True Blood Season 3 Ep5 ‘Trouble’ Recap

Check out the HBO Recap Video here and the Postmortem here I’ll get the video’s on here soon 🙂

Below Inside The Episode

Trouble. It’s the name of this episode and of the classic board game invented in 1965. Sometimes it feels like “True Blood” might just as well be a venture between HBO and Hasbro. It’s like they’ve taken the best of all their most popular shows — the loopy carnality of “Sex and The City,” the unflinching violence of “The Sopranos,” the underworld politics of “The Wire,” the morbid bent of “Six Feet Under”and the perversity of “Deadwood” — put it all into the Pop-O-Matic and let it roll.

Action figures, no doubt, are just around the corner. I’ll buy myself an Eric first, but I’m developing a real fondness for Franklin (though I realize I’m not the one who would have to live with him for eternity). “You’re a huge freak,” says Russell who is echoing so many of my own gleeful thoughts this week.

The episode opens in Russell’s palace/plantation/basilica, or whatever that is, where Talbot is talking to Tara as though Franklin just brought her home from the ASPCA. “Who’s the pretty girl? You’re a pretty girl! Yes you are!” Although Talbot doesn’t think that Franklin’s “dusky little blood beast” quite fits the décor.

Tara is, of course, surprised to see Bill return with Russell and Lorena, still sporting their messy meal mouths from late night take out in the limo. “Why is she here?” Bill wants to know. “She wants to be with me,” says Franklin. “Hence the restraints,” quips Talbot.

Franklin and Russell retire to the study to look at the dossier Bill has been keeping on Sookie. Franklin wants cash for his detective work, but the money will have to go to his trust account. Something to do with the church ladies Franklin slaughtered in Biloxi because they wouldn’t let him have his turn at slots. Franklin explains his devotion to Tara: “She’s such a fucking disaster. We could be twins.”

Upstairs Lorena explains to Bill how it’s just a matter of time before he’s hers. “Russell was right,” says Bill, “you’re not very smart.” Bill, I hate to be the one to bring this up, but is it possible that you’re not actually all that attracted to smart girls? I say this because Sookie is sitting in Alcide’s car right now insisting that the next step in her investigation should be to talk to Russell.

One of the many things I like about Alcide is that he is one of the few characters who has at least a glimmer of an idea of how annoying Sookie is. But her telepathy does come in handy, especially in exposing the frightened werewolf packmaster. “Obey!” he instructs Alcide, not very convincingly, before driving off, hopefully, for a consultation with Cesar Millan. Read more here

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