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5.0 out of 5 stars
A deliciously sexy and utterly addictive show!, 27 Aug 2009
TrueBlood takes place in a small town called Bon Temps in Northern Louisiana. The show is centered around Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar winner, Anna Paquin) a telepathic barmaid, who meets her first vampire one night in Merlotte's Bar. Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Sookie embark on an intense and increasingly dangerous relationship, much to the shock and condemnation of the residents of Bon Temps. When there is a murder at Merlotte's, Bill is the first to be accused among Sookie's brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and she must use her telepathic ability to track down the killer.
The casting for this show is perfect; Anna Paquin delivers an amazing performance as Sookie Stackshouse. She is naive and vulnerable, and yet strong and seductive. The chemistry between herself and Stephen Moyer, vampire Bill Compton, is electrifying! Moyer himself is no halloween vampire; he is brooding and portrays perfectly Bill's regret for his lost humanity. Ryan Kwanten as Jason at first seems very self-assured, but in fact he is even more naive than Sookie and has no awareness of the consequences of his actions. Owner of Merlotte's Bar and Sookie's boss is Sam, played by Sam Tremmell. Harbouring a long suppressed infatuation with Sookie, Sam does his best to remain neutral around her but slips up every now and then. Resident grouch and best friend of Sookie is Tara Thornton, played by Rutina Wesley. It is hard to even begrudge her bad language, Wesley seems to embody the character of Tara so completely and with such comedic finesse. Similarly with Nelson Ellis' character Lafayette Reynolds, Tara's cousin. Perhaps the most striking character is Alexander Skasgard's Eric Northman, the vampire "Sheriff". Eric is utterly ruthless and deadly upon first impressions, but actually turns out to have a dry sense of humour that can be both hilarious and terrifying.
TrueBlood is not for the faint-hearted. A combination of graphic sex scenes and bloody violence makes the show a little harsh, but nevertheless does not detract from its entertainment value. The sex and violence is not gratuitous, but integral to the plot. Ryan Kwanten often features in the more realistic sex scenes, as his character is certainly confident! However, scenes between Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are more tender and intense. As with the violence, it is not prolonged but chilling.
I absolutely adore Alan Ball's adaptation of the equally addictive Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Harris has created a truely unique concept in an area that is widely coveted by other authors and directors; she takes the popular vampire story and turn it on it's head. Ball's translation of book to screen can only be faulted by the differences between them, but this is to be expected to fill out the series more. Jason, Tara and Lafayette get a lot more involvement than in the books, but their storylines are just as thrilling as Sookie's. All in all, a deliciously indulgent series!