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True Blood - Strange Love

episode 1.1

USA 2008
produced by
Carol Dunn Trussell, Alexander Woo, Alan Ball (executive) for Your Face Goes Here Entertainment/HBO
directed by Alan Ball
starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Jim Parrack, Carry Preston, Michael Raymond-James, William Sanderson, Lynn Collins, Lois Smith, James Parks, Karina Logue, Danielle Sapia, Josh Kelly, Jessica Stroup, Lorna Scott, Jessica Tuck, Graham Shiels, Bill Maher, P.J. O'Rourke, Lorin McCraley, John Henry Canavan, John F.Schaffer, Larry Udy, David Lewis, Brendan Patrick Connor, Jennifer Hasty
screenplay by Alan Ball, based on the novels by Charlaine Harris, music by Nathan Barr, special makeup effects by MastersFX, visual effects by Zoic Studios

TV series
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review by
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The near future, when vampires have made themselves known to humankind and want to live in peaceful coexistance, since they don't pose too much of a threat on us humans anymore since synthetic blood was developed to perfection: Sookie (Anna Paquin) is a slightly naive young woman with telepathic powers that enable her to read other people's minds - but that power hasn't done her much good, she is working at a dead end job waiting tables at a bar and grill in some backwoods Louisiana village, a job she keeps mainly because she's pretty, smiles on command, and her boss Sam (Sam Trammell) is in love with her.

One day a vampire, Bill (Stephen Moyer), the first the village has ever seen, walks into the bar, and Sookie falls for him hook, line and sinker, mainly because he is not only handsome but she also cannot read his mind, something that totally fascinates her (after all, being able to read everyone's mind can be a bit of a pain). But as soon as she has fallen for him, as soon he is gone with a couple of local crooks, Mack (James Parks) and Denise (Karina Logue), who want to drain him of his blood - because while vampires need human blood (or its substitute) to survive, vampire blood acts like a powerful drug on humans. Mack and Denise want to drain Bill of his blood, but Sookie's mindreading abilities have given the two away, and she manages to chase Mack and Denise off and save the vampire ...

The next day, Sookie learns that her brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is suspected of killing a woman (Danielle Sapia) and is most probably guilty because there's video evidence. Sookie's worried sick, but then vampire Bill shows up again, and promises to meet her after work, and all her worries are gone ... but after work, she only runs into Mack and Denise, who brutally beat her up ...

 

Pretty much yet another vampire TV-series that focuses on the difficult love story between a human and a vampire, this one at least tries to add a few extra aspects to the basic formula like Sookie's ESP powers and the whole peaceful coexistence-premise. This all doesn't make True Blood terribly original, but to be honest, this first episode has its entertaining moments and even shows glimpses of irony. Plus, Anna Paquin is pretty good in the lead. That all said, this isn't really good, not even inthe vampire-subgenre, but you could do worse (Vampire Diaries, anyone?).

 

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