We return to the True Blood reviews with an episode that is by far my favorite…at least for now. “Escape from Dragon House” introduces some major new characters, and has one of the….hysterical…plotlines in recent memory. Now is the time to jump into a little “True Blood” because it’s gearing up to have a massive season.
Sookie discovers Dawn murdered and her poor brother Jason is once again arrested for it. When Jason realizes he’s caught with vampire blood on him he drinks the whole thing which leaves him with some distressing physical symptoms in an uncomfortable region. Tara decides to help Jason out of his jam against her better judgment. Sookie and Bill decide to visit the vampire bar, Fangtasia, to ask the patrons if they knew Dawn or the other murdered woman, Maudette. There they run into the head vampire Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) who takes a liking to Sookie.
I’ve probably said it somewhere but I maintain that “True Blood” gets better by the episode and “Escape from Dragon House” is no exception. This episode kept me laughing, gasping and overall enthralled from beginning to end. There is something in it for everyone and this particular episode proves it. To follow the vampire angle we’re introduced to a major new vampire in Eric who just screams “interesting.” Alexander Skarsgard plays the character aloof and alluring so whether you follow the show for story or eye candy you’ll love the new addition. We also see more of Bill’s lifestyle, seeing the inside of the vampire bar and Sookie equating it to something at Disney World, as well as more of the people he interacts with. The biggest bulk of the story goes to Jason and Tara who are my favorites. Jason’s storyline will make you laugh all throughout or cringe in pain depending on your gender mostly. Tara really shows her smarts and love for Jason in this as well with a hilarious flashback showing how they became friends. It’s all the history that is crammed into an episode that makes “True Blood” great because it really shows that these characters have history and lives that aren’t shown. The serial killer plot continues to get fleshed out with this episode as Sookie becomes a quasi-detective and every time her and Bill have a “date” it has some great results, in this one Bill glamour’s a cop with some interesting results.
The only quibble I had with “Escape from Dragon House” is the absence of Sam and Gran. Sam is present for a second, and even more so at the end, but he just didn’t have the impact he normally does. Same goes for Gran who doesn’t even make an appearance in this episode.
“True Blood” gets better and better and this episode is great in all the right places. It gets a 5/5.