Set in modern times, vampires roam the Earth and are humans' mortal enemies. However, a substitute has been found for human blood, a substitute that vampires can consume with the same effect as human blood. This is True Blood. Now humans and vampires can co-exist in harmony, and even form relationships. But there will always be rogue elements on both sides ready to exploit the uneasy truce.Written by
During a 2019 interview with Stephen Root on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air", Root recalled his role on this show - and especially his work with fellow actor Nelsan Ellis - fondly: "(I played a) gay vampire. I'm very proud to say that. That was a role that came by. And I was like, this is exactly what I tell young actors to do. If you're a little afraid of the role, you should jump on it. So I jumped on it and really had a good time doing it. It was out of my comfort zone, you know, kissing and the whole nine yards. And I learned a lot doing that role to really relax, just like any other role. It was great." The interviewer, Dave Davies, asked, "The guy you were kissing there was an actor named Nelsan Ellis, right?" and Root resumed, "Nelsan Ellis, yes, brilliant actor. And he went on to do many more years of that show and a lot more intimate scenes on that show. But I think ours was the first that was - you really saw an intimate kissing scene. And I think he was certainly more nervous than I was because what I learned from this is it's very, very technical - intimate scenes are - especially kissing because you'll approach from the left. And you say, and Nelsan, I'm going to kiss here, then I'm going to come out. And I'm going to come out, and we're going to go to the right. And then we'll do a full open mouth, and then we'll come out again. So it was all very technical, which, I think, calmed him down as well as myself." See more »
A general issue throughout the series is that Bill allowed Sookie to be beat and subsequently gave her his blood the night they met. Those events actually happened the next night, the second night they knew each other. See more »
I always thought as different as we are, some how we could still be together. And now I don't know.
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There is no doubt in my mind that True Blood is developing it's die-hard cult fans even as I write this.
Director Alan Ball has successfully adapted the show from the southern vampire series penned by Charlaine Harris. The show incorporates the gritty, down-south, feel that permeates Harris's books. The imagery, whether in landscape or in outfits, is incredible and really gives the viewer a chance to feel the atmosphere of the story.
The music is unbeatable... The opening credits rolling by is enough to hook a person right there.
The acting by lead characters is great. Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse is incredible. She's captured just the right tones of innocence, lively spark, and morals that personify Sookie. The only thing that might be noted is that her accent seems a little off, I can't say how specifically it just sounds wrong which is understandable as she's a Canadian.
Stephen Moyer as 'Vampire Bill' is great as well. I thought his accent was great, much more realistic than other characters who I had definite red flags pop up when I heard them speak. His screen presence is unbeatable and he fits the role of a vampire almost eerily well.
I'm looking for some better character development in Tara, Sookie's close friend, she seems to fit a stereotype a bit too well for my taste. Hopefully writers will mix things up for Tara a little, give her some great lines.
So acting is a 8 out of 10, Screenplay and Scenery get a definite 10 out of 10, and the score is 10 out of 10.
True Blood is the kind of show that comes along and while it has every opportunity to fall flat, sinking into the rut of so many other 'vampire TV shows', it rises above and makes its own cut into the genre.
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