Episode Commentary: “Scratches”
Vampires, mind-readers, shape-shifters and now, well, what the hell was that? The town of Bon Temps is filled with all sorts of strange characters who all have their own secret. The third episode of the season begins with a bang and ends with another mystery, just as weâ€™ve come to expect from the series.
Only minutes into this weekâ€™s episode does an entire new layer to mystery reveal itself as one of â€œTrue Bloodâ€™sâ€ characters is attacked by a strange new creature. Unlike vampires, who have â€œcome out of the coffin,â€ the world in which â€œTrue Bloodâ€ takes place has a bevy of creatures that have yet to reveal themselves to the world and itâ€™s going to be interesting to see the direction the writers take with them.
Over the first two episodes, began a story line that is almost assuredly going to be a major story arc this season, the disappearance of a vampire Sheriff in Texas. Eric (Alexander Skarsgard, â€œGeneration Killâ€), the 1000-year-old Viking vampire Sheriff in Louisiana, requested the help of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin â€œX-Men,â€ â€œThe Pianoâ€) to investigate what happened. Sookieâ€™s ability to read minds is of immense use to Eric and Bill (Stephen Moyer, â€œThe Starter Wifeâ€) and Sookie knows it. Despite Billâ€™s wishes, circumstances lead Sookie to making a deal with Eric to find out what happened.
Last week finally revealed at least two abilities the sultry Maryann Forrester (Michelle Forbes, â€œBattlestar Galactica, Wonderlandâ€) possesses when she was able to enchant the entirety of Merlotteâ€™s Bar into dancing and then actually forced Sam (Sam Trammel, â€œAlien vs. Predator: Requiemâ€) to transform into a dog against his will. The fact that little that is actually known about her makes her character that much more interesting.
Jason Stackhouse, played by Aussie Ryan Kwanton (â€œSummerlandâ€) has always been a character that was somewhat lacking. Not to say that Jason didnâ€™t add to the show. He did provide one of the most disgusting yet simultaneously funny scenes last year, but this week adds some depth to the character. Jason always been fun to watch, but his time spent at the Light of Day Institute has given him a chance to think about the events of the past few months. The loss of his Gran (Lois Smith, â€œEast of Edenâ€) and girlfriend Amy (Lizzy Caplan, â€œMean Girlsâ€) and having to watch Amy stake the vampire Eddie (Stephen Root, â€œKing of the Hillâ€) seems to have resonated within him. Whether or not he realizes the Fellowship of the Sun is nothing more than a hate group remains to be seen, however his past naivety makes it easy to guess.
The episode also follows up on the budding romance between Tara Thorton (Rutina Wesley, â€œHow She Moveâ€) and Eggs (Mechad Brooks, â€œDollhouseâ€), baby vamp Jessicaâ€™s coming into her own with her new life and a secret that the sexy new Merlotteâ€™s waitress Daphne (Ashley Jones, â€œThe Bold and the Beautifulâ€) has been keeping to herself.
Every episode teases you, adding new aspects to the mystery, while dropping little hints here and there of what may happen. Like every episode, â€œScratchesâ€™â€ wonderful writing and excellent acting make â€œTrue Bloodâ€ a must watch series. The only bad part is that we have to wait two weeks to see the next part of the story.