n 5th July 2010, I wrote a blog post about an American TV show of which one critic said: “makes Twilight look like Lazy Town“. Yes, I’m talking about True Blood. Nearly a year later after that post and I have finally been able to watch Season 3.
You see, I only have the basic four channels and so wasn’t able to watch it on TV. It was released on DVD on 23rd May and tonight, 11th June, I’ve finally caught up.
According to the US Nielsen Rankings, after a lukewarm start True Blood‘s fans have multiplied… in their millions.
Each season has had 12 episodes. The Season 1 premiere had 1.44 million viewers (7th September 2008). The Season 3 premiere had 5.10 million viewers (13th June 2010) and the finale had 5.38 million (12th September 2010). The Season 4 premiere will be aired 26th June so it will be interesting to see if those 5.38 million come back to see what happens next…
And, what about the TrueBloodHBO Twitter account? On 5th July 2010 it had 92,463 followers. As of 11th June 2011, it has 214,340. Crikey.
So, back to Season 3.
I loved it. Apart from those first magical episodes in Season 1 where you get introduced to the characters and Bon Temps, Season 3 is definitely my favourite.
The plot of Season 3 leads on from, naturally, the Season 2 finale: Bill is missing and Sookie is trying to find him. Along the way she comes across more supernatural beings and finds out exactly what she is.
Some wonderful new characters have been introduced and the old favourites ‘fleshed’ out a bit. Sookie is still my favourite TV heroine while Eric has become even more naughty; you can always rely on him to do something deliciously bad.
My favourite new character has to be Russell Edgington. Also known as the Vampire King of Mississippi, Russell is 3,000-years-old. He has been in a relationship with Talbot for nearly 700 years, give or take a century. As with all the other characters, I love his Southern drawl.
As with Seasons 1 and 2, while Sookie and Bill is the leading plot, there are underlying plots, too. For example, Jason has got it into his head that he is destined to be a cop while Sam discovers the truth about his birth family…
Season 4 is shortly about to air in the US though it may, unfortunately, be a while until I able to see it. In the meantime, perhaps I’ll start from Season 1 again and maybe pick out my favourite quotes. Some absolute gems from Season 3 include:
Sookie: I feel better protecting myself, now that I know I am basically vampire crack.
Pam: This is not just about your relationship, you infatuated tween. There’s a bigger picture.
Jessica: We get it. You don’t like vampires. Well, I don’t like narrow-minded skinny bitches with bad dye jobs.
Franklin: Hey, Tara, see how fast I can type ‘motherf**ker’. Cool, right?
I wonder what memorable quotes we’ll get from Season 4… Fingers crossed for more of the same.