Rough first-season start, but redemption found in sophomore year.
Aug 21, 2009
I've had an odd experience with this show. I was intrigued by the pilot, and recall watching the first few episodes; but then, somewhere along the line, I stopped watching and had no incentive to catch up. The show wasn't bad, the storylines simply didn't interest me.
Then, suddenly, I start seeing promotions for the second season and think, what the hell? It's summer, there isn't anything else on, I'll give it a try. Then, magically, I fell in love with the show. This season is a fabulous example of entertainment intermingling with well-thought out mythos and exploring themes both internally (episode-by-episode basis) and also as an overall arc (it seems like one of said arcs this season seems to be a focus on makers and progenies: godric-eric, bill-jessica, lorena-bill, etc.) The low-points are few and far between, and usually have a redeeming quality about them to not be total losses:
At times, the Mary-Ann storyline seems to drag, but I realize this is because it's obviously the overarching Big Bad story of the season. At times, the orgies would grate, but it manages to at least have something sorta-kinda revealed per episode. Plus, Michelle Forbes is FABULOUS. Eggs seems to be the biggest weakness of the story.
YMMV, but the Sookie/Bill sappiness grates at times. The condensed storyline sort of justifies it, considering last season was only a week or two in-canon and this season seems to be taking place amongst a week or two as well, so it makes sense that Bill/Sookie are still in their honeymoon phase. That doesn't mean it still isn't annoying.
Again, even these negatives are balanced by the positives of this show. Excellent storytelling, colorfully flawed characters and enough pretty to appease you without making you feel too guilty over loving the show so much. The only reason I'm giving it a 3.0 instead of a 4 or 5 is because of the disappointing (and uninteresting) first season. This one is vastly making up for it, though.
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