NB This is a review of the first season of the HBO series True Blood and not the book series. I can't find the "add review" button on the True Blood mainPage, so I'm leaving this review here for now. True Blood is a series about Sookie Stackhouse, who despite having a pornstar name, is ironically the only person in her podunk, Louisiana town who isn't shagging someone every five minutes. The reason for this is because she can read minds and as such, she finds the thoughts of most men off-putting. That is until Sookie meets Bill, a local vampire whose thoughts she cannot hear. PROS
- The show's premise of putting vampires into a mundane, real world setting. It was interesting seeing a vampire give a talk on his life throughout the civil war.
- This real world Watchmen treatment also means that the vampires do not necessarily prescribe to the whole leather thing. The vampires are more diverse.
- Although the protagonist looks gormless (and often is), Sookie can be refreshingly observant compared to most drama protagonists.
- Good performances all around, and many interesting (if familiar) characters.
- Very stylish opening credits which adequately conveys the message of the series.
- Being HBO, the series sticks in gratuitous sex scenes all the time. It often felt like an unnecessary distraction from the murder mystery which the series was supposed to be centred around.
- On the mystery itself: There is very little sleuthing going on throughout and I was especially irritated when the killer was revealed. Usually in these yarns the culprit is the guy you least suspect, but at least the reveal comes with a satisfactory explanation which shows how you could have figured out for yourself. In True Blood, there is absolutely nothing - no nuances/signs/clues to look out for. Do not waste your time trying to figure it out who the murderer is because this isn't a proper mystery story.
- Their is a very unsubtle parallel drawn between vampires and the treatment of homosexuals. It doesn't really work when you realise how dangerous and distrustful these jerkoff vampires actually are.
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