“Conscience Off! Dick On!” – A Recap of True Blood’s Season 3 Premiere “Pack of Wolves”

“Hey, look at me.  I’m naked on TV!  That never happens!”

Welcome back fellow Fangbangers!  Another season of True Blood is officially upon us.  And from the looks of it, the town of Bon Temps is, once again, about to get very bloody (not to mention slutty).  Tonight’s premiere episode, may not have given us all that much in the way of plot development.  However, it did offer a ton of biting, a prospective new group of villians, some great one liners, and more hot shirtless men than a Gay Pride Parade. 

Speaking of gay pride, am I the only one who was TOTALLY shipping a Bill and Sam coupling, after this episode?  Those two are SPICY!  And with a cool shipper name like BAM, it’s pretty obvious that this is a couple destined for greatness . . .

“I’ve always admired a man with big ‘belt buckle.'”

But, perhaps, I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here . . . let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

He’s My Boyfriend, and I’ll Whine if I Want To . . .

Bon Temps has installed a new security security system.  Here’s how it works.  These two nag and yell . . . and all men are instantly repelled.

The episode begins pretty much right where the Season 2 finale left off.  Bill has been kidnapped, and Sookie is desperate to find him.  And let me tell you, hell hath no fury, like a nearly-engaged woman jilted.  After chewing out the female police officer investigating the crime scene, and interrogating a very distracted (and for good reason) Vampire Jessica, Sookie heads out to Fangtasia to put the moves on question Eric.  But before she can speak to him, she has to get by Pam first.

Have I mentioned lately how THRILLED I am that this fabulous femme has been upgraded to “season regular” status?

“I don’t recall telling you that purple was my favorite color,” coos Pam, making Whiny Purple Dress-Wearing Sookie noticeably uncomfortable.  (But Sookie, I thought you were bisexual? Or, maybe I’m mistaking you for the actress that plays you.)

“I don’t have time for any lesbian weirdness from you,” replies Sookie.  (Awww!  Poor Pam!  Foiled again!)

After pushing past Pam, (“She overpowered me!”), Sookie finds Eric in the midst of a LONG screwing session with new Fangtasia dancer, Yvetta.

I’m not usually one to notice high production value, but I ADORED the way this encounter between Sookie and Eric was shot.  With it’s soft lighting, and hazy pastel hues, the scene felt more like an erotic dream than a television show.  Alexander Skaarsgard’s blatant nudity certaintly didn’t hurt either. 

The tension between these two nearly hits a boiling point, when Sookie shamelessly accuses Vampire Eric of orchestrating Bill’s kidnapping.  Eric gamely denies these allegations.  However, he does take the opportunity to berate Vampire Bill’s sexual prowess (“Is Bill’s stamina not up to snuff?”), and flirt with Sookie (“I want what is his.”).  After securing Vampire Eric’s “promise” to find Bill, Sookie heads to the police station to yell at more cops, before heading back home.  There, she encounters fellow Spurned Sister on the Rag, Tara . . .

Tara’s Eggs are No Longer Sunny Side Up . . .

“Bacon just isn’t the same without Eggs . . . “

Now don’t get me wrong.  I feel for Tara.  If my boyfriend looked like this .  . .

 . . . and was shot dead, after confessing to a series of murders he committed while “not in his right mind,” I would be pretty bummed too.  But it’s really hard to like Tara, when she spends all her time screaming at everybody.  I mean, it’s always OK to yell at Arlene, because she’s dumb, annoying, and more than a little racist.  But cute, cuddly, Andy Bellefleur?  Unacceptable! 

 The worst, however, is when Tara lays into SOOKIE (who put a roof over her head, and saved her LIFE) for letting Eggs “see” the many murders that he committed, while under the influence of the maenad.  “You basically signed his death warrant, you b*tch,” growls a Rabid Tara at her “former” best friend!  (Someone shoot this girl with a tranquilizer gun, and put us ALL out of our misery, please!)

Tired of babysitting his unruly witch of a cousin, Lafayette passes Tara off to her self-centered, crazy, former alcoholic, born-again Christian MOTHER.  BAD MOVE!  After just a few hours with this unbearable woman,  Tara is in the bathroom trying to OD on pills. 

Of course, we already know she’ll survive.  So, there’s really not much suspense here.  After all, based on the promos we’ve seen, Tara has to LIVE, so that she can have some very NOT HOT vampire sex with THIS BLOODSUCKER . . .

Hey, Bad Kisser Guy!  Do us all a favor, and bite off her tongue, will you?”

First Sign of the Apocalypse: Jason Stackhouse can’t get it up!

“My weiner is depressed.  Kiss it, and make it better?”

Thank heaven for Andy Bellefleur!  Without his taking the rap for shooting Eggs, Jason Stackhouse would most certainly have been put in jail for murder.  And while he would undoubtedly look cute in an orange jumpsuit, a SHIRTLESS Jason Stackhouse is a terrible thing to waste.  Andy visits Jason at his house, in an attempt to keep him in line and to keep their “shooting story” straight. 

And then, suddenly, and out of no where, it seemed as though Andy Bellefleur had been possessed by female True Blood fans everywhere.  Because, for no rational reason whatsoever, Andy stopped talking about the dull “murder thing,” and started talking about how important it was for Jason to get laid . . .

“The Fangirls’ wish is my command!”

In order to “eliminate suspicion” and “keep up appearances,” Andy instructs Jason to act as he did BEFORE he shot Eggs (and BEFORE he joined that religious cult too, I guess).  That means LOVING THE LADIES, and LOVING THEM LOTS! 

“Conscience off!  Dick on!”  Andy commands.

Now THAT is a Jason Stackhouse motto, I can LIVE with!

Later, Jason hits up Merlotte’s with new roomie, Hoyt.

Welcome back, Jim Parrack!  LOVE the new buff bod!  Not such a fan of the new hair, though . . .

The two quickly and effortlessly pick up these pretty, but kind of dense, recent NYU grads, both of whom randomly have a thing for dogs.  But when they bring the girls back home, Hoyt is too busy whining over the loss of Vampire Jessica to do much screwing, and Jason keeps picturing the girls with bullet holes in their heads.   NOT a turn on!  (Note to the men out there:  If you TELL a girl that you keep seeing bullet holes in her head, she WILL think you want to murder her.  Some things are better left UNSAID.) 

Needless to say, neither of these sexy men get laid during this episode.  This is too bad.  Because I was REALLY hoping for some Jason Stackhouse Post-Coital Dancing . . .

“WOW!  Look at the size of that bullet hole!  Just kidding . . .LET’S BOOGIE!”

The Miraculous Tale of Vampire Bill, the F-U Crew, and Some Old Lady . . .

Well, the writers sure didn’t make us wait too long before telling us who took Vampire Bill.  Although his captor referred to his Band of Bumbling Idiots as the “F*&k You Crew,” those who have watched the promos, undoubtedly recognized him Werewolf Biker Badass, Coot (played by Grant Bowler). . .

Coot and his DOGS are trying to drive Bill to their secret lair.  The only problem is that they can’t seem to stop eating him.  (Don’t you hate it when that happens?)  So, the car goes off road, and Bill manages to escape.  Having been drained of quite a bit of blood, Vampire Bill wanders into some Old Broad’s home, feeds on her, and leaves, but not before glamouring her, and extracting some very important information for the viewers at home.  It turns out, our pal Bill is in Mississippi!

The Shirt Off His Back . . .

“Vampire Bill, I’m so upset!  I had the lamest plotline of this ENTIRE episode!

“Let’s f*&k!”

“OK, Vampire Bill.  That would make me feel much better.”

It’s a real shame that Vampire Bill is in Mississippi, and not Arkansas, where Sam is, because that would have undoubtedly improved this portion of the episode.   Sam’s storyline tonight was a MAJOR snoozer.  Apparently, he’s on a hunt for his biological trailer trash Mommy, and deadbeat brother .  . . blah, blah, blah.  Now on to the good stuff! 

So, if you recall, last season, Sam was stabbed in the chest, and was seriously wounded as a result.  If not for his massive intake of Vampire Bill’s blood, he would have died.  Of course, taking a lot of blood from a Vampire has its consequences.  For one thing, it makes you have sexual feelings for the Vampire you drank from, regardless of your previous sexual preference. 

So, one night, while Sam is sleeping, he has a dream that someone has visited him at his hotel.  THIS Vamp . . .

After being invited in, Vampire Bill asks Sam for some clothing, and Sam literally gives him the shirt off his back.  But Vampire Bill doesn’t put it on.  Instead, after admiring Sam’s physique, he asks to use his shower.  He then invites Sam to join him, and Sam AGREES!  “We are going to have a great time,” replies Bill.

And just when these two crazy kids are about to make out, Sam wakes up . . .

I WANT MORE BAM!  And I want it NOW, dammit!

Vampire Blood for Sale!  Get it While it’s Cheap!

So, it turns out, Vampire Eric wasn’t being entirely honest with Sookie, when he was asked if he had anything to do with Bill’s disappearance.  In fact, HE had hired people to kidnap Bill TOO!  Except, the F-U crew got there first!  Pam instructs Eric to tell Queen Sophie Ann about Vampire Bill’s disappearance, since Bill is the only other vampire aware that the Queen and Eric are selling vampire blood on the black market. 

Eric scoffs at this idea.  However, soon after, Queen Sophie comes to HIM, along with that creepy dude who played J.J. on Big Love . . .

Apparently, there is some sort of two-for-one special on HBO Series stars.

I don’t recall what position “J.J.” holds in the vampire community.  However, I assume it’s high ranking, and has something to do with “law enforcement.”  (If you recall, this was the guy that forced Vampire Bill to “make” Vampire Jessica, as punishment for his killing another vampire.  “J.J” also seems to be higher up than Queen Sophie Ann, because he was bossing her around quite a bit, throughout this scene.

I must admit, initially, I wasn’t overly impressed with Evan Rachel Wood’s portrayal of Queen Sophie Ann during Season 2.  I just found her to be too over the top, and not nearly “queenly” enough.  However, Wood went a long way toward redeeming herself in my eyes tonight.  Watching her manipulate “J.J.” into thinking she was unaware of the marketing of Vampire Blood was pure poetry.  And seeing her strong arm the typically unfazeable Vampire Eric into selling off all of his black market vampire blood at a major financial loss to him, was even more satisfying.

This classic scene was followed up by another equally pleasurable one in which Vampire Pam, on Eric’s orders, pressured Lafayette to sell off his “goods.”  “Are you picking up what I’m putting down?”  Pam whispered in the ear of a terrified Lafayette.

Clearly, no further elaboration was necessary.  When Vampire Eric makes a request, Lafayette listens.  End of story . . .

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16 and Pregnant?   And a Vampire?  (Well . . . not exactly)

When we last left Vampire Jessica, she had taken a major bite out of some D-baggy trucker dude, she picked up at a bar.  Now, with Papa Vampire Bill nowhere to be found, Baby Vamp Jess is forced to pick up the pieces all by herself.  She tries to revive the nearly dead dude, but does so to no avail.  Eventually, he dies (or does he?).  And in impulsive decision that, while misguided, was surprisingly astute for such a young vamp, Vampire Jessica feeds the maybe dead guy her own blood.

We don’t know yet whether he was actually turned into a vampire.  All we know is that he’s stinking up Bill’s house.  If I recall correctly, in True Blood world, the “transition” from human to vampire takes a few days.  It’s also possible that if this guy was TOTALLY dead, it would be too late for him to actually “drink” Jessica’s blood and change over.  So, we can’t really be sure whether Vampire Jessica has just made herself into a “teen mom” and Vampire Bill into an “absentee grandpa.”  Only time will tell.   But I’m excited about this plotline, nonetheless.

At the end of the episode, Sookie, having noticed that Vampire Pam can “feel” her maker, Eric, “call her,” approaches Vampire Jessica, wondering whether SHE can do the same thing.  Apparently she can.  Unfortunately, just like the airing of award shows, Vampire Jessica’s “sense” of Bill is on a time delay.  So while, she was able to help Sookie find Bill’s crashed car and the dead F-U crew member in it, she was not able to find his current location, which is in the middle of a pack of ravenous werewolves.

It seems that they used REAL wolves in filming this scene, which makes the above picture all the more adorable, fangs and drool, notwithstanding.

So, there you have it folks, my first True Blood recap of the season.  What did YOU think of the episode?  Was it worth the wait?

 

 

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6 responses to ““Conscience Off! Dick On!” – A Recap of True Blood’s Season 3 Premiere “Pack of Wolves”

  1. imaginarymen

    First off can I tell you how HAPPY I AM this show is back?!!!

    1. I am full on in love with the Jason/Andy/Hoyt Show and if they had a spin-off w/ their shenanigans I would watch it for LIFE

    2. “Conscience off, dick on” was the BEST line of the night by far, trailed only by “I don’t have time for your lesbian weirdness”!!

    3. I found that EXACT same pic of Hoyt last night that I was gonna use in a blog! We have started sharing a brain girl!

    4. I kinda already don’t care about the selling blood storyline

    5. I can’t stand Tara

    6. BAM is so f’ing hot that I had to really control myself bc I was watching w/ non-pervy fangirls!!

    7. Alan Ball is a god. Any man who gives us the ratio of 1 nude chick and FOUR nude/shirtless men deserves a damn shrine built in his honor!!!

    I’m sure I’ll have more to say after I recover from my dream **ahem** ;-P

  2. imaginarymen

    8. Other Line of the Night: Hoyt telling “nice to meet y’all!” at Jason’s escaping conquests!!

    I want to be Jason and Hoyt’s neighbor lady who always needs to “borrow” something ;->

    • Hey Amy! Thanks so much for the awesome comment! I am THRILLED that we get to fangirl an entire season of True Blood together! It almost makes up for TVD being on hiatus . . . almost.

      Now, on to your comments . . .

      1) Ooh, I would TOTALLY be up for a Hoyt / Andy / Jason spinoff! Let’s make them ALL cops! It would be an entire hour of watching these guys fighting crime, spouting one liners, and charming the ladies! I LOVE that Hoyt is living with Jason now. Maybe somehow Andy and his wackadoo brother,Terry, can move in too. That would be awesome!

      2) “Conscience off! Dick on!” is totally going on one of our t-shirts. Did you notice that EW used that as their recap title too? Except they had to change “dick” for fangs. Ah, the joys of uncensored blogging . . . Sookie’s “lesbian weirdness” quip was great too. Plus, it was practically the only non-annoying thing she said during the entire episode. I love my Sookie, generally, but she really bugged me last night.

      3) I ADORED that in-bed Jim Parrack picture! It reminded me so much of my often-used in-bed Ryan Kwanten picture. Wonder if they were taken by the same photographer . . . who MUST be a woman by the way. 🙂

      4) The blood selling storyline could really go either way, I think. On one hand, it might mean more fun with the fabulous Pam and Lafayette. On the other hand, it might mean more creepy J.J. from Big Love.

      5) Ditto on the Tara hatred. Is it awful, that I wasn’t all that upset when she downed those sleeping pills? The writers REALLY have to stop playing the “angry victim” card with her. She’s becoming terribly one note.

      6) I’m TOTALLY on Team BAM! That dream sequence had the unintended effect of making my like Vampire Bill more! Too bad he’s not as fun and flirty in REAL True Blood world, as he is in Sam’s dreams.

      7) I like that we are getting to see more of Alan Ball this season, between the Post-Mortems, the Interviews, and the Fan Experience. Not only is the man clearly brilliant, he also seems like a really cool and down-to-earth guy!

      8) LOL re: Hoyt’s “fond farewell” to the Pre-Veterinary Skanks. That Hoyt! Such a polite southern gentleman! His mother would be so proud . . . .if she wasn’t such an evil poopyhead.

      Thanks again for the fab commentary, as always! Talk to you soon!

  3. great write-up!
    i liked the episode, overall, but i was a little disappointed with Tara & Sookie. maybe it’s due to the fact that i marathoned seasons 1 & 2 so their whining didn’t come off as bad and i could actually find them funny (Tara’s first scene is still one of my favorite moments from the show), but it looks like these two are going to be very annoying now that i’m watching it week-to-week.

    i loved Lafayette in this episode. i’m going to steal his line: “This is not about me and you building a bridge into our future”.

    i didn’t like the idea of Sam & Vampire Bill (Sam was the only character i picked to “marry” on a True Blood themed “Do, Dump or Marry” game) but BAM as a shippinig name is too good not to use. aw well…

    finally, it took me 10 mins to read this write-up: 2 mins to actually read it & 8 mins laughing at the line: “Bacon isn’t the same without eggs”

    • Hey Lola! Welcome to the fabulously fangy world of live, real-time True Blood watching! 🙂

      I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only one irked by the annoying-ness that was Tara and Sookie this week. I felt a bit sacriligeous (not to mention like a traitor to my own sex), for hating on ALL of the HUMAN True Blood females in the course of a single recap. (I was quite warm and fuzzy toward Lady Vamps, Pam and Jessica, though!)

      Like you, I USUALLY like Sookie. She’s spunky, and has some fun one-liners that make her whininess less noticeable. And Tara . . . well, I think her character has suffered a bit recently from bad scripts and unflattering plotlines. But you are right! There are some amazing Tara moments from Season 1 that prove just how awesome that character can be.

      Maybe this first episode was a fluke, and they will both be less annoying next week. Personally, I think Sookie just needs to get laid. Eric wasn’t kidding about Vampire Bill “lacking the stamina.” Perhaps Eric or New Guy Alcide can help her in that department . . . 😉 Tara, on the other hand, needs a “getting laid vacation,” after her maenad adventures. There IS such a thing as TOO MUCH bacon and eggs ;).

      The “bridge into our future” line WAS a classic. Lafayette has so many great one-liners that I am just waiting for HBO to release one of those Lafayette quote-a-day calendars. Now that’s something I’d pay good money for!

      I wouldn’t worry too much about Sam. BAM hotness notwithstanding, I think he more or less still plays for Team Hetero. That dream was just the blood bond talking (not to mention a nod to True Blood’s undoubtedly large gay male fan base). Hmmm, I wonder if a shapeshifter can temporarily “shift” his sexuality too? Nevertheless, I think you can still marry Sam . . .

      While we are on the subject, my picks for the “Do, Dump, or Marry” game would be . . .
      Do Vampire Eric (see comment re: stamina ;)).
      Dump Vampire Bill (sorry Bill fans out there)
      Marry Jason Stackhouse (I know, I know, he’s a bit of a mental midget. But I’d be willing to look past that, in favor of all the hotness, and the thrill of being able to date a grown man who still believes in Santa . . .)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Lola! Happy fangbanging! (Or, I should say, since you are a Sam Fan, shift-banging . . . :)).

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