True Blood S3 E3 ‘It Hurts Me Too’ Review (LA Times)

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I realize I’m far from the first person to say this, but I’m starting to worry “True Blood” has spawned too many plots in its third season. Look at tonight: You’ve got Sookie heading off with her new pal, Alcide, to find Bill. But that’s only after she and Eric do a little werewolf detecting. You’ve got the adventures of Bill in his Mississippi prison with Lorena and Russell, but you also get to look into his past again. You’ve got Sam doing … something with his birth family. Tara continues to go through the stress of losing Eggs and attracting a new suitor. Arlene is pregnant again, but the baby is farther along than it should be if it’s Terry’s. Jason is trying to become a cop while still dealing with the leftover feelings from last season. Jessica continues to attempt to hide that dead body. And the vampire PI is just generally making everybody’s life miserable. And that’s to say nothing of plots that basically don’t turn up at all, like, say, Eric and Godric in World War II.

All of these storylines more or less shared the same hour, but they didn’t really have a lot in common, beyond just featuring characters who exist in the show’s universe. On most other shows with this large of an ensemble, the storylines are either pared down each week, or they all share some sort of thematic link. On “True Blood,” the writers just come up with a bunch of crazy stuff for the characters to do, then toss their scripts in the deep end. This is not a bad thing, mind you. Part of the fun of the show is seeing what crazy stuff the writers can cram into every episode. But there comes a point where there’s just too much going on, and “True Blood” is toeing that line. Realistically, how much more can the show put in there? I expect we’re about to find out.

To its credit, “It Hurts Me Too” attempts to do all of this stuff over the course of an episode that’s more about contemplation and developing character. In some cases, this is all right. I’m still enjoying Bill’s weird Mississippi adventures, and Sookie being proactive is always fun. In some cases, it’s a little more mixed. Tara, for instance, is finally starting to show some spine, but then she blows it at the end (with a little assistance from some vampire glamor). And in some cases, this feels completely unnecessary. As mentioned a couple weeks ago, seeing Jason go through emotional trauma is not something that the show was necessarily calling out for, and I’ve officially lost patience with the Sam storyline, which has hit the same two or three beats for three straight weeks now. We get it. Can we move on to see where this goes next?

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