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Review: “True Blood”
June 9, 2013 | 08:00AM PT
Cast additions and strong plot threads inject life into HBO’s crazy vampire drama.
Brian Lowry TV Columnist @blowryontv
After a couple of seasons where the show and its mythology have grown increasingly crazy and outlandish, “True Blood” returns on somewhat surer footing, with a couple of key cast additions and driving storylines to bolster the serialized drama. Once one of HBO’s biggest assets, the series has been eclipsed qualitatively and buzz-wise by newer entries like “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” but when on its game, the vampire drama proves there’s still life left in it, even if there’s a good chance the whole thing goes skidding off the blood-soaked rails.
Recapping where we stand heading into the season would be exhausting, but suffice to say Louisiana’s new governor (the always-welcome Arliss Howard) has declared what amounts to war on the vampire population, with powerful new tools at his disposal. Meanwhile, the telepathic Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her dim-witted brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) encounter a new faerie grandfather (Rutger Hauer), as they continue to explore the mysterious vampire Warlow, responsible for the death of their parents.
Finally, there’s Sookie’s sometimes-lover, always-vampiric Bill (Stephen Moyer), whose encounter with the Vampire Authority has left him … different. Throw in a handful of other subplots of varying quality, and nobody will accuse “True Blood” of skimping on narrative threads or action, even if some of it is of the fang-gnashing variety and risks choking on its own excess.
At first an interesting metaphor for bigotry, the show has gradually moved further away from any significant resonance beyond escapism as it layered on werewolves, shape-shifters, faeries and witches, creating a teeming roster of “supernaturals” in its small-town environs.
The new season (with Alan Ball, who developed the show from Charlaine Harris’ books, having yielded day-to-day stewardship, followed by a subsequent showrunner change) doesn’t completely bring the show back to its roots. Yet the three previewed hours do return to establishing the uneasy relationship between humans and vampires, while continuing to juggle the vast assortment of players introduced since its beginnings.
For HBO, “True Blood” has become what amounts to a utility player—a 10-episode bridge (reflecting a slightly shortened run compared to previous seasons) to keep some sizzle going during the summer, with “The Newsroom” due in July.
By that measure, the macabre drama has less riding on it, even as author Harris has chosen to wrap up its literary version, to the chagrin of some fans. Nevertheless, if the show can adhere to the path upon which season six sets out, there’s no reason to stick a stake in it just yet.
True Blood (Series; HBO, Sun. June 16, 9 p.m.)
Filmed in Los Angeles by Your Face Goes Here Entertainment.
Executive producers, Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Gregg Fienberg, Mark Hudis, Alexander Woo, Raelle Tucker; co-executive producers, Angela Robinson, Rob DesHotel; supervising producer, Robin Veith; producer, Bruce Dunn; director, Stephen Moyer; writer, Tucker; camera, David Klein; production designer, Suzuki Ingerslev; editor, Louise A. Innes; music, Nathan Barr; casting, Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein. 60 MIN.
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, Carrie Preston, Todd Lowe, Chris Bauer, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Lauren Bowles, Joe Manganiello, Michael McMillian, Lucy Griffiths, Kelly Overton, Anna Camp, Arliss Howard, Rob Kazinsky, Rutger Hauer, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Amelia Rose-BlaireJune 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm #275405
Ok I will say what everyone is thinking
“I am only still watching this show to see Sookie and Jessica naked.”
jk.June 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm #275406
Episode Title: “Who Are You, Really?”
Synopsis: In the season 6 premiere, Sookie, Eric, and Jessica deal with Bill’s messy reincarnation and aren’t sure who or what he is, nor are they anxious to find out; Alcide takes over as pack master and discovers that there are certain perks that come along with the job as well as unsavory side dishes; Andy grapples with being a new father to multiple newborn fairies; Truman Burrell, the newly elected governor of Louisiana, declares imminent war on all vampires; Jason hitches a ride with a creepy stranger.
Guest Stars: Arliss Howard, Rutger Hauer, Robert Patrick, Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Discuss.June 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #275407
Truman Burrell should be a good adversary this season.June 17, 2013 at 7:09 am #275408
This premiere had a thread or three too many going on, but that’s nothing new for this show. I think I would have focused most of the episode on Bill’s transformation and all of the gang’s reactions from that over checking in on Andy and his multiples or Alcide as new packmaster. I’m curious if they’re really going to have Bill be the big bad this season. That would be interesting, though Arliss Howard did make a good first impression tonight as the corrupt governor of Louisiana. Great episode for Deborah Ann Woll. I hope she’s used well this season. Jason’s not much fun anymore, but maybe there’s something with him meeting his new fairie grandfather coming up. Not enough Lafayette either, but his one scene with Sam was a good one. So glad they killed off Luna. I guess that makes Sam a makeshift father to Lucy. Any scenes with Kristin Bauer von Straten are a treat. Pam and Tara as a couple could either be something worth seeing or a total disaster, but we’ll see on that one. Eric’s goodbye to Sookie was surprisingly poignant for what it was. It won’t last that long, but it might be a good development to see Sookie not be so attached to Bill and Eric for awhile. But the reviews did say that Sookie’s going to be involved with a new love interest this season, so maybe not. Nice setup for the season.
Grade for “Who Are You, Really?”: BJune 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm #275409
WARNING: LONG POST. Here we go I love a good mystery! So apparently they are killing off a main character on True Blood this season episode 6. Episode 7 is titled “The Funeral” So one would think that it would have to be a non vampire that dies. However, this is True Blood, if any show could have a funeral for a pile of blood it’s this show. I’ve thought about this a lot, They would never kill off Bill, Sookie or Eric(although he is rumored to be the one but that would kill the ratings) Sam is the only shifter so I think he is safe. Tara Rutina Wesley is my fav, so I refuse to believe its her and why would they bring back Tara as a vampire to kill her off one season later. Lafayette and Pam are very popular with fans, so I don’t think it’s them and sherif Andy just became a father so I doubt it’s him. Alcide is the only main character that’s a werewolf so it’s probably not him. That leaves Terry, Arlene, Jessicah or Jason. Who is it? my money is on Jason.June 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm #275410
Sign at anti-vampire protest rally: “God Hates Fangs”
Sort of validates the theory about one of the significant subtexts of the storyJune 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm #275411
Sign at anti-vampire protest rally: “God Hates Fangs”
Sort of validates the theory about one of the significant subtexts of the story
The sign’s been in the opening theme since the beginning.June 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm #275412
Episode Title: “The Sun”
Synopsis: Sookie and Jason learn about their family’s history from a long-lost relative; Eric tries to reverse the governor’s anti-vampire initiatives; Sam tries to tamp down the zealotry of a supernatural-rights advocate, but he can’t avoid a confrontation with Alcide and Martha over Emma’s future; Bill is shocked by the scope of his newfound powers; Sookie meets a mysterious stranger who shares her fairie powers; Tara is victimized by a new government weapon.
Guest Stars: Dale Dickey, Rutger Hauer, Arliss Howard, Robert Patrick, Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Discuss.June 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm #275413
Thought this was a good episode; the mangled woman getting blood “sucked” out of her – fantastic.June 24, 2013 at 6:08 am #275414
Much better episode than the season premiere. Now it seems like things are being set into motion for the rest of the season. Bill as new Lillith is a compelling storyline (the blood drain was excellent), and this is the best that Deborah Ann Woll has been in a long while. Sookie’s new love interest might be a good one down the line or not. Rutger Hauer is much better than I thought he’d be as Sookie and Jason’s fairie grandfather. The only interesting part of Sam’s arc right now is Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who made a great first impression tonight. And Eric’s awesomeness continues.
Grade for “The Sun”: B+June 29, 2013 at 10:05 pm #275415
Episode Title: “You’re No Good”
Synopsis: Irate over Governor Burrell’s blatant aggression toward vampires, Eric takes matters into his own hands and learns some valuable information from someone in the governor’s inner circle; after dangerously testing the limits of his own power, Bill enlists a TruBlood innovator to synthesize a new type of blood, but he has difficulty finding the right donor; Sookie begins to learn why Warlow is after her; Sam receives unexpected help from Nicole and her Vampire Unity Society (V.U.S.) associates; Jessica is sent out on an important errand; Steve Newlin finds that his past ideals are turning into a current nightmare.
Guest Stars: Anna Camp, Dale Dickey, Arliss Howard, Michael McMillian, Robert Patrick, Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Discuss.July 1, 2013 at 9:17 am #275416
Slightly scattered episode, but I’m into where they’re taking things this season. The overall episode would have been better just focusing on the main storyline of Sookie/Jason/the fairie grandfather/new guy love interest and how they’re going to face off against Warlow, then the secondary storyline of Bill’s newfound powers and anything with Jessica in it (Deborah Ann Woll is having a stellar season so far). Not as interested in Sam’s dealings with the werewolves or Andy trying to get Holly back or his ever-growing daughters. The reunion of the Newlins was great. Anna Camp, bitches! She was more effective in one scene here than an entire misguided season of appearances on “The Mindy Project,” which is a sad reality. Her chemistry opposite Michael McMillian is still through the roof. Eric’s dealings with the governor’s daughter were interesting. Alexander Skarsgard’s still got it in spades. Very nice cast additions so far with Rutger Hauer (who knew?), Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Arliss Howard. Not nearly enough scenes with Lafayette in them, and shoehorning him in with Sam’s nonsense is disappointing instead of giving him his own storylines (get him back to being a medium again, or better yet, call up Alfre Woodard and/or Adina Porter for some guest spots ASAP). I also hope the Pam/Tara dynamic continues to be explored. It would be a waste to make Tara into a vampire if this is all they’re going to give Rutina Wesley this season.
Grade for “You’re No Good”: B
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