Let the True Blood Flow

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Warning, here be some spoilers. Arrrrgh. Enter at yer own risk, matey.

It’s getting to be that time again.

I can tell when the premiere of True Blood is imminent, like a scent on the breeze. Well. Sort of. Really I can just tell by the number of people who stop me to say:

“Hey! Has anyone ever told you that you look like that girl from True Blood? Jessica?”

If I had a dollar for every time I’d heard that in the last four years, I’d seriously have like $157. That’d be enough to buy me a bike. A rather crappy bike, but a bike nonetheless.

I’m very flattered to be compared to Deborah Ann Woll. She is quite lovely and she and I share the L’Oreal gene of red hair. It’s nice to be compared to someone that beautiful, and more so than the time someone said I looked like Tracy Lords not expecting me to know who that was. (She is most known for having falsely represented her age as a teenager in order to do porn — incidentally, anything with her in it from that time period is now illegal to possess, as she was a minor.) I actually quite like Tracy Lords in the mainstream films she’s done, but I have a feeling the comparison wasn’t meant as a compliment.

I’ll leave it to you to judge, gentle viewers.

C'est moi en rouge.

And here is the lovely Ms. Deborah Ann Woll:

Deborah Ann Woll at the Screen Actors Guild Aw...

Deborah Ann Woll at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles on January 23rd, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My purported doppelgangers aside, I was surprised to find how not enthused I am about the fifth season of True Blood. The first two seasons killed it — witty writing, an attention to plot, and great characterization made a show worth watching. But then it started to go downhill, in my opinion. I kept watching, like not being able to look away from a painful recitation of teen angst poetry.

That and because looking at Eric Northman is never unpleasant.

Eric Northman

Eric Northman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I mean, really.

It began to annoy me how they treated the African-American characters on the show. Lafayette is three-dimensional and fascinating, but Tara has to be one of the most obnoxious and insufferable characters I’ve ever seen, and let’s not forget that her boyfriend Eggs, who was rather interesting, got killed off before he could really take on a solid role. Other than that, there are no main characters who aren’t white — that don’t get dead faster than your fangs can come out, anyway.

I have the same criticism of The Walking Dead — we’re supposed to believe that in the South, all they come across are white people? Oh yeah, they fed the one new black guy to the walkers the moment he walked onscreen.

I found myself rooting for Tara to just bite the dust already halfway through season three. I’d like to see some more sympathetic characters from different racial backgrounds (no, I did not forget Jesus — but is he still alive?) this season. I was reading several articles about the response to Rue and Thresh being black in The Hunger Games — a fact which, if you read the books with any kind of attention whatsoever, you’d already know and thus wouldn’t be surprised by their casting the lovely Amandla Stenberg as Rue and Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh. That some people were outraged by Ms. Stenberg’s beautiful performance as Rue purely because they expected a little blonde white girl sickened me.

We still, it seems, have quite a long way to go.

So as season five of True Blood looms, I don’t have very high expectations. Last season they jumbled so many elements (and did it rather poorly, to boot) from Sookie‘s fairy-ness to the bizarre witches to Bill’s power-hungry demeanor to Eric’s memory loss and kind of contrived relationship with Sookie, season four disappointed me over and over again. The one redeeming quality I saw was in Sookie finally choosing to not be with either Bill or Eric, if only for her demonstrating some real inner strength for once.

I found throughout the season that it’s Jessica, Lafayette, and Jason I care most about, and they are probably the only reasons I’ll even watch season five.

What I hope most is that the writers get a clue and keep it fresh, make intriguing story lines with compelling characters and don’t overload us on subplots. There’s nothing worse than old blood.

Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll watch just to see more of this:

True Blood, Eric Northman, HBO

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Any Truebies out there? Are you excited for season five or do you share my apprehension? What do you think of season four? Do you wish you could have an Eric of your own? 🙂 Will Tara come back to annoy like the wind, or is she gone for good? Will they give us more than a token sympathetic black character…ever?


About Emmie Mears

Saving the world from brooding, one self-actualized vampire at a time.

Posted on April 26, 2012, in Thorsday, urban fantasy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I have to agree with you about the state of the writing in seasons 3 & 4. Not good. I hope they get it together. I understand the divergences they have made from the books, but perhaps they should get a little closer to the books this season – and if they don’t, I hope they will at least include Eric Northman in every scene. Because he is (obviously) easy to watch, but his character is also one of the most interesting, followed by Pam, who is also awesome. But I’m not as excited about this season, either.

  2. I actually liked season 3, but season 4 is the bastard child of the devil and pure shit. How do you mess up witches? *sigh* Apparently, Willow will be the only epic television witch unless Lafayette can pull some shit.

    I am looking forward to this next season. Sookie is going to try and be an independent gal. Lafayette has a better idea of his powers. Tara got shot in the head. Nothing could be worse than that. I wish they hadn’t killed Nan though. I’ve loved her from the beginning.

  3. I’m not excited about the new season but of course I’ll watch it. I hope Eric is back to his usual playful self this time. His lovey dovey scenes with Sookie last season made me feel a little ill.

    • Yeah, his lack of badassery made his character less interesting. And they dragged it out too long. I hope just in general that they make their characters more three-dimensional and not trope-y.

  4. You are WAY prettier than Jessica. Shes too pasty and skinny. And it did get super weird after season two. Not sure where theyll take it next.

  5. I read the book series and couldn’t even get through Season 1 of the TV show. The books were light-hearted and funny. Where the TV show was dark and seamy by comparison. Some of the storylines you describe in seasons 3 & 4 were in the books, but that doesn’t mean they translated well into the TV series. My $0.02, for what it’s worth. 🙂

  6. Didn’t read the whole article because I AM behind a season (I think,) but I did compare your pic and “Jessica’s.” I’d say maybe a bit you do, but I wonder if people would say that if you didn’t have red hair. Like, does the hair make up for the rest of the ways you don’t look like her so much? There’s something notably different though…maybe the paleness of her skin or the lightness of her eyes… Well, her hair is a lighter shade too, so it might be said that you are a BOLDER version of her. LOL

  7. How ’bout if Jessica and the actress who plays Pam had a love child, it would be you. That’s what I think. And yeah, like Elizabeth, I’ve read the whole Southern Vampire series, and while IMHO the last book or so make me think Ms. Charlaine’s been watching a bit too much True Blood, I generally prefer the books. I don’t mind the changes the Allan Ball has made and think his vision of the world is kinda cool, I just prefer reading the book in most circumstances.

  8. I have the same issues as you with regards to Tara and the racial makeup of the show, but if I stopped watching shows for that reason, I’d watch very little TV indeed. LOL. I am excited about the new season mainly because the gorgeous Scott Foley joined the cast. But if they rough him up, with ratty facial hair and make him look like he needs a bath, I am going to scream loud and long and… that’s it. **grins sheepishly**

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