True Blood 5×01-03

Beginning this post with a nice Estonia reference, yet again True Blood mentions this small country, this time regarding a vampire uprising that is taking place there. Well, good to know, because I now can stock up with some stakes. On a much realistic note, True Blood is bringing in more politics this season and lots of it.

I don’t really have to say that there are major spoiler ahead, right?

True Blood is a kind of show that has the perfect amount of entertainment mixed with blood and sex. Sadly, it does have the tendency to have way too many characters and a lot of them are forgotten time to time. Such situations happen when there is too much going on with the main cast including Sookie, Bill and Eric. They are the trio that are driving the show but I am slightly seeing a change in this pattern after first three episodes of season 5. It seems that the focus is now more or less divided in between other characters and there is less and less of Sookie. I assume it is because Anna Paquin is pregnant and can’t really do nudity, let’s face it, its something that has worked well for her in the past. But one thing that I would have liked to see changing was the screen time Tara (Rutina Wesley) had. She got shot in the end of season 4 but then got turned by Pam (Kristin Bauer) and now, even as a vampire, she still annoys me.

Season 5 sets in motion multiple story lines just like TB always does and one that I already mentioned I would like to ignore from now on, so the vampire-Tara gets no attention, starting from NOW. All the new plots that are emerging in the first three episodes are supposed to keep us interested and some of them actually work for the most part. As far as Eric and Bill go, at the moment, I am not very invested in how they are doing there, being all locked up and all. It is strongly connected to the former storyline of the vampire laws which is now featured from the point of view of Christopher Meloni’s character. I get that it is still heating up, but after the first episode where Eric gets saved by his sister (which is an interesting family relationship) the whole story kind of wears down. Though, the bromance between Bill and Eric, even after the whole Sookie drama, is still there and quite pleasing. Meanwhile, Pam, who’s maker is Eric, and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), Bill’s baby, finally get their spotlights that they have deserved ever since they have been on the show!

Not sure which one I like the best, but I think it is purely up to the episode itself, second and third was super exciting for Pam who gets couple of flashback scenes with Eric. She is a delightful character because she is so evil but yet so sweet. Now I can totally see why she is so cold and rigid but at the same time cares about others, the flashbacks to her past were heartbreaking – especially when she cut her wrists. She wanted to live forever because she would have died alone in the streets if Eric hadn’t come along. I feel kind of sad that she had to trick him but I guess if Eric didn’t really have to save her by making her. Jessica will probably have much more action with the new guy who appeared in episode 3 and apparently smells really good, don’t know why though, I doubt he is a male-fairy or something because Jessica should be used to that smell, with Sookie being all fairy dust shooting creature that she is. Maybe it’s an animal instinct type of thing like imprinting in Twilight. Oh no, hopefully not, cause that would be so not cool – what next, glitter Lafayette and even more sparkly Sam?

So far True Blood has explained a lot of things in a relatively logical way but when Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Terry (Todd Lowe) start having supernatural problems, the former with his ex-boyfriend and the latter with his ex-combat friend, I start thinking of the worst. There are such things as going too far and I hate to see the show going the extra mile to make everything revolve around supernatural ghosts in season 5. Not to mention the whole Alcide (Joe Mangeniello) and his pack issues which don’t interest me at all. What this season should be all about is poor-poor Jason and his love/sex problem.

There is no doubt that Jason (Ryan Kwanten) has been the sweetheart on True Blood. He is the naive boy who can’t keep his pants off (to be honest, I prefer him without them anyway) but who now faces an issue regarding his ex-best-friend and his friend-with-benefits Jessica. Jason is definitely in love with the little baby vampire but she does not feel the same, especially with the guy who smells like cotton candy and sex. I hardly think that this is a reason for Jason to run to Steve (Michael McMillian), another new vampire who we know as reverend Newlin who has been around but keeps popping back up and this time I am actually thrilled to see him. Steve might go to Jason and compel him or something (oh, yes, please!), for him being gay and in love with Jason and all! – honestly, the best story line twist in season 5 so far!  McMillian is a cute actor and mixed together with his unpleasant character he becomes a treat for the eyes, so sleazy and uncomfortable that it is actually fun.

So not to make this post like way too long compared to what I usually write, I just want to add that I think my True Blood hype is wearing off. I think it is because last season had all that Eric and Sookie thing going on and this season is totally stripped of that even being a possibility (at least so far). I feel like things are not progressing but slowing down and going backwards, this is probably why a lot of the supporting characters like Terry and Andy are getting more screen time. Or is it just me who feels like the balance has shifted? I mean, do we really see so little of the golden trio and so much of others? Either way, I will keep tuning in on True Blood because Pam wore a Walmart sweat suit and turned straight for Eric or was straight for him and then turned lesbian because he was the only man she ever wanted to be with… in other words: so much confusion but so much awesomeness.

Images from True Blood homepage.

True Blood covers EW

Following my very long post about a very disturbingly awesome movie, I saw these bad boys on the Internet and thought I’d share just because. The show’s newest season is very very close and I can’t obviously wait any longer, especially now as I’ve seen these covers of Entertainment Weekly. I guess those promotion things actually do promote things. As you can see from the magazine covers, this is a very manly show and to be honest, I actually made it a little bit manlier by not including the image of Tara – the character I hate and thought was gone for good but apparently not. Oh well, she’s not gonna ruin this post, so enjoy this True Blood cast this time without her and get Christopher Meloni instead, who’s character probably has his own laws and brings new order to the show (see, see what I did there? – hint).

Images from Celebitchy.

# 227 – The Romantics

The Romantics is a movie packed with well-known names which really doesn’t make the movie any better. My issue with it is mostly the writing or the story in general which is probably why I actually can’t remember anything nice to say about it.

Katie Holmes plays the lead character, a broken down woman who is in love with her ex (Josh Duhamel) who is going to marry her sister (Anna Paquin). I’m not gonna lie, I dislike Katie Holmes cause she isn’t what people call a chameleon – she stays in a safe box and portrays characters that are so similar that I think that she is just like the people she portrays. Same goes for Josh Duhamel although this was a more serious role for him that he kind of pulled off. Anna Paquin was a place filler and still managed to steal the thunder from Katie.

Other characters were their friends, two married couples who had this weird scene that looked so unbelievable in a sense that all that couldn’t happen like it did. Too unreal. Although it was nice to see Malin Akerman and Adam Brody together, they seemed adorable but I didn’t enjoy the story-lines they had to play out.

So a lot of bad things to say about The Romantics but I’m pretty critical today. On a lighter note, there were moments when the whole vibe of the movie was pleasing. I enjoyed the scene where Anna Paquin was waiting for her sister and friends by taking sips of alcohol and eating candy. It seemed so polished which made it look a bit funny but sad as well. So yes, the movie had its moments but the overall story was a bit shaky and I can’t even remember what happened in the end so it is also forgettable.

IMDb gives it a solid 5,2 which is okay I guess but I’m throwing it with a 2 out of 5. Probably due to the fact that I’m not in a mood for romance and this movie just reminds me how everybody and every love story is bad and actually, this movie didn’t have any healthy relationships at all. I guess that made it a really unrealistic movie – not everybody needs to have a broken relationship. So all in all, The Romantics forgot to show me the romance.

# 215 – True Blood season 4 (TV-show special)

What an amazing season but I would credit the awesomeness to the last couple of episodes which really brought things together and made the whole season worth watching. We had some great moments this season and by we I mean the fans of True Blood and by moments I mean story-lines and scenes that made this season more special than the previous ones. So just to sum up this season I’m gonna list some of my favorite moments based on the characters and talk about the bloody season final (in short:spoilers) which I just watched and I have to be honest – I cried just a little. Out of joy and out of sadness but I laughed as well – final was filled with emotions – loved it!

Probably the most important moment of the season like any other is the entering of the villain. The English actress Fiona Shaw (probably best known for her role in the Potter saga as aunt Petunia Dursley) plays Marnie, a witch who during the entire season tries to wipe out the vampires cause of the inner anger she has and thanks to her newly found power that a 400 year old ghost-witch gives her. Marnie is a very annoying character which is a great compliment to Shaw cause she managed to make me scream inside when another Marnie’s plans came together.

While the first episode revealed a lot of new information like for instance – over a year had passed while for Sookie it felt like hours (in that fairy place) but Eric telling her that he owns her house (and her) was by far the best in the first episode. It marks the beginning of the many moments between Eric and Sookie that kept the fans wanting more – Eric loosing his memory, Eric getting high on fairy blood (not Sookie’s) and swimming in the sun, Sookie and Eric kissing for the first time and etc. Some of you didn’t like the snowing in the shower scene but I thought it was funny and cute at the same time which is interesting cause I never saw Eric as funny/cute. He was more like scary/bad boy/dangerous/hot – he has this whole new side to him now, even after he got his memory back.

Trying not to make this post all about Eric’s and Sookie’s short lived love (though I’m thiking they will bring it back in season 5) I’ll say this – Pam had an amazing season! She had so many great moments and the whole rotting thing was just so not for Pam but she handled it with utmost grace. She had great one-liners and in the final episode she said what everybody is thinking: “Sookie is a stupid name!” – it really is, especially when Bill says it with his weird accent. But Eric told Pam to go away and she was left crying in the season final, such a sad moment.

Jessica and Hoyt finished their love and Jessica got kind of together with Jason. I approve that relationship with both my hands, I think Jason is a much better fit to Jessica and I’m really hoping to see Jason in a relationship. He was with that panther girl but then she raped him and used him for making babies and well, that is not a healthy relationship. Alan Ball should give Jason a love story that is not gonna end up like the ones he has had – I know Ball loves Jason’s character, I know he does so he is going to make him happy in the end for sure.

Lafayette and Jesus had an amazing season as well but like Kevin Alejandro (who played Jesus) said – happy relationships on TV-shows are boring so I think that this is the reason why Jesus was killed off in the final. In a manner that made me cry real tears cause I thought they were great together – I’m sad that it lasted such a short time. But I wasn’t sad when Sam’s brother died (couple of episodes before), I was so over him this season that I actually was happy when he met his end. And I was happy when Alcide’s girlfriend Debby was killed by Sookie! Shocking I know, I never thought she had it in her but I guess after Debby killed her best friend she found that evil inside. And this isn’t going to be a shocker – I was happy when Tara died! I was so happy and well she had a great death as well so I am happy for many reasons (cause I think she is definitely dead – or if not then I’m disappointed). Another death in the final was by Bill’s hand who killed the vampire politician Nan lady who I could care less about – she always was a place filler for me.

So in conclusion the season what started off good, got a bit wonky in the middle and ended with a bang (or should I say many bangs?) was another great addition to True Blood. I hope the next season will have less supernatural things though, I’m happy that the ghosts are there and the witches but honestly it is a mess to keep up. But we already saw Terry’s war friend coming to the picture and it looks like he’s bringing trouble with him. Scott Foley, who is also going to be a regular on Gray’s Anatomy is coming to season 5 and I think he is going to bring something good to the mix – good-bad I don’t care really, I like him. So I’ll be waiting patiently for the next season to start because I can’t get enough of Ball’s cruel ways of killing people off the show and his take on this new situation between Eric, Sookie and Bill. She can’t be alone for long and maybe, maybe she will even get her clothes off for Alcide (he really wants to as we all know) – cause we know that Ball likes his characters naked.

Keep the blood in mind until next summer!

Images mainly from True Blood’s FB page.

# 202 – Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe is another director/writer/producer – the best always come in threes (at least I’ve heard) and since I’ve seen at least 3 of Crowe’s movies I can say that this is pretty much true. Jerry Maguire (1996), Vanilla Sky (2001), Elizabethtown (2005) are under his belt, all except Vanilla Sky I liked a lot. I had seen Almost Famous (2000) when I was younger but I re-watched it just few weeks ago.

Almost Famous tells a story about William, a teenager, who feels left out but finds his way by getting on a tour bus with a band. He is basically hired by a magazine to write a story about them, the band which has its ups and downs while they travel from a concert to a concert. While listing the actors I must start with Patrick Fugit, Almost Famous is his movie debut, and a quite good one I have to admit. He hasn’t done much ever since but I still remember his performance in White Oleander – so quality over quantity.

Other names in this are Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Bijou Phillips, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anna Paquin, Zooey Deschanel and Frances McDormand as the William’s mom. So the cast is solid, all of these names are pretty much known and some are even greater now than they were back then. But not to make this all about the actors I would say that the movie had many great moments. Although it’s a comedy it had a certain depth to it: a friendship story, a little bit of love – and all in all it, shows William (Fugit) growing up in the midst of a concert tour. It all gets a bit crazy at some point and the female roles in this are rather annoying (except Williams mom, she is a tough cookie): but I guess it’s what rockn’roll looks like.

Not to get all into it, Almost Famous is a rather interesting Monday night entertainment and worth the 4 out of 5 I’m giving it. No surprise it has an 8,0 on IMDb and out of all the movies I listed in the beginning, this one is Crowe’s greatest work. I like Elizabethtown a little bit more but it might be because I like Kristen Dunst’s character more than Hudson’s in this one. But this is a whole different matter that I’m not gonna get into at the moment.

If you check the movie out be sure to watch the opening credits which are simple and brilliant at the same time, besides there is something symbolic about them as well.

•Making things honest: images are from cswap.

# 186 – True Blood S4E01-02 (TV-show special)

After what seemed to be the longest wait ever, True Blood has returned and it is better than ever. Last night was the airing of the second episode and I decided to do something like summary posts about the entire season. Mostly because I need to update the blog constantly and maintain the speed of uploading posts. Anyway, this is not about me and my blog, this is about the best show during this Summer (for this Summer’s new shows – click here): blood suckers, fairies, panthers, warlocks, witches and werewolves are back!

True Blood ended last season with Sookie’s (Anna Pauquin) fairy-moment when she went to this magical place (luckily the writers made it more logical and didn’t bring in the fairy-fairy stuff) where she met her grandfather! He had been there for 20 years but it felt like hours. This could happen to Sookie but clever like she is, she got herself out of there alive and returned what seemed to be minutes later while actually months had passed! This was a great idea, making things progress inside the series, Sookie just left and we kind of left with her but for others, so much had changed. Bill is the king (after killing the queen – sadly, no Evan Rachel Wood – “alive” at least), the sheriff is addicted to V (should be interesting), Jason is taking care of the panther kids (kind of), Jessica (check our HER blog) and Hoyt are a couple with problems (one being that Jessica is a vampire), Lafayette is kind of doing magic with his boyfriend, Tara went to greener pastures (she’s gay now), Sam is running around with shape shifters and trying to make friends with his brother again and last but not least, Eric is still looking hot!

Having done some research (like I usually do), I found out that True Blood is probably considering the Sookie/Eric love-story  since in the end of the second episode we find out that Eric has lost his memory about everything, I think this in a long run means to be the green light for their love story. She already is broken up with Bill and Eric owns her house (nice move by the way) – everything is kind of pointing towards a love affair between those two. I have to admit, I’m again the girl who likes the bad guy more than the good guy but True Blood has kind of mixed up those things. Bill isn’t the angel everybody thought, in some way Bill and Eric are both bad guys and Sookie just has to make up her mind about the fact that she and Eric are meant to be (this actually is true in the books, they end up together). Is the show gonna go the same way, I hope so, everything seems to be pointing to that direction (house, loosing his memory, Bill and Sookie having issues, Sookie’s previous fantasies about him).

Other than that True Blood is well known for its multiple story-lines that are carried out through 12 episodes with one main story which usually means fighting with one bad guy. In the 4th season it seems that the bad guy is the “mother” witch that can bring dead things alive again (there is a certain word I’m searching but can’t seem to recollect) – this means bad things for vampires because they are dead and therefore she can control them (if she doesn’t know that already I’m sure she’ll figure it out soon). The actress who has the honor to play this woman (who apparently is possessed by witches and not a witch herself) is Fiona Shaw, better known as aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter saga. I haven’t read the books (yet) but I read that this is the perfect casting, she was thin and tall in the books as well plus Shaw gives me the creeps just by standing – she has that quality to her to play somebody really mean.

In other story-lines, Jason is about to become a panther which is kind of sad, I liked him as human but we’ll see what the writers will come up with. He is also the only one who knows that Andy (the sheriff) has a drug problem and he would do anything to get himself some V. Other than that, there is also the small issue with people who are having a clear problem with vampires after last seasons events and this might cause some drama to Bill who is the king now. Bill of course has this other stick in his *** called Eric who is clearly after Sookie and I would think he will try to fight for her.

As it seems, the first two episodes have been enlightening and a lot has happened and too be completely honest, I simply can’t wait for the next episode – proud to be addicted to True Blood !

# 73 – True Blood Season 3

While the two seasons seemed to end in a hurry the third one took some time – I should have watched the entire season after all the episodes had aired but nothing to do about that anymore.

There are three things about season three I would like to write about – first are the new characters, second: things I liked/hated and third – Bill/Sookie/Eric. It will definitely give away a lot of the plot this season has, so I don’t recommend reading this if there is a slight chance you’ll start watching this show. And the other thing is – there are posts about the first two seasons too – read them first in case you haven’t seen the show, other wise you will not understand most of this post.

New characters – there were quite a lot of them this season or it just seems that way. Anyway, there was Crystal who is/was Jason’s love interest and who actually has this dark secret – she is a panther or whatever they are called. (I read from the book summaries that Jason will share this secret but you’ll never know if Alan Ball fallows the books but there is a little itsy bitsy hope because the books have this plot that I really love which isn’t happening to the series though!) Also, somebody new for Lafayette – Jesus who also isn’t just a regular human – he’s a which, and Tara gets a crazy ass vampire named Franklin as her lover, Alcide, a man who helps Sookie a lot in this season,  is a werewolf. Do you see a pattern? Apparently there aren’t any new characters who are regular people – just supernatural beings that are a) helping or b) not helping at all! But let us continue, my favoritee new character in this season was actually Sam’s little brother who he discovers to have the same “curse” that he has – Tommy. He is this troubled kid who Sam saves but then he goes nuts! Sam, not Tommy and I don’t even get the reason. Yes, he has a troubled past and it’s kind of catching up with him but after what happened to him last season I wasn’t expecting him to loose it like that. Anyway, he shoots at Tommy! That happens in the final episode of the season and it isn’t showed if he really kills him or not – the only thing that makes this wait for the next season hard! Since the main plot this season is the politics there was a lot more Sophie-Anne (queen!) portrayed by Evan-Rachel Wood who I actually really-really like! and this seasons bad guy Russell! (He’s boytoy-vamp Talbot wasn’t a big character but since he was the center of Russell’s life, the idea of him was important.) Russell as a bad guy had a mission – to wipe out the human race and rule the vampires – he was later buried under cement to think about the things he had done in 3000 years! There were smaller characters but these are those who a) stay for the fourth season b) made a big impact.

Secondly, the things I liked or hated about this season. I really liked the plot of the season, the politics thing with lots and lots of plans inside of plans and fake plans and lies and deceit! If I think about it, there was so many moments when I thought that this was it, this is the truth but everybody had a secret plan. Eric was the main character in this season, his plot made the whole season stay together because it was his revenge on Russell that put everything in motion. His interaction with the queen and Russel and Bill were so tricky I don’t even remember everything but I do know that among the “Kill Russell” plan, that Eric had, he was trying to find out what made Sookie special. Which brings me to the queen who hired, get this, BILL to get close to Sookie and bring her to her! This was revealed at the end of the season by Eric! That I loved, because this made Bill a bad guy and it was a twist that I wasn’t expecting because this turns the previous seasons into a lie, sort of. (As a side note – I didn’t enjoy the matrix vampire flying fight between the queen and Bill AT ALL – and it seems to continue in the pilot episode of season 4!) Oh, and I didn’t like Sam going nuts but I enjoyed Lafayette’s love-affair and loved that Tara left, I didn’t really like her but I’m afraid that she’ll be coming back – shoot. Seems like everything I’m talking about comes from the last episodes but what else can I do, I remember them the best – oh and Arlene didn’t loose the baby but she’s still looking like she doesn’t want the killer baby. Oh, and Hoyt and Jessica got a house that is probably haunted or something – that’s what we need – GHOSTS! Other than that, the whole show is still well made and hasn’t lost the touch of artistic feel that it seems to have over the other shows – maybe it is the dark humor that True Blood brings and the witty writing – my favorite quote: “If you two stop eye-fucking, we can leave!” This shows that True Blood can enrich your language.. I’m using that sentence next time somebody stares at me or something!

And the third thing – Bill-Sookie-Eric. The three of them have this triangle that I in some ways love and then hate at the same time! I am team Eric! I have never liked Bill. This might have to do something with Stephen and Alexander though – okay, it might be all about that but the my record also shows that I like bad guys who turn good guys and Eric is a bad guy who is actually a good guy. Anyway, this trio might bring some trouble into the fourth season because I’m hoping that after Sookie comes back from the fairy-land (oh yes, she is half fairy, that being the reason why vampires want her/like to drink her, plus her blood can give them about a minute or two in the sunlight – awesomeness!) where she went just seconds before the season 3 ended – a sad moment… can’t wait for season 4!

Here are some stills from the entire season, mostly Eric – sorry Bill, I just don’t like you!

# 56 – The Romantics

I found a new trailer of a movie I really want to see and it opens soon, September 10th. The list of actors and actresses is awesome and since I have a lot of respect for Anna Paquin (because of True Blood) I’m sure she’ll give an awesome performance. Not so sure about Katie Holmes though, there’s some hope for her (the New York Post says it’s her finest work). Josh Duhamel, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody and Malin Akerman (who’s previous roles have been rather funny than serious) also take part in this novel based drama movie about romantic people (at least that’s what the title says). The trailer suggest that Anna and Josh are about to get married but Katie is his ex and she still loves him – them and the rest of the cast form a group that call them selves the romantics (or something like that). Can’t wait.


# 46 – True Blood season 2

Watching True Blood is like an addiction – I’ve spent a day (24 hours) watching it and just now finished the second season. One thing I have to say, it goes on perfectly like a fluid movie and the story lines keep on going. But ending the second season like that was just torture,  I was lucky that I had the chance to watch the first 3 episodes of the third season right after. So my torture wasn’t long. I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the end of the third season because I have to wait until the next summer and that just might be too hard for me.

Anyhow, did I liked the second season? Oh yes I did! Manly because there was a lot of Eric in it and he is just delicious. I don’t know what it is but I like bad vampires more than the ones like Bill. Even if the actors were different, I’d still be a fan of Eric. He is to me the character you read and like because he has that mysterious side to him and to watch Alexander Skarsgård play him is pure pleasure. Over 6 feet (1,93m) tall, blond with strong features – it just screams mysterious. But at times it feels that it is easier to play a bad guy, although in this case Eric is more of an “I’m bad, I’m good, I don’t care” guy. Bill on the other hand is that character who you’re going to like or not. But usually for me, the couple who gets together right at the beginning is boring and I want the underdogs (Eric) to get the final laugh. (I like the torture too when two characters belong together but they just don’t know it or just lie to themselves – Bones is a good example!) So that is why I’m team Eric on this one, just like I was team Jacob before all the movies started coming out – totally ruined the books for me (haven’t even read the fourth one).  Anyway, go underdogs – woof woof!

Similar to the first season, the second one had a main plot – this mysterious creature that attacked Sookie. But that’s not all – there is also this new social worker that starts helping Tara and Lafayette gets kidnapped by Eric – who got highlights but got blood all over them and had to cut his hair which was totally a better look for him! (This brings up a question – vamps are dead and everything heals after they get attacked or in Jessica’s case loose their virginity – but the hair doesn’t grow back? Oh well, all the series have those little itsy-bitsy mistakes, I mean, Edward has glitter all over him, so who can say that a perfectly good haircut is a mistake – so I’m gonna take it back!). And change in Erics appearance wasn’t the only thing that changed – Jason almost didn’t have any sex! I mean, he was hardly naked – although, Eric was.. and Bill .. and Sam. There was a new love interest for Tara and he was naked too. Baby vamp Jessica got a lot of screen time as well. And there were so many moments at the end of the season that I can’t even talk about – awesome is the word for those scenes that made me all shivery inside and I have to admit, I cried one time during the season but not gonna tell you where – those who are fans probably know , others – just watch the show already! One thing about the second season as well – in my head, its all just one big story and I can’t make out the episodes – this shows that watching True Blood in one sitting gives it a whole new meaning. Plus, when most of the episodes end you just can’t go to bed because you want to know what’s gonna happen next.

I have to remind you that what is great about True Blood, is the writing – along with the acting it makes those ironic and sarcastic (with a lot of cursing from Sookie!) dialogs interesting and enjoyable. And I can’t tell you how much I enjoy it as it goes on like a really long movie (I know I repeat it but most shows have something new in every episode, True Blood carries the same plots from start to end during many episodes). One season is like a 12 hour marathon with blood and vampires and blood and vampires – just adorable. But since the third one is airing now and I have watched all the episodes that have aired at this point I got sad so I decided to read Sookie Stackhouse’s books too. They are different I have heard but since the characters are the same and there is something very good (for me)  to look forward in the latest books – so I must get to them fast. I’m guessing I have to start posting about books too – just kidding, I’m gonna stick with the movies and TV-shows. After all, I’m a fan of the show first and a reader of the books second.

So stay tuned for more blood!

# 44 – True Blood season 1

My health has improved a lot since two days ago because I stayed in yesterday and watched the entire True Blood first season in (almost) one sitting. I think it is clear already that I liked it since I watched all of it and was left disappointed that my second season hadn’t arrived jet. Still hasn’t – the reason why I took some time to write about the shows first season.

What to say about Alan Ball’s creative mind is a question that I have been thinking about since last night. He is the author of Six Feet Under, a show which I watched with a big interest back when I was a younger gal sitting in front of the TV late at nights. It was mostly about death – since the family lived and worked at the morgue. True Blood in some ways has a similar vibe to it as to think of it – it uses this sarcastic/ironic and over the top humor in bad situations and vulgar language with a hint of sex in every episode! Ball isn’t afraid to push the limits of people who are maybe used to things more pretty-pink-marshmallow-rainbow-embellished – well, True Blood is far from that by giving us some true blood and gory scenes.

I remember starting to watch the show back in the 2008 and disliking it for some reasons. I now get the hype about the show – it is so different that at first it feels weird. And the statistics prove it: the fallowing link takes you to Wikipedia – click here.

I’m not trying to justify myself disliking it at first but the numbers show clearly that the second season was more popular and the third, well let’s see how it holds up since it’s airing at the moment (4th coming next summer).  But I think that the show for it rawness comes as a shock at first and the first 4 episodes were hard to watch in many reasons for me. First the southern accent – oh lord, it was so funny to hear that because I wasn’t used to it, now I already like it a little. Except Bill going “Suukih” in his low deep voice – I still laugh at that and I know it’s not supposed to be funny. And getting to know the characters was a little rough at first – but a rocky start is now over and I’m waiting for the second season as well as the third one with great excitement.

A short preview of the show: the first time we meet the characters it is led to know that vampires have been out from the coffin for two years now, thanks to synthetic True Blood drink. Most of the people don’t like it, there’s even this group called Fellowship of the Sun who fight against the vamps in order to restore the purity of mankind or something like that. But Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin – she won an Oscar when she was 11!) isn’t as offensive towards them being a more tolerant person than others, she actually starts a friendship with a new local vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer – they started dating after the pilot was filmed in 2007 and now are engaged) which later turns into a relationship and during the first season they kind of fight and make up a lot. But Sookie is a strong individual and after the deaths in the town that come to the closure in the 12th episode (all the seasons contain only 12 episodes) she still manages to hold everything together even when she finds out what everybody really thinks about the deaths. How does she find out? Well, she is telepathic which basically means she reads their minds – a gift and a curse at the same time. She works at this bar Merlotte that is owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) who has a secret ! I’m not gonna tell you because if you have the interest in movies and TV-shows True Blood is a must see series! Not because vampires are popular but because it is made brilliantly (visuals, writing etc.). Anyway, Sookie has also an older brother Jason Stackhouse  (Ryan Kwanten – some know him from the long running series in Australia, Home and Away) – and he likes to be naked a lot, and I mean a LOT while having sex with a LOT of women – and since Ryan looks amazing, those sex scenes never get old. The town has of course other colorful characters like Sookies best friend Tara Thorton (Rutina Wesley) who has had a rough childhood and shows that off with a rough personality. Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) is related to Tara and is the perfect example of a colorful character: while working as a cook in Merlotte’s he is also a drug dealer and a prostitute. But since it’s mostly a show about vampires you need some vampires: so here’s one (who I like more than Bill, sorry Bill) Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård – my affection to him runs deep in my European roots since he’s from Sweden) is the vampire sheriff in Area 5 which means he’s the boss of Bill! (I like that!) He and Sookie meet in Fangtasia, a bar that he owns, and fthere he inds out about her ability which he finds useful in a later episode (and second season?). This all sounds interesting but I haven’t really told you anything about the things that happen in the first season – well, there’s no way to tell – the killings are the main plot during the whole season and there’s a lot of relationship drama between Sookie-Bill-Sam-(Tara)-Jason. And since the show is so fluid it is impossible to tell a story without writing about previous episodes and up-coming episodes. There isn’t a special plot in every episode like in Supernatural (a new case every time) since it mostly runs like really long movie. I’ll tell this much – after watching the whole season you’d be begging for more and luckily there is more!

What’s also interesting is the intro (which has an addictive song!) – I keep thinking about the fact that it’s so different from the show but at the same time it suits it like a fist to an eye – lurid and strange, like the show. So enjoy the intro I added to the post and start watching True Blood if you haven’t seen it jet and like vampires (and shows like Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries) who aren’t using glitter when the sun shines.