True Blood: Season 3
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In Bon Temps, everyone has something to hide. But when new threats emerge, no one can conceal the secrets of their past. After Sookie discovers Bill was kidnapped, she heads to Mississippi, where she becomes entangled in a world ruled by werewolves and a powerful Vampire King. Eric is also drawn to the King’s domain to settle an old score; Jason falls for a mysterious woman; Lafayette can’t avoid love or demons; and Sam uncovers the truth about his birth family. It all leads up to the revelation of the series…Sookie’s true identity.
The 12 episodes composing True Blood: The Complete Third Season are either the best yet or the most ridiculous, depending on one's opinion of the increasing number of monsters entering the scene. As last season saw an onslaught of pagan and ancient Greek-derived "supernaturals," as they're called by Bon Temps' citizens, this season welcomes everything from werewolves, to vampire royalty, to that surprise-being that Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) finally discovers she shares genes with. While the first two seasons centered on the spicy love affair between Sookie and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), this season branches out once again from the vampire-human cultural blender. From the first episode, "Bad Blood," when Bill is whisked off to meet the King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), whose villainous scheme will inform all ensuing episodes, one gets less of Sookie and Bill, and more of everything else.
For example, Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) reveals himself this time around, starting in the episodes "Beautifully Broken" and "It Hurts Me Too," in which he tracks down members of his past and in turn meets some new family, like his mischievous brother, Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman). Following up on Eggs's death at the end of season two, Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) have multiple police dramas, especially in later episodes like "I Smell a Rat" and "Fresh Blood." This season, too, presents some of life's greatest challenges to Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), as if she hadn't suffered enough after her new love Eggs was shot. Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), as a foil couple to Sookie and Bill's vampire-human coupling, have enormous hurdles to jump over simply to continue dating. While all of these dramas make the characters in Bon Temps come alive like never before, the silliest of the plots continues on, unfortunately, as Queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq (Evan Rachel Wood) has to battle King Edgington for Vamp-Blood sales territory. On the up side of that chess-game narrative, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and his femme fatale, Pam De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer), play much larger roles this season, and in the finale, "Evil Is Going On," Eric not only discovers his deep past history but struggles through his rockiest present dangers thus far.
Interestingly, though Sookie is still the protagonist, True Blood appears to be shifting to a wider view, emphasizing the overall community and the effects supernatural warfare has on Bon Temps collectively. Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), still one of the most charming characters, discovers more about his past, thanks to nurse Jesus Velasquez (Kevin Alejandro), and Jason too discovers a new calling, thanks to Crystal Norris (Lindsay Pulsipher). If anything, this season of past recollections and the realizations of future callings will allow for this excellent series to carry on into infinity, as magical creatures continue to grace this setting enriched with full-fledged characters. Vampires were, as the cast confirms this time around, only the beginning. --Trinie Dalton
-True Blood Post Mortems
-Snoop Dogg “Oh Sookie” video
-6 Audio Commentaries with the cast and crew including Executive Producer and Creator Alan Ball, Anna Paquin (Sookie), Stephen Moyer (Bill), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Kristin Bauer Van Straten (Pam De Beaufort), Denise O’Hare (Russell Edgington) and more!
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Those "soaps" off old, were silly, goofy AND HIGHLY ADDICTIVE! The TENSION, The Perfect Hair,(on EVERYONE!), The MAKEUP!
Anyone recall Erica Kane?? The DRAMA..ALL those marriages, All the PREGNANCIES....ALL of the (shush,now)....Illegitimate children!
True Blood does it's job very well! Takes our minds OFF our daily troubles, and puts them right where they BELONG....in the capable,loving hands of one of the best porn stars of the 19th century....MARILYN CHAMBERS!!
Take a chill pill!
Sensationalism has replaced most of the fun as most characters are pushed beyond their believable limits and plot twists come to substitute for enjoyable coherence often. Suckee, oops misspelled, has been in bed with almost all the characters by mid #3, and yet with all her trials and tribulations is not allowed to rise to the level of a Candide which would give the series some class and more chance to rise above simple sensationalism. Poor Bill has been good and then bad and then good so often and with such little motivation that the set dresser should have put out a little sign saying "He is good for a few minutes" to guide viewers. The Suckie character has the chance of being the innocent abroad in a poluted world, but is not allowed to rise to this satisfying dimension (nor is any other either).
This all goes to say that Season 3 allows much less intellectual enjoyment and is mainly a slam-bang kitchen sink mode of plotting and character "development." Even while consuming it as a knowing fan, the viewer is reminded of how much has been lost from Season 1. The "drama" of which of three "men" Suckie will love deeply this minute is sucked away by the creation of a reasonably realistic character manipulated so much beyond justification or coherence. It may not be possible, by Season 3, to treat this work as anything of any lasting value--a serious violation of its promise in Season 1.
Of course, experienced long term viewers can still go along for the roller coaster rides and would be sorry if the show had been ended after Season 2. And, too, viewers had better see all of 3 if they want to indulge in 4 and then 5 (or more?). In the end, however, it is just too bad that real inventiveness and deeper satisfaction could not be, somehow, carried on by the poor writers who, by Season 3, have been drained of intelligent fun and must be as pale as their characters now are...in both ways.
I wish Season 3 could have staked out satisfying, instead of hodge-podge, new ground.
Tru Blood is a brand of synthetic bottled blood engineered by Japanese scientists. Catering to the vampire population, the release of Tru Blood was the main catalyst for the Great Revelation - when vampires "came out of the coffin" and revealed their existence to the world.
Tru Blood is marketed as an alternative blood source for vampires and supposedly meets all their nutritional needs. However, many vampires have found Tru Blood to be revolting compared to human blood. Sam Merlotte notes that it is, at best, like a human giving up a favorite food in favor of drinking a slim-fast shake. It comes in as many flavors as there are blood types (e.g. B Negative, O Positive). It has been seen to be as expensive as $45 a bottle in hotels.
Tru Blood is intended to be served warm, with most preferring it at 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 F) much to the disgust of Hoyt Fortenberry after deciding to try it. It can be consumed cold or at room temperature, though most vampires will enjoy the drink even less at those temperatures.