True Blood's Season 3 Episode 1 premiered last night -- and it continued to deliver the delightful sort of weirdness we've all come to expect. But did it live up to the hype? Here are the highlights:
The episode picked up right where it left off, with our heroine Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who decided she would like to marry vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) after all -- trying desperately to file a missing persons report on him. Because Bill had, in fact, been vamp-napped. We still don't know exactly who's behind the deed. But it seems like it could be, tun, tun, tun! Werewolves! In any case, after killing his kidnappers, Bill finds himself in Mississippi, where he feeds on an unsuspecting old woman and then faces off against a pack of wolves.
Meanwhile, Bon Temps is reeling from the murder of Eggs (Mehcad Brooks) -- and Detective Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) is taking the blame to keep the townsfolk from suspecting Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). Tara (Rutina Wesley) has descended back into her downward spiral. I don't know about you, but Tara's constant depression is getting really old. I'd rather see her upbeat and fiery, like she was in season one. Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is baby-sitting again, until he has a visit from Eric's minion, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), who tells him that he needs to get rid of his entire supply of V -- even if that means selling it half-price.
Sookie visits Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), demanding to know what he's done with Bill -- and catches him in the act with a human. And you get a great view of his ass. You can just feel the chemistry there, I can't wait to see what happens between these two in Bill's absence. Anyway, Eric claims he doesn't know what happened to Bill. And he's got problems of his own. He gets a big-time dressing down from the Queen (Evan Rachel Wood) when she and the vampire sheriff show up wondering who has been selling V in their neck of the woods, so to speak. Eeeps. This could mean trouble. So Sookie grabs Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and goes off a-huntin' for Bill on her own.
Shape-shifter Sam Merlotte is off hunting for his family in Arkansas, but finds his brother Tommy, who denies being the one he's looking for. Sam also has a weird, but strangely arousing sex dream about vampire Bill -- he's drank his blood, after all.
And last but not least, Jason Stackhouse, forlorn after committing murder, has orders from Detective Andy to get back in the groove, so as not to arouse suspicion. So Jason recruits pal Hoyt (Jim Parrack), who's been having girl trouble with vampire Jessica, to go on a double hook-up with him. After all, if Hoyt's going to be crashing with him, he's got to pick up the overflow. When Hoyt bails, Jason finds himself in his dream scenario -- a threesome with two willing (and oddly Valley Girl-ish) New York babes. But he can't get it up. Wow, he must be feeling REALLY guilty about that murder.
Overall, the episode delivers -- and leaves you jonesing for more. But there's been so much hype about what to expect, it doesn't set up enough of we've been hearing about, especially with the Wolves. When's Alcide (Joe Manganiello) gonna show up? Stay tuned!
What was your favorite True Blood season three premiere storyline?
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