Even as a TV viewer very weary of vampire shows, I was drawn in by the promos to check out the premiere, and I have to say True Blood has a lot going for it!
They took full advantage of being on HBO with some creepy vampire scenes including a super creepy vampire sex scene, but I guess with the point being vampires working their way into normal society, that's going to be an element of it all.
What I really liked was the different spin on vampires - I'm still freaked out by them but they aren't "really" the bad guys here. They're treated as another race discriminated against for their past with controversy over if they can be trusted and who's associating with them. With the fact that they're still tempted by real blood, as opposed to the "True Blood" drink, the element of danger still hanging in the air is perfect to keep our interest.
This whole deal didn't entirely win me over but is getting there since they're doing it in a pretty intriguing way, but what did win me over were the characters. Our main character, Sookie Stackhouse is endearing and just that different and interesting sort of girl you enjoy following around for a series, especially when there are a bunch of dumb people around who you can dislike through this person.
I didn't quite get why she can read people's minds. I guess the point is that she's special and different and that's why the vampire is attracted to her. I don't want this to turn into the next Buffy The Vampire Slayer, except this time the tough main girl fighting for the vampires, which I'm a little concerned it might.
I like the vein the show is following now of showing the weirdness going on behind the scenes of everyday life, though, so we'll see how it goes.
Back on the characters, I also really like Sookie's friend Tara and the gay cook at the bar - he's fantastic and a really great not-too-corny comic relief. I was starting to like Sookie's boss as well, but then around the end he gave her a hug and got a bit creepy in his desirous thoughts of her. Then again, I guess everyone sounds a little weird in their private thoughts, so we'll see how he turns out.
He's certainly a romantic possibility for Sookie that might get interesting as he tries to fight for her against good ol' Vampire Bill, and I don't see getting a vampire angry a good thing. But with the point being that vampires can and should fit into society, I think we'll be seeing the relationship between Bill and Sookie develop a lot more, causing all sorts of conflicts with others that I think will actually make a decent plot.
With these characters and the direction of the plot starting up in the premiere, I was pretty impressed by HBO's hyped up True Blood and would definitely recommend it to vampire-show-lovers and non-lovers alike.
If you're a vampire show fan and checked out the premiere, what'd you think? Does it measure up to your previous vampire favs?
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