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TV Series Review

Look at any magazine rack, TV listing, book shelf or movie marquee nowadays and you'll find evidence of the world's ongoing fascination with vampires. But if you've been sucked in to the craze by way of some domesticated variety, don't think for a minute that all neck-biters are created equal. In fact, vampires come in as many flavors nowadays as can be found at a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop—from the sparkling teen heartthrob to the old-school "I'm going to drink your blood!" tuxedo-wearer.

Laying claim to the over-spiced Cajun slot on the undead menu is HBO's True Blood. And you don't have to watch much to feel its burn. Even the opening title sequence—with its quick intermingled images of nude sexuality, blood-dripping violence and backwater religious fervor—makes it clear where the show intends to sink its dramatic teeth.

The action swoops in on the Louisiana town of Bon Temps, a small community filled with the uncanny, the unbathed and the inbred. At the heart of it all is one Sookie Stackhouse, a drawling, telepathic waitress. Surrounding her are shapeshifters and mediums, werewolves and faerie-vampire hybrids, halflings and cross-dressing short-order cooks.

Ever since a new synthetic blood concoction called Tru Blood hit the market, vampire residents of the bayou have stepped out of their coffins and into the mainstream of society. But they're not always met with a friendly smile. (Allegorical parallels to the gay-rights movement—such as an anti-vampire church sign that reads "God Hates Fangs"—are easy to spot.) Then again, not many of the vamp camp's blood-sipping actions are very smile worthy:

True Blood presents its dark vision of vampirism as a threatening and sexually aggressive underworld that draws humans like overexcited flies to an open pool of blood. And that's very often exactly where they end up—face down in their own gore.

This series promises supernatural adventure and romance. It ends up delivering a soulless blend of grisly violence and raw sexuality that bleeds viewers dry.

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TrueBlood: 8-11-2013
TrueBlood: 6-27-2010



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Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse; Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton; Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte; Ryan Kwante as Jason Stackhouse; Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton; Kristin Bauer as Pam; Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds; Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman; Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby; Chris Bauer as Det. Andy Bellefleur






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