True Blood (Season 3)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Picking up right where season two left off, with the abduction of Bill (Stephen Moyer) the vampire, who was in the middle of asking Sookie (Anna Paquin) to marry him. Turns out, Bill was abducted on the behest of Russell Edginton (Denis O’Hare) the vampire King of Mississippi. He wants Bill’s help overthrowing Queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel-Wood) who rules Louisiana. Meanwhile, Sookie goes to Erik Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) the vampire owner of Fangtasia, for help finding Bill. Little does she know, Erik’s got a score of his own to settle with Erik, and his legion of Warewolf servants- with their history including a stint in the S.S during WWII.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
TRUE BLOOD is one of my guilty pleasures. Sure, it may not be as high-brow, or consistently excellent as MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD, or the late, great THE WIRE, but it’s the sexiest show to hit TV since the demise of NIP/TUCK (a show I also had a soft spot for). I’ve been saying for years that premium cable TV is the only place outside of indie films to find good, adult entertainment, with all films these days aiming for that all-important PG-13 rating. TRUE BLOOD would never be PG-13. Heck, I don’t even know if it would be R, as this pushes the envelope and then some. By a few episodes in, when we’ve seen Bill sodomize a fellow vampire while simultaneously twisting her head 360 degrees, you know this has gotta be HBO.
While I still think TRUE BLOOD’s first season was its best, season three improves on the second season, with it telling a more intriguing story, with Vampire King Russell wanting to establish vampires as a master race. The stakes have never been higher, and each of the twelve episodes runs at a breakneck pace.
As always, the cast is flawless. Anna Paquin’ found the role of a lifetime as Sookie, and her chemistry with Stephen Moyer (who she married last year) is phenomenal. Fan favorite Alexander Skarsgård also has a bigger role this season, with his revenge quest against Russell being a highlight. Joe Maganiello’s also caused a bit of a stir as Sookie’s werewolf protector, with him reportedly being more prominent in the upcoming fourth season.
For my money, the real star of the season is Denis O’Hare as the flamboyant, deliciously evil Russell- with him chewing the scenery (and cast) throughout, and having a great time doing it.
Each episode gets a Behind the Scenes featurette along with an audio commentary . We also get a few jokey special features, including Snoop Dogg's 'Oh Sookie' music video .
All-in-all, another excellent season of TRUE BLOOD, and once again, the only bad thing about finshing one season is that I have to wait a whole year to see the next (I prefer to wait for the DVD/blu-rays).