September 30th, 2009


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.