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.
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.