Ryan Kwanten, on the other hand, brings his game face to work every day, as does Sam Trammell, but both are saddled this season with uninteresting storylines. I'm glad Sam has finally found out what's up with Tommy and Joe Lee, and perhaps this plot will finally take off, but the set up for it left me cold, despite the strong thematic tie in to family and identity. And Jason has never appealed to me when I am supposed to care about his issues rather than laugh at his take on the world. He's the architect of his own misfortunes and I don't care about his desire he won't work at to be a cop or his envy of the high school quarterback. It doesn't help that the potentially interesting Crystal so far reminds me of Sam's storyline.
Lafayette is of course another joy on True Blood. Nelson Ellis is a very capable actor who provides the human element of Bon Temps with charisma and humour. And it's not that I don't enjoy watching another side of him as he explores his relationship with Jesus. But the attraction of True Blood is watching humans try to co-exist with the supernatural. I'd like to see Lafayette's romantic life embedded into a storyline that intersects with the vampires.
Another point on my wish list for the rest of the season is for all identity issues and revealed secrets to matter. We've learned Bill not only lied to Sookie and intended to keep on doing so, but also was a procurer for Sophie Ann. The side of him Lorena wanted to bring to the fore may not be one he is proud of, but it exists. These things should matter to Sookie. I don't want a reset to season two Bill, whose flaws never seemed to matter to the narrative. I want what we've learned about Eric's past to continue to inform his relationships in the present. The complexities of his character help give True Blood depth and hopefully Ball will run with them. I want Sam, Jason and the always wonderful Jessica to get hooked into the main action, which is much more interesting than the plots they're currently mired in.
However, overall, the season is still getting a very respectable passing grade. I'm excited every week to see what happens next and I don't expect that to change as we head into the second half.