Friday, August 31, 2012
1759 - True Blood: season five
In the mean time, True Blood! True Blood is a messy show, and it's not just because of all the sexy gore. It's pretty famous for starting seasons with a bunch of seemingly random and pointless storylines, and then finding a (usually pretty neat) way of getting them all together by the end. But sometimes they just have terrible storylines like Terry and his war-ghost thing. If this show was a hamburger, that would have been the bread crumbs you put in when you just don't have enough of the good stuff to make it a proper meal.
I'm going to get into some SPOILERS, so avoid the rest of this if you're not caught up on this season. This season was more-or-less about the looking war between humans and... everyone else, I suppose. They showed it in a nice small way with a hate-monger group, and that was a good indication about how there were probably groups of people like this all around. We got re-introduced to a newly vamped Rev. Steve Newland (awesome), as well as big-bad Russel (who went out in about as anti-climatic a way as possible). The surprising highlight of this season for me was Tara as a vampire. I never thought Tara would become one of the most interesting characters on this show, but they did a phenomenal turn-around with her. And the decision to have the slow-play between her and Pam was just pure wonderful. Can't wait to see more of them. Eric is probably my real favorite character - he's the most complex - not a villain, not a hero, but he's got a good heart beneath it all. He gives a shit when it counts, but he's not afraid to get his hands dirty.
Another one of the stronger character moves was slowing turning Bill from this pansy vampire that we first met into... well, I can only assume that he's going to be almost pure villain when we return next season. It would have been a complete shock to have killed him all together - but the choice they've made here, if done properly, is pretty damn delightful.
I don't love this show, but it's absolutely a guilty pleasure of mine. If you want to see a wonderfully campy soap opera about vampires, werewolves, and other creatures in the deep south - it doesn't get much more fun than this.