Let me begin this belated review of [[True Blood (TV Series)|True Blood]]’s Trouble episode with a quote from AV Club’s David Sims:
A True Blood episode is basically as good as whatever storyline is up on the screen, minute by minute: there’s no other show that can change from being this bad (Sam Merlotte and his drunk family) to this good (Franklin’s psycho-courtship) so quickly.
It’s true though. Even with the development of an actual storyline for Sam’s trailer trash kinfolk, I remain perplexed. Like, five minutes ago Sam’s brother Tommy was trying to lead him in front of a truck because he was jealous about his newfound brother muscling in on his family. And now Tommy’s seeking Sam’s protection from his bullying no-good Dad?
On the other hand we have this dream pairing between Franklin Mott and Tara. I’m sure there’s a more serious point to be made about domestic violence and girls letting psycho boyfriends walk all over them. But that’s lost in the hilarity of watching the craziest vampire ever dragging Tara around after him like his best rag-doll and pretending to have a relationship with her. It may only be a sideshow to the main season story arc, but Franklin’s madness is fast becoming one of the best things about this series!
You’ll see all the good stuff in the quotes section below, but for right now a big round of virtual applause for James Frain’s performance of Franklin. Look forward to seeing him later this year in the new superhero series The Cape.
Back to Sookie and Alcide: fans of the [[Charlaine Harris]] books will be glad to see Colonel Flood’s first appearance as packmaster, but maybe not so pleased that he’s a bit of a chicken. Sookie and Alcide’s relationship is so fiery and argumentative, it’s a whole lot of fun to watch. Especially when Alcide gets mad at her for reading her mind and she retorts “Work with me Alcide. It gets easier.”
Nice to see Sookie getting on the wrong side of the psychotic Debbie Pelt. I don’t think we’re expected to see any redeemable qualities in Debbie, so what we can hope for is some top anti-Sookie behaviour from her soon!
But most of the action was in Eddington’s mansion – Eric being caught out framing Bill for blood dealing, Tara trying to escape Franklin then trying to outwit him, and Russell getting to find out what Bill’s real interest in Sookie is.
Eric’s storyline was basically another flashback. On a tour of the mansion with Talbot, he gets to see some of Russell’s treasures – including a Viking helmet that belonged to his own father. Yes kiddies, Eddington and his werewolf cronies massacred a Viking village and took out Eric’s father. That both explains Eric’s hatred of the Werwolf branding and hints that Eric might be the one seeking retribution at the end of this series. What, you think Eddington’s going to survive this year?
We’ve already talked about Tara and Franklin. The funniest bit about this situation is Tara trying to outwit Franklin, but managing to end up in a worse situation: Franklin wants to change her into a vampire! This could be interesting – and the first time an existing character on the show gets changed into a vampire. Do you think they’ll be brave enough to do it? And will it make Tara more interesting?
Bill goes on the rampage to protect Sookie from the vampires, but too late. Sookie displays her cool light-touch trick again (remember she used it on Maryann last year?) but they still get taken. Now we’re in new territory – this is such a departure from the books that literally anything can happen now. Brilliant!
Back in Bon Temps…
Meanwhile, a quick update on the Bon Temps posse:
- Lafayette has an unexpected date with Jesus – the guy who’s his mother’s carer at the home. He’s suspicious at first, but drops his defenses, which is charming. I just hope this guy doesn’t have ulterior motives.
- Jessica has a minor run-in with Arlene and glamours her customers not to give her a tip (devious!). Meanwhile, Hoyt brings a date into the bar to make Jessica jealous and Sam’s brother tells Jessica she’s smokin’.
- Terry moves in with Arlene. (yawn)
- Andy pulls some strings for Jason and gets him a job with the police. However, he gets distracted by Crystal Norris, the cute girl he saw in the forest on the night of the maenad attack. But that girl’s got secrets, mark my words!
Pick of the quotes: Trouble
- Talbot: “You and your dusky little blood beast are totally at odds with my decor.”
- Franklin: “Just ignore him, he’s the cleaning lady.”
- Franklin explains Tara’s presence: “She wants to be with me.” Talbot: “Hence the restraints.”
- Russell: “Last time you had any real money, you ended up at the slots in Billoxi slaughtering a church group of elderly women.” Franklin: “They wouldn’t let me have a turn.”
- Franklin: “This one is spectacularly different. She’s such a f*cking disaster, we could be twins!” Russell: “Franklin, you’re a huge freak, but I like your work.”
- Sookie: “I am not gonna die because of your shitty girlfriend and a Mississippi pothole!”
- Franklin: “Hey Tara, watch how fast I type mutha f*cker! Love you!”
- Sookie: “Work with me, Alcide. It gets easier.”
- Jessica: “Whatever happens, do not tip your waitress. Do not.”
- Franklin: “Why Tara why? You were afraid of me? That’s insane!”
- Jason: “I can’t take no test.” Andy: “Well you gotta. Come on, it’s easy! You just shove all that stuff in your head, write down your answers and forget it all the next day. Learn on the job like everyone else.”
- Tara: “We need to talk.” Franklin: “Don’t say that. Women say that, everything goes black and I wake up surrounded by body parts.”
- Tara: “If we’re going to be together, you have to remember that I’m alive and I have needs. Like food.”