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Saturday, March 3, 2012
Saturday TV Special: True Blood
Structure: Each season is centered around different major issue - first season is the only one to follow the books closely and it deals with a serial killer who murders women associated to vampires, second season deals with the curious character of MaryAnn who takes over the town, third one introduces werewolves and fourth one - based on the best novel and unfortunately the worst season of the show yet - deals with witches, fairies and magic. There also major story arcs that last through the entire series - the addiction to vampire blood - V - which is a powerful narcotic when consumed by humans, Sookie's many suitors and her doubts about all of them, the people who want to destroy the vampires - the Fellowship of the Sun, which is essentially a church and a gathering of fanatics and Sookie's struggle to find out why is she a telepath.
Verdict: Before the show went to hell in season 4 it was very entertaining. It couldn't even be spoiled by the most horrendous casting decision I witnessed - hiring unattractive and not talented Anna Paquin to play Sookie Stackhouse. Paquin reportedly did 4 screen tests to get the part. I'm sure if she didn't have the Oscar she would not be hired, but apparently the producers thought they need a famous name to promote the show. Paquin's acting is so bad, especially in season 1,3 and the latter part of season 4 it makes the show unwatchable. It's especially hilarious because over the course of the show there are three actresses - Alexandra Breckenridge, Evan Rachel Wood and Lindsey Haun who would be a perfect Sookie. Paquin's hideousness aside the show has great things in it - wonderful atmosphere, great soundtrack, quirky characters, plenty of gore, a lot of hilarious lines, erotic vibes and very good cast.
What makes it so great? The completely fresh universe the show creates - I always wanted to travel to Louisiana and the show has everything you would expect from that place - the passion, the sweat, the eerie vibes and all that jazz. There are plenty of fascinating locations - from the vampire bar Fangtasia to the vampire Queen's mansion in New Orleans. Also the opening titles gotta be my favorite credits sequence of all time. There are also amazing flashbacks scenes that take us far back and some of the sickest sex scenes I've seen in my life. The show features a lot of great performances - lovely and bitchy Pam played by Kristen Bauer, flamboyant gay Lafayette in Golden Globe nominated turn by Nelsan Ellis and cute Jessica played by promising Deborah Ann Woll.
Whom you may recognize: Anna Paquin from "the Piano" and "X men" movies, Alexandra Skarsgard whom I'm sure you saw by accident on some site for obsessed teens, Evan Rachel Wood who makes a delightful appearance in season 2 as vampire queen Sophie Anne, William Sanderson from "Deadwood", Fiona Shaw from Harry Potter series and Michelle Forbes from "The Killing"
Who's behind it? Alan Ball, the creator of "Six Feet Under". Frankly his approach here was very disappointing and he had a bit too much freedom plus he was behind hiring Paquin. So I'm very happy that he is leaving the show and maybe it will fall into more capable hands.
Who will like it? Fans of cheesy horror films, lots of gore, quirky characters, Louisiana, vampire stories and passionate romances.
When and where? Season 5 hits HBO on June, 24.