I went to Boston over the weekend and spent the night at a friend’s house – a friend who just happens to have HBO – so we watched the second season premiere of True Blood. I’ve seen a few episodes before, but I’m in no way an expert. Of course, that never prevented me from providing my opinion before…
1. All in all, I very much enjoyed the show. It’s dark and scary, funny and sexy and has a number of very unique characters. Best of all, I don’t know what’s going to happen next. That, in and of itself, is a rarity for a television show.
2. I do have to complain about Bill’s hair. I understand the guy has been dead for over a hundred years, but am I expected to believe that in all that time, he never thought to stop at a barber who keeps night hours? Bill is supposed to be the romantic lead, but I couldn’t get past his shellacked-on hairdo.
3. I love the way they’ve written Sookie because she’s not just the perfect romantic damsel. She’s strong and independent but also quite a bit self-centered and annoying. She’s drawn as a real person who has both positive and negative qualities. She’s as real as it is possible to be when you’re fictional and your boyfriend is a vampire.
4. It’s a toss up whether my favorite character is Jason or Sam. One is pretty and dumb, but sweet. The other is tortured, vulnerable and can turn himself into a collie. Really, who can choose?
5. I love how many great character actors have parts in this show. Chris Bauer is one of my favorites from his days as Faith’s husband on Third Watch. William Sanderson will always be Larry (who had a brother Darryl, and another brother Darryl) from Newhart, but I still enjoy seeing him in other projects like Lonesome Dove and Deadwood. I was also thrilled to see Todd Lowe since I’m such a Gilmore Girls fan and haven’t seen him around since it went off the air.
6. I’ve got to say that the actor who played Eric creeped me out. I know he’s a big, tall guy, but did you see his arms? They went all the way down to his kneecaps! The guy reminded me of an ape. I just couldn’t get past it, every time he was in a scene, he didn’t walk so much as he lumbered. Speaking of arms, I’m obsessed with Tara’s biceps. I don’t know how she got them, but I want them.
7. So far, I’m finding Jessica hilarious. The problem is, I think she’s one of those characters where a little will go a long way. What is hilarious now will probably end up being horribly annoying by Episode 4.
8. The one part of the show I wasn’t that crazy about was the Tara/Maryanne storyline. Tara has been introduced as a world-weary, street-smart girl. All of a sudden a rich older woman is offering to take care of her with no strings attached and Tara is just taken in? I’m sorry, but anyone could see that Maryanne has an agenda from a hundred miles away. Certainly anyone as smart as Tara, anyway. I hate it when intelligent characters are put in situations where they are forced to ignore all signs of common sense.
I’m trying to decide whether it’s worthwhile to call my cable company and install HBO or wait until Season Two comes to Netflix and just rent it.