After three lackluster “True Blood” episodes, things really started cranking this season with the best episode by far. Sunday night’s “Trouble” gave us something new and exciting to watch for the first time in a long time. So much happened this week that it begs the question, can this episode keep up the pace? Check out our review…

The Players

  • Director: Scott Winant
  • Writer: Nancy Oliver
  • Players: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Kevin Alejandro, Marshall Allman, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Todd Lowe, Denis O’Hare, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston, Lindsay Pulsipher, William Sanderson, Alexander Skarsgard, Deborah Ann Woll

Episode Title: “Trouble”

Franklin wants to get married, and Tara is a little too tied up to object. Russell shows Eric a trinket that brings back a few memories. Jason finds his job is boring, but also finds a little romance and so does Lafayette, for once. Sookie shows Coot the light.

The Good

  • Fear Sookie, The Destroyer of Worlds: Of all the characters to be a bad-ass on this show, it’s Sookie who gets to apply the most boot to the most butt this episode and man is that ever welcome. While Sookie’s never been a shrinking violet, watching her smack around werewolves and confront people who should be scaring the crap out of her is great.
  • We Told You So, Tara: Now that Franklin has turned out to be not only abusive and a jerk, but a completely insane kidnapper, Tara has finally seen the light and has rediscovered that she has a working brain. Unfortunately, she’s rediscovered it just in time to learn Franklin wants to make her a vampire. Hoo boy. This will be good!
  • Coot The Butt Monkey: OK, so it’s not very nice of us, but it is pretty hilarious how this entire episode could be called “Everybody Beats Up Coot.” First, he lies to Bill about Sookie and Alcide’s relationship, and Bill works him like a speedbag. Then, he tries to corner Sookie and she gives him a psychic blast right to the face. We were half expecting Arlene to walk in and break a bottle over his head or something.
  • Eric Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane: You’ve got to love a flashback to Eric’s Viking past. Especially since it explains a lot about his personality. When your father’s last words are, and we’re quoting here, “Vengeance,” it can kind of define your personality.

The Weird

  • Romance Is In The Air, And Possibly In The Water: We’re not saying that Lafayette doesn’t deserve a little something-something, considering all the poor guy’s dealt with.  But his sudden relationship opportunity, along with Jason suddenly getting hot and heavy with a new girl, seems a little rushed. Maybe it’s a love spell? Oh, and speaking of Jason…

The Bad:

  • Jason, You Idiot: First of all, dating a girl you met at a meth bust? Not a good idea. Dating a girl you met at a meth bust when you’ve just started out as a cop? Worse idea. Dating a girl you met at a meth bust who seems to be “really comfortable in the woods” when you’ve just been told that werewolves exist? Yeah, this is going to loop around and bite you on the ass, and that might be a literal statement.
  • By Your Powers Combined, I Am Captain Annoyance!: Oh, great. Arlene and Terry, the most barf-inducing couple, are moving in right next door to Sam’s entire family of mooching weasels. So not only will we apparently continue to have Arlene interrupt the plots we actually care about, now Sam’s family will be involved too. Oh great. What fun?!


A rock solid episode that pushes the plot and further establishes why we spent three episodes being a little bored. We’re especially interested to see what happens with Franklin and Tara. Can they make Franklin any slimier?

Rating: 8.5/10

“True Blood” airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO

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