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True Blood

Out of idle curiosity, I watched the first two episodes of True Blood, the HBO vampire series set in Louisiana.

It's actually not bad, I thought, though the episodes I saw drifted from being interesting to being cheesy, quite often in the same scene. Most of the latter was around Bill, the vampire who returns to where he has grown up, and Sookie, the poorly named, telepathic barmaid. Set two years after vampires have come out on national television, and can buy their blood legally and easily, Bill is the first vampire to come to the small town that Sookie lives in, and being unable to read his mind, she becomes fascinated with him. If not for the, frankly, laughable ways that Bill is introduced in the first scenes--queue dramatic music, brooding shots--the relationship between the two would be a lot easier to connect with earlier, but to the credit of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, it does begin to work. It is another older man, younger woman relationship, however, and a part of me, while watching it, wondered what the interest was in having that as one of the staples for the vampire romance was? Or if it was some sort of commentary on society as a whole--you can be 200 years old, drink blood, and date eighteen year old girls if you're a man, but if you're a woman who does that, you're nothing but some kind of ultra cougar, and thus evil as evil can be.

Well, perhaps not, but the line made me laugh.

For me, the series location, and the way it sits nicely with the concept of an exposed vampire culture, won me over quickly, though I am at a loss to explain how it works, other than I thought that the two sat nicely in the episodes. I'm not sure if that will hold up enough for an entire series, but I reckon I'm willing to give it a shot.

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ashamel
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Well, I'm surprised (that you'd watch it).

I like a lot of the world creation and the characters, though I think the actual plots -- the who-done-its and what not -- aren't as good. It's like they don't really know how to use what they have. The wonderfully weird touches keep me going, although there's less of them in S2 thus far.
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
well, you know, just really looking for something new. i guess that's how i ended up there. i was wondering if the plots would get better, but atm, it doesn't seem to be really about that.
drjon
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
I'm about half-way through Season 1. I'm enjoying it (although feeling the exercise suspending my Bill-critical disbelief--he is rather cheesy at times, especially at the start). But some of the dialogue is beautiful, trumping Whedon at times with its witty joy.
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
i never thought whedon was everything people said he was, myself, but good to hear it's worth going with.
drjon
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
He ain't. But he has a good ear for lines, and a good eye for people. Just a shame his nose for plot is snuffly.
artbroken
Sep. 21st, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
On a completely different topic, I'm in Sydney tomorrow night.

ashamel mentioned that you were working late, but if that changes we'll be having drinks and dinner in Kings Cross should you want to catch up.
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
yeah, david mentioned it. unfortunately, man, i work till late, and i work on the other side of the city (past parramatta, if you know where it is), so i got to skip. hopefully next time you're up it'll work out dif :)
artbroken
Sep. 21st, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
No worries, man. Will try to catch you next time.
girliejones
Sep. 21st, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
It suckered me in, I don't know how.
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
vampire romance addict?
girliejones
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
not in book form, it seems. And truthfully, I'm not that interested in Bill.

Edited at 2009-09-21 04:22 am (UTC)
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
heh. i haven't read that many vampire novels. i have a bit of a weak spot for the charlie huston joe pitt novels, but each book gets progressively worse, and i may just stop now.

the first one was good, tho.
ataxi
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
I have it about 95% downloaded. That's after three recommendations. Still know nothing about it beyond "vampires" - someone told me that Anna Paquin is in it the other night, and I was surprised.
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
yeah, she's the main character. i like her, but then i've never had anything against her in any film she's done.
sonanova
Sep. 21st, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
There's a two minute long scene in the 6th episode I believe that is completely worth watching. Sookie eats pie and cries. It's pretty damn brave and awesome.

And the line: "She's so fulla shit, she's shaped like a turd."
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
heh.
nick_kaufmann
Sep. 21st, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
I like True Blood a lot, even though it can be super-cheesy at times.
benpeek
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
so, no hope of that cheese drifting away?
nick_kaufmann
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
You will learn to love it!
benpeek
Sep. 22nd, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
that's your response to everything bad ;)
catsparx
Sep. 21st, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
We're seriously digging this show as well
benpeek
Sep. 22nd, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
i've watched a few more episodes now, and i'm still digging it, tho, sadly, it's slipping a bit into traditional stuff. the vampire club with the elder goth lord, for example...
catsparx
Sep. 22nd, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
there's 3 more seasons after this one. Room to maneuver.
benpeek
Sep. 22nd, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
how far into it are you?
catsparx
Sep. 22nd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
just at the end of 1
darkerblogistan
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
The show is great if you can tolerate some camp in your televised drama.

I dig SONS OF ANARCHY too.
benpeek
Sep. 22nd, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
cool. i'll keep an eye out, man.
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