TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Everything is Broken”

     August 15, 2010

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I’ve been of the opinion that True Blood has suffered from the mid-season doldrums in recent episodes, where the shocking and exciting trademarks of the show were too infrequently spread out among a scattershot season arc.  “Everything is Broken” — the ninth episode of season three — didn’t fully break the pattern, but featured a higher ratio of hits to misses, plus a few promises that episodes 10-12 will be vintage True Blood. Hit the jump for a review.

psycho_shower_drainI would love to introduce “Silver him!” into my everyday vocabulary, but the need to subdue vampires arises all too infrequently in my dull, dull life — any suggestions?  It’s a vibrant phrase.  I want it.

Gotta respect Anna Paquin’s infinite willingness to subject herself to gratuitous nude scenes.  I liked the romantic-yet-eerie shot of the blood circling down the drain.  Best twist on the Psycho shower scene in recent memory.

I didn’t quite get a full glimpse of Jesus’ chest tattoo before Lafayette’s face obstructed my view.  Did you catch it?  My best guesses are:

a) seahorse
b) monkey
c) devil

(Update: I was apparently too busy writing “Gee, I wonder what that tattoo is” to listen to them talk about how it was a jaguar.  Mea culpa.)

His screen time has been brief, but I think I can safely say that Kevin Alejandro has been my favorite addition to the cast for season three.  He brings out the best in Lafayette, and after all the torment that hookah went through in season two… yeah, I’m glad Jesus is around.

(Speaking of which, what happened to Jason seeing holey skulls everywhere?  Does Crystal have his limited brain capacity otherwise occupied?  Star wipe to… )

lindsay-pulsipher-true_blood_imageNow that Jason is spending virtually all of his (screen)time with Crystal, I’m beginning to resent her a bit.  I’ve always preferred goofy Jason to lovesick Jason — the two aren’t mutually exclusive, but when he’s with Crystal, we seem to be more familiar with the latter.  It does not help that she is — as written — not yet a full-fledged character, but a plot-serving enigma.  Lindsay Pulsipher has not been given the chance to intrigue on her own merits like, say, season one beau Lizzy Caplan.  Which is really too bad.  She’s cute.  I hope she gets a chance to shine by season’s end.

It’s probably wrong to call Bill’s visited to the lakeside land of soft lighting a dream, but that scene worked really well as a “dream sequence.”  In fact, the reveal that it wasn’t a dream, that Bill seemed able to enter a geography seemingly unique to Sookie’s subconscious, was a minor “wow” moment for me.

Hoyt and Jessica, get back together.  That’s a command.  Just do it.  Remember how great your season two scenes were?  You shared the most affecting scene in the episode.  The show could use the heart right about now.

And that’s where I’m at in the season.  I’ve locked on a lot of individual moments, some of them technical (the drain shot, the “dream sequence”), others sentimental (Jesus/Lafayette, Hoyt/Jessica).  Still, season three struggles to achieve a cohesive greatness.

But you know what?  This was an entertaining episode.  And it ended with a pair of scenes that must be treated as clear signs of forward momentum.  If Bill knows what Sookie is, we will (presumably and definitively) by next Sunday.  And there are few venues better suited for the king’s eloquent monologues than a live newsroom, just seconds after he ripped the spine out of the anchor behind the desk.

“And now, for the weather.  Tiffany?”

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