Charlaine Harris wrote a number of vampire stories set in the southern United States and Alan Ball adapted them for television for this HBO series, "True Blood". This is the kind of show that could have dismally failed because to many the whole vampire thing is somewhat cliché but it doesn't. It not only is better than so many others but it creates a whole genre. Set in backwoods Louisiana, Sookie Stackhouse) is a waitress at a diner during the day and works at a bar at night. She has the ability to read minds. She is pretty and likeable. Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) is the main vampire and as would be expected he is handsome, dark and brooding. Then there is Sookie's brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) who can't quite stay out of trouble and Tara (Rutina Wesley), Sookie's long time best friend. There are other supporting players as well. "True Blood" is unlike any other vampire story that has been brought to the screen or like any other series that we see on television. It takes place in the not too distant future when vampires were liberated from their coffins. People reacted as they did when African Americans got their freedom and are doing the same right now with the reaction to the GLBT movement. Vampires are now drinking a synthetic plasma beverage called Tru Blood and they are dwelling among us. The only minds that Sookie can't read are those of vampires and she discovered this when she first met Bill and the two are taken in by each other. The series delights in mixing the ordinary with the extraordinary. There is great passion, lots of secrets and betrayals, murders and some strange happenings. It is full of sex, sensuality, heat and underlying everything is a feeling of menace that can explode at any moment.
All in all, it's not a bad first season for a TV series. Actually, I'm somewhat impressed with how well the show flows from one episode to the next despite it belonging to no single genre. What helps True Blood is its unusual flavor (no pun intended) combining Southern small town drama with dark comedy, mystery, horror, and large helping of sex. The show's wonderful opening sequence sums it up pretty well. You've got your civil rights allegory (vampirism as a parable for the social … more
I know I'm behind the times. I just finished watching True Blood: The Complete First Season (HBO Series) on Saturday and it's a good show. Personally, I like Twilight and The Vampire Diaries better, but True Blood is fun way to spend a weekend.
Pros: A unique, original series, with engaging characters and plots... Cons: ...it's just so damn addicting, though that's not really a con The Bottom Line: Think of True Blood as the adult's version of Twilight: a series of sexy, hilarious, suspenseful fun. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I can blame one of my best friends for getting me hooked on True Blood. I … more
Pros: Great cast, original ideas added, sexy, bloody, and freakin' fun Cons: Only if you don't like excessive swearing, blood, or sex The Bottom Line: Ok. I know I'm on the bandwagon. Except now I know why I'm staying on the bandwagon. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I work at a bookstore (at least I did *sigh*). I read all the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse novels. … more
The first season was so great, and left me wanting so much more that I picked the series up to read while I wait for season two. The characters are superb, and I like that the series focused as much on minor characters as main (unlike the books) because all of the characters are complex and interesting. Yes, even Jason, once you dig below the surface. This show has everything; romance, mystery, horror, fantasy, sex, supernatural beings, humor... the list could go on. I was so heavily engaged and … more
I was determined to resist HBO's True Blood, a Southern Gothicky romp through Bon Temps, Louisiana, where, thanks to the invention of synthetic blood, vampires have "come out of the coffin" to mainstream with humans. One such creature of the night is Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a 173 year-old reluctant vampire who has all the candor of a good heart but the physical attributes of the netherworld. Bill is enchanted by Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Pacquin), a waitress at Merlotte's, the town watering … more
TRUE BLOOD chronicles the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps... where vampires have emerged from the coffin, and no longer need humans for their fix.
Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, Golden Globe(R)-winner for "True Blood", Academy Award®-winner for “The Piano”) works as a waitress at the rural bar Merlotte's. Though outwardly a typical young woman, she keeps a dangerous secret: she has the ability to hear the thoughts of others. Her situation is further complicated when the bar gets its first vampire patron - 173-year old Bill Compton (Steven Moyer, "Quills") - and the two outsiders are immediately drawn to each other.
Delivering the best of what audiences have come to expect from Creator and Executive Producer Alan Ball (writer of Oscar®-winning Best Picture “American Beauty”, creator of the Emmy® Award-winning HBO® series “Six Feet Under”), TRUE BLOOD is a dark and sexy tale that boldly delves into the heart - and the neck - of the Deep South.