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- TV Series: True Blood
- Episode: I Smell a Rat
- Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley
- Written By: Kate Barnow
- Directed By: Michael Lehman
- Network: HBO
- Series: True Blood
True Blood: I Smell a Rat Review
By Stephen Lackey
August 23, 2010
True Blood Review
This week, True Blood returns on the heels of last week’s melodramatic, borderline cartoonish and incredibly entertaining monologue by Russell. This monologue was a huge threat by Russell and it promises a major upheaval in vampire/human relations. The question is: will his threats be followed up on and bring on a vampire war or will it be tied up in a nice little bow by Eric who will suddenly be able to walk in the sunlight for a few minutes? That all remains to be seen but this week’s episode specifically was full of ups and downs. Something great would happen and it would be followed by something flat.
Bill, Sookie, Tara, and Jason are all back together this week and the fellas are geared up to protect Sookie while Tara, irritating as ever, wants to cry. Tara ended last season as one of the most uninteresting characters on the show. This season, she had a few entertaining moments, but so far she continues to be a bit of a bore. There’s a series of revelations in this episode and the one she gets has the potential to set her on a predictable but at least more dramatically interesting path. You’d think she’d be more sympathetic considering all that she’s been through. She even gave it the old college try at convincing us with a scene between her and Sookie last night. Is it the actress that’s just not any good or are the writers really doing her a disservice?
On the upside, the major upside, what Sookie really is was revealed to her by Bill. Was it a true surprise? No, not really, not even to fans that have not read the books. What her heritage is still offers up many questions even after the reveal, but at least now the mystery is solved. This love triangle, or whatever it is, between Bill, Sookie, and Eric is getting a little stale but it’s a fact of life for this show so it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The fact that there’s some mysterious reason bill isn’t to be trusted even after the truth about Sookie is out is intriguing.
Jason finally learned in this episode what his new girlfriend and her family are. The first thing that came to my mind during this reveal was “Panther Piss” a reference from both Anchorman and from Heartbreak Ridge. Jason, the one line master this season, had a priceless reaction in the scene. The biggest misstep in the entire episode came when Lafayette and Jesus decided to do some V together. The really lengthy scene just wasn’t as interesting or exciting as it was meant to be. You know it would be ok if there was a character on True Blood that isn’t mysteriously tied to some magic or special ability in some way. Lafayette was so much fun in season one but his character has been on a downhill slide ever since that season ended. He has still had some great moments throughout this season, but overall his story has just felt like filler. Now, when something important seems to truly be happening with him it’s just dull.
Overall, there was a lot to be excited about in this episode of True Blood. There were tons of revelations and plot twists that will hopefully set the stage for some great action and drama. The pacing was good up until the drawn out V party that managed to drag things down for a few minutes. Does anybody else think that while it was funny the term “butt boy” doesn’t work coming from Bill? Sure, that’s why it was funny but it may have been a step too far out of character.