Wednesday, 23 July 2014

On The Air: Has 'True Blood' lost its vibrant colour?

True Blood seems to have suffered some serious blood loss in its weak final season. 

(WARNING: Spoilers in story) 

With True Blood reaching its seventh and final season, we thought it’s high time to look at what the series has to offer in its last moments. Four episodes in and the series has failed to impress. There are too many moments that leave viewers scratching their heads over what they are watching – it either doesn’t make sense, or we can’t figure out where they are going with it and why.

The good thing is that the season has focused on the core characters we got to know early in the series, with none of that fairy mumbo-jumbo (what were they thinking last season?), even if it isn’t doing a great job of that. Also, loving Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) in flashbacks – his and Pam’s (Kristin Bauer van Straten) fashion sense and their funny dialogue are about the only things that perk up this less-than-lustrous season.

Why are there so many characters dying? Does True Blood want to be the next Game Of Thrones?

Sharmila: I think this is because the producers have no idea what to do with these characters, so what better way to avoid the hassle of tying up loose ends than to kill them off? Still, I feel that it was unnecessary to kill Alcide (Joe Manganiello) while he was still in love with Sookie (Anna Paquin). And I would be really angry if the sole reason behind the death was to pair Sookie off with Bill (Stephen Moyer) again. 

I didn’t see Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) death coming, but since she hadn’t had a strong role to play in the last couple of seasons, it is understandable why the people behind True Blood saw fit to give her character the true death.

Mumtaj: If they want to tie up loose ends, why have they brought in new characters – some people in Bon Temps we’ve never seen before and a mob of walking undead carrying the infected Hep-V virus? Maybe the plan is for these newbies to be killed in horrible ways to up the body count and for the writers to deliver some shocking moments. Sorry to say, but the deaths of some townfolk didn’t do squat to my feelings. 

I was surprised by Alcide’s sudden death, but Tara’s final scene was dealt with so nonchalantly that I have decided to adopt the same attitude towards her death. Or I would if not for the fact that Tara’s death has given her mother Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) access to a subplot (why?!). I don’t care for Lettie Mae or how she is redeemed... It’s all white noise when it comes to her.

Why is Sookie still running the show?

Sharmila: I don’t remember which character said this in one of the earlier episodes of the current season, but I wholeheartedly agree that all this wouldn’t have happened if Sookie had kept her legs closed. Sookie has always been my least favourite character on the show – how is it that one tiny person could be such a gigantic pain in the butt? – and the way every man in Bon Temps bends over backwards to please her really gets on my nerves. 

It baffles me that Sam, Bill, Eric and Alcide, all capable men, couldn’t decide on anything for themselves and allowed Sookie to call the shots.

Mumtaj: True. Of all the people in Bon Temps, Sookie is the one who comes up with a plan to rescue the people captured by Hep-V infected vampires, haphazard as it may be? Really? Bill surely has better ideas on a rescue mission since he has been around from when the country was fighting the Civil War. It’s amazing how throughout the series, Sookie never warmed up to me – and the show revolves around her. Go figure.

Some storylines are just not making any sense.

Sharmila: Is anyone even still running the diner? I mean, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) used to cook at the diner and now he just spends his days and nights acting like a hippie at Woodstock. Where do they want this character to go? We see hints of sexual tension between him and the new vamp (what’s his name?) but how is that even relevant to anything that has been happening in Bon Temps? 

Come to think of it, is anything even relevant on the show nowadays, or are the producers just trying to pull a fast one on the viewers by confusing us until the end? Wait, are we all being glamoured?

Mumtaj: By episode four, the humans haven’t slept for two days – they make day trips to another city and then hang out with the vampires at night. Do Sookie and company think they are Jack Bauer in 24? Seriously, when do Sookie, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), Sam (Sam Trammell) and Sheriff Andy (Chris Bauer) ever go to bed? 

I understand the sense of urgency and all, but these folks in Bon Temps sure are strong. Speaking of Jason, what is happening with him? He is having weird dreams about one vampire and has an even weirder relationship with his female vampire companion. Another thing that irks me is dwelling on characters we don’t know (who are Rosie and Kevin?) when no time at all was spent on Tara’s and Alcide’s deaths.

Where do you think the series is heading?

Sharmila: No idea. I don’t even know what’s going on now.

Mumtaj: At this point, I don’t even care. But the optimist in me wants to believe that True Blood will finish strong. Right?

> True Blood airs every Sunday at 10pm on HBO (Astro Ch 411/HD Ch 431).

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment , True Blood , Stephen Moyer , Anna Paquin , TV , Joe Mangianello


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