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True Blood Season 1 Sucks Itself Onto Blu-ray, Plus, Thoughts on Season 2

  • Jun 10, 2009
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 Ever since I was a kid, I always had a fascination with everything vampires.  In High School, I couldn't get enough of them.  I bought all the popular (and unpopular) vampire films like Blade, John Carpenters Vampires, Dracula, Underworld and many others.  I always enjoyed reading vampire lore and doing research on the subject and even if vampires don't exist, their "history" and mythology always fascinated me.  Of course there have been some not so great vampire renditions like the television show Moonlight or the failed Blade television series.  I won't mention anything about Twilight because believe it or not...I'm a fan of the books and film.  When I first heard about HBOs True Blood, I was thrilled about the concept of vampires being open and known to the public.  Vampires had always been this myth, the secret that people knew about, but weren't sure really existed, but True Blood has completely broken that barrier and has created a whole new chapter in vampire mythos.

Now that the Japanese have created synthetic blood for vampires to live off of instead of feeding on humans, the creatures of the night have made themselves open to the public.  Meanwhile in the little town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, a vampire named Bill (Stephen Moyer) has become the towns first resident "Fanger" and made himself very known to Merlotte's restaurant waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who has the ability to hear peoples thoughts.  Ever since Bills arrival in Bon Temps, citizens of the town who have been known to be associated with vampires have been murdered one by one.  Now, as Sookie and Bills relationship thickens, she must find out who has been killing her friends before the wrong people are accused.

Part of what I loved so much about this first season of True Blood was the fact that the show kept you guessing.  Whenever you thought you might be onto something, the writers would throw a new curve into an episode that made you think twice about what was really going on, whether that was who the killer was or who the good guy really was (Sam or Bill).  And it didn't stop after the first few episodes, True Blood kept you guessing right until the end of the season and even then, you still had questions.  The only other show where I have felt like that in a while was Battlestar Galactica.  True Blood also cashes in on having a great sub plot, that being the question of whether or not vampires should have human civil rights.  The show has taken this great myth of vampires and created a political situation out of it.  The writers take something like racism, a subject that has plagued our country for so long and used it in this new way to portray to us this fear of anything different.  It truly is great writing.

Obviously True Blood has a stunning cast; from Stephen Moyer as Bill to Anna Paquin, in what has become a very different role than anything she has played before, as Sookie Stackhouse.   While the two leads of the show are amazing, True Blood has an outstanding supporting cast.  In my opinion, Tara (Rutina Wesley) is one of the funniest, best acted character on the show.  Every time something comes out of her mouth, you know that you're either going to laugh or you're going to be doing some thinking.  Then there's Ryan Kwanten who plays Sookies brother Jason.  Kwanten, for one thing does not have a southern accent, but seeing him on screen you would never know it.  He does such an amazing job playing someone who may not be the sharpest tool in the shed.  I also love the mystery Sam Trammell gives the character of Sam Merllote.  For the most part, this is a guy with good intentions, but he definitely has secrets like many other people in Bon Temps.   Without this superb cast, True Blood probably would not be the amazing show that it is today.

While watching the season over on Blu-ray has been a treat, there isn't much to talk about when it comes to the discs themselves.  They come packed with the standard HBO goodies that include the "previously on" and "next time on" previews.  The show also looks stunning on Blu-ray and even though I did watch the whole season on HBOHD, it seemed to look a touch clearer on Blu-ray than on HDTV.  The one cool feature that the True Blood Blu-rays come with is the enhanced viewing feature.  This lets you watch the episode with pop up trivia and picture in picture interviews with the characters (not the actors) about the events that are taking place in Bon Temps.  Other than that, the set is pretty standard for a TV Box Set.

Season 2 of True Blood starts this Sunday (the 14th) and already the show is getting lots of buzz.  There were so many questions left unanswered at the end of season 1.  Some of those subjects I can't go into without giving certain plot details away, but questions like what is going on with Tara and Maryann Foster (the pig lady) and what is her history with Sam?  What is going to happen with Bill and the vampire he created?  All of these questions will hopefully be answered in the second season of this amazing show, this Sunday at 9PM on HBO.

HBO has done an amazing job in bringing something new and exciting back onto their network.  After The Sopranos the channel was holding on for dear life and even though True Blood deals with the dead (hahaha), the show has brought a breath of fresh air onto the ailing network.  If you haven't see True Blood yet, either go buy the DVD's or Blu-rays and sit on your couch until the 14th catching up or watch the half hour recap on HBO.  This is a must see series for any fan of good acting or vampires, BIG 5/5!  
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June 19, 2009
Your review was very well written, if I hadn't already seen this show I would completely start watching it. Like you, I have been fascinated with vampirism, since I was a teen and read Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat. And of course I loved with the Twilight series (don't laugh) :) I just saw True Blood a few weeks ago on a rainy day. I was hooked after the first show and watched the entire first season, it was an amazing way to spend a dreary day. I was bummed when I had finished it. So I started watching it again, can anyone say addicted?! :) I like their use of "Fang Bangers", I was cracking up the first time I heard someone say that on the show. I watched the first episode of season 2 the other night, it was fantastic! Can wait to see what is to come!
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Hi, my name is Julian Brown. I currently write for The Brotherly Game, a local Philadelphia soccer website where I cover the US Women's National Team and the local WPS Philadelphia Independence. I … more
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Thanks to a Japanese scientist's invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures "coming out of the coffin." Religious leaders and government officials around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out. Local waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), however, knows how it feels to be an outcast. "Cursed" with the ability to listen in on people's thoughts, she's also open-minded about the integration of vampires — particularly when it comes to Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old living up the road. But as Sookie is drawn into a series of mysteries surrounding Bill's arrival in Bon Temps, that tolerance will be put to the test. 

A new drama from 'Six Feet Under' creator Alan Ball, True Blood delves into the meticulously-crafted world of novelist Charlaine Harris. Described by the Emmy®-winning Ball as "popcorn for smart people" and featuring a colorful cast of local misfits, 'True Blood' promises an intense ride.
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Premiere Date: September 7th 2008
Description: HBO series about Vampires who have gone public and want human rights
Genre: Drama
Studio: HBO
Original Air Date: September 7th 2008
DVD Release Date: May 19th 2009
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