird mythology it's fair to say I have faith. The main characters are all great in this episode, especially Sam, Jason, Eric and Lafayette.
We see the same old True Blood antics, various sex scenes included. The humour is spot on in this season opener and I can only hope that the campiness of the series remains this good throughout the season. There’s some more cool vampire mytho’s introduced as Bill calls to Jessica (a young vampire he created) with his mind miles away. All the main characters remain on top form (I still kind of hate Tara though) and they still know how to make them all look attractive, not to mention important to the story. The opener is slower paced then the the last few episodes, which is a nice breather after the second season finale.
This episode is clearly not a good jumping on point for newcomers to the series, as it jumps right into the middle of the story started in the first two seasons. However series regulars will be glad to know that this episode delivers top notch True Blood goods. Two key players, Bill and Sam are away from the town in need of help and the others are a little...off (Jason failing a threesome), which will set up some nice development later. This episode may not have been anything too special but it was a good one and it succeeded at getting me really excited for the rest of the season. Season 3 looks like a good one, let’s see what “Operation Werewolf” has in store.