True Blood is a drama on HBO based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. The books are not extremely well-written, but I am happy that there is a show about them. I have enjoyed the show since early Season 2. I became addicted to the drama, characters (Pam, Jessica, Eric, Sam [without Luna] and Alcide are my favorite characters on the show), storylines, and how the show handled the vampire lore from the books.
The show did well for the first two seasons. I think they jumped the shark when Bill (a vampire) was having sex with Lorena (his vampire maker) and turned her head 180 degrees around so he didn’t have to look at her while he had sex with her. The rest of the season was way too campy and we saw Denis O’Hare as Russell Edgington, the psychotic vampire who really went off the deep end when his lover of 700 years, Talbot, was murdered by Eric, the Viking vampire. Eric’s human family had been slaughtered by werewolves under the control of Russell over 1000 years ago. Eric killed what meant most to Russell as revenge against Russell for taking what meant the most to Eric.
We got back down to earth for Season 4 and the fans were split between rooting for the vampires we like and the witches who gave the vampires a good run for their money. A powerful ancient witch/necromancer (Antonia) possessed the body of a much less-powerful witch named Marnie. Antonia had a spell that caused vampires in the immediate vicinity to seek the sun. She also controlled vampires as they are dead. This was honestly the toughest battle the vampires had to fight. I was so happy the show was back to almost what they were in the first two seasons.
With the lackluster fifth season coming to a close last night, I don’t know where the show can go from here. It’s drowning. I wish they had stuck to using the books as a baseline. It kept the stories tighter and provided a more solid foundation (except for Season 3). Now, the show has turned into something where werewolves are easily conquered, vampires are too fast and too strong to ever lose a battle (and can only be taken down using the element of surprise), and faeries (as awesome as they appear in the books – as fast, beautiful, devious, conniving, vicious, and strong as vampires) are nothing more than a waste of camera space. Seriously, I am so mad at the show for how they handled the fae this season.
What would have been nice would have been to see Lilith be revealed as a half-ling (faerie/human) who lost her light and became the first vampire, then that would have introduced light and dark faeries. It could have been this whole plot to bring down vampires with Lilith versus the light faeries.
The season finale had an ending – highlight for spoilers - that had Bill die and come back as the embodiment of Lilith, which I suspected was her plan all along. At least Bill is dead. Now, I just wonder what this will mean for him in the future. Bill is gone. How many episodes can we possibly go through trying to reach him with Sookie trying to “find” Bill with Eric knowing that he’s really truly dead. Now that Lilith walks among us…which doesn’t make sense! Does this mean that all vampires can come back if enough of their blood is drank? Lilith was killed by humans who silvered her and made her meet the sun. Is she trying to meet the same fate again? How can you be a vampire ghost? This isn’t The Sims 3! I’m also NOT a fan of the Tara/Pam new lesbian relationship. I’d rather them have a grudging respect for each other and work to become friends. I’m also tired of the nudity on the show! It’s Season 2 all over again. Ugh!
I just don’t see it for the show beyond last night. This was a mediocre season with a pretty awesome season finale (way to write for your last episode, Alan Ball, but you had a lot of crappy mess to pull together. Kudos!), but that doesn’t make up for a season of a lot of episodes to wind up with nothing actually being done by the end of it except for Bill to die, come back as Lilith, and trick us into believing that the war will take up next season (hopefully the last one at this rate), when it can really be wrapped up in 4-6 episodes so we can move on to something else.
Also, WHERE THE HECK WAS WARLOW? ALL THIS TALK OF HIM AND HE DOESN’T SHOW UP! Watch this if you saw the season finale but didn’t watch it on HBO GO.
This show has become a Passions-level soap opera and I’m very sad about it. I miss what the show was prior to Season 3 and for much of Season 4. What Sam did was pretty awesome, though, and had me screaming a bad word about 4 times in my hollow living room. I need to go back and watch that again because it was amazing. Overall, the season was the worst I’ve ever seen of this show. I hope next season is better, but I don’t hold out such high hopes.
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