True Blood: initial thoughts
(No, it isn’t available streaming. kniedzw moved it up in his DVD queue, which I’d been too lazy to do.)
I’ve only seen two episodes so far. But I wanted to post about my initial reaction, because it’s so strong: I don’t remember the last time I saw a show create character and setting so vividly, so fast.
I don’t know what the deal is, either. Really good writing, acting, set dressing, etc? Do the writers try harder because the backwaters of Louisiana aren’t as familiar to viewers as Midwestern suburbia or New York City? Maybe it’s just that it isn’t familiar, so even mediocre writing and acting and so on will strike me more vividly, because I haven’t seen what they’re presenting a hundred times before.
But that’s really how it feels: like I’m seeing something new. These aren’t the same characters I’ve seen in a dozen other shows. It remains to be seen what I think of them; maybe they’ll annoy me or be badly written or develop in ways I think are ridiculous. Or maybe they’ll turn out to be awesome. The setting, socially and physically, is very different; I don’t know how accurate it is, but with more evidence I’ll be better able to guess. The show talks more bluntly about race than I’m accustomed to; I’m interested to see what it uses that bluntness to say. All of those judgments are in my future: I can’t make them based on only two episodes.
One judgment, though, I can make. From the first minutes of the first episode, True Blood had my attention. And that’s more than a lot of shows can say.