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I will start off with the fact that I never planned to watch True Blood (airs on HBO). My cousin told me I should try it. I got it from Netflix, and sent it right back. Some months later I decided to try again and today I am finishing Season 5.
True Blood is set in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Vampires are out in the public eye, and now they are the minority seeking equal rights and acceptance. Obviously this is not an easy task.I like the political angles they put in here. They are trying to mainstream with the humans, get good press, deal with PR nightmares. The big thing they do is to drink Tru Blood instead of humans.
Why is it different?
They are grownups! Thank God! I am so sick of teenaged Vampires. Sure I watched Twilight (well almost all of it), Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel. I was so glad to see grown ups..no 19 years old. And no damn sparkling! I’m sorry, but Vampires do NOT sparkle in the sun…they burn and sizzle!
True Blood goes back to traditional sun fearing Vampires. There is some romance (Vampire and human), but there is a lot of gore and goo (in some cases). Draining a person dry is not romantic…it’s survival (at times). Staking a Vampires isn’t ashes in True Blood…it’s goo, gore, and blood.
This is not a show for anyone who is bothered by: Sex, Nudity, Language, Violence, or Gore. Luckily I am fine with all of that, and it is what makes True Blood what it is. It is showing what the world would be like with Vampires and all that in it. It wouldn’t be pretty.
The show is not all fear and doom. It can be hilarious, sad, and touching. The characters make this show more than a Vampire-Human love story. There are good and bad whether it’s humans or Supes. Sometimes humans are worse than the “creatures of the night”.
There are so many great characters on this show, but it will take me days to talk about them all. I picked my favorites to share.
Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). He is the “good” vampire. The one who is still trying to stay in touch with his humanity. He also falls for Sookie.
Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). The mind reading human waitress at Merlotte’s that captures Bill’s heart. She also seems to be a magnet for all things trouble and deadly. She was the only actor I recognized (She was Rouge from X-Men). In real life she is married to Bill portrayer, Moyer, and has twins with him.
Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). Former high school jock and town Casanova. Like his sister he is a magnet for trouble, but he does not have her mind reading ability (he could use it though).
Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). He is a Sheriff and owner of human/Vampire bar called Fangtasia. He is a royal prick, and out for himself most of the time. He is capable of loyalty, but to a very select few. He is my favorite Vampire on the show. Yeah, he’s kind of a dick, but he embraces what he is. He doesn’t feel guilty for being a Vampire. He uses it to his full advantage.
Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis). He works at Merlotte’s bar during the day and sells V on the side. V is the Vampire blood, and apparently is very addictive and gives a great high. Lafayette is a brash, honest, loyal, gay man, who will kick your ass of any racist or homophobic jackass screwing with him. Thanks to Lafayette I now want to call everyone “Hooker”.
Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley). She also works at Merlotte’s. She is the cousin of Lafayette and best friend of Sookie. She is similar to Lafayette in being a bad ass, but there is a tender heart under all that aggression.
Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell). He owns Merlotte’s, which seems to be the only place I’ve seen in Bon Temps that sells food or alcohol. He also has his own secrets and mysterious past.
Even if you are not a Vampire fan give True Blood: The Complete First Seasona try. There is a lot of character development, and this is not your normal Vampire show. Just wait until Season 3..things were CRAZY!!