Jul 21 2010 12:11pm

True Blood episode review: “Trouble”

Things are going to be a little short for me this week, as I leave for Comic-Con in the morning. Where, this year, I know I have zero chance of breathing the same air as the True Blood cast in attendance for the big HBO panel. I don't think I like any piece of pop culture enough to wait on line for seven hours, not even Eric Northman.

Spoilers ahead.

Everyone finds some trouble in this week's aptly-named episode, except for poor Terry who thinks he's found something “normal” with Arlene and it breaks my heart.

Jason gets to know that crying, pretty blond girl from the sticks and they share a kiss and because it's Jason, we know it'll go south soon enough. Still not feeling this storyline. Jason's a big whiny child and I think Andy owes him a bit for covering up Egg's death, but Jason's really starting to take advantage with this becoming-a-cop business.

Who else gets the feeling that something really unwholesome is going on between Joe Lee and Tommy Mickens? Something about wanting to keep his son around all the time creeps me out. Or maybe it was just the extremely ominous music that played when Sam and Tommy hopped into Sam's truck. That was a really sudden change in tone. They were only driving to Merlotte's! Lighten up, composer!

We were treated to another Eric flashback, circa Viking times, and we learned how personal his vendetta against Russell's werewolves really is. I think Eric and Russell will team up to get rid of the Magistrate problem, but after that, Russell is toast. Talbot should live though. I hope. I loved every single flirty line he threw at Eric. Who can blame him, really?

But the true scene-stealer of the night belonged to Franklin. He's really gone off the deep end as the most delusional, creepy, worst vampire boyfriend ever. But he was hilarious to watch as he texted Lafayette for a captive Tara, threw various hissy fits, offered to take Tara out for a romantic dinner at Shoney's, and finally proposed to make Tara his eternal bride. The look on her face was priceless.

Bill may be playing bad (right?!) but how could he stand back and do nothing to help Sookie's best friend? Then again, he did run off to see Sookie as soon as he heard she was sleeping with Alcide. Classic jerk move, right there. After what he did with Lorena and how he dumped Sookie over the phone, he's got some nerve getting possessive now. But it was just to warn her that Russell's coming for her. There's “no hope” for him and Sookie. I kind of believe him on that. It would take a lot of forgiveness on Sookie's part.

I want more Sookie and Alcide. The plot is spread so thin among all the cast, I feel like there's a lot more this pair could be doing. And not just the obvious. Because there's definitely some mutual attraction there. And they both have serious problems with their evil exes. Debbie is one nasty bitch. I can't wait to see that fight. With or without Sookie's magical white light powers.

All in all, a decent episode made much better by Franklin going completely mental.

Some good stuff:

  • Jessica glamoring Arlene's customers so they won't tip her.
  • Sookie: “I'm not gonna die because of your shitty girlfriend and a Mississippi pothole!”
  • Jesus asking Lafayette to a movie. A happy couple? Yes, please! Also, Lafayette's geisha look.
  • Franklin: “Don't say that. Woman say [we need to talk], everything goes black and I wake up surrounded by body parts.”

Theresa DeLucci is a graduate of the 2008 Clarion West Writers’ Worshop. her short fiction has appeared in Chizine, Morbid Outlook, and Tear magazine. She probably would wait in line for seven hours to see the True Blood panel if she didn't have booth duty.

Ashe Armstrong
1. AsheSaoirse
The whole thing with Lafayette was horribly, disgustingly cute. DISGUSTINGLY SO, I SAY! But it was too adorable not to enjoy. I feel bad for Terry too, poor guy. I wanna smack Jason, Bill beating the shit out of the lead wolf was great. Franklin goes from interesting to annoying at the drop of a hat. Bill's line to Lorena was hilarious. I'm still confused how Russel and that other vamp got to go into Alcide's place without an invite. And I wonder what other powers Sookie's gonna develop.
Chuk Goodin
2. Chuk
The Lafayette thing was pretty cute, the actors really sold the first-date euphoria, plus it'd be nice to see him catch a break after two seasons of Bad Things.

I loved the superfast texting, too. It was so out of place and so crazy.
Jessica Reisman
3. jwynne
I don't think Bill went to Sookie because he believed Cooter saying she was sleeping w/Alcide. He went because he realized how close she was and that Cooter knowing meant Russell knew--and the whole reason he's been playing the game was to keep Russell from going after her. Also, what he meant by it's too late for me was that everything was too late for him--he's doomed.
Karina Odde
4. avendesora
Eric's flashback was kinda cool. With the black cloak (Russel I presume) swirling at the end of it. That was a nice stereotypical vampire touch. And I've had as much of Bill as I can stand. My heart sort of lifted when he told Eric that Sookie wasn't his anymore. Doesn't it finalize something? I mean, he's said it, there's no going back now! And Franklin is definitely starting to grow on me. I'm all for his crazy tantrums, though I feel sorry for Tara. Though it would be cool to see a vampire wedding.
Alex Brown
5. AlexBrown
Frankly, I'm happy that I've read the books because if I hadn't I think I'd be mighty irritated with the lack of anything logical going on. At least now I can make up for the lack of sex and shirtlessness by comparing where Ball is diverging from Harris, where they link up, and what he's completely made up. The first and the third tends to be the most anti-logical, which is a feat in and of itself considering Harris is in the mix.

AsheSaoirse @ 1: This is the one part where I really hope Ball sticks closer to the books. Harris brings in a really great new character to coincide with Sookie's light show and I hope Ball does the same. Though I'm guessing with all that's going down this season, we won't see this character until 2011.

avendesora @ 4: If Ball's version of a vampire wedding is anything like Harris' version, you're in for a boringly bureaucratic treat.
Ashe Armstrong
6. AsheSaoirse
@Milo, hopefully we'll see it. How do the books compare anyways? I been wonderin.
Alex Brown
7. AlexBrown
AsheSaoirse @ 6: The TV plot takes the book plot as a skeleton and then goes hog-wild with it. Neither are better than the other, just different. There's more detailed smex in the books, but there's also a lot of god-awful repetition and wasted subplots (like the whole thing with Tara...and Lafayette hasn't existed since halfway through the first book). But the TV show has a lot of its own problems...
Ashe Armstrong
8. AsheSaoirse
Yeah, I didn't expect it to be much better.
Karina Odde
9. avendesora
Milo 1313 #5: The only wedding in the books was boring, yes. But we've seen enough digression from Ball these past seasons to know that he couldn't possibly do something as sexless as Harris' version!

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