Would it be fair to say that the latest episode of [[True Blood (TV Series)|True Blood]] lacked excitement?
It felt like Fresh Blood was more like the clotted remains of Talbot that Russell Edgington’s been carrying around with him for the last several weeks. The episode dealt mostly with the characters in Bon Temps and storylines that we’ve all grown weary of.
Hoyt and Jessica are back together, but their scenes were not as touching as usual. On the flip side, the revelation that Maxine Fortenberry set Summer up with Hoyt was clever – showing the manipulative mother figure at her most cunning. Arlene enlisted wiccan waitress Holly to get rid of Rene’s evil baby, but predictably though she bled heavily, the baby survived. Arlene’s pregnancy is a tedious storyline that feels like it’s leaning too heavily on season one’s storyline. Or coasting on old glories. They’d have been better off pushing Arlene toward the right-wing anti-supernatural character that she became in the books, rather than having her knocked up with an almost-forgotten character’s baby.
While we’re in Bon Temps, Sam’s still on his inexplicable rage-fuelled bender. Though it was nice to see his backstory, Sam represented a nice, level moral center. He’s a supernatural who’s not loaded with evil intentions and he’s comforting home ground for Sookie. Making him into an unstable ranting lunatic kind of ruins the character for me. Though – to be fair – it was nice to see him kick Tommy out, which was a bit of karmic justice, since it was arguably Tommy who forced Sam to unleash his angry side.
Meanwhile, [[Sookie Stackhouse|Sookie]] and Bill go for a countryside drive and shoot the breeze about how perfect life would be if they could start over and forget about Eric Northman. And then…Eric and Russell Edgington appear in the middle of the road, Russell stopping the car with his bare hand.
However entertaining the storyline of the main characters has been up until now, Fresh Blood felt uneven, with Eric tracking down Russell and avoiding instant death by promising him the ability to walk in sunlight. The whole ruse, setting Russell up to believe that he’d gain this ability, even though Eric had already betrayed Russell in a pretty heinous way. You would wonder why Edgington would simply choose to believe his enemy so willingly. And…um…what happened to his werewolf entourage?
So, Eric and Russell drag Bill and Sookie back to Fangtasia and after some dull dialogue, Eric and Russell drink from Sookie. Eric goes out in daylight first and entices Russell outdoors too. By the time Russell gets outside and starts singing, Eric has handcuffed himself to Edgington with silver cuffs stand in the sunlight. That’s all very well, but would True Blood really kill of Alexander Skarsgard’s character?
I’m hoping that this was essentially a set-up episode for a fantastic climax, like a calm before the storm. We’ll find out on the season finale, won’t we?
Quotes from Fresh Blood
- Bill: “I am older and stronger. You are no match for me.” Pam: “This is not just about your relationship, you infatuated tween. There’s a bigger picture.”
- Crystal: “All I gotta do is marry my half-brother and let him breed me til I’m old or dead.”
- Jessica: “This is what you think you love. This is what I really am. I tried, but I can’t live on True Blood. I drink human blood and I’m not going to stop.” Hoyt: “Drink me.”
- Russell: “Talbot adores this one. Adored. I’m having trouble switching senses.”
- Eric: “A thousand years ago, you brought your wolves among the Vikings. You butchered a human family. My family. Apparently you wanted my father’s crown for your vast collection of meaningless shit.”
- Russell: “To lose the one man I ever loved because you miss your mummy and daddy. Well, that is a kick in the pants.”
- Sookie: “I love you Bill, but after this whole Mississippi mess, I’d be a crazy woman to trust either of you.”
- Sam: “Get back in the kitchen, you shell-shocked motherf*cker.”
- Summer: “I even offered him my virginity and he turned me down flat.” Maxine: “Aw, Summer. I appreciate that, even if you broke God’s law.”
- Summer: “I baked for him. I opened up my heart to him. I showed him my best underwear. There’s nothing else I can do.”
- Arlene: “I never thought of God as a woman.”
- Jason: “That makes you a criminal, a drug abuser and a cheater. On top of which, you’re already a cocky bullshit motherf*cker.”
- Sam: “Nobody knows me.” Tara: “It’s not like you make it easy.”
- Crystal: “Felton and daddy are crazy. I’ve heard them say it. They will light that whole place on fire and everybody in it.” Jason: “It’d be Waco all over again.”
- Eric: “I didn’t say she’s a full fairy. She’s a human-fairy hybrid, which helps hide her from detection. She may well be the last of her kind.”
- Eric: “You know I love you more when you’re cold and heartless.”