“You think we’re hot and steamy? You should see the rest of our show…”
*HBO’s True Blood has been racking up record numbers of viewers on a weekly basis, outdoing itself from one week to the next. I’ve noticed in the comments sections here at 411 as well as other prominent websites people who do not watch the show taking notice of the numbers and the rave reviews it’s been getting and saying “maybe I should check that out”.
Damn right you should. True Blood is addictive television.
Although, allow me to quantify that comment a bit. See, I almost lost interest in the show early on in its initial season. After the first few episodes, I found myself feeling restless and a bit bored. It didn’t seem like it was building towards anything and if that was the case, I wasn’t interested in wasting much more of my time. So I decided then that I would stick with it an episode or two more and if it didn’t hook me in, that I would be done with it.
It’s a wonder what gratuitous full frontal female nudity will make a guy tune in to.
Slightly kidding. I say that for the episode after Anna Paquin’s (Whom I always thought was mega-cute) Sookie Stackhouse character has sex with her vampire paramour Bill Compton, is when the show began to kick into high gear, and get exponentially better. By the end of the first season, I was already looking forward to the second.
And this season has not disappointed, at least to me. Just when I think that this show can’t get any freakin’ weirder, it does, in a good way. And it’s not just the weirdness (which it has oodles of) it’s got a little of everything. It allows itself to be funny and not take itself too seriously (at times) while still hitting all the proper dramatic notes, (this year’s weekly cliffhangers have been exceptional) while filling out the mythology to better understand the world these characters inhabit.
And the acting is pretty damned good too. Anna Paquin is truly great as Sookie, a small town waitress that can’t really connect with others due to her telepathy, (She can hear other people’s thoughts) and finds herself enamored with a vampire that walks in to the place she works one night, due to the fact that she can’t “hear” him. This is the aforementioned Bill, played with quiet restraint and a southern gentlemen’s sensibility by Stephen Moyer.
But what really makes the show on top of the over the top mythology and the lead actors’ prowess is the work of the supporting cast and the fully realized characters that they play, culled from Charlaine Harris’ series of southern gothic novels upon which the show is based. Ryan Kwanten plays Sookie’s dim-bulb sex-addicted older brother Jason. Sam Trammell plays Sam Merlotte, Sookie’s friend and boss at the bar and grill that he owns in the Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Sam’s got a bit of an unusual… condition, shall we say. Rutina Wesley is Tara, Sookie’s childhood best friend with her own set of demons and a foul mouth that won’t quit. And Nelsen Ellis is great as Lafayette, Tara’s gay street smart vampire’s blood (or V, seeing as it acts as a powerful drug upon humans) dealing cousin and short order cook at Merlotte’s.
The show took the foundation that it laid out in season one and has built exponentially upon it, giving us further insight into the supernatural underworld hiding beneath the seemingly ordinary surface.
This season only has a couple of episodes left before it’s gone until next summer. And I can’t wait to see how it all plays out, as a showdown is brewing between our heroes and this season’s “big bad” a demonic immortal named Maryann. (played at first with tempered restraint before giving way to gleeful abandon by Ensign Ro herself, Michelle Forbes)
“Yeah, I’ve got a hot Milf-y vibe to me, but you don’t want to hang around too long. Once I turn your eyes black, you’re fucked. Literally.”
What also has been great this season is that the vampire Eric (played by Alexander Skarsgard, son of Stellen) has been given much more to do, (he pines for Sookie, though his fascination hasn’t been explained in full just yet) resulting in the character becoming a fan favorite and Skarsgard a heartthrob for the ladies to enjoy and moon over. That and the sweet yet awkward romance between the young vampire Jessica (played by hottie Deborah Ann Woll) and Hoyt, a secondary character that was simply window dressing during the first season.
All in all, True Blood is worth your time and effort if you’re interested in a weird, (in a good way) wacky and wonderful show that doesn’t insult the viewer’s intelligence and makes the time investment well worth the journey.
SOURCE: 411mania.com (Tack to D for spellcheck!)
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