That's a little joke, of course, no pun intended, but I couldn't help the association. That's because, for instance, Eric's a little bit demystified. He sell's V (the Vampire blood) by order of his Queen. The Queen herself is, I'm a little bit sad to say it, one of the weakest figures. She has no vibes in my opinion, as a thousands of years old lady. Last time I saw at SGU Rhona Mitra, she probably would fit in more convincing. But Vampire Pam would do the job also, as she gave a remarkable little scene with Lafayette. Whoo, icy-cold. Another good scene was Bill, charming an old lady, who had to give him some blood for his survival. And the third good scene was an insinuation of Sam's bisexuality, as a receiver of Vampire blood. This scene comes very unexpected and has, as short as it is, although a bit gay, a strong erotic tension. It made me remember, that Lafayette's character in this show is a kind of a token faggot IMHO.
True Blood always based on a number of parallel stories, which are coherent in many ways, but this time I felt a little bored about that. In Vampire stories I'm more accustomed to some "big" or "important" events, and, say, earning money for the Vamp Queen to pay off her obligations, and hiding this by trying to kidnap someone is below Eric's dignity and also - petty. Opposed to that was the character and fate of Godric in S02 very interesting, a well acted and well enacted (too short) drama.
A certain feeling of triviality I also had with the proceedings of Sam's and Jessica's stories. The only evolving I noticed was Andy Bellefleure's, who changed suddenly from a figure of fun to a serious man. I liked this.
Now overall the third season's opening was promising, but hopefully the potential of the characters and the story will be fulfilled in the next episodes. A little more sarcasm and humor should also evolve. And Anna Paquin should not begin to swallow sentences like that one at the end of her dialog with the sheriff.