Knowing my weakness for vampire stories and my recent withdrawal after finishing the Twilight series, my friend Clarabella pointed me to the new HBO series, True Blood, which just premiered. I downloaded the first episode posthaste and proceeded to kick back on the couch, wine glass in hand, to check out what’s sure to be my newest addiction.
True Blood is based on a series of novels by Charlaine Harris, a Mississippi author. The show is set in small-town Louisiana, which means there will be a lot of bad fake Louisiana/Cajun accents to contend with, I must warn you. (As far as setting goes, Twilight has got True Blood beat. The gray and rainy Pacific Northwest beats the Bayou any day — just ask a vampire. The Twilight books’ setting also feeds my current need for cold-weather-based entertainment, as I am stuck in the neverending New Wye summer at the moment, and gladly would kill for fifteen minutes in Forks, Washington. Anyway!)
The show starts out well with a sexy title sequence:
We’ve got vampires, blood, gyration, gospel choirs, religious fanaticism, and that same decomposing fox from the opening sequence of Adaptation.
Our main character is Sookie, whose name rhymes with cookie, unlike the Sookie on Gilmore Girls whose name rhymes with spooky. This is going to take me a while to get used to.
Sookie is a waitress, and one of those highly-sexualized-yet-still-innocent types. She is also telepathic, but that doesn’t seem important so far.
Next of course, we need a Mysterious Vampire Dude:
And that is him. I won’t reveal his name, because the moment in the pilot where Sookie learns his name is kind of funny, and I don’t want to ruin that joke for you, because there are not a lot of jokes to be had here.
When Sookie and this vampire are together, there is much tension. See:
Things are tense. Is it sexual tension? Is it tension of the “I vant to bite your neck” variety? Hard to say!
One of the best things about the show so far is the outside of the bar where Sookie works:
See how it sort of rises up out of the swamp with its blur of neon and seediness? Nice design there.
After only one episode, I am feeling a little meh about the show. Meh. M-E-H. It has the potential to be really entertaining, but (as with almost all HBO dramas, I feel), there is a soupçon of Trying Too Hard. While I generally think vampires are sexy (I mean, they are on Buffy; they are in Twilight), the vampires here are not so much. However! There is still plenty of sex, because it’s on HBO! So, yeah! There is sex! That we can watch! Unfortunately, the sex is more creepy and off-putting than titillating. Hey, this is just one woman’s opinion.
Nonetheless, I will certainly be tuning in for a few more episodes to see what happens. I really want to like this show, I do. The HBO dramas tend to be slow starters, so there is still hope!
Have you seen it? Opinions?