So who caught the season premiere of True Blood the other night? What did you think?
Last summer I read all the Sookie Stackhouse novels* all in a row, and right in the middle—probably four books in—I started watching the show. With the book plots still so fresh in my mind, I found myself getting irritated when the show would veer off in a different direction from the books. “That’s not what really happens!” I’d chide the television set.
Now, with most of the books’ plot lines all fuzzy in my brain, I’m finding myself being okay with the start of season three being almost nothing like the start of book three. Sure, Bill is kidnapped, but not by Lorena (unless that’s revealed later). And what the hell is Operation Werewolf (unless it turns out to be the bounty hunting werepack)? Whatever it is that’s going on, I’m enjoying the fact that I can’t predict what’s going to happen this season—a product of HBO taking the book series and continuing to run with it in new directions + my inability to remember all the details of the books at this point. I can dig it.
During the season premiere, I found myself asking, “Will we see Bill be more of a bad-ass this season?” It seems like this might be so. Last summer, while watching the first two seasons of the show, Chas complained that Bill was such a weenie. “He’s a vampire; he should be kicking ass. What’s his problem?” was his sentiment, I believe. I told him the kick-ass vampire antics were reserved for Erik, because Bill was a character that was written more for girls, in the oooh-he-can-be-a-big-brute-but-look-how-sweet-he-is-watch-me-swoon sort of way. And even though I totally fell for it—having ovaries and all—I will admit that the ooey-gooey Bill got to be too much for me, and I’m ready to see Bill tear shit up from here on out.
I’m still finding the Tara sub-plot boring and annoying. I’ve felt this way since the beginning of the television series. I think Charlaine Harris knew what she was doing when she kept Tara a minor character in the books. Tara’s cousin Lafayette is great, per usual, though. I’m glad they kept him alive in the show.
On a different note, I love how HBO uses the same group of actors across their programming. “Hey, I know that guy!” I exclaimed when the Magister came on screen the other night. It was none other than creepy-ass J.J. from Big Love**.
In that same vein, I can’t look at:
• Andy Bellefleur without thinking of shady Frank Sobotka from The Wire.
• Maryann the Maenad without thinking of the wife from In Treatment.
• Sheriff Dearborne without thinking of E.B. Farnum from Deadwood (“Shoo, skunk, shoo!”)
Who else am I overlooking here? Are there any other actors on True Blood that are also on other HBO shows?
Speaking of Deadwood, though, it has been discussed recently that Chas and I should re-watch that show soon. That still remains as one of my favorite television series of all time***. Plus, I think it would inspire me to make a rustic frontier themed or old-time saloon inspired garland, and that sounds like fun!
Photos via trueblood.net.
* Currently, I’m about halfway through Dead in the Family. I was going to save it for later in the summer, but I just couldn’t wait!
** A great show that totally jumped the shark last season due to plots so unrealistic they ran more on the silly side of things than anything else. Plus, Bill Paxton’s acting skills totally reeked. I don’t know if it was because the writing was so bad, or what. Can the writers reel it back in and make the show great again? I’d really like that, and I’ve heard rumors that is their plan, but I’m not holding my breath.
*** And yes, I still wish I could find and purchase this shirt.