This is a show I’ve been looking forward to watching ever since first reading about it as an upcoming project on Alan Ball‘s Wikipedia page. Having been a huge fan of Six Feet Under, I was naturally interested to see what he would do next, and while I’m not a fan of most modern vampire stuff (Buffy, Twilight, etc), I had to believe that Ball would make more of the concept than just a show about a human falling in love with a vampire. On the surface, certainly after the first episode, that’s exactly what True Blood would seem to be about.
However, while a lot of people will have tuned into it hoping for Twilight: The TV Series, last night’s episode showed that there will hopefully be a lot more depth than that, so we’re not just watching brooding vampires smouldering and looking moodily romantic each week. Certainly the idea of a world where vampires are out in the open and treated with a mixture of dread, lust and revulsion is something that Ball can run with as a parallel to his own experience as a homosexual in modern day America.
There’s also quite a few interesting characters already, with Anna Paquin very likeable as Sookhie, while her Angry Black Best Friend and Cross-Dressing Queen Friend both look like they will be well-written and well-acted enough to escape their generic origins. One thing I will say though, is that last night’s episode didn’t stand up to the opening of Six Feet Under, which was probably one of the best-ever first episodes of a TV show; throwing you right into the emotional cauldron that it barely let you escape for five seasons.
And that is my fear about True Blood. I don’t see how it can match up to Ball’s masterpiece series, or how any of these characters could make me care about them as much as I did about Nate, David, Brenda, Ruth or Claire. I know that – like any HBO show – there’ll be enough sex, violence and great production values to make it worthwhile tuning in every week, but can it be one of the greats? That just depends on how human Ball can make his vampires and how much he can work outside the generic limitations he’s placed himself in. Watching to see how he does it is enough to keep me watching on its own.
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