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True Blood, Again

I finished up with season one of True Blood and decided that it was rather like the Bold and the Beautiful, in that there was lots of talking, hooks at the start and end of each episode, and an entire season could go buy without a person leaving a room.

I liked it, overall, however. The setting, the way people talked, and the characters worked nicely--though I do admit that, as is the case in the majority of these shows, my favourite characters weren't the main two. The romance between Sookie and Vampire Bill is a little cheesy for me, and I was a lot more interested in the addiction to vampire blood that Jason had, the girl that introduces him to its pleasures, and Lafayette's various enterprises. It was actually fairly fortunate that this was the case, since the underlying murder mystery of the first season was--to be polite--quite under used. It felt as if they got to the end and then, suddenly, a killer had to be named, and anyone would do. A back story could be added that would cover it. But the show continues to work for the most part, and I've watched about four episodes of the second season, which feels uniformly stronger, both on a humour, horror, and general writing and directing level. Also, Vampire Bill has a Vampire Child and I find that quite funny, at least for the moment.

I do have to admit, though, that the vampire culture that has been worked into the back of the series is a little at odds with the idea that vampires have come out into the open. The justice is violent, rough, and outside human law, and just doesn't sit well in the series. One of the characters in the series, Eric, is the 'sheriff' of the area, and thus is the law for vampires, doing as he pleases. There's nothing terribly wrong with that (and the part is played well by Alex Skarsgard), but I thought it would have been more interesting, given the premise of vampires coming out into the open, to force the vampire laws and human laws to interact. Surely, I figure, it would have resulted in a scene that was a lot less interesting than a court being held in an abandoned lot and watched over by a vampire from the Inquisition. But, I suppose that's just me, and the fact that 'rough' vampire justice is something that's been done into the ground.

Which, of course, so has vampires.

Ah well.

I dug it enough to keep going.

(crossposted)

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benpeek
Sep. 30th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
yeah, it really does feel as if the writers dropped the ball on all the interesting stuff (or were just unable to do it, due to skill or decisions elsewhere). ah well. room for it to be done by someone else, somewhere.
bluetyson
Sep. 30th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
All that realistic stuff would just get in the way of angsty vampire shagging!
catsparx
Sep. 30th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
Jason cracks me up! And I love Tara. And her Mum. And Lafayette.
ashamel
Sep. 30th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
I liked them in S1. In S2 they're just not doing anything... (though Jason is occasionally trying to think, which is certainly scary).
catsparx
Sep. 30th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
shhhhh..... we haven't gotten to S2 yet!!!
ashamel
Sep. 30th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
A couple of eps from the end, I'm not really impressed by S2. Some interesting bits lost in a whole lot of meandering. I'd almost suggest you quit while you were ahead.
benpeek
Sep. 30th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
i dunno, man, i'm liking season 2 a lot more than 1.
kylaw
Sep. 30th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
I like 'True Blood', but it sure isn't because of their tight plotting! I think what I principally enjoy is their willingness to push ideas to ridiculous conclusions - the gay vampire slob, Bill's speech to the local historical society - and the little flourishes like Anubis Airlines and the "Send 'em to Hell' board game marketed by the Church of the Sun. And, of course, Eric. In fact, the more I see of Eric the more I like him.

It's true they don't explore their milieu logically or with due regard for political or scientific consequences. It is interesting to compare it to 'Being Human', which features a group of vampires planning to "come out". The vampiric lead, Mitchell, also encounters his one-time human girlfriend, who is now in her seventies and dying of cancer. If anything, I think 'Being Human' suffers from taking itself too seriously - at least, portentously - and being set in England, there is less nudity. Except for the werewolf.

But nothing is really new. In the final (televised) season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy and Willow discuss her upcoming date with the new school principal.

Buffy: He's about forty.
Willow: Which is two hundred years younger than your usual type!
benpeek
Sep. 30th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
hmm. maybe i should check out the BEING HUMAN show...
kylaw
Sep. 30th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
'Being Human' is certainly interesting, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much!
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