I've become obsessed with this show and long to discuss it with a group of adults. In my quest to find serious analysis I stumbled across the fandom, where hordes of twentysomethings are 'squee'-ing a 'lulz'-ing (yeah, there is lots to squee and lulz about but they're doing it to the wrong things, mostly) and generally being asses. Pity it hasn't seemed to have caught on with the serious film analysis crowd just yet but I'm sure it will because it deserves to.
The show is an extraordinarily entertaining mix of high and low camp, extremely well done melodrama, Southern Gothic, romance, horror, suspense, raunch, a satisfyingly consistent fantasy mythos, paranormal thrills and chills, and just generally a lot of fantastic fucking fun.
The music isn't bad either.
(season two wraps up in three Sunday's and I hope we get that soundtrack soon thereafter)
Alan Ball, of Six Feet Under fame, produces True Blood. The cast is outstanding and interesting, the writing superb, the directing, the costuming, all of it is highly rewarding to watch. The characters are diverse and fascinating.
The show takes an overall stance of revulsion against hypocrisy and fundamentalism, with themes of minority rights (vampires in True Blood universe have 'come out of the coffin' due to a Japanese company inventing the synthetic blood product True Blood, which theoretically ends their need to feed on humans, and some
of them are trying to 'mainstream'.) civil rights, tolerance, love, redemption, and loyalty.
Watch the opening sequence.
Watch True Blood online.
The action takes place in fictional Bon Temps, Louisiana with Sookie Stackhouse, human waitress at the town watering hole Merlotte's, as the main character. Sookie is a plucky telepath who quickly comes to the attention of the new vampire in town, Bill Compton, a chivalrous Civil War veteran who has come back to his ancestral home. Bill is a 'mainstreamer'.
The vampires have a political structure, and Louisiana's vampire sheriff is Eric Northman, a 1000 year old Viking. When he finds out Sookie is a telepath all sorts of fun ensues as he maneuvers ways to use her abilities for his own purposes. Eric is not
Anybody wanna take a bite?
This is a show RI'ers can sink their teeth into.