TV REVIEW: True Blood Season 5 Episode 3 – Whatever I Am, You Made Me

Sookie and Lafayette try to do what’s right by Tara, but they are suffering crises of their own, Bill and Eric are still under the thumb of the Authority and Jessica gets her first whiff of faerie.

Salome – one of the Authority bigwigs – tries to get information out of Eric and Bill in the only way she knows how; sex. Thankfully, the boys have been telling the truth and even though they are fitted with devices that will stake them if they betray the Authority, it seems that Roman finally trusts them. The inclusion of Salome as a character is a great move on the part of True Blood; it allows the show to deepen the myth of the vampire – Salome, after all, is the Biblical individual who did the Dance of the Seven Veils and demanded the head of John the Baptist on a platter – and reinforces the notion that vampires were created in god’s image. Or a god anyway. It also makes sense that Salome would use sex as a weapon.

Nora does not fare so well, however. Once she confesses that she is indeed a believer in Lilith as the first vampire she is filled with silver and we leave her screaming. Surely Eric is too attached to his ‘sister’ to allow her to die in this manner?

Pam is still flashing back over her life with Eric, leaving her weakened and mournful and completely incapable of dealing with anything without him. It is interesting to see Pam weakened in this way; she has been the most consistently acidic throughout the show, but we are learning more about her through flashback, and it seems that she is regressing to the woman she was when she was human. The flashbacks are also a way for the audience to understand Bill and Eric’s relationship as their bromantic bond grows stronger in the Authority building.

Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps, Tara is flipping out at her newfound vampire-isation and Sam keeps her safe in the bar. It is only a matter of time before she is discovered, however, and she quickly turns to suicide to end her suffering. There is no way that the show is going to allow Tara to tan herself to death – even if Pam is dealing with her own issues and may not even care to save her ‘child’ – Tara would make a great vampire; it is just a case of finding the right vamp to open her eyes to her new way of life.

As well as all of this; Jason has an existential crisis after he sleeps with an old flame and begins to wonder whether his life is just about sex. It would be a shame to see Jason lose his bimbo side, but it would also be a great opportunity for True Blood to round out the character a little more. Jessica gets her first sniff of faerie blood, meaning that the veil between the two worlds is still open and it may be the faeries that have to come and save Lafayette from his murderous alter ego.

True Blood is finally beginning to pick up speed. Yes, some of the sub plots are a little silly, but what would life in Bon Temps be without a little dash of silliness. Eric and Bill’s perusal of Russell Edgington is going to be fun to watch, as is Tara’s battle with her new self. There is a heck of a lot going on, but this season seems to be mostly about personal relationships and vendettas rather than struggles for power. This could well change and, if this episode is anything to go by, it will be a lot of fun to watch.

Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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