True Blood – I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues (S03E06) – Episode review

Our ‘heroes’, by which I mean [[Sookie Stackhouse]] and her various friends, are in deep doo-doo this week. Moving on from Trouble, in which Sookie was eventually captured by Russell Eddington, I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues sees things turn sour for everybody.

Bill is tortured by Lorena, a bittersweet affair that was reminiscent of Franklin’s psycho love for Tara last week, infusing Bill with her blood, even as she slashed at him with silver scalpels. Vampire love is a complex and horrible thing. Of course, Bill manages to take out one of Eddington’s vampires before being captured, but is thrown into the ceiling by Russell. This leads to a moment of mirth as Talbot looks in horror at his ruined decor! The fabulously camp vamp can tolerate every kind of violence and torture, but don’t mess with his cornices!

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have been shocked at how quickly Eric abandons Sookie to pursue his new agenda – avenging his parents’ deaths. Only last week, Eric was fantasising about the telepath, now he’s clearly keeping Eddington close, biding his time until he can waste the evil bugger. But having seen how easily Eddington shrugged off Bill’s attack, we know Eric has his work cut out for him. For now, though, he has to turn against Sophie Anne while playing the loyal servant to Eddington. And since Sophie Anne has sold him out, I can’t imagine her being part of any strategy Eric might employ against Russell.

Tara scores many many points this episode: she projects her thoughts to Sookie, telling her of plans for an escape. That’s brilliant by itself. She goes medieval on Franklin’s face with an antique mace, causing a minor bloodbath in the bedroom. I can’t wait to see Talbot’s face when he sees the damage to the wallpaper! Then, she outfoxes a werewolf and frees Sookie. Two small flaws: not staking Franklin when she had the chance, and staying behind to wait for Sookie to rescue Bill. Having said that, if Franklin catches her and still makes Tara a vampire, then we can look forward to hilarious Death Becomes Her style antics every week.

Oh, and how could I forget the gorefest that was Tara feeding on Franklin, snagging his jugular with her teeth and pulling hard? [[True Blood (TV Series)|True Blood]] is definitely laying it on thick with the bloody sex and violence this season, and it’s totally working for them. The inventiveness behind some of these scenes and their ability to still shock and amuse us is what keeps it fresh. I really do worry for the day when we become immune to this level of violence.

Back in Bon Temps…

I feel like I have to subtitle this little piece every week. What happens in Bon Temps is so divorced from the main storyline that I often wonder why they’re bothering.

This week, we’ve got an incremental bit of plot development for Sam’s family – it seems like his shifter family have been dog fighting for money. This explains the scars on Sam’s brother Tommy, but Sam doesn’t see his mother condoning the situation. So he believes that his father is the malign force, but it’s actually both the parents at fault. Yawn. Can’t pretend to care about this storyline – it’s a wasted opportunity if you ask me.

Jessica and Arlene end up alone in Merlotte’s together, spawning some great comic lines from both characters. Jessica, we see, is in better control of her vampire abilities. Arlene, we see, is in mortal terror of being eaten by Jessica. Oh, and Lafayette starts opening up to Jesus. No, not the religious figure, the care worker. In an episode full of weird sights, isn’t it funny how cute the fledgling romance between these two dudes is? And how sad that Lafayette’s V dealing drove a wedge between them on their first date? Nelsan Ellis brings out Lafayette’s vulnerable side, and you can see the chef/dealer disbelieving, not wanting to believe his own luck that someone wants to be with him.

Jason’s ever more ludicrous story sees him humping Crystal Norris on the riverbank, then the next day driving to her house with a bunch of flowers and running straight into her fiancée. She pretends not to know him, so he goes off confused and angry and busts the college kid who’s having sex with a girl in the back of his car. Props to Jason for getting the right mis-demeanour (although he’s heard that one before, I assume), but he showed that he wouldn’t necessarily use his law enforcement powers for entirely good ends.

Quotes from I’ve Got The Right To Sing The Blues

  1. Russell: “Well, guess who turned out to be completely unworthy of our trust?”
  2. Eric: Please don’t take this wrong way Sookie, but shut up.
  3. Lorena: Without that sanctimonious little prick Godric to save you, I would just love to rip you open and wear your ribcage as a hat.
  4. Arlene: Please don’t kill me, I’m pregnant. (gasps) That probably just makes you want to eat me even more.
  5. Russell (to Sookie): Honey, there’s a fine line between feisty and delusional.
  6. Russell: “He’s been her drug of choice for centuries now.”
  7. Sookie tells Russell about her other mysterious power: “Once, I threw a chain at someone and it wrapped itself around his face, like that face-crab thing from Alien.”
  8. Bill: “I wish I had known you before you were made. Before you turned hard. I would have liked to see you smile with light in your eyes, instead of darkness. That would have been something.”
  9. Franklin: “You have no idea what awaits you on the other side, my beautiful bride. No more pain. No more fear. No more…rules.”
  10. Russell explains his political ambitions: “If all the supernaturals would stop squabbling among themselves and unite, we could conquer humans in a matter of days.”
  11. Russell: “Do you remember how the air used to smell? How the humans used to smell? How the humans used to taste?”
  12. Bill taunts Lorena: “What will you do then? Find another man that you deem honourable so that you can turn him into a violent, hateful thing like yourself? Destroying whatever it was you loved about him to begin with?”
  13. Melinda: “You can’t trust Sam. He may be blood, but he ain’t family. And he ain’t never gonna be. He looks down on us, thinks he’s better than us.”
  14. Sookie: “What the hell are you doing?” Tara: “Killing vampires and saving your ass. I’ll fill you in later, now let’s get the hell out of here.”

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