True Blood

Season 3 Episode 6

I Got a Right to Sing the Blues

10
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 25, 2010 on HBO
8.2
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Spurned by Eric, Sookie fears the worst for Bill, whose fate now lies in Lorena's hands. Jason's romance with Crystal hits a snag, as does Lafayette's with Jesus. Fueled by a night of passion, Tara executes a desperate plan to stave off Franklin's advances. After revealing his master plan to Eric, Russell pays a visit to Louisiana in order to start executing it. In Bon Temps, Tommy finds it difficult to leave the family nest. Jessica gets her fix from a Merlotte's customer.moreless

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  • The Great Escape!

    9.5
    The axe! ALWAYS go for the axe!



    Tara, the vampire slayer, bites back with a vengeance; pumped up on V from biting into Franklin during foreplay; waiting for him to fall asleep; contacting Sookie telepathically and then bludgeoning Franklin's head to mash (think Irreversible), the Tara of old is BACK. And yet, out of all of the weapons to choose from, she picks a mace. D'oh! Franklin didn't turn into a pile of crimson goo, meaning he's still alive... in a dead sort of way. Nevertheless, it was quite the spectacle watching Tara repeatedly bash his head in, and I haven't even gotten to the genius of tricking that werewolf, biker guy into thinking she was Talbot's maid, then teaming up with Sookie to take him out. Oh, Tara, how I've missed you!



    There are so many great scenes in this episode. If I had to single out one particular exchange, it would have to be between Eric, Sookie and Lorena. There was so much animosity in the air, and to see these three conflicting characters, each with their own emotional agenda, spar off against one other was utterly compelling! Sookie and Lorena both love Bill, but Lorena has been ordered to kill him, which causes Sookie to threaten Lorena, to which she responds by pointing out, since Godric (''that sanctimonious pr**k'') is no longer around, she'd happily rip out Sookie's rib cage and wear it as a hat. I loved Eric's snarl when Godric is mentioned. Ah, it was amazing television and that was within the first few opening minutes. I should also mention Bill's valiant, but fruitless, effort to kill Russell, who simply shrugs off his attack, quite literally, and flings Bill across the hallway. Brilliant. That's how you open an episode!



    Despite playing quite a pivotal role this season, I haven't really given my opinion on Russell. Well, he's bloody fantastic! While I may not agree on his taste in men (Talbot is SO annoying), he commands the screen so effortlessly, and can switch from gentleman to scary madman within seconds. His Q&A session with Sookie was another highlight; Anna Paquin and Denis O'Hare simply sizzle during these scenes. Any scene with Russell is usually a joy to behold: he blackmails the queen into marrying him in this episode, and I really, really approve of the decision to pull back Sophie-Anne's childish behaviour. Although I also have to mention that I really got a kick out of the idea of a vampire buying hundreds of lottery scratch cards, since they do have all of the time in the world and the chances of winning are very likely. And speaking of Sophie-Anne, Evan Rachel Wood looks unbelievably gorgeous here. I wonder if Russell suspects anything of Eric? The blond Viking is clearly using his sexual wiles to stay on Russell's good side (and, I suppose, offering to rip off Sophie-Anne's head didn't hurt his case either), but Russell seems too wise to fall for such a ruse. I hope Eric knows what he's getting himself into.





    Lorena's scenes with Bill were surprisingly poignant, and for the first time since her appearance on the show, I genuinely felt for her... to an extent. A tiny, tiny extent. Stephen Moyer had an unholy amount of dialogue during his torture scenes, all tied up and covered in fake blood, and yet he sold every single line; it was one of his best performances yet. Kudos must also be given to Mariana Klaveno, again, an actor who has made quite an impact on this show, but one I've never really talked about. She carries such a deviant, sensual performance, and nails it every time. Now that Lorena has tasted Sookie's blood, what will come of her? What is so special about Sookie's blood?!



    As I predicted last week, shifter Tommy's parents enter him into dog fights. It's hard to really despise the Mickens clan, and that's mostly down to Sam's estranged mother Melinda, (or, I should say, J. Smith-Cameron, who portrays her). She balances a vulnerable performance with a character who has a twisted, unfortunate perspective of the world; trapped within her own marriage, beat down and with very little to her name, her desperation has her asking her own son to kill animals for a living, in order to keep food on the table and prevent her body ending up in a ditch. I'm not saying I condone this sort of manipulative, despicable behavior, but it's a testament to Cameron's acting chops that I find this character very much in grey territory, when it's very clear her intentions are as dark as they come.



    Meanwhile, it looks like Jessica is getting a hang of her vampire senses. Having not eaten in a couple of days, the starving vamp glamours a rather annoying Merlotte customer to leave all of her money on the table for Arlene (who was stiffed all night) and walk to the ladies room. There, we see Jessica pull off her first ever glamour feed and this could very well lead her down a dark path. I really do enjoy the interplay between Arlene and Jessica, but having said that, I would like for Jessica to have stronger story-lines, or more Hoyt action, or even Tommy action. I just want Jessica to get some action! Action is had by Lafayette, in his brief moment of bliss with Jesus (there's something up with that guy, I know it: when someone brings up sacrifice in a casual conversation, it screams DANGER). Also, a bunch of hicks destroy Lafayette's car and it's revealed to Jesus that Lafayette is a drug dealer.



    The overall arc has now been set in place: global domination. Russell intends to unite all supernatural beings and wipe out every human on the planet.



    As evil plans go, it doesn't suck.



    And as episodes of True Blood go, this one was a corker!moreless
  • Everything is becoming one ...

    9.0
    I love how Season 3 began with each character having very separate storylines that have eventually intertwined and become one large storyline. Sookie is such a mystery. I haven't read the books so I have no clue what she is or what that power could be - but I'm really enjoying watching her journey of trying to save Bill while becoming her own supernatural being. Speaking of Bill, this is the first season - I think - his character has shown any growth and shown the true vampire side of him.



    Is it just me ... or has anyone else noticed the blatant sexual flirtation between Eric and Talbot? I'm sure I read somewhere that Alexander Skarsgard said he would be doing one 'love' scene with a man this season ... could it be Talbot? Seducing him to get his hands on the crown he's interested in?



    I loved this episode - none stop action. Bloody fantastic. I also like Lafayette's love interest and relationship. Also Jessica and Arlene are so good together and they really do bounce off each other really well. My only trouble with this episode is the new girl ... Crystal. She is a terrible actress - very bland, boring and robotic. Hopefully she will become a bit more comfortable as the season progresses.moreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    10
    Spurned by Eric, Sookie fears the worst for Bill, whose fate now lies in Lorena's hands. Jason's romance with Crystal hits a snag, as does Lafayette's with Jesus. Fueled by a night of passion, Tara executes a desperate plan to stave off Franklin's advances. After revealing his master plan to Eric, Russell pays a visit to Louisiana in order to start executing it. In Bon Temps, Tommy finds it difficult to leave the family nest. Jessica gets her fix from a Merlotte's customer. I couldn't wait to watch this episode, after the last episodes ending, so much Awesome stuff happened. I love the way Russell takes Sookie, and Bill kills the other one. I love the way Eric blocks Sookie to get from Bill. Ahh, this episode is Awesome already. I love the way Eric and Russell are with Sookie, pretty Awesome. I love the scene with Sookie and Lorena, Sookie is too Awesome. I love all the scenes with Eric and Sookie, they are too Awesome, seriously I'm always smiling or laughing whenever they are together, my heart also beats like ten times faster. I love the Merlottes scenes, especially when Arlene bleeds and Jessica's fangs come out, ahh scene was hilarious and amazing. I love the scene with Jason and Crystal, I like the way their storyline is going. I love the way Eric goes all crazy with Sookie, I know he doesn't mean what he said. I also love the scenes with Sookie and Russell, especially the questioning scene - Awesome. I love Jessica, she is just too Awesome. I also love Layfette's storyline is going. I love the scene with Lorena and Bill. I love the scene with Tara and Franklin, gone abit wild. I love the scene with Eric and the other vampire, I really don't know his name, well it's the scene when they're playing cards. I love the scene where Tara is speaking in her head and she is telling Sookie she will get hin out of there. I love the scene in the car with Russell and Eric, when he is in denial about Sookie. I love ever act he does, Eric is perfect. I love the scene with the Russell and Sophie-Ann, and then Eric comes along - Awesome little storyline coming along there. I love the scene with Bill and Lorena, with all the blood and all that and then the werewolves come in and take some v. Wow, I love the way Tara kills or maybe he isn't dead yet, Franklin. Hmmm, I feel sorry for Jason. Crystal can't act. However, I do like that storyline. I love the scene with Tara and Sookie. Hmm,Sams family are annoying me. I love the way Tara and Sookie are, and then the way Sookie isn't leaving without Bill. I love the scene where Jason gets that young boy. I love the way Tara and Sookie split up. And Tara meets Alcide. And I love, love, love the end. I can't wait until the next episode, hurry up already!moreless
  • Perhaps it's just me, but i think this is the best season of any tv show i've ever watched (except Heroes season 1 :) ) SPOILERS

    10
    WOAH!! I usually agree with the average rating's on this site... but giving 8.7 and 8.8 to some of these episodes just stumps me! But its no problem... after all if I love the 8.7 episodes, i have a crisis every time a 9.0 comes along, like this one...



    I really like the divide here... the relatively peaceful melodramas of family and love in bon temps



    and the much more terrifying prospects of kidnap and death in Mississippi.



    I quite enjoy the more random introduction of plot twists as well. Season 2 ended with agonising predictability... but i can't see that happening here with them throwing in random Viking crowns and ever changing motivations. In a split second Bill (last episode) went from Russell allegiance to protecting sookie after a couple of heated words with a wearwolf. But whats wonderful is it pulls off the these vast changes in mentality with the characters without seeming contrived.



    In fairness I do feel Terras plot is a bit unnessecary. This just gives her a plot to have really, where i think she could easily have been left in bon temps to deal with her mum/ lafeyette/ anyone. I mean, why would Russell employ Franklin when he could have easily got a Werewolf to do the same job? I hope to see more Alcide, he seems much like the Bill of the werewolves and his ex fiancee issues are getting in the way of what could be a much bigger player in the game.



    But these are the minorest of niggles in comparison to the breath taking suspense going on in Mississippi, and tempered perfectly with the slower tempo in Bon Temps



    And next episode looks like a real game-changer based on the promo!moreless
  • Awesome Possum

    7.5
    Following the last couple of Filler episodes, I must say that this one was quite refreshing. From start to finish there really wasn't a dull moment. There are several arcs that I am really interested in presently. First and foremost, I want to know what in the hell Sookie really is. By now, even she has had to admit that she isn't human and she's proven herself to be far more than your average tele-path. Whatever that blue light is that comes out of her hands is seems to act as some sort of violent telekinetic 'supe' repellant. Last season, we saw it even had the power to repel something as old and powerful as Maryann. Which makes me wonder how/if it might come into play concerning that doozie that Sookie was left in with Lorena at the end of the episode. Nothing would please me more than to have someone stick something sharp and painful into Lorena's chest cavity. Tara seems to once again gotten herself into a stupid dilemma that I once again cannot really bring myself to care about. Seems to be a re-occurring theme for her character ... Boring story-lines. I did feel sorry for her ... Right up until she chose to {SPOILER} beat Franklin's head in with a mace rather than sticking that shiny and very pointy halberd in the background into his chest.... I mean I get that people don't know a whole lot about vampires in this show. ... But seriously, who doesn't know the simple fact that you kill vampires by staking them? Apparently not Tara who has also chosen to drink Franklin's blood and thus let him always know where she is. Guess we can look forward to some more scenes between them ... Whoop de freakin Doop.



    Another interesting developing point is Russel himself. Im really liking how his character is unfolding EXCEPT for the part where he's apparently turned out to be OLDER than Godric. Godric was and is my favorite vampire so far in the show. And Im not liking the newfound fact that Russel is almost 3000 years old while Godric was just over 2000 years old. Perhaps I heard that wrong. I hope I did. Im truly excited to learn Russel's back-story and perhaps learn something of his Maker as we did of Lorena's.



    Then there's Eric. Godric may be my favorite vampire, but Eric is definitely my favorite character right now. I truly love how his character is being written. The classic vampire. Capable of limitless deception and manipulation for personal goals except toward the people that they truly care about. The people that they would do anything and everything for. Even if it means waiting thousands of years to accomplish. Im on the edge of my seat waiting to see how Eric will construct the trap that he will eventually {Another SPOILER} lure Russell into. The tall and mighty always fall in a much more satisfying manner.moreless
John Prosky

John Prosky

Finch

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John Burke

John Burke

Jerry McCafferty

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Grey Damon

Grey Damon

Kitch

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Grant Bowler

Grant Bowler

Coot

Recurring Role

James Harvey Ward

James Harvey Ward

Felton

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Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello

Alcide Herveaux

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    • Featured Music:
      "Honky Tonk Baby" by Jim Pendergrast (Arlene loses it with the food prep questions)
      "La Belle et la Bad Boy" by MC Solaar (Lafayett and Jesus talking in the car)
      "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" by Billie Holliday (Lorena tortures Bill)
      "Youkali Tango" by Teresa Stratas (Russell and Eric on horseback)
      "Brahms: 2 Rhapsodies, Op. 79: Rhapsody No. 2 in G Minor" courtesy Naxos/SourceQ (Franklin is convinced by Tara to untie her from the bed)
      "Bizness Changes" by Art Lilliards Heavenly Band (Queen Sophie scratching off lottery tickets)
      "Over the Moon" by Jonny Savarino (King Russell proposes to Queen Sophie)
      "Sixty Days on the Road" courtesy Bosshouse Music (Jason arrives at Hotshot)
      "Lorena's Theme" composed by Nathan Barr, sung by Lizbeth Scott (Coot and Debbie drink Bill's blood)
      "Double Shot of You" by eBlues Highway (Lafayette snaps at Arlene, Sam looks for Tommy)
      "Oh My My" by Michael Mazochi (Sam asks Andy about dog fighting in the area)
      "Hells Bells" by Cary Ann Hearst (end credits)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Germany - November 18, 2010 on Syfy
      Czech Republic - December 28, 2010 on HBO
      United Kingdom - February 18, 2011 on FX/FX HD

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Mám právo zpívat (I Have a Right to Sing)

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