If last week’s True Blood took the pace down a notch or two, then It Hurts Me Too felt even more laboured. And that’s in an episode which saw the introduction of Alcide Herveaux (was it everything you hoped for, ladies?) and some bizarre vampire…er….lovemaking. Well, it is only the first paragraph. We’ll indulge in more potty talk after the jump.
People are correctly calling this a set-up episode – providing plot advancement, but not much by way of fierce vamp action. I mean, compare Sam’s younger brother trying to lead him into the path of a truck last week compared with the tepid trailer-trash family appearing in Merlotte’s and scoring free food and drink.
So far so boring with Sam’s biological family then. Ol’ Sam deserves a better storyline than to be sent off to clicheville with Maw and Paw Shifter. The thing is, Sam’s noble and loyal to his friends in Bon Temps. It’s hard to imagine what he intends to learn from his biological parents to enrich his own life. Maybe that’s a bad attitude, but everything about these three wasters screams ‘bad news’.
Angry Backwards Sex
So, Bill Compton. Held captive in some of the most comfortable surroundings outside of the British prison system. I loved how Russell and Talbot were more worried about the damage to their décor than how badly burned Lenora was.
Still, plenty of time to delve into Bill’s past via dream flashback sequence. He’s seen going back to visit his wife as a vampire in 1868. Naturally, disappearing for three years and returning as a vampire, he wasn’t going to be welcomed with open arms, was he? Lorena appears and makes things much, much worse. But she’s doing Bill a favour – she’s showing him that relationships with humans just can’t work.
Of course, none of that’s really all that interesting. It’s the revenge sex Bill has with Lorena, during which he breaks her neck and twists it 180 degrees. It’s gross, and brutal and strangely primal. Just don’t try this stuff at home, kids. The bigger question is – has Bill finally abandoned Sookie for a life of vampiric sex?
Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps…
Eric jumps in front of Sookie’s bullet, intended for a attacking werewolf. Then he kills the wolf himself. Since Sookie’s clearly in danger, he assigns a werewolf from the Shreveport pack, Alcide Herveaux to protect her during the day.
Elsewhere, Jason Stackhouse has decided to become a police officer after his experience in Hotshot the previous week. Of course, he doesn’t quite have the brains to pass the entrance exam. But it was a nice mirror to Sheriff Bud Dearborn’s tantrum about the rise in murders since vampires came to Bon Temps. Bud’s a great old-time Sheriff, and you can just imagine his frustration about the weirdness and ever-growing pile of bodies in the town he’s sworn to protect. Can we perceive Bud taking a harder anti-vampire stance soon?
Arlene’s definitely pregnant. Thing is, there’s no way the baby’s Terry Bellefleur’s. And everybody’s pointing their finger at first season villain Rene. But she’s letting Terry believe he knocked her up. Well, he seemed to happy when he found out…
Oh, and Tara. Tara got all sexed up with Franklin Mott after beating up some rednecks the other week. Yes, she’s all about choosing the wrong type of guy. You’ll never see Tara Thornton shacking up with Hoyt Fortenberry. Nosiree, she’s attracted to the meanest damn men you’ll ever meet.
But the thing about Franklin in this series is that he seems to be investigating Bill for some reason. And we haven’t actually seen him hurting anyone yet. He’s used his powers to glamour Tara, and he’s sorta, kinda blackmailed Jessica into telling her more about Bill. Or, to spin it a different way, he helped her get rid of her corpse problem and asked for information in return. But why’s he investigating Bill, and who’s he working for? There’s a lot of unresolved mystery surrounding Franklin.
Oh, maybe he’s working for the Magister?
So, a slower paced episode. I’m noticing some digressions from the book, mostly in terms of Bill’s story. His captivity isn’t nearly as brutal, but this luxury imprisonment is quite interesting. And we can add to that a possible coupling with Lorena? Interesting. And Franklin Mott is already elevated beyond his status as a secondary character already to something of a Vampire P.I.