“I wanna do bad things with you.”
If you’ve ever managed to watch HBO’s wildly popular vampire series, True Blood, then you know that these are lyrics featured in the opening credits, and not me getting fresh. The third season premiered on Sunday night and I’ve been waiting for months for the show’s return. I’ve been a fan of the show since the first season. It pretty much goes without saying that I’ve got a thing for vampires. If there’s a movie or a TV show with them in it, I’ll tune in. What makes this series fun for me is the camp factor. Sure, most of the traditional rules about vamps apply here (stay away from the silver, watch the garlic, no one can resist my seductive vampire charm), but it doesn’t take itself too seriously, is uber-Southern, the dialogue drips cheese and there’s plenty of shots with men without their shirts on. What’s not to love about that?
True Blood is based on a series of books by Charlaine Harris and is centered around the life of mind reading waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Pacquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer), her vampire boyfriend. The first two seasons, for the most part, have stayed pretty loyal to the books. There’s been some variation, but there’s only so much you can do in one hour of television each week. The show deals with prejudice in an interesting way (a world where vampires are living out in the open and drinking synthetic blood, not human blood), religious tolerance and discord (there’s a right wing group called the “Fellowship of the Sun” who would like to capture and destroy all vampires by exposing them to sunlight) and feeds (pun intended) on the curiosity factor that almost everyone has wondered about one time or another: what would it really be like to be with a vampire?
Now that the characters (and the audience) has been established and the sophmore slump has passed, I’m really looking forward to this season. Yes, I’ve read the series and know what to expect from the characters in general, but I can’t wait to see how those elements get worked into the series. This I can tell you: werewolves will be a welcome addition, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) should undergo a very interesting transformation and Bill and Sookie will have some growing pains. Enjoy!
Until next week (and my next obsession)!
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