07 September 2008

True Blood: The Review

I've now watched 3 episodes of the new HBO vampire show, True Blood (including the "pre-air" episode one). I got all excited when I first read it was being made, then kinda forgot about it - so often these rumors go around, and then you get let down.
However, the e! article the other day (blogged about here) got me all fired up again, especially when I realised I might actually be able to get my hands on some episodes!
Now, as a huge fan of the books (Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series) I had my reservations: after all when you read 8 books you are bound to imagine things a certain way, especially the characters.

Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse

I was pleased that Anna Paquin was cast as Sookie; a fellow kiwi and all that. BUT, she doesn't fit my preconceived notions of Sookie.
Having watched a few episodes now I think she does well with the southern accent, and she pulls off being a blonde... I just feel something is "off". Perhaps she wasn't the perfect choice. All that said, I think she'll make the character her own. Trying to fill the shoes of a fictional literary character has got to be tough.

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton ("Vampire Bill")
I am super impressed with Stephen Moyer. Off the bat the character was his, and all my reservations went out the door. His transition to the role is much smoother than Paquin's. His performance is intense and mesmerising. I have no doubt he'll do the series proud. I don't know much about him as an actor - looking at this filmography, most of it is TV roles. Some of the shows I've seen, but I can't recall him. Still, I can't wait to see more of him!

The other key characters: Tara, Sam, Jason, and Lafayette, are good. The original Tara was replaced from the pre-air episode to episode 2. There is a big difference in the way the character is played, but she remains as sassy as ever. Sam is another that I had imagined visually different, but I am enjoying the way the character is being played; sort of a quiet dignity, with a reserved crush on Sookie. Jason (ex-'Home and Away' Aussie Ryan Kwanten) is brilliant as Sookie's dimwitted, man-whore brother. And I'm loving Lafayette - he's a real hoot.

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