Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What's the deal with True Blood?

I've been ruminating on this topic for awhile. There are way too many storylines going on this season; I also think there are way too many new characters being introduced for old favorites to be adequately serviced. Witness the under-use of the always fabulous Pam. Be sure to check out her guest appearance on Baby Jessica's vlog where she gives some great fashion advice. I get it: Jason's dumb and continually makes bad decisions, Tara is crazy and has the worst luck, Sam's family is bad news, etc.

So what is it about this show that keeps me watching? I've often wished that it was really the Eric & Pam show featuring Lafayette and introducing Baby Jessica. I still stick by that although I'd now like to add "with special appearances by Alcide." (that guy is HOT!)

Another thing about this show that drives me up the wall are the accents. Most of the vampires are hundreds of years old and not from the South, so why are they attempting the accent? I think everyone would be better served to just use a regular, middle american accent. Except for Steven Moyer (even though his accent is the worst, lol.) - I love the way he says Sookie.

I think what it comes down to in the end, is that it is so fantastically campy and over the top, that I can't wait to see what happens next. The eye candy doesn't hurt either. ;)

Be sure and let me know what you think!


  1. So, I think that's definitely how I felt about it in the beginning - it was *terrible* when it started, but in a really enjoyable way. Graphically sexual, sometimes graphically violent and gross, but also funny, and deliciously over the top. Right now, though, I feel like the problematic aspects are outnumbering the enjoyable ones.

    I thought the last two eps were particularly bad - on top of all the other complaints, the dialogue was awful, and the pacing was off. At the end of those two episodes, I felt like I was glad it was over, not like I couldn't wait to see what happened next.

    That said, I'll probably still watch the last few eps -- eye candy plus a possible late-game recovery. But I'm not particularly hopeful there.

  2. Good point about the accents--I get so busy thinking about how fake they are that I forget that they are completely unnecessary for characters from all over the world. If I moved from the northwest to the South, I would still talk in my native accent. Why can't Russell speak in his native accent?

    My problem with the overabundance of drama is that it seems like they are trying to fit everything in before they get canceled. True Blood is safe, Alan Ball. As long as it gets viewers, press, and award nominations, HBO will be happy to keep it around. Give we viewers a little break--and give Sookie some time to fix her house up!

  3. Maybe I need to clarify that "I can't wait to see what happens next." I do feel that way about certain characters, but there are many others that I would be just as happy to never see again.

    Jen, I think the entire third season has happened in less than a week. I'm not sure why they're doing such a truncated timeline; it makes things feel way too rushed. And, I've thought many times that Gran would be horrified by the state her house is still in.